Grooming Basics | Better Grooming Techniques You Should Know

Grooming Basics | Better Grooming Techniques You Should Know

June 20, 2018

No matter if you’re 18 or 38, every guy should know the basics of grooming. Whether you’re just starting out or if you’re in need of some advice, we’ve got your back. Well, we’ve got your face. We’ve compiled a few must-know grooming techniques that you should live by.

Skin care routine

The way you treat your skin shows. If you haven’t washed or exfoliated your face in a few days, your skin will look tired. Give your skin a little love and create a skin care routine that works for you.

Whether you’re looking for a simple skin care routine that you can do in five minutes or one that requires a little more attention to detail, there a few basics that every guy should have in their routine.

Start with cleansing, exfoliate if necessary, moisturize, and apply SPF—those are the basics to any skin care routine. You can easily add in steps for anti-aging, acne treatment, eye treatments, or anything else that your skin needs.

Shaving your face

Shaving is its own beast and for some guys, this will always be a struggle. Getting the clean cut look isn’t as complicated as you think it might be. Here are a few tips on how to shave your face the proper way.

Shower first. Showering with hot water will open up your pores so you can get a super close, super clean shave. Then, make sure your pre-shave process goes as follows: scrub and cleanse, apply pre-shave oil, then apply shaving cream.

Don’t even think about using a bar of soap for your cleanser. It’ll dry you out like you wouldn’t believe. Try an exfoliator or gentle cleanser if you have sensitive skin.

After you’re all covered in suds, then you can start shaving. Grip your weapon of choice and glide it lightly with even pressure moving in the direction of hair growth. You’ll get a smooth shave every time.

Finding the right haircut

If you’re like most guys, you probably walk into the closest hair salon to your house and say something like, “leave it a little longer” or “keep it short”. You say these vague statements because you probably just don’t know what you want or what you need. Sound familiar?

Long Beach hair stylist, Shannon Murray helps her clients find the best hairstyle for their face, personality, and overall look. “When a guy sits in my chair, I take into account his face shape and always use the hair to help the face appear as an oval.”

Determining what type of facial structure you have can help you communicate what hairstyle is best and most flattering for your specific look.

Murray continues, “For example, guys with strong features tend to have square-shaped faces. I like to leave some length on the top and keep the sides short to give the illusion of an oval.”

Shaving your head

Shaving is for more than just the face. There are right and wrong ways to shave your head, too.

Shaving your own head at home can be simple, but its all in the routine. “My favorite trick for shaving is to shampoo and condition the hair before you shave. This softens the hair follicles, making it easier to get a smooth and clean shave.”, says Murray.

Shaving clean hair is also great for your scalp. When your scalp is conditioned, the end result will be smooth and soft.

To get the softest result, it’s all about the tools you use. Murray suggests, “Use a razor that’s clean and sharp and make sure you have a good skin care routine to follow.”

Dull razors can roughen up the scalp and won’t give you the closest shave. Any razor, no matter how sharp, will leave your scalp dry and irritated. While conditioning before shaving can help, the follow-up routine is crucial. Ensure that you moisturize right after shaving with a product that is light and oil free. Use an exfoliator before shaving to lessen bumps and in grown hairs. Salicylic acid will help to combat these as well. 

Trimming your sideburns

Your sideburns can get out of control—fast. To keep them well groomed and extend the life of your hair cut for a few more weeks, Murray recommends, “Use your ears as a guide. Pick a guideline on each ear and line up your sideburns with that marker. This way, you won’t end up with uneven sideburns.”

If you’re not confident in this method yourself, go to a barber first. “Do this every two weeks after your appointment. This way, you can still see and follow the line that the barber created.”


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