Many men today engulf themselves in the negative stereotypes associated with grooming. Most men, including myself, are ingrained with these ideas from a young age. "Real" men can't groom themselves. If they did, they would be portrayed as feminine, or "metrosexual," as it is often termed.
Beards on the other hand, have been associated with anti-establishment hipsters, rugged lumberjacks, or other types of people that are expected to be untamed. Lucky for us, it is 2016, and stereotypes are on a steady decline to their ultimate demise.
Grooming not only makes you look more put together, but it is healthier for your well-being. Team Beardbrand member Carlos Costa takes us through what he believes to be the most neglected aspects of male grooming.
Let's start with the basics, your hair. Your hair is one of the first things people see when they lay eyes on you. A nice haircut says a lot about your personality. Aside from your hairstyle, the health of your hair and scalp is vital for the well-groomed man.
Frequently switching back and forth between shampoos and conditioners will lead to drying out your scalp. As a result of this, you will experience dandruff. This is the number one signifier that you either need to stop changing products, or you might need to reconsider your method to caring for your man mane. Don't hesitate to grab a scalp massaging tool to really lather up your conditioner. This will help remove the flakes caused by over drying.
Next up, you beard. If and when you decide to grow a beard, you're not off the hook from keeping it maintained. After the first 6-8 weeks of growth, It will be time to visit your barber. It is necessary to trim off the split ends to promote healthy growth. This is relevant even if you're going for a long beard style.
While removing the split ends, go ahead and ask your barber to shape your beard to your liking. This will make your beard look more intact even as it continues to grow out. After your have achieved the perfect shape, you'll need to invest in some Beard Oil or Utility Balm to keep your skin and beard moisturized and healthy.
Just like your scalp, your skin beneath your beard will become dry and flaky from over-washing. Finally, take a comb or a beard brush and train your hair to grow in the right direction. This is not an easy task, and takes time to achieve. Make this a daily routine and stick to it. Your beard will smell and look awesome day in and day out.
Let's talk about your eyebrows. Believe it or not, most guys nowadays are actually getting their eyebrows cleaned up. Whether you choose to do it yourself, or have someone do it for you, it will make a world of difference with your overall appearance.
As men, many of us have big bushy eyebrows, and this isn't necessarily a bad thing! However, sometimes they do get a little unruly, or you grow some peach fuzz in the middle of your face. Don't hesitate to pluck out any unwanted hairs. Make sure to keep your eyebrows symmetrical as well.
One place most of us probably don't think to groom is our ears. This is exceptionally tricky simply because you can't always see if there is any hair that needs to be trimmed away. The easiest and most efficient way to handle this, is simply purchase a nose-hair trimmer. These tools often come in a package deal when you purchase a set of clippers and/or trimmers.
Take your nose-hair trimmer and run it along the inside of your upper-ear. carefully work your way around the outer reaches of your ear canal and finish with the outside edge of your entire ear. Easy as that!
Finally, your nose hairs. Yes many of us bearded gentleman have hair inside of our noses, but our mustache gives the illusion that the hair is jutting into our noses rather than out of them. Bearded or not, take the same tool that you worked on your ears with, and give it a quick pass around the inner ends of your nostrils. This takes no time whatsoever and it will make you look much more groomed and presentable.
This is especially important for taller gentlemen who often have people looking up to them throughout their daily routines.