Back in the day, if a man spent too long in the bathroom he opened himself up for suspicion of being a bit off. But times have changed and men are now expected to put in a little effort.
The trick, though, isn’t to spend half your salary on product or spend half the day in front of a mirror, but to create a simple easy to maintain ritual.
With that, here are eight grooming tips every guy can easily add to their daily routine.
I. Hair Care
1. Visit the Barbershop Regularly
Book your next appointment while you’re there for roughly 4 weeks time, and stick to it. Too many men wait for the ‘forlorn tugging of your locks’ stage before doing anything about it.
Basically, if you’ve noticed your hair needs a cut, then other people have too. The trick is to be proactive, not reactive – and having a regular place you trust will cut down on the ‘oh my God what if he messes this up’ anxiety dramatically.
2. Condition More, Shampoo Less
Here’s how to have “good hair days” back to back to back: Condition daily, and shampoo far less. While it’s a good way to flush away dirt, grime, excess sebum, and hair product, the truth is that a thorough rinse will handle most of that. Plus it will do so without stripping the hair entirely of its natural oils—the stuff that keeps it healthy, hydrated, and style-able.
If an oily scalp is the issue, then you should actually shampoo less in order to train the scalp. It will in turn produce less oil over time. Start with an every-other-day wash, and move slowly to every third or fourth day.
3. Hair Product/Styling
Ask any hair stylist worth their Barbicide and they’ll say the same thing: when it comes to products, we should be using less, not more.
Whether it’s pomade or clay, always start with a pea-sized amount. Work this forwards from the back of the head to ensure you don’t have too much product around the front.
Aside from making sure you are matching the right product with your hair type, style and condition, it’s important to know how different techniques affect the finish the result. Using a hair dryer will help you achieve a more polished finish whereas applying to wet hair will give a rough and ready look.
Tip: Before applying to your hair, warm the product up in your palms. This makes it more pliable and easier to work through the hair.
4. Trim Nose & Ear Hair
This is probably one of the most neglected areas that most men fail to address. I must admit I’m one of those men. And my wife would always remind me to cut off that strand of hair that sticks out my nose.
Young men may not have this problem. But once you reach your thirties, you will need to address this. It can be one of the grossest things that could ruin your otherwise handsome face.
In a survey done by Women’s Health (courtesy of Men’s Health), nearly half of the 400 respondents (46%) say that they would rather talk to a guy who has bad breath than someone who has some stray hair sticking out their nose.
You can use a motorized nose hair trimmer or a fingernail scissors that have an angle on the end to trim excess nose hair and an ear hair trimmer for ear hair.
5. Trim Chest, Arms, Shoulders, & Pits
Before trimming or shaving your body hair, you must prep. That means taking a quick shower, drying off and giving the hair a comb through to loosen knots. Next, decide how to trim your body hair. Set boundaries: decide where you want hair, and where you don’t. Aim for symmetry.
Go for an all-over trim. Bring all hair down to a length you’re happy with. Then start closely shaving the out-of-bounds areas, going against the direction of hair growth. If you’re keeping some chest hair, make sure you leave a border of mid-length hair between this and the clean-shaven areas.
Cool down. Once you’re finished, rinse your recently-shaved body parts with cool water, dry off and apply a lotion that’s designed to soothe skin post-shave.
6. Trim Down Below
When it comes to keeping things neat down there, a well-groomed bush is essential. To trim your bush and upper legs, pull the skin taut and use a body groomer.
Be sure to put away the trimmer before you get to your balls. Instead, apply plenty of shaving cream and carefully use a wet razor to tidy the area.
And finally, if you’re looking to shave the hair at the base of the shaft of your penis, you can use the same technique as you did for your balls. But, make sure that you don’t cut too far into your bush.
7. Powder Down Below
Real talk – it doesn’t matter how sharp you look if you smell like ball sweat. Or if you have a puddle of ass sweat on the seat of your pants. Even if you’re lucky and nobody catches a whiff of you – when YOU know you smell it affects your confidence so much that women rate you as less attractive ON VIDEO.
Solution? Ball powder. This stuff keeps you dry and fresh-smelling where it counts. Avoid powders with talc (which can cause cancer) or menthol (because… ouch.) Also steer clear of powders that turn into a paste with sweat. Frosted balls: not a good look.
III. Skin & Smell
8. Skin Health
Put your best face forward by giving your skin some proactive loving. Splash your face with warm water (or, even better, open up your pores by having a hot shower) and wash off the accumulated dirt with a gentle, natural face cleanser.
After gently rubbing the face wash on, and rinsing it with warm water, douse your face in cold water (to help shrink your pores back up and prevent dirt from getting in them) and pat your face dry with a clean towel.
If you feel like giving your skin some extra love, use a high quality moisturizer. For this product, more than most, I really advocate for going for quality. If you’re using a cheap drugstore brand of moisturizer, it’s usually better to just not use one at all and let your skin do it’s own thing.
To prevent dead skin from piling up on your face, make sure to exfoliate your skin 1-2 times per week by gently rubbing it with an exfoliating glove or using an exfoliant face wash.
Also, to prevent premature aging, make sure you use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 when you go out in the sun for longer than twenty minutes at a time.
When you’re using cleanser, exfoliant, moisturizer, sunscreen, etc., make sure that you only use a dime size of each per session, otherwise you’ll just be flushing your money down the drain. Your skin can only utilize so much product at a time.
If you really want to go American Psycho with your skin health, you can apply an under eye serum before you go to bed, and use a pore strip every two weeks to get out the stubborn dirt that lives on your nose.
Most importantly get a good bath every day and use a body wash and a scrub, this will make a good foundation for the next steps of smelling nice. Use deodorants always after the shower.
This is must to have with you. Nobody likes the stinky smell of sweat. You can’t go near a girl with that smell. Don’t forget to wear good fresh smelling deo. Here is my tip for you, keep a pocket deo all the time in your bag or car or anything handy so that if you forget to spray at home you can use that.
Cologne is a very good option and can be used for the occasion. Different occasion needs different cologne like if you are going to the party have something that is strong and manly and if you are on a date wear something mild. Use those which suits the occasion and it’s better to have different cologne for the different occasion.
While using cologne do remember not to use too much of it. Another thing that you can use for your underarms is roll on. They are great for your underarms which get a lot sweaty and smelly.
IV. Teeth & Breath
10. Recycle Toothbrush
The stats are in: 200,000 out of 200,000 dentists agree — you need to change your toothbrush (or at least the head) every three months, four at the most. That’s the American Dental Association-recommended timeline (and there are 200,000 practicing dentists in the United States, hence the number).
After three months, those bristles start to get limp, warped, and busted. They can no longer work their way between your teeth or even brush the surface of your teeth effectively. If you ain’t brushing with fresh bristles, you’re doing your teeth and gums a serious disservice.
That’s why toothbrush subscription services such as Boka offer you a quarterly replenishment. Just like booking your haircut in advance, it’s smart to get yourself on a toothbrush replacement plan to take the thinking out of the equation. Automate things and you’re on your way to better oral hygiene.
11. Take Care Of Bad Breath
When you eat, food remains get stuck in between your teeth. Bacteria thrive in your mouth creating this horrible smell. The key to this is to always brush your teeth after food and more importantly flossing.
Don’t forget to wash your tongue, as it can be very refreshing but not a permanent solution.
If you are on the get go, a chewing gum is a quick fix but if you run out of toothpaste and an important meeting comes up you can mix baking soda with water and clean your teeth.