Proper Barber Etiquette

Like with most places in life, you are expected to behave in a certain way. You wouldn’t run around a library blasting air horns or cheer like you were at a basketball game during an opera, would you? When visiting your stylist you really want to keep in mind that there are certain behaviors that are not acceptable and will do you no favors when at the end of your visit. Here are the major ones that will cover most salons.

Arrive on Time
This one is a no-brainer. Making an appointment with your barber is making an obligation. They are clearing a specific slot of time to take of you. Always arrive up to five minutes early to account for checking in and taking any precautions they might need. If you think you might be late, give the shop courtesy call and let them know. If you are running late and they aren’t notified, they might give your slot to someone that was early or even a walk-in. If you need to reschedule, make sure you give your shop plenty of notice. They might not appreciate the last minute call to cancel.

Clean Hair
Something to keep in mind is that you want to go into your appointment with your hair as clean as possible. That doesn’t just mean washing your hair. Most hair is easier to cut if it hasn’t been washed close to the appointment and if it does need that shampoo, your stylist will take care of that for you. Avoid hair products and hats before the cut as they will alter the natural shape and texture of your hair. This will make getting the style you want to take a bit more time as the stylist will have to work around the unnatural shape.

Be Decisive
Don’t let those reference books on the waiting lobby tables throw you off. Know what you want as soon as you walk in. If you’re going for the same cut, you’re in good hands. If you want something new, do your research and make sure the style is manageable for you and your lifestyle. Be absolutely certain it is what you want. Bring in reference pictures if you need to. Barber’s cannot read your mind so make sure you have made up your mind before getting in the chair.

Do Not Dictate the Cut
One of the biggest faux pas is telling your barber how to do their job. If you’re going to a shop to have your hair professionally cut you are paying for your barbers years of study and experience. You’re supposed to sit back and they do the craft They have taken the time to learn. Also, bear in mind that directing what tools to use is also looked down on. Just because you might prefer electric clippers to be used, it doesn’t mean that manual shears won’t get the job done just as well, if not better. Your stylist is trained to know how to handle all types of situations so sit back, relax, and trust the professional.

Be Patient
Cutting hair is a work of art and it takes time. Getting the right look that suits your needs isn’t going to happen in ten minutes. When making your appointment, be prepared to carve out an hour or two of your to devote to getting your hair cut. Also, remember not to rush your stylist. You never want to sacrifice quality for convenience when it comes to a part of your appearance that takes a while to grow back out and fix.

Don’t Move
Moving while your stylist is working can be the biggest mistakes you make while in the chair. When you’re asked to sit still and hold your head in a certain position, there is a good reason for it. Doing things like nodding your head during in a conversation or even being on your phone can cause your stylist to take a miscut with their tools. When this happens you’re either left with a cut you hadn’t intended to get or, in best case scenarios, it’s an easy fix. You can’t always count on the former to be the case so always be careful with your head movements if they are unavoidable.

Get Personal
There is something to be said for those who build a relationship with their barbers and stylists. Building a working friendship can bring you some great benefits. Being friendly with your barber means they might be more willing to work you into their schedule last minute or hold you a spot if you are going to be overly late for an appointment. The better the relationship, the better your stylist will treat you and more care they will take with you and your hair. This being said, you want to converse with them while they are working, while avoiding moving your head if you can. Stay off of your phone. It’s rude in any group setting and especially when you are being worked on.

Speak Up
It was mentioned before not to dictate how your stylist is doing their job. This is true. However, if they are doing something you didn’t ask for or going away from the look you are trying to achieve, speak up. Make sure your desire is known and you aren’t being ignored on what you want. Be polite, ask questions. Don’t lose your temper over something that could be fixed with some polite words. Remember, being rude will do nothing good for you down the road.

TIP
This is universal for most service jobs but you really want to keep it in mind when your experience is over. Tipping your stylist shows them just how well they did their job and how much you appreciate their work. It’ll go a long way towards your next visit if you tip well, usually around 15-18%. If possible, hand your tip directly to the stylist. There’s no promise they will see the full amount if you hand it off to the receptionist or sign for it if you use a debit card.

Autumn Hair

Ah, the final breezes of summer are starting to die off as we welcome in the changing foliage of autumn. With this new change is scenery comes a new assortment of weather. Everything is starting to cool off and humidity is on the rise. Yikes. As a lot of people know, humidity is no one’s friend. The extra moisture in the air can ruin any hairstyle in a matter of seconds. Not to worry, though, we’re here with some tips on how to keep your hair perfect and the latest hair trends of the season.

There is something neat about the human body in the way it prepares for the things life has to throw at us. Did you know your hair is at it’s thickest in the summer? It is believed that this is the body’s preparation to protect your scalp from those damaging summer rays. Pretty cool! However, that does mean you might notice more hair loss in the autumn and winter. Not fret, you won’t go bald but you might lose the thickness and volume you were experiencing over the summer months. There are many volumizing products on the market that range from powders to sprays and even shampoos and conditioners.

Also be aware that a dryer scalp can be in your future. As the weather cools down further, the humidity will also drop. The lack of moisture in the air can cause your scalp to become dry and flaky. When this happens you will see an increase in dry flakes on your clothes, through your hair, and you may even experience an itchy scalp to contribute to these things. In these instances, the best place to start is with dandruff control products. They are designed to hydrate your scalp to keep those dry, itchy patches at bay. If you find this doesn’t work for you or you are looking for another option, there are oils on the market that you can massage into your scalp for the same effect. These oils replace the missing moisture on your scalp and keep the skin healthy and hydrated. Please note, if your skin starts to break and create sores, you might want to consult a dermatologist if you think it might be more than just the change in weather.

As the temperature drops and moisture starts to disappear, you might experience drier, more brittle hair. Keep in mind that as we turn our heaters up to combat the oncoming cold weather, the air blowing through your vents is very dry. This is going to contribute to the drying out of your hair. Try looking for conditioners that offer hydration. These products will rehydrate your strands of hair and help you maintain that fall you worked hard for.

Now that you know how to keep your hair healthy this autumn, let’s talk styles. There are three styles that are currently on the rise. The first is a flashback to the 90’s. Who didn’t love the Backstreet Boys? Well, their signature Millennial Curtains are making a comeback. The style is a little longer and gently tousled. There is light gel involved in keeping this look and it is perfect to keep your ears warm as the weather drops. The next style is classic and seems to be a trend that never goes out of style. We’re talking about the Quiff. The longer hair on top and the faded sides and back is a style that had been around since the 20’s and hasn’t gone anywhere. This style is easy to maintain with a little hair sculpting clay and hair dryer. The last style is a spin-off of the Quiff called the Long French Crop. For this style, you’ll want to follow the same guidelines as you would the Quiff. However, the hair on the top of your head is going to be a bit shorter. To style this, you just want a little of dry styling product to start and then some styling clay to hold. This style can give you that ‘just rolled out of bed’ look.

 

There you have it! Those were some tips on how to combat the changing weather as well as some of the rising hair trends for the new season. Stay warm out there and remember, everyone has a different hair type. Always use brands and products that suit your needs without damaging  your hair or scalp. Only you know what’s best for you. If you have any doubts, your hairdresser is loaded with advice and recommendations.

Grooming on the Go – Part II

We had discussed some tips for grooming while traveling in the previous post, now we are going to go further with a few more tips. It is essential to keep up any grooming habits you had at home while you are seeing the world. It will keep up your appearance in foreign places, as well as make you feel better all around. Now, on to some more guidelines!

When staying at a hotel or guesthouse, you may not feel comfortable shaving, or your back-to-back meetings may not spare enough time to do it correctly. Your shower time is a good opportunity to shave without skipping part of the process. The prep work is just as vital as when shaving your face. Start by warming your body in the shower and cleaning up thoroughly down there. If you are a hairy type, use shampoo.

A warm skin minimizes shaving incidents because it provides a closer shave. If you begin the shave without taming the mane, you will expose yourself to irritation and razor burns. Trying to work your razor among long hair can cause nasty cuts. Don’t forget to do a pre-shave for every part of the body that will face the blade later. You can trim them using a clipper after warming up then proceed with the razor. Regardless of your accommodations while traveling, you can make the most of the circumstances and ensure your grooming doesn’t suffer.

Hydration is a huge part of a great shave. Dry skin is likely to cause burns when it comes into contact with a sharp razor. When traveling, you may not have the luxury to moisturize your body properly to prepare it for man-scaping. Increase your water intake to compensate. Depending on your type of trip, your days may be filled with all sorts of activities. All that sweating will deplete your body fluids faster than you can replace them.

Of course, the climate present will matter also. Gauge the environment you will interact with in advance. Will your face be exposed to a lot of germs? In some instances, a simple wash with soap may be sufficient, but in others, you may have to use antiseptic to scrub off the dirt. Say, for instance, you are traveling to supervise a construction site. When shaving, you will need a thorough wash.

Good grooming is for more than just your appearance; it is for your health. A shave rids the body of bacteria and other germs that may be hiding in all that hair. Shaving for most men is a ritual- you have to use the right products, techniques, and preparations. When traveling, though it may be necessary to compromise on some of these norms. However, never forget to carry the appropriate products and tools on your travel; they make all the difference.

And there we have it, fellas. Now you should be prepared and understand what to do when traveling and seeing the world as a well-groomed man. Enjoy yourselves, and stay groomin’.

Grooming on the Go – Part I

Men are realizing the need to take care of the bodies, and that includes good grooming. Man-scaping has become a popular term, and it refers to body shaving, particularly the pubic area. Shaving the groin region may not be a favorite part of your weekly body care activities, but it needs to be done. Keeping it clean “down there” is not just healthy; it complements your personality during intimacy. The general cosmetic appearance of the private region matters to a lot of women, and a clean-shaven body highlights your best features. Traveling is one activity that can derail your grooming efforts, but only if you let it.

A little stubble occasionally may not be a problem, but when you are meeting new people, especially from another region, you want to leave an impression. Good grooming on your travels also ensures you stay fresh. Man-scaping while on the road may not be very easy, particularly when you don’t have the right tools with you. For a man who travels constantly, knowing a few tricks can help with your personal cleanup routine.

The devices you use for shaving will influence the results you get. Invest in a superior quality kit to avoid burns and rashes. Know your type of hair and the kind of scissors and razor it needs. If your budget allows it, you can buy a separate travel kit, so there is always one for the road. Otherwise, ensure that the shaving kit is the first in your suitcase. Never make the mistake of improvising.

For one, the razors and clippers you use to clean up the groin should never touch any other part of your body, as Men’s Health Magazine advises. The bacteria in your pubic region are different from any other of the body, and you want to avoid transferring them. So, while on your business trip, don’t think that you can get away with using the scissors for your head on the groin area. You may end up with irritation, burns, and rashes. Given the strict airline regulations on what you can carry, check first which tools will make it past security, such as electric and disposable razors.

The lotions, aftershave, and creams you use when shaving matter a great deal. Again, airline restrictions make it difficult to carry your preferred grooming products. However, small containers can make it through baggage check but consult the airline you are using first. You can transfer a little bit of everything you need into small containers to suit the regulations. If you have been manscaping for a long time, then you already have specific products as part of your grooming essentials. Make sure these come along.

Don’t risk switching products while traveling, especially for someone with sensitive skin. Even though your trip may force some compromises, don’t let your skin suffer because of it. For this reason, find more than one brand that works for your body; if possible, an international one. The point is to have a backup product you can turn to in a foreign country if the main/usual one is unavailable. Shaving products will be part of your man-scaping for a long while, probably your whole life, so choose wisely. Read reviews before deciding on the right shaving kit.

 

Trim Down Those Nose Hairs

Nose hairs can be unsightly, but unfortunately, we need them. Individuals who do not have a lot of nose hair actually are at a higher risk of developing asthma during their life. Plucking nose hair is not a good idea, but using a nose trimmer is a great way to ensure that those unsightly whiskers do not grow past the edge of the nostril. This guide will walk through what to look for when purchasing a new nose trimmer.

Another important consideration to make concerns the size of the nose trimmer. Not everyone will be taking this device on trips with them, so the portability of the unit may not be as important to them, but for some, it may need to fit into a small space inside of a suitcase. The other reason that size is important is because no one wants to trim their nose hairs with a big bulky tool that makes it twice as difficult to trim the hair.

Compact design allows for easy storage as well. In fact, most nose hair trimmers can easily fit inside of a medicine cabinet. Trimmers for nose hairs do come in a number of shapes and sizes, so make sure to find one that is easy to grip, especially if it is a waterproof device that will be used in the tub.

The first consideration to make when purchasing a new nose hair trimmer is the type of trimmer head that is needed. There are three common trimmer head options available today:

  • The Rotary Trimmer: This is the most popular option of the three types. It features a small, stubby tip that is simple to get into the tip of a nose or an ear and trim the hair. The tip is not long enough to reach too far into the nose, which means that it is nearly impossible to be injured while using the device. Under the tip, there are two razor blades that trim the hair.
  • The Foil Guard Trimmer: This device is designed just like a foil guard razor, but the bladed edge is sideways so that it can easily trim hairs inside of the nose. The blade of this unit is located under the guard for additional protection.
  • The Side Action Trimmer: This is a trimmer that is positioned on the back of a beard trimmer. It is convenient for those who want a two-in- one device, but this type of trimmer is not often designed as a dedicated nose trimmer.

Some nose hair trimmers are designed to be plugged into an outlet, while others run on battery power alone. Most of the ones that require batteries utilize AA or AAA batteries to function. Unfortunately, these devices also tend to use the batteries quickly, so having a spare or two on hand could be beneficial.

When searching for a nose trimmer, one of the things that are important to consider is how easy the device is to clean. Some trimmers may be difficult to trim when longer hair is involved, so if that will be a concern, make sure to take it into consideration.

Some nose trimmers are waterproof, which means that they can be rinsed out with water when they need to be cleaned, but others take a bit more effort. In fact, if the trimmer is not waterproof, the head and the blade will need to be removed to be cleaned properly. Fortunately, cleaning brushes are included to make the job simpler.

Plucking your nose hair is not sanitary; in fact, plucking the hair from your nostrils can lead to infection. This is why a nose trimmer that leaves a bit of hair inside your nostrils for protection is a great tool to own. Hopefully, this guide has helped single out the features to look for before making a purchase.

Why Should You Regularly Cut Your Hair

Whether you are looking to grow your hair our or wanting to keep your look sharp and well-groomed, you need to know how important it is to get regular haircuts. We recommend getting a trim at least once ever two to three months, sometimes less if you have been blessed with fast growing follicles. Having a haircut on a regular basis will help prevent damaged, tired and flat looking hair. The longest part of your hair is the oldest, it takes the brunt of any heat or chemical damage and can often leave your hair looking lifeless. Check out are top reasons for the importance of a regular haircut.

For starters, your hair will look and feel healthier! Healthy hair is easier to manage and that is a fact! The time that you currently spend styling your hair will be slashed with regular trims, leaving more time on grooming that beard.

Do you want people to look at your hair and think it looks rough and unkempt? Damaged hair can look like that. Your hair gets damaged over time from heat, sun, sea and chemicals, which in turn lead to split ends and damage. To help overcome this and protect your hair: always use the right heat protecting products and home hair treatments, your barber or stylist can you help out with this. Less split ends will keep your hair healthier and looking great.

Want your hair to look thicker and not like you are thinning out? If you are one of the unlucky guys who have thinning or receding hair, then regular trims could be the solution for you. Believe it or not but cutting off those wispy ends could trick people in thinking that your hair is thicker than it actually is.

It’s good to maintain a shape and style to your hair. The one accessory that you can’t change every day is your hair, if it doesn’t suit your face shape then you probably won’t feel as confident as you should. Regular trims will allow for better styling, we aren’t saying that you shouldn’t try new styles but always run the idea past your barber (and don’t change your mind mid trim).

There are a few other things you can do to ensure your hair is looking great at all times. Keep your hair clean, nutritional and full of natural oils with the use high quality shampoos, conditioners and treatments. If you want to keep that fresh barbershop look, make sure that you are using sulphate and parabin free products as they won’t dry your hair out.

We have said it before and we will say it again, always be honest with your barber or stylist and ask for hair care advice. These guys are the experts and deal with different shapes, styles, textures and colours every day. The best way to achieve a salon style look is to invest in some salon products, don’t be frugal when it comes to hair care as once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Dreading Dreads? No Problem!

Did you decide to take on the task of dreading your hair? Great! Having dreads is a fairly low maintenance style and doesn’t require a ton of care to maintain. However, this does not mean that dreads are completely carefree! There are still things you will need to do to maintain them and keep your hair looking healthy. Here are a few tips for maintaining your locs and keeping them healthy and looking great!

You’re still going to want to protect your hair at night. When you no longer have free flowing tresses, cotton from your bedding is no longer a worry when it comes to breaking off your hair. Even though breakage at least from this, is no longer a concern you do have something else to worry about from this. That is going to be the dreaded buildup! Lint is attracted to your hair like a magnet, which is why you still want to wear a scarf to protect your hair or you will want to use satin or silk bedding.

Overtime getting lint out of your hair will become a chore if you continuously sleep without your hair being protected. You may be able to pick some out, but in some cases it is lodged pretty deep into your locs, being almost impossible for you to get out. Some people opt for dying their hair at this point to cover up the white linty spots, but who wants to walk around with lint in their hair?

Let your roots breathe sometimes! Do you really love neat looking dreadlocks? Well, you can still maintain a neat look, but every once in a while you should give your roots a break. When you constantly twist your roots as tight as you can you are putting extreme tension on your locs, and that is no good. Eventually after continuously putting this amount of tension on your locs some of them may snap off right in your hands. Your edges are especially sensitive and prone to this so just be careful, you don’t want your hairline to lean back.

Locs like to get some moisture, you know. You still should give your hair the moisture it craves, but be careful in the products that you choose to avoid buildup. When the seasons change, things can get particularly dry so keeping your hair moist is not a bad idea. Heavy waxes and creams are hard to get out of locs, so opting for light natural oils and jellies is probably the best way to go.

Lastly, dreadlocks thrive in a clean environment. If you are hearing otherwise, you shouldn’t take advice from anyone who is saying this. When you are first starting locs, water actually helps to loc your hair up faster. It aids in kinking up your hair for hold, and most importantly it keeps it CLEAN. Once you are fully locked continue to wash your hair on a regular basis. Cleansing is a part of any healthy hair care routine.

Here’s Some Random Hair Facts

If you think you know everything there is to know about your hair, think again. You may know how to style it or whether you want to go for that awesome new haircut at your next barber or salon appointment, but there’s a lot of weird stuff going on up there that we rarely give a second thought. Check out these 20 weird hair facts that may just blow your mind, or at least make you rethink the extent of your hair knowledge.

  1. Hair is made up mostly of keratin, the same protein animals’ horns, hooves, claws, feathers, and beaks are made of.
  2. When wet, a healthy strand of hair can stretch an additional 30% of its original length. Hence why when you get a haircut, your hair can appear shorter than you intended, since it is now dry.
  3. Hair grows slightly faster in warm weather, because heat stimulates circulation and encourages hair growth. So, get that trim more often during the summer months!
  4. All hair is dead, except for the hair that’s still inside the epidermis of your scalp.
  5. Hair contains information about everything that has ever been in your bloodstream, including drugs, and is one of the most commonly used types of forensic evidence.
  6. The only thing about you that can’t be identified by your hair is your gender. That’s right, men’s hair and women’s hair are identical in structure.
  7. Black is the most common hair color. Red is the rarest and only exists in about 1 percent of the world’s population, with blonde hair found in 2 percent.
  8. As soon as a hair is plucked from its follicle, a new one begins to grow.
  9. Hair is 50 percent carbon, 21 percent oxygen, 17 percent nitrogen, 6 percent hydrogen, and 5 percent sulphur.
  10. Hair can grow anywhere on the human body with the exception of the palms of hands, soles of feet, eyelids, lips, and mucous membranes. That means don’t freak out about the hair growing on your nose.
  11. Goosebumps from cold or fear are the result of hair follicles contracting, causing the hair and surrounding skin to bunch up.
  12. The average number of hair strands varies by natural color, with blondes having the most and redheads having the fewest.
  13. The scientific term for split ends is “trichoptilosis.”
  14. Aside from bone marrow, hair is the fastest growing tissue in the body.
  15. Balding only begins to become visible once you’ve lost over 50 percent of the hairs from your scalp.
  16. At any given time, 90 percent of the hairs in your scalp are growing, while the other 10 percent are resting.
  17. A single hair has a lifespan of about five years.
  18. Hair acts as a layer of thermally insulating protection for our heads, which lack the insulation that fat provides for the rest of our bodies.
  19. Eighty percent of Americans wash their hair twice a day.
  20. Each strand of hair can support up to 100 grams in weight. Multiply that by the average 100,000 to 150,000 strands on each head, and your entire head of hair could support the weight equivalent to two elephants.

Hope these random facts have enlightened you about the hair on your head, and now you may just understand a little more about it!

Time for a Little More Grooming!

Take care of everything from the previous post? Good, now you can do some more!

Have you ever been talking to someone, and swear you could braid their nose hairs? So gross, and so easy to avoid! It’s literally thirty seconds with a trimmer to remove this incredibly unsightly element from your face. Dudes, please remember: the taller you are, the more people are looking up your nose instead of at it. That means tall guys especially need to be vigilant about their nose hairs. Trim them back so no one’s staring at those weird, scraggly hairs when they should be admiring your face. Trim the nose hairs. Just do it.

Now what about those ear hairs? Same theory as nose hairs, although it’s now the side-on view you’re worried about rather than the straight-up view. Once again, we’re talking less than a minute to trim, every few days or weeks depending on your hair growth. Well worth the time. The general rule of thumb for both nose and ear hairs is straightforward: the ends shouldn’t be visible. Trim them back until they’re not. That means trimming the hairs off inside the rim of the relevant opening, but you don’t have to go any deeper than that. When it comes to ears especially, you don’t want to; just trim the tips and call it a day.

If you like to zone out with a newspaper while your barber does his thing, you may not have noticed the work he does along the back of your neck. Most haircuts involve neatening up the nape, which is the bottom outline where your haircut ends, usually on the back of the neck. Guys with hairy backs will want to make sure their hairs aren’t creeping up to join the nape, or worse yet to be visible above the collar but below a naked, shaven strip of skin. Case in point, I always make sure my barber takes care of my nape.

However, any man can shave his neck at home with trimmers – the advantage here is you can work this 30-second job into your schedule and have the convenience of not having to travel across town for a touch-up before a special event. That keeps growth even and prevents the nasty “my back hairs and my haircut are engaged in trench warfare” divide along the back of the neck. Shaven smooth back there is the best way to go, from the point where your haircut ends all the way under your shirt collars.

Men with side parts, take heed: your hair is not supposed to be curling around and sticking itself into your ears. If your hair is at the length where it starts invading your ears, use a little product to either slick it back or help it curve around the ears in a nice, natural-looking arch. Ideally, your whole ear should be visible on both sides, but if you want to hide some of it, do it with hairs that end behind or beneath the ear, not in or on it. If product isn’t doing the trick, it’s time to trim it up. The good news is that you don’t’ have to wait for your next barber visit to keep your hair looking clean or sharp. When the hair starts to go over your ears, it’s a warning sign to pull out a clipper and tidy things up. Well made clippers have a number of guide combs to clean up around your ears as well as cut and blend the back, sides and top of your hair. This gives you the opportunity to extend the life of you haircut.

Follow some of these tips, and take care of it now before summer gets in full swing and you start heading out to barbecues and other parties!

Time for Some Grooming!

Social gatherings are more intimate occasions. That’s true not just emotionally, but also physically. People stand close together, and aren’t super distracted by their phones or papers, and tend to notice more features on someone’s face. Including your own.

That makes this the perfect time of year to fix some common grooming mistakes. Don’t feel bad if you’re making any or all of these — just take steps to fix them! Most are needs that don’t develop until after puberty, so none of us really got a chance to build the good habits early in life. Play catch-up now by identifying and eliminating these common grooming mistakes!

There’s nothing wrong with a sweet ‘stache or a big ol’ beard, at least as long as your workplace allows them, but a messy one? You’ll want to avoid that so you can maintain that professionalism. Trim the edges of beards and mustaches into shape on a daily basis. You know how guys without beards look scruffy and scraggly if they skip shaving for more than a day? That’s happening to the edges of your beard, too!

You don’t need to do anything fancy on this one. Just go lightly over the edges of your facial hair with a trimmer and the appropriate guide comb, cutting everything back to a uniform length and making sure the outline (where the hair ends and naked skin begins) is nice and crisp. It’s the difference between “sexy lumberjack,” which is a fantasy, and “hobo” which is more realistic, but decidedly less alluring. You want to look like you’d be natural holding an axe, not a shiv made with a thrown out plastic fork.

Should you trim your stubble?  Yes, men who sport the stubble look need to know how to keep it in check. Contrary to popular belief, the stubble and five o’ clock shadow is now an appearance men can use! However, men who prefer this look must know how to maintain it.  To make stubble work, keep it trim. Just because you have stubble doesn’t mean you are off the hook for maintaining it. That’s what causes you to look sloppy. To avoid the look like you partied too hard the night before, well-kept stubble is a must.  Use a stubble guard or a shorter guide when trimming your stubble.

Now… about those eyebrows. Does this one sound really pathetically nit-picky to you? Think again, what is one of the first things someone notices about your face? Usually the eyes, right? What are right above them? Human beings use them to express a wide range of emotions, and people will take notice. That makes a couple minutes of at-home trimming one of the best time investments you’ll make this year. Eyebrow threading can do an even better job, but at the very least use some trimmers to tidy up the outline of each brow and make a clear separation above the bridge of your nose.

Remember how Bert of Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street always came across as the more fussy, easily flustered one? Yeah, part of that visual coding was his oversized, drawn-together eyebrows. Think about it.

There are more grooming mistakes and fixes coming soon!