Men do not spend a lot of money in a thousand different products, or lock themselves in the bathroom for hours. Instead, you should develop a daily life that is quick, simple and most important for all other information to make sure you do not make yourself with ugly hair or unwanted bags under the eyes.
1. Become a regular at your barber’s
Book your next appointment while you’re there for roughly four weeks out, and stick to it. Too many men wait for the “forlorn tugging of your locks” stage before doing anything about it. Basically, if you’ve noticed your hair needs a cut, then other people have, too. The trick is to be proactive, not reactive–and having a regular place you trust will cut down on the “oh my God, what if he messes this up” anxiety dramatically.
2. Know which hair products work for you
Hair products for men have got a bit more confusing since the Brylcreem your granddad swore by, so make sure you know what each product is for. Thicker hair and messy styles can handle waxes and pomades, but if your hair’s thinner, then lighter products and sprays will give your ‘do some staying power. Ask your barber if you’re a bit in the dark, but the right product can make all the difference.
3. Find your signature scent
Cologne isn’t supposed to be loud or obvious. You don’t want people to stop in their tracks and notice (if they do, you’ve worn too much). Rather, it should become a subtle part of your overall presence. Rather than owning 8-10 average-quality bottles you pick from each morning at random, find one or two classic scents you really like and invest in them. Typically woody, spicy or, herby scents suit the winter months, while lighter, citrusy scents work best in spring and summer.
4. Go electric
Two things every woman notices: your shoes, and your smile. When it comes to the latter, there is no longer any excuse for ignoring advances in technology. Electric toothbrushes are designed to do most the work for you, plus, they’re better for your health: According to a study by Sheffield University, rotating brushes reduce 11% more plaque than manual toothbrushes, and can also significantly reduce gum problems. And while you’re at it, use a mouthwash after you brush first thing in the morning.
5. Learn how to manscape properly
Trimming your pubic hair is perfectly acceptable in 2017. And no, we’re not talking about the porn star look. Just aim for what you’d appreciate in a partner, i.e. keep things neat and tidy. Pro tip: Keep whatever device you use for this sensitive task separate from what you shave your face with. There are plenty of electric razors on the market designed for the nether region’s unique challenges.
6. Scrub your face
They sound decadent, they use pseudo-science (“microbeads” anyone?) but face scrubs are just textured face washes designed to get the dead skin off your face (particularly the nose, the most exposed part of your face). Use one on a Monday morning to scrub the weekend off your face, and every other day of the week go for a plain face wash that’s less abrasive. You’ll be looking better than you feel in no time.
7. Manage your facial fuzz
Unless you’re planning to move out into the wilderness to find yourself, facial hair of any length needs to be tamed and maintained if you want to be taken seriously. You don’t have to spend much on a beard trimmer, so pick one up and get into a weekly habit of tidying up. Don’t, however, go too far. Overly groomed is just as bad as wild and bushy.