The Best Men’s Sunscreens/Sunblocks

As part of my Men’s Grooming Series, I want to show you the best daily moisturizers with SPF as well as the top sport sunblocks for men.

On the most basic level, in your day-to-day life, you should be wearing a daily SPF moisturizer on your face, ears, neck and arms. If you’ll be outside for extended periods of time or participating in outdoor activities, then you should also be using a more heavy-duty sport sunblock from head-to-toe. Think you don’t need sunblock, even if you’ve got darker skin? Keep reading.

Difference between unprotected skin vs. protected skin

Take a look at this truck driver who had half his face in the sun and half in the shade throughout the course of his career. This is also how his face would look with half protected by sunblock, the other half unprotected.

Skin cancer is one of the easiest types of cancer to prevent and according to the National Cancer Institute, the number of cases are increasing yearly. It drives me crazy when guys don’t wear sunblock – especially if they’re my clients – because there’s nothing manly or attractive about sun spots, wrinkles, biopsies and chemotherapy.

I don’t care what your skin color is – sun damage affects everyone.

Before I show you my favorite sunscreens, let’s first go over some points to understand:

Use SPF 20 to 50

The SPF number indicates how long you can theoretically stay out in the sun before you burn, compared to your skin without sunscreen. So with SPF 20, your skin can be exposed to the sun for 20 times longer before it burns, but that’s in a perfect scenario without sweat and water washing it away. So don’t ever think you can go all day without re-applying sunblock if you’re outside doing extended activities.

Anything over SPF 50 Is Unnecessary

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) and Skin Care Foundation, an SPF 30 blocks up to 97 percent of UVB rays and an SPF 50 blocks 98 percent. So don’t think that the higher the SPF, the better it is. It’s a pretty arbitrary number after 50 that’s more used for marketing purposes than anything else.

Use ‘Broad Spectrum’ Sunscreens

SPF only measures UVB rays, but scientists have learned a lot about how UVA rays adversely affect skin and can contribute to certain types of cancers. You need a product that blocks both UVA and UVB rays, also known as “broad spectrum.” If this isn’t listed clearly on the label, it isn’t a broad spectrum sunscreen and should be avoided at all costs.

Physical vs. Chemical Blockers

There’s still not a wide consensus about which type is better or safer for you in regard to cancer causing ingredients – the kind that absorb into your skin, known as chemical blockers, or the kind that sits on your skin, known as physical blockers.

Chemical blockers are more effective because they’re harder to wash or rub off, but they’ve been criticized for being pollutants that make their way in the ocean and large waterways.

Physical blockers are better for the environment, but less effective since they physically sit on top of your skin and can be rubbed off. Also, they can sometimes leave a subtle white film on your skin.

Best Daily Moisturizer + SPF

$28 – Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20

This is hands-down the best moisturizer and SPF combo for it’s price. It’s a broad spectrum, chemical blocker that blends into your skin nicely. If you buy the 8.5oz bottle, it’ll should easily last a long time for daily use.

$350 – La Prairie Line Interception Power Duo SPF 30

This is the king of moisturizers with SPF. If your budget allows or you’re an older guy, DO NOT hesitate to get it. It really lives up to all the hype – goes on evenly, absorbs quickly, evens out your skin tone, reduces wrinkles, and protects really, really well, without making your skin shiny. Everyone of my test subjects that tried it loved it.

The added bonus is that it also comes with a powerful anti-aging night cream, which I go over in my skincare grooming routine.

Sport/Body Sunscreens

If you’ll be outside for extended periods of time, then you’ll need to use these sunscreens from head-to-toe and re-apply a few times throughout the day, depending on how sweaty you get or how much activity you’ll be doing.

$15 – Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen, Sensitive SPF 30+

This is, by far, the best sport sunblock. It’s pretty much bomb-proof and you’ll probably be whiter than you were before going outside.

The one downside is that it leaves a subtle white hue to your skin because of the Titanium and Zinc Oxide, but it works VERY well. I recommend getting this no matter what, and use it only your body if you want to avoid the white hue on your face and then get the face version, as well.

$19 – Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen with Cellular Response Technology, SPF 50

Absolutely fantastic chemical blocker that absorbs nicely into the skin, protects against UVA and UVB rays (broad spectrum), and has a pleasant light scent. They also sell this in bigger bottles, so it will last a long while for a great price.

$36 – La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 60 Melt-In Sunscreen

Another really good sport sunblock that goes on easily and blends in perfectly and it’s not a physical blocker so no white hue. If you’re sensitive to fragrances, then this one is for you since it’s fragrance-free. They also make a spray version if you prefer that, but just make sure you rub it in after you spray it on. Check the video above at the top of the page to see what happens if you don’t rub it in.

Hope you enjoy!

POTW: A Game Changer For Your Skin

For this week, I wanted to feature an exfoliating bamboo wash cloth that I’ve been using and recommending to friends, family and clients for years that is seriously a game changer for your skin. And I don’t use that term lightly. It is THAT good. This was recommended to me by a skincare CEO who’s company invented microdermabrasion and he said this is better than anything he has ever found, including their own technology.

And please know that not all bamboo wash cloths aren’t created equally – I’ve tested dozens over the years – and this is hands-down the best one, so don’t try anything else – you’ll regret it.

This will be covered more in-depth in my skincare routine video as part of the Men’s Grooming Essentials series.

Get your bamboo wash cloth here. 

If the price at the above link is over $10, then get your wash cloths here, instead:

Dual Sided Bamboo Wash Cloth

Unfortunately, this specific one is not that easy to find outside of these two sites.

Choosing Best Men’s Hairstyles For Straight or Wavy Hair

In this episode of my Men’s Grooming Essentials series, my friend and groomer, Kyle Krieger, and I talk about the best hairstyles for a man with straight or wavy hair and the finer points to think about if you’re a man seeking a new hairstyle with this hair type. Also, don’t forget to check out the companion videos and articles that this one goes with:

Best Men’s Hairstyles For Your Face Shape

Best Men’s Shampoos and Conditioners For Your Hair Type

How To Wash & Dry Your Hair (For Each Hair Type)

Have questions or comments?

Join us in the comments section of the video above.

Choosing Best Men’s Hairstyle for Thinning/Balding Hair/Receding Hair Line

In this episode of my Men’s Grooming Essentials series, my friend and groomer, Kyle Krieger, and I talk about the best hairstyles for a man with thinning, balding hair, or a receding hair line and the finer points to think about if you’re a man seeking a new hairstyle for this hair type. Also, don’t forget to check out the companion videos and articles that this one goes with:

Best Men’s Hairstyles For Your Face Shape

Best Men’s Shampoos and Conditioners For Your Hair Type

How To Wash & Dry Your Hair (For Each Hair Type)

 

Have questions or comments?

Join us in the comments section of the video above.

Choosing Best Men’s Hairstyles for Curly & Kinky Hair

In this episode of my Men’s Grooming Essentials series, my friend and groomer, Kyle Krieger, and I talk about the best hairstyles for a man with curly or kinky/coiled hair and the finer points to think about if you’re a man seeking a new hairstyle with curly or kinky/coiled hair. Also, don’t forget to check out the companion videos and articles that this one goes with:

Best Men’s Hairstyles For Your Face Shape

Best Men’s Shampoos and Conditioners For Your Hair Type

How To Wash & Dry Your Hair (For Each Hair Type)

Have questions or comments?

Join us in the comments section of the video above.

Best Men’s Hairstyles For Hair Type

Today, I want to show you the best men’s hair styles for your hair type based on actual the professional’s opinions that I mentioned in the Series Intro Video.

This article/video is a 3-parter, where I also cover the best hairstyles for your face shape as well as more in-depth videos/articles for each of the hair types. Think of this article as more of a general overview, so definitely don’t miss the specific hair type articles/videos, as well.

Straight or Wavy Hair

You can pretty much go with any hairstyle. I’ll always prefer a shorter, more put-together style, as do the professionals I spoke with. However, as long as your hair looks clean, healthy, and like it’s been cut semi-recently, any length can look good – provided it fits your face shape.

I do want to point out that it was pretty unanimous that the quiff (center picture above) is best because it’s very versatile and allows you to do a messy or more polished hairstyle. As for length, like I mentioned in my best hairstyles for your face shape article/video, on the shorter side looks great and gives you some flexibility in how you style it. The longer you go and it pretty much relegates you to not being able to style it much aside from having some layers cut into it and letting it do it’s thing.

If you go with a longer style and you’ve got straight hair, then just make sure to get some layers in there so it doesn’t lay flat like a dead rug – as someone with straight, asian hair, this is a problem I have too! Remember though, depending on your face shape, a longer hairstyle may not be best for you.

Curly or Coarse/Kinky Hair

For all you curly, coarse or kinky haired guys, you’ve really got two ways to go – either go for sharp and short, or long and kind of tamed. It really depends on your preference. I always lean toward a shorter, sharper hairstyle because my clients with these hair types always look significantly better with shorter hair styles and they’re also easier to style and maintain.

So for curly hair, a quiff that’s 2-3 inches long on top looks amazing (left picture). This gives you the option to use some light product and have the finger combed look, where your curls are more embraced or throw some heavier product in it and go for a sharper, combed look.

For coarse or kinky hair, there’s nothing better than a temple fade (center image) with a little longer hair on top. This is straight fiyah! I like a little bit of volume on top and short on the sides. You can also go with a closely shaved haircut for convenience.

If you do want to go with a longer hairstyle, then you need to consider your face shape. I talked more about this in the best hairstyles for your face shape article/video.

Thinning or Balding Hair

If you’re in the early stages of thinning with a receding hairline, then stick to longer on top with layers and shorter on the sides and do a sort of messy look. How long and short you go depends on your face shape, though.

Like I mentioned in my shampoo and conditioner article/video, use a thickening shampoo and get a layered haircut to help create more volume and hide more of your scalp.

Also, for styling, please, please don’t use gel products because it’ll clump your hair together (as shown in the video at the top) and reveal more of your scalp – this actually shines a spotlight on the issue. The best products for you are mentioned in my article specifically about the best products for your hair type.

Whatever you do, though, don’t do the combed forward style. It looks terrible and doesn’t do a great job of masking the problem – it actually draws attention to it. If that’s all you can do to cover up your pretty significant receding hairline, then it’s time to embrace it and go for the closely shaved look which I’ll get into in a second.

If you’re balding just in the back, go longer on top, shorter on the sides and comb your hair back over the bald spot to hide it better.

If you can easily see your scalp or your bald spot is pretty severe or you just don’t want to bother with the hairstyles I mentioned, then it’s time to embrace it and go for a buzzed look with a 1 or 2 attachment on the clippers all around.

A balding man who is confident enough to own this style and do the best with the hair that he’s got is actually sexy. Jason Statham is the shining example of how to embrace your balding hair. You’ll look much better, regardless of your face shape, I promise.

As for the full-on razored bald look, it heavily depends on your face shape, but I think a super short buzz cut looks better in general and is much easier to maintain without nicks or razor bumps on your head. The full bald look is best on men with square or oblong face shapes, otherwise, just go for the super short hair version.

I hope that helps!

Best Men’s Hairstyle For Your Face Shape and Hair Type

Today, I want to show you the best hair styles for your face shape based on actual professional’s opinions that I mentioned in the Series Intro Video.

This article/video is a 3-parter, where I’ll also cover the best hairstyles for your hair type as well as more in-depth videos for your specific hair type. Do yourself a favor and check out those other articles/videos as they’ll be released shortly.

Before we get started, please note the use of the word “best” and not “every hairstyle for your face shape.” These, in my opinion, as well as the professionals I mentioned in the series intro, are the best hairstyles if a man wants to look sharp-as-hell. If you’re hoping for a discussion about every hairstyle possible, this article isn’t for you.

The general goal of your hairstyle should be to:

  • Look damn good – obviously.
  • Just like with your clothing in relation to your body, you want to balance the proportions of your face so it doesn’t take away from the rest of your appearance. Get this wrong and it can make you look weird or goofy.

As for age old question: “What face shape do I have?” for males, I’ve included two of the best resources for finding this out:

  1. How To Find Your Face Shape
  2. Face Shape Guide

Like I mentioned in my video about the best men’s sunglasses for your face shape, there’s really only 4 major face shapes for men:

Any other face shape is basically one of these with a teeny tiny difference that has no bearing on the hairstyle you should choose.

With all that said, let’s go over the best hairstyles for your face shape.

Oval/Oblong

If you have an Oval or Oblong face shape, the best hairstyles tend to be short or medium length because longer hairstyles with bangs or a more poofy or fro-ey hairstyle, depending on your hair type, will make your face look longer than it is – which you want to avoid (check the video at the top for an example of how bad it can look).

Stick to haircuts with shorter sides and a little longer on top. Don’t go super short on the sides and long on top, though, otherwise the drastic difference in length will make your face look longer and thinner than it is.

Depending on your hair type, side parts were made for this face shape, regardless of how sharp the part actually is – whether you use your hands or a comb.

If you’re thinning, definitely go for super short on the sides and slightly longer on top. However, if your hairline is pretty receded or your bald spot is pretty significant, cut the B.S. and buzz or shave your head. I go into finer detail in my article/video about the best hairstyles for your hair type.

For curly or kinky hair, keep it shorter on the sides and a little longer on top to control the frizziness so it doesn’t get out of control. How short you go depends on your preference. I love a good temple fade on a black man and stick to a shorter quiff if you’ve got curly hair so it’s more manageable. But, if you want to embrace the curls a little more, go longer, like a few inches on top. The problem is that it can get pretty frizzy and out of control, unless you’re washing properly and using the best products for your hair type. Be sure to check out my article/video about the best shampoos and conditioners for your hair type, as it makes a huge difference.

Heart or Triangular

Since a Heart or Triangular face shape has a narrower or pointed chin, you want to stick to layered styles to help offset the sharpness of your chin.

As for length, go for longer-on-top styles with shorter, but not super short, sides. If you went super short on the sides, it’d make you look like you’ve got big ears – which you want to avoid.

For you, hair swept across the forehead, or off the forehead and back, with or without a side part, or a quiff will look great. If you’ve got coarse, kinky hair, you can go with a little bit longer afro all the way around, somewhere around 2 to 3 inches in length, like the picture above.

With this face shape, you can also grow out some facial stubble or a full beard to help add visual width and weight to your bottom half of your face and keep the proportions more in line with the rest of your face. If you go with a stubble or beaded look, you can grow your hair out a little longer on top, too.

Round

You want more square styles to offset your round face. Keep the sides much shorter and go longer on top to add some height to your face which will play with your facial proportions a little better. Whatever you do, don’t have your hair down on your forehead because it’ll make your face look rounder (again, check the video at the top for an example of how bad it can look).

A good, fluffy quiff or pompadour or even a high and tight looks great on this face shape, as does an undercut if you want a little more of a rugged look. For kinky hair, a sharp temple fade is always on point – I’d choose that over a totally shaved look every time.

Square

A square face shape is similar to Oval in that virtually all hairstyles look great. The only thing to do is create the illusion of softer corners to help soften the angles of your face, but not remove them.

Haircuts that are super short all the way around all the way to longer hairstyles look great on this face shape. I have to say, short and mid-length hairstyles that are a little cleaner always look sharp and give you the ability to go messy or more put together easily, so they’re my preference, for sure.

Again, for men with kinky hair, get that temple fade going!

Like I mentioned at the beginning of this article, this is 1 of 3 articles/videos that go together, so be sure to check out the other articles/videos about your hair type, because it also influences the hairstyle you should go for.

Best Men’s Shampoos & Conditioners For Your Hair Type

In this article, I want to go over the best Men’s Shampoos and Conditioners for your hair type.

Before we get into it, though, (this is important, I swear) – If you haven’t seen my companion article about how to wash & dry your hair properly, I highly suggest you check it out first, because all the groomers I mentioned in my Series Introduction Video said that men are totally crapping the bed in this department and it makes way more of a difference than you think. I promise you’ll learn something new in that article.

Dandruff

Before we dive into the best products for your hair type, I want to address the d-word… No, not that D-word! Dandruff!

Dandruff is almost always the result of 3 things:

  1. Using harsh shampoos, with sulfates and parabens that strip the hair and scalp of the natural oils and vitamins, leaving your scalp and hair dry and flaky.
  2. Not washing your hair and massaging your scalp properly.
  3. Not staying hydrated enough and having a proper diet.

I highly suggest you first try washing your hair properly with quality products as well as upping your water and healthy food intake and see if that doesn’t cure your dandruff issue once and for all.

Hair Loss Shampoo & Conditioner For Thinning or Balding Men

The main goal for choosing a hair loss shampoo and conditioner is you want them to:

  • Slow down or prevent hair loss; and
  • Thicken hair so it appears fuller

The best way to slow down and prevent hair loss is to have a healthy and clean scalp that’s free of DHT which is found in the sebum that’s produced from your scalp. DHT is the cause of male baldness and is like a leech that slowly kills your hair follicles. To combat this, you should use the best hairloss shampoo on the market by Nizoral every 3 days because it contains the only ingredient on the market that’s proven to prevent hair loss by killing DHT on your scalp. The downside, though, is that it also makes your hair appear limp and lifeless, so you definitely want to combine it with the Nioxin conditioner below to minimize this effect.

On the days you’re not using Nizoral shampoo, switch to Nioxin’s shampoo and conditioner system because it promotes a healthy scalp and gives your hair more density so it looks fuller.

For a hair growth shampoo, you can use Rogaine, but the second you stop using it, the new hair will fall out, so it’s not really recommended. I would add Propecia to your routine, instead, because the medication will definitely halt further hair loss from below the surface, so it’s more effective, but it has some side effects, so that’s up to you to determine if it’s worth it or not.

$14 – Nizoral Shampoo

$20-44 – Determine which Nioxin system is best for you:

System 1: Normal to thin-looking, fine hair
System 2: Noticeably thinning, fine hair
System 3: Normal to thin-looking, fine hair that’s chemically treated
System 4: Noticeably thinning, fine hair that’s chemically treated
System 5: Normal to thin-looking, medium to coarse hair
System 6: Noticeably thinning, medium to coarse hair

$40 – Rogaine

Best Shampoos & Conditioners for Fine Hair

If you have fine hair, then the goal is to make your hair appear thicker and fuller.

Oily and greasy hair is your enemy because it will make your hair look even finer than it is.

The best fine hair shampoo for men is the Plumping Wash and Rinse by Kevin Murphy because it helps strengthen your hair follicles while adding volume by plumping each hair strand for a thicker look. For a more budget-friendly option, V76 by Vaughn’s Energizing shampoo and conditioner are lightweight and won’t strip away the essential oils and vitamins that you need for healthy hair growth but will still get rid of any excess oil on your scalp. All the professionals I spoke with, though, said no question, Kevin Murphy is the absolute best.

$49 – Kevin Murphy Plumping Wash – Note: Although I found the product available online, Kevin Murphy only allows their products to be sold at salons, which you can locate on their website here.

$54 – Kevin Murphy Plumping Rinse

$19 – V76 by Vaughn Energizing Shampoo

$19 – V76 by Vaughn Energizing Conditioner

Coarse / Curly / Kinky Hair

Unlike your thin hair brethren, you can never have enough moisture. You want to choose products with extra moisture, especially when it comes to your conditioner – this will help cut down on the frizz and make your hair more manageable.

Once you apply conditioner you can skip the rinse and have it function as a leave-in conditioner or if you think that’s too weird, you can also get a separate leave-in conditioner to apply after you dry your hair for maximum moisture and smoothness. Apply the product while your hair is still damp.

Kevin Murphy’s Smooth Again Wash and Rinse is definitely the best of the bunch below and came unanimously recommended by the professionals I spoke with.

$80 – Kevin Murphy Smooth Again Wash and Rinse Combo Set

$19 – V76 by Vaughn Hydrating Shampoo

$19 – V76 by Vaughn Hydrating Conditioner

Leave-In Conditioners

$30 – Pure Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

It might sound crazy, but coconut oil works incredibly well as a leave-in conditioner (and skin moisturizer). Take a small amount, warm it up for a few seconds in the microwave and finger comb it into your damp hair after a shower.

$20 – Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Conditioner Leave-In

$6 – Hawaiian Silky 14 in 1 Miracle Worker

Wavy / Straight Hair

For wavy or straight hair, you don’t need anything too crazy. I love the Jack Black All Over Wash because not only is it light and nourishing, but you are able to use it as a face and body wash, as well. Trust me, it sounds weird, and my fiance, Dorian, and some of my other test subjects were very skeptical when trying it, too, but they all said it was great and that it lived up the hype.

If you don’t want the all-in-one solution, then give Kevin Murphy’s shampoo and conditioner a try – their entire line, for all hair types, was highly recommended by all the professionals I spoke with. My test subjects all loved it, as well.

$21 – Jack Black All Over Wash

$49 – Kevin Murphy Stimulate Me Wash

$38 – Kevin Murphy Stimulate Me Rinse (Conditioner)

$19 – V76 by Vaughn Energizing Shampoo

$19 – V76 by Vaughn Energizing Conditioner

 

That’s it! Hope you found this article about the best men’s shampoos and conditioners helpful!