This is a guest post by Peter Minkoff. Peter is a men’s lifestyle writer at The Beard Mag and High Street Gent magazine from UK. Besides writing he worked as a grooming consultant for many fashion events around UK & Europe. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.
They are everywhere! The beards, of course; no matter where you look, you’ll catch at least two guys playing hipster and growing that face bush with pride. And it’s cute, it really is.
We won’t even go into trying to deny how manly scruffy can look, not to mention how hot. However, have you ever thought about whether that face bush is actually doing you any good, in terms of health? You haven’t, obviously.
Deny it all you want, but all men secretly care about looking polished and staying super groomed; with that in mind, we’re giving you a few tips on how to step up your beard game, look great and stay healthy.
Wash Your Hair Man
Just because you’ve got short hair doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take good care of it. But there’s no dandruff you say? Pish posh, use a shampoo, conditioner, and a myriad of other remedies to ensure your scalp is shiny and dandruff free (you have to take some preventative measures, anyhow). Ladies love hair that’s clean and well taken care of, so don’t let things get greasy, okay?
Tend to Your Beard
We get it, you have a magnificent beard. However, do you take care of it? Remember to trim and shave after a shower so that your beard-hair is the easiest to handle. Afterwards, make sure you apply the right conditioner to make it strong and long-lasting. Mind what you use in the bathroom, though – classic barber supplies can come in all sizes and shapes, and unless you’re careful about the brand you’re using, i.e. its quality – you may be facing a problem soon enough. Unless you find what suits your glorious beard the best, you’re gonna have a rough time.
Keep Your Sweaty Pits Dry
Whether you like it or not, you will perspire and if you’re not taking care of yourself, it’s going to reek. Gross! Sure, you can force the manly look but manly doesn’t mean smelly! Good news is that, besides all the fancy deodorants, your best choice may be to use good old fashioned talcum powder. It’s great for keeping the nether regions dry and making sure nothing smells.
Polish Your Teeth
If you like to have an extra cup of Joe in the morning or if you enjoying smoking, perhaps you should consider investing more time in taking care of your pearly whites. Nothing beats a pretty smile, and unless you have the teeth for it, you won’t be smiling anytime soon. Learn how to use that toothbrush because going up and down savagely won’t do you any good. Oh, don’t forget about mouthwash either, as it’ll help eliminate any kind of aftertaste there might be left. For the guys who want to get that extra sparkle, teeth whitening is the thing. No, it won’t make you look like a douchebag or anything – simply, you’ll have gorgeous pearly whites to show off under that bushy thing dangling on your pretty face!
Clip Rogue Hairs
Just because we’re hairy all over doesn’t mean we have to pull a Caveman look on everyone now, do we? Pick up a pair of tweezers once in a while and take care of hairs gone bad. Nose hair, ear hair, and especially stray beard hairs can be awful to look at (and kind of itchy). Unless you like it when people ignore you all the time, take your time and pluck those hairs out.
We do hope this advice helped and that you’ll take them seriously; a groomed, healthy look should be your starting point – everything else comes after.