The Modern Man’s Crown

Barbershop

A good hairstyle is indispensable to a modern man. Some of the most iconic men are known for their hairstyles.  Who could ever forget Elvis Presley’s pompadour;

Elvis Presley's Pampadour

David Beckham’s faux hawk;

David Beckham's Faux Hawk

David Hasselhoff’s hoff;

David Hasselhoff

 …and Justin Bieber’s side swept bangs?

Justin Beiber

These hairstyles may not be the conventional haircut at their time, but it did put these men to where they are right now.

Through the ages, men brush up their hair to look good and to attract the opposite sex. Psychologists deduced that a brushed-up hair connotes a subconscious phallic symbol, thus the sexual aura. For more pragmatic reasons, a brushed-up hair illuminates the face. Nothing is better-looking than a well-groomed guy.

Men's Hairstyles

Men’s hairstyle is complicated. We all know that guy who takes an hour or two fixing his hair in front of the mirror. Heck, you might be that guy we are referring to. But that’s okay.  Looking good for the people around you is not a bad thing.

Fixing Hair

Haircuts are funny in old pictures even if it’s just 2 or 3 years ago. We all had that embarrassing photo in our high school yearbook (and burning them won’t undo the horror that is your hair). The best way is to learn from past hair mistakes. They say it’s okay to have one silly hairstyle in your lifetime. But that doesn’t mean you have to sport one all throughout your life. Always endeavour to look your best. Update your haircut once in a while.

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps, before the medals, has the dorkiest hair.

Adam Sandler Afro

Afro Adam Sandler.

2013 is the year of the smooth and sleek. Check out some of these hairstyles that may look good on you.

The Peaked Side Crop

Peaked Side Crop

Evolving from the military crop haircut, the peaked side crop has become a classic among men. Most fashionable yet conservative men opt for this haircut because it is classy yet edgy at the same time. It is suitable for men with strong facial features such as wide jaw line.

Short and Tapered Fade

Gary Barlow

Re-popularized by Take That lead singer Gary Barlow, the Short and Tapered Fade cut was said to be one of the most sought-after hairstyles of 2013. The haircut is clean yet it has a dash of rocker vibes to it. It looks good on guys with round face and wide forehead.

The Straight Blow Back

Justin Beiber Brush Up

The Straight Blow Back is also known as Justin Bieber’s new hair. This is popular among teenagers nowadays. If you want to look hip and young try brushing your hair upwards. The higher, the better!

The High Blow Back

Zayn Malik's High Blow Back

The High Blow Back is an evolution of the classic pompadour. It is edgier than the Peaked Side Crop and is likewise popular with today’s youths. This is perfect for guys who are not confined in the conservative field of work.

The Thick Side Comb

Justin Timberlake

This haircut has been around for many years and it still oozes charm and sophistication.  You need blowers and a round brush to pull this off. Nonetheless, if Justin Timberlake’s ramen-noodle hair can do it, then so can yours! Firstly, you have to find out where your good angle is. Take selfies, or ask your closest friend which side looks better.

The Quiff

The Quiff David Beckham 2The Quiff David BeckhamThe Quiff Short

Everyone can pull of the Quiff. Just like the Short and Tapered Fade, the quiff exudes that old-school rocker vibe without compensating sharpness and neatness. The Quiff varies depending on the length of the hair. A lot of male icons have sported the Quiff. To name a few, there is Elvis Presley, James Dean, David Beckham, and Bruno Mars. Even fictional characters like Tintin from the series The Adventures of Tintin and Edward Cullen of the Twilight saga donned the look. If you want something new for your hairdo, try the Quiff.

Styling hair is not anymore confined to women. It never was. Since the beginning of time, men are conscious with their hair as much as women are. Don’t be afraid to experiment with a new hair. Just be sure that it matches your confidence and personality.

The Modern Man’s Best Friend

Dress Shoes

Fact: good shoes take you to good places. It has been a well-established doctrine that a person can be judged by the shoes he is wearing. It’s not about the brand or the price of the shoe but how that particular shoe is being treated. A shoe that is well taken care of reflects the personality of its owner. A clean shoe connotes that the person wearing it takes himself seriously and minds what others think of him.

Tassled Loafers

Now that you have invested on a shoe for your climb upwards the corporate ladder, it’s time to learn how to preserve this treasure. In this dog-eat-dog world, your shoe is your best friend. With it, you can kick ass.

In a man’s wardrobe, shoes work the hardest. Just like most of us, your shoes need a break to breathe at least a day after a hard day’s work. Yes, we are aware that not everyone has the luxury of owning two pairs of identical shoes. It is highly impractical, if not, foolish. But this is the basic premise of shoe care: it needs to breathe. Thus, you need a shoe tree.

Cedar Shoe Tree

No. Not that kind of shoe tree although it would have been really awesome if shoes actually grow on trees.

Cedar Shoetrees

Cedar Wood Shoe Tree

Shoe tree is a device placed inside a shoe to preserve its shape. It is available in other materials such as plastic or metal. The best shoe trees are made of Cedar wood because it also absorbs moisture and odor. Do away with those fancy varnished ones because they don’t suck up moisture like the unvarnished ones.

crumpled newspaper

Here’s a great alternative if you don’t have a shoe tree at home. Crumple newspapers and stuff it inside the shoe. Newspaper effectively draws out moisture the same way as a cedar wood shoe tree. Take note however that over-stuffing your shoe might disfigure it more.

Torn winter boots

A torn shoe smiles on the outside, but is weeping on the inside.

Shoes are always exposed to the ordinary wear and tear caused by the harmful elements everywhere. Those stubborn dusts and grime can crystallize on the hard-to-reach edges of your shoes permanently damaging it. The best remedy is to polish it regularly.

Polishing Shoes

Firstly, brush off some superficial dirt and stains on the shoe. Apply some good ol’ Kiwi Shoe Polish on all sides with a clean rag. The best way to polish your shoe is by inserting your hand in it. After applying wax on all parts, gently brush it with a horse hair brush until the wax is dry. Never put wax under the soles of the shoe if you don’t want to trip on the floor every time you walk.

Kiwi Shoe Polish

Want it extra shiny? Ferociously buff your shoes with your wife or your girlfriend’s pantyhose. Marvel how those things actually work.

Pantyhose

Hey babe, I don’t need the cuffs… just the pantyhose.

Always maintain your investment. Shoe care is not that complicated but it needs dedication. A man’s legacy is often associated with his shoes. When you are new to a job, you are often told that you have a big shoe to fill. Figuratively, once you become the established person to transmit his shoe to another, make sure that it is clean and shiny.

Manly Beauty Regimen

Dab Eyes

Man Facial

Gone are the days when the male specie is regarded as brutes and Neanderthals. Today, pampering oneself is part of a modern man’s everyday life. As women started taking jobs that were once exclusive to men, men on the other hand started becoming conscious of how they look. Indeed, these regimens that were once considered exclusive for women, now has space in man’s time.

Exfoliation

 You know the importance of raking dead leaves in an autumn morning? Or having your car washed and polished before a date. Well, that goes the exact way with your face. You need to get rid of all the dead skin cells that are blocking your pores. By exfoliating your skin, you lessen the risk of having acne break-outs and irritation.

T-Section

Denzel Washington’s T-Zone

There are a lot of men’s facial wash that has microbeads. Your first time might hurt a bit but you have to face it like a man. Focus on the T-zone of your face as well as the corner of your nose and chin. Do this at least twice a week.

St Ives Apricot Scrub

St. Ives apricot scrub is probably the best exfoliating agent out there.

Moisturize

 Moisturizing is the most important regimen that you need to learn for your skin. Your body needs water to survive and a moisturizer is like water for your skin. Moisturizers help replenish the skin from all the harmful elements out there.

Be sure that you purchase a product that is non-comedogenic. There are products out there that also feature sun screen up to SPF 30. The earlier you start applying moisturizers, the better. It delays aging, helps refine skin tone and gives you a smoother and healthier look.

Sun Damaged Skin

A 68-year-old truck driver with extreme sun damage. Moisturize early as you can.

Lip balm

 Men are more prone to windburn than women especially during cooler temperatures. As much as you want to protect your face, you might also want to give special attention to your lips. Windburns are very irritating and lip balms are the best way to combat it.

Red Lips

No, not that kind of lip balm.

There are lip balms that are specially made for men. There are products that offer no-shine and no-scent lip balms. Don’t worry; you won’t look like Angelina Jolie when you put one on.

Kiehl's Lip Balm

Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No-Shine Lip Balm

Eye cream

Bieber Buscemi

Justin Bieber with Steve Buscemi eyes

They say the eyes are the windows to your soul. We all know that you are working very hard and it clearly shows in your eyes. Eye creams are awesome. They can prevent wrinkles and crow’s feet. It can also totally eliminate all the signs of aging.

Dab Eyes

Apply every night before sleep. The skin around the eyes is very sensitive so be sure to dab them gently.

In the old days, men who are conscious with how they look are often mocked as someone who is shallow and superficial. Back then, men disregard any beauty products other than shaving creams and after shave.

 Today, men are aware that looking good is important. You may not discuss all these beauty regimens with your pals like women do. You may even consider this topic a taboo. But we all know that taking care of yourself and how you look is never a bad thing. Just be sure to do these in the comforts of your home.

Be Sleek and Sharp: The Importance of Starching

Rack of Shirts

One of the most unforgivable sins in men’s wear is wearing wrinkled shirts. No matter how expensive your clothes might be or how great it hugs your physique, nothing is more awkward than seeing a professional modern man wearing un-ironed, creased clothes. It is never okay to wear a rumpled shirt even if you’re doing it on purpose. Wearing wrinkled clothes never gives off that ruggedly-handsome look. It just makes you look like some lazy slob who has given up on his life.

Creased Shirt

The color coordination is good. But the creases are just distracting.

Sometimes, ironing clothes is just not enough. Your activity in the work environment can be very dynamic and by the end of the day, you finish up with a wrinkled shirt. The problem arises when you have an after-shift night-out and you don’t have time to change clothes. Of course, our goal is for you to look your best no matter what time, place, or circumstance. But the question is, how?

Ironing

Starching is the most effective way to look sharp and crisp all throughout the day. This has been a long tradition since the 16th century but for some unknown reason, it has been forgotten as of late. Starching should always be an option for the modern man. It makes a man look neat and sharp. It gives the man the impression that he takes good care of himself.

Dry Cleaners

You can always approach your trusted dry-cleaning lady to starch your clothes. It’s a matter of preference whether you want it light, medium, or heavy. Remember, the heavier the starch, the more formal it looks. Starching also helps in protecting the fabric. It’s easier to wash because the dirt comes off with the starch and does not stick onto the fabric. Just be careful with starching your clothes too much because the fabric might end-up stiff like a carton.

Overstarched Shirt

Yep, this can happen. Looks clean though!

With all the ready-made starch solutions available in stores everywhere, you can likewise starch your clothes like a pro. On a damp shirt, spray the starch six inches away from the fabric. Make sure that the starch solution is evenly sprayed on the whole shirt; otherwise, you will be dealing with some uneven cakey portions of your shirt.

Faultless

Faultless is the leading ready-made starch solution in the market. Nonetheless, you can make a DIY solution with ingredients found in your home. It’s easy! Just put 1 tablespoon of cornstarch for every 3 1/4 cup of boiling water. You may also add fragrances like lemon juice or any fragrant essential oil.

Some believe that starching has become démodé. However, we believe that looking neat and sharp is never out of fashion. Living in a competitive work environment requires dedication and precision. A well-ironed shirt can make a person cut above the rest. A crisp shirt can make a difference.

Shaving Tips for Beginners

With the Hair

Man Shaving

Shaving is the most basic regimen of men’s grooming. It is the last bulwark of manliness; a trophy of manhood. Shaving is not just an after-shower solemnity. It is an art in itself.

Remember the time when you were just a kid and you wanted to grow a beard? At that point, we know that you’re just too eager to be a full-grown man. Unfortunately, you may have actually tried your father’s shaving kit and ended up miserably with the worst razor burn in the history of razor burns.

Pope John Paul II Shaving

Pope John Paul II when he was still Karol Wojtyla, shaving.

Shaving is not for the weak-hearted. It is not for boys. Shaving is like a fruit that can only be picked at the right moment. And when you step into that age when you are required to shave, by all means shave. However, if you think shaving is as easy as one-two-three, think again. There is a process. You better start learning this by heart because you are probably going to do this every morning of your life.

First things first, shower.

Frank Sinatra Shaving

Frank Sinatra, shaving after shower

A steaming hot shower is the best way to moisturize and soften the hair follicles. To avoid the risk of razor burns, never shave with a dry hair. A cold shower is also not recommended because it closes the pores. If you want to notch up your shaving experience, do it like a pro and let a steamed towel sit on your face for a few minutes.

Do the circular motion.

Paul McCartney Shaving

Paul McCartney on shaving creams

While your face is still wet, gently apply the lubricant on your face in a circular motion. Massaging your face in this manner helps the skin absorb all the effects of the shaving cream or moisturizer. Check out the ingredients of your shaving cream and make sure that it is noncomedogenic. These are products that do not block the pores. Some oldies would recommend shaving oils but it can cause acne break-outs as it suffocates the skin.

Pick your weapon of choice.

Michael Fassbender Shaving

Michael Fassbender and his Gillette

You may use a straight razor or a modern disposable. This is all up to you. Just make sure that the blade is sharp as ever. A thin layer of your skin is being scraped away when you shave (the reason why it sometimes sting). A blunt razor can greatly damage the outer epidermis of your skin. For hygienic purposes, never share razors.

Small, baby strokes.

With the Hair

That’s gotta hurt Fredie. Go with the grain!

Now it’s time to do some actual shaving. Let the blade slide across your face in small strokes. To answer the age-old question of what direction you’re supposed to shave: follow the direction of your hair growth. Shaving against the direction of your hair can cause razor bumps because you’re scraping it off below skin level.

Work with the temperatures. 

The Beatles Shaving

The Beatles shaving.

Rinse your face with warm water with a facial wash of your choice. Once the shaved hair and shaving cream are gone, ice-blast your face with the coldest water you can get. This method seals the pores and tightens the skin.

Preserve the face.

You should always take good care of your face. Remember, the face is the first part of the body that people notice. In this urban jungle that we are living in, it is always better to look good. Shaving is something that you do for yourself and not just for other people.

Pesky Pit Stains

Pattison Stain

We all had that embarrassing moment when our deodorants and antiperspirants failed on us. Some of you may have dealt with it successfully; you may have put on an overcoat or just didn’t raise your hands the whole day or night. Some of you might not be so lucky, realizing the pit stains often too late while browsing over Facebook photos of yourself from last night’s event.

Cuba Gooding Jr Stain

Being a victim of a death hoax is bad, but a deo stain is worse, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Sweating is normal. It is the body’s way of cooling itself. It is also the body’s way of signalling anxiety and stress. Stuff like that are inner machinations of Mother Nature herself. You just can’t control that. What isn’t normal (or at least, socially acceptable) is how it stains the clothes. It leaves the impression that you have poor hygiene. It may also give the connotation that you are too stressed or nervous to handle a job. It drives away ladies. It drives away your boss.

Pattison Stain

Vamps sweat too.

Like the pangs of memories you get from all the humiliation, those nasty pit stains are difficult to erase. Since it is excreted by the body, the underarm sweat is a mixture of water, some electrolytes like sodium and chloride, and other metabolic wastes such as lactic acids and urea. This water solution is already hazardous to your clothes. What makes the stain even more stubborn is the fact that sweat is often mixed with other substances in your antiperspirant. Thus, if the stained shirt is exposed to the sun and other elements without first effectively washing it, that part usually becomes stiff, cakey and yellowish.

Prevention is better than cure

 Baking Soda

Effectively wash your clothes and get a good detergent. When hand washing, focus on the underarm and collar areas. If you’re using a washing machine, soak the stained clothing in a Baking Soda solution. Not only does it make your clothes soft, but also helps in getting rid of those germs and bacteria.

Be like a male Martha Stewart

 Vinegar Solution

There are a lot of home remedies which you can use in order to get rid of those ugly stains. Spray some distilled white vinegar on the discoloration before washing. You can also add 1 cup of white vinegar in your final rinse. Don’t worry! You won’t experience any sour after-smell in your clothes.

 Aspirin

When dealing with white clothes, crush 2 Aspirins and mix it with ½ cup of water. Let it sit for three to six hours and wash it normally.

Here’s an unbelievable recipe that actually works. Spray some Vodka on the stain. Dab some lemon juice on that part and let it dry. Then, soak it in lukewarm water with ½ cup of salt. Wash it normally. When there’s excess, you can always have a party.

 Lemon Slices

There’s no point crying over spilled milk. Change your deodorant and wash your clothes properly. Yes, you may have embarrassed yourself to half the population of your office but you can always get over it. Just make sure that you won’t be repeating the same mistake twice.