The modern man’s guide to grooming

It’s no longer okay to have bad nails or dry skin anymore ...
The modern man’s guide to grooming
By Lubna Hamdan
Sun 02 Aug 2015 12:30 PM

Gone are the days when men could let their stray hairs grow and get away with it. Thanks to advertising and celebrity culture, men are now under the same microscope women were put under since humankind existed.

That’s right, guys, it’s no longer “okay” to have bad nails or dry skin anymore. The Ryan Goslings of the world have proved it’s time to embrace masculine grooming.

Luckily, women have had decades of practice to ensure you get the best, possible advice.

Putting the “man” in manicures: First and foremost: manicures and pedicures are not just for women. There are countless men’s salons that now offer the service. They cut, trim, and clean your nails. And while they do that, you can get a neck and shoulder massage simultaneously. But in any case, nail care should be part of every man’s hygienic routine. We’re recommending a salon so as not to have unevenly cut nails. They simply look better when done professionally. Men’s Jazz Lounge Spa and 1847 Men’s Grooming Lounge have this service and many more.

Keep excessive body hair under control: Excessive body hair is simply unsightly. And it’s not just older men who develop it. There are plenty of youth who have excessive body hair. Today, there are many solutions for that problem. You can either use an electric trimmer or wax at a professional salon. Though it’s painful, it’s not something a real man can’t handle, don’t you agree? A third option is laser technology, where after a few sessions, hair stops growing for a few years.

Hairstyle is worthwhile: Some may say that a good haircut is a haircut that doesn’t look like you’ve had one. But we disagree. There’s something fresh and edgy about a guy who’s just had it. Our advice is to choose one that suits your face shape. If you have a round visage, keep hair slightly short on the sides and longer at the top with an off-centre part. If you have a long face, try equal medium length on both the sides and top. Don’t be afraid to change your hairstyle every now and then. Now regarding white hair, unless it works for you like it works for George Clooney, dye it. In the words of Sam Smith, you know you’re not the only one.

The beard: For many men, beards have become accessories that are constantly groomed, re-shaped, and coloured. For many others, they are either shaven off, grown to look like untamed stubble, or overlooked until resembling a cave man’s. While the first clean-shaven option is perfectly fine, the other two are not. For instance, if you want to sport a stubble, do so with style. A stubble does not mean letting your facial hair grow untamed. It means: maintenance. To maintain a stubble, you must always trim stray hairs. If your beard grows high up your cheeks, shave the hair just below your cheekbone. It’s parallel to your jawline, so it will give your face more definition. Beard definition might as well be called face contouring.

Scrub scrub scrub: Men tend to pay less attention to a product unless it’s a perfume or an aftershave. However, a facial scrub is very beneficial for men’s skin. Firstly, it’s different than a normal face wash in that it contains small exfoliating particles that get rid of extra oil and unclog pores. It also helps in providing a better shave. The particles remove dead skin that could congest your razor, lift stubborn beard hairs, and eliminate and prevent ingrown hairs. We recommend Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing System which comes with a scrub and an electric face brush that helps improve the exfoliation process. For a full body scrub, which we highly applaud, Jazz Lounge Spa in Dubai offer Moroccan baths.

Callus treatment: Callus is the hardened tissue that forms on the soles of the feet. It occurs due to constant pressure, frequent walking, or bad shoes. However, most people suffer from feet callus. That’s why it’s essential to have at home or in salon callus treatments. This doesn’t entail much. Mostly, it consists of scrubbing and applying a moisturizing or healing foot cream. Jazz Lounge Spa offers “Sole Reviver,” a callus removing and pedicure treatment.

 

Cheese (as in smile): Teeth care is ignored more often than not, especially amongst men. Blame it on the tea, coffee, or smoking, teeth should be clean and white regardless. While only veneers are snow white, natural teeth can be lightened through many a ways. For example, teeth whitening strips like Crest 3D Whitening work wonders. Another method of teeth care is professional teeth cleaning and whitening. Try limiting coffee and tea. Drinking them with milk can ease colour staining on your teeth. If you have crooked teeth, you can always opt for braces. There are ones that are placed on the inner side of the teeth, as not to show from the front. Though they are more expensive, they can be paid in instalments.

 

Fit over fat: With countless diets, gyms, sports centres, and athletic activities now available, there is no longer an excuse not to be fit. As the UAE ranks high in obesity, it’s time for men to take to fitness and start investing time and energy into their bodies. Time should not be an issue either, as an hour a day could always be spared.

Let’s talk smell: Few things can top off good cologne and perfume (and the most vital: deodorant). However, you don’t want people to smell them a mile away. Rather than covering yourself in a cloud of over-sprayed fragrance, place it on the inside of your wrists, elbows, knees, shoulders, behind your ears, and the back of your neck. Those are the place where blood flow helps keep the smell stay longer. We also recommend staying away from scents that are fruity and sweet. Opt, instead, for something woody, musky, and citrus-y. Our favourite is L’homme by Yves Saint Laurent.

Dark circles: Men have dark circles under their eyes, too. In fact, it’s one of the earliest signs of aging in men. Little sleep, excessive alcohol, smoking, dehydration, and a high sodium diet are all things that cause dark under-eye circles. If you could limit or prevent the above, the circles will lessen or disappear. Another way of decreasing them is through eye creams that actually work. Doctors recommend creams with caffeine or vitamin K. We recommend Clinique’s Skin Supplies for Men Age Defence for Eyes SPF15.

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