Four Reasons Why
Being a well groomed guy is about how you present yourself. You’re already professional, put together, and confident, and it’s time to show it.
Whether you are meeting a client or going on a first date, you have about seven seconds to make a good impression, don’t let an unkempt beard or uncouth hair get in the way. If you have gunk in your eyes or unruly eyebrows, you might as well get back in bed.
Wait! Don’t actually get back in bed though, just follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to taking over the world.
Prepare for Greatness
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” When Benjamin Franklin said this he probably wasn’t referring to being well groomed, but then again, maybe he was. Either way, start by preparing your mindset. It’s time to enhance what you already have.
Your face, wash it. Exfoliate once or twice a week. If your skin is dry, moisturize. If your skin is oily, you probably still need to moisturize. Experiment, make it a routine, and stick to it. You only get one face in this life, and it’s the first thing people see. So take care of it!
Your beard, wash it. A clean beard is a happy beard. When you reach past a fellow coffee shop dweller or hug your partner, your beard better be clean and fresh.
Your hair, wash it. Wash, condition, deep condition, and don’t wait too long before washing again. You also don’t want to over-wash and dry your hair out. Do you have thick, curly hair? Try washing every 2-3 days. If you have fine, oily hair, you might need to wash every day. Try different schedules to find what works best for your hair.
Use Quality Products
You might wash your face, but your skin isn’t as clear as you’d like it to be. You may use beard oil, but your beard is still just as rough as before you started using it. Your hair could be clean, but is it healthy? It’s not just about what you do, but what you use.
Choose products that you are proud to recommend. Take a second to think about the ingredients, do you know what they are, can you pronounce them? Using the right products is the difference between being groomed, and being well groomed.
Have a Look With a Purpose
If you choose to keep a beard, choose the style and length that enhances your features. A well groomed guy is one that embodies strength and self-awareness. If you feel lost, ask a professional. A sit-down with a barber might be one of the best things you can do for your bearded self.
If you prefer to go clean shaven, use a quality pre-shave oil, shaving cream, and a good razor. Don’t forget to keep up with it. The weekend scruff should be gone by Monday.
Get into the Details
Do you need to trim your eyebrows? Ear hairs? Nose hairs? A great way to get into the details is to get a magnifying mirror so you can see your face up close and groom the small areas you don’t often think about. Taking a few extra seconds to make sure nothing is getting out of hand is probably a good idea.
You’ve done all this, now what? Meet the client or the first date head-on, confident. You are now ready to take over the world. People may not be able to pin down exactly what’s giving you that extra manly pep in your step, but you’ll know. They may not say it out loud, but they’ll notice a difference. And you’ll smile knowing that you’ve mastered being a well groomed guy.