February 26, 2010
There's a network for just about everything under the sun these days, and facial hair is no exception. If you're a moustache lover, either on yourself or on a partner, you need to check out Stache Passions:
"A 100% free social networking & online dating site specifically for singles with a passion for the Stache. Style is a difficult thing to pin down, but there is no doubt among Stache Passions members that there is nothing finer than a good stache. Browse the Mustache Groups to find members by their preferred type of stache, whether it be Dali, Walrus or Pencil. Meet other Stache lovers by experience level... Newbie, Expert or the ever popular Stache Groupie. Stache Passions provides an open environment where mustache wearers can revel in the sitewide love bestowed upon them by a community of stache afficianados. Sign up now to enjoy free Stache chat, message boards & email."
A Stache Chat? Hmm. I wonder what that's all about?
Image: JOE M500 at Flickr
February 25, 2010
From the Globe and Mail:
"The challenge in the fast-growing men's beauty segment is to find ways to wrap a quintessentially feminine product in masculine hues and lingo. It's a world in which eyeliner becomes "guyliner," anti-wrinkle cream turns into moisturizer, and bronzer changes to "power bronze."
"Some men will call it 'skin care' but no one calls it 'beauty care' or 'beauty products,' " said Mr. Lau, who has worked on Dove women's skincare lines at giant Unilever. "It's not the word they want to use."
Men and beauty in the same sentence - what a concept!
Read the rest of the post here: For guys, it's not beauty, it's, er, grooming
Image: sunshinecity at Flickr
February 23, 2010
From the Mail Online:
"Most women claim to be attracted to tall, dark and handsome men, but a new study has revealed that facial stubble and a geeky personality are their biggest secret turn-ons.
Despite complaining that it looks unkempt and feels rough to touch, the unshaven look on a man is actually a turn-on for 41 per cent of women.
A slightly geeky personality came second, proving that women really do like a guy who knows their stuff when it comes to technology."
Image: PinkMoose at Flickr
February 22, 2010
When I originally reviewed the Pacific Shaving Company's shaving cream, I mentioned that I was also trying out the Blade Oil, and then posted my results with it.
In the review I put up about the Blade Oil, I mentioned that I had gone 14 days on the same razor blade and it was still sharp enough for a shave.
Here's my update:
Using my Merkur Safety Razor, and applying Pacific Shaving Company's Blade Oil to it after each shave, I managed to get a total of 19 shaves on one double edged razor blade! That's 3 weeks of shaving (I skip a shave about once a week), which means that the Blade Oil tripled the life of the razor. I usually go through one blade a week, which is cheap (and less wasteful), but I'm jazzed to find a way to stretch them even further.
I don't normally use a multiple blade razor, so I can't say for sure if you could get the same mileage from them, but I imagine you can. This is one product that I can get behind 100%, and it's under $10.
February 19, 2010
From now until February 26th, Details for Men is giving away free Proraso Pre and Post Shave Cream with all orders over $40!
"For over fifty years, Proraso products have provided the pleasure of a smooth, perfect shave, like you would enjoy from your local barber. Proraso is one of the oldest brands of shaving creams available today. This range of high quality products was born in the 1940's, and for over sixty years no competitor has come close in trying to produce a similar product.
Proraso products are infused with eucalyptus and menthol. or aloe vera and green tea for sensitive skin to provide a smooth, close shave regardless of your skin type."
To pick up some for yourself, place your order with Details for Men, then enter the coupon code "freeprepost" at checkout. Remember, every order over $75 gets free shipping, and be sure to ask for free samples!
February 18, 2010
Ever wonder what the edge of your razor looks like to a whisker? One intrepid razor researcher has his razors viewed (and photographed) under a microscope:
"Every men's magazine on the planet has reviewed different razors, different shaving creams, different aftershave lotions. And despite this, nearly every man has his own preference, borne of experience or indifference.
If a razor is a simple machine defined by its microscopic perfection, why not look at it under a microscope?"
Check out the rest of the article, plus some great pics from a microscope at Gizmodo: Razors Under A Microscope
February 17, 2010
"The Leukaemia Foundation World's Greatest Shave is one of Australia's biggest fundraising events.
Money raised is used by the Leukaemia Foundation to fund free services to support patients and families living with leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders. It also funds blood cancer research to find better treatments and cures."
Check out Alan Webster's page: He's pledging his 32 year old moustache, and has already raised over $16,000!
The World's Greatest Shave takes place on the 11-13th of March 2010.
February 16, 2010
The moustache, an long-time symbol of masculinity in India, is in danger of becoming an endangered species there. The younger generations of Indian men are choosing to go clean shaven, and their lady-friends think it's about time.
From the Washington Post:
"Our fathers thought they were not men without their mustaches. But 'hairy Hindustan' is over. It's old India. The mustache is for my father, not for me." - Nanda Kumar, age 26, after shaving off his moustache
I think it's rather predictable that younger generations drop customs of their fathers due to the changing of the times, but for me, the most interesting piece of the article was about moustaches and Indian barbershops:
"Indian barbershops have all sorts of names for the various 'stache styles, which they depict humorously on signboards. There is the "Handlebar," a classic twirlable curlable and a professional requirement for the doormen of five-star Indian hotels. There is the "Walrus," a large, droopy mustache that hangs over the lips. There is also the "Pencil Line" and the "Strap-On," or false follicles -- dyed black or stained pumpkin orange, oiled, conditioned and combed."
I don't think we'll ever see American men going to the barbershop and asking for a 'Strap-On'...
Image: Umesh Behari Mathur at Flickr
February 15, 2010
The mo' is getting more popular these days, and even those who won't grow one will wear one...
Show off your love for the moustache with some of these:
The Great Moustaches Mug will keep you, your coworkers, and maybe the barista smiling every time you fill up with java, thanks to the 15 famous mo's pictured on the side.
Profess your love for the mo with some Sock It To Me Mustache Socks.
Keep a copy of Sweet 'Stache: 50 Badass Mustaches and the Faces Who Sport Them beside your bed, in the bathroom, or on the coffee table.
Pick up some Moustache Cologne for a scent that will go with that hairy upper lip.
No mo? Here ya go: Grab a stick on moustache made from human hair.
Go for the bling with a Moustache Pendant Necklace.
Need to groom that 'stache? Use a Switchblade Moustache Comb and impress your friends!
And for the parents - dress your kid in a onesie with a moustached man on the front, or try making some moustache lollypops with these chocolate molds. You'll be the coolest dad at the park...
You can even join a fake moustache club.
February 12, 2010
A question about waxing pubic hair from a reader to A Mitch: "Is all of this trouble really worth it, and do guys really care as much as we think they do? And if so, why is it so unsexy for a woman to look like a mature woman and not a prepubescent girl?"
The answer is a good read (and funny), especially when it comes to men's grooming:
"As for the men you think lack the pressure to tidy their thicket, I say you might be hooking up with the wrong dudes. I'm not really the expert on the norms of male grooming, but if the rogue locks on my bathroom floor denote anything, it is that men are doing some sort of deforestation. I doubt many men practice testicular waxing, but who can blame them, that would be like trying to pull gorilla glue off silly putty. Scrotums would age thirty years in one wax."
So if you're thinking about taking on some manscaping tasks for Valentine's Day, just keep that mental image in place, and you'll be safe...
Image: bdjsb7 at Flickr
February 11, 2010
The Art of Manliness has been rockin' out the 'return to manliness' scene for some time now, and part of their keystone content last year was the '30 Days to a Better Man" series ('cause who doesn't want to be a better man?). On the very last day, men were instructed to go get a straight razor shave, with this listed under "Why Get a Straight Razor Shave":
"It's manly. When you get a straight razor shave, you can almost feel the testosterone increasing in your body. It feels cool to be taking part in a ritual that thousands of men from history experienced. Plus, in a world where women are pretty much doing everything men are, a straight razor shave is one of the few activities that is still completely and exclusively male."
I'm drawn to the straight razor, but for different reasons, I think. What about you? Why do you choose (or not choose) a straight razor?
Image: chrisamichaels at Flickr
February 10, 2010
Check out the rest of the bearded fun over at The Beardly.
And have a read: Wet shaving can cure the common cold!
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February 9, 2010
From the Times:
"In the matter of facial hair, are celebrities copying the street or is the street copying celebrities? As you will be aware, Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, Sting (presumably in an effort to stop being mistaken for Jeffrey Archer) and, most notoriously, David Beckham have been neglecting the razor of late."
What do you think? Roots up revolution or celebrity copycat facial hair?
Image: Zawezome at Flickr
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February 8, 2010
From the Maine Campus:
"Though she doesn't love all hairy faces (she detests a poorly-grown mustache), Hackenmiller readily admits her weakness for men who embrace the inevitable growth of all things beard, and would encourage any man she meets to give their facial hair a shot.
"If it looks gross, persevere," she said. "Perseverance is key. I've learned through interviews that it's really hard to start one off. It's frustrating at first. It's like training. I hear the first two weeks are always bad, and then you get the glorious, luscious beard."
Check out the rest of this beard lover's musings on facial hair at Hairy Maine and Moostache.
February 5, 2010
When I reviewed the shaving cream from Pacific Shaving Company back in January, I mentioned that they had also sent me some Blade Oil to try out, and that I'd report back on the results. And I'm impressed.
For my evaluation, I decided to use a brand of razor blade that isn't the longest lasting (to my experience), instead of my usual Merkur or Feather. I had a pack of Bic blades from a free sampler pack I got somewhere, so I started with a fresh one and began my week of shaving. My usual is one week of shaves per razor, and even though I've had them go longer, I change them out when I feel some pull on my whiskers.
After each shave, I shook the razor dry and applied the Blade Oil to both sides of it and put it in the cabinet as usual. The applicator is like a big highlighter, so it's fast and easy to do, not messy at all.
A week went by, and then another. Tomorrow will be the 14th day on the same blade, and I haven't really noticed much of a dulling, so I'm going to keep going to see how long I can shave with it and still be comfortable. I'm sold.
Here's what Pacific Shaving says:
"The act of shaving is not the leading cause of a dull blade. In fact, the 24 hours in between shaves do more damage to your razor blades than the shave itself. Exposure to air (oxidation) corrodes blades quickly, leading to a jagged edge and ultimately nicks and cuts.
Using safe and natural ingredients, Blade Oil™ has been clinically shown to slow the effects of oxidation and extend blade life by up to 95%. This saves you money and produces less waste."
I'm not sure if it's the formula they are using for the oil (which is pretty complex), or just the application of oil which is really making the difference, but that sounds like a quest for the DIY guy - a homemade version of this, including applicator!
I highly recommend this product, and I'll report back when I decide to change the blade, to let you know how long it lasted.
February 4, 2010
From the Cornell Daily Sun, a call to action:
"There are millions among us whose faces never see more than a five o'clock shadow, whose would-be chin-bushes perish in the sink each morning. Such is the cost of peer pressure and the tacit prohibition against scruff: With facial hair associated with hippies, religious fanaticism and captivity (think Saddam Hussein in his hole, or Leonardo in The Man in the Iron Mask), the naked cheek has taken over. With such widespread repression, we miss the delights of creative grooming, thoughtful stroking and mournful tearing. We lose the varieties of expression permitted by the gamut between the Fu Manchu and the French Fork. We lose an essential aspect of our human condition.
And so I issue a call to the beardless masses: Free your follicles. Emancipate your moustache. Unbridle your beard. You'll be sticking it to the man and looking great at the same time. Show all those people who said that only the clean-shaven can make it, that the spirit of Moses, Zeus and Tom Selleck lives on, and that we will not be intimidated."
Can I get a big "Hoooaaa!" please?
Image: Mac_NZ at Flickr
February 3, 2010
By crikey, January flew by in a hurry, didn't it? After the rush of the holidays, you'd think that at least January would seem to be mellow - but it sure didn't for me! I missed a bunch of posts recently due to a bad accident I had, resulting in a broken ankle and some serious downtime, but if you missed any of the articles we did post, here's the January wrap-up, by category:
Shaving Creams & Gels
The Art of Shaving
February 2, 2010
February 1, 2010
Mr. Dude, of Best4Men, is gonna help save you from getting one of those Valentine's Day gifts that make you cringe.
No need to worry about hiding your distaste and forcing a smile after an awkward gift - just let her know ahead of time what you prefer. You don't even have to write the letter. Mr. Dude has a MadLibs-like letter generator that will take all of the work out of it for you.
Here's an excerpt of what I got:
"My dearest flasher in the park,
Last year, just after you returned from Tibet, we celebrated our Valentine's Day. I'll never forget that day because you wore a trash bag, and came home carrying a box of Ken dolls. You later told me these were for you, and were sent to you by your ex- manicurist, so that was awkward.
But I'll never forget the gift you gave me..."
OK, so they're not love letters, but it is good for some laughs - and there's a 10% off code, along with free shipping, for orders over $30.
Check out Mr. Dude's Valentine letter for yourself at Best4Men.