12/8/13

Beard Grooming

bad beards

Not a professional look for non-wizards.

Ok, I’m going to be honest and tell you that I am not a fan of beards or other facial hair.  Facial hair tends to get out of control, and too many people do it wrong.  So, as a rule, I say shave your face.  However, if you are willing to invest the time and effort into grooming your beard, then there are things you can do to make sure you look professional.

You have to understand that regular trimming of the beard is absolutely necessary.  By regular, I mean every day or every other day if your whiskers grow slow.  If you are not willing to commit to keeping things clean and trim, just shave.

Keeping things clean require the use of a good beard trimmer.  Different trimmers perform differently, and you would be wise to carefully review your options prior to purchasing a trimmer.  Some are washable (required!!) and some even vacuum away the cut hairs as you groom.  I personally would buy one of these as it will reduce the clean up time required.

You must also wash your beard frequently.  Nothing is more disgusting than some chump with a bunch of food or mucus slathered in their facial hair.  Something like that should be criminal.  Don’t let it happen to you.  Frequent washings are mandatory.

Lastly, consider some type of balm or conditioner for your beard.  These will prevent any unpleasant odors, help moisturize the skin and will make the whiskers softer for the fairer sex.

12/6/13

Combing Your Hair – Tips For Men

Combing one’s hair might be a little more difficult that you think.  Sure, and fool can grab a 99-cent plastic comb and run it through that tangled mess (and I wish more of you would!), but do you know how to get a really impeccable look?  I’ve got some tips to help you get it done.

comb hairThink Conservative – You are not in high school any more.  Leave the mullet and spikes in the attic and come out to play with the professionals.  Milk crates are not furniture and that hair style you were sporting in your freshman year of college needs to be thrown out with them.  Walk into a barber shop (a real one – not one of these chain stores who also cut men’s hair) and talk to the barber.  He should be your friend, and you should get to know him.  Explain that you are looking for a professional appearance and he will take care of you.

Get A Good Comb – Look, in a pinch, that cheap comb from the front desk at the hotel will work.  But you owe it to yourself to get a quality comb that will be with you throughout your life.  Buy a good one and never look back.  Need advice on a good comb?  Talk to your barber.  He has tried them all and uses them professionally.  He’ll tip you off to the right piece.

Hair Gels, etc. – A light touch is needed here.  Slopping down a handful of gel in your hair will make you look like a cheap tart at the hookers’ Halloween party.  Go for the minimum needed and not a single drop more.  Don’t get the cheap Walmart stuff either.  Talk to your barber about will work best for your needs.  See, that barber guy is becoming an important part of your life.

Sideburns – Don’t forget to keep them trimmed.  Again, stay conservative with these.  Short to medium length only, unless you are sporting a well trimmed beard.  More on beards another day.

Here’s a good video on how to take crappy hair and make it look more professional.

12/5/13

Grooming Standards

well groomed manI don’t know about you, but I walk around my city and see all sorts of folks. One of the unfortunate things I have witnessed frequently is the absolute lack of care that many men seem to take of themselves. In fact, this appears to be a growing trend. How they have any self-respect, employment or even a date is beyond my imagination.

So, here we are. On my blog, I plan on covering some of my gripes, but also many of my tips, rules and tricks on keeping yourself tidy and well-groomed. A sharp dressed man will go a lot farther in society than the bum who can’t be bothered to take the time to press his suit. Likewise, the gentleman who figured out how to work a comb is much more likely to land that big promotion than the kid who can’t figure out how to tame the mop on his head.

Society is going to hell, but this is my stand against the trend. Stand with me and take a close examination of yourself. Get in shape, take a bath and treat yourself to a little grooming advice right here.