STICK TO ONE BARBER
If you haven’t already got a good regular barber you should invest some time into finding one. At your appointment book your next while you’re there for roughly 4 weeks time unless you know you’ll need one before. Stick to this like clock work. The reality is quite simple if you notice your hair needs a cut, other people have too. Having a regular Barber’s that you trust will cut down on the anxiety that accompanies a haircut, as they will know what hairstyle you already have and what looks best.
FIND THE RIGHT HAIR PRODUCT
Finding the right product can be near impossible, due to massive amounts and choice and specifications. You need to know what type of hair you have and what look you’re trying to achieve. Talking to your barber should clear this up for you, nobody knows your hair better than him. He may even recommend a good product for you. If you’re not ready to have that conversation keep in mind thicker hair and messy styles can handle waxes and pomades, but if your hair is thinner, lighter products and sprays will give your barnet some staying power but the right product can make all the difference.
ALWAYS SMELL GREAT
Cologne isn’t supposed to be strong or overbearing. It should be a subtle part of your general presence. Find one or two classic scents you really like and invest in them, pick your scents to match the seasons and occasions.
MANSCAPE – THE RIGHT WAY
Trimming is not only perfectly acceptable, it’s polite. For years it seems this ritual has been frowned upon, but here we are in 2015 with so many tools and products that it almost seems rude not to partake. It has even been born into its own manly name, as to identify itself differently from anything the ladies in your life may be doing. Not only is it hygienic but I’m sure your partner will really appreciate you learning the Anatomy of Manscaping.
SCRUB BEFORE YOU SLEEP
Exfoliating the face before bed removes dead skin cells that have built up throughout the day. When the skin begins to repair overnight, time is not wasted on cells that are already dead as you have been smart enough to remove them before going to sleep.
TO SHAVE OR NOT TO SHAVE
Beards are most definitely at the height of male trends right now, the rugged lumberjack look is great, but you still want to be taken seriously. Investing in a beard trimmer and setting aside a little time each week to neaten things up can transform you from wilderness survivor to hunk in mere minutes. If the beard isn’t the look for you learning the basics of a good shave is important. The key aspects are preparing your skin beforehand while soaking the blades in warm water to help your pores expand, allowing the hair to come off your face with less redness and irritation. With the right products and technique shaving can be a real treat and free from irritation.
LOOK AFTER YOUR FEET
Of course, it never crosses your mind when your feet are hidden all day, but as the summer approaches how confident are you feeling going barefoot on the beach.Wash your feet with a foot scrub at least 3 times a week, keep them feeling soft and smelling fresh by moisturising them daily, ideally after washing them. It may not sound manly, or even that important but it is, keeping it as part of your routine will allow it to be less of a chore.
DO MORE THAN JUST MOISTURISE
Most men are quite good at remembering to moisturise, but there’s still more to be done. Dark circles and puffiness around your eyes won’t take to a simple moisturiser. A good eye roll-on, however, will. It should be simple to use, absorb quickly but last, be a good texture, be easily dispensed, and provide an immediate effect at reducing sagging, wrinkles and dark circles.
TAME THE BROWS
Bushy eyebrows are a problem for most men, as they are mostly neglected. As we regularly cut and trim our hair we should do the same for our eyebrows. Neglected eyebrows can hinder your look, but by taking the time to groom those forgotten about eyebrows you can take years off your appearance and give the impression of a healthy clean looking face. Don’t let eyebrows spoil your otherwise flawlessly groomed skin and styled attire. It’s nothing a little eyebrow maintenance can’t fix.
STICK TO HAND CARE ROUTINE
After a bath or shower, as to soften them, you should trim your nails once a week. Follow up by using a good hand cream to keep them soft and avoid cracked/broken skin, gently massage it into the skin around your nails to leave you with a naturally well-groomed look.