Hilarious Video on Origins of "Black Twitter" In the Barbershop [WATCH]

Watch as Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr. discusses how the African-American community uses Twitter to discuss social issues and finds out why that communication is unique to black culture in this hilarious new segment.

Shout out to the set direction in picking a barbershop and recognizing it as a cultural landmark. Whether you're black, white, yellow, this video is a must watch!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcSh2F8e__8


The Power of Exfoliation

We hear this word time and time again. Whether at your girl's house, stepping into Kiehl's, or browsing the net. But facial scrub aka exfoliating isn't just a buzz word to sell products. It actually works and is one of the most critical processes for a better skincare routine.

According to Shear & Shine, "exfoliating sheds hundreds of dead cells on a daily basis, this can clog up pores and lead to bumps/pimples. By exfoliating regularly you clear your skin of any debris, including product build up and allow the new layer of fresh skin to be exposed. If you shave often then you definitely need to exfoliate as this will help to reduce the risk of ingrown hair/razor bumps."

As a barber, I got onto facial scrubs a couple years back and have been implementing that into my schedule. Think of exfoliating as setting up that Jordan / Curry jump shot. Your foot placement determines your level of elevation thus aiming for nothing but net. So whether you deal with super oily or flaky skin (like me), discoloration, wrinkles, or those horrid razor bumps, make sure to slip a facial scrub into shopping cart. As tempting it may be to simply slab a moisturizer on, the exfoliating scrub is the prerequisite that may be just what you need.

 By scrubbing off dead skin, you not only unclog pores and brighten the complexion, you are also exposing hair follicles, allowing for a closer shave and eliminating ingrown hairs." - Alex Grogan, Co-founder of ManCave

Power moves of exfoliators: 

  • Removes dirt / grime
  • Ingrown hair / razor bump reducer (apply beforehand)
  • Dry-flakey skin solution
  • Regenerates skin coloration

 

Best times to use: 

  • After a workout
  • Before you start your workday
  • In the shower
  • Early morning / before date night

 

Below I've listed some personal recommendations that cut right into what you're looking for. A handful of available of this options are made available at Birchbox Man.

 

Groom Guy Tip: I usually use my facial scrub while I'm showering. The steam from the shower opens up my pores and perfect launchpad to using the scrub effectively.

Exfoliating be like...

 

 

 


R.I.P. Dreadlocks + Major Key (Products) for "The Big Chop"

Many have flooded my phone (including Mom) asking the main question: Why in the hell did you cut your locs? 

I've  been a proud loc head for 6 years going thru life experiences that have forever left imprints on me. From cultural enlightenment moments to becoming an official hair connoisseur aka barber has gotten me to this point. But as I venture deeper in this industry called "men's grooming," I've learned certain limitations slow us down. Like visual artists or music producers, our hair is an open canvas into shaping the refined gentleman. Dreadlocks have taught me significant things about character and other helpful values (patience). But in order for me to truly understand hair at its finest and treat some of my prospective clients with solutions, I wanted to be apart of the learning experience and expand my product knowledge. My big chop has taught me an important lesson:

Every man, at some point in his life, has to be willing to accept the challenge of his own evolution. By doing so, he embraces the open doors of opportunity that can immediately begin to flow his way.  - Sunny, Groom Guy

Let the chop be a reminder of our value system here at GroomGuy.com in knowing that change is in the palm of your hand. You are the master of your own destiny and don't allow outside forces to influence your decisions that require YOUR attention. Manhood has a variation of stages and I'm excited to see what lies in store for my next step in life.

In an effort to continue to inspire other big chop prospects, I want to make sure ya'll have the proper arsenal of products that can lead to an easy, smooth transition into natural regrowth of hair. Below I've listed some personal recommendation of products that can instantaneously get regrowth back into a healthy formation for spring & upcoming heat weather.

Frederick Benjamin Haircare Collection 

I was able to recently get a full dosage of the New York-based product line and immediately soaked in the suds of Frederick Benjamin. The 3-combo hair collection is a great base to cleanse your hair. The signature chemical agent of spearmint penetrates the scalp allowing that easy tingling sensation that ensures cleanliness. The minty scent is not overbearing either. Conditioner remains a critical procedure in hair cleansing due to its specific job of combating dryness, split ends, and dandruff build up. According to Frederick Benjamin Journal, "hair cells are almost like fish scales, and conditioners not only smooth over the surface of them but they work done to the root to infuse moisture at the source of hair growth and close the hair cuticle."

Get your hands on FREE.99 sample conditioner here.

J Carter Men Curl Activation

After the full cleansing, I came to realization that I have to start reactivating the curl texture pattern. J Carter is the new solution for achieving those curls and adding the natural oils back into the scalp and hair strands. Since I have softer hair, I jump immediately to the Drench & Curl Krush for that daily dosage. Its a lightweight consistency that doesn't leave my hair drenched in cream or oils. Thats a turn off for me!

 

Curl Sponge

It's no fluke. The curl sponge actually does wonders. Be sure to apply some scrub action for up to two minutes for full coiled curls. The key to a success curl is maintain the curl direction. So if you curl your hair to left stick to that rotation & vice versa. Be sure not to spend more then $10.00 for this bad boy.

Groom Guy Tip: Grab some household scissors for a little touch if needed.  You may catch some hair strands that refuse to fit into the head shape so we know they have to go.

 

 

 


Hol' the Phone: Scotch Porter Relaunches Hair Balm [WATCH]

It's nothing to know as the diversity of hair and readership is amongst us, we spend a lot of time figuring out what products cater to our specific needs. Very rarely can be find something with a universal effect that gets the job done whether you contain straight, textured or curly hair etc. Look no further because Groom Guy-favorite Scotch Porter is here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fH7X20rXc1I

After watching the release video above, our guess is that the new & improved  hair balm has a universal capability to be the perfect finish to all hair types. According to the official site:

 Attention humans with frizzy, and or moisture-depleted heads: here is your remedy. Our Hair Balm immediately renews moisture and prevents frizz for healthier looking hair. Enriched with Marshmallow Root, Agave Nectar and Broccoli Seed Oil our Hair Balm creates shine, definition and texture without the stiffness and residue of a heavy pomade or gel. Leaves hair conditioned, silky, residue-free without weighing down your hair or irritating your scalp.

It seems as though all we can do is wait for the overall feedback. I am excited to see the potential of what this product can do so stay tuned for that review set to launch on product reviews page real soon!  Be sure to get your hands on it here.


Funky Grooming Habits to Retire This Spring (Part 1)

We're moments away from kissing the winter cold goodbye. It's about that time to dump those wool sweater / jackets into storage and retrieve those windbreakers. But its in the midst of the seasonal wardrobe change, your grooming routine needs the same, if not MORE, love and attention. Remember when you promised yourself you'd do a better job this year? Well, here's your shot!

But before we welcome all the and exciting products to stock up on, I had to make sure your aware of the foolish habits that have to be recycled this spring. Out with the old.....and just STAY OUT!

Trim down the body hair

It was probably cute in the beginning. You had your date really getting amused twisting your body hair but now its about that time. The more body hair you keep on during this season is a welcome ticket to sweat and body odor especially if you're juggling an alleged athletic schedule. So be sure to trim in all places (including in your basement). Trust me, she'll thank you later. The Wahl Hero trimmer is one I keep in my personal arsenal and absolutely love! It's powerful and takes clean all types of air evenly for a valued price.

Be sure to tidy up that facial hair especially my bearded men. Don't wait until you've got Gandalf's Lord of the Rings beard for a touch up and simply show it some clipper attention every two weeks.

Wahl Hero Trimmer

 

Fingernail takedown

There's tons of slack that can be given to the elongated fingernails during the winter. We can't hid in the dark forever. Tis the season to pull out that nail clipper making sure to cut down at least once a week. If you won't, that day in the sun will reveal it all....all that dirt packed up in your nails. Don't be that person getting caught trying to remove the dirt from one nail using the other!

C'mon bruh...

Change your toothbrush

Although we can celebrate your toothbrush has been steady since 2015-16, we can also celebrate the amount of germs that have contaminated on the bristles. American Dental Association explains exactly why and also other helpful tips to extend the life of your toothbrush.

In some circumstances, you should replace your toothbrush even if the bristles are not visibly frayed. When you’ve been sick with a cold or flu, or have had a mouth or throat infection, sore throat, or a mouth sore, you should replace your toothbrush even if it’s new. Doing so will help prevent re-exposing yourself or others in your household to germs that could cause an illness.

Replace socks

I'd be lying if I said hole habit in the sock is tolerable and I haven't done it....because it's totally not. We set ourselves up for shame once your significant other takes sight of that. It showcases poor effort & showmanship in oneself. It also allows for possible fungal odors as sweat buildup increasing during the warm spring weather. Your winter socks have been thru an mild, odor war. It's time to give them a facelift with some new 100% cotton love of fresh socks. Don't be weary of popping your sock game with some color too. A little goes a long way!

 


Diddy Officially Joins Beard Gang

When he's not being predicted by Forbes as the first hip hop billionaires or Diddy bopping in his newest music video, Puff Daddy continues to exemplify the true definition of "Renaissance man." In the midst of his many accomplishments and business ventures, he still finds time to keep his grooming routine on par. He remains as one our groomer spotlights.

He recently appeared pictured with Jay-Z at the Roc Nation party during Grammy weekend this year. Not only were we greeted with his fly salmon color suit but his beard has made its grand return. It looks as though he's sporting a more natural grow out of his hair as he climbs up the age ladder (5-0 years old in three years). Puffy continues to keep us amused via Instagram of his habitual grooming practices. Either way, he's aging gracefully and we're happy to see him join the beard family. Jay-Z take notes...

Below we've listed some immediate beard favorites Diddy's barber may want to introduce him to and you'll want to get your hands on this upcoming Spring:

Scotch Porter Beard Balm
Babe of Brooklyn Beard Balm

 

Boldsmen Beard Balm - Redwood

Introducing "The Streets Barber" & How Cutting Hair Saved His Life [WATCH]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MZSlvq54Fs

Nasir Sobhani aka ‘The Streets Barber’, is a true Nomad, not just of the world, but also of the mind. Growing up in Japan, attending University in Canada, volunteering his time for Youth Work in the Vanuatu and then Australia to start up his own initiative helping the homeless, Nasir has certainly lived a fruitful life. It wasn’t all smooth sailing though, with a crippling drug addiction along the way, Nasir thanks his Baha'i faith and barbering for his new found sobriety. Working six days a week cutting hair, Nasir spends his one day off hitting the streets to give free haircuts to the homeless. He calls it, ‘Clean Cut Clean Start’. [via PLGRM]

Nasir Sobhani was recently selected & featured for Kenneth Cole's The Courageous Class campaign this past 2016. We salute you and your effort to push the barber industry forward shedding light on social issues and changing lives one day at a time.


"Pharrelleva Young" - 3 Critical Grooming Lessons We Learned From Pharrell Williams

It's no surprise one of the most versatile artists of our generation is Pharrell Williams. From celebrated producer, film composer, philanthropist just to name a few, it continues to amaze us to see his inability to age...at least show it. Over the years, you'll fail to point any type of wrinkle or grey hair on his head? How? Why?

We were able to finally compile three solid reasons why after a couple research interviews.

  1. Readily hydrated
  2. Exfoliation
  3. Red meat reduction

 

Hydration

He explains in a couple archived interviews that a lot of his daily intake is good ol' H2O. "You know, I guess, its lots of water" says Pharrell. We can hardly imagine anything less then water would suffice considering this man probably travels to Dubai and London while on a "lunch break." We can also assume that from the late studio nights to early music compositions with Hans Zimmer, he's not touching any Deer Park or Poland Spring bottles. An creative of his stature likes to load up on Core Water.

Exfoliation 

It's probably one of the most overused words you hear your girlfriend saying but its about time you understand it. The term "exfoliate" simply means the act of removing, in this case, dead skin cells. So we're sure in between his private studio sessions & hosting gigs, Pharrell adds this routine to his schedule. Keep the skin refreshed & clean with a weekly regimen of exfoliation 2-3 times a week.

Red Meat Reduction

Although there is no proven facts surfacing that red meat indeed affects ones overall health including skin & aging, Pharrell remind us to enjoy in moderation. He's not only a proud Southerner (Virginia native) but he also shares that he treats his stomach to classic BBQ....and so can you. I can add that you do lower your chances of any type of reaction to red meat when slimming your intake. Producers of red meat, like your local super market, does have a reputation for having extremely questionable methods of chemically-enhanced farming. The less chemicals the better!

Watch him respond to questions on his mastering of agelessness with the Breakfast Club. You can see catch him gracing your newsstands on the cover this month's Esquire Magazine.

https://youtu.be/qzaxXDZi-YU?t=1m


Thank You Mr. President: 4 Lifetime Grooming Tips We'll Never Forget

If you're like us, then you were shocked to know that President Obama's reign of supremacy is sadly coming to a close. He spoke last night at his Farewell Address to the America people in a tone of tranquility and victory. He deserves the various accolades for his continued strides & passionate efforts on looking out for the overall, common good of the American people....which now seems highly questionable with our newly President-elect (no, I won't bother saying his name).

In the midst of maintaining his duties as commander-in-chief, we couldn't help but notice some outstanding grooming tips from President Obama. We have to recognized his staying power to age gracefully and pick up some really helpful tips on how to look like a worldwide "Boss" and certainly look the part. Here's what we've scooped over the last eight years from the President Obama:

  1. Embracing the grey 

We can imagine being the leader of the free world is no easy task and can bring loads of stress. But if I'm under any stress like this, I'm definitely trying to age like this guy. We can never truly escape wrinkles, unless you're Pharrell Williams, and President Obama has proven that the wrinkles & grey on his hair can makes it way in smoothly. There's no JustForMen touching that scalp. The Prez has learned to fully embrace his grey's and they've returned to him with a graceful presence that signifies prestige, wisdom, and a wealth of knowledge & experience. So don't be that guy fighting the "day of the grey".

2. "The Obama Cut"

The President may be one of the most powerful man in the world but he still needs his haircut too. We can't assume that it magically looks like that during his White House Press speeches. There is a man hired to make sure he looks sharp named Zariff. The native Chicago barber has climbed to fame during President Obama's term due to his ability to quietly keep the Prez polish'd and neat with his frequent barber trips. According to his interview with Essence:

The Obama cut is a custom cut. It came about in 2004 when Mr. Obama came into the shop and said he was speaking at the Democratic National Convention that evening. So I had to make him look sharp. Before that he was wearing his hair longer and a little curlier. I took it down to a short cut, tapered on the sides, back and neck. I wanted it to look more natural. - Zariff (President Obama's Barber)

photo courtesy of Bevel Code

3. Radiant Skin 

Whether its First Lady Michelle making sure he doesn't leave the house looking a hot, dry mess or someone in his cabinet, the Prez continues to shine in front of the camera. We can barely spot any type of pimple or skin blemish. We're guessing someone must have put him onto the newest Scotch Porter's face charcoal wash or Mallin & Goetz. Either way, there's no vaseline hitting his face & the daily skincare shows. Now its your turn...

4. Pearly Whites

I've ran across my fair share of C-Span correspondents and televised politicians who love showing their grillz and I'm not talking their 14K gold. Unfortunately, these "gold fronts" weren't the ones you bought from your local dealer but from their leftover dinners they refused to brush out properly. Nothing could be worse then smiling for millions of American people with unkept teeth. President Obama is was one of the happiest presidents I've seen photographed. I would too if my teeth graced to cover of t-shirts, posters, and TV screens across the globe. I'm sure his dental plan isn't cheap but well worth it. He continues to model those shiners (100% real too) with pride. It should make us want to spend an extra two minutes brushing in morning (and at night).

 

 


Daily Ritual of Michael Chamley-Watson with VICE [VIDEO]

If you weren't able to watch this past year's Olympics or simply sleep to the sport of fencing, chances are you've never heard of Michael-Chamley Watson. Standing tall at 6"4, Michael remains one of the most prolific athletes in the sport of fencing. Proclaimed as the "bad boy" of the 100+ year sport,  he continues to work tirelessly to add more medals & championships to his collection as well as his crusade for the commericialization of the sport.

Take a look at the latest video above where we get a closer look into the superstar's life:

Amuse and The Art of Shaving peer into the habits and routines that groom US Olympic fencer Miles Chamley-Watson for success. These daily rituals unfold a larger story about identity, hopes and dreams. - VICE

 

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