Understanding Body Odor

This is a topic that might make some people uncomfortable: Body Odor. The last thing we want to admit is that we have a little funk but sometimes it is in our best interest to acknowledge when it is there. Having body odor can affect many aspects of our lives from how we’re treated at our jobs to our personal relationships. Smelling fresh can make or break a first impression and there are some easy ways to avoid body odor and even prevent it.

Body odor is caused by bacteria breaking down sweat and is linked to the apocrine glands. These glands are found in the ear, armpits, eyelids, breasts and genital areas. Apocrine glands in the ears help to form earwax and in breasts, they secret fat to produce breast milk. These areas do not produce sweat, however. Apocrine glands in the skin and eyelids do produce sweat, though. The location of these glands are the ones mainly responsible for causing body odor because the sweat they produce is high in protein, which bacteria breaks down. When there is too much sweat, the bacteria can’t break down the protein fast enough and that is when smell starts to form.  

There are many causes of excess sweat that range from what you eat to what medications you take. Red meat, fish, spices that release sulfuric acid that the body breaks down, and cruciferous vegetables are all foods that can cause you to produce excess sweat. Aside from food, weight and medical conditions like diabetes and hyperhidrosis can also produce body odor. Certain medications can have the similar side effects as well.

When it comes to prevention there are so many options and finding the best one for you depends on your personal needs. Prescription deodorant is a useful tool in body odor control. Deodorant makes skin more acidic and in turn that makes it harder for bacteria to thrive. Antiperspirants will block sweat glands to prevent sweating. Along with deodorants and antiperspirants, keeping your body thoroughly clean will minimize your chances of developing body odor. It is also recommended to keep armpits free from thick amounts of hair. This hair traps bacteria and sweat and will only add to your chances of having an odor.

While it less of a focus socially, having foot odor can be problematic to your relationships as well. Foot odor is caused when sweat produced on the bottom of the feet do not escape and seep into socks and shoes, heating up while the feet are covered up. You won’t notice any foot odor until you remove your shoes. Foot odor can be prevented by changing your socks regularly and not wearing the same pair more than one day in a row without washing. If you can avoid it, do not wear shoes with plastic lining on the inside more than one day in a row as shoes to not dry overnight. You can also request special deodorants and antiperspirants for your feet that can control foot odor.

Keeping Your Beard Maintained

We’ve talked a lot about beards from Finding the Right Beard for Your Face Shape to the Pros of Growing a Beard. If you have made the choice to grow your beard out and have found the look that suits you and your needs, you’re going to need to know how to take care of it. While a beard might seem like an easy look to keep up, there is actually a lot more than goes into keeping it up than you might think. It’s not just about the hair on your face either; you have to also take care of the skin underneath. When making a first impression it is very important you look your best and keeping your skin and beard in good shape will only help you.

Start by keeping up with regular trimmings. This can be done by you at home or even a professional. Keeping your beard trimmed at any length will help prevent split ends, much like keeping the hair on the top of your head does. Once you’ve determined the amount of hair you prefer for your beard you can use a comb and trimming shears to keep it in shape.  Make sure to invest in a decent comb. Using a comb during trimming will help keep everything even and, if used outside of trimming, it will encourage the hairs to grow straight out instead of a potential curly mess. When you’re trimming your beard or even shaving keep your face as relaxed as possible. This will ensure that your beard will be even for any and all expressions.

If you are of the mindset of needing to remove the beard hair during upkeep instead of keeping the hair and skin healthy, you might be inadvertently putting yourself at risk for irritation, infection, and razor burn. To avoid these skin irritants, make sure your pores are open beforehand and sealed afterward. You can open your pores with hot steam from a shower or even running hot water in the sink. Once you’ve finished your upkeep routine, splash your face with cold water to seal your pores and provide an extra wake-up boost. After you’ve splashed on the cold water, consider applying a beard balm. Beard balms are a styling agent that add volume and shape to your beard. This is not to be confused with a beard oil. Beard oils serve to moisturize and condition the beard hairs as well as the skin underneath.

Now, something you might not consider (but really should) is exfoliating. This isn’t something just girls do. Exfoliating will scrub away all the dead skin cells as well as the build-up dirt and oil. Try and pick up something that specializes in keeping your beard and your skin moisturized for a two-in-one effect. You’ll also want to shampoo that beard. How many times has food gotten lost in that chin mane? If you spread some of the lather you’re already building on your hair to your chin, you won’t be wasting more shampoo than you already need. If you really want a soft beard you can pick up beard specific conditioners as well. You won’t need to use this more than one or two times a week, really.  

Matching Your Glasses and Beard

A while back we talked about finding the right beard for your facial shape. The overall effect your beard should is to increase how symmetrical your face looks by rounding it out and elongating the shape. If you wear glasses, you may want to consider how those will also change the shape of your face. On top of that, you’ll also want to pair your glasses with your beard if you choose to have one. The overall effect can change your look dramatically.

As pointed out before, having an oval-shaped face holds a lot of possibilities. This facial shape means you can rock any kind of beard you decide to grow out. Pretty much any style is going to suit this shape. In the same regard, any style of glasses is going to do the same for you. Any shape, style, or thickness is going to suit you and your beard just as well.

If your face is more square shaped you’ll want to consider a goatee or mustache. Any look that keeps your facial hair short and close to your face is going to be more suitable as they draw away from the angles of your jaw. Try out some frames that are rounder as they will add to that effect. Glasses with more angles are going to emphasize that square shape.

Now, round-shaped faces should avoid beards that are fuller on the sides as they will make your face look rounder. Go for styles that are short on the side and longer down the middle. This will thin out your face. With this facial shape, you want to go for those angular and geometric shapes to thin out your face as well. You’ll want to avoid oval and round shaped glasses.

Longer facial shapes will require fuller beards. This’ll hide the length of your face and round it out, making it look more oval. Look for glasses that have wide frames with a strong top line. You might think these are dad glasses but they are certainly coming back into style and will add to your look.

If your face has a rectangular shape aim for beards that are longer on the sides and shorter in the middle. Try out a full beard or an extended goatee. Create the illusion of a round face with your beard. As for glasses, try out round and thin frames. Thicker frames will take away from the effect and emphasis your beard.

Lastly, we have those with diamond facial shapes. The look you’ll want to try out is keeping your sides and centers short with everything else rounded out. This is another look that will round out those sharp features and elongate your face. The glasses you want to try out should have wider, angular styles.

Your personal style is just that: personal. While these beard and glasses pairings are suited to a shape of the face, it doesn’t always mean that they will work for you. Try out looks that you think are best and if you need a starting point, there are always references like the ones above.

How Hygiene Can Effect Your Work Life

There is a lot of emphasis on appearances when it comes down to everyday life. Between the advertisements in magazines and television, there are a lot of sources telling you how you should look and smell. It’ll be up to you to decide on your personal style but you really want to pay attention to your personal hygiene. While it may not seem like a major detail to pay attention to, it can be the biggest first impression you make on someone before you ever speak a word to them. This becomes especially important when you’re looking for a job.

Hiring managers are able to form their first impressions of you in a matter of seconds. Before they even shake your hand they can determine what kind of person they think you are just by the way you dress and present yourself. If your clothes are wrinkled and tattered, they are going to perceive your attitude about the interview, and in turn the job, as being lax and unprofessional. Be sure your clothes are picked out carefully to match the dress code and cleaned so that they smell fresh. Be sure to avoid wearing or showing off anything that might have a negative impact on your potential employers’ perception of you. This can include visible tattoos, facial piercings, and funky hair colors. Unless otherwise specified, try and dress as professionally as possible. Button-up shirts and slacks with dress shoes are a safe bet but adding a blazer and tie can really up your look if you truly want to make a great first visual impression.

After you’ve picked out your outfit, focus on your personal hygiene. Make sure you shower and clean yourself thoroughly. Beards and mustaches should be trimmed neatly and at an acceptable length to match the job you are trying to get hired for. Your teeth and tongue should be brushed to make sure your breath is fresh and your teeth are looking clean. If you’re worried about the smell of your breath, you can always chew a piece of gum right before the interview. Be sure to dispose of it before the start of the interview, you don’t want to distract your interviewer by chewing something the entire time they are speaking with you. In a survey, 73% of hiring managers stated that grooming had a lot to influence on their perception of a potential candidate while only 21% said it had little effect.

Now, once you have the job you shouldn’t see that as a means to drop that cleanliness routine. Every day you’ll have to work beside people who will also have a formed impression of you. You’ll want to make sure to shower daily and brush your teeth. If you fall behind on these practices and it becomes an issue of the smells surrounding you, your co-workers may not take lightly to it. This doesn’t mean that they’ll just shy away from you but they might go out of their way not to work with you. However, keeping yourself smelling and looking clean doesn’t take too much effort as long as you’re willing to put the time in. If you are unable to make the shower one day, cologne or body spray may help to freshen up your look. Take caution not to use too much, though, as your co-workers may not appreciate the overwhelming scent that might follow you.

Personal hygiene affects so many different aspects of our daily lives. It is always a good idea to keep up with good practices because it doesn’t take too much to keep yourself looking and smelling your best.

Teeth Whitening

In 2015, 2,000 Brits were polled by the BUPA in regards to how they view their dental health. In the said poll, 42% admitted that their teeth would be the first thing they changed about themselves while 28% stated that they would refuse to smile in pictures because of how their teeth looked. These feelings are not just exclusive to the British. Many Americans share those sentiments as well. Having whiter and brighter teeth has become one of the latest self-care trends to rise to the spotlight of routines. However, having whiter teeth does not always mean your teeth are healthy. Your teeth are covered with a layer of enamel. Underneath this enamel is a pale brown substance called dentin. Dentin becomes more visible the thinner your enamel gets. The color of the dentin can appear darker if proper preventive care isn’t taken to keep teeth clean. Substances and chemicals that contribute to the darkening of dentin include:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Enamel thinning due to age
  • Poor diet that includes food with high acid and sugars
  • Chronic dry mouth
  • Open-mouthed breathing caused by blocked nasal passages
  • Antibiotic
  • Excessive fluoride intake
  • Genetic Predisposition

Luckily, there are many ways to whiten and brighten your teeth in a way that isn’t harmful to your enamel. If you prefer to whiten your teeth naturally, here are some options you can consider.

Brushing After you Eat or Drink
This sounds like advice straight out of your dentist’s mouth. This is because they know what they are talking about. Brushing your teeth right after you consume food or beverages prevents the residual acids and chemicals from adhering to your teeth and breaking down your enamel. Of course, this isn’t always practical to your daily life so at least try and brush after breakfast and before you go to bed.
Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide Paste and Rinse
An effective mouthwash can be made using just the hydrogen peroxide mixed with water. Start by brushing your teeth normally with your usual toothpaste and finish it off by swishing around the hydrogen peroxide mixture for one minute and rinsing. This mixture will effectively kill many germs still remaining in your mouth.
Another method that is effective is making a paste out of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. For the safety of your enamel, you will want to make the paste runny. This is because baking soda is fairly gritty and the last thing you want to do is scrub your enamel off. IT DOES NOT GROW BACK. When brushing with this paste, make sure you reach all the way to the back of your teeth and use a regular toothbrush. Rub the paste onto your teeth for thirty seconds and rinse well.
Coconut Oil Pulling
This one may not sound appealing but it has been proven to work and there are a few methods to using coconut oil. The first is to simply put a spoonful of coconut oil into your mouth and swish it between your teeth for five to twenty minutes. You can also brush it onto your teeth using a smaller amount on your toothbrush. You might also consider this same method but with a washcloth.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has come into the spotlight recently as an all-purpose substance used for anything ranging from a weight loss method to use in a homemade fly trap. You can now add teeth whitener to the list. Dip your toothbrush into the apple cider vinegar and brush it onto your teeth for one minute. Once it has been rinsed out, follow up by brushing your teeth with a toothpaste that is fluoride-free
Lemon and Orange Peels
It isn’t an uncommon method to use citrus juice and peels to clean caked on grime. The citric acid is potent enough to break through with ease. That being said if you opt to clean your teeth with citric acid, be sure to rinse your mouth very, very well. This is because any remaining acid can eat away at your enamel and it would defeat the purpose of using it to whiten your teeth.

If you aren’t quite comfortable using made-at-home methods of teeth whitening, there are many, many products on the market designed to whiten your teeth while also keeping them safe. Here are a few that come highly recommended for a variety of reasons.

AuraGlow
A consensus of the reviews reveals that this product is very comfortable to use. Once the whitening strips have been applied, an LED light is used to brighten and cleanse your teeth. Users have stated that, while this product will stay in place during use, the strips can be difficult to remove by the end of the session.
Crest 3D White Professional Effects
This brand is probably one of the more popular and advertised products on the market. The low cost should not deter you from trying it out as it is fast acting with great results. However, there have been reports of increased tooth sensitivity and pain after the first couple of uses.
Lumist Advanced
This kit is a little more on the expensive side. These strips are reportedly short, only covering from canine to canine but they are great for sensitive teeth and produce long-lasting results fast.
Sparkling White
If you’re looking for a cheaper option, this might work for you. The application process is easy and it contains enamel-safe ingredients. The downside has been reported that the whitening gel can separate from the whitening strip and become messy. At worst this might also render the strip unusable.
White360
This is another affordable brand to consider. Users report that it is fast acting but can be uncomfortable to use.

 

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.

The Best Beard for Your Face

Thinking of growing your beard out? There are many things that you need to consider when taking this step forward from the time you have to manage your look to the actual style. When picking the type of style that is best for you, you definitely want to keep your facial shape and structure in mind. Your facial hair should work to give your face an oval appearance, even if it isn’t your natural facial shape. Every person has a different facial shape and you want to play to the strength of that shape to make your face look as symmetrical as possible. When determining this shape, there are four features you want to measure: Forehead, Cheekbones, Jawline, and Facial Length. Based on these measurements, you want to note what was the longest and compare it to the descriptions and suggestions below.

Square Face–  Men with thicker, wider jaws and short, angular chins would fall under the category of having a square face. This isn’t to fret, these facial shapes are seen as the strongest and boldest of the shapes to be found. When it comes to the type of style you want to look for, you want to keep in mind that you want to keep the hair narrow to avoid making your face seem wider than it is. Narrow styles lengthen your chin and accentuate your jaw. Try a goatee, circle beard, or even a traditional mustache. Need some inspiration from a well-known face? Brad Pitt and Dwayne Johnson both have square facial features.

Round Face– If your cheekbones are wide and your chin is short you might have a round face. Styles to shoot for should be shorter on the sides and longer on the bottom. These help to narrow out the face and create that oval effect. Good looks for round-faced gentlemen are goatees and the Dick Van Dyke style. Celebs with this facial structure include Jeremy Renner, Mark Wahlberg, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

 

Heart Face– Did you find that your cheekbones were wider compared to your jaw and chin? You might consider that you have a heart-shaped facial structure. Heart-shaped faces should bear in mind that your face may appear smaller than other shapes. It wouldn’t do you much justice to try for a full beard as it would only further shrink the size of your face. Instead, aim for a perma 5-O’clock shadow or similar stubble. You want to keep more facial hair below the chin to give the narrower appearance. Tom Hardy is a perfect example of someone with a heart-shaped face.

 

Long/ Rectangular Face– Wider jaws and squared off chins with longer facial length indicate a rectangular or long face type. Aim for facial hair that is fuller around the cheeks and neater on the bottom, avoiding looks with a pointed chin. The goal is to draw attention away from the length of the face while making it look fuller. A full, but narrowed chevron mustache or full beard would suit this structure well. Clint Eastwood, Robert Downey Jr., and Idris Elba are all men with rectangular facial shapes that make it work.

Oval Face– Last but certainly not least, if your cheekbones were wider compared to your collar bones and your chin was proportionate with your forehead you are the lucky ones. Men with oval faces have relatively proportionate facial features and this is only going to work in their favor. Most any facial hairstyle is going to work as it is only going to accentuate the features you already have. Try and aim for short styles, though, or even go cleanly shaven if you need a fresh start. Kevin Hart and David Beckham have the oval facial structure.

 

At the end of the day, you want to look on top of your game. Following the shape of your face and working your style around the features you already have are going to give you and your style a boost. However, how you choose to look is up to you and what makes you feel good about yourself.

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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.

To Grow a Beard or Go Clean-Shaven? The Pro Clean-Shave Thought

Beards have been very popular lately, enough for someone to coin the term “lumbersexual.” As far as terms go, “lumbersexual” isn’t quite as bad as “man bun,” but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still cringe-worthy. It shouldn’t be surprising, though, that facial hair has made a comeback. After the horrible things that happened to men’s fashion in the late ’90s and early 2000s, an over-correction was bound to occur.

In an attempt to get away from the pedicures and tight pink shirts of the “metrosexual” era, urban men moved way too far in the other direction, chasing a masculine aesthetic from a time when men were men and the infant mortality rate was through the roof.

The recent trend may have been one of growing facial hair in an attempt to emphasize your masculinity, but you may actually be better off going clean-shaven.

First, while popular culture has embraced beards on men, the business world is much less progressive. Yes, there are some office environments where facial hair is commonplace and an employee won’t stand out if he decides to grow one, but in general, the business world is a more conservative environment than Hollywood or the fashion industry.

There’s also limited evidence to support the idea that men who interview for jobs with beards get hired less often than men who interview clean-shaven. It could be that interviewers view clean-shaven men as less lazy for being willing to shave beforehand, but displaying a willingness to conform to traditional expectations is also probably part of it as well. Either way, if you’re interviewing for a job, it’s probably worth shaving.

Business executives also tend to be clean-shaven, indicating that you may limit your ability to move up in your company if you hold off on shaving.

From a dating perspective, you’re also likely better off with a clean-shaven face than with a beard. In the same way that well-done classic hairstyles for women are going to attract far more men than flash-in-the-pan trends like shaving the sides of their heads, following the beard trend may only work for you while beards are still popular. Barring certain trends, women have been shown to find clean-shaven men the most attractive.

There’s also the problem that comes with a trend becoming so popular that it feels like everyone is following it. The more common an attractive trait becomes, the less attractive it becomes, as well. A few years ago, men with beards were much more rare than they are today, leading the way for women who were frustrated with boyfriends who kept stealing their favorite honey apricot lavender moisturize to find those few bearded men exceptionally attractive.

Now, though, many social circles are inundated with beards, mustaches, and a few days worth of scruff. Growing a beard isn’t nearly as unique or rare anymore, which means you have to grow an even bushier beard or bigger mustache. The alternative, of course, is to stand out in the sea of beards by rocking the clean-shaven look.

There’s certainly nothing wrong with keeping your beard if you like it and want to do so, but at the same time, there are quite a few compelling reasons to do so. So what do you think? Is it time to embrace the clean-shaven look?

To Grow a Beard or Go Clean-Shaven? The Pro Beard Thought

Chances are, in this day and age, you have been contemplating growing out your beard. Many men think about doing this, but few are brave enough to do it. For those who do, they end up being very happy with their choice to give in and grow the beard. It may not be easy, but if you make it through the journey it will be worth it. Are you still on the edge? Below are a few reasons why you should take the plunge and join the bearded family.

For starters, it’s something brand new! Beards are a great way to switch up your appearance and add freshness to your look. Beards are an easy, as well as inexpensive, way to give your face a brand new makeover. Men can choose from a variety of different styles and ways to grow out their beards. Consult a barber to find out which beard shape will work for your face. If this is the first time you are growing a beard, the short length full beard is recommended.

Second, women love beards. Looks don’t mean everything, but having a beard has been proven to grab the attention of the ladies. Many bearded men will tell you that they saw an uptick in successful dates once they made the decision to grow a beard. The millennial generation has especially been known to appreciate a good beard. If you look at any major fashion line, or trendy gentleman’s website, you will notice that men with beards are pictured more than not.

This may come as a surprise, but there have been health benefits found in growing out your beard. Beards are known to trap allergens and keep them from entering your airway in the same way your nose hair does. This may sound out of the box, but if you suffer from allergies, this may be a helpful solution. You can also get extra protection from the rays of the sun, which will lower your chance of skin cancer. This may not be the main reason to grow out your beard, but it is an added benefit.

A beard adds to your look in many different ways, but most of all it adds to your masculinity. Beards have also been known to make men look smarter (according to their women counterparts). Studies have shown that men in the workplace with beards are perceived have more authority and knowledge in their workplace.

If you are now sold on the idea of growing a beard, now is the time to start! The next time you pick up a razor, think about all of the benefits a beard could add to your life. In order to start your beard, make sure you start with a fresh shave. In order to grow your beard faster, many beard experts suggest exercising, raising your vitamin D levels (by taking supplements or getting some sun). Once you have a substantial amount of hair grown, take a trip to your local barber shop to get a nice trim and consultation on next steps for your beard.