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7 Mustache Styles You Might Want to Consider

If you’re considering a new look, then there’s not many that are more unique than sporting a mustache. The right mustache can transform you from baby to badboy; here are some of the more interesting mustaches that you might want to consider if you’re looking to impress.

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The Mexican Mustache

The Mexican mustache has been a staple amount mustach-keers for many, many years. Duly dubbed the Mexican due to the prominence of men sporting it down South, this classic is actually popular throughout the whole of Latin America. Whilst in recent years it might have died down in regards to popularity, this is only due to the increase in full beards to accompany the mustache. This one isn’t for the light hearted; you’re going to turn heads if you walk into the party sporting a full Mexican.

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Whilst you might think that the Mexican mustache is little more than a gag, it’s steeped in history and racial undertones.

There are many who think that you can’t sport a true Mexican mustache without any form of other facial hair. A true Mexican stands alone in all it’s glory, without any scruffy beard to detract from its magnificence. Whilst we do agree that this type of mustache often works best alone, there are some examples of the Mexican working with small glimpses of facial hair.

The Michael Cera Mustache

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The Michael Cera mustache has become so famous, we think that it deserves a category of it’s own. A slightly thicker variety of the pencil mustache, it isn’t one that we advise you sport. Why? Well, it takes a certain type of individual to pull this mustache off. Namely, Michael Cera. He is literally the only person that should ever consider sporting this thick pencil mustache. Don’t do it.

The Pencil Mustache

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Everything that the Michael Cera mustache should be, the conscious and meticulous grooming that’s necessary for a thin pencil mustache will make all the difference between the two looks. There’s a need for symmetry with this look, as it’s one of the more noticeable mustaches, especially when you consider the amount of facial hair actually appearing on your face.

Not everyone can pull off the pencil mustache, with it favourable amongst older and more distinguished gentleman.
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The Mario Mustache

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Have you ever seen a picture of Mario without his mustache? Well, you don’t want to; it’s downright creepy. Whilst you might struggle to get the upturn that Mario has on his mustache, it’s a good example of a thicker mustache that you can sport that will help make you look more distinguished.

A good way to grow out a thicker mustache like this is to grow out your beard in it’s entirety, and later take away the beard after several months. One issue with the Mario mustache it’s that it’s necessary to be able to grow thick facial hair, which not all of us can do.

The Walrus Mustache

walrus-mustacheThe Walrus Mustache is declining in popularity due to it’s sheer audacity, but if you can pull it off you’re sure to have the ladies swooning. In order to pull off the Walrus mustache properly, you’ll need to be a 19th Century philosopher or at the very least, some sort of eccentric hipster.

The Hitler Mustache

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Honestly, if you’re thinking about sporting this one then you’ve got some pretty big cajones – be careful, you might give off the wrong impression (and there’s no worse impression than the Nazi impression).

 

 

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What are some of the signs of balding?

Male pattern baldness affects the majority of men at some point in their lifetime. Sometimes it isn’t until late in a man’s life, but often it can come much sooner. Often, people will try to portray that as a negative thing. This is because the hair loss industry is worth billions and billions of dollars. Of course, people will always do anything to make a few dollars, including making you feel bad about yourself. There are plenty of men that prove baldness can be sexy.

However, for most men when they start balding, it can be quite distressing. But how do you know that you’re going bald? You don’t just wake up one day with no hair, do you? Well, no, you don’t. Whilst a substantial amount of men will start to bald by the age of 30, there are various different ways that you can be sure you are experiencing male pattern baldness.

Though the likelihood is that if you think you’re experiencing male pattern baldness you probably are, there are some other possibilities that could be causing you to bald. Some of these include trauma, steroid abuse and the most common cause, Hypothyroidism. Though in all honesty, the likelihood is that if you’re a male in their late 20s or older, then you’re experiencing regular male pattern baldness. So, we’ve compiled a short list with some of the signs of balding to help you realise if you’re starting to lose your beloved hair for good.

Finding hair on your hairbrush

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Although this won’t be the case for all men, one of the common signs of balding will be finding lots of your hairs on your hairbrush. This is, of course, more noticeable in men with longer hair, as it will be more prone to falling out.

Though this is a possible indicator of going bald, finding hair on your hairbrush or pillow isn’t a guaranteed sign of male pattern baldness.

 Receding hairline

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The first signs of balding are often a receding hairline. Although this can be gradual, often a receding hairline can occur with some speed.

You’ll usually notice a receding hairline starting to occur around the temple area before anywhere else. Sometimes in certain cases, it will start directly at the front of your hairline. A receding hairline is a pretty good indicator that you’re starting the journey of male pattern baldness.

Hair thinning

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Some people naturally have thin hair throughout their life. But, a good sign of telling if you’re experiencing male pattern baldness is that your hair will begin to thin out. This is one of the best signs of balding.

For most men, their hairline will begin to recede before anything else. Though in some cases, your hair can start to thin out before you experience any receding in the front of your hair. Many men think that you start balding from the front and then the baldness will thin out the back, leaving you with the option of fully bald, a horrific comb over or just leaving it as it is. This isn’t the case, however. Your can start the balding process in any order, and many people experience hair thinning from the back before they experience any hair loss around the front or the temples.

Curly/Wispy Hair

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Whilst this is actually pretty hard to determine, another way of telling if your male pattern baldness is progressing is that you’ll start to notice your hairs are more curly or wispy.

The most common place to notice these hairs start to develop is around the neckline. If you feel around the back of your neck, you might notice that your hair feels a bit curlier than usual. This will only be noticeable if you usually have a longer hairstyle, though.

 

Whilst there are several ways to determine whether you are experiencing male pattern baldness, it’s probably best to go and see a specialist. Make an appointment with your doctor who will help you with this. If this is the case, the best thing to do is accept that you are balding and decide whether to keep your hair long, or invest in a something to shave your head with and go full baldy! Thanks for checking out this post! Please, feel free to browse around the website for more info!

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How to grow a Lumberjack Beard

Are you looking to up the ante from your regular stubble or tamed beard and go all out lumberjack? Not sure exactly where to start? Well, we’ve got you covered here. This short guide will show you exactly how to grow a lumberjack beard.

 

Let it grow

This, in my opinion, is the most important and essential part if you truly want to know how to grow a lumberjack beard. Let it grow. I’ll let my beard grow out for at least a month or two before I even consider trimming it down. Obviously, this is different for everyone as some beards grow faster than other, but as a general rule, leaving it for a month before you shave is a good idea.

By leaving it, I don’t mean to leave it completely. During this time, you should keep a solid neckline by shaving it every 3-5 days (neckbeards have never been sexy, by the way). To define your neckline, follow your neckline around to an inch below your chin. This is a pretty common mistake that is often made and will ruin your meantime look completely, especially if you aren’t in great shape.

You can forget about your neckline once your beard has grown out to a sufficient length, but in the meantime, be sure to avoid this;

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This is a great example of a neckline that has been shaved too high. George is in dire need of an extra half-inch to an inch along the jawline.

It most certainly isn’t a necessity to grow your lumberjack beard out without a trim. You could keep it maintained as you go. But for me, this is a far easier option. I’ll usually leave it until someone comments on me looking like a homeless person. At that point, I know it’s time to get the trimmer out.

Use these added tips

If you’re struggling to grow a lumberjack beard, these four little tips are quite useful for helping facial hair growth. In all honesty, you should probably be doing these things anyway. But if you’re not, then:

  1. Wash your face thoroughly. Not with any added oils and stuff, just soap and hot water. Oily skin is known to prevent the growth of hair follicles. Your beard loves clear skin.
  2. Get some sun, or take vitamin D supplements. I prefer to take vitamin D supplements as with the sun you’re obviously going to increase the amount of oil in your skin. But whatever works for you.
  3. Boost your testosterone. This is why going to the gym and lifting heavy weights will always be advantageous; testosterone helps contribute to beard growth. Get down the gym and try to exclude stress factors from your life. This will help to boost testosterone.
  4. Steam your pores. Whilst you’re at the gym, make use of the steam room. Exercising the follicles in your face will help promote beard growth.
  5. Relax. Stress can definitely be one of the main reasons why your beard won’t grow, so make sure you’re getting enough sleep and relaxing time.

Now, I know that they sound like some pretty stereotypical tips. But in my experience, they’ve helped. And even if they don’t, they’re all good tips for wellbeing as well as growing a lumberjack beard.

Don’t waste time with oils. Yet.

Whilst your lumberjack beard is growing, don’t be drawn in to the ‘buy this oil to make your beard super long and get loads of women’ ads. Whilst a good beard oil is great when your beard is up and running, you shouldn’t need to purchase any balms or oils until your beard is a decent length.

Once you do get your beard to a sufficient length, beard oils can be a great help with maintaining a healthy beard. As long as you know how to apply them properly.

Finally, be patient and research how to grow a lumberjack beard

Patience. Another important factor for growing out a truly awesome lumberjack beard. If you have the ability to grow stubble, or even a half decent lumberjack beard, then you’re likely capable of growing a solid lumberjack beard. Though I have to say, being patient won’t work for some. I have friends in their thirties and forties who are just incapable of growing any sort of beard. Of course, if you’re one of those people, you should completely ignore this guide.

So, a few months have gone by, but you’re not getting the length you want on your beard and it hasn’t got great volume. What should you do? Panic? Apply some sort of oils and creams that promise to grow your beard tenfold but never really work? No. We wait. A solid 6 months is really the timeframe that you will be looking at if you want to go full lumberjack. Some may be a tad sooner, some a tad longer. Stick with it and you’ll get where you want to be.

That sums up our short guide on how to grow a lumberjack beard! Feel free to check out our other posts and get yourself a great beard trimmer.

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  • Updated 6 months ago

How to Shave your Head

Are you looking for a guide that explains how to shave your head? Look no further, we’ve got you covered.

 

Lets face it; shaved heads are rapidly becoming more popular. I bet half of you who clicked on this link aren’t even balding. And I don’t blame you. Baldy, skinhead. Whatever you wanna call it. It’s totally in fashion right now.

Some men shave their heads for style, while others do it for comfort, while some of us don’t really have a choice! No matter your reasons, learning how to shave your head doesn’t have to be complicated.

Here is a simple five-step guide for shaving your head.

Step 1 – Trim Your Hair

It may seem redundant to trim your hair before you shave it, but this is a necessary step. Hair that is too long will get stuck in your razor. Not only does this hurt, but it also prevents you from getting an even shave.
The easiest way to trim your hair is to use an electric trimmer. Select the shortest guard length, which will cut your hair to the length of stubble.
Be sure to trim all areas of your head, and down your neckline. Don’t worry about getting a perfectly even trim, since you’ll be shaving off what is left.

Step 2 – Wet Your Head

Getting your head wet prior to shaving is crucial. Having wet hair and skin allows for a smoother shave. This, in turn, means you are less likely to have razor bumps. Shaving dry can cause razor burn, inflamed follicles, and blisters.
The ideal time to shave your head is immediately after a warm shower. The hot water and steam open your pores and follicles, so it will be less work for the razor to cut the hair.
If you aren’t able to shower right before you shave your head, there are other options. Try soaking a clean hand towel in warm water, and placing it on your scalp for at least two minutes. Alternatively, lean over the bathroom sink and splash your head with water.

Step 3 – Apply shaving cream.

Lubricants such as shaving cream are necessary for a close shave since they allow your razor to glide over the area. The razor will snag on hair that does not have a lubricant. Applying shaving cream creates a protective layer between the razor and your skin, so that when you shave you remove hair and shaving cream. Without a lubricant, you are shaving off hair and a layer of skin. This results in redness and irritation.
Many shaving creams come with natural additives such as aloe vera or vitamin E. These types of creams are perfect for anybody who has sensitive skin since they have a soothing and calming effect on the skin. They also help minimize irritation and ingrown hairs.
When you apply the shaving cream, make sure you thoroughly cover all the areas you’ll be shaving. Spread a thin layer of the cream over your scalp, making sure you don’t leave any spots left bare. One of the major benefits of using shaving cream is that you can see where you’ve shaved, which decreases the odds that you’ll accidently shave the same spot multiple times.
Hair conditioner also works as a shaving lubricant. Unlike shaving cream, hair conditioner does not leave a highly visible track on your scalp once you’ve been over it with your razor. However, hair conditioner contains significantly more moisturizers than shaving cream does. This means that if you need to go over a spot more than once your skin will still be protected.

Step 4 – Shave

Make sure you have a good razor. Whether you use a manual or electric razor is up to you. A manual razor is a good option for beginners and first-time shavers since they are easier to handle. Electric razors get the job done more quickly but are more expensive than a manual razor. Once you are comfortable with shaving your head you may want to invest in an electric razor.

As you shave, be sure to go slowly. Rushing tends to lead to small cuts and nicks, as well as missing areas. You can either shave in the direction the hair grows, or against the way the hair grows. Each option has its own pros and cons.
Shaving in the same direction that the hair grows will cause the least irritation since the hair naturally bends the way the razor will push it. However, shaving in the opposite directions provides a closer shave. Shaving against the grain is most effective on coarse hair, whereas shaving with the grain is best for softer hair. You may want to try each method and see which you prefer.
Try to shave each area once. Repeatedly covering the same spot increases the chances of ingrown hairs, and also causes more irritation.
Start in the front, along your hairline. In one smooth motion, shave back towards the crown of your head. Repeat this motion all along your hairline, and down each side of your head until you reach your ears. To get the spot immediately behind your ears, use one hand to fold down the top part of your ear.
The very back of your head will be the most difficult part to reach. There are a couple options for taking care of this part of your head.

Option 1 – Use a handheld mirror.

This is the best option for anybody who has not shaved before since you will be able to see what you’re doing. To use a handheld mirror, stand with your back to the bathroom mirror. Hold up the handheld mirror in front of you, and angle it so that you can see the reflection of the back of your head. Now you can shave the spots you couldn’t see before.

Option 2 – Shave against the grain.

If you’re comfortable shaving against the grain, try this method. Tilt your chin down towards your chest. This causes the skin on the back of your head to pull taut and decreases the chances that you will cut yourself. Use your free hand as a guide, and follow the path it makes with your razor. Run your free hand over the back of your head to determine if you have missed any spots.

Step 5 – Aftercare

Rinse off your head with cool water and pat it dry with a clean towel. Avoid wiping or rubbing with the towel, as this will chafe your newly shaven skin.
Once the skin is dry, apply an unscented lotion. Anything with artificial fragrance is likely to create a burning sensation. If you have sensitive skin, try a lotion with vitamin E. This will sooth the skin and help deal with any razor bumps.
For skin that is very dry, consider applying an oil-based product. Coconut oil is an excellent choice, since it is all-natural and will moisturize without leaving a shine.

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  • Updated 8 months ago

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