First, apologies to the young man who stood in front of me at the post office yesterday. He was trying, but not trying too hard. He was going for a slightly updated classic New England collegiate look: blue button down oxford, dark green chinos, killer brown leather boots, 60's-inspired glasses. His hair was parted pretty traditionally, the kind of clipper/scissor combo cut you can get at any modern barbershop. He didn't ask to inspire an article about hair product.
Most winters, I sport a beard (I've got one now), and I have, admittedly, never put a single thing on it other than soap, water, and sunscreen. As a "men's lifestyle" writer, I see all kinds of facial hair treatments go buy and sold on cool sites I like, but my own experience is a big none.
And, even more admittedly, I would have had no idea what do with it even if I had a bottle. Just rub it in and leave? Wash out? Apply with a brush? Does putting oil on your face make you break out.
Any guy can attest. Whether it's your head, your beard, your chest, or, um, anywhere else, your hair has a grain to it... a natural flow that never shifts, no matter how much you have or how long or short it is.
And, because of course he did, in 1902, Dr. Walter Kidd published "A Chart of the Human Hair Streams, Showing Their Lineage and History."
Whether its our birthright or our burden (or, like most things, somewhere right in between) men gots to shave they faces. While we've been doing it for years, there's always room for improvement, to both care for your skin, minimize cutting, and getting the finish you want.
I have no shame in admitting it: I'm a hair product guy. Not a lot, of course, and if I do it right, you can barely tell, but it's useful. See, I have a rather short forehead and thick, heavy, straight hair that simply just falls forward and flat. It can't even hold a part without some help. So, lest I look bummed out (literally, flat hair on my forehead makes me look sad) or live with what my white (affectionately?) calls my "sick hair" [cause that's how I look on a sick day], I use a little help to give my face some energy.
The ultimate at-home method for adding a couple weeks to the life of your latest cut.
There's nothing like a fresh trim to keep you looking bright and well-kempt, but maintaining regular every-three-week appointments can get expensive and be quite tough on your free time.
San Francisco-based cartoonist and animator Ric Carrasquillo obviously understands the importance of having a personal and clever "about" page on his website, so he whipped up some humorous sketches that tell the reader a little more about himself. Like this,
A hundred years ago, men didn't leave the house without a hat. Example: the image above, a rally in Union Square in NYC, full of people, full of hats.
One hundred years later: Union Square in NYC, full of people, very few hats.
I'll admit...that's a pretty unlikely photo to accompany a post on ManMade. But, bear with me. (Get it?)
It's a screenshot of the funniest site I've found this week, a Pinterest page entitled, "Hairy Chests I Want to Cry On," by comedian Stacey Nightmare. It includes, not surprisingly, some fine, manly chests, but the real gem is Stacey's commentary, including captions like,
- Elliott Gould. I want to shrink down to the size of a thimble & frolic on his chest like a young lamb in the springtime.
- Mike Rowe, I can't decide if I want to cry on your chest hair or lay eggs in it.
- Lee Majors. Remember the Six Million Dollar Man? They paid him by the chest hair.
Some say the U.S. Civil War was fought over slavery. Others say it was really about Northern and Southern lifestyle values. But, 150 years later, with the results clearly determines and the effects established, the real question is:
Which side had the better facial hair?
I stumbled across Mustair early last week, and thought, "Yep, I love it when people come up with things that you think should already exist, but don't" and though I subscribed, imagined I wouldn't keep up with it frequently. But, I have... cause it's really, really funny, and keeps getting better.