There are two things that are timeless: Great advice and the appeal of a well-groomed man, particularly a nicely trimmed beard. Read on for good grooming tips from contemporary leaders to writers from centuries past that will get you everywhere.
You are your greatest asset. Put your time, effort and money into training, grooming and encouraging your greatest asset.
Author of the quote: Tom Hopkins
Studies have shown that better-looking people actually earn more, so consider taking care of your appearance as an investment in your future rather than an afterthought.
Live the line: Adopt habits today that improve your appearance tomorrow. To look like the best version of yourself, begin by eating properly, staying hydrated and sticking to a workout routine. And don't be afraid to splurge on a good barber.
A good lather is half the shave.
Author of the quote: William Hone
As most men have learned the hard way, shaving can be fraught with unpleasant side effects, including rashes, skin irritations, nicks, cuts, razor burn and ingrown hairs. Using a great shaving cream is key to reducing your chances of experiencing uncomfortable epidermal conditions.
Live the line: A top-quality shaving cream that's packed full of emollients and applied with a badger hair brush that's been soaked in hot water will give you the richest, most friction-free shave and the softest, smoothest skin.
You cannot grow a beard in a moment of passion.
Author of the quote: G.K. Chesterton
Even if your facial hair grows at warp speed, taking the plunge and making the decision to grow a beard means you're undertaking a process that requires a certain amount of patience. Failing to adopt any strategy and simply letting your facial hair grow until it reaches the length you desire will only result in you initially looking scruffy, followed by out-and-out crazy a few months down the line.
Live the line: Develop a plan for how you'll deal with the in-between stages of facial hair growth and visit your barber regularly during this period, if possible, to ensure that you always appear well-groomed, never haggard.
Anyone can be confident with a full head of hair. But a confident bald man, there's your diamond in the rough.
Author of the quote: Larry David
In the early phases of hair loss, a clever hairstylist can help you cover things up. Once you reach the point of no return, however, don't desperately style what little hair you have left -- it just looks, well, desperate. Instead, make an executive decision and go bare. Fortunately, it's a complete myth that women don't find bald men sexy.
Live the line: For a professional-looking DIY job, you'll need hair clippers to trim your hair down to a very short length. Next, take a hot shower and then apply a shaving oil without drying your hair. When you're ready to shave, go slowly and avoid going over the same area twice. Finally, remove the coarse hair on the back of your head last to give the shaving oil ample time to do its job.
Long hair is an unpardonable offense, which should be punishable by death.
Author of the quote: Morrissey
Unless they're 15, most women don't dig long hair, and unless you work in the entertainment industry, neither do most employers. What's more, past a certain age, unless you actually are a rock star, long locks won't make you look like one, they'll just make you seem creepy.
Live the line: If you can't stand the idea of chopping off your mane and trading your ponytail in for a buzz cut, talk to your barber about what hairstyles will allow you to keep some of your length while also projecting a professional appearance.
Hair is the first thing. And teeth the second. Hair and teeth. A man got those two things, he's got it all.
Author of the quote: James Brown
Shiny, thick locks and the flash of clean, brilliantly white teeth under pink gums signals vitality and positivity to potential mates. Keeping these two parts of your anatomy in tip-top shape is crucial to keeping a packed dating calendar.
Live the line: Many men skip this hair-care step, but applying a conditioner after shampooing will give you stronger, softer hair. Keeping the goop you put on your head to a minimum by using minute amounts of styling products will also improve the quality of your hair. When it comes to getting gleaming teeth, nothing beats a daily stain-removing toothpaste and a twice-yearly treatment with an at-home whitening kit.
I want people to find 'their fragrance' again -- only some people have multiple tastes and go from one to another.
Author of the quote: Frederic Malle
Many men either receive their cologne as a gift or choose it randomly on a yearly shopping spree because they like how it smells in the bottle. Spending some extra time seeking out a scent that really suits you, however, can really pay off.
Live the line: When you spritz on a juice, give it several hours to dry down. This way, you'll have experienced the entire range of the cologne's notes and you'll know whether or not it works with your natural body chemistry.
First, I'm going to start dyeing my eyebrows, just to see how it works. And then I'll go to the hair. Start slowly.
Author of the quote: George Clooney
When it comes to coloring your hair, drastic, impulsive and glaringly obvious changes are not often advisable. Particularly if you're a little unsure about the dyeing process or have never dyed your locks before, starting slowly is sound advice to follow. Gradually going back from gray to your natural color, for instance, will mean that all other people will notice is a subtle improvement in your appearance over time.
Live the line: Dyeing your own hair can be a confusing process with mixed results, so go to a pro and tell them you'd like to cover up your gray gradually.
The best things you can do for your skin are not smoke, always use sunscreen and drink a lot of water.
Author of the quote: Actress and classic beauty Sela Ward
You can religiously slather on all the dermatologist-recommended products you want, but the real tricks to fantastic-looking skin over time are shockingly simple and don't cost a fortune.
Live the line: If you do only one thing for your skin every day, apply a moisturizer in the morning with an SPF of at least 15. In the summer, bump up your UV protection to SPF 30. Reducing the damage that the sun's harmful rays have on your skin is the best way to prevent your skin from aging prematurely.
Dirt makes a man look masculine. Let your hair blow in the wind... All you have to do is look neat when you have to look neat.
Author of the quote: Hedy Lamarr
While it's true that women can find beat-up jeans and tousled, bed-head hair incredibly seductive on a man, every guy needs a quick, no-fail grooming routine that he can turn to when he needs to impress.
Live the line: A good moisturizer that revitalizes your skin will minimize any signs of aging and make you appear shower-fresh. To create a flattering, polished hairstyle in under 30 seconds, use a comb to make a sharp part in your hair from left to right, smoothing your locks down with a little water or styling product to keep everything in place.
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