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’.

Grooming on the Go – Part I

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.

 

Trim Down Those Nose Hairs

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.

Why Should You Regularly Cut Your Hair

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.

Caring for the Skin Under the Beard

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!

Finding the Perfect Cut

You’re approaching your graduation from high school, or you are newly graduated, even. You’ve decided you want to be a barber, and done all the research on the career field. Now comes deciding what to do for school. Choosing a barber school involves making an educational decision that will prepare the student for a successful career. The best school will provide a good foundation for the future by bringing a passion for barbering to life and fueling it with the proper education. Barbers mainly cut men’s hair, but some have a client base that includes women and children. Barbers can either work in a barber shop or in their own salon, and the average barber earns between $15,000 and $30,000 US Dollars (USD) per year.

The two main focuses of barber school are to provide the job skills necessary to succeed in the barbering industry and to prepare the students for tests and licenses. A barber school will typically focus on one of these two goals. To provide necessary job skills, a barbering program can either enhance basic skills already known by students or begin from scratch. In schools that are designed to prepare students for tests and licenses, the curriculum is catered toward the regulations for passing the state board examination, which will allow the student to obtain a license.

Before a student chooses a barber school, he or she should consider individual goals and basic knowledge of the field. A barber student should weigh how much theory he or she knows with how much practice will be needed. When looking at barber schools, each school’s curriculum and practical training methods should be explored. The laws of the state where the barber intends to work should be understood because most states require a cosmetology license to become a barber, but some grant a specific barbering license.

Additional factors to consider when choosing a barber school include whether or not the school is accredited by professional barber organizations, how closely the school fits the student’s background, how much of the student’s current knowledge in the field will be put to use, whether or not credits will transfer if the student has already had some related education, how rigid or flexible the curriculum is and how much fieldwork will be part of the program. Other factors involved in the decision include location, cost and times that classes are offered. All of these things must be juggled with the student’s current lifestyle and commitments. Most barber school programs range from nine to 24 months and cost between $6,500 and $10,000 USD per year.

Barber schools teach students how to cut and style hair, treat hair with chemicals, shave and trim facial hair, apply hair and scalp treatments, recognize skin diseases, use barbering instruments, follow sanitary procedures and learn the sciences of chemistry, anatomy and physiology. After the education is completed, a barber student is required to take a written and sometimes oral examination. Most states require barbers to take continuing education hours for additional training each year.

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Cons to Becoming a Barber

So you’ve decided you want to become a barber, huh? In the previous article, we went over some of the pros of becoming a barber and getting in to hair cutting. Now, with every pro, there comes a con. While the pros make the job sound super awesome, there are some cons to take in to consideration. This will help you see the whole picture and decide if barbering is really the end goal for you.

First off, we have to talk about the liability. When becoming a barber, you are liable for every thing going on with your client’s hair. That includes cut, scraps, bruises, and even patches. You’re responsible for your own work, and anything you do to your client’s hair is on you, regardless of what may happen. Take extra care when working with clients, and this should not be a major issue.

Next, we’re going to talk about the stability of the job. In the previous article, we talked about “being your own boss” and basically not having to worry about being unemployed. Now, while that was very true, there is no such thing as a 100% guarantee. With being a barber, there stiff competition for high-end jobs. This means there are a lot of barbers in the industry and it’s hard to keep a well-balanced clientele because you may never know who could take your next client.

Workdays can also be a con. Once again, in the previous article we talked about how a barber can make his or her own hours. Although a barber may choose how long he or she may work, his or her busiest days are going to be the weekends and holidays, which are days usually people really don’t want to work. Most people tend to get their haircut around these times so barbers have to work on holidays and weekends which cuts into their free time. If you want a job where you don’t have to work holidays or weekends, well, this career can also be for you, just don’t expect to make much money if you don’t work during peak periods.

Physical health is also very important if you are considering becoming a barber, trust me. Barbers spend almost 100% of their time on their feet, which can be damaging to their back and legs. This can actually affect them in the long run and cause their careers to be shortened, which is obviously devastating if you can no longer do what you love! Even if they feel as if they can’t cut another head, they still have to keep the job going. So you will want to make sure you are cut out for a physically straining job such as being a barber. There are also ways to help alleviate any damage that could be caused from the constant standing. Good shoes, and a proper floor mat that acts as a cushion.

So there you go, these are some cons of becoming a barber. Do you feel up to the challenge to face these? Then you may be cut out for barbering, pun may or may not have been intended.

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Pros to Becoming a Barber

So you’re deciding on a job you want to make a career out of, and you feel you know a thing or two about hair. What now? You decide you want to become a barber, but do you know all the pros and cons just so you are 100% sure? I’m going to discuss here the different pros and cons of becoming a barber.

First and foremost, one of the biggest pros to being a barber is being self-employed. Being a barber means you’re your own boss, so most likely you’ll never be out of a job. You can own your own shop, or you can rent out a chair at a local barbershop. Granted, working in someone else’s shop may not be ideal for you if you crave complete freedom, but it helps build experience! Also, shops are always looking for new talent.

A barber’s income is actually a decent income. Depending on how good the barber can cut, they can make great money. The better the barber’s skills, the more he or she can charge for their service. Not only do skills define their income, but also location. Smart barbers setup shop in locations were they know they can make the most money with the type of haircuts they know how to do, and the type of hair they know how to cut. In 2011, the annual income of a barber was $28,050. The top ten percent of the barber make an annual income of $46,000. The bottom ten percent had an annual income of around $17,000. The sky is the limit, and your income will also be reflected by the effort you put in to your career, which leads in to my next point.

Becoming a barber comes with a lot of freedom, especially when it comes to working hours. A barber may choose his own time to go and leave the shop whenever he or she wants to. On the other hand, if you have a lot of clients, I’m sure they wouldn’t leave and miss out on all that money. Also, you get vacation days whenever you want. Basically, as stated before, you are your own boss! The only thing you have to do is pay your booth rent, and if you own your own shop, all you have to do is pay rent for the business! A lot of jobs limit employees to how many hours they can work, and how much money they can make. Being a barber, you can work however long as you want to make as much money as you want; it’s completely on you and your work ethic.

In the barbering industry, they don’t require you to wear any special suit or shirt, only a barber jacket. This jacket can be designed any way you want. You have the freedom to wear anything you want, as long as it is presentable and professional.

Becoming a barber allows you to assist someone in feeling good about themselves, which builds their self-esteem. You may never know, that haircut might help someone in the long run, like a job or even an important date.

These are some of the pros of being a barber, in the next article, we’ll discuss some of the cons of being a barber.

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Scalp Care for Shaved Heads

Maintaining a great looking bald head and caring for a shaved head takes a bit of work. Preventing razor burn and ingrown hairs and keeping the sun from wreaking havoc on your scalp are essential. Follow these essential tips for keeping that dome looking smooth!

First tip, you aren’t going to want to throw out that shampoo! Huh?  Shampoo a bald head?  Yes! A good shampoo is just as good for a shaved head as it is for a full head of hair.  Shampooing, even a bald head, can remove trapped dirt and oils and promote a healthier scalp.  The massaging action of performing the shampoo increases circulation and blood flow to the scalp, so a good shampoo is still important.  Shampoo your bald head before shaving to make the shaving experience easier.

Next tip I’m going to give you is on shaving it. The first step in maintaining your bald head is to use proper shaving technique. Follow my professional advice for shaving your head.  You’ll want to shave your head, if possible, at the end of a shower when the hair is softened and easier to shave.  Always use a high quality shaving cream. Having a shower mirror is handy so you can see what you are doing.  Shave with the grain first, normally down on the sides and back and from back to front on top.  If the shave looks and feels good after the first pass stop!  Shaving against the gran can often cause ingrown hairs and razor burn.

As I mentioned above, massaging the scalp can promote circulation and healthy blood flow.  Plus, a scalp massage, especially on a bald head, can feel amazing as my friends with shaved heads can attest to! If you have a willing partner, trade out massages or you can perform a scalp massage on yourself.  Some professional massage therapists will also offer this service as well.

You’re going to want to moisturize! Daily shaving and exposure to the sun can leave your scalp dry and flaky. Remember to use a good moisturizer on your scalp every morning.  Moisturizing is the one step most men forget after shaving, but it is an important step in keeping your skin looking young and healthy.

Time for some protection for that hairless dome! The scalp is even more susceptible to damage from the sun than other parts of the body. Always use a good sunscreen on your scalp before prolonged sun exposure. Many companies make high quality moisturizers with built-in sunscreen, so check the skin care aisle of your drug store.  If you do spend a great deal of time in the sun, I recommend purchasing a great hat and putting it to good use.

These are but a few tips for keeping your bald head in great shape. For more scalp care advice, read one of the previous blogs on maintaining your hair and keeping the scalp healthy as well! Head shaving is such a common practice these days, there are even grooming products for shaved heads readily available, so if you’re going to do it, do it right!

Dreading Dreads? No Problem!

Did you decide to take on the task of dreading your hair? Great! Having dreads is a fairly low maintenance style and doesn’t require a ton of care to maintain. However, this does not mean that dreads are completely carefree! There are still things you will need to do to maintain them and keep your hair looking healthy. Here are a few tips for maintaining your locs and keeping them healthy and looking great!

You’re still going to want to protect your hair at night. When you no longer have free flowing tresses, cotton from your bedding is no longer a worry when it comes to breaking off your hair. Even though breakage at least from this, is no longer a concern you do have something else to worry about from this. That is going to be the dreaded buildup! Lint is attracted to your hair like a magnet, which is why you still want to wear a scarf to protect your hair or you will want to use satin or silk bedding.

Overtime getting lint out of your hair will become a chore if you continuously sleep without your hair being protected. You may be able to pick some out, but in some cases it is lodged pretty deep into your locs, being almost impossible for you to get out. Some people opt for dying their hair at this point to cover up the white linty spots, but who wants to walk around with lint in their hair?

Let your roots breathe sometimes! Do you really love neat looking dreadlocks? Well, you can still maintain a neat look, but every once in a while you should give your roots a break. When you constantly twist your roots as tight as you can you are putting extreme tension on your locs, and that is no good. Eventually after continuously putting this amount of tension on your locs some of them may snap off right in your hands. Your edges are especially sensitive and prone to this so just be careful, you don’t want your hairline to lean back.

Locs like to get some moisture, you know. You still should give your hair the moisture it craves, but be careful in the products that you choose to avoid buildup. When the seasons change, things can get particularly dry so keeping your hair moist is not a bad idea. Heavy waxes and creams are hard to get out of locs, so opting for light natural oils and jellies is probably the best way to go.

Lastly, dreadlocks thrive in a clean environment. If you are hearing otherwise, you shouldn’t take advice from anyone who is saying this. When you are first starting locs, water actually helps to loc your hair up faster. It aids in kinking up your hair for hold, and most importantly it keeps it CLEAN. Once you are fully locked continue to wash your hair on a regular basis. Cleansing is a part of any healthy hair care routine.