For the last month, I’ve been answering the grooming Q&As of men across the globe for Men’s Health Magazine’s micrrosite, awardwinnersplaybook.com. It’s been fun learning about the grooming issues that leave men scratching their heads. A fair amount of the questions that have come in so far have been related to shaving in some form or another. How do you figure out what direction the hair on your face grows, what’s the best after shave routine, or is it true that letting shave cream sit on your face is a good thing, are just a few of the questions I’ve fielded.
A common theme that’s developed in my responses is what I call the 3 P’s of wetshaving: patience, preparation and practice. Many of the issues we suffer from while shaving can be prevented if we adhered to the 3 P’s. That’s not to dismiss severe cases of anything that plagues us. In those instances, a dermatologist should be consulted. But if you’re patient, and your preparation is thorough, with practice, your technique should result in irritation free shaving.
Another thing I stress is paying attention. There are no quick fixes and with that, we must keep an eye on what’s happening to our skin. Case in point – I realized that shaving everyday and shaving with the grain is key in my defense against ingrown hairs. That may or may not work for you but keeping a watchful eye while exhibiting some patience and with some practice, you’ll find your solution.
If you have a chance, pop over to awardwinnersplaybook.com and tap on the “ask an expert” tab and see if anything already answered will put you on your path to solving your grooming issues.
We all have some sort of grooming routine. Brush teeth, shower, shave, moisturize,
apply sunscreen, spray cologne, repeat daily. Sound familiar? Whatever habits you have, there’s a good chance you either get lazy some days and skip certain things or you’re just doing something wrong. I mean, who can remember everything? Continue reading
The last few months have been kind to Fragrant Moments. First there was Complex magazine, and now Men’s Health. When its Fashion and Grooming Editor, Brian Boye, gave me a call and said he wanted my contribution on this story he was working on for the November issue, I was awe-struck. I’ve known him for years and I admire his work and I read the magazine, regularly. And while I’ve worked with him on the yearly Grooming Awards, it still felt special. I’m passionate about fragrances and opening my readers eyes to the many options out there. So its nice when I’m asked to contribute elsewhere. Anyhow, I hope you guys learn something but the bottom line is you’ve got to get in the stores and sample.
Thanks for the opportunity Brian. Let’s do it again.
If you pay attention to fashion and lifestyle magazines, then you look forward to September issues. They’re usually jammed packed with new products they’ve christened as “the” must have items for the fall. As I perused through Men’s Health, I came across a particular article of interest titled, “Kick The Tires Before You Buy A Cologne.”
I’m often asked to give advice to men about cologne and I always start with the importance of sampling. After all the reading and research one can possibly do, it is the most important part of the process. We tend to be rushed when making grooming purchases because for some of us, it’s the last thing we want to be doing at that moment. When purchasing a fragrance, however, it can be a costly mistake if you don’t exercise patience. That said, I was thrilled to see Men’s Health echoing the same sentiment. It’s a quick read, but loaded with good advice.
As if that wasn’t enough to be happy, my September issue of Details finally came. (I was just about to go out and buy a copy when I saw it looking up at me one night on my bar.) As I flipped through its fashion editorial, I stumbled upon, “Find Your Fall Fragrance.” The story highlights six scents it deems the seasons finest, and I’m not mad at the selections. I must say, Details has really impressed me with its fragrance coverage. I featured one its stores back in June and here again, its back with a good collection for the September issue.
Go forth and sample gents until you find a scent that pleases you. The fall has some good ones to choose from. Keep a lookout for my Fragrant Night Out. It’ll be here before you know.