No one is impervious to grooming fails. Even the most well-kept bloke could be unknowingly making grooming no-nos. But fear not! In today’s post, we are listing down the most common grooming mistakes men make and how to avoid them:
Too Much Cologne
Is your cologne game too strong? Sounds like you need to go easy on the fragrance. Bathing in cologne can be disastrous especially when trying to make a good impression on the ladies. Women are more sensitive to scents than men are. The last thing you want is for your lady friend to get a headache each time you get too close!
Ideally, you want to spritz your body with perfume for a couple of times. You want the scent to be as subtle as possible. Target the pulse points so the scent lingers the whole day: the wrist, behind the ears or the nape. Your body heat will warm up the scent.
Skipping Facial Moisturizer
Do you think face creams are meant for women only? Wrong! Men and women will benefit from regular application of moisturizer. Cracked, dry as desert skin is not a good look, even for men who want to look as tough as possible.
If you’re using face creams for the first time, ask help from your partner or lady friend. You want a lightweight face cream with at least SPF 15. Apply the cream evenly on the face and neck. The cream will draw water into the skin layer, soothing dry skin and preventing the onset of aging.
Too Much Hair Gel
Let’s face it, at some point, you got a little crazy on the hair gel. Unfortunately, hair gel is best left where it belong: in the 80s. Goopy hair gels make the hair stiff, crunchy and unnaturally glossy. It makes hair noticeable and not in a good way.
Instead of piling on copious amounts of hair gel, consider alternatives that are more modern: putties and pastes. These hair products give the hair the right balance of texture and hold. You can shape and add definition as you please and you’ll still get natural-looking results.
At some point, you’ll deal with thinning hair and bald spots. Men experience hair thinning as early as puberty. From 20 years old and beyond, you’ll lose 4% of your hair per year. Most men struggle with the loss, using every trick in the book to delay hair thinning. But fighting it will only make the bald spots appear more noticeable. And the worst offender of them all is the comb-over.
Instead of opting for a comb-over to hide bald spots, ask your hair stylist about haircuts that reduce the appearance of bald spots. The right haircut will make thinning hair less obvious. You can also use hair growing creams and prescription treatments to delay the inevitable. And if all else fails: shave it all off.
Scraggly Beard and Nose/Ear Hair
Sure, body hair is attractive but only if it’s well-kept. If you see food debris stuck to your scraggly beard or nose hair peeking out and scarring the ladies emotionally, it’s time to do bits of body hair trimming.
To remove nose and ear hair, you can use a grooming scissor or a mechanical tool that trims the nose and ear hair specifically. For unkempt beard, you don’t have to trim it all off if you don’t want to. Just trim the beard with a grooming scissor and shaver to create a nice, defined shape.
If you’re unnaturally hairy, invest in a high-powered trimmer and shaver. You can use these tools to trim the chest and stomach hair to a decent length.