If you were to ask the casual man what ingredients are in his grooming products, chances are he wouldn’t know. Usually, the men that do know are very conscientious of what they apply to their skin, hair, beards. Knowing what is in these products is very important and not being aware can lead to problems like dry, flaky skin and allergic reactions in some cases. Since your face is one of the first things to make an impression, you want to keep it in good condition and protect it from harsh chemicals. When you’re shopping there are key ingredients in the products you use that you want to keep in mind and avoid.

The first ingredient to avoid is Phyhalates. Now, this a blanket term for perfumed products. If the label reads that the product is scented or perfumed, be warned: Phyhalates will be that blanket term that hides what the actual ingredient is that is perfuming your grooming product. While you might expect the scent to come from a natural oil, the producing company may actually opt for a scented ingredient that is cheapest to use. The next ingredient to avoid are Sulfates. This is a common term on the watch list for a lot of things these days. Sulfates are what causes our products to foam up and for some reason, we have been deceived to think that our grooming products have to foam if they are going to work. This simply isn’t the case. Sulfates also strip away the sebum from our skin. Sebum plays an important part in protecting our skin from drying out and being harshly damaged by the elements of the outside.

Parabens are the next ingredient to be on the lookout for. This is another ingredient that is making its way into popular vernacular. Parabens are preservatives found in most shelf-ready products. They extend the life of the products it is found in by a wide enough margin that by the time it reaches shelves, there is no telling how long it has actually been sitting in a warehouse. This can cause a decrease in potency of the product and cause long-term damage to your skin. Now we move on to Triclosan. This ingredient is found in most things that claim to be antibacterial. In reality, this is another skin destroyer, removing that layer of sebum that protects our skin. Good news on this one, though! It is becoming a banned ingredient in the US.

Don’t let the name of this next one scare you too much. We’re giving a little shout-out to Formaldehyde. This ingredient is often associated with preserving dead bodies and medical specimens, not with the grooming products we use on a daily basis. And the worst part is that the manufacturers won’t put this as an actual ingredient. Instead, they’ll list ‘formaldehyde releasers’ which are chemicals that produce formaldehyde. The side effects of this chemical are long just as frightening so be on the lookout. The last product we’re going to mention is Alcohol. This simple ingredient is a major cause of dry skin and dry hair. The components of this ingredient are harsh and can leave long-lasting effects even well after use.

2017 Gift Guide

By now we’re all experiencing the bite of winter as the weather grows colder. While this means bundling up and kicking your feet up by the fire or heater, it also means something else: Christmas is on the way. Now, if you’re a man of simple needs and might be looking to expand your range of grooming products, the holidays are the perfect time to drop some hints and get ready for a new look for the new year. There are many new products on the market to consider so here is a round-up of some of the top rated grooming sets for men that you might want to drop some hints about.

The Side Part Hair Grooming Kit
This kit is available in an Altoid-sized tin. Inside you’ll find hair wax, a mini comb, and a parting string.However, if the side-part isn’t your look, you can also find that this brand offers a Man-Bun Kit with the same travel convenient size.

Port Products Daily Essentials Travel Kit
A little more on the pricier side, this kit includes a Detoxifying Facial Cleanser, Face Saving Shave Formula, and a tube of Balancing Facial Moisturizer. This kit is perfect for men that find themselves traveling often. Since hotel soaps and moisturizers can be hard on the skin this is the perfect gift to keep their skin looking healthy.

Aesop Impassioned Wanderer Gift Set
This kit is the perfect stocking stuffer. In it, you’ll find a low-foaming facial cleanser, a  Moroccan Neroli Post-Shave Lotion, and a Coriander Seed Body Cleanser. This is a popular kit so if you’re interested you might want to act fast as it seems to sell out pretty quickly. If you aren’t interested in the whole kit, these products can be purchased separately.

Herbivore Botanicals Beard Tonic Kit
Unable to shake the efforts of No-Shave November? HInt at this kit that includes cedar scented natural oils that stimulate new growth and keep your beard hydrated through the winter months. Keep your beard healthy while smelling like a lumberjack.

Proraso Vintage Collection
This isn’t your ordinary gift kit. This set includes full sized products such as a Refresh Preshave Cream, Refresh Shaving Cream Tube, and Refresh Aftershave Balm. Instead of having just a sampling size of these products, enjoy them in their full-size packaging.

Olivina Men Bourbon Cedar Exfoliating Bar Soap
If you’re looking for another perfect sized stocking stuff, give this product a shot. The bar is easy-lathering and crafted with organic shea butter, red kaolin clay, and certified sustainable palm oil. The bar is infused with a blend of a warm bourbon scene and spicy cedar notes to keep you smelling great throughout the day.

Brickell Men’s Purifying Charcoal Soap Bar
We’ve all seen charcoal make it into the spotlight this year with their highly praised cleaning qualities. This bar soap will draw impurities to the skin and then protect the cleaned skin with a mix of organic coconut and olive oil. The added peppermint and tea tree oil is a kick at the end that is sure to wake you up in the morning.

Imperial Barber Bergamont After-Shave
This after-shave refreshes and smooths the skin using macadamia nut oil that also protects skin cells that might have been damaged during the shave.

These are just a few of the great options out there that are great for the bearded, or non-bearded, friend or family you still need to shop for.

 

 

Beard Transplants

Men with baby faces know all too well the struggle to be taken seriously in the workplace. While some men can hide their softer features with a beard, there are some men who don’t have the luxury. This isn’t their fault, they have the genetics to blame for being unable to grow a beard. They can take solace in knowing that men that cannot grow beards are less likely to go bald compared to the beard-full counterparts. Of course, that isn’t always a comfort overall so here is an idea if you’re really craving the rugged look that comes with a beard: Beard Transplants. This isn’t as widely known as, say, hair transplants which take hair from the back or the face and implanting it into the follicles on the scalp.

Beard Transplants take hair from the back of the head, where hair grows the thickest, and implants them into the follicles on the face.Dr. Jeffrey Epstein, a dermatologist at Foundation for Hair Restoration, has found that hair from the back of the head grows very much like beard hairs and make the perfect temporary substitute. While the color of the hairs may differ from what grows on your face, the difference isn’t noticeable enough to be worrisome. You won’t even have to settle for the goatee area as the hairs can be transplanted to the neck and sideburns if you are so inclined to go out that far.


SOURCE: Foundation for Hair Restoration

A decade ago, dermatologists only executed these procedures maybe five times a year. Nowadays, these specialists perform these procedures over five times a week. Beard transplants are done using single hair follicles transplanted to the face. A decade ago this wasn’t possible as hair transplants were done using plugs. These plugs, once placed on the face, would leave the patient with a cobblestone-like skin in the aftermath. The follicle transplants leave the patient with a more natural looking beard in the end that can be shaved and re-grown to the wearer’s liking.


SOURCE: Foundation for Hair Restoration

Now, if you’re wondering about the costs, these transplants can run up to $7,000 for one procedure. This might seem costly but if your goal is the single look you go in looking for, it’ll be the only amount you’ll spend. Be warned, the transplanted hairs will fall out after two weeks. However, within three months your face will grow a natural beard that you can shape to your liking. If you’re looking for something fuller, later on, having started from a smaller look, you might have to shell out another $4,000 to achieve it. If you’re struggling with a baby face this might seem a small price to pay. Just make sure to bring in a reference for the look you want so you won’t be at the mercy of the surgeon. Also, keep in mind that you might have to take a sick day as these procedures can take two to five hours depending on what look you’re going for.


SOURCE: Foundation for Hair Restoration

Make sure you consult your dermatologist if you’re thinking of looking into getting a beard transplant. While there are many speculated home ‘cures’ for those who struggle to grow a beard, this transplant is, by far, the safest and proven route to go.

It’s that time of year again: Black Friday. Let’s face it, for the most part you’re going to be looking for the best deals on TV’s, sounds systems, and video games and maybe a little something for the family. However, while these are going to be more fun in the long run, you don’t want to forget those grooming items you on a daily basis. These are things you’re going to want to keep an eye on for sale since you’ll be able to stock up for the coming months when the prices might fluctuate with the holidays. Below are just a sample of the deals that out there and ready to be taken advantage of.

 

Birchbox– November 26 thru December 2 enjoy savings like 10% off of a $30 purchase, 15% off of a $50 purchase, and 25% off of a $75 order as well as free shipping on all orders.
The Art of Shaving– This brand is offering 40% off of eight popular shaving kits.
Harry’s– Look for savings off of The Give Face set. This set includes face wash, face lotion, and post-shave balm. Orders over $10 are eligible for free standard shipping in the US. Proceeds from their sales are donated to a different cause each week.
Blackwood– All products sitewide are 50% off. The sale has already started and runs through November 24. They are also offering free shipping on orders over $25.
The Motley– There are some pretty good deals to be found here through the Holiday weekend. Use code ‘THANKS15’ for %15 off of orders under $75. The code ‘THANKS20’ will get you 20% off of orders $75-150. Spend $150 or more and get a free mystery gift. Spend $59 and get free domestic shipping.

Amazon– While this isn’t exactly a single product market, there are so many deals available for shaving products up to 25%! Sign up for Amazon Prime and get free shipping on your order as well as additional offers that might be available.
My Subscription Addiction– Another option that isn’t totally a singular product option but there are many Black Friday coupons available for different shave clubs and subscription boxes. Get new products to try out for up to 50% off of certain brands.
Macy’s– This department store if offering 49% off of their 5-Piece Coffret Fragrance Gift sets and well as sales for their other products.

 

If online shopping isn’t your thing, you can brave crowds and hit the pavement. Big name stores like Walmart, JCPenney’s, and Target have massive sale happening that start even before Black Friday arrives. Your best bet to search around as their sales ads have leaked early. If you want to save your time do your research well in advance so you know where to get the best deals for the products you’re looking for. Keep in mind that store hours differ on Black Friday and depending on how good the deals are, don’t be surprised if what you’re looking for isn’t available in-store.

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.

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.

 

Electric vs Manual: Manual


Previously
, we discussed the pros and cons of electric shaving. Electric shavers are faster and more versatile but they are also higher in cost and won’t give you as close of a shave. This time we’ll explore the benefits and drawbacks of traditional, manual shaving.

Pros

Easy to Use
One of the greatest conveniences of a handheld, manual razor is how easy it is to use. There is no need to plug them in, there are no attachments to worry about, and they are accessible from just about any store that sells hygiene products. It is often the first tool men are given to begin their shaving journey and for some, it’s seen as a right of passage for those newly gifted with facial hair.
Closer Shave
Manual razors are the best way to get the closest shave you can possibly get when shaving at home. There are no guards or thick blades to prevent the blades of the razor from fully reaching your skin. This means you can look forward to having a cleaner looking shave that lasts longer.
Easily Replaced
Unlike with electric shaving devices, manual shaving tools are much more easy to replace. You can go to almost any store that sells hygiene products and you will very likely find shaving razors. The cost of replacing them is much less expensive than buying replacement parts for an electric shaver. While there are disposable options, you can also opt for replaceable razor heads- all of which are cheaper than replacing an entire electric shaving tool.
Products are Easier to Find
On top of being easily replaced, the products that you would need to achieve a great shave are also easy to find. You can readily find shaving cream and aftershave where you find your razors as they are commonly found together in most stores. Often times you can even find bundles of shaving products together, making getting everything you need in one trip quicker than before.
Easy Travel Care
When traveling, the last thing you want to have to worry about is toting around your electric shaver. Sure, it’s easy to use but without an outlet, you’re out of luck on getting your shave in. With a manual razor, you are saving space since the razor is small. Keep in mind, though, that you will have to make room for your shaving cream and aftershave. Luckily these all come in convenient travel sizes. Manual razors are also much easier to keep clean on the go.

Cons

Time Consuming
The process for shaving with a manual razor is a little more time consuming than with an electric shaver. There is an involved routine each time you break out the razor, which for some men could mean a daily thing. Between wetting your face, applying shaving cream and actually shaving, you have to carve out a portion of your getting ready routine to dedicate to this process. For some, this is easy as they have no qualms making the time. However, there are men that don’t have that kind of time and prefer the ease of an electric razor.
Risk of Nicks, Cuts, and Ingrown Hairs
Shaving can be a dangerous task if you aren’t careful. The blades on your razor can cause nicks and cuts that might be noticeable if they are bad enough. Using this shaving method can also cause ingrown hairs if you shave over the same spot more than one time. These can be painful and unsightly. This can be avoided by using a sharp blade and a lot of practice over time.
Gets Dull Quicker
An unfortunate side effect of using a manual razor is how fast they get dull. Unfortunately, a lot of them are made this way to get you to buy more quicker. Thankfully these products can be cheap to replace and will be plenty sharp to give you that close, fresh shave.
Require a Wet Shave
One mistake you will want to avoid making is dry shaving with a manual razor. This is a quick way to get cuts and nicks all over your face. Using water only will help remove the friction but it won’t help avoid the cuts and potential ingrown hairs. Using shaving cream will provide you with the best chance to avoid unseemly facile accidents.

So while manual shaving tools might take a little more time and product, you’ll get a closer shave with a tool that is easy to use. As there are many things to consider when choosing your method, make sure you do your research and make the choice that suits your needs.

When it comes to getting the best shave, there are many products on the market to help you get there. Today we’ll discuss one of the different types of shaving tools that most commonly used for home shaving and their pros and cons.

Let’s start with Electric Shavers.

These can be found at most retail health and beauty stores, as well as cosmetic and drug stores. These are commonly seen in salons for shaving down beards and for cutting down large amounts of hair away from the scalp. They often come with attachments to customize the length in which it trims down the hair it is being used against. While this is great for hair, these attachments won’t be used when it comes to getting the clean-shaven look. Here is what you want to consider when it comes to using an electric shaver.

Pros
Faster shave: An electric shaver requires less time to use. This tool can be primarily be used for dry shaves which can cut down the time it takes to apply shaving cream and any aftershave you might need. There is also less of a need to go over areas more than one time, giving you the chance to finish you shave in record time.
Portable: Electric shavers can come with a cord as well as cordless. Both are still highly portable and can be a space saver when you’re traveling as you won’t need all of the extra items you would need for a wet shave.
Versatility:  While this tool works great on short facial hair, it has so many other uses. This includes full beards, sideburns, and the hair on your head. If you aren’t against the idea, this tool can be shared with your significant other for her leg and underarm hair, reducing the amount of money you might spend on a second shaver for her.
Reduces Nicks and Cuts:  A great benefit for facial hair shavers new and old is that electric shavers reduce the amount of cuts and nicks in your skin. They also cut down on the amount of ingrown hair but they might not totally eliminate the razor burn so you’ll have to keep an eye on that.
Wet Shave Capable: Now, the ability to do this might vary from product to product but if you have a preference for using shaving cream, there are some brands that offer a safe option for this.

Cons
Not A Close Shave: The biggest downside that turns a lot of men off of an electric shaver for facial hair shaving is that it doesn’t give you the close shave a manual razor provides. The blades of an electric shaver do not get close enough to the skin because of the added protection installed for use on other hairy areas.
Takes Practice: This might not be something you want to hear, but using an electric shaver can take some getting used to. It isn’t used entirely the same as a manual shaver and you might have some added skin irritation as a result. This will be lessened over time as you become more familiar with how this tool works with your skin.
Not Waterproof: Unlike manual shavers, most electric shavers cannot be used in the shower. Now, this isn’t to say there aren’t waterproof models out there, but most of the time this tool isn’t one you’ll want to take in the shower with you. Besides, unless you keep a mirror in your shower, there’s no guarantee your shave is even until you get out anyway.
High Maintenance: While you won’t have to worry about replacement cartridges, shaving cream, and aftershave, there are still items that will need to be maintained in order to keep this tool in optimal condition. The blades inside the tool will need to change from time to time as they can also get dull. These replacements can cost more than you might think.
Wait Times: Now, I know it was mentioned that this tool is a huge time saver, and it is, trusts me. However, if you get an electric shaver that needs to be charged, there will come a time that the battery will die on you and it is going to be frustrating. Fear not, a lof times they only need five minutes on a charging dock to get you back in motion but it will still be five more minutes than you were expecting to spend.

So, there you have it. The pros and cons of an electric shaver. As always, you want to carefully consider what will work better for you and the look you are going for. There are many different options on the market and there might be something better suited to you.

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.