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We’ve all been there before. Dried-out skin screaming for moisture, sensitive inflamed skin, pieces of toilet paper covering your razor wounds. We know that shaving can be a personal induced hell… but we want to let you know, it doesn’t have to be that way. Now, there can be many reasons why you need to shave, whether it’s being in a professional career, a nagging lover, or just a personal preference. Regardless of the reason, we want to arm you with the type of products we use in our Barbershop so you can get the perfect shave each and every time.
What You Need
- Shaving Cream/Gel
- Aftershave Moisturizer
Choosing Your Razor
First things first, we want to make it clear that most people run into problems with shaving because of the technique they use and how they shave (We’ll be writing an article on shaving technique very soon!). Not the products they’re using on their skin. Now with that out of the way, let’s talk about razors!
Regardless of if you use a single blade or a multiple blade razor, you need to make sure your blade is SHARP! If your blade is dull, you end up pressing the blade into your skin, increasing the chances of cuts, ingrown hair and you also irritate your hair follicles, ending up with red, bumpy inflamed skin.
In terms of picking the ideal razor, we choose to use single blade razors. The main reason is because you can get a much more precise and close cut shave as opposed to the multi blade razors. Not to mention it’s very easy and much cheaper replacing single blades. Having multiple blades can often be too rough on sensitive skin because of the amount of blades pressed on the skin as well as having to pay for cartridges will cost you a lot more over time.
Another factor to consider if you’re using a razor is whether or not the head of the razor pivots. Men usually have a well-defined jaw line… Now, this may be attractive to the ladies, but when it comes to getting a close shave with a razor? Not so much. That’s why using a razor with a pivoting head can really do wonders for getting those sharp angles of your face.
Shaving Creams Or Gels
Using shaving creams or gels can make your shaving life so much easier. The main purpose, regardless of which type you use is to make sure there is enough lather to cover where you need to shave. This lather serves as a lubricant for the razor, and forms a thin layer over your skin so the blade skims right over the surface of your skin, greatly reducing skin irritation, ingrown hairs and razor burn. Good shaving creams/gels will also moisturize your skin as well as reduce irritation.
In terms of choosing which type of product is the best match for you, you want to avoid using shaving creams/gels that use an astringent if you have sensitive, dry skin. Most astringents are alcohol based which can lead to irritated and dry skin. However if you have oily skin, astringents can strip away excess oil and prevent your pores from clogging. If you have dry skin, using a cream/gel with a glycerin base will provide a foundation that helps the blade glide over your skin while keeping your skin moisture intact.
With the large amount of scientific research and backing, products you should steer far away from if you see these in the ingredients label are parabens, SLS, SLES, and synthetic fragrances. Now, we could write an entire article on why you should avoid these types of ingredients, but just know that many of these substances can contain carcinogenic properties, are hormone disruptors, contribute to organ toxicity and can strip off too much of your body’s naturally produced oils.
As for ingredients that you should look for in your shaving creams/gels, anything with natural ingredients such as jojoba, argon and almond oil are usually a safe bet. If they also contain natural essential oils (which provide health benefits) and act as natural smell enhancers are also very good ingredients to look for.
Many of the men that come into our Barbershop think that what we put on them after we’ve given them a sharp shave is just to make them smell amazing. But good aftershaves are so much more than just a nice smelling cologne!
When you shave with razors, there is always the chance of them being contaminated with bacteria (especially if you reuse your blades). And with shaving, you always run the risk of skin irritation and even worse, infection.
So aftershave serves two purposes. One is two completely clear out your pores of any bacteria that you may have put into them, and two is to seal up your pores to prevent any additional bacteria or dirt from getting back in.
Many good aftershave moisturizers also contain essential oils such as witch hazel which is a natural astringent, closing in your pores as well as reducing irritation and swelling. Tea tree oil is another natural ingredient which acts as an antiseptic and helps to clean your face of any bacteria and dirt.
Now that we’ve gone through the essentials for products you should be using if you want to have a perfect, smooth and irritation-free shave every single time, it’s now up to you to take the razor into your own hands and get that close, clean shave that will have people’s heads turning!
Your fashion, your look, and your style are all set.
And with that comes the fact that you know in advance when you need to come into the barbershop for your next haircut and that usually translates to about once a month.
It also boils down to a number of factors such as depending on the length of the haircut that you are trying to maintain.
So for a person with a lot shorter and razor cut hair on the sides, to maintain that type of style, you will need to come back in to the barber shop every 2 weeks.
But if you have a longer hair style, perhaps about an inch or two proportionally around, then waiting a month is a fine time too between your visits to the shop.
In actuality, the longer that your hair is, the longer it is possible you can go without having to get another hair cut. Yet, you should still follow a schedule and get your cut within 1 to 2 weeks of that as a general rule.
It’s known that hair grows at about 0.5 inches every four weeks, so it’s important to span out your cuts proportionally, so you look your best at all times.
And since half an inch can be double the length of the sides that are shorter of a clipped haircut, in order to maintain that you really do need to go every couple of weeks.
Yet again, if you have hair that is a couple of inches or even longer, that puts the ratio of growth in a month is going to be a lot smaller, so basically no one is going to notice a very small half an inch growth in your hairs length.
But we strongly recommend that you will certainly need to come in for a trim at the bare minimum of 6 weeks no matter what your hair style or length is.
With so many different hair types ranging from straight, wavy, curly to kinky hair, just what type of styling product should you be using? Depending on the type of hair your genetics blessed you with, one type of styling product may be better suited to provide you with the hold, style and texture you may be looking for that another type of product wouldn’t be able to.
Factors to consider when choosing your styling product will depend on the length of hair and hairstyle you’re going with as well as the type of hair you have. We also carry a wide variety of high-quality salon products that can cater to just about any hairstyle you’d be looking for!
Our Styling Product Recommendations
- Hair Gel
- Hair Wax
- Hair Mousse
- Hair Spray
- Hair Pomade
- Hair Styling Cream
Hair Gels are a very versatile styling product and can be used to mold and shape your hair to just about any style you were wanting depending on the holding strength of the gel. They are also broken down into three different categories depending on the strength which are light, firm and strong.
Light hold hair gels are normally used for hairstyles that have a good amount of leeway to move around and to bring out more of your natural hair type. Light hold hair gels can be used for all hair types and lengths.
Firm hold hair gels are slightly stronger and is used to really define your hairstyle especially when it requires very precise shaping (i.e. spiky hair). Firm hold hair gels are suitable for straight and wavy hair that are short and medium in length.
Strong hold hair gels are the strongest of all the gel types and is best used for the really crazy hair styles that need very accurate styling to pull off. This type of hair gel is recommended for straight and wavy hair with a short or medium length.
Hair was provides a good amount of hold and styling to your hair. It is a great choice when you want to shape your hair while also adding texture and defining your locks. It also gives your hair a more shiny and glossy finish. This type of styling product is mostly used for straight and wavy hair that is between a short and medium length.
Hair mousse is a styling product that is perfect for giving definition to wavy, curly and kinky hair. They provide a bit of holding strength so you can slightly style your hair as well and depending on the type of hair mousse you can pull of the wet hair look as well. This styling product is also good for any type of hair length including long hair.
Hair sprays are typically used to lock your hairstyle in once you’ve shaped your hair with other styling products. You should definitely use a higher quality hair spray that doesn’t flake if you touch your hair. These flakes can resemble dandruff and no one wants anyone mistaking it for that! Hair sprays are useful for all types of hair and lengths.
Hair pomades are great for getting that slick back look or textured sleek and wavy look. Because they can give good definition as well as hold to your hair, this type of product is great for getting that messy look. Pomades are suitable for all hair types ranging in the short and medium hair length.
Hair Styling Cream
Styling creams are great at providing texture and definition to your hair. Styling creams provide a lighter hold and also weigh down your hair so they can be used to tame frizzy and flyaway hairs. This type of product is flexible enough to be used on all hair types and hair lengths including long hair.
With such a wide variety of styling products to choose from, it never hurts to experiment and find out for yourself which products work best! We hope this guide has helped you to decide which styling product you should try out next. If you have any questions or want professional help, our barbers would be more than willing to help you pick out a brand and styling product that best matches your needs!
So you’ve decided to grow out your beard, a great choice to make especially since facial hair is in style now more than ever. Whether you decide to grow something such as a goatee, moustache a beard or any of the other seemingly infinite styles you can choose from, it takes a lot more than just growing out your facial hair to get that beard looking how you want it to! Something overlooked by countless men that come into our barber shop are the essentials that are so important to keeping a properly groomed and healthy beard.
Our Top Essential Grooming Tips
- Beard Oil
- Beard Combs & Brushes
- Trim Regularly
- Wash Your Beard
Beard Oils are very important to maintaining the health of your beard. You can think of beard oil and beard balms as conditioners for your beard. They not only give your facial hair a nice healthy sheen and prevent breakage, they also moisturize the skin underneath it. And besides, the last thing you would ever want is beard-dandruff snowing down while you’re in the middle of something important!
So let’s go over what beard oils actually are composed of and why they’re so vital. They consist of carrier oils and essential oils.
Carrier oils are very moisturizing for the skin and create the perfect environment for healthy beard growth. They are used to control the concentration of essential oils that are in the product as well as to prevent the essential oils from evaporating and giving off too strong of an aroma. Examples of popular carrier oils are Jojoba oil, Coconut oil and almond oil.
Now the essential oils are used for its more unique benefits which can include increased blood flow which can stimulate facial hair growth, as well as adding a nice aroma to the beard oil you’re using. Examples of essential oils are bergamot, sandalwood, peppermint and lemon to name a few.
Henri et Victoria, Burnt Whiskey and Mammoth Beard co. are great beard oil products that we highly recommend if you want to get serious about your beardscaping!
Beard Combs & Brushes
The beard comb has three main benefits which is untangling your beard, preventing ingrown hairs as well as training what direction your beard grows.
Because your beard can be unruly and grow in multiple directions, running a comb through it ‘trains’ your hair to grow in the direction you want it to (away from your skin which can prevent ingrown hairs). Typically the best time to comb your beard would be after you’ve taken a shower and applied your beard oil. It not only makes it much easier to comb through but the comb also distributes the beard oil more evenly.
Now you may be wondering if you can use the hair brush that’s sitting in your medicine cabinet… But the answer is no! The biggest difference between your regular comb and beard brush is in how the bristles are spaced out. Beard combs are spaced evenly apart in order to prevent hair pulling and breaking.
Make sure to be careful of buying cheaper combs. Materials are very important and getting a dollar store comb will likely be made with cheaper materials that can cause static and break your hair because of the bristles being spaced too close together. Here at the barbershop we have high quality beard combs that are perfect for growing and maintaining your beard.
Now this one may seem like a no brainer but many men just don’t have the time to constantly trim and maintain their beard. With many men raising families or working a full time job, it’s easy to see how that can be the case. But with how quickly and unevenly facial hair grows, it can go from looking well-kept to messy in a matter of days. We recommend using razors for getting those edges looking nice and clean as well as a beard trimmer if you want to keep your beard at a certain length.
Wash Your Beard
As your beard grows longer, it’s going to require routine cleaning. Not only does it come into contact with food and drinks throughout the day, it can become oily and carry flaking skin. Unwashed beards can also cause irritation and scratching which can turn into dandruff if not taken care of.
We typically recommend washing your beard every few days, depending on what your daily activities are and the type of skin you have. Make sure not to wash it too often as your skin naturally produces oils which helps to moisturize your skin and facial hair. But if you do, make sure to use beard oils to keep it hydrated.
We hope this has served as a guide to your journey of growing that awesome beard you’ve been dreaming of getting. And just remember, if you treat the hair growing on your face just like you do the hair on top of your head (Which means washing, moisturizing and maintaining) you should have no problem growing a healthy beard you can be proud of!
Men’s haircut trends do not usually undergo massive changes year after year, unlike women’s fashion. But 2018 promises to be a great year for men’s hair styles and we anticipate some hot haircut trends to develop. Read on!
The Textured Style
This is to give you an experimental, macho and sophisticated look. To get this style you need to have freshly washed hair and use hair gel to give you that well moisture and conditioned hair. To get this look, you should style the hair with your fingers rather than with a brush or blow dry. This is what you should go for if you want a more relaxed style.
The City Slicker
You may go for a suave look with the City Slicker cut, with a well-groomed hair style. Your barber should be really quite skilled to give you this look. Here the sides and backs are shorter, and you should use a grade 4 into a grade 2 to blend or with scissors for a softer finish. This haircut looks great with a suit or formal clothes, but be sure to style with your fingers rather than with a comb for the perfect look.
Long, Shoulder Length Hair
Who would have thought that? Long, shoulder length hair is back in fashion for men’s haircuts this 2018. Indeed, in saloons across the country, men are being encouraged to grow their hair really long. Even if you do grow your hair long, be sure to trim it regularly, and use an excellent conditioner to go with it.
The Top Knot
If you’ve grown your hair long, which as we said is the fashion trend this 2018, how about tying it back in a top knot? This is a style that is being made famous by a lot of male fashion models in Europe, it works best with a macho, rugged man with a beard, and makes one look very interesting, enough to stand out in a crowd.
The Hair Band
For this, we refer you to the world’s most expensive soccer player, Gareth Bale, who plays for the world’s biggest soccer club, Real Madrid. The guy knows how to carry a look, and he has made this style quite popular across Europe. Grow your hair long, and use a hair band with it. It gives you a very sexy, metro-sexual look.
We get A LOT of customers coming in asking suggestions on how to best shape their man-beard. A great question to ask especially if you put a lot of effort into growing that beard and facial hair. It’s something us barbers understand very well; that having a perfectly trimmed and groomed beard will be turning faces and having the ladies doing double takes!
Last week we went over the 6 most common types of face shapes (Which you can find here). Now that you’ve got a good idea of what type of face shape you have (Or if our experienced barbers were able to let you know), you’re ready to choose the beard style that best suits the natural features of your face.
The Rule of Thumb To Follow
If you’ve read the last article, you’ll understand that any type of facial feature will need to compliment your facial shape if you want to look your best. Now what do we mean by ‘compliment’? It means you need to have aesthetics and symmetry to your face. Generally speaking, the oval shape is one of the most aesthetically pleasing shapes to have. Having a balance between long and short, narrow and wide with no sharp angles. It’s these traits that are important to balance out when considering your style.
Now that we have that one golden rule to follow, let’s get into the ideal beard style you should have according to your face shape!
Oval faces are very lucky since they’re the most symmetrical out of all the face shapes. If you’ve got this type of shape, you can play around with just about any beard style. Having it cut short on the sides with a longer length will look just as good as having it thicker on the sides and short on the bottom. As long as you don’t shape it with sharp angles and throw off the symmetry, you’ll find that most beard styles will compliment this type of face shape.
Since men with square faces have a generally straight face with an angled jawline and slightly rounded chin, you’ll want to add length to your beard without widening your face. Having bushy sideburns is a no-go. As your bead grows, you’ll want to round the bottom part of it, adding more roundness to your angular features.
Round Faces have an approach very similar to the square face. Because your face curves slightly outwards instead of straight, your cheeks are generally the widest part of your face. To balance this out, a longer beard will add more length to your face. Keeping the sides short and having it taper out to the bottom of your beard will give the look that best compliments this type of face shape.
Having a beard with short length and fuller sides will compliment this face shape perfectly. Because of your naturally longer face, you want to avoid anything that brings even more length to your face so having long beards are out of the picture!
Because of the narrow forehead and jaw paired with wide cheeks, you deal with a problem similar to the round face. You want to keep your beard width to a minimum while not adding too much length to your face. The best course of action is to keep the sides short to reduce the width of your face while slightly growing out the length of your beard.
Heart Shaped Face
Heart Shaped Faces are very similar to the Diamond face with the only difference being a wider forehead. Because of your wider cheekbones, you will want to keep the width to a minimum while growing out the bottom of your beard.
We really hope this has helped you decide what kind of beard style you want to go with. If there’s one thing we want you to take from this is to remember the golden rule! Following the rule of symmetry and balancing out your features will always leave you with the shape that best suits you. And if you’re still feeling unsure about what you should do, our barbers are always there to lend a helping hand!
With December arriving and Christmas right around the corner, there are bound to be parties with friends and coworkers, family dinners and outings. Don’t you want to look your best when you show up to those special occasions? Here at the STC Barbershop, we’re focused on making you look your best and highlighting your features. But before looking at the types of haircuts or beard styles our barbers can offer you, there’s one very important factor you need to pay attention to. The shape of your face!
Why Is Face Shape So Important?
Now you may be wondering why you should even be thinking about the shape of your face, but it’s something that is very important when deciding the type of haircut, beard shape, and even the glasses you decide to wear!
Any type of cut will need to compliment the shape of your face if you want to look your best. One of the most important rules for deciding the style you choose should always be to balance out the features of your face shape. For example if you have a very long and angular face (such as a rectangular shaped face), you wouldn’t want a long and narrow beard or long hair that makes your face look even longer.
And besides, we all know there are endless ways to style yourself to the point of where it can be overwhelming. Once you know the shape of your face, it narrows down the types of hair and facial styles you should use to truly compliment how you look.
The 6 Types Of Face Shapes
- Oval Face
- Square Face
- Round Face
- Rectangle/Oblong Face
- Diamond Face
- Heart Shaped Face
Oval faces are the most proportional out of all the shapes so just about any type of haircut and facial hair style can be pulled off (as long as the style doesn’t overly change the shape of your face). The Oval face shape is slightly longer than it is wide, with the jaw being slightly narrower than the cheekbones and having more rounded curves to the sides of your face.
With a square face, the sides of your face are straight and your jawline is more angled with a slightly rounded chin. Your face is nearly as wide as it is long (hence the square shape) with a square forehead.
When working with a square face, the key is to soften the angles of the face. Try going with a longer cut at the top to soften the sharper angles. Don’t try haircuts with center parting or fringing because they throw off the balance of your face.
Round faces are very similar to square-shaped faces, just with softer more rounded angles. The sides of your face curves outward slightly instead of straight. The chin is rounded and your cheekbones are slightly wider than the other features of your face.
When working with a round face, you want to add volume and texture. Doing this will add more dimension to your face and give you more angles to work with. Going with hair that is shorter on the sides and longer on the top will also compliment your face. Try to avoid going too long on your hair as this will overly accentuate the width on your face.
Rectangular faces are characterized by a much longer and narrower face structure. Your chin has a very slight curve, with your forehead, cheeks and jawline being about the same width.
With a narrow face you don’t want to cut the sides too short as it will elongate your already narrow face even more. You will want a haircut that adds more width to your face.
Diamond shaped faces are characterized by having much higher and wider cheekbones with a more pointed and narrow chin. You would also have a narrower hairline (which is the main difference when compared to the heart shaped face).
Because of the strong cheekbones and narrow forehead and chin, you should go for more volume and texture on the top to balance it out. Adding width at the forehead and chin are good choices. Longer hair will also look good on this face shape as it will give the illusion of more width to your face.
Heart Shaped Face
Heart shaped faces are very similar to the diamond face with one main difference, the hairline (forehead) is much wider. The cheekbones are still the widest feature of the face, with the chin having being more pointed and narrow.
Mid-length and longer styles can work well with the heart shaped face. You want to avoid cuts that are very tight and short as this will accentuate the narrowness of your chin and the width of your forehead.
Still Not Sure What Type Of Face Shape You Have?
If you still aren’t sure what type of shape your face is, come on over to our barbershop and our barbers will be able to find out the shape of your face. Then from there, it’ll be a breeze picking the hair and facial style that best suits you!
To keep your style on trend, whether it’s a short haircut or a cut for thick hair, is the right product. If you’re looking for gel, spray, wax, or cream for men, we’ll be going over the best men’s hair products by hair type and style so you can keep your new cut fresh this season.
Gatsby Moving Rubber Wild Shake
If you are featuring a short style you will want a product that can work to make it look either clean or tousled – whatever you prefer that day. This wax is versatile enough to do both. It can work with short, medium hairstyles, as well as with haircuts for men with thick hair.
Baxter Of California Hard Water Gel
This translucent, water-based hair gel works for many men’s haircuts, including pompadours and high and tights. When applied to towel-dried hair, it will give a shine while also maintaining enough hold for the hairstyle without stiffness or residue.
American Crew Pomade For Heavy Hold
Best for medium-length hairs and an undercut style, this pomade combines a glycerin and water-based formula to be long lasting while also making removal easy. It is one of the best hairstyling products for men with undercuts and other styles that require sculpting since it provides maximum shine and hold.
Upper Cut Deluxe Matt Clay Black
While pomades are usually suggested for keeping medium-length men’s hairstyles in place since it has a shinier, more gelled look, clay products are best for a more modern slick back haircut. The Upper Cut Matt Clay is best for trending hairstyles for men as it adds more texture, serving as one of the best men’s hair clays.
Clinique For Men Broad Spectrum SPF 21 Moisturizer
This one may come as a surprise, but is necessary for any men’s hairstyles that feature buzzed cuts on the face or scalp, such as crew cuts. Since the hair is short, product is optional. However, it’s important to apply a moisturizer that can be used on the face and scalp, as it is more exposed to the sun. Clinique’s moisturizer is the best men’s hair product for maintaining style while protecting from sun exposure.
Now that you know the top trending hairstyles for men, you can get the best hair products to keep it in great shape too.
Let us know in the comments which products you use for your do!
Have you considered having shorter sides? That would make your hairstyle so much neater. In fact, shaved sides are the most popular of all men’s hairstyles in 2017. There are so many cuts and shaves styles that are based on that, from man buns to buzz cuts.
Indeed, cuts with shaved sides are hugely popular in all barber shops across North America and Europe. They are the latest fad right now; there is something very sexy about this new hairstyle, which makes you stand apart in a crowd of people.
So if you are looking for inspiration, do read on for the top cuts and shaves styles of 2017.
#1: Short Length with Tapered Sides
This is a very masculine cut, very neat, similar to an old-fashioned buzz cut in a lot of ways. It looks very good with a beard. The tapered short sides accentuate the facial hair and give you a very manly look. This is a great option for men in their mid-thirties, who are aging gracefully with hair that is just starting to gray. You don’t need to do much to maintain this haircut; even messy hair can look great with this.
#2: High and Tight
This is a really rugged cut with a very short top and shorter sides. This hairstyle is inspired by the crew cut worn by US marines and since the military is the flavor of the season; this is just the right cut for 2017. There is an abrupt transition in length from the sides to the top of the hair, which is interesting. This gives you a masculine, well-defined look.
#3: Classic Undercut
The classic undercut has always been a hugely popular cut at barbershops across the country. It remains a hit even in 2017 and is not as extreme as some of the other looks listed here. It is a simple, straightforward cut, which is great for all purposes – works just as great in an office meeting as it does at a party. You don’t need to apply much product for this hairstyle, but you might consider using gels that come with a matte finish.
#4: Slicked Back with Shaved Sides
Slicked back hairstyles have always been popular with men; it’s the look of a serious man, a doer, someone who knows how to get the job done. The shaved sides indicate that you like to have fun as well. You will need to maintain more length on top for this cut. You will need to go for a relatively short length for this and visit the barber once every two or three weeks for this hairstyle to work. A wet look goes very well with this hairstyle, apply pomade or gel liberally to the hair every day after a shower.
#5: Crew Cut
The crew cut is a simple but elegant option for guys who want to look stylish, while being conservative at the same time. There are different types of crew cuts, but basically it is a short cut with a little more length at the front that tapers down to the shaved sides. You don’t need to work hard to maintain the crew cut, but you might want to apply holding gel to go for a wet look with this.