Winter can raise all kinds of challenges for the well-groomed man as can the festivities that take place all over the Christmas period which is literally ONE month away now. Lloyd Hughes, Creative Director & Lead Educator of male grooming brand men-ü has offered his top tips to men to help maintain a fresh look during the party season. Lloyd has two decades of experience in the industry and is a multi-salon owner. He reccomends the following top tips to get you through the goods times of the next couple of weeks, looking your best.
Have a daily routine
The best advice we can offer to guys during the winter months is to develop their daily shave and facial routine. Exfoliate, cleanse, tone and condition / moisturise the skin daily. The process of protecting the visual front line is not just for shave days. On particularly harsh, cold and windy days, keep a travel sized amount of moisturiser in your work bag and apply (in seconds) two or three times a day. This takes just a few seconds and will offer long term protection.
Exfoliate with a close shave
The big block style beard has now been with us for quite a while but for how much longer? This winter season we are seeing a movement towards, cleaner, smoother, well-groomed skin. Men have more active sebaceous glands than women, secreting more oil onto the skin. It’s the excess oil, dead skin cells and daily elements that block the pores, creating a whole host of skin issues including spots and breakouts which in turn cause issues when shaving.
Every time a guy runs the razor over his skin, he is removing up to two layers of skin cells. This is exfoliation a woman can only dream of. It’s this process of exfoliation that leads to healthier, and hopefully younger looking skin (who doesn’t want that)! It is no coincidence that teenage boys skin often starts to clear up at the time they start to shave regularly.
After exfoliation (shaving) we need to deep cleanse the skin. Deep cleansing the skin immediately post shave will remove any remaining dead skin cells, cleanse the pores and remove any remaining debris that arises immediately after shaving, leaving the skin freshly exfoliated and deep cleansed. Probably the best preventative against spots and breakouts.
The high fronted solid quiff style has been the leading trend for a while now, so many stylists are looking to break down those solid full frontal block shapes using internal cutting to create movement and life, setting hair free from heavily greased styles. Textured hair supporting lots of movement is a perfect winter style as it isn’t too disrupted by drizzle. Lightly textured style requires a good flexi-hold, easily achieved with men-ü’s new LIQUIFFLEX. This liquefies easily and disperses evenly through the hair. Hands are left dry to the touch. This is a practically weightless product that will thicken the hair and give it the required body and volume. Great for creating volume with fine, thin hair.