Basic Bearings – An Introduction to Men’s Grooming

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What is grooming, really?

The first time you’ve heard of those words was probably several years ago – as a boy, expected to attend school functions with crisp clothes and briskly brushed hair and shoes – the former with a dab of Brylcreem and the latter with pitch-black polish.

Interestingly enough, the mandates of schoolboy discipline and a grown man’s appearance have a lot more in common, as their core principles. The way a man trims his face and body, bathes, styles his hair and even the scent he wears – they all work as showcase of both personal commitment and personal expression.

Today, being well groomed isn’t as simple as carrying around a pocket comb and drowning yourself in Old Spice – here are some basic pointers to get you started.

  1. Shave


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You know what they say about first impressions – and a man’s face is always the first thing they notice about him. Whether you wish to stay clean shaven or don a beard, there are several rules to keep in mind here – good shaving technique, using high quality natural ingredients in your shaving cream/gel & aftershave and keeping a good set of whiskers trimmed with precision are trademarks of a well-groomed man.

  1. Skin


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You’d be surprised at how much physical contact we make in a day – handshakes, embraces, casual greetings – a well-groomed man is one who keeps his skin in great shape no matter the conditions. Got oily skin? Use beneficial ingredients such as tea tree oil in your soaps and face wash. No-one’s fond of dry, cracked skin either – don’t be afraid to give your epidermis a healthy dose of moisturising cream.

  1. Hair


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Though one may think that great hair depends on genetics and overpriced products, it takes a surprisingly small amount of effort on a daily basis to get a good haircare routine going. Invest in a good haircut from a trustworthy barbershop that suits your face profile, purchase products that suit the condition and length of your hair and make sure you comb, brush or tousle your mane into place – that’s all it takes.

  1. Scent


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Sometimes, looks aren’t all that matters when it comes to grooming – you need to smell the part too. Fragrance matters a lot – it sends a very personal and powerful message to anyone you interact with. It easily ramps up attractiveness and most of all, instills a sense of confidence and calm in the wearer, even in non-sexual or romantic moments. Remember to pick something that compliments your natural odour and don’t be afraid to ask for opinions on a new cologne.

No matter how minute, keep in mind that following these basic principles can turn any man from a lowly layabout to well-groomed machine dripping with confidence. All it takes is a little commitment.

About the author

Sharan Sanil

When the 300 brave Spartans died defending Sparta, their souls travelled through space-time to be collectively reborn as the manliest man to ever have walked the earth - Sharan Sanil. True story.

When he's not busy prepping for vengeance, Sharan likes to play the guitar, eat shawarmas and hummus, read The Iliad, and generally be awesome at life.

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