Any woman you ever come across would have this allegation against men – “Men are pretty lousy at maintaining hygiene and grooming!”
Though that had been the case for a long time, the times are changing. Many men nowadays make a conscious effort to ace the first impression by looking and smelling good. Like it or not, this means some extra time and effort spent behind grooming routinely.
Worried that you aren’t being able to make the kind of first impression you want? Not to worry; let’s take a look at all the major grooming habits that you should adopt to look perfect.
#1. Let’s Start At the Top – Hair
Men’s hair is one of the most essential parts of grooming and outlook. Unfortunately, it’s also one that goes wrong more often than we’d like. Regardless of what type of a look you’re trying to achieve, you can’t just ignore your hair.
Here are some things to keep in mind about your hair.
A. Routinely Visit Your Barber
After every haircut, there comes a phase of utter bliss when your hair is just perfect. But a few weeks later comes the time when your hair is not long enough to pay a visit to the barber, but weirdly, not short enough so it doesn’t somehow look good.
Sounds familiar? Yup, we’ve all been there!
It is, therefore, best to visit your salon routinely and have your hair trimmed. Usually, for men, the frequency should be every 2 to 4 weeks. However, if you’re going for a look with longer hair, you may have to adjust the frequency accordingly.
B. Keep Your Hair Clean
It’s a no-brainer, but it’s worth mentioning – wash your hair with shampoo once every 2-3 days.
However, make sure you use the right kind of shampoo suited for your scalp, otherwise, you may risk hair fall. It’s always a good idea to take your doctor’s advice if you’re unsure.
C. Understand What Hair Styling Products Suit You
There are gels, wax, pomades, creams, mousse, sprays, and whatnot. With so many different hairstyling products for men, it’s easy to get flustered about what you should be using.
Try out different products to find which of the available styling products go with your look. Be particularly careful about the brands instead of settling for a low-budget product that you might regret later. When in doubt, ask your barber’s expert advice.
#2. Maintain Your Oral Hygiene
A bad breath, or a nice smile with dirty teeth – both are deal breakers. Oral health is an essential part of male grooming. Luckily for you, we have some quick tips on oral health that are easy to follow.
- Brush your teeth twice a day and floss properly.
- Clean your tongue.
- Use mouthwash such as Listerine to kill germs and prevent bad breath.
- Keep some chewing gums handy; you might need it, especially when going for a date directly from work.
#3. Give Your Face Some Love
The term “face value” is called so because your face is what people identify you by. And that certainly means that your face needs to be properly groomed.
It is always suggested that you wash your face with a cleansing face wash after coming home, and also before heading out for the day. Go for products that suit your skin type. Also, use face scrub twice a week to exfoliates the dead skin cells. This makes you look fresh.
Apply men’s moisturizing cream to your face, especially before going to bed. Moisturizers hydrate your skin, thus slowing down aging and preventing excessive oil production on your face.
#4. Clip Your Nails
You’re at a party – well dressed, impeccable hair and smelling great. But your nails are long and looks dirty? That’s an instant turn off for women.
No, if’s and no but’s. A properly groomed man must have his finger and toenails clipped at all times. We recommend you to set up some time every week to just clip your nails and smoothen them out.
#5. Take Care of Your Facial Hair
Now, we understand that some men prefer a beard, some like mustache, and some just love a clean shave – and no, we’ll not try to change your mind.
Regardless of your preferences, it’s important to keep your facial hair at bay.
- Shaver’s, use a good quality razor to ensure a smooth shave without any cuts. It’s always suggested that you shave after a warm shower, as that will help to soften up the beard.
- Don’t forget to splash some aftershave to reduce the burn and to prevent infections.
- Beard lovers, trim your beard with an electronic trimmer. Make sure to trim your beard when it’s dry.
- Consider using beard oil if you are aiming for more than a stubble.
Pro-Tip: We’re all guilty of shaving with a blunt razor every now and then, but that habit should stop right now. Invest in a good razor and trimmer.
#6. Don’t Escape the Manscape
When it comes to body hair, men have different preferences based on their likings, convenience or otherwise. Many men like to have chest hair, often because some women like that. In such cases, trim it every now and then to ensure they are not overgrowing.
In case you don’t like chest on your hair, you might consider shaving, waxing or even laser hair removal (for a permanent, albeit expensive, solution).
When it comes to more sensitive parts of the body, shaving may cause irritation. Therefore, a body hair trimmer is a popular choice among men. If you opt for that, just make sure that you are not using the same trimmer for your facial hair.
#7. Lastly, Don’t Forget to Smell Good
Smelling great is always an advantage for first impressions. A well-groomed man who doesn’t smell good – well, that’s a turn-off!
Quick tips to smell good:
- Shower every day with a body wash.
- Apply deodorant. If you sweat a lot, consider antiperspirant deodorants that prevent excessive sweating.
- Find the right cologne. Not every cologne is great. Research a little on the colognes that women find sexy.
- Don’t use clashing scents. That may lead to an undesirable smell.
- Don’t overuse deodorants or colognes. The goal is to exude a subtle, attractive fragrance, not to suffocate people near you!
Men and grooming may not seem to go hand-in-hand. But in today’s increasingly difficult world, being well groomed is important.
Be it a party, a date, or a meeting with potential clients – if you’re well groomed, chances are that you’ll be taken more seriously.
The guidelines provided here may take some time to get used to, but once you build a routine around your grooming, things will get much easier. And the upside? You will undoubtedly stand out in the crowd!
Angie Grey, an expert author from Faveable.com brings you all you need to know about fashion and grooming. She loves the outdoors and travels the world like a nomad.