SEVEN GROOMING MISTAKES MEN MAKE (AND HOW TO AVOID THEM)
The Ultimate Guide to Avoiding Men's Common Grooming Mistakes.
Welcome back, men. Today, we're diving into the realm of men's grooming mistakes! Or, to be more precise – we're talking about common grooming mistakes men make and how to sidestep them. Grooming isn't just for the 'ladies', it's an essential part of looking sharp and presentable in today's world. Moreover, taking care of yourself and your appearance not only boosts your confidence, but it also tells the world that you're someone worth their time and attention.
Style vs Grooming: Understanding the Difference
Now, before we dive into this gritty guide of grooming do's and don'ts, let's break down the difference between style and grooming. Style is what you put on your body, while grooming is the way you present your body. Grooming is foundational to the impression we make on others, and – more often than not – it is completely overlooked.
Dodge Grooming Disasters: A Comprehensive Guide
But fear not gents, I've got your back! Because this blog is all about how to dodge the most common grooming disasters. So grab a comb – and a sense of humour – and let's get into the biggest grooming mistakes made by men.
1. THE MANE OFFENDER: LEAVING TO LONG BETWEEN HAIRCUTS
If you're leaving too much time between haircuts, you're probably familiar with the awkward, grown-out, uneven-at-the-back-and-sides hair disaster that appears after about a month. Even with the best styling products in the world, your hair will resemble more of a mop than a masterpiece. So, visit your barber regularly (every 3 - 4 weeks, depending on your hairstyle) and keep your hair clean and styled between cuts.
2. THE CLOSE SECOND: THE MOUNTAIN MAN BEARD
Ah, the beard. Nature's face-warmer and the must-have for the truly rugged amongst us. A beard can be a majestic addition to your face – but only if you care for it. Avoid the mountain man look by keeping your beard well-maintained. Brush it regularly, use beard oil to keep it soft and shiny, and, for the love of God, stop using it as a food storage vessel. For the ultimate guide to beard maintenance, see our blog here. And remember: you wear the beard, don't let the beard wear you.
3. THE CLAW-FUL MISTAKE: NEGLECTING YOUR NAILS
It's time to give those neglected nails some love. Because no one wants to see dirt-filled claws, bitten cuticles, or ragged edges. So, stop with the biting, grab a nail file and tidy up those digits. If you're feeling really fancy, you can even add a clear coat of nail polish. Trust me, lumber-jack nails belong on lumberjacks. For everyone else, get those nails looking nice.
4. THE COLOGNE CATASTROPHE: LESS IS MORE
I get it. You want to smell good. It's an admirable goal. But drowning yourself in cologne is not the way to go about it. Try a subtle scent instead, and take it easy on the application. Remember, floating around in a cloud of eye-watering fragrance will send people running – and not in your direction.
5. THE CUNNING IMPOSTER: CANNED SHAVING CREAM
Okay, here's the deal. If you're using canned shaving cream, I want you to go to the bathroom and get rid of it. Immediately. There's a reason shaving soaps and creams have been around for so long: they do a better job than canned shaving creams – providing a proper barrier between your skin and the blade. When you buy canned shaving cream, you are basically purchasing air with a touch of soap. A combination that does a terrible job of lubricating the skin and softening beard hair. So shape up your shave, and go for the good stuff – like this shave cream by Earnest Empire. Trust me, your skin will thank you.
6. THE SKINCARE CHEAPSKATE: QUALITY MATTERS
Say it with me: it's time to get serious about skincare. Gone are the days of rinsing your face with water or (shudder) using hand soap as a cleanser. We are adults now, and unless you plan on spending your later life with a face that looks like the Sahara desert, it's time to invest in skincare. When it comes to skincare, quality is key. Look for products that contain natural ingredients and avoid those with harsh chemicals or synthetic perfumes. Extra points if you can find a quality skincare range designed specifically for men, like this one here.
7. THE SPF SIDESTEP: INVEST IN SUNSCREEN
I know you've heard it before, but I'm here to tell you again: sunscreen is not just for vacations. Protecting the delicate skin on your face from the sun's harmful UV rays is a year-round necessity (if you want to avoid premature aging, sagging, and unsightly pigmentation, that is). So, apply sunscreen daily (even on cloudy days) and wear a hat and sunglasses to shield yourself on sunny days. If you're a kill-two-bird-with-one-stone kind of guy, check out this quality men's moisturiser with built-in SPF.
GET YOUR GROOM ON
Armed with this guide, you're well on your way to becoming the epitome of grooming greatness. Remember, taking care of yourself and paying attention to the details can elevate your style and boost your confidence. So, let's bid farewell to these grooming faux pas and embrace a well-groomed future. Now, go forth and groom like there's no tomorrow!