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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One of the challenges men face when trying to get a great home shave is finding the right products to use. There are so many options when it comes to the right shaving cream and razors that it may be overwhelming to the newcomer. Thankfully, there are now options to help makes those crucial decisions on shaving care a little easier.

Over the last few years subscription boxes have become one of the latest trends to hit the personal care market. It is an easy and convenient way for companies to advertise their products to broader ranges of audiences. Luckily for you, that means you can have the opportunity to try different shaving and grooming merchandise for a fraction of the cost each month. By partnering with the curators of subscription boxes like the Luxury Barber box  and the Dollar Shave Club, organizations can sample products ranging from shaving cream and body wash to razors and shaving brushes. The sample sizes of these products can save the subscriber a lot of money every month while they determine what works best for their skin.

Here’s how they work. The first step is to determine what provider is going suit your needs as far shaving and skin care are concerned. There are websites, like My Subscription Addiction, that have already compiled pages and pages of options, complete with overviews and reviews from actual customers. Once you have determined the provider, the next step is to look at the box options. Always be aware of the costs of each subscription. The more product in a monthly box, the more it might cost. After you’ve selected your option you’ll be asked to input your payment method, subscription length, and shipping information and then you will be given a shipping date. Most providers ship on the same day each month and will generally take an automatic payment if you’ve opted for a subscription longer than one month.

As far as affordability, there are a few options available. The Dollar Shave Club has subscription packages for razors, including refill blades. These options range from $1 for the first month and up to $9 for the following months for larger razor packages. Their product bundles can be purchased separately for the low price range of $6-$16. The Wet Shave Club is another popular option. It is the next step up in price but it has much more to offer. In these subscriptions you can receive 10 blades from the current sample collection as well as the shaving brush and soap, pre and aftershave, and  a few extra grooming products. You can expect these options to range around $49.99 as well as the cost of shipping. The Luxury Barber Box  is possibly the most expensive option on the market. The options for the company include an all over grooming box, shaving  only, hair only, and grooming body care only. Each are going to start at $32.00 for a singular month and $320.00 for an annual option. If you’re feeling more daring and will to shell out the extra cost, you can build your own box. However, keep in mind that these boxes can range from $60-$422 depending on what you decide to put into it.

One of the great things about the curators of these websites is that almost all of them keep shops alongside of their subscription options. It provides customers the chance to order past boxes if they were missed and even the chance to purchase individual items. However, the catch to buying these items individually is that they may cost a little more than the sample size in the end. The benefit to these shops is that, often times, the products they sell can be less expensive than if you were to purchase them off of the shelf. Keep in mind that some sites carry products unique to their brand and you may not be able to find them elsewhere if you decide to shop around for a better deal.

At the end of the day, these subscriptions can open up the world of shaving products to the newcomer or even the more experienced shaver looking for a change in routine. The variety of product offered to users can lead to a better, healthier shave.

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.

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?

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.

Grooming on the Go – Part II

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As we get closer to fall, we get closer to the cooler weather and beard season. Now, we have talked about how to care for a beard before, and spoken on keeping your skin healthy, but what about both? You know how important general maintenance is in keeping your beard looking and feeling its best. However, it’s just as important to practice good skin care, as it can prevent some common (yet avoidable) issues, such as rashes, itchiness, ingrown hairs, as well as skin irritation. Another issue than can arise from inadequate skin care is an infection called folliculitis, which usually occurs in areas on the skin where the hair follicles have been damaged by shaving. Good grooming practices, such as the ones listed below, will keep all of these issues at bay while keeping both your beard and skin happy and healthy:

In the beginning stages of growing out a beard (or even just stubble), applying conditioner is absolutely key to keeping your skin free of dry patches, itchiness and redness. The hair on your face is not the same as the one on your head, so it’s a good idea to get a separate conditioner meant just for beards with nourishing oils. Use it in the shower, make sure to rinse well, and avoid this common beginner mistake. Your beard and skin will love you. With cooler temps comes dryer skin, and then you’ll be experiencing the terrifying “beard itch.” For those of you that have experienced it, you know how awful it can be.

This is a must if you want to keep the skin under your beard free of dry skin that can turn into flakes or dandruff – a look no-one wants. Exfoliating your beard means rigorously massaging it and the skin beneath with a facial cleanser to remove dead skin cells and allow your skin to breathe in fresh air. Instead of mistakenly focusing on anti-dandruff shampoos and conditioners that just deal with the symptom, exfoliate in order to focus on the root cause itself. You will be flake free in no time.

You read that right. Facials are for everyone – men or women. Men with beards frequently adopt this technique in order to keep their beards and skin, moisturized, hydrated and free of preventable issues. You can opt to get them done (at home or professionally) once a month or more, depending on your needs. Regardless of the method and frequency you choose, your skin and beard will stay nourished and happy.

So while beards will continue to rise in popularity, a well-groomed beard that takes your skin into account is what you should really be striving for. Your beard will remain healthy and full, and you can reduce common skin issues such as inflammation, itchiness, dry flakes, or even infections. Incorporate the 2-in-1 tips mentioned above and soon your beard will be the envy of the town!