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Tuesday, May 17

KNOTMYSTYLE - The Trinity Knot

The Trinity knot is, hands down, one of the most popular necktieknot styles out there.  This slick knothas a three-way symmetrical look that get its influence from the CelticTriquetra, a design used as a religious symbol during the ancient Christianera. The pattern “hold hands” at a center point, producing a veryconversational effect. I can see how a guy can be a bit intimidated by theTrinity at first glance, but it’s one of the boldest tie knots you can learnand surprisingly not as hard as it looks (that’s what she said).  The trick is, unlike most tie knots, it istied somewhat loosely.  This can takesome getting use to and can be a little frustrating at first, but with somepatience the Trinity knot can be mastered.

Monday, May 16


If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you've probably noticed a few posts on beard styles.  A few weeks ago I thought it would be interesting to highlight some hairy man-sculpture and give a little history, if I may, on how the Winnfield came about for example.  And a snapshot of who's rockin' what gets a little interesting.  So let me bring you up to date with the Zappa.
George Michael c/o barbershopforum.com

The Zappa is named after the late musician Frank Zappa. This guy managed to skillfully marry the Copstash with an unusually thick Soul Patch.  This is arguably one of the greatest beards ever invented mainly because you're required to have balls as big as church bells to pull it off with confidence. With the Zappa style of beard, the soul patch is about 2-inches wide and 1-inch long. The outsides of the mustache come down just below the lower lip.

Thursday, May 5

Battling A Stinky Sack & "Bat Wings"

I recently came across some good toilet material in Grooming Lounge the other day and wanted to share with you guys.

It's widelyknown that the male groin has a distinctive (if not universally appreciated)aroma. This musky smell is largely a result of the concentration of apocrinesweat glands in the region, some of which produce a modified form of sweat thatsome people find sexually attractive (hmmmmmm?????). Unfortunately, after ahard day's work, these odors can become more toxic than intoxicating.

The solution?A quick dust with a refreshing talc-like powder designed just for 'the boys'.Not only will such powders keep the fellas clean and fresh, they're also agreat solution for "bat wings" -- the unfortunate affliction where asweaty sack temporarily bonds to the thighs. Application is simple – justsprinkle or spray a moderate amount of these miracle powders in the ole' boxerbriefs and then hit the road.

(Still laughing at the "bat wings" term) I'm definitely an advocate for men's body powder.  Imagine how shocked I was to find out (from other women) that a lot fewer men than I thought used what I basically consider hygienic etiquette.  One more thing to distinguish the men from the gentlemen. 

Monday, May 2

10 Biggest Problems Men Have - No. 8 Moisturizers

10.  Cowlicks
9.    Bikini Wax
8. Moisturizers

I remember before leaving out the house for church my grandmotherstopping me abruptly at the door to lick her thumb so that she could get thatspot I had missed at the corner of my eye. That was probably the closest I came to using moisturizer in mylife.  Interesting enough, as I was reminiscingthis part of my childhood I came across an article on moisturizing for men (orthe lack of) and thought I would share.  “Theinteresting thing about skin care for men is that it often takes very little tomake a big improvement,” says Kathleen M. Welsh, M.D., a San Francisco-baseddermatologist.  “So just using somethingother than bar soap on your face, or moisturizing twice a day makes such a hugedifference.”  If you ever needed anexample of how critical it is to keeping your skin moisturized just wear a pairof leather shoes for a while without conditioning them and admire whathappens.  You’ll start to notice cracks, deepcuts, and just an overall aged look that’s not appealing.  That’s your face.  Your skin needs regular protection and careto keep it hydrated and looking fresh.  Hereare few tips and products to making and keeping your skin soft and smoothagain.

Removing surface dirt and oil is the first step in allowingany moisturizer to penetrate your skin’s surface. “Cleansing twice a day,morning and night, is a good idea,” says Dr. Jarrod Paul Frank, a Manhattan-baseddermatologist. But don’t get carried away by using heavy-duty scrubs more thanonce or twice a week. These will only irritate the skin and stimulate oilproduction.
For daily use, a milder soap means your skin will need lessmoisturizer, since it won’t be scrubbed of essential oils. “Bar soaps strip theskin of oil, instead of gently removing dirt, like foaming cleansers,” suggestsDr. Welsh. Try a mild face wash, like Neutrogena’s Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanserin colder, drier months and a deeper cleaning scrub, like Nivea Men OriginalMoisturizing Face Wash in sweatier, humid climates.

“In general, men should keep their regimen as simple aspossible,” suggests Dr. Frank. But there is no one size fits all approach here. Knowing what kind ofskin you have is the first step in determining that regimen and yourmoisturizing needs.

How can you tell your skin type? 

Sensitive skin reddens easily and stings or burns when youapply most products. For the other types, the condition of your T Zone (acrossyour forehead and a straight line down your chin) will help you identify whichcategory you fit in. At the end of the day, examine the area. A matte surfacemeans dry skin, a greasy or shiny zone translates to oily, and if your face isjust slightly slick, you have normal or combination skin.

? Dry—Use a moisturizing cleanser and follow up with a richmoisturizer. As long as acne is not an issue, oil-based lotions are a goodchoice, especially at night.
? Oily—Avoid any heavy or oil-based formulas. Instead, usean oil-free or mattifying moisturizer in the morning and just a lightweightserum at night.
? Normal/ Combination—The trick to treating this variableskin is creating balance. Aim for a medium-weight product that maintainsmoisture but doesn’t add oil to already shiny areas.
? Sensitive—Avoid irritating ingredients, such as alcohol,fragrances, dyes, and preservatives (parabens). Moisturize twice daily withmild products specifically designed for sensitive skin.

Revive it at night.

Night is an essential time to renew your mind—and your skin.Adding a lotion before bed creates softer, more hydrated, and better-lookingskin the next day. It also helps seal in moisture and repairs the skin barrierthat’s compromised by dry air and harsh cleansers. Think ahead and use productswith targeted ingredients that can help slow down the signs of aging.  “At bedtime most men can benefit from using askin treatment lotion that has retinol (Vitamin A), or other anti-aging creams orserums, such alpha hydroxyl, glycolic acid, or peptides for anti-aging,” saysDr. Welsh.