Choosing Your Sideburn

With the discussion of beards and facial hair, there’s another aspect of hair on your head that needs to be discussed as well- Sideburns. They generally aren’t your first thought when it comes to hair but they play just as crucial of a role in the shape of your face as your hair and beard do. If you want your look to be symmetrical you’re going to want to choose a style that is consistent with the look you already have or are trying to achieve. You want to keep the length of all the hair you have to be consistent as well. It would look odd if your sideburns were bushier than your beard or the hair on your head. You’ll also want to consider the density of your facial hair in terms of length and width.

Length is determined as such:
Short: Stopping between the top and middle of the ear
Mid-length: Stopping in the middle of the Ear
Long: Stopping between the middle and bottom of the ear
Very Long: Stopping at the bottom of the ear and longer

You want to avoid sideburns that stop above the ear. At that point, the symmetry in your face will be thrown off and you technically won’t have sideburns. When it comes to the width, the wider the style, the more radical it can become. In a professional setting, sideburns are generally no larger than one and a half.  Keep your job and lifestyle in mind when you are looking into the styles of your sideburns.


Now we will move onto the styles that will suit your facial shape the best.

Round Face: Keep your sideburns longer to break up the roundness of your face and start them at mid-ear level. Bushy burns and short sideburns will only add to the fullness of your face and make it seem wider.

Square Face: Try to compliment and offset your jaw by going with a longer style that reaches the bottom of your ear. This will add dimension and narrow your features.

Oval Face: Shape your burns so that they end around mid-ear. Longer styles will make your chin seem more pointed and emphasize that feature.

Oblong Face: You can go one of two ways here. The first is keeping a short style that will make your face appear shorter. The second is only if your face is long and narrow: you can add width with long, thick sideburns.

Heart Face: This facial shape is tricky as a lot of different styles can offset your features. It is suggested to try and experiment with different looks to find the one that suits you the best. The longest and shortest styles can make your face seem wide and offset so be careful when trying out different looks.

Triangular Face: Balance your wider, lower face with short to medium sides. You can also go with longer, tapered sides to help narrow your wider jaw.

Diamond Face: This shape is best complemented by styles that are of medium length and just over mid-ear. Bushy styles will draw emphasis to your cheekbones and make your face appear wider.

If you aren’t sure of the direction you want to take, consult your barber or trusted stylist and they will be able to point you in the right direction.

If you’re one of the many men who suffer from thin hair you may feel like there are no grooming options out there that look stylish. This simply isn’t true. Having thin hair, to begin with, is a trick of genetics and might just be something that you have no control over. While others might find their hair thinning out due to diet, stress, and bodily changes with age. Whatever the reason, no one wants to admit that their hair is thinning and some might even venture to whatever means to try and thicken their hair. They might try anything from diet changes to vitamins, to doctor recommended treatments. In the end, while these treatments may work for some men, there is still the effort needed to hide or distract from the thinning locks on your head.


Thin Cut

Let’s start with an obvious solution: Shorter Hair. The shorter you keep your hair, the less attention you’ll get if your hair is thinning out. With thinner haircuts, you have more option of styling products to volumize your locks. It’ll give you the appearance of thicker hair and it won’t be weighed down like longer looks. Invest in a barber or stylist that can help you find the right look and the right products to suit your needs. When styling, stay away from thicker creams and gels and opt for molding pastes that will plump up the hair you have.


Scalp Massage

As with most things skin related, the more blood flow you can encourage, the healthier you end up being. During every shower give yourself a scalp massage and don’t be afraid to scrub- you won’t lose any hair that wasn’t going to be lost through the day. Massaging your scalp will promote more nutrients to flow in that direction and in turn, your hair and skin will be healthier. In the long run, it will also encourage more hair growth and you might find yourself with a fuller head of hair for it. Also, consider getting outside a little more especially with spring around the corner and the weather warming up. The sun’s rays are full of vitamin C which also promote more blood flow.


Visual Tricks

Another suggestion for distracting from your thinning hair is to create visual illusion or distraction. Start by finding the best beard that fits your face shape and go from there. If you can find a style that suits your overall look, there will be more attention to your face rather than the top of your head. Not to mention that beards are in right now and there are so many sources of beard care available. You’ll join a whole new group of men who have developed their own communities just based on their facial hair. If you find that the beard you already have is graying, ask your stylist of low-lights of their recommendation to give your hair a look of depth.


The last trick is the easiest of them all and only requires that you take your health into your own hands. A healthy diet and lifestyle will increase your blood flow, as mentioned above, and will lead you to be healthy overall. Consult your doctor before making any drastic changes but for the most part, a healthy diet with vitamin supplements and exercise will do wonders for your body.

Hair Cuts for Your Hair Type

Now, we’ve covered a lot of different topics on the best beards for different face shapes and even matching beard to your glasses. Now we’re going to look at the best kinds of haircuts for your hair type. When getting a haircut you want to take into consideration the different aspects of your face and hair. Thickness and texture play a big role in the styles you want to think about when changing your look. Keep in mind that the cut you want may not work as well if you have thinner hair and the same can be said if you have thicker hair.


Thick Hair

Having thick hair can seem like a blessing and a curse wrapped up in a hair follicle. On one hand you won’t have to worry too much about your hairline receding or going bald but on the other hand, your hair is going to need a lot more maintenance if you want it to be manageable. Luckily, your options on style are not limited- short crops and longer locks are both possible if you layer internally and keep up on regular trims.


Asian Hair

Asian hair is often defined as shiny and thick and while that may seem like the dream, Asian hair is prone to thin and breakage as it matures. This hair type is often difficult to retain a style that has been worked at with hot tools. Aim for short crops and geometric cuts that work with gravity. In turn, these styles will work for you with little to no effort on your part.


Fine Hair

Fine hair can feel like the worst of the hair types. Often times those with thin hair have a hard time getting their hair into any kind of shape or style. It hangs limp and often times you are able to see the scalp. To give your hair the appearance of body, keep it longer in the styles of millennial curtains or a swept back style. Anything shorter will give away the thinness of your hair.


Wavy Hair

If you find that your hair is wavy, you are looking at locks that aren’t quite curly but definitely not straight. Curly hair can vary in the thickness and texture and will need extra attention when cutting and styling. Give your hair movement and shape cutting the sides of your hair short and leaving a bit of length on the top.


Textured Hair

Textured hair, sometimes also called ‘Afro Hair’, is a catch-all term and varies from person to person. Textured hair can be found in many different thicknesses and many different types of curl tightness. As the curls are not generally cylindrical, they do not reflect light and might not appear shiny and the hair is also prone to more dryness. Luckily, there is little work to be done once you’ve found the right cut. Ask your barber or stylist to find a cut that works with your curls in a natural shape and your hair will do the hair work for you.


Unruly Hair

Does your hair do it’s own thing, not laying flat and sticking out all over the place with no manners for polite company? You might have unruly hair. Avoid medium length styles and go straight for long or short ones. Consider stocking up on your styling products, though. It’s going to take a lot to tame those locks.


Thinning Hair

As you start to pass through age 50, you might find your hair losing its thickness or texture it might have had in your youth. This is perfectly normal, even if you find yourself lamenting the looks of your younger years. If you want to avoid the baldness train for a few years, try for a cropped style or a buzz cut, something light that will minimize the look of thinning hair if you were to choose something longer.

When it comes to what time of day to shower, there is a lot of debate on whether there are more benefits to morning showers or nightly showers. Well, science is here to settle the debate once and for all and it looks like nightly showers come out as the better option for your health. Many people who shower in the morning claim to prefer them because they wake their brains up in the hot, or cold, spray. Another reason people tend to prefer morning showers is due smelling better at the start of the day instead of sleeping off the pleasant scent of their body wash. While these reasons work for those people, there are real, proven reasons why showering at night is ultimately better for your health.

Cleaner Skin
The most obvious reason to shower before you go to bed is that you’re cleaning your skin of dirt, pollen, and sweat residue. Your skin will also produce the most oil around 1PM. By removing these particles, you are less likely to be sleeping on irritants that can bring about blemishes and rashes on your skin. If you clean your face, your pillowcase will also be cleaner and your chances for an acne breakout will lessen as well. Make sure you clean your feet just as well. By the time you go to bed your feet have been everywhere from a bathroom floor to boots to sandals. The last thing you want to do is go to bed with dirty feet. You can also look forward to having cleaner sheets to sleep on. Who doesn’t like sleeping on clean sheets, after all?

Better Sleep
Science has found that towards the end of our day our body temperature tends to lower our level of activity decreases and it will stay low until the morning when activity resumes. Showering before bed accelerates this process as your body is heated by the warm water and then suddenly lowered once you step out. This tires your body out faster and promotes better sleeping patterns. Showering right before bed is also a good way to decrease screen time before you nod off. Studies have concluded that eliminating screen time at least 30-minutes before sleeping will result in deeper REM sleep. As an added bonus, if you enjoy sleeping in you add in another 30 minutes that might have been spent showering!

Effective Skin Routines
If you’re in the habit of moisturizing before you got to bed, you’ll definitely want to start that routine off with a shower. Most skin moisturizers are more effective when we sleep as it is. Deep sleeping increases your blood supply and is better for your skin in general. If you use moisturizers, they will be more effective if used right before bed. When you shower your pores open up to the steam in the air and allow for better cleaning but also better absorption of facial cleansers and moisturizers. You’ll wake up feeling more refreshed and your skin will look better than ever.


Home Remedies for Dandruff

Are you not looking forward to wearing dark colors in the winter? Is your cold-weather wardrobe full of light colors and textured fabrics? Could the reason behind it be dandruff? If yes, have no fear. There are many treatments to hydrate your scalp and fight off dandruff that you can make at home without breaking the bank and harming your hair with chemicals.

The first step in treating your dandruff is knowing the causes. Irritated, oily skin can cause dandruff in places other than your hair. Your eyebrows and backs of your ears can suffer as well. This seborrheic dermatitis is distinguished by flakey, scaly skin covered in grease and oil. A simpler cause can be from not washing your hair enough. Skipping washes can cause oils and dirt to build up and in turn that can dry your skin out and cause dandruff. Malassezia is a yeast-like fungus that grows on the scalps of most adults. It can cause more skin cells to grow and the buildup of excess skin can appear as flakes and dandruff. Sensitivity to grooming products and dry skin can also produce dandruff as itching the scalp from irritation can make the skin flake off.

There are other factors to dandruff other than external factors. Sometimes age has an effect on how your skin reacts. Some studies have even found that gender can increase your chances. As more men get dandruff, there is some speculation that male hormones might be a factor to consider. If you have a compromised immune system you can also have a higher risk.

Fenugreek seeds soaked in water overnight and ground into a paste with coconut milk will strengthen hair and reverse damages. Add some lime juice to your hair washing routine to give your hair a healthy shine. Whip up an egg with some water and massage it into your hair and scalp. Then wrap your head in a warm towel for a few minutes. Follow this up by rinsing your hair and washing it with shampoo. Mince some aloe vera leaves and combine with coconut milk for another scalp massage. Leave the mixture in for a few minutes before rinsing.

Tea Tree oil is another great alternative. This multi-purpose oil works as an antifungal and antimicrobial solution to many products. Mix it with coconut oil and massage into your hair. Leave this mixture in your hair overnight and rinse in the morning. Make a 30-minute hair treatment from curd and egg and apply it to your hair and scalp. Allow it soak and rinse with water and shampoo. Using this treatment will fight dandruff and add luster to your hair.

If your skin remains dry and flakey and you have cause for concern, you can also make an appointment with a dermatologist. They can help you determine the cause of your dandruff and prescribe some over the counter remedies that will be more beneficial to you. They might recommend shampoos that contain salicylic acid, selenium acid, or ketoconazole, all of which are medically proven to fight off dandruff. If you see results shortly after use, cut back on how often you wash your hair and gradually add your regular shampoo. Use these special dandruff shampoos as special treatments.  

House 99

Alright, here’s a name we’re all familiar with: David Beckham. Whether you’re familiar with his work as a British soccer player or his marriage to a Spice Girl, this name is easily recognizable. On top of his already impressive resume, you can now add creating a men’s grooming line to the list. This isn’t the first time he’s stepped foot into the world of fashion, having been involved in a line of cologne commercials. He’s partnered with L’Oréal Luxe to create this new line of men’s grooming products under the brand of House 99.

The House 99 line will include 13 hair, skin, beard, and tattoo products. Among these products, you’ll also find facial moisturizers and hair and beard balms. Beckham has been deeply involved in the creation of this line from the formula, design, and packaging. Each product will include holistic ingredients such as quinoa and spirulina that are protein-rich and have health-boosting beauty properties.

The line was created with his routine and want for quality products in mind. Beckham has often changed his own look over the years and this line will also reflect the changes men make to their own appearance. David wasn’t along in the creation of this line. His wife, Victoria also had a hand in it. Her input comes in for the beard oils as a response to David’s own facial hair that she says needs to be softer and smell better.

The partnership itself is unusual in that companies like L’Oréal generally partner with pre-established brands. It will be the first time in many years they have gone with a partnership like this. The name comes from Beckham wanting to make his customers feel at home while experimenting with their looks using his products. The 99 stands to represent the year his married his wife, had a kid and won three championships with Manchester United (1992). In the official press release, Beckham mentioned he would also be offering his grooming and styling tips to those in his “house” (a.k.a. tribe).

Here’s what Beckham wrote about his new grooming line via W Magazine:

“I’m so excited to finally share House 99 with everyone around the world! For me, grooming is not only about how you look, but how you feel. It’s about being comfortable, trying new things and shaping your next look. I created House 99 to give people the inspiration as well as the right products to experiment and feel completely at home doing so. House 99 is here to support men, to give them the tools they need to create whatever look they are going for. Welcome to the house.”

This product line will be available in the U.K. on February 1st, exclusively sold at Harvey Nichols stores. After that, it will roll out nationwide and then expand to 19 other retailers starting March 1st. You can start looking for it to available stateside starting March 4th. The line already as a decent social media following, having debuted on Instagram. You can keep up to date on news for the release of this line there as well.

Do you feel like you don’t have enough beer in your day? There’s a solution for that that doesn’t include spending your time and money at a bar or drinking at home. Instead, you can have a beer during your morning or evening shower. I’m not talking about an actual drink, though. There are products on the market now made with beer components and they are actually good for you! The science behind it has concluded that the barley, hops, and yeast all contain protein and vitamin B that add fullness and shine to hair. On top of looking great, you’ll also smell great too! These products come in scents you’re probably already using with the additional option for non-scented products.

I’m sure most beer connoisseurs have heard of Carlsberg. If you haven’t, Carlsberg controls over 8% of the global beer market. In the last year or so this company has decided that, instead of just beer, they were going to dive into the world of grooming products. As of now, their line only extends to shampoo, conditioner, and body wash but it is made with the same recipe as their beer formula, just with some modifications so you aren’t pouring a bottle of beer over your head every wash. Each container of your choice in product is supposed to contain 0.5liters of actual Carlsberg beer. If you’re interested in purchasing some of these products, they can be bought from their website located here.

Damn Handsome Old-School is another brand throwing its name into the ring with their all natural products. This brand was started by a husband and wife team who loved beer and found themselves in one of the largest brewing cities once they relocated to Portland, Oregon. The couple found that, during the brewing process, there was a lot of waste that included the oats, hops, and barley and those could be refashioned into all natural grooming products. On top of not letting good things go to waste, this company also does good by giving soap to those in need with every purchase. More about this company and their products can be found on their website.

BRÖÖ is another brand founded by a husband and wife team. They too saw the potential in the natural waste created during the brewing process of beer and decided to use it. They offer a wide range of grooming products from hair care to skin care. They offer products for both men and women as well. On top of product listings, their website offers a list of the ingredients used in those products so you always know what you’re putting on your body. This brand also offers a promise that for every purchase, they will donate to clean water initiative around the world.

Craftsman Soap Co was founded by Evan Worthington after he started making soap for himself and his family. It was during a soap making session with his sister that the idea of making soap infused with beer came to fruition. It took months of hard work but he was able to create his signature products with the perfect recipes and techniques, giving him the perfect opportunity to start up his own soap company. Now, if you opt to purchase anything from their online store you won’t find shampoos, conditioners, and liquid soaps. Instead, you’ll find bar soaps, oils, and shaving products.

Treating Hair Loss

Hair loss is common in most people and can be more noticeable for some than others. It can be caused by genetics, hormones, poor diet, or stress. While some men embrace the hair loss by opting for a shaved look, others seek out treatments to act as a cure. However, with so many products on the market designed to act as a said cure, it can be hard to determine what will actually work. That is because not all products work for all men, it all depends on the person. When choosing your hair loss solution, consider your situation and what your needs are in terms of a product. Below are some of the scientifically proven, effective hair loss treatment supplements.

This product was developed based on the idea that the diet consumed by the Inuits, people indigenous to the Arctic regions of North America and Greenland, attributed to their excellent skin and hair. The diets they consume are rich in amino acids. This product line isn’t just an oral supplement. It includes shampoos and an ideology for lifestyle changes. 25 years of research have suggested that taking this supplement with a vitamin balanced and protein-rich diet can provide effective results.

The team that developed this product met at Oxford and aptly named their resulting company Oxford Biolabs. This company is highly regarded in the world of hair loss treatment. Their newest product,  TRX2, is the latest and possibly most effective treatment. TRX2 mimics the effects of Minoxidil 100% naturally, using potassium chloride and L-carnitine-L-tartrate. While those terms might seem intimidating, they are actually naturally produced by the body already.

You might also recognize this as Rogaine. When this product was initially developed, it was meant to treat high blood pressure but researchers noticed it also seemed to stimulate hair growth. Applied as a shampoo, Rogaine relies on the body’s natural production of sulfotransferase to stimulate more hair growth. Unfortunately, if your body does not produce sulfotransferase, this product won’t work for you.

Biotin is also known as Vitamin B7 or as Vitamin H and can be purchased in store that supplies vitamins. While there isn’t a specific link between Vitamin B7 and hair growth, there is one for Vitamin H. Vitamin H helps the body produce keratin, which is what hair, nails, and skin are made of. There is no recommended dosage, nor can you overdose on these like you can with Vitamin B. Biotin is water soluble and more amounts of it are flushed from the body through urine.

Selenium is a natural way to boost hair growth. While you can take it in supplement form, you can also get it from Liver, garlic, whole grains, and fish.

Hair Surge
This shampoo features ketoconazole, caffeine, and saw palmetto as its key ingredients.  Caffeine has been proven to boost hair growth and prevent hair loss, especially in mice that have been exposed to radiation. This finding has led researchers to study how this can help people undergoing radiation treatment for cancer. Saw palmetto is less studied but it is shown to mimic the effects of hair growth pharmaceuticals.

When looking for the right product to help with your hair loss, keep in mind your stress level, diet, and lifestyle. If any of these seem like they might be concerning, they might be involved in the contribution to the hair loss. Do your research as there are many sources out there to help you determine the right product for you.

Grooming Tips from 2017

Here we are, about to close out 2017. It has been a heck of a year right? Let’s start off 2018 with a look back on all of the new, or reinforced grooming tip that came out of the last year that we can bring in the new year with!

Take Colder Showers
Alright, no one likes hearing this, especially in the winter when it’s cold enough outside as it is. Hear me out, though. Taking colder showers will reduce the amount of moisture lost in your skin and it will keep your pores closed. Hot showers cause the natural oils your body produces to wash away and the steam from that hot water will evaporate that moisture you need to keep your skin from being dry. If you really must take a hot shower, only use hot water for about 10 minutes and then finish with lukewarm water. Make sure to follow up with a moisturizer so you aren’t facing dry, itchy skin once you’ve dried off.

Shower After Your Workout
This might seem like a given but there are many men or people in general, that will go from their workout to start their daily errands or even go to work without a shower. This isn’t only a matter of hygiene but also a matter of skin care. The longer the salt on your skin sits and soaks in, the more it will irritate your skin. This can lead to rashes and those are unpleasant as it is. Once you’ve finished your workout, take a shower as soon as you can to make sure your skin stays healthy.

Replace Your Toothbrush
Most dentists will recommend replacing your toothbrush everything three months. This is because the bristles can wear down to a state that they are ineffective at cleaning the bacteria and plaque from your teeth. It may not seem that way from where we look at it but the bristles wear down finely at tips. It is also recommended to replace your toothbrush every time you have gotten over a sickness like the flu or strep throat. This will minimize the spread of those germs. A good alternative to having to replace your whole toothbrush is to purchase an electric toothbrush and stock up on replaceable heads that you can change out at the end of those three months.

Invest in More Sunscreen
It might only occur to use sunscreen in the sunnier months (looking at you spring and summer), you also want to keep it in mind in the winter. While your skin might see less sun, it is exposed to more harsh elements that will do more damage to your skin than you might realize. So before you head out for the day, make sure you apply the sunscreen to the parts of your skin that are going to facing these elements the most like your face, head, and hands.

Don’t Wash Your Hair Every Day
If you’re in the habit of washing your hair every day, you might want to reconsider. Using these shampoos strip away the natural oils your pores produce and leaves your hair dry and damaged. Instead, wash your hair every second or third day and rinse it through the days in between. If you feel the need to wash your hair, there are products available that can clean your hair without damaging it.  

Beard Care is Just as Important
Beards have become more and more popular this year. If you’re part of the population that can grow one, take care of it! Your beard hair is just as important as the hair on the top of your head. Invest in a good beard oil to keep the hair moisturized.

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.