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14 Biggest Men’s Grooming Mistakes & How To Fix Them

Before I dig into my Men’s Grooming Essentials series, I wanted to address the biggest men’s grooming mistakes and how to fix them so we can set a base level of mistakes that you may need to fix before we go into a deep-dive on grooming stuff.

14. Unkempt Body Hair

This include legs, arms, chest, and the nether regions. I suggest using your clilppers on a 1 or 2 setting and clipping your body hair every 2-3 months, depending on how hairy you are.

Unkempt Body Hair Ashley Weston

13. Ungroomed Eyebrows

Eyebrows should be plucked if you have a unibrow and trimmed if there is a lot of hair like Mr. Rooney on the right below. Most barbers will trim your eyebrows if you ask, or there’s specialty items for this, as well. One thing that should be avoided is making sure they’re not too shaped and clean like a woman’s eyebrows.

Ungroomed Eyebrows Ashley Weston

12. Not taking care of your facial skin

Everyone should have a daily routine of washing, moisturizing, and protecting your skin with sunscreen when you’ll be outside in the sun.

Not Taking Care of your Facial Skin Ashley Weston

11. Too Long Between Haircuts

If you have a shorter hairstyle, you should get a haircut every 2-3 weeks, and if it is a bit longer you can go every 3-4 weeks. If you’re balding or have a buzzed cut, you always want to have a haircut every few days, up to once a week.

Going too long in Btwn Haircuts Ashley Weston

10. Nose Hair / Ear Hair

I’ll let the picture below do the explaining for me.

Nose Hair Ear Hair Ashley Weston

9. Unkempt Facial Hair

This is a real turnoff, especially when your hair is way too long and starting to cover your lips or you have a bunch of you stubble on your neck. If you want stubble, make sure to shave your neck and keep it clean.

8. Dirty, Greasy, Ungroomed Hair

This is something I immediately notice on a guy, and makes my stomach churn, especially when it looks dirty and greasy. So make sure you wash and style your hair before stepping out in public.

Dirty Greasy Ungroomed Hair Ashley Weston

7. Bloody Gums or Food in Teeth

Go to the dentist for a regular teeth cleaning and carry floss or toothpicks and excuse yourself to the restroom to check your teeth after meals.

Bloody Gums or Food in your Teeth Ashley Weston

6. Bad Breath

This is easily fixable: brush your teeth regularly and well and either pop a mint  or small piece of gum before talking to people, whenever possible.

Bad Breath Ashley Weston

5. Being Stinky

I hope I don’t have to say it, but shower regularly, wear deodorant and please, for the love of everyone around you, go very easy on the cologne. There’s definitely such a thing as too much of a good thing.

4. Dirty, Long Finger and Toe Nails

This also includes jagged or bitten nails. Keep them regularly trimmed with clippers. For most men, that means once every two-ish weeks. It’s easiest to do this after a shower when your nails are softest.

Dirty Long Finger and Toe Nails Ashley Weston

3. Not Moisturizing Enough

There’s nothing more disgusting than cracked, ashy, or rough hands, elbows, kees and feet. When you get out of the shower, simply take some lotion, rub it on your hands, elbows, knees and feet (including heels) and you still will thank you for it – as well a lot of people around you.

Not Moisturizing Enough Ashley Weston

2. Neck Hair

This one makes me shudder just by thinking about it. When I see a guy who looks sharp and put together and then he turns his head and I see the back of his neck is hairy – bleh! It ruins it all for me. If your neck hair grows faster than your haircut schedule, just take your razor while you’re shaving your face and give a pass or two to the back of your neck. You won’t notice, but most people behind you will.

Neck Hair Ashley Weston

1. Cracked or Dry Lips

The first thing I notice when we are talking is your cracked or dry lips and I’m doing everything I possibly can to get away from your as quickly as possible. Just slap on some chapstick or other lip moisturizer if they feel a little dry and you’ll be good to go.

Cracked or Dry Lips Ashley Weston

5 Hairstyling Miistakes Men Make Ashley Weston

5 Most Common Hair Styling Mistakes Men Make and How to Fix Them

Over the years, while working with my clients, I’ve learned a lot of great tips from their hair stylists when it comes to getting the perfect hairstyle. So with their help, I put together this list of the 5 most common hair styling mistakes men make and how to fix them. I also thought it would be fun to have my friend, Jordan O’Brien from The Gentleman’s Cove Youtube Channel, give his awesome input about these hair styling mistakes since he’s kind of awesome with hair.

 

Mistake 1: Selecting the wrong hairstyle

Wrong Hairstyle Ashley Weston

1) Won’t work for your hair type

So maybe you really love a certain hairstyle, and you want to replicate it on yourself. Unfortunately, trying to style your hair like someone who has a different hair type than yours will result in something that never looks quite right.

Fix

You really need to be honest with yourself when choosing a haircut based on the type of hair you have and take your barber/hairstylist’s advice.

2) Choosing a hairstyle that doesn’t fit your lifestyle

If you’re opposed to using a blow dryer, you are probably not going to want to choose a pompadour or quiff, as they usually require some time with the blow dryer in order to get the necessary volume.

Fix

If you don’t want to spend a lot of time styling your hair, then don’t choose a high maintenance haircut and get something more in-line with the time you’re willing to put in with your hair. 

Mistake 2: Using the wrong product

Using the wrong product will often result in not getting the look or hold you want.  For example, when men with fine or thinning hair use gel or pomades in their styling routine — big mistake. Gel clumps your hair together and reveals more of scalp, making the hair look even thinner. A lot of men will keep adding more and more product, even when it’s not designed for the style you want to accomplish. Another big mistake.

Wrong Product For Hair Type Ashley Weston

Fix

For thinning hair, use mousses, matte texture pastes and conditioners to provide fluff that is more natural.

If the look or hold isn’t up to your standards, the worst thing you can do is double the quantity of product used. Start with a small amount of product and add a little more, if necessary. If that doesn’t work, then you’ve got to find a better product that’s designed for your hair type and style.

Mistake 3: Going too long between haircuts

The longer you go without a haircut, the longer your hair becomes and the more difficult it is to style your hair properly, which usually results in having to use a lot more product.

Too Long In Btwn a Haircut Ashley Weston

Fix

A fresh cut can instantly give you a put-together look, and the more it becomes part of your regular grooming routine, the fewer styling products you’ll usually need.

Mistake 4: Not using product properly

Start with HALF the amount of product of what you think you need, then apply to your hair. You can always add more, but if you put too much, it all goes downhill from there and you’ll either have to wash your hair and start over or use a lot of dry shampoo to get it back to a semi-normal hairstyle.

Not Using Product Properly Ashley Weston

Fix

To really activate a hair product and apply it effectively you need to:

1) Heat it up in your hands by rubbing them together so it warms up and then distributes easily into your hair.
2) Then, using the the full surface area of both your hands, work in the product starting from the root.

As a general rule of thumb, creams and paste should go into hair when it is damp. Pomades or softer waxes should go in when hair is dry.

Mistake 5: Not washing well

Not washing well and using quality products. Can you get away with using the drugstore 2-in-1 products? Maybe, but all the hairstylists I talked to said this is the one thing that guys overlook that has a big impact on being able to style your hair properly. It’s like putting low-grade gasoline into a rocket ship – it won’t work well.

Not Washing Your Hair Enough 2 Ashley Weston

Fix

Take at least 2 minutes to really scrub your hair and massage your scalp. Your scalp needs to be stimulated and massaged to get the blood flowing into the area and keep the best version of your hair growing long into your life, which also means your hair will be more manageable and easier to style.

And as for quality products, it’s really going to make a huge difference after you’re done showering and when it’s time to style your hair. If you don’t believe me, you’ll only know what I’m talking about when you try.

I’ve included some great shampoos and conditioners that are best for your hair type that my hairstylist friends highly recommended. If you’re using products not designed for your hair type then you really won’t see the benefit that I’m talking about.

Thinning Hair

Nioxin System1 Cleanser & Scalp Therapy Duo Set Ashley Weston

$34 – Nioxin System 1 Cleanser & Scalp Therapy Duo Set
$20 – Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo
$20 – Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Conditioner 
$20 – Redken Cerafill Retaliate Shampoo
$20 – Redken Cerafill Retaliate Conditioner 

Fine Hair

Kevin Murphy Stimulate Me Wash and Rinse Ashley Weston

$78 – Kevin Murphy Stimulate Me Rinse and Wash Duo Set 
$34 – Lush Veganese Conditioner
$14 – Bain de Terre Green Tea Thickening Conditioner 
$12 – Bain de Terre Green Tea Thickening Shampoo 

Curly or Coarse Hair

New Wash Hair Story Ashley Weston

$40 – New Wash Hairstory
$21 – Kérastase Discipline Bain Fluidealiste Shampoo
$21 – Kérastase Fondant Fluidealiste Conditioner  
$18 – Ouidad Curl Quencher Moisturizing Conditione
$16 – Ouidad Curl Quencher Moisturizing Shampoo 

Normal Hair (Straight or Wavy)

Kevin Murphy Hydrate Me Wash and Rinse Ashley Weston 1

$90 – Kevin Murphy Hydrate Me Wash and Rise Duo Set
$30 – Mister Pompadour Peppermint Shower Experience 
$24 – Moroccan Oil Hydrating Conditioner
$23 – Moroccan Oil Hydrating Shampoo

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5 Most Attractive Men’s Hairstyles Women Love

In this article and video, I wanted to discuss the 5 Most Attractive Men’s Hairstyles That Women Love. I’m always amazed to see content like this that’s done by men, talking about what women love, which doesn’t really make sense since these are dudes, not women, talking about the best hairstyles for men according to women. It seems a little counter-intuitive to me. The ultimate goal of your hairstyle should be having a woman want to run her fingers through it, regardless of the type or quantity of hair you have. So let’s get into the 5 favorites.

 

1. New Pompadour

It’s a modern take on the classic Pompadour (make this a link to a classic pompadour pic) but there’s still going to be that signature volume on top. I find this hairstyle very sexy, especially when the hair’s finger-combed back so that it looks a little “piecey” and not so perfect – every woman will want to run her hands through your hair.

Characteristics of the New Pompadour

  • When the cut is tight and tapered on the sides, but longer and textured on the top.
  • The top will be either swept back, like the James Dean picture below OR back and to the side, like the Justin Timberlake picture. You’ll maintain this direction and high volume on top with a blow dryer and some wax or pomade.

2. Freeman’s Cut (Undercut)

When I see this hairstyle on a man, I instantly think he must be a badass and could give two shits. This haircut isn’t for someone who wants to blend in, so it’s actually a really easy way to fake being cool, or add a dimension of personality that women will be attracted to.

Characteristics of the Freeman

  • When the hair is cut really short (using a 1 or 2 on your clippers) or shaved on the sides and back of your head, but left about 2-4 inches longer on top.
  • The top of your hair is going to be swept straight back. The styling is really quick and easy.

3. The Crew Cut

This haircut is also known as the “Ivy League Cut.” It always looks great and is super low maintenance, so it’s a favorite of a lot of men, and I don’t blame them.

Characteristics of a Crew Cut

  • Tight on the sides with a natural fade of the sideburns and back of the head. The top will be a little bit longer and even length across the whole top of the head.
  • In terms of styling, there’s really not much to do except brushing the top front area up.

4. The Quiff

  1. There’s lots of different variations of the quiff, from short to longer versions, and a cleaner, more controlled styling to a messier, tousled look. This is another haircut that makes me want to run my hands through your hair. I love when it’s styled a little messy because it looks really sexy, masculine and cool.

Characteristics of the Quiff

  • When the top of your hair is on the longer side and the sides and back can vary in length but it should always be kept shorter than the top so there’s a definitive contrast.
  • This kind of haircut will work perfectly on men who have naturally curly or wavy hair.
  • To achieve the volume on top you’ll want to blow dry the top of your hair and then add some styling product to push the hair back and to the side.

5. Classic Businessman

Also known as the Don Draper haircut from Mad Men, it’s a classic taper haircut with a side part hairstyle. I love this timeless and formal hairstyle which looks great in all settings.

Characteristics of the Businessman

  • The top is left up to 2 inches long and the sides and back are tapered with scissors or hair clippers.
  • To get the hairstyle, take your hair product of choice and run it through your hair while it’s still damp. Take your comb and create your side part. Then create a small wave on the front of your hair by combing your bangs up and back towards either side. Comb back the sides of your hair.
  • If you want a little messier than use your fingers as a comb when pushing the top of your hair to the back towards the either side.
  • If you want a wet finish, use a pomade with a bit of shine to it.