A list of every grooming tip that a man could possibly desire. Feel free to add tips!
Forget logos: Real men don't need to cling to brands.
Dry hair? It might sound counter intuitive, but stay away from shampoo and conditioner for a few days (just rinse well) and watch your hair pick up a healthy sheen.
Get a fragrance. Make sure you smell good! Don't bathe in it though - the aim isn't to let everyone know that you're wearing a scent, it's should be more of a pleasant surprise to those who are close to you.
"The Belt Rule":
- Brown shoes? -> Brown leather belt.
- Black shoes? -> Black leather belt.
No other combination is allowed, especially on formal occasions.
Nails short and clean: Trim them regularly, clean them if they get dirty.
Your mother was not joking about washing your hands. You should wash 'em before every meal and after every toilet session. It's basic hygiene, dammit. People DO notice when shaking your hand if it's greasy or dirty.
Brush and floss bi-daily: Morning and night.
Trimming your underarm hair and your nether regions is totally fine and should be done regularly. For some reason I grew up thinking that it was 'unmanly'.
Time haircuts: If your hair looks best 1 week after a hair cute, be sure to get a haircut 1 week before a big event (e.g. a wedding or prom).
Get tailored suits: Or at least make sure you get the correct fit. Everything looks so much better with a good fit.
Trim the nose hairs. Nose hair clippers are cheap. People notice this!
White athletic socks should only be worn with athletic shoes.
Don't slouch: Stand up straight, but not too straight. Try to be casually straight, not rigid. Same goes for sitting, except there are times when it's fine to sit/lay back and relax - the best users of this rule know when to break it.
Get rid of neck hair: The ultimate sign of the unkempt bachelor. Get your barber to do it, or do it yourself!
If you can, get a decent razor.
Lip balm! It's not the same as lip stick. If you get cracked/dry lips, get some of this - keep a stick of it in your car as well.
Lick your wrist and then smell it. Yeah. Keep mints handy for after meals and before meeting people. Brush twice daily.
File your nails after clipping to get rid of jaggedness and sharpness. It's a simple idea, but often neglected.
Dark or patterned underwear will mask "normal wear and tear."
Clean your face. You can clean your face during the day with face wipes. These are especially great if you get oily, or live in a humid environment.
//Short// and slow shaving strokes: 2cm is a good stroke length - don't use long sweeping strokes. Keep it slow and shave in the direction of the hair.
Shine your shoes! Never overlook the shoes, especially on formal occasions.
A few years ago it was common to wear your jeans a little too long to the point that the bottoms got walked on and frayed. It was cool at the time, but jean-style has moved on to a more fitted look. If you haven’t yet, you should. No more frayed wide leg jeans.
Trim your ear hairs. Don't let this one slip just because you can't see them in the mirror.
Pluck your eyebrows: Once every week or two, it only takes 5 minutes!
'Brush' your eyebrows: Check them in the mirror after brushing your teeth every morning. Dishevelled eyebrows are noticeable.
Shiny forehead? Swap your normal moisturiser for one which has 'oil control'.
A guy should always have a blazer he can wear with jeans. Most times a suit jacket won’t work, you need something shorter. Try a pattern like herringbone.
Different scents for different events. Consider having a fresh, light cologne for the daytime and work hours, and a more full-bodied scent for evenings and going out.
Don’t pop your pimples. You can scar your face, and it takes longer for the inflammation to go down. This may not be realistic advice if you look like Rudolph the morning of your big interview, but taking care of them once they show up is the wrong way to deal with them. The American Academy of Dermatologists recommends using a wash that includes salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Combat the blemish before it shows up and you’ll never have a morning surprise again. Over the counter products don’t seem to help? Go see a dermatologist, they’re not just for teenagers. Adult acne can require different methods of treatment than your teenage acne needed.
To get a less biased opinion from friends or family (say about a hairstyle, outfit, etc.) provide them with 2 options and ask which is better, rather than just asking "Does this look good?"
The easiest way to pull off the casual tie? With a sweater.
Skip shaving once a week. Shaving can be pretty tough on your skin - if you can, let your skin recover one day a week.
Prevent collar curl. If your shirt has collar stay inserts, make sure to put them in before you leave the house. Always take them out before you wash and iron.
If you sweat a lot: Get an anti-antiperspirant! They're cheap, safe for you health and some last for days!
Keep those nails cut. Next time you’re on the toilet for 5-10 minutes, skip your next round of Angry Birds and use the time for grooming your finger and toe nails. The goal is to maintain a thin white line at all times.
5 minutes of sun a day. Set yourself a goal of getting 5 minutes a day. It's not much at all, but it will make a huge difference to your overall health. If you've got a light complexion, a tan can be even more important.
Don't shave as soon as you wake up: You skin is puffy first thing in the morning. Give it at least 10 minutes and you'll do less damage and get a smoother finish.
Worried about your thinning hair? Give it more volume by blow drying it. There's also a whole heap of products to help make your hair look thicker.
Teeth should be brushed twice a day. Consider buying a pack of chewing gum if your breath smells horrible after lunch, brushing your teeth to often will break down your enamel and will lead to yellow teeth.
Scrape your tongue with a tongue scraper. You'll be surprised how much gunk comes off.
If you really need to fix your hair or shirt or whatever in a social situation (you can't nip off to the toilet, for example) - do it, but don't put too much emphasis on it. E.g. just casually fix your hair of tuck your shirt back in while talking to someone, as if it's something you do unconsciously, rather than making a spectacle of it. If you concentrate on it, it can seem like you're insecure about how you look. This is especially important if you tend to fix yourself a lot in public.
If you're balding, be ready to get used to a new you in the mirror. You can still look good bald, but getting past the psychological component of balding is the toughest part. You'll worry if people can notice, you'll feel sad when friends point it out (sometimes even jokingly), and sometimes you'll get women who say things like "you're balding?." Some comments suck, some show how much we build it up, and some are weird/awkard. Focus on building your confidence in other ways (work, lifestyle, sport, get in shape, humor). Stay away from the friends who like putting others down. When it's noticeable beyond your comfort, shave.
Nair: No, it's not a good idea to use a product like Nair on your head.
A REAL man should never wear crocs with a suit
A man should only wear two kinds of jewelry/accessory: A watch (no bling-bling..) and the engagement/wedding ring. And possibly a fraternity ring if you're a freemason or something like that. Necklaces are okay as long as you don't let them hang out on your shirt, tuck 'em in under your shirt, and no bling-bling.
Acne? There's product to help you these days! Check Google (find reviews) or a decent sized chemist. Allow about a month full clear-up.
Pluck ghastly nipple hairs. You can get men's waxing strips, or you can pluck them.
Every guy should let his hair grow past his ears at least once in his life.
Get circumcised! No one likes foreskin. It makes your thing look like an anteater. Plus, it's gross and. unnatural.
NEVER let your hair go greasy or straggly. Some guys seem to think this is fine. It's not. Shampoo + condition every day. There are tricks and tips for longer hair on this subject.
Every guy should shave his head at least once in his life.
Which body wash should you buy? Whichever is on sale.