Way back when the only mancare range available in Australia was Clinique or some European name no one could pronounce, it was near impossible to get a guy to think about eye serums or face washes. Now with a whole section in most department stores and men’s grooming and care ranges exploding on to the market we need to ask, what am I to do?
The fundamental guide to male grooming (mancare), from manscaping to head, face and feet, here's everything today's man needs to know. Welcome to the Good Grooming Guide.
A good haircut stands out and a bad haircut just makes you look bad. No matter what your hair style a regular haircut is one of the pillars of a good grooming regime.
Find a good barber, use Facebook, google or yelp to get reviews or information. A good barber will ensure your hair is always looking at its best and can provide advice on the best cuts for your face shape, your hair type and age. When you find a good barber make regular appointments so your barber can get to know you and what you like.
Yeah, I wash my hair regularly. But, are you doing it correctly? Keeping your hair clean is always a good thing, but remember washing with shampoo can strip the hair of its protective oils. You should wash your hair when you feel it’s beginning to get greasy – for some people that could be daily, for others it could be up to a week.
There may be occasions when you have to double down on the shampoo such as when you’re removing product build-up. Feel your hair it’s communicating. Did you know that the scalp has a natural maintenance system? Six weeks of not using shampoo may restore your scalps natural cleaning rhythm. But, for those less daring always use a balanced shampoo.
Hair Styling Products
As with all hair products less is more. Whatever your hair styling product start with an amount about the size of a five-cent piece. Then work the product into your hair from back to front. That way you won’t have clumpy hair.
Don’t forget to select a product to complement your hair type, style and hair health. Understand different styling techniques that provide you with differing looks. Apply product on a wet hair and the effect will be a more out-of-bed look while using a hair dryer will provide a more presented look.
Remember if you’re using a pomade, clay or wax to warm it up by rubbing your hands. This will make it easier to apply and style.
Good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums. Better Health Victoria recommend:
• Brush at least twice a day. The best time to brush teeth is after meals. Choose a toothbrush with a small head for better access to back teeth. Soft bristles are kinder on your gums.
• Use fluoridated toothpaste. Fluoride helps to harden tooth enamel and reduces your risk of decay.
• Brush thoroughly. Tooth brushing should take between two and three minutes.
• Floss your teeth daily. Use a slow and gentle sawing motion.
• Limit acidic drinks like soft drinks, cordials and fruit juices. Food acids soften tooth material and dissolve the minerals in tooth enamel, causing holes (cavities or caries). In severe cases, teeth may be ‘eaten’ right down to the gum.
• Limit sugary foods. Bacteria in dental plaque change sugars into acids.
• Avoid using your teeth for anything other than chewing food. If you use them to crack nuts, remove bottle tops or rip open packaging, you risk chipping or even breaking your teeth.
• See your dentist for regular check-ups. You should also visit your dentist if you have a dental problem such as a toothache or bleeding gums.
Whether you’re hairy and wanting to be less so, or you just need a functional trimming down, then consider these key rules for body-hair removal. These body grooming guides will help you through every scenario, and will save you a helluva lot of agony in the process.