I’m a man, I don’t need a facial, do I?

I’ll bet that you might think that getting a facial is not something for us men to do. The perception of it is the cozy slippers, relaxing in the spa with the soothing music and if it’s a really pampering spa you might be offered infused water to wet the pallet. Yes, I know I understand. The real motivation to get these types of services done by Beauty Professionals or Service Providers (SP) is the same reason we take our car to a mechanic, they can do it better than we can.
The amount of abuse our skin receives from shaving or the sun cannot be fixed with the typical soap you buy at the store even if you are washing and cleaning it every day. You might notice that the irritation goes down or redness subsides, but that doesn’t mean you are in the clear. What I’m trying to tell you is that we need facials more than women do due to many reasons. We have much coarser skin than ladies do and larger pores, which can lead to an increased chance of sun damage.   I’m also sure that you don’t use sunscreen as much as you should; I know I don’t. Below you will find some reasons as to why you might think about treating your face to a detoxifying, anti aging facial.
Because we have higher levels of testosterone, we produce more oils than women. If you don’t take care of the oils properly then your pores will clog and produce blackheads, which can turn into acne. One part of the facial service that can create a little discomfort but is necessary is the extractions. Using a small implement, the Service Provider will work to clear up any and all blackheads. This aspect of the service is essential if you want to really clear up and take care of your face. Let the pros do it, as you might damage the skin if you do it yourself.
Now, I’m not saying we all have very oily skin because you may not. This is where the SP will provide a thorough consultation and help you identify your specific needs. You will find multiple options of facials out there. Such facials fall in the category of Anti Aging, Moisturizing, Anti Acne or Rejuvenation.   Once your SP has determined your needs, let them get to work. This is now your time to sit back, relax and enjoy the process.

There are great benefits to facials. One benefit is you will get a much smoother shave. When we take our blade and run it across our face every day or every other day, we cause a lot of harsh damage and irritation to our skin. This can create razor burn, inflammation and/or irritation. The result of this could be ingrown hairs, acne or a rash that burns.  The facial service you receive will deep clean the bumps and sooth the irritated skin. Your SP will clean your face with a cleanser, exfoliate the skin, apply a mask and finish off with a moisturizer. These steps will lead to a smooth and soft face and start to begin the healing process. You will notice a clean, tighter, less wrinkled brighter glow to your face that others will wonder how you did it.
When you are finished, let your SP tell you what they used, when to use it, how to use it and why. After a facial, you should have a regimen built for you and take some products away so you can be effective between now and your next facial service. The products you will buy at your salon or shop will be much more effective than anything you can buy at the grocery stores.   A good SP will show you the techniques they used and how much product you need to apply. Please make sure you fully understand this before you leave so you are organized when you get home.

Don’t be afraid to get these types of services anymore. Your skin deserves it and you will keep you face looking younger and happier if you do.   Make sure to stay consistent with it. I would recommend getting a facial once a month. My last piece of advice would be to invest in some good products. This will keep the experts work going for weeks to come.
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What, why and how do you wear a pocket square ?

One thing that is truly interesting is the depth of a man’s style. Today, suits are not only for the financial or law industry, they can be worn at any company for any occasion and still work.  They are fashionable and adaptable to most business situations you find yourself in.
I know what your thinking though, suits can be very expensive if you decide to go with a “Made to Measure” company. That is true, but there are many solutions out there that are “Made to Measure” but very affordable.
Once you find that type of suit you like, it is time to choose the color because the color of the suit portrays certain signals. Once you have selected the color, you must then decide on the shoes, the socks and don’t forget the belt.
At this point, you have now embarked on a mission to set an example, a trend and a statement. You choose your cuff-links, tie-pins, signet rings or bow tie because you are officially in the club of style.
There can’t by anymore, right? What about those things sticking out of the suit pocket? What is it? Well, it used to be known as a handkerchief but today we call them a pocket square.
So why wear one of these things? That is what we are here to explain so don’t worry, but yes you should wear one with a suit. If you don’t have a suit, however, you can wear just a jacket as jackets are making a major comeback.
In all reality, most men don’t wear pocket squares because they truly don’t know it is an option, they don’t know where you get them or even how you fold them to make them work. This is why most haven’t even considered them as part of their suit/jacket arsenal.
Some might fear that it may draw attention to you. Looking sharp always draws attention but in a very sophisticated and professional way. Wearing a jacket alone draws attention to you because it still isn’t a common trend. When you add the pocket square, however, you create more of an impactful statement.
Now think of this, you are in a room, wearing a suit or a jacket with a pocket square, and you have been noticed by most. Your next big advantage to the pocket square is it becomes a conversation starter, which really becomes the beginning to anything.
Now that I have gone through what a pocket square is and why you should wear it its time to buy one. Let’s keep it simple to start. Lets begin this journey with your basic white pocket square that you will be able to find in most any men’s department. You will have choices in linen, cotton or silk, its up to you to choose whichever your preference it. From here, you will need to fold it. Now pocket squares can be folded in numerous ways but lets not complicate it too soon. Begin with your simple square folded perfectly so the crease is about a half inch above your pocket line. This fold is known as the Presidential fold.
Now that you have learned so much about the pocket square, give it a try and wait to see what happens. I’m guessing you will be amazed at the compliments and looks you receive.

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Do you know how to choose and wear cologne?

Do you smell……….Good?
A distinct scent for a man is a must these days. It’s a signature that resonates on everything you wear, and lingers in the minds of anyone you run into. You’ll be amazed at the kinds of compliments you will get can get when you improve your natural scent and enhance it with a powerful yet sophisticated cologne.
How to choose the scent
When choosing cologne, you need to consider your personal style and image. Start by selecting a few different options and determine your first impressions. You should experience many different options and then start to narrow them down based on your preferences. Make sure they have coffee beans or another form of a fragrance neutralizer. This is because your sense of smell can be easily overwhelmed at the counter and you want to have something to smell in between each cologne. Once you have it narrowed down to your top 2-3, it strictly becomes a choice as they all have peaked interest.
Teach me how to apply it
Your next objective is to ensure you know how to apply the cologne. If you follow some of the following principles you will avoid some of the typical mistakes people make:

Your wrist and neck are points where the body puts off the most heat which in turn allows the cologne to emanate outward
Spraying the cologne on your chest will allow you to protect the scent and make it last longer which in turn allows it to linger into the night
Two sprays on the chest and one on the wrist
Don’t keep applying it if you don’t think it is strong enough. Your nose will get used to it reducing your ability to notice. Avoid OVERDOING it
If you wear deodorant, make sure not to wear something too powerful as it will create a potent interaction mix of scents
If its warm outside, be careful as heat enhances smells. You want to avoid too many sprays during hotter days.

If you haven’t dove into the world of cologne, this should help entice you to do so.  Remember that the first impression you make is vital to your ability to own the room, meeting or any event you attend.  Leave the women you surround yourself with a memory that will last for weeks if not months.

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Make people notice you through your style.

Is it true that our sense of occasion has been lost over time? Has the casual art of the dress code today taken away our ability to fully represent who we are? Our take is, unless you are known by one name or you have taken your own company public, your dress code is not to be taken lightly. You might think it is okay, but do you really come out on top when you are the most casually dressed man in the room?
When thinking about each detail, make sure to look at your pocket square.  This can enhance your already impeccable suit.  Check out www.thetiebar.com to find unique patterns and colors.
How about your shoes?  When was the last time you got the polished?  Shoes set the tone for your attention to detail.
My challenge to you is to take it upon yourself to be the man who makes an impression, honors the house style and sets a higher standard.

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Whats your true style?

Do you ever think about what truly goes into the hairstyle that properly fits you? To be honest, it’s more than what you think. Some things you and your Barber must take into account when making a decision about your hair is the texture and features of your hair, your career, the products, the time you have to style your hair, and your face shape.
You may admire some of your friend’s cuts and styles or what is trending; but that may not be what’s best for you. If you see the picture of George Clooney, you will understand how one may think their look is fitting but from an outsiders perspective, it may actually do you a disservice. It is incredible how different ideas or visions can completely transform your image.
No matter if your hair is thin or thick, curly or straight, there’s a style out there that will make you look your best. You will know you found a great Barber when the consultation is thorough which will then make you feel confident in their expertise and opinion. Don’t be afraid to try something new or ask more questions because you might find that your best look may still be out there.

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