Guys Grooming Blog - by Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty




Get a Regular Haircut by a Good Stylist

Start by rebooking your next appointment while you’re in the salon,  every 4 weeks, and stick to it. Too many men wait for the ‘forlorn tugging of your locks’ stage before doing anything about it. Basically, if you've noticed your hair needs a cut, then other people have too. The trick is to be proactive, not reactive – and having a regular place you trust will cut down on the 'oh my God what if he/she messes this up' anxiety dramatically.

Know Your hair products!

Hair products for men have got a bit more confusing since the Brylcreem your Grandad swore by, so make sure you’re clued up on what each product is for. Thicker hair and messy styles can handle waxes and pomades, but if your hair's thinner, then lighter products and sprays will give your barnet some staying power. Ask your stylist if you're a bit in the dark, but the right product can make all the difference.

What’s your signature scent

Aftershave isn't supposed to be loud or obvious. You don't want people to stop in their tracks and notice (if they do, you've worn too much). Rather, it should become a subtle part of your overall presence. Rather than owning 8-10 average quality bottles you pick from each morning at random, find one or two classic scents you really like and invest in them. Typically woody, spicy or herby scents suit the winter months, while lighter, citrusy scents work best in spring and summer. Try an Eau de Toilette for a less nippy feel after a shave.

Great Teeth are a Must!

Two things every woman notices: your shoes, and your smile. When it comes to the latter, there is no longer any excuse for ignoring advances in technology. Electric toothbrushes are designed to do most the work for you, plus, they’re better for your health: according to a study by Sheffield University, rotating brushes reduce 11% more plaque than manual toothbrushes, and can also significantly reduce gum problems to, and while you're at it, use a mouthwash after you brush first thing in the morning your breath is so important too.

Scrub your face!

Guys - we scrub our ladies exfoliate. Face scrubs are just textured face washes designed to get the dead skin off your face (particularly the nose, the most exposed part of your face) rice beads are very common in scrubs. Use one on a Monday morning to scrub the weekend off your face, and every other day of the week go for a plain face wash that's less abrasive. You'll be looking better than you feel in no time.

Learn how to shave properly

You might not have time in the morning for an extensive wet-shaving routine, but learning the basics of a good shave is important. Preparing your skin beforehand with a good shave cream will help the razor glide over your hairs, while soaking the blades in warm water will help your pores expand, allowing the hair to come off your face with less redness and irritation? If it still feels like a chore, leave your precious face in the hands of the experts and get a professional shave once a week.

Manage your facial fuzz

Unless you're planning to move out into the wilderness to find yourself, facial hair of any length needs to be tamed and maintained if you want to be taken seriously. You don’t have to spend much on a beard trimmer, so pick one up and get into a weekly habit of tidying up. Don't, however, go too far, more David Gandy, less Frankie Boyle.

Nail your hand and foot - care routine

Cutting your nails once a week - and toes every three – preferably after a bath or shower, to soften them and make them easier to trim – is basic. But that rough, flaky skin around the nail bed that somehow irritates you more than it looks like it should? Treat with a tiny bit of moisturiser every couple of days to smooth things over. Use the moisturiser on heels to – you’ll feel as if your walking on AIR!
Follow these steps and you are well on the way to big changes in your look and your life!

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