March 18, 2010

Return of the moustache

moustacheart.jpgDoes it seem like the 'stache is making a comeback to you? Are you seeing more hairy upper lips in your neighborhood? It could be just the beginning.

"A favorite of Burt Reynolds and Tom Selleck, their hairy upper lip has been considered unfashionable long enough that you can now see club kids and other youngish types flying the 'stache again. Reviews are mixed. It may never make it back all the way into the mainstream again, but such things are hard to predict. - GKMen

I have to admit, I've never rocked the 'stache. I have often left a moustache for a minute when shaving, just to check it out in the mirror, but I always end up shaving it off. Am I not old enough (I'm 41), or am I not bold enough?

How many of you are wearing (or have worn) a moustache? Do you think it'll go mainstream?

Image: Art Institute of Portland

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March 11, 2010

Please Don't Shave Your Parts While Driving

bikinishaving.jpgEver heard of genital-shaving-related traffic offenses? Let this be a lesson to you:

"Believe it or not, a woman in Florida has been charged with reckless driving after causing an accident while she was distracted as she shaved her pubic hair."

Read the rest over at Digital Journal.

Image: kamalayan at Flickr

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March 1, 2010

February 25, 2010

Beauty Products for Men: A Fast-Growing Industry

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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

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February 23, 2010

Stubbly Geeks Desired by Women

stubbly.jpgFrom 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

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February 18, 2010

What Does A Razor's Edge Really Look Like?

Razor blades.jpgEver 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

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February 16, 2010

Hairy Hindustan is Over

Moustache (Moochch).jpgThe 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

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February 9, 2010

Roots Up Revolution

Phil's attempt at facial hair.jpgFrom 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 4, 2010

Unbridle Your Beard

beardupdate.jpgFrom 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

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February 3, 2010

Shaving Stuff January 2010 Wrap-up

Man with book sitting in chair.jpgBy 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:

Barbasol

Electric Shaving

General News

Gillette

Humor

Manscaping

Reviews

Shaving Accessories

Shaving Creams & Gels

The Art of Shaving

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