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.
Like many hirsute men in the world today, I am privileged by a culture of men's style that has embraced the beard. Because not only do I think it's a bit more flattering of my face, but the beard is a style of convenience – shaving daily is certainly much more work than not shaving. All the bearded man needs are some plug-in clippers that allow you to keep it at a neat length and shape it to your liking, a beard balm and some moisturizer. On paper, at least, there's nothing else essential.
Unfortunately, even if you prize simplicity in your routines, there is this lingering problem for maintaining a neat beard. Unless you are a genetic
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.
As we move into the cooler weather, it's time to take a hard look at your daily groom and throw out those empties for something a bit better. There are places in life to save a few dimes but when it comes to your morning prep, go a
Even as an avid DIYer, stonework has always been something I thought was completely unattainable. Thinking it required a mess of tools and well-studied skill, the art of carving and shaping rock for my own DIY projects found itself at the bottom of my to-do until I saw this great project from the Samurai Carpenter.
To look your best, you don't need $3000 suits, seven-step, Patrick Bateman-esque face cream routines, or eating obscure Eastern Mediterranean melon extract. It's about a routine of basic hygiene habits, a little creativity and DIY ingenuity, and some plain old common sense.
Alright men: the votes have been cast, and the safety razor is the way to go. I got my first one as a gift from a buddy and have used it ever since. They're significantly cheaper, easier on the environment, better for travel, and generally make you feel like a badass...
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.
A classic, quality barbershop shave always includes a "hot towel," which goes on your face prior to the shaving. The experience is not only relaxing, but the heat and moisture from the hot towel serve to open your pores and soften your beard, so you can get even closer with the razor. Plus, it's all kinds of old school fun, and you can easily recreate the effect at home.
As part of our ongoing house remodel (read more at our sister site, Curbly.com), we ended up with a bathroom door that swung in the wrong direction (well, not 'wrong' precisely, but just not the way we wanted it to). It opened into the bathroom, which was fine, but it swung from left to right, and we wanted it to swing the opposite way. So, with a few trusty hand tools I picked up at the local hardware store, I managed to get it flipped around. Read on to see how I did it.
I was really bummed when my wife, Alicia, suggested we install a shower shelf. I mean, figuring out how to arrange and balance all those shampoo bottles and soap bars on the two-inch-wide edge or the tub is what kept me occupied during those boring morning showers. But after the four-thousandth time I knocked a domino-ish chain of plastic containers into the tub, I began to see her reasoning. Fortunately, installing a shelf in your shower is really easy. Read on to see how I did it, with a few supplies and some help from my local TrueValue hardware store...
I'll never forget the first time I saw my dad with a clump of toilet paper stuck to his face. It was a Saturday, a day he usually worked, and we were at home getting ready for some formal occasion...I think a wedding, or perhaps a funeral. I was watching The Jetsons in the living room, and here comes my dad, all clean and shiny, in his Sunday best, with not one but three little white mounds with a bright red center on his chin. I immediately ran to my mom to find out what in the world was going on.
If you're anything like me, and 95% of the other men I know, you don't use any sorts of skin care product beyond the occassional aftershave lotion and sunscreen, and perhaps a bit of lip balm. And if that's true, then you, like me and 95% of the other men I know, are terribly, terribly wrong.
Le Miroir (The Mirror) is a short film by Antoine Tinguely and Laurent Fauchère (credited as Ramon and Pedro) that depicts the life story of a boy growing up into an old man. The unique part of this piece, however, is that the entire story unfolds as the man is standing in front of his bathroom mirror.
I haven't tried this out for myself, but the video alone is worth a watch. It's a pretty simple deal, actually, but it seems to make sense. Get quality, generic-branded razors in the mail every month with a low subscription fee. At $9 a month for the fanciest blade, it's still cheaper than buying a pack at the store.