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Most Guys Can Use Some Coaching on Mens Grooming

Men, we can’t live with them . . . can’t live without them. We love them for their masculinity. A five o’clock shadow is very sexy. Ladies, we could mostly all admit, at times, a little scruff is very handsome. At the same time, how much is too much? Gentle diplomacy is required when your man does not pay attention to the mens grooming issues the way you wish he would. Is he about to meet your parents for the first time or is a special occasion approaching? Why don’t you suggest for them to start using a facial cream to give them a glow before that special occasion? Have a look at this popular facial cream for men to see if they can be persuaded into using it.

Start pointing out hair styles you think would compliment your guy and approach it as a compliment. For example,”Wow. You’d look great with that haircut.” It may take a few tries to get him thinking about mens grooming. Gift cards from the salon or barber shop you choose is a good way to gently nudge him in the right direction.

Call in the professionals

There is a huge difference between a barber shop style and a salon cut. Knowing what you are looking for and the difference between the two will help you to guide your beau in the right direction. Although there are many exceptions to the rules below, in order to keep it simple follow these basic pointers to be safe. You’ll have one shot at this and if it goes well your man will look fabulous and pay attention to mens grooming forever!

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Barbershop cutting is a breed of it’s own

Barbers are experts with clippers and trimmers. This means they favor the buzzers for the majority of the haircut. They create what’s commonly known as a fade. This is great for the street style type or the clean cut military look. For a barber, scissors are usually used on the top of the head. If the hair needs texture they will use texturizing shears.

Barbers also favor using a razor on the edges to finish the look. This is to make the hairline exact. This is why some guys leaving a barber will have a distinct line around the forehead and side burns. If you like a buzz cut but not the edges done with a razor, it’s simple to
ask to not finish the cut that way. When getting a barber shop haircut it is best to return every 2-4 weeks. Barbering appointments are normally quicker. They tend to grow out faster due to the shortness of the hair which makes them lose their shape faster. These days barbering is really pushing the style envelope so ask around and you will find a barber creating trendy styles.

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Hair stylist’s primary technique is scissors

Hairstylists at a salon will generally use scissors to cut men’s hair. They will use trimmers to clean unwanted neck and beard hairlines. If you’re a female you don’t tend to have this as a issue. However, for men they need to keep control of there neck hair due to their Adams Apple. Lots of people have been wondering Why Do Men Have Adams Apple? and it’s simple, it’s in our male genetics. Typically in the salon, edges may be left more piecey making the edges more natural. This is done to compliment the blow out and products added along with the texturizing. Texturizing can be done a variety of ways sometimes razoring the hair itself for a looser free flowing effect or using the scissors to actually notch out extra hair. Salon cuts take more time typically and include a shampoo and blow dry. Men who like to cut their hair less often tend to prefer a salon cut being the softness is able to be cut in to the hair making it look not so definite as a buzz cut.

Hair type matters

Hair type comes in to play when picking the best method for men’s hair. Some hair looks great faded and makes unruly hair polished. Other hair types are shown off with a great scissor cut and the right styling product. Either way he won’t know until a professional consultation is done.

Choosing the right hair stylist

Every stylist has a specialty. Not all hairdressers are proficient in men’s cutting and/or barbering so don’t assume your favorite hair stylist is right for the job. On the other hand, know when to back off. If he does seem open to the idea you can find a good hair stylist simply by asking somebody where they got their haircut. When you see a great haircut on the street simply ask!

Stay home, let the professionals do their job

Most importantly never accompany your man to the appointment. If so go get a cup of coffee or hang out in the reception area. Hair stylists and male clients alike always hate hovering helicopter spouses so don’t be one! You wouldn’t want him interrupting your appointment so don’t barge in on his. Respect him and know you did your mens grooming research. After that . . . Hands off!!! The hair stylist will do the rest.

katelyn-capko
Contributing author Katelyn Capko has provided clients with professional cutting edge styling and cutting techniques at the exclusive Carmine Minardi NYC salon on Madison Ave in the heart of the Upper East Side of Manhattan for the past several years. You can follow Kate on Twitter.


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A Mens Hairstyle that Never Goes Out of Style

Michael Phelps in swim suit with buzz cut hair

Phelps arrives in Beijing without his signature hair style

Michael Phelps swam the butterfly into his 8th Olympic Gold medal, with the hottest of mens hair styles today . . . the buzz cut!  But, Phelps arrived in Beijing with a shaggy hair cut, facial hair and his big winning smile a bit of a disappointment for me anyway.  But, when he hit the pool he raced with his traditional buzz cut and a clean-shaven face.

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Michael Phelps gave mens hair styles a setback when he arrived in Beijing

Ladies, I don’t have to tell you that with his perfect 6’4”/195lb body and boyish good looks, any haircut is going to look good!  A buzz cut is simply a cool cut all year-long, no matter what sport a guy is hooked on.  For any guy that wants a short, low-maintenance mens hair style, the buzz cut is the quickest and easiest haircut possible.

This haircut will also be the quickest drying style. Anyone can cut a buzz cut with clippers and a guard (usually between ¼ to ½ inch).  Just run the clippers all over the head and trim in front of the ears and along the neckline.  To achieve a masculine hairline, try to go for more of a square shape along the neckline, rather than rounded one. Most women will agree, this haircut is simply a great looking mens hair style. It tends to bring out the masculine features of the face as it makes the face look more defined and the jaw appear wider.

This style is also worn by some men to conceal thinning. Some male celebrities wear a crew cut or buzz cut that has been treated with a darker color on the top. From members of the armed forces, athletes, rescuers, rock stars and the cute guy next door, buzz hair cuts are all around us.

Congratulations to Michael Phelps, who sacrificed his longer haircut, for speed as he swam the butterfly in the American’s World Record win of the 4x100m medley relay and closed out the swimming completion at the Water Cube. For more great looks check out our Pinterest Men’s Hair Board.

  



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A soft tousled mens hairstyle lookThe Most Suitable Hair Styling Products for Guys

A guy should not only focus on the clothes he wears. He should definitely have the hairstyle to complete the look, and what better way to create the hair than to know the perfect hair product. Knowing the current hairstyles is not enough. It is essential to keep up with the latest trends in fashion and you should have the hairstyle to go with it.

During the years, hairstyles for men are persistently shifting. If you would notice, best dressed guys have adjusted to more modern hairstyles. In doing this, they can get a hold of their unique personalities while embracing the hottest trend. In this case, you have to know the hair styling product that would be perfect for your new hairstyle.

Pomade

If you are into the ‘messy’ look, pomade is your best choice. A small amount would be sufficient to give texture and body to your hair. Use medium-weight pomade (try Graham Webb Wax Pomade) to hold hair waves together. You can catch Ed Westwick, Mark Ronson and Robert Pattinson styling with pomade.

Mousse

This is a hair product that will go with any hairstyle. On wet hair, it will give you a shiny and sleek look while on dry hair, you can style your hair the way you want it. It will also keep your hair in place during the day without any sticky residue.  For a smooth look, I suggest applying a small amount of mousse like L’Oreal Tex Aero Mousse, and blow-drying hair with a large round brush. Celebrities like Lapo Elkann Ryan Reynolds and James Franco make use of this product.

Gel

Any type of hair will hold in place if you use good gel product. You can use it in different styling techniques such as freezing, molding, scrunching or even sculpting. Dispense a nickel-size amount of gel in one hand and use both hands to rub it into your towel-dried hair. Using gel will assure you that heavy blustery winds are never a problem. My recommendation here is American Crew Styling Gel. Gels are commonly seen with celebrities such as Brad Pitt, Jake Gyllenhaal and John Ham.

Hairspray

Shine and thickness can add versatility beyond just holding power. My recommendation here, is the award-winning
TIGI Catwalk Your Highness Thickening Gel Creme. In just a few sprays, you can create a desired look without getting dirty hands. Leonardo Dicaprio, George Clooney and Javier Bardem are frequent users of hairspray.

Guest contributor Mary Albert is an editor of  Happyhealth the review center of the med alert system and other similar items. Additional information is available at www.happyhealth.net.

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