The Men’s Personal Grooming Guide, Tips, and Tools

By on August 26, 2014

The Men’s Personal Grooming Guide, Tips, and ToolsMen’s grooming can cover such a wide array of things that we will cover each section briefly and expand in future articles.  Some men are trying to remove hair and get a clean shave while others are trying to maintain it.  Here at Male Emporium, we support all men’s style and understand diversity.  Styles are changing but one thing will always remain the same, men’s grooming will be needed.

At one time in my life, I wasn’t so adamant on keeping up on my daily grooming and it showed.  Even though we may not realize it others can point out a man in need of some help in the grooming department.  Some things need to be maintained more than others and hair can be gross, extruding from certain parts of your body and a turn-off to your partner or future partner for that matter.

How to Get The Perfect Shave Every Time

So here are some basic tips for getting a close shave and you don’t have to follow all of them or you may not have time for all of them.  Getting advice from many others helped create this guide and I am passing it on to you.  The first thing we recommend not doing when waking up in the morning is shaving.  This may seem strange to some, but the skin is very puffy in the morning and letting your skin settle will lead to fewer nicks and cuts on your face.

Now to prepare ones skin before shaving I recommend that you clean the skin with either a cleanse or warm water (not hot) before a fresh shave.  This can help small blood vessels near the surface to break.  Now this might seem like a strange tip but we recommend doing it.  At least once a week skip shaving altogether.  Your skin needs a rest and will thank you for it later on.

Some Shaving Tools Needed To Get That Close Shave

Men's Shaving BrushSo depending on the tools you use to shave we recommend getting some tools to make sure you have a successful shave every time.  We know shaving with a straight razor is daunting and there are many others solutions on the market like electric shavers like the rotary and foil.  If you are going to shave without an electric device we recommend that you pick up a shaving brush or just buy a kit like the Van Der Hagen men’s luxury set.

What you will get in a set is a quality shaving brush, apothecary mug, shave soap or cream, and a stand that will hold both your razor and your brush.  This is a solid investment and if you haven’t tried things the old fashioned way it might be time.  Now picking up men’s shaving supplies can be costly and if this is new to you and you are on a budget, I would go small and then expand.

If you can’t afford a high-end brush or set then there is always a good shaving cream or gel out there that is usually in an aerosol can, tube.  If you are picking up a soap one of our favorites is the Proraso shaving soap with eucalyptus and menthol for a great lather and a great brush on a budget that we love is the Escali 100 percent pure badger shaving brush.

Shaving With a Safety Razor Or Straight Razor

Men's Safety RazorBefore you go out and purchase a straight razor and master the art of shaving all by yourself, there are people locally that are there to help.  We would look for lessons in your local area by doing a Google search for “men’s shaving lessons”.  Again, if you are new we recommend a safety razor and we will review both.

What’s great about a safety razor is that not only will you save yourself a ton of money in the long run, but you will save the environment.  I remember when I used all those multiple razor monstrosities and they would always piss me off because they would dull as soon as I would take them out of the packaging and leave me with an empty wallet.  Then I started using a safety razor and I will never go back.  Your skin will appreciate it as well.

One of my favorite safety razors on the market is the Merkur long handled safety razor.  Merkur has been around and was made popular way before I was born and it is good to see men using more and more safety razors after giving up on the crap at your local retail store.  The handle is perfect for my large hands and getting that shave I desire is easy.

So, if you want to go for the gusto and get a straight razor then we have found the perfect guide for you at WikiHow that covers each step.  We recommend the Parker SR1 steel straight razor as one of our top choices along with either a shaving kit or a decent brush and some soap/cream.  Another item you will need to pick up is a quality leather strop and some blade oil for when you are finished with your shave.  We recommend the 24-inch leather barber’s razor knife strop made with buffalo hide.

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Youtube Video on how to shave with a safety razor:

Picking Up an Electric Shaver/Razor

Braun Series 7- 790cc Pulsonic Shaver System, SilverI own almost every type of shaving device on the market including an electric shaver.  I am not saying one is better than the other, but if you are on the road many days of the year like I am then I take my electric shaver with me.  At home, I still prefer to use my safety razor, but the ease of use can’t be denied.  So, you will find two types of electric shavers on the market, rotary and foil.  Now each has their benefit and you will find that Braun and Norelco have a huge pull in the market.

We will go in depth about the difference types of shavers in depth in further articles, but it is important to spend the extra bit of money on a quality electric shaver.  Cheaper shavers on the market are notorious for tugging or pulling hair which will leave you with an irritated face as well as a pissed off one.  My favorite to this date is still the Philips Norelco 1250X/46 SensoTouch.  It is a fantastic rotary shaver that allows you to shave wet or dry.

Taking Care Of Body Grooming – Men’s Least Favorite

Men's Body GroomingI am going to say this with love…no one wants to see nose hair coming out of man’s nose on the first date.  You have to trim that shit up!  Unfortunately, men are hairy creatures and it still amazes me where all this extra hair comes from.  Just like we expect women to shave on a regular basis, so should we.  Now, we can always use a safety razor to trim up our man hair and that will work in some areas, but areas like back hair will require some finesse and the right tools.

For the nose hair and eyebrows, you can always pluck loose hairs and clean up those areas with some patience and focus.  But, if you are looking for an easier way we recommend picking up the Panasonic Er-GN30-K nose, ear, and facial hair trimmer.  This little guy can be had for around 13 bucks and saves me hours out of the year getting all of the hard to reach spots.  What’s great is that it is curved so it is easy to hold but can reach around to my ear to get those pesky hairs.  One of the best investments that I have made all year!

The rest of my body including the nether region is maintained by the Norelco BG2040/34 BodyGroom.  This electric shaver is perfect for those hard to reach areas offering a 3-D pivoting head.  Now we all know that there are other ways to remove hair like waxing, using creams, and laser hair removal.  None of those sound appealing to me and I am a big sissy anyways.  I will keep my tools handy for my trimming.

How to Maintain the Facial Hair That You Already Have

Ryan-Goslings's BeardSo far in this article, we have spoken about every which way you can remove hair from your face and body.  Now if you have a beard it is important to keep it looking nice and well shaped if you don’t want to be mistaken for a vagrant on the corner of the freeway on ramp.  If you are trying to grow out your beard then we have some tips as well.

When growing out a beard you will have to fight through all the itching and some of the more faint-hearted may give up.  Don’t worry, the itching will go away in a couple of weeks.  So, to grow a beard the right way we recommend letting it grow out for a couple of months before shaping or trimming your beard.  The beard might get a little wild and crazy, but it will be well worth it in the end.  If you are having troubles growing a beard and it’s still patchy or scraggly then it may not improve.  Once you have the length of the beard you want, it is time for proper grooming and care.

So you wash the top of your head with shampoo, why not your beard?  This is very important to do at least a few times every week.  Make sure you use a moisturizing shampoo while you are at it to keep your hair from becoming brittle.  Just like using shampoo we recommend that you use conditioner as well.  Make sure it isn’t a wimpy conditioner either and let it sit in your beard for a few minutes.  This will keep your beard looking healthy over a long period of time.

It is time to groom your beard and you will need some tools.  There are trimmers on the market that are fantastic to use like the Norelco QT407/41 Beard Trimmer.  If you want to make sure you get the most accurate shape then we recommend using a comb and scissors to get every corner without taking too much off.  Last but not least maintaining a healthy diet will lead to healthier hair and skin to ensure that you are looking your best.

Youtube video on trimming your beard:

Moisturizing That Beautiful Face of Yours!

This is probably one of the most overlooked sections when it comes to men’s grooming.  Repairing and moisturizing your face is key if you want to keep a younger, healthier look.  Also included in most moisturizers is an active sun block to protect your face.

What you want to look for

Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20A good moisturizer will contain essential fatty acids, oils, minerals, nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants, and botanical extracts to name a few.  This will help protect you from pollutants around you and sun damage.  There are many different ingredients on the market and we will cover a few so you know what to look for.

Shea ButterShea Butter is fantastic for moisturizing skin and immediately penetrates the skin.  It has a rich texture and will leave you feeling smooth without all that nasty oil residue.

Green TeaThis is a great place to get antioxidants from to help protect your body and is becoming more and more popular.

SiliconeSilicone is used in many things and is known for being a water-binding agent which is used in many creams and lotions.  Silicone is great for offering protection but if too much is used it can make you look greasy.

GlycerinGlycerin is in not just synthetically manufactured fats, but natural as well.  This is perfect to use in moisturizers to retain moisture for a healthy balance.

AloeBelieve it or not, there are upwards of 240 different types of aloe out there and four of them have nutritional value.  The first which many of you are familiar with is aloe vera.  Aloe will give your skin essential nutrients your skin needs as well as vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

Jojoba Oil:  Another fantastic ingredient used to keep skin hydrated  and helps retain the skins moisture.

Omegas:  If you want to reduce the signs of aging, make sure omegas are included in your moisturizer.  Omegas are fatty acids that keep the skin at an optimal moisture level while replenishing your skin.

What you want to avoid

Man Washing FaceIt is always important to get a high-quality moisturizer that doesn’t have a strong scent to it and a lot of preservatives.  This will cause allergic reactions and even worse problems down the road.  Preservatives to avoid should be parabens, sulfate, sodium benzoate, propylene glycol to name a few.  Another key thing we recommend looking for is a petroleum-based moisturizer.  Using a petroleum based lotion will clog your pores as well as making you look and feel greasy.

Some other products to avoid are formaldehyde and SD alcohol which will dry out your skin more than anything.  If the moisturizer you plan on buying isn’t hypoallergenic then it might be a good time to call a dermatologist before you apply any cream to your body.  You never know what is lurking in your moisturizer until you read the label.

Final Thoughts On The Men’s Grooming Guide, Tips And Tools

We have only skimmed the surface of some of the grooming topics we have reviewed.  We will go more in depth in future articles to make sure you have a good understanding of which products to buy and how to maintain your hair on a daily basis.  Please comment below on your thoughts about men’s grooming.

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About Nick Dean

I love to go on treks even if it is out in my backyard. If I am not on treks, I am at the office working and trying to keep a good eye out for men's fashion. It is important to me to look sharp while being comfortable and I will share my findings here.

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