There is nothing more unflattering and uncomfortable than wearing clothes that don’t fit your body perfectly. Often, men assume that dressing for their body type is only for women. But the truth is your body shape and type is the most important thing to consider when choosing your outfit.

Most men fall into one of the 5 body shapes – oval, triangle, inverted triangle, rectangle, and trapezoid. Determining your body type will help you find clothing that works well with you and dress in a way that best suits your physique. Plus, it helps you determine which pieces of clothing you need to stay away from.

Whether you’re rocking the “dad bod” or you’ve got the perfect body shape, learning how to dress for your body type isn’t as tricky as most people think. This blog post is going to teach you how to dress for your body type. Use this as a guide to determine which type of clothes would flatter you.

Oval

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If you have an oval body type, it means the majority of your mass is concentrated at the center of your body. You’re obviously someone who enjoys eating sweets or drinking alcohol. Sometimes, men with oval body have thinner legs, which create a disproportionate shape. Your goal is to create the illusion of height and choose pieces that elongate your form.

Shirts

For broad men, the key to dressing well is to find a shirt that fits you perfectly. Avoid wearing shirts that are too small or too big for you as it may add even more bulk.

Stick with simple clothing. Clothes in dark, solid colors are your best bet. The goal is to get people’s attention off of your body and focused on your face. As such, we suggest that you avoid shirts or polo with bold patterns as they can draw attention to your midsection. Tight fitting tops are also a bad choice. Shirts with vertical stripes or pinstripes are ideal for you since they can lengthen your torso.

Pants

Pants should always be worn at the natural waist. Also, wear pants that are comfortably loose. While it is okay to wear a belt, make sure that it is not too tight. This may cause the pants to wrinkle or pinch. It may also cause the bottom of your tummy to be squeezed upward and sag down in front of the belt.

Triangle

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Men with triangular body type have wider hips and waist than their chest and shoulders. The emphasis is towards the belly area. To dress better, the idea is to draw the attention towards your shoulders and away from your waist.

Shirts and tops

Button-down and single-breasted styles will help streamline your torso and emphasize your shoulders. Also, opt for structured tailored jackets and blazers. They will make your midsection look slimmer. Avoid narrow crew-necks and polo necks because they decrease shoulder width.

While shirts with horizontal stripes can do a great job of making you look thinner, it doesn’t work well on men with a triangle body type. This is because it can draw attention to the stomach area. Any kind of outerwear with details will also put focus on your stomach. As such, we suggest that you steer clear of it. Rather, wear clothing in dark colors and simple patterns.

Pants

Choose pants with a slight flare. This will bring balance to the bottom half of your body. Avoid wearing skinny jeans as it will emphasize your waist and midsection.

Inverted Triangle

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Men with an inverted triangle body shape usually have broad shoulders, muscular arms and a narrow, defined waist. Most athletes fall under this category.  You’re obviously someone who likes training your chest, back, and shoulders. Most people tend to confuse inverted triangle with that of trapezoid body type, but this has more extreme proportions.

With this type of body, you may find it easier to dress up as compared to others. But in order to look your best, you need to focus on balancing proportions.

Shirts and tops

Most men with slimmer figure don’t have trouble finding a shirt that fits them perfectly. However, broader men tend to have more problems finding one that could accommodate their brawnier arms, chest and upper body. Our advice? Get shirts that are labelled as “slim fit” and opt for one that is one size larger than the one you would normally buy.

V-neck shirts are also a great choice for men with broad chest and shoulders. It creates a natural visual line that draws eyes to your trim waistline and narrows your chest.

Pants

Since you have a nice body, you probably like wearing tight clothing. However, wearing skinny jeans will only make your upper body appear even wider. The goal is to balance out your proportions, so we suggest that you try straight or more relaxed trousers.

Rectangle

 

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Men with a thin and tall frame fall under rectangle body shapes. Typically, their shoulders have the same width as their hips and waist.  Since their upper body is thin and long, the goal is to expand the dimension of their otherwise slim frame.

Shirts and tops

Wear tops with pops of brighter color or horizontal stripes to widen the shoulders a bit and create an illusion of structure. You may also want to opt for a layered look to add instant bulk to your body frame. Try wearing a vest or a cardigan over a crisp white t-shirt to add width to your slim frame.

Pants

With a square body type, the idea is to choose pieces of clothing that will prevent you from looking too thin. In this case, we recommend that you choose straight-legged or relaxed fit pants.

Trapezoid

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If you have a muscular body with broad shoulders, slim waist and lean legs, then you have a trapezoid body type. You won’t have a hard time finding clothing that would flatter your body. After all, you already have a nice body.

Shirts and tops

Since there is a natural visual balance between your upper body and your waist, you have the freedom to wear prints. You can wear horizontal or vertical strips without messing up your visual proportions too much. What’s great about having this body type is that you can wear something slightly skinny or slightly oversized.

Pants

Since your legs are not super slim, you have the option to wear slimmer fit pants or straight legs. Just be sure to avoid the extremes like tight-fitting or baggy pants.

Bold prints are everywhere this season. Shirts, shorts, shoes and even coats are getting the bold print treatment. From the more classic stripes and checks to the louder prints like Aztec, animal print and florals, they are all leaving a mark on your favorite men’s fashion pieces.

Fashion is all about personal expression. Today, more and more men are looking to explore the world of bold prints and trying to keep up with the trend. In fact, many of them are considering the look. But given that these prints can look big, bold and scary, they end up intimidated.

If you think bold prints aren’t for you, think again. It’s time for you to open your world a little wider to fashion and style and do away with the black and grays that have been dominating your wardrobe during the winter months.

Use these tips to help you pull off bold prints this spring.

Don’t be afraid of prints

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Prints work for both relaxed and amped up situations. It can work even on the most casual of days. You have the option to wear a graphic tee, printed chinos, dress shirt, or even Bermuda shorts. But when wearing prints, whether it be Aztec, polka dots or floral prints, you want to tone it down with a basic pair of jeans and shoes. Use neutral colors to balance out a loud combination.

Dark trousers will also look great when paired with a bright patterned shirt. If you find floral prints a big feminine, you can toughen it up by pairing a floral shirt with more masculine accessories like a blazer or jeans. You may also wear a neutral-patterned jacket to combat those April showers.

Don’t be afraid to play around with patterns and colors. Try out a few patterns to see which one will suit the location and occasion. Have fun working on your individual style.

Smart casual

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Most people are under the impression that print shirts are meant for casual attires. Oftentimes, people see it as a holiday shirt or those worn by middle-aged men. Sure, they may look a lot more casual as compared to their dress shirt counterparts, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be worn stylishly.

Floral prints, for instance, can look sophisticated, provided that you only have one item of clothing featuring this pattern. It could be a floral shirt or a jacket. Match it up with solid colored pieces like a basic pair of trousers. You want it to look pulled together and not too busy.

If you decide to wear a patterned blazer, be sure to wear a white shirt underneath to tone it down a bit. If you try to pull off mixed prints, there’s a good chance that the colors will clash and you may end up looking like a walking street light or a clown.

Suit up

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Imagine a jacket and trousers that bear the same print. That’s a sure head turner. We know it’s a bold start, but if you really want to look cutting edge, you might as well head into it full on. Keep in mind, though, that everything should be done in moderation.

If you find that you absolutely love printed suits, we recommend that you pair it with a solid colored shirt of a completely different color. This will help balance out the busyness and loudness of the suit. Neutral colors are your best option. Do this and you’ll become the most well dressed man you want to be.

Accessorize

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Bold print makes for a great statement piece. If you are looking to add a little flare to your outfit but find it a bit intimidating, accessories would be a great place to start. Ties, watches, belts, caps, socks, shoes or other accessories that feature paisley or floral prints may be what you need to make an impact. This is especially recommended if you’re just starting to dip your toes into the patterned end of the pool.

If you’re a smart dresser, you may want to start by pairing a white shirt with a patterned tie. White shirt is like a blank canvas, so you can use whatever tie you like and it will undoubtedly look good.

Introduce pattern into your wardrobe slowly, especially if you are new to wearing print. Just start small to see how it feels for you. When you feel confident enough to move towards a bolder wardrobe, then go ahead and invest in printed shirts, pants, shorts and other pieces of clothing.

Final thoughts

Bold prints make for some much needed color and vibrancy into minimal or neutral outfits. When done right, you’ll be able to stand out in the crowd. But wearing prints will only work for you if you feel confident with what you’re wearing.

Awkwardness is extremely difficult to hide. Any kind of second guessing will make you look comfortable. When wearing bold prints, the key is to wear it with a great deal of confidence. Remember, it’s how you carry your clothes that make the biggest impact.

Technological advances are continually helping us accomplish our goals. It’s hard to find an industry where this is truer than in the fitness world. It’s never been easier to monitor your heart rate or calories lost. You can track progress over weeks and months or discover new workouts. These individual technologies may change how we control or set up our workout routines. But they aren’t everything. The access technology as a whole, i.e., the internet & social media, is completely re-shaping how and why we work out in two major ways. Let’s take a look!

 

Community

Finding motivation and a sense of belonging are huge benefits of working out in groups or with a class. Technology is making these communities and classes easier to find and join. We all know the CrossFit craze that is continuing to dominate the group exercise scene. But it’s important to understand that this isn’t the only option. For most actually, it’s the wrong option, especially for people who want to get started. The decision of what classes to join or communities to engage with should be based on your personal needs, not the latest fad.

Many people find themselves stuck between going to their local gym and working out on their own or joining a massive movement that isn’t right for them. Before the internet and social media, they didn’t know any other options. Technology is thankfully bridging this gap. Many local gyms are beginning to offer virtual training sessions with a trainer or virtual classes. If you are intimidated by the gym but still want to experience a sense of community, Virtual Gyms like Les Mills or virtual personal trainers like Aaptiv are a great solution. Technology is allowing us to find other people at our skill level and form communities based on our health needs rather than what’s popular at the time.

We also can’t discount the impact of social media on the fitness industry. The ability to share photos, videos or text updates is becoming more and more popular. Online challenges on Facebook or Instagram help keep participants accountable and motivated. The community you belong to doesn’t necessarily have to be the those you are physically working out with. Instead, it can be those to whom you are “reporting back.” If we feel like others are counting on us, or at least expecting us, to perform at a certain level, we are much more likely to gut through a workout and achieve our fitness goals.

 

Personalized Diets

The other area technology is shaping the way we work out in the abundance of dietary information that is available now. The internet and social media have given everyone access to more health information than ever thought possible.

Because of this, we no longer think in absolutes when it comes to our diets. The flood of information about what works and what doesn’t have finally led most people to the conclusion that your diet needs to be specific to you and you alone. There are of course dietary rules like more calories consumed than burned will cause weight gain, but there is a much more nuanced understanding of what a proper diet should be. A proper diet is one that allows an individual to accomplish their fitness goals. It’s that simple.

What works for some people concerning their goals, body type or schedule might not work for the next person. The Ketogenic diet is an excellent example of something that can work for a lot of people, but, if your schedule or dietary needs don’t allow for 16-18 hours of fasting, that’s okay! You’ll be able to find information on other options and individuals for whom it’s worked. If there is anything we’ve learned from all the studies, experiments and genetic testing that’s been done, it’s that your fitness goals need to be tailored to your body correctly.

 

“Fitness” has never been more accessible and community-driven than it is today. It’s also never been as customizable. As technology continues to advance, we’ll find more and more ways to find people who share our specific needs and hopefully achieve our fitness goals together!

Like doing basic home repairs and changing a flat tire, mixing together a perfect batch of classic cocktails is something every guy should know how to do.

Your arsenal of cocktails shouldn’t be limited to a Martini and a Manhattan. Here are 10 easy classic cocktails every man should know how to make at home. Master these classics and you’ll be able to make delicious cocktails for your family and friends.


Mojito

Classic Cocktails: Mojito

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Mojito is a refreshing drink. The combination of citrus, sweetness, and mint flavor has made it the ultimate summer cooler.

It’s a fantastic drink that’s easy to make and requires just a handful of ingredients. If you have a club soda, some mint, and a bottle of rum, then you can easily whip up some mojito at home. Add some fresh herbs to spice up your drink.

Knowing how to make a mojito is a great party trick to have up your sleeves. Get the recipe for Mojito.


Daiquiri

Classic Cocktails: Daiquiri

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Daiquiri and an island vacation go hand-in-hand. If you’re wondering why, it’s probably because of its origin, its sweet, fruity flavor or maybe both. It is a delicate blend of rum’s sweetness with the raw freshness of lime juice and sugar.

Daiquiri is a classic drink that everyone should know, and it’s easy to make.If you feel like you’re in dire need of a vacation, simply mix up some daiquiri for yourself and sip your way to tropical paradise.

Get the recipe for Daiquiri.


Gimlet

Classic Cocktails: Gimlet

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Originally, gimlet was used as to prevent scurvy. Come to think of it, the recipe calls for fresh lime juice, which is a great source of vitamin C. But it didn’t’ take long for people to realize how tasty and refreshing it is.

Gimlet is a refreshing classic that is incredibly simple to mix. In fact, you only need two ingredients to make this boozy cocktail.

Get the recipe for Gimlet.


Manhattan

Classic Cocktails: Manhattan

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Manhattan is one of the classic cocktails that is hard to pass up on. A good quality whiskey, aromatic bitters, and sweet vermouth are all you need to make this smooth, classy cocktail

Manhattan is the perfect choice if you need a good stiff drink. Get the recipe for Manhattan.


Margarita

Classic Cocktails: Margarita

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Margarita is one of the oldest classic cocktails, dating back to the 1930s. Despite how long it’s been around, the classic Margarita has proven to withstand the ever-changing drink trends. In fact, it is just as popular today.

Margarita is easy to make. Once you get the basic recipe down, it will be easy for you to personalize it. Or better yet, move on to making frozen margaritas.

Get the recipe for Margarita.


Sidecar

Sidecar

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Sidecar is one of the best classic cocktails out there. It still remains as popular today as it was a century ago.

Sidecar is traditionally made with cognac and orange liquor, and lemon juice. It’s on the sweet side,  which is why it is often regarded as a lady’s drink. It has a subtle touch of sweetness from the orange liquor, sour but balanced high notes from the fresh lemon juice, and richness and complexity from the cognac.

Get the recipe for Sidecar.

Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

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The Bloody Mary is a vodka-soaked cocktail that is considered as an icon in the cocktail world. It is a favorite brunch drink, and is a popular hangover cure. It contains vodka, tomato juice, and a combination of flavorings and spices.

The Bloody Mary has tons of variations. But before you get to customizing your own, it is best to start with the classic recipe. Get the recipe for Bloody Mary.


Classic Martini

Classic Martini

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Martini is the most iconic and most popular cocktail around. This classic cocktail never goes out of style, which is why you should include it on the list of drinks you should know how to make.

Traditionally, it is made with gin and vermouth, and garnished with lemon zest or olive. But due to personal preferences, there are lots of different variations on how to make this drink. Some would use gin, while others use vodka.

Get the recipe for Classic Martini.


Gin & Tonic

Gin & Tonic

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The Gin & Tonic is a favorite for many drinkers. It’s the perfect go-to warm weather drink.

What’s great about making your own drink at home is that you have the option to customize it according to your liking. You can make your cocktail as cheap or as extravagant as you want. Just look inside your fridge to see what you have to work with. You have the option to add a random fruit juice or a shot of flavored syrup to mix up your Gin &Tonic.

Get the recipe for Gin & Tonic.

Negroni

Classic Cocktails: Negroni

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Negroni is an Italian liquor that brings that fiery color and throws down the gauntlet. If you want your cocktail strong and bitter, this one is for you. It has a powerful, bittersweet flavor that most people don’t enjoy the first time they taste it. Some drinkers never even come around on this bright red flag of a drink.

Get the recipe for Negroni.

Sunglasses are an essential accessory all year round. But now that the warmer weather has arrived, you have all the reasons to get a new pair of shades in your armory. Amp up your style with a pair of aviator sunglasses for men.

Aviator sunglasses has been around since the dawn of time, and for good reasons. It is undoubtedly one of the most popular and iconic sunglasses silhouette of all time. They complement most face shapes and look good on just about everyone. Plus, they never go out of style.

While the fashion world has gone crazy with the release of new styles of sunglasses, aviator sunglasses remain to be a standout among the other styles. Because of its classic look, it has become fashion staple, even in the ever-changing world of fashion.

If you’re still searching for the perfect pair of sunglasses, then we urge you to read on. Here are 8 of the most stylish aviator sunglasses for men.

Fendi 60mm Polarized Aviator Sunglasses for Men

Fendi 60mm Polarized Aviator Sunglasses for Men

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Price: $360

If you’re in the marketing for high quality aviators, these sunglasses may be just what you’re looking for.

The sunglasses look and feel like designer brand sunglasses. Plus, they go well with many different face shapes. The frames are made from lightweight materials, so they don’t feel heavy on the face. The lenses are large at 60 cm. This ensures complete coverage across the eyes and the surrounding skin. Not only do they shade your eyes from the sun, but they also prevent sunburned eyes and skin. The lenses are polarized and lightly tinted. That means, you will no longer have to worry about being blinded by the sun. You can take in your surroundings clearly without having to shield your eyes. This makes them the ideal driving glasses.

Dolce & Gabbana Men’s Aviator Sunglasses

Dolce & Gabbana Men’s Aviator Sunglasses for men

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Price: $240

Dolce & Gabbana is well-known for making high quality luxurious accessories. These awesomely designed aviator sunglasses for men are a little on the larger side, so it may not suit all face shapes. But if it does complement your face shape, then good for you. The larger lenses are actually beneficial since they do not only protect your eyes, but also the area around it.

Aside from looking great, these sunglasses offer UV400 protection and comes with a gradient lens to provide decent visibility. That means, you’ll be safe in even the brightest of locations.

Their thick metal frames are comfortable and durable enough to hold up years of wear. Given its brand name, these shades are extremely affordable. Plus, you get a fancy case to keep them when not in use.

Tom Ford Erin Aviator Sunglasses

Tom Ford Erin Aviator Sunglasses for men

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Price: $248

Sometimes, luxury comes in the form of sunglasses. Tom Ford is a worldwide leader in affordable luxury wear.

These Italian-made sunglasses are as classy as you can get. Complete with gold-tone frames, mirrored lens, tan leather broadband, and a hard velvet case in which to store them, these aviator sunglasses for men are well worth the money.

These Tom Ford sunglasses aren’t cheap, but it’s worth it to know that you have a quality made product in your hands. The lenses are made from impact-resistant prescription metal. They are also scratch-resistant. In addition, they also provide 100% UV protection.

Oliver Peoples Kannon Aviator Sunglasses

Oliver Peoples Kannon Aviator Sunglasses

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Price: $425

Made in Italy, these timeless, double-bridge aviators are a nod to the vintage Americana style with a modern flair.

The shades feature a soft rose gold color frame and mirrored rose quartz lens. Custom Oliver Peoples silicone temple tips for added function and comfort. Adjustable silicone nosepads offer additional comfort and a secure fit.

These sunglasses are beautifully designed and solidly made. The only sticking point for a lot of people is the price. These sunglasses are ideal for people who aren’t concerned with a budget.

Ray-Ban Original Aviator Sunglasses

Ray-Ban Original Aviator Sunglasses for men

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Price: $178

Nothing beats a classic. In my opinion, this list wouldn’t be complete without Ray-Ban aviator sunglasses.

Hailed as one of the most iconic and well-loved sunglasses in the world, the Ray-Ban Original Aviator Sunglasses always look trendy and masculine. These shades features a durable, gold-tone metal frame that highlights and accents your eye area. Adjustable nosepads ensure custom comfort.

The lenses themselves measures 58 mm across, allowing complete coverage of the eye against UV rays. Despite being non-polarized, the lenses provide optimum visual clarity and 100% UV protection. It also comes with a six-layer anti-glare finish that is exclusive to Ray-Ban sunglasses.  

You are a man of style. These incredibly stylish aviator sunglasses for men will instantly upgrade your summer look. They look good with any outfit and will also make you stand out as a leader of fashion.

Police Rival 2 S8953 Sunglasses

Police Rival 2 S8953 Sunglasses

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Price: $116

With the Police Rival 2 Sunglasses, the classic aviator silhouette is restyled into a more sleek and accented curved shaped design, making it look fresh and futuristic. The curve shape makes for an easy wear and comfortable fit.

As with all Police lifestyle sunglasses, the Rival 2 will look amazing with any outfit. The matte Paladium gray frame is perfectly contrasted by the blue mirror lenses. They are also advertised as having 100% UV protection, keeping your eyes healthy while out in the sun.

The Police signature brand logo can be seen at the temples, which ensures you’re getting a legitimate product.

Topman Silver Mirrored Aviators

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Price: $16

Topman Silver Mirrored Aviators

If you are planning to buy your first pair of sunglasses and you aren’t keen on spending $200+ on a pair of shades, Topman Silver Mirrored Aviators make a stunning first impression.

Topman’s low prices and trend-led approach make them an excellent choice for men who are in search of cheaper yet quality alternatives. They are stylish, affordable, and easy to wear with any outfit.

With these aviator sunglasses for men, you can stride into summer with style without breaking the bank.

Tips for buying aviator sunglasses for men

Nothing says classic, masculine style than aviator sunglasses for men. Over the years, it went from military essential to film star favorite. If you’re looking for a bold, fashion-forward style, the iconic aviators could be the right choice for you.

Aviators come in a wide range of styles, colors, frames, lens colors, shape etc. When buying any type of sunglasses, it is important to understand what kind of face you have. Is it oval, heart-shaped, round or square? Do you have a larger forehead or a larger jaw? All these factors should be taken into consideration when picking out aviators. Also, you want to make sure they fit on your face just right. Make sure that you try them on before buying to see how they look on you.

The first time people put on glasses to correct their vision, they usually end up saying something memorable and accidentally hilarious. For me, it was this: "I can see blades of grass!" My excitement was palpable, but it was met with a bemused sort of awe.

I get it. It's just grass. Only, for me, it was a clarity that had been absent in my life until that moment. Before glasses, grass was an indistinct stretch of green, just like everything else. After glasses, I could see individual blades of grass from a distance.

fields of blades

Those first few days were like an exploration of an alien world. Colors, textures, patterns. All of it so sharp to my eyes that it was almost disorienting.

How had I been missing this for my whole life?

It turns out, millions of Americans are going through the same thing - now more than ever.

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The statistics of vision impairment are a little staggering. 14 million Americans are visually impaired; 61% report wearing glasses or contacts to correct vision, and one study suggests that 25 million Americans will be visually impaired by 2050. Any way you look at it, that's a lot of people wearing glasses.

Humans have five senses and some might argue that vision is the most important one. We rely on sight for so many things that it's alarming visual impairment is becoming an epidemic in our nation.

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More young people are wearing glasses than ever before. The causes vary on who you ask. Some say it's our constant visual stimulation through gaming, television, and social media. Others blame the blue light coming from our phone and computer screens. Others still blame our visual impairment on sitting too close to the TV when we were kids.

Regardless of why we're struggling with our vision, the fact remains that glasses are often a vital necessity for many Americans. And that means that choosing the right glasses for yourself is an essential task. After all, you'll be stuck with your frames for at least two years at a time, if not longer.

Take a look at our guide for glasses for men to make sure you're choosing the glasses that are right for you.

Eyeglass Basics: The Whats, Whys, and Hows

There is an unsung hero in human history and that is the inventor of glasses.

benjamin franklin

No, not Benjamin Franklin. He invented the bifocals, which are glasses with two lenses for seeing near and far. Glasses, to the best of our knowledge, had already been around for 400 years before Benjamin decided to create an update. And the truth of the matter is that nobody really knows who the genius to come up with glasses was in the first place.

We salute him anyway.

What Are Glasses?

If you didn't already know, eyeglasses - commonly glasses, and pretentiously spectacles - are two glasses mounted on frames which rest on the face.

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The purpose of glasses is to correct or improve many common visual impairments, which we will get into a bit later.

How Do Glasses For Men Work?

Magic.

No, but glasses are kind of magic in their own way. See, the lenses of glasses are the important bit because they alter the direction of light rays to focus light properly on the retina, the part of your eye that translates light into images.

Glasses work by correcting the bend of light you are seeing, which is why some lenses are more curved or even thicker than others depending on your specific needs.

How to Know if You Need Glasses For Men?

Are you looking for a sign? No, really - can you not see that sign? There are loads of ways to know if you need glasses. Here are a few...

Blurry

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If things too close or too far away become indistinct blobs of color, then congratulations, you have blurry vision. If your blurry vision is consistent, then you might want to schedule an eye exam. No amount of resting your eyes is going to fix the blur, trust me.

Bad Nights

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Is it getting harder to see in low lights? Does your vision suddenly take a nosedive after sundown? Yeah, that's not a good thing - it means that your night vision is fading, which could mean that you shouldn't be behind a wheel until you see an optometrist.

Dark to Light

This is different from night vision. If you're having trouble adjusting from dark-to-light or light-to-dark environments, then it's a sign of weakened eyes. The average person only needs 3-10 seconds to adjust from brightness to near darkness. If it's taking you longer than 30 seconds, then you need an eye appointment.

Computer

Is it getting more difficult to keep the computer screen in focus? I mean, maybe your work isn't engaging, or maybe you're experiencing farsightedness. Only an eye doctor can definitively say.

Eye Strain

Do your eyes get tired after a long day of squinting? Do you get headaches behind your eyes regularly? Those are signs of eye strain, or eye fatigue, which happens when your eyes are working too hard. Eye strain is a common complaint of people who see eye doctors.

Double Vision

This one is a pretty serious indicator. Double vision doesn't only mean
that you're seeing two images merging together when you should only be seeing one - it's also an early sign of cataracts. If you're having double vision, then you need to get an eye exam as soon as possible.

Wavy Vision

Are straight lines distorted and wavy to you, like when you put a pencil in water? Are colors faded more often than not? That's called wavy vision and it's not good, as it's an early indication of total vision loss. Get in to see an optometrist yesterday.

Seeing Halos

halo

No, I don't mean you'll be seeing halos on angels. I mean you'll be seeing sun halos in low lighting when you shouldn't be. This applies to streetlights and the lone lamp in your living room. If lights have halos, then you might be at risk of cataracts. An eye exam will be able to tell you more about the halos you see.

Eye Pressure

Don't panic, but pressure behind the eye is a sign of glaucoma which is perfectly treatable. By an ophthalmologist. Haven't you scheduled an appointment yet?

What Are Common Eyesight Problems?

Almost all eyesight problems have to do with light being detected wrong by some part of the eye. Eyesight problems are very common, however, and manageable by wearing glasses or simple in-office procedures.

Cataracts

cataract

Think of cataracts as clouds on a partially sunny day, only the clouds are in your eye. Light rays from objects in view must pass through your cornea to reach your retina. When a cataract clouds the cornea, your vision fogs and lights get a halo.

Glaucoma

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For whatever reason, the right amount of fluid must fill the space within your eye. Pressure from too much fluid damages the optic nerve, stealing your peripheral vision and then your central vision. You aren't doomed by glaucoma, however, as it is treatable with the right interventions.

Nearsightedness

A refractive error where light rays fall short of your retina. You can only see things close to you, hence you are nearsighted.

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near sightedness

Farsightedness

Another refractive error where light rays overreach your retina. You can only see things far away from you, like further than 5 feet away, so you are far-sighted.

Astigmatism

Lucky you, light rays fall unevenly on your retina's surface. That means you are both farsighted and nearsighted, sometimes even differently sighted in both eyes.

Hey, Man... You Might Need an Eye Exam!

In America, most public schools have mandatory eye exams each year, either performed by a nurse or required by a doctor prior to admission. But if you are over 18, that responsibility is solely yours to enforce.

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People over 18 should have eye exams every two years. Your primary physician is able to perform a basic eye exam at your request, but if you are having any vision problems, then it's best to see an optometrist.

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For people over 50 with no vision problems, you can stick to the two-year rule.

For people over 50 with some vision problems, you should be seeing an eye doctor every year, especially if you have a history of cataracts or other visual problems.

What to Expect When You Check Up on Those Eyes

If it's your first time going to an optometrist or an ophthalmologist, don't be intimidated by the contraption they ask you to place your chin on. That's just the fancy machine they use to test your vision. It doesn't hurt a bit.

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Comprehensive eye exams typically take about an hour. You'll be asked to perform a series of visual exams for both the tech and the doctor, which will include the ever-common eye chart.

The eye doctor themselves will probably use a machine to shine a light in your eye so they can use a high-powered lens microscope to see the tiny structures in your eye. They don't care if you blink, or anything. They just want to get a good look at your eye.

optometrist

If you indicate that you are having trouble with colors, you might be asked to take a color blindness test.

One common exam is ocular mobility, where basically all you have to do is follow the doctor's moving finger while they look at your eye. They will have you look side to side, and up and down to get a feel for any troublesome eye movements that might contribute to eye strain.

Depth perception tests are also common, especially if you indicate that you have balance problems or frequently run into objects. You'll don what amounts to a pair of fancy 3D glasses and flip through a booklet of patterns, where you will then be asked to pick out the closest figure on each page. Pretty simple.

If glasses are in your future, then you will be led through a retinoscopy  or a refraction test, which is much easier than it sounds. You will place your chin on one of the machines and be asked to look through the lens at a large target - usually letters - while the doctor flips through lenses in front of your eye. Each time the lenses are flipped, the doctor will ask you if you can see better or worse. This is how optometrists find your glasses prescription.

eye exam in process

If you complain about eye pressure or eye strain, you will likely be asked to perform the glaucoma test. This is also known as the "puff of air" test and yes, that is exactly what happens with this exam. A puff of air is delivered to your eye, which then measures your eye's resistance to that air and determines your eye pressure. High pressure equals glaucoma.

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Unlike optometrists, an ophthalmologist will have exams that involve various kinds of eye drops. Some eye drops will numb the eye and eyelid, while others are meant to dilate your pupils so the doctor can have a better look at your eye structures. The eye drops are a necessary evil if your eyesight problems are especially concerning and they typically wear off after a few hours.

Spotlight: Celebrities Who Are Out of Sight

By now, you know that glasses are very common. In fact, glasses are so common that popular culture has come to associate glasses with iconic characters and even personality traits. Hollywood takes a lot of credit for that.

Fictional Characters with Glasses

Let me refresh your memory - there are hundreds of fictional characters from popular media who wear glasses and who have helped normalize the wearing of glasses as something that people just do. Here are five fictional characters who have worn glasses the best.

Harry Potter

Harry's glasses are as much a part of his identity as the lightning-bolt scar on his head.

Dwight Schrute

Unlike in the original British version of The Office, the American version of Dwight became an icon when Rainn Wilson donned those wire-rimmed glasses.

Austin Powers

Laugh if you want, but Michael Meyer's turn as a cryogenically frozen-then-thawed super spy from the 60s was undeniably groovy.

Clark Kent

Superman's alter ego relied on glasses to make sure his identity stayed hidden while he worked as a reporter at The Daily Planet.

Milhouse Van Houten

Even cartoons aren't immune to vision challenges. The Simpsons have a few bespeckle'd characters in the line up, but Milhouse has a soft spot in our hearts.

Famous Men Who Wear Glasses

You didn't think fictional characters would be the only examples to live by, did you? Famous men have been making glasses chic for almost half a century, turning poor vision into symbols of being cool, suave, and intelligent.

Bill Gates

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Microsoft founder and philanthropic billionaire, Bill Gates has been wearing glasses for decades

Steve Jobs

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Jobs knew the power of capitalism. He also knew the power of an iconic look with his streamlined glasses and black turtleneck.

Elton John

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A knighted titan of the music industry, singer-songwriter-legendary performer Elton John has made his glasses into a fashion statement.

Zachary Quinto

Zachary Quinto

When he isn't playing Spock, you can find Quinto making hipster frames into an instant icon on the streets of New York.

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp

Depp has masterfully played dozens of roles, some of them involving glasses. But the chameleon actor also wears glasses in his day-to-day life.

Fashion over Function?

There are some dowdy arguments that glasses aren't supposed to be stylish. They are supposed to be as unobtrusive as possible, as they are only meant to serve the purpose of making sure you can see.

But that's a tired train of thought. These days, you don't have to choose function over fashion when you're shopping for glasses. Frames and lenses can easily be altered to make sure that your glasses look the best they can on your face.

But regardless of whether for function or fashion or both, the basic anatomy of glasses is always the same. Here are the basic components:

anatomy of eyeglasses

Frame by Frame

There are countless frames to choose from. Some people will try to tell you which frames are stylish, but you must remember that style is subjective. The frames you like should fit your lifestyle and your personality.

Hipster Glasses

You know them because you see them all the time. A new classic, hipster glasses are a cultural phenomenon.

hipster man wearing glasses

Hipster glasses for men are unapologetically bold. The frame shapes may change slightly, but all hipster glasses are oversized with thick black frames.

Nerd-Style Glasses

Contrary to their moniker, nerd-style glasses aren't actually nerdy.

man wearing nerdy glasses

Nerd-style glasses for men are a throwback to a popular 80's style, slightly rounded and just a bit oversized. Nerd-style glasses usually have a double bridge and are made in brown patterns.

Vintage Glasses

Think horn-rimmed styles and other glasses of the past.

man with vintage eyeglasses

Vintage glasses for men are callbacks to the Buddy Holly's of the 1950's and 1960's. The shape and pattern are important in vintage glasses, as you'll be looking for oversized, thick-framed, wayfarer and aviator shapes in tortoise shell patterns.

Classic Glasses

You know these glasses as a very serious minimalistic style.

Man wearing classic glasses for men

Classic glasses for men are typically rectangular and in base colors like black, grey, and brown. They are not oversized. They speak to a certain timelessness and maturity of the wearer.

John Lennon Glasses

Lennon circa 1972.

Man wearing round glasses for men like Lennon

John Lennon Glasses for men have a few variations, but the important part is the roundness of the style and the sleekness of the frame. Even oversized, these glasses are not clunky.

Flat Top Glasses

As you might imagine, flat top classes have a flat top.

man with flat top glasses for men

Similar to classic frames, flat top glasses for men take the rectangular edge to the extreme with thick, but narrow-shaped bold frames.

Browline Glasses

These are glasses that will never go out of style.

Man wearing browline glasses for men no bottom rims

Browline glasses for men have a thick browline over the top rim and bridge. Sometimes with a double bridge, browline glasses have a very thin or unnoticeable bottom rim to the frame.

Colorful Glasses

The shape doesn't matter for these frames - it's all about color and pattern.

colored glasses for men

Colorful glasses for men are youthful and playful. They don't take themselves too seriously. The colors can be neon or jewel toned. The patterns are speckled, striped, or even high contrasts of the tortoise pattern.

Rimless Glasses

These are very modern and utilitarian.

rimless eyeglasses for men

Rimless glasses for men are about subtly and cleverness. The wearer thinks about the most uses they can get out of everyday readers. With no rims to speak of, the lenses are shaped and held together by tiny screws and metal arms.

The Right Glasses for Your Face

Picking a style of frames largely depends on your face shape. But it isn't at all complicated to know what glasses are right for your face and it isn't as restrictive as you might first assume.

Oval Shape

Oval shaped faces have wider cheekbones and a narrower forehead and jaw.

oval shape face eyeglasses

All glasses look good on men with oval face shapes. You can be as versatile as you want.

Inverted Triangle Shape

Also called "heart-shaped", this is a face with a wider forehead and narrow jaw.

upsidedown triangle wearing glasses

You'll want to be looking at glasses that are slightly rounded and not too oversized. Hipster glasses and nerd-style glasses are good options.

Triangle Shape

This is a face with a more narrow forehead and a wider jaw.

triangle shape face with eyeglasses

Glasses for men that are best on this face shape are oversized. Vintage glasses are going to be your best friends.

Round Shape

Even width all around with gentle slopes and fuller cheeks.

oval shape face with glasses for men

You don't want to overwhelm the balance of your face by picking oversized glasses, so you'll be looking at classic, flat top, and browline frames.

Square Shape

Even width all around with angles at the cheeks and jaw.

square shape face with glasses for men

Soften your angular face with slightly oversized frames. John Lennon glasses and rimless glasses might be your best bet.

Things to Consider

You've picked a style that's right for you. You have your prescription. And now that it's time to actually get your glasses, you're about to be offered a lot of choices of specialty lenses.

What are specialty lenses? Simply put, these are lenses that have special uses. You have a few options that might be better depending on your lifestyle and your budget.

Colored box with Speciality Lenses Available To You and the following list

  • Scratch-Resistant
  • Progressive
  • Blue Light Blocking
  • Transition
  • Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Any of these specialty lenses can help give you a better experience as a glasses wearer.

    Glasses For Men Care

    Having glasses, you'll need a few tools in your arsenal that are non-negotiable. They include glasses cases, glasses cleaner, and glasses cleaning cloths. Usually when you first get a pair of new glasses, you will also receive complimentary cases and cloths. But if you like to customize, check out our recommended list.

    Glasses Cases

    Any case is better than no case at all. You need a glasses case for storing your glasses and for travel. You can choose from any material for glasses cases, but leather, aluminum, and shelled cases are the most common. Beware that oversized glasses require oversized cases.

    eyeglasses case

    Glasses Cleaner

    It's very important that you clean your glasses regularly. Not just so you can see through the lens better, but also because it is essential to disinfect anything that regularly gets that close to your eye. There are nifty tools that clean both sides at once and sprays that are gentle enough not to harm any coating on your lenses.

    Glasses Cleaning Cloths

    Microfiber cloths for cleaning your glasses are mandatory. Try cleaning with anything else, and you risk scratching the glass. You have the option of pairing a cloth with a spray or not. But you also have the option of buying pre-moistened microfiber cloths for when you're on the go.

    microfiber cloth

    Repairing Glasses

    Sometimes, your glasses need a little love. Things happen. Depending on what the damages is, getting your glasses repaired isn't a huge deal.

    Small repairs can be done with glasses repair kits. These kits are useful for tightening the screws on your hinges, replacing the screws all together, or even giving yourself a new nose pad if you need it.

    eyeglass repair kit

    Bigger repairs - like a broken bridge or a cracked lens - is something you'll have to take to either a glasses repair store or the place where you bought your glasses. More more time-consuming fixes, some stores even offer loaner replacement glasses - basic wires - to get you through the repair period.

    When to Get a New Pair

    Just like you should see your eye doctor every two years, it's very common to need a new prescription every two years as you vision might have changed in that time or a new exam might find a better tweak. But if you're in love with your frames, you can always ask to keep the frames and change the lenses - it might even save you some money.

    Real Talk: Are Glasses for Men Attractive?

    Not going to lie - some people don't find glasses attractive. And that's okay. There are 7 billion other people in the world and one of them will find the glasses you wear as attractive as your sense of humor or your smile.

    man wearing black framed eyeglasses

    But glasses being unattractive these days shouldn't be an issue. There is such a variety of frames, styles, and colors that the glasses adorning your face might as well be an accessory to accentuate your appeal. The right glasses on you can crank your allure right up!

    Just remember that you don't have to favor function over fashion, but you do have to favor eye health over vanity.

    Now go make that appointment you've been putting off for 6 months!

    Jeans are a mainstay in every man’s wardrobe. They are one of the most versatile pieces of clothing known to man. Men’s jeans are an ideal choice for those who don’t want to spend much time thinking about their outfit. They can wear one every day of the week without looking like he’s worn the same outfit twice.

    Shopping for a pair of jeans used to be easy. They either fit or they didn’t. They are either black or blue. Today, however, there are so many different types of men’s jeans that some of you may be wondering which one to get. Rather than just focusing on the style, color or cut, you should also take the fit into consideration. After all, you wouldn’t want to waste your hard-earned money on ill-fitting jeans.

    The right jeans will allow you to move around with ease and glide onto your body. If you’re struggling to find the perfect pair of jeans that fit and suit you well, then this blog post is for you. To ease your future shopping experience, we compiled a list of tips that will help you find the right pants for you.

    Here are some tips for choosing the right` jeans for your body type.

    Loose Fit

    Loose fit men's jeans (Wide Leg)

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    Loose fit jeans are the roomiest of all jeans, with a fuller leg. It provides plenty of space in the legs, thighs, and butt. This is great for men with an inverted triangle body shape as it adds some heft to the lower part of your body. The leg should be roomy, but not flapping in the wind.

    Loose jeans with a wide leg offer a comfortable option, so your jeans don’t stretch across your groin. The key to wearing loose fit jeans is to get the right fit. Make sure that your pants hit near your waist, not your hips. Otherwise, you may end up looking like a 90s boy band. With that much extra material already on show, the last thing you want is to pair it with a baggy top. Not only will it make you look lousy, it may also make you appear bigger. This is especially true for men who are on the bigger side.

    These type of jeans have a very casual fit, so it looks great when paired with a shirt. Make sure, though, that you choose a shirt with a  plain, solid color. If print is your thing, opt for those with minimal print. Large prints or patterns will bring the attention to your torso and throw your body out of proportions.

    Relaxed (Classic Fit)

    Relaxed (Classic Fit)

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    Relaxed men’s jeans have a loose fit from the waist to the leg opening. The classic fit jeans work well for almost every body type, but this is especially beneficial for men with a triangular body shape. These men are larger around the waist and hips in relation to the top part of their bodies. Often, they have a hard time finding clothes that make their body appear proportional. Straight-legged jeans are ideal for this body type because they do not hug any part of your body. Plus, it helps create balance and the illusion of shape. It will take away the attention from the larger waist.

    The classic fit is also ideal for muscular men. They have a fairly large leg opening, which is beneficial for them since they usually have bigger legs. Plus, it makes it easier for them to move around.

    Regular (Straight Leg)

    Regular fit men's jeans (Straight Leg)

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    Straight leg jeans maintain an equal width from the hips to the hem. It is ideal for stocky men with a muscular body. These are the men who frequent the squat rack at the jeans. Often, they have a hard time finding well-fitting pants because of the size of their hams, calves, and quads. In this case, you may want to turn to straight legs. They are not too tight and not too loose. They are roomy enough without looking baggy, yet fit enough to accentuate your toned body.

    Contrary to what most people think, slim or skinny jeans are not recommended for muscular men as it will make them look heavier. Regular fit trousers, on the other hand, will accentuate your toned body without being body-hugging. It will emphasize the best aspects of your build. Remember, well-fitting doesn’t always mean tight-fitting.

    Slim Fit Men’s Jeans

    Slim fit jeans

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    Slim fitting denim are a bit tight-fitting, but not as body-hugging as skinny jeans. For those who prefer slim fit jeans, opt for those that have a slight amount of elasticity to them.

    This type of men’s jeans is also ideal for slender men – those with small shoulders, flat chest, and light build. Avoid wearing a tight-fitting shirt as it will only make you look thinner. Pair slim fit jeans with an oversized shirt instead to balance out your fit and ensure that your shape is not overly exaggerated.

    Slim fit jeans are also ideal for the average American build – those who have defined muscles but are not overly athletic. These are the men who hit the gym occasionally but aren’t bulking up. Since their upper and lower body is fairly proportional, wearing pants that are bit tight won’t mess up their visual proportions.

    Skinny Jeans

    Skinny jeans

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    The skinny fit is the latest addition to the men’s jeans family. This is the tightest and snuggest of the jean style.

    Generally, skinny jeans are divided into two categories: standard and spray-on. Since we have already discussed slim fit earlier, we’ll focus on spray-on skinny jeans. Spray-on styles have a very narrow ankle opening and are tapered close to the leg all the way down. Often, they contain a high proportion of stretch elastane, which gives them an element of comfort and ease when wearing them. Because skinny jeans tend to be figure-hugging, they are best reserved for men with well-maintained and well-proportioned bodies. They are great for showing off your figure, making them a great choice for athletic men.

    Although people often say that you can’t go wrong with denim, there are a few common mistakes men make when styling skinny jeans. The biggest sin is wearing one that doesn’t fit you well. Never wear skinny jeans that are too tight around the waist as it can lead to a potential muffin top situation. It won’t create the kind of silhouette that’s most attractive for men.

    The world of fancy home brewed beers has never seemed more appealing. If home brewing was a tradition pretty much abandoned when the beer industry took over, people are starting to appreciate the unique, individual flavors of home-brewed beers once more.

    Not just a hipster trend, brewing your beers at home can be not just tastier, but also healthier than buying a pre-fabricated alternative. Unless you drink commercial home brewed beer every time (like the one sold by Belgian monks), which we doubt it, you should definitely consider home beer brewing. It’s easier than you think.

    Home Brewing 101

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    How to Prepare for the Home Brewing Experience

    First of all, don’t be scared of the process; people usually don’t even consider home beer brewing because they dismiss it as messy and complicated. With a good guide (as we strive to be), you’ll see that it doesn’t have to be so, and obtaining your own beer can actually be quite simple.

    In 5 easy steps, the beer will be brewing away in some barrels or bottles (no need for fancy equipment), and you’ll be ready to enjoy it in no time.

    The first thing you need for home beer brewing is some patience and calm. Then, with minimal equipment and supplies, we’ll show you exactly how it’s done.

    What You’ll Need

    Craft beer ingredients

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    Since this post is meant for beginners, we’ll recommend some starter kits first of all. You can go for the basic version or you can go for the fancier super-cool version. You can do without such starter kits, so they’re not absolutely mandatory, but it will be slightly easier to craft beer with them, not to mention that the bottles will look better (and you can re-use them for as long as you’d like, or gift them to your buddies and so on).

    Besides the starter kit suggestion, this is what you will need for home beer brewing. This time, we really mean it (you wouldn’t be able to brew any home beer without these):

    • Malted barley
    • Hops(for seasoning)
    • Baker’s yeast or brewer’s yeast (specialists tend to argue on which is better, we obviously recommend the brewer’s yeast)
    • A little bit of sugar (or malt syrup, for a stronger flavor)
    • Clean water
    • Bottles with tight caps (to prevent oxygen from entering and disturbing the fermentation process).

    The natural ingredients above can be found in most health food shops and brew shops, but if you buy them online from specialized brewing suppliers it tends to be safer. You can find the products of such suppliers on major shopping hubs like Amazon (see the links above for examples).

    How to Do Home Beer Brewing

    Now that you’re prepared, you can actually get to brewing. The basic, straight-forward process can be summed up in 5 steps. Here are the fundamental steps to home beer brewing:

    1. Soak the malted barley in hot water overnight, to release the malt sugars.
    2. Boil the malted water with added hops for seasoning.
    3. Cool the solution and add yeast to initiate fermentation.
    4. Allow the beer to ferment in a tightly closed recipient, releasing carbon dioxide and breaking down the malt sugars. This takes about 2 weeks.
    5. After the fermentation is complete, store the beer in tightly closed bottles, with a little extra added sugar (for keeping the carbonization strong for when the beer will be enjoyed). It’s ready to be consumed in another 2 weeks.

    Once you master basic brews with these 5 steps, you should try to improvise a bit and see how the flavors you obtain evolve. Don’t be afraid to experiment, this is how great beers are born. Also, if you have doubts or would like to study the matter more in-depth, you can always consult and trustworthy manual on home beer brewing, to look up possible variations, learn about the advantages of using extra pieces of equipment and so on. Have fun and enjoy your brews!

    Not too long ago, people think of bearded men as those who have given up on basic grooming. Today, however, beards are very trendy and have made a huge comeback in the last five years, with celebrities like Johnny Depp, Bradley Cooper, David Beckham, and Jason Momoa all wearing hair on their faces. With so many beard styles for men, it is important to choose the right style that will suit your personality, face shape, and hairstyle.

    Beards are very much in fashion these days. True beardsmen understand that the ultimate goal of growing facial hair is to add contrast and dimension to their face. In addition to finding the right beard style, styling, trimming, shaping, and maintenance are all crucial elements of creating an impeccable look. You need to invest time and effort into your facial hair to appear sophisticated.

    Here are 5 cool beard styles for men, along with some tips on how to rock them.

    Full beard

    Beard styles for men: Full beard

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    The full beard is considered as the classic way to grow facial hair. It consist of hair on the cheeks, around the lips, chin, and sideburns.

    Full beard is often the subject of beard envy. Although we’re seeing a resurgence in the popularity of full beard, a lot of men are having difficulty growing one. Depending on your lifestyle and genetics, a good, thick beard will take a few months to grow out. Patience is essential when trying to grow a full beard.

    Of all the beard styles for men, the full beard is the hardest to rock. Don’t worry if your beard appears patchy at first. In order to pull off this look, you need to combine style and confidence without coming off looking too messy. To give it a shape, it is best to have your beard shaped by a barber every once in a while.  

    Beardstache

    Beard styles for men: Beardstache

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    The beardstache is a cross between a stubble and a full beard. It is the facial hair equivalent of a mullet, wherein the mustache is kept longer and fuller than the surrounding hair. It has gained popularity over the past couple of years, even though most critics describe it as a mullet for the face.  

    Bearstache works well on most face shapes. When done right, it instantly adds a hyper-masculine ruggedness to one’s face. It is a great option for those who are tired of the conventional beard styles for men and want to try something new that’s not overly radical. It is also a good option for summer months, when a heavy beard may become a bit warm.

    There is a little work involved when growing and maintaining a beardstache since we have two contrasting length. The beard should be short and neat while the mustache should be full and thick. Although, it tends to look better when the difference between the two parts isn’t too great.

    Faded beard

    Beard styles for men: Faded beard

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    The faded beard is probably one of the coolest beard styles for men. It involves creating a smooth transition between a thick hair growth to shaved face. It’s the sort of facial hair that straddles the line between masculine and manicured.  

    If you think you can grow a beard, attempt the faded style, and appear instantly polished and stylish, then you may be in for a shock. Fading a beard isn’t easy. This style requires facial hair to be precisely cut and blended. If you are considering growing a beard and grooming it to fade into your hairstyle, it is best to leave it to your barber. Also, regular trips to the barber is recommended if you want to keep your fade looking fresh.  

    Goatee

    Beard styles for men: Goatee

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    A goatee is a beard style that includes a connective line of facial hair from the mustache to the chin. Other defining feature includes clean-shave cheeks. It is a great option for men who can’t grow a full beard but still want to wear some facial hair.

    A goatee can also help define a round or less than sculpted face. It can add strength to a weak chin by giving the illusion of fullness and shape.

    It is important to take your face shape and hair volume into consideration when choosing a goatee beard style. Goatee beard will compliment an diamond or heart-shaped face as it broadens the chin, balancing the shape of the face. Pure goatee ( goatee without the mustache) will make a round face look a bit smaller. The key is to choose a style that compliments your facial structure. Remember, a style that doesn’t compliment your face shape can make you look awkward.

    Stubble

    Beard styles for men: Stubble

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    Baby face? No chiselled jaw line? No problem. Stubble helps provide the much needed edge. It can greatly enhance your facial feature or the lack thereof. It adds maturity and a sense of ruggedness to a man’s face.

    Of all the beard styles for men on the list, the stubble is the easiest to cultivate. It suits most face shapes and is also easy to maintain. To perfect the masculine look with stubble, you just have to stop shaving for a few days. However, you need to keep an eye on the length. If you don’t do it right, it may make you look frumptastic.

    There isn’t any guy out there who hasn’t tried the stubble look. Kept need and trimmed, it looks as good in the boardroom as it does on the bar. A lot of women find a little scruff on a guy sexy.

    Before business casual dominated the workplace, men’s attire was categorized into two: casual wear and business attire. In the office, they are expected to wear a suit and tie. On weekends, casual clothes are worn.

    The idea of business casual dressing started in 1966, when employers introduced Casual Fridays. They want to make their employees feel more relaxed, but still professional. Little by little, the fad began to catch on. Eventually, Casual Friday look became accepted in the workplace.

    Business casual attire ideas

    Business casual is a dress code men are often confronted with. However, people seem to have different opinions as to what counts as business casual attire. This blog post is intended to help you choose an outfit get this dress code right.

    Here are 5 relaxed and professional attire ideas for men. These classic looks are versatile enough for the office and can help you standout the right way.

    Suit sans tie

    Business casual attire idea: Suit sans tie 

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    Some companies do not support business casual attire. They still expect their employees to come to work wearing a suit. Others allow their workers to leave their tie at home.

    Wearing a suit sans tie is a fine, stylish way to dress down a suit. This is perfect when you want to look professional, but you don’t want to project conventional authority. Since you won’t be wearing a tie, you need to unbutton the buttons of the shirt. The more buttons you unbutton, the more casual and daring the look will be. Also, keep your undershirt hidden. After all, they aren’t meant to be seen.

    Blazer over a V-neck shirt

    Business casual attire: Blazer over a V-neck shirt 

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    Just because Mark Zuckerberg can get away with wearing a t-shirt and jeans, doesn’t mean you can too. You still ought to dress up.

    Masculine, sophisticated and versatile, a blazer is a staple in men’s wardrobe. Although it is intended for smart occasions, it also works well with casual pieces like a t-shirt. To pull off this look, make sure that you get the fitting right. The blazer, along with the v-neck shrit, should be well-fitted. The t-shirt should be loose enough that you’re comfortable but not form-fitting. Also, we suggest that you stick with solid, neutral colored t-shirts. In this case, navy, gray, black, and white are your colors of choice. Bright-colored t-shirts should be reserved for casual occasions.

    While donning a blazer over a V-neck shirt is acceptable, make sure that you pair those with tailored pants to keep you from looking too casual. You want to tip the balance in the direction of smart.

    Sport coat and chinos

    Business casual attire idea: Sport coat and chinos 

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    For days when a sweater is too preppy and a blazer is too formal, consider wearing a sport jacket instead. Sport jacket is looser and more unstructured than typical jackets and suits.  It is versatile and can be paired with almost anything – be it athletic shirts, polos, and dress shirts. It is a handsome, respectable garment that works well on almost every social situation.

    While wearing a blazer over a t-shirt can be quite difficult to pull off, doing it with a sport coat is somewhat easier. Keep things stylish by pairing it with a pair of chinos and loafers. For maximum versatility, you’ll want chinos in classic colors. Beige, khaki, navy, and black are your best options.  If you want to smarten up your look, opt for a plain shirt and dark colored trousers.

    Dress shirt and slacks

    Business casual attire idea: Dress shirt and slacks 

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    When you’re dressing business casual, you should always lean towards the business side rather than the casual side. Jeans are a no-go in a business setting as it looks too casual. Chinos are a good alternative. But if you want to hold yourself to a higher standard, we suggest pairing your dress shirt with slacks.

    A simple white Oxford dress shirt is ideal for officewear. Keep the button undone for a relaxed, comfortable look. You have the option to wear a jacket and tie. But it’s not advisable to wear a tie without a blazer.

    You can leave both the tie and jacket at home, provided that you don’t have an important meeting for the day. Maybe keep a blazer handy and a tie kept in your desk drawer, just in case.

    Knitwear and dress pants

    Business casual attire idea: Knitwear and dress pants 

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    Sweaters are a classic wardrobe item. With the onset of chilly weather, sweater make fine layering pieces. They help keep you warm without the bulk

    A good, plain-colored V-neck sweater is the ideal sweater for wearing with a necktie. It shows the tie more neatly than a crew neck, making it a great option for the workplace. Bright-colored sweaters can add a pop of color to your outfit. It draws attention to the wearer and can add interest to an otherwise boring outfit. Steer clear from bold patterns as they make smart pieces look more casual.

    You may want to balance out the casualness of your top by pairing it with a pair of dress pants rather than chinos. Opt for more conservative colors like camel, gray, and navy. Also, make sure your pants fit well and don’t crease too much around the ankles.

    Be the guy that gets business casual right

    When you go to work, you are expected to dress up to a certain standard. For decades, a suit has been the standard when it comes to dressing up for a job. Now, things have changed. Business casual is the norm in most offices. It’s the fusion of formalwear and comfortable attire.

    A lot of people are confused about this dress code. Please remember that business casual is a dress down from the suit, not dressing up from a casual outfit. You should appear groomed and neat, yet relaxed at the same time.

    You need to prioritize fit in order to nail this look. Remember, it is incredibly easy to ruin your outfit with a baggy shirt or pants. You also need to consider your age. The older you are, the more formal your outfit should be.

    Not every exercise will help you build mass. Some exercises are better for building mass while others are great for building strength. To help you achieve your goals, you need to plan your workout and do the correct type of exercises. Keep in mind, though, that building muscles and getting a huge upper body doesn’t happen overnight. Depending on how big you want to get, it may take months or years to build a huge upper body.

    Below is a list of exercises for a bigger upper body. These exercises won’t require much of your time. In fact, you can achieve a bigger upper body in under 30 minutes a day! Taking this little time out of your day is well worth the results. It’s great for your personal health and body image. Its also a great way to start and energize yourself for the day.

    If you want to beef up your back, shoulders, and traps, these are the exercises for you.

    Dumbell Bench Press

    Dumbell Bench Press

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    Dumbell bench press is a staple in every athlete’s training arsenal. This exercise is great if you’re training alone. You don’t have to bother your fellow gym-goers for the occassional spot. The dumbbells can easily be dropped the moment your arms and chest begin to fail you.

    If you want to blast your core and increase your overall shoulder and chest strength, you should spend a lot of time performing the traditional bench press.

    1. Lie down on a flat bench with your feet flat on the floor. Hold a dumbbell in each hand, just to the side of your shoulders. In the starting position, the palms of your hands should be facing towards your feet.
    2. Once you’re in position, take a deep breath and press the dumbbells to lockout at the top. Hold for a few seconds and then begin coming down slowly.
    3. Contract the chest and push the dumbbells back to the starting position.
    4. Repeat the movement for the prescribed amount of repetitions of your training program.

    Tip: Ideally, lowering the height should take about twice as long as raising it. Also, breathe in one the descent and breathe out forcefully on the ascent of each repetition.

    Incline Barbell Bench Press

    Incline Barbell Bench Press

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    When the bench is set at 15 to 30 degress, you activate your shoulders. This exercise is aimed at developing the upper portion of the pectoral muscles.

    1. Load the bar to an appropriate weight for your training.
    2. Lay on an inclined bench with your feet flat on the ground, driving through to your hips. Your back should be arched and your shoulder blades retracted.
    3. Take a medium, pronated grip covering the rings on the bar. Remove the bar from the rack, holing the weight above your chest with your arms extended. This will be your starting position.
    4. Lower the bar to the sternum by flexing the elbows. Maintain control and do not bounce off of your chest. Your lats should stay tight and elbows slightly drawn in.
    5. After touching your torso with the bar, extend the elbows to return the bar to the starting position.

    Tip: Do not bounce the bar off of the chest. Lower the bar with control. Also, do not lower the bar to the neck. Instead, bring the bar to the upper part of your chest on the descent.

    Dumbbell Shoulder Press

    Dumbbell Shoulder Press

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    The dumbbell shoulder press can produce significant growth of the upper chest, triceps, and shoulders. Certain aspects of the anterior, posterior, and overall shoulder region can be highlighted depending on the grips used, angles, and variations of the shoulder press. You can build bolder shoulders with this powerful exercise.

    1. Hold a dumbbell in each hand and sit on a bench with back support.
    2. Plant your feet firmly on the floor about hip-width apart.
    3. Bend your elbows and raise your upper arms to shoulder height so the dumbbells are at ear level.
    4. Pull your abdominals in so there is a slight cap between the small of your back and the bench.
    5. Place the back of your hand against the pad.
    6. Push the dumbbells up and in until the ends of the dumbbells tough lightly, directly over your head, and then lower the dumbbells back to the ear.

    Tip: Hold your breath briefly at the bottom to maximize core stability. As you pass the sticking point, then you can exhale. Breathe in on the way down, puffing out the chest and bringing the shoulders up to meet the dumbbells.

    Barbell Shrug

    Barbel Shrug

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    Barbell shrugs are an effective way to build mass in your traps and shoulders. If you want to give an impression of power, then training traps using barbel shrugs is what you want.

    1. Position the safeties just below waist height in a rack.
    2. Assume a standing position with the bar in front of your body.
    3. Hinge forward, inhale, and grab the bar with a double overhand grip.
    4. Stand up tall and ensure your spine remains neutral.
    5. Contract the traps to elevate the shoulders. Squeeze hard at the top and slowly lower the bar back to the starting position.
    6. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

    Tip: Refrain from trying to lift the barbell by using your biceps. Slowly return to the starting position as your breathe in. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

    Standing Military Press

    Standing Military Press

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    This old-school exercise has been around since the advent of barbells. The military press will whip your upper body into shape in a hurry.

    If you want to build a muscular, strong upper body and push your shoulders to their limits, then you want to do the military press.

    1. Start by placing a barbell that is about chest high on a squat rack. Once you have selected the weights, grab the barbell using pronated grip. Make sure to grip the bar wider than shoulder width apart from each other.
    2. Slightly bend the knees and place the barbell on your collar bone. Lift the barbell up keeping it lying on your chest. Take a step back and position your feet shoulder width apart from each other.
    3. Once you pick up the barbell with the correct grip length, lift the bar up over your head by locking your arms. Hold at about shoulder level and slightly in front of your head. This is your starting position.
    4. Lower the bar down to the collarbone slowly as you inhale.
    5. Lift the bar back up to the starting position as you exhale.
    6. Repeat for the recommended number of repetitions.

    Tip: Never go straight into heavy overhead presses. The ball and socket joint of the shoulder and the muscles that surround it are easy to injure. This is one of the quickest ways to do that.

    The old methods of walking on the beach or dinner and movie are most guys go-to options for a first date. After all, these are classic, tried and tested dates ideas, and women love them. But if you want to stand out from the other dates she’s been on, go for first date ideas that are out of the ordinary.

    Not sure what to do on your first date? Here are 9 cool first date ideas that will help you get a second one.


    Go for a bike ride

    First date ideas: Go for a bike ride

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    Cycling is one of America’s most popular hobby. The number of people who ride a bike has increased significantly over the years. There’s a good chance that the woman you’re interested in knows how to ride a bike.

    Cycling is a cool first date activity. Not only is it fun, it is also out of the ordinary. There are no set rules and involves minimal small talk. You can go on a nice, relaxing bike ride or explore the great outdoors. Who knows, you might discover a cute little village together. Don’t forget to ask your date to grab a drink or a bite to eat along the way.  


    Visit a board game cafe

    First date ideas: Visit a board game cafe

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    You might scoff at the idea of spending your first date playing silly board games, but it’s actually a lot of fun.

    Board game cafes and bars are cropping up all over the country. They are perfect for a casual rendezvous or a first date, especially if you like competition.. Since your attention is focused on the game, it gives you an opportunity to unplug, even for just an hour or so and bring. Drop your phones, have fun, and bring your A-game.


    Watch an outdoor movie

    First date ideas: Watch an outdoor movie

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    We don’t usually recommend watching a movie on your first date, but if you’re planning to take here to see a movie under the start, then we’ll make an exception.

    You can also do some stargazing once the film is done. If you happen to know something about astrology, that’s even better.


    Attend a comedy night

    First date ideas: Attend a comedy night

    Laughter is the best medicine, they say. We totally agree. Did you know that it’s also a great way to connect with your date?

    It’s the perfect way to let loose and have fun. Plan your date and get ready to make her laugh like crazy. Hopefully, you’ll laugh your way to true love.


    Karaoke date

    First date ideas: Karaoke date

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    Karaoke is like happy hour, but better. This is probably on top of your to-do list if you have perfect pitch. Go ahead and impress your date with your karaoke skills.

    You don’t have to be an amazing singer in order to pull off a karaoke date. Come to think of it. Being willing to get up there and show your date that you’re not afraid to make a fool of yourself is straight up cool. Someone who is brave enough to sing for his date is worth dating. And it might be the perfect way to get that sought-after second date.


    Watch a concert

    Watch a concert

    First dates tend to be awkward. More often than not, you run out of things to talk about. Sometimes, it ends in an awkward pause or silence. Music will prevent any awkward silences. You can use this as an opportunity to discuss about the band and your type of music. In case you run out of topics to talk about, you can just focus on the music.

    Before buying tickets, make sure that you both love the band or at least heard of their music. Even if you realize that she’s not your type, which happens more often than not, you’ll still go home with a smile on your face.


    Play video games

    First date ideas: Play video games

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    The point of a first date is to get to know the person. The problem is that small talks can be awkward. Playing video games may help ease any possible tension between you two.

    Some of you may think it’s a silly idea, but it’s actually a great way to show your date that you have a sense of humor and you know how to have a good, old-fashioned fun.


    Go hiking

    First date ideas: Go hiking

    If you’re both into outdoor adventures, why not ask her to go on a wilderness adventure with you.

    Taking your date on a hike can definitely bring you closer together. Beautiful scenery, peace and quiet and nothing to distract you from each other. It allows you to really get to know each other and see your date as she is.

    Hiking also gives you an opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life and explore the local countryside. Plus, it is a great way to set yourself apart from the countless other potential romantic interests your date has gone out with.


    Do an escape room

    First date ideas: Do an escape room

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    If you’re looking for unique first date ideas, you may want to consider going on an escape room date.

    First dates aren’t usually the serious ones. Escape rooms are designed to be fun, but challenging. The thrilling process of navigating the escape room offer opportunities to be creative, play, and have a good time.

    Once the date is over, you can go out for dinner and rehash the exciting experience you’ve had together. We bet your date won’t soon forget about the great time she had with you.


    Final thoughts

    Let’s face it. First dates are one of the most terrifying things in the world. In addition to enduring the awkward small talks, you also have to figure out where to go. This is one of the most difficult things about planning your first date.

    Rather than relying on the old dinner and move date, give her a new experience. Consider one of the 9 first date ideas above to ensure you kick your first date on a high note. Remember, the key to a great first date is to separate yourself from all the other guys she’s dated in the past.

    There’s never been a better time to be a fan of the anime genre. Growing from a niche genre that had a single aisle in video stores and late-night TV slots in the 80s and 90s, today the latest anime can be live streamed directly from Japan to your laptop.

    With this increase of accessibility, an increase of availability of titles and genres has come. There are only so many hours in the day, though, and with such an overflow of content to choose from what is an anime lover to do? Much as you’d love to watch every show, that would take up all your free time.

    Comparison Table

    Anime

    Details

    Dragon Ball

    It is certainly one of the most influential and well-known anime shows of all time

    Bleach

    There’s a huge cast, and an easy, strong balance between dramatic and comedic elements

    Trigun

    Trigun is a space-western-steampunk-spaghetti show with both a religious and spiritual sensibility

    Cowboy Bebop

    It was based on the manga of the same name that consisted of two volumes

    Persona 4 The Animation And Persona 4 The Golden Animation

    Adaptations of the best-selling game by Atlus

    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

    Is the second adaptation of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga

    Neon Genesis Evangelion

    An anime about human-controlled robots fighting monsters

    1. Dragon Ball

    If you are new to anime, or a geek who’s lived under a rock for the last twenty years, you’ve got to watch Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball. While Dragon Ball hasn’t always had the most consistent quality of content, it is certainly one of the most influential and well-known anime shows of all time.

    For many anime fans outside of Japan, the Dragon Ball franchise was their first exposure to anime. Dragon Ball initially began as a serialized manga that was published from 1984 to 1995. In 1986 the manga was adapted into an anime television series.

    Dragon Ball

    This anime was broadcast from 1986 to 1996 and was split into two separate shows: Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. Later, in 1996, the much-derided sequel series by the name of Dragon Ball GT was released.

    The over-arching story of Dragon Ball is inspired by Chinese folklore and depicts the adventures of a boy called Goku. The series follows him from his childhood through becoming an adult as he trains in martial arts and seeks the seven legendary artifacts called the Dragon Balls.

    When the Dragon Balls are gathered together, they summon a legendary dragon capable of granting a wish. Much of the series is based around the attempts to gather the balls and protect the artifacts from being taken by an evil person. As the story progresses, Goku grows in maturity and power, and is able to defeat mighty enemies.

    A common theme throughout the whole series is defeating the enemy and then befriending them and gaining new allies. You know, like two boys in high school having a knock-down drag-out, then becoming best friends. The original intended audience was boys aged 10 to 18, but the fandom has grown to include pretty much anyone of age, gender, or background.

    2. Bleach

    Bleach is an anime that ran from 2004 to 2012 is based on the manga of the same name that ran from 2001 to 2016. Since Bleach has run well over 300 episodes, it’s no surprise that there’s a huge cast, and an easy, strong balance between dramatic and comedic elements.

    Bleach

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    Along with Naruto and One Piece, Bleach has been one of the longest-running manga/anime series. The plot of Bleach follows the life of a Japanese high school student by the name of Ichigo Kurosaki who gains the power of a Shinigami – a being whose job is to guide spirits to the afterlife – from a female Shinigami by the name of Rukia Kuchiki.

    Because of this accidental gifting of power, Rukia becomes a normal human and Ichigo takes up her job of directing good spirits to heaven and defending his hometown from evil spirits. As the story unfolds, many of Ichigo’s friends discover they have powers and use them to help him protect their home and unravel plots to destroy both human and the spirit world.

    The one drawback of Bleach is that it’s currently incomplete. But while the final arc of the manga was never adapted into the anime, there is still a great run of 16 seasons to enjoy. It should be noted that the creator of Bleach, Tite Kubo, cites Dragon Ball as being one of his major influences when he started drawing the manga for Bleach.

    3. Trigun

    Trigun is a space-western-steampunk-spaghetti show with both a religious and spiritual sensibility. The 26-episode anime aired in 1998 and is a partial adaption of the two series of manga that ran from 1995 to 2007.

    Around halfway through the anime, the story begins to diverge from the manga and follows a partial outline that the manga creator, Yasuhiro Nightow, created at the time.

    Trigun

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    The over-arching story is set on an alien planet in the far future where the survivors of a cataclysm of the earth have settled and developed a society like the American Old West. The most infamous outlaw on this planet is a man called Vash the Stampede, who has a 60-billion-dollar bounty on his head.

    As the story unfolds, it’s revealed that despite being the most wanted man alive, Vash is an ardent pacifist with a love of doughnuts and a philosophy of preaching “Love and peace.”

    Doing his best to avoid gunfights with the endless amount of bounty hunters after him, Vash and his friends gradually uncover the mysteries of the world on which they live and the spaceships that brought their ancestors there.

    4. Cowboy Bebop

    The best way to describe Cowboy Bebop is to think of a space western meets film noir with a jazz soundtrack created in heaven. Cowboy Bebop had a 26-episode run that lasted from 1998 to 1999. It was based on the manga of the same name that consisted of two volumes.

    Upon its release, the series was both a critical and commercial smash hit in both Japan and throughout the world. The series won numerous awards and has been called a masterpiece, often considered to be the pinnacle of the anime genre.

    Cowboy Bebop

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    Because of the amazing storyline, incredible soundtrack, and wonderful characters, some critics have deemed Cowboy Bebop the best anime “gateway series” for introducing not-yet-fans to the anime genre as a whole.

    The story of Cowboy Bebop takes place in 2071 and follows the lives of a bounty hunting group on their ship called Bebop. Earth has been abandoned and people have taken to colonizing the planets and moons in the solar system. As crime rises in the solar system, the police bring back the concept of wild west bounty hunters and call them “cowboys.”

    The main characters are part of this group of bounty hunters, and the story follows their exploits throughout the solar system. Besides containing an obscene amount of musical references, the story is notable for being dark, and gritty, and for deep exploration into the concepts of existentialism and loneliness.

    As noted above, Cowboy Bebop’s soundtrack is famous for its incredibly diverse and colorful sound. This is thanks to the composer, Yoko Kanno.

    Yoko Kanno is an extremely versatile composer and musician who has put together the soundtracks for an extensive list of anime, video games, and films, and has composed pop music for various artists. Due to her unique ability to compose in practically any genre and her body of work, she is one of Japan’s most famous composers.

    5. Persona 4 The Animation And Persona 4 The Golden Animation

    Persona 4 the Animation and Persona 4 the Golden Animation are adaptations of the best-selling game by Atlus. Persona 4 the Animation was released as a 25-episode run in 2011, with a movie to wrap up the story in 2012. Persona 4 the Golden is a 12-episode series which presents a twist on various scenarios and introduces new characters into the Persona 4 story.

    Persona 4 the Animation and Persona 4 the Golden Animation

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    Persona 4’s story is about a teenager by the name of Yu Narukami who moves to the rural Japanese town of Inaba. Within days of arrival in the town, a serial murderer begins killing people. During their daily lives, Yu and his friends discover a mysterious world that exists behind televisions.

    The teenagers discover a link between the murders and the TV world and take it upon themselves to investigate and try to find the culprit. As the investigation goes on, the teenagers confront their personality flaws and fears as they unlock the mysterious power of Persona.

    It should be noted that the music was composed by the Persona video game composer Shoji Meguro. Like every other soundtrack Meguro has worked on, the music for Persona 4 is a genre-hopping joy to behold – and one of the absolute best anime soundtracks you’ll find anywhere.

    If you enjoy collecting soundtracks, then this is one to keep an eye out for.

    6. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is the second adaptation of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga. The anime is a 64-episode series that ran from 2009 through 2010. It is an adaptation of the 27-volume manga that ran from 2001 through 2010.

    The first anime adaptation was simply named Fullmetal Alchemist and was a very loose adaption of the original story. The second series was conceived with the intent of being a more faithful adaptation.

    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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    The story of the anime is set in a world reminiscent of the European industrial revolution where the strongest power is the magic of alchemy. Two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, are orphans who are both prodigies at the art of alchemy.

    After losing their mother to an illness the brothers travel the world to grow in power. Eventually they return home to try and bring her back to life. Due to a mistake in the alchemy, Alphonse loses his body and Edward suffers the loss of his left leg.

    To keep his brother alive, Edward sacrifices his right arm to place Alphonse’s soul in a suit of armor.  Eventually, Edward acquires magic-powered prosthetics for his missing limbs and the two brothers set out on a quest to become state-sanctioned alchemists.

    7. Neon Genesis Evangelion

    To simply call Neon Genesis Evangelion an anime about human-controlled robots fighting monsters is akin to simply calling Apocalypse Now a popcorn summer blockbuster. From the outset, this 26-episode anime was intended to delve deep into both psychology and examinations of Abrahamic religions.

    The story of Neon Genesis Evangelion takes place fifteen years after a global cataclysm. The main character is a teenage boy named Shinji who is recruited to pilot a giant cyborg called an Evangelion to help combat invasions from giant alien monsters called Angels.

    Neon Genesis Evangelion

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    The series examines the emotional states of the teenage pilots as they wage war and begin to uncover the hidden agendas of the government agency that trained them to fight.

    Part of what propelled the series to its height of popularity is the controversy surrounding the original ending of the series. The trifecta of parents complaining of the series’ violence, budgetary constraints, and the series director’s battle with depression led to the creation of an extremely abstract ending that mostly consisted of still images, photographs, simple line drawings, and voice-overs.

    In 1997, two animated feature-length films were released in order to restore the ending that was originally envisioned. The original run of Neon Genesis Evangelion was from 1995 to 1996 and was a critical and commercial smash.

    At the time it aired, the anime industry was in a slump and Neon Genesis Evangelion has been credited with helping revive the industry. The series has had a significant cultural impact around the world, helping to spread Japanese otaku culture, and to also establish anime as a subject worth taking seriously.

    Anime Worth Investing In

    As you can see, there is a variety of different anime out there to watch. These seven are the best anime because of their story, themes, and great character development. You can’t go wrong with streaming these anime, or buying the DVDs from online retailers, stores like Best Buy, or selected bookstores.

    If you’re finally ready to get that tattoo you’ve always wanted or just wanting to add to your collection, you’ve been thinking through your options and all the ideas that would best suit you.

    If you love comic books, you might have been thinking about Batman tattoos lately. With all the awesome movies out in the past decade or so, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman tattoos have gained popularity in recent years.

    If you’re interested in showing your dedication as a Batfan, you’ve got some amazing choices out there. 

    Comparison Table

    Tattoos

    Details

    Traumatic Tattoos

    Occur naturally through events of a person’s life

    Amateur Tattoos

    A common example of these are prison tattoos

    Cosmetic Tattoos

    Cosmetic tattoos are things like permanent makeup

    Medical Tattoos

    Used to treat various illnesses

    Professional Tattoos

    Applied by professional tattoo artists, whether by hand or machine

    Pictorial Tattoos

    Pictorial tattoos depict specific people, events, or items

    Symbolic Tattoos

    Symbolic tattoos have very specific meaning to the person wearing the tattoo

    Decorative Tattoos

    Have no specific meaning or symbolism for the wearer

    What Is A Tattoo?

    Technically speaking, a tattoo is a form of body modification created by using needles inserted into dye, ink, or other permanent pigmentation.

    For a long time, Western culture has seen tattoos as uncivilized and inappropriate for people of “standing,” partially because of the long history of using tattoos as a form marking slaves, criminals, those of unsavory occupations, and other negative connotations.

    Tattoo

    In the past century, however, this attitude towards tattoos has gradually disintegrated among most Westerners, though those still living from previous generations may still regard tattoos as a symbol of “wrong living” in some way.

    Types Of Tattoos

    There are five recognized types of tattoos.

    Traumatic Tattoos

    Traumatic tattoos are tattoos that occur naturally through events of a person’s life. Examples of a traumatic tattoo could include something like a coal miner developing a black mark from coal dust infiltrating an open wound. The wound eventually heals around the coal dust and the miner is left with a black mark.

    Other injuries, like motorcycle accidents that leave permanent black markings from the asphalt, or injuries caused by pencil leads, are also considered traumatic tattoos.

    Amateur Tattoos

    Amateur tattoos are created by non-professionals. A common example of these are prison tattoos.

    Cosmetic Tattoos

    Cosmetic Tattoos

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    Cosmetic tattoos are things like permanent makeup. You can get these tattoos at various boutiques around your area. Be sure to check out the better business bureau rating and Yelp reviews before entrusting your face into the hands of someone who’s going to permanently put on some eyebrows or eyeliner.

    Medical Tattoos

    Medical tattoos are actually used to treat various illnesses. For example, after someone has breast cancer treatment including a mastectomy, tattooing may be used to replace the areola which was removed during surgery.

    Medical tattoos have also been used in times of war, to mark soldiers and others with their blood types, and other pertinent information that might affect their medical treatment if found unconscious.

    Professional Tattoos

    Professional tattoos are applied by professional tattoo artists, whether by hand or machine.

    Styles Of Tattoos

    Generally speaking, tattoos can be any of three styles of tattoo: decorative, pictorial, or symbolic.


    Pictorial Tattoos

    Pictorial Tattoos

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    Pictorial tattoos depict specific people, events, or items. This would include things like a tattoo of Marilyn Monroe, Superman, the sword of William Wallace, the Justice League Watchtower, or the signing of the American Constitution.


    Symbolic Tattoos

    Symbolic tattoos have very specific meaning to the person wearing the tattoo.

    Symbolic Tattoos

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    This might include something like someone discovering his Jewish heritage and getting a tattoo of the Star of David to symbolize his acceptance and unity with his ancestors.


    Decorative Tattoos

    Decorative Tattoos

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    Decorative tattoos have no specific meaning or symbolism for the wearer. That could be something like someone getting a rose tattoo, simply because they’re pretty, or wearing a tattoo of an eagle just because the image looked cool.

    A Brief History Of Tattoos

    Tattoos have been around since about 10,000 B.C.E. They’ve taken on many forms throughout history, and meant different things for different people over those years.

    Throughout history, tattoos have been used to symbolize any of these things:

    • Criminal convictions – both to mark someone as a convicted criminal and as a “badge of honor” for some who have been convicted of various violent crimes

    • Slavery – tattoos were often given to slaves to prevent them from running away and claiming to be freemen

    • Religious markings – some ancient Egyptian and Syrian religions marked their dedicated worshippers

    • Military markings – some ancient armies marked their soldiers to indicate their loyalties

    • Cultural markings – some groups in India and Indonesia have had cultural tattoos as a part of their history since ancient times

    • Decorative purposes – some cultures, like early Japan, used tattoos to decorate their bodies

    • Social markings – some cultures also marked citizens of various classes with tattoos to indicate their social status

    • Occupational markings – some workers in specific occupations in Japan between 1603 and 1868 wore markings to indicate that they were firemen, prostitutes, and manual laborers

    • Nazi markings – many who were forced into camps during the Holocaust were marked with tattoos to identify people as occupants of concentration camps

    Various other cultures and types of markings have existed over the years, including very specific, famous tattoos, such as the Tā moko markings of the Maori indigenous peoples of New Zealand, and the Marquesan tattoos from the Marquesas islands in the South Pacific.

    A History Of Superheroes And DC Comics

    The first superhero was created by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author of the famous The Scarlett Letter, and The House of the Seven Gables. His superhero, the Grey Champion, came to light in 1835 when his adventures first appeared in the New England Magazine.

    The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck

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    Two years later, The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck was published in France and is believed to be the first comic book in existence.

    From there, comic books such as Fortunes of Ferdinand Flipper, The Adventures of Mr. Tom Plump, and Journey to the Gold Diggings came about, and crossed the decades leading into what most of us would consider the golden era of comic book history, starting in 1928 with Buck Rogers, reaching to post World War II with the various characters we all know and love.

    Batman In DC Comics

    The Batman comics first started hitting the newsstands and store shelves in 1939, when he made his first appearance in the Detective Comics #27. The first dedicated Batman comic appeared one year later.

    The first Batman film to be released was in 1943, produced by Columbia Pictures. The film was simply titled Batman and starred Lewis Wilson.

    Detective Comics

    Since that time, Batman has appeared in something like 14 Batman films and DC Comics related films, including the Suicide Squad and the Justice League. There have been a large number of animated films and television shows about Batman since 1933, and a few live action television shows.

    A large number of well-known actors have starred as Batman throughout the years, including Christian Bale, Michael Keaton, Adam West, George Clooney, Val Kilmer, and Ben Affleck.

    Most folks have a favorite actor as Batman, though the sidekicks, secondary characters, and villains have had at least much impact on the popularity of a given film or television show.

    Batman Tattoo Ideas

    Because of the vast number of images, stories, actor portrayals, rebirths, and retooling of the various Batman characters, there are probably literally millions of options for awesome Batman tattoos available.

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    You could search sites like Pinterest, and tattoo image sites, but it could take hundreds of hours to narrow down a list of ideas to the right one for you. To help you out, we’ve done a load of scouring, and come up with this list of the most awesome Batman tattoo ideas around.

    Batman Characters

    These major, secondary, and minor characters may help give you some ideas for finding and getting your ideal Batman tattoo(s).

    • Bruce Wayne/Batman

    • Alfred Pennyworth

    • Nightwing

    • Red Robin

    • Batgirl

    • Red Hood

    • Robin

    • Ace the Bat Hound

    • Batwoman

    • Catwoman

    • The Spoiler

    • Bluebird

    • Julia Pennyworth

    • Orphan

    • Black Bat

    • The Signal

    • Batwing

    • Azreal

    • Nightrunner

    • Squire/Knight

    • Dark Ranger

    • Talon

    • Misfit

    • The Huntress

    • The Joker

    • The Penguin

    • The Riddler

    • Bane

    • Catman

    • Onyx

    • Jason Blood

    • Rumor

    • Hush

    • Talia al Ghul

    • Julie Madison

    • Vicki Vale

    • Linda Page

    • Silver Saint-Cloud

    • Poison Ivy

    • Nocturna

    • Midnight

    • White Rabbit

    • The Phantasm

    • Cheetah

    • Freeze

    • Clock King

    • Harley Quinn

    • Two-Face

    Collage Tattoos

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    Some ideas combining characters and themes from Batman include:

    • Collages of Batman, the Joker, Harley Quinn, The Penguin, Poison Ivy, or any others

    • Face-offs between Batman and any of his nemeses

    • Partnerships between Batman and other Justice League characters

    • Batman symbol on one foot, Superman on the other foot

    • A collage of Justice League characters, featuring Batman prominently

    • Collages of symbols for any of the characters from Batman

    • Collages of Batman villains

    Villain Tattoos

    Villain Tattoos

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    What superhero is worth telling tales of without some awesome villains? Batman has some of the most interesting ones of all the comic book heroes. If you’re more feeling the dark side of Batman’s tales, you could try some villain themed Batman tattoos.

    • The Joker’s face

    • A full-figured Harley Quinn or Poison Ivy

    • The Riddler and his question mark

    • The Penguin with his umbrella

    • Heath Ledger as the Joker, holding a Joker card over one eye

    • Comic book cover images of any of the Batman villains

    • Harley Quinn loaded down with guns

    Couple Tattoos

    Whether you’re into Batman and Vicki Vale making it, or think the Joker and Harley Quinn have something special, you can always look into romantically themed tattoos.

    Couple Tattoos

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    Some clever images include everything from placing Harley Quinn on one arm and the Joker on the other, forming a bloody “hand heart” across your raised forearms, to classy images of Batman and Catwoman wrapped in an embrace.

    Batman Symbolic Tattoos

    A simple option is picking a symbol from any of the Batman comics or films.

    • Harley Quinn’s three-diamond pattern symbol

    • The Bat Signal with the Gotham skyline

    • The slightly on-the-nose Joker symbol from a deck of playing cards

    • The Riddler’s question mark

    • The Catwoman C with a cat eye

    • The jagged Penguin symbol

    • The Batman symbol, from any era – there’s about 18 options

    Batman Symbolic Tattoos

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    Artistic Tattoos

    If you don’t want just any old tattoos, try looking for images in other artistic styles.

    • Anime style Batman, Harley Quinn, Joker, Penguin, or Cat Woman

    • Classic, vintage art style, based on the original comic books

    • Remodernistic artistic style pieces featuring a scene or character from any favorite Batman comic

    • Massurealism artistic style pieces featuring Batman and Robin

    • Toyistic, artistic-style art featuring your favorite era Batman

    • “Bleeding” images of the Joker, Batman, or any other favorite character

    • Splintering images of Batman or Catwoman

    • Digital art pieces converted to tattoos of Batman or the Joker

    • Classic caricature style images of any of the Batman characters

    Many of these more artistic options won’t be super commonplace, but there are tons of ideas online. If you’re not sure where to look, try Deviant Art.

    Batman Quotes

    Whether you’re into Batman’s quotes, Alfred’s zingers, or any of the one-liners from the Joker or the Riddler, you’ve got a plethora of options here.

    Batman Quotes

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    If you’re not totally sure which quotes to consider, or can’t remember the precise wording, try a Google search for “the best Batman quotes,” or “the best Riddler quotes.” Something awesome will definitely come up for you.

    Finding The Right Images

    For your best bet finding the perfect Batman tattoo, you’re going to want to visit some sites like Deviant Art and Pinterest to find the most amazing images possible. Be sure to print out a full color copy of your desired tattoo, and take it into a trusted local tattoo artist to see if he or she is capable of pulling it off.

    Check out a few different artists, and look at images of their previous work to know the quality they offer. And always be clear on whether or not you’ll take an interpretation of the image you offer or if you want a close copy.

    For The Absolute Most Awesome Batman Tattoos

    Whether you decide to do the Batman symbol, the Riddler’s question mark, a full-figured image of the sultry Poison Ivy, or a tattoo depicting the Justice League, you’ve got tons of options.

    The most awesome Batman symbols, images, and caricatures can be found plastered across the web on sites like Deviant Art and anime sites. Check them out, find your image, and print out a high quality, full-color copy. Be sure to shop around for an artist before plunging in with that permanent dedication as a Batfan.

    We all want to make a good impression. Since appearance has become an asset of today’s lives, most people strive to look good. Paying attention to your hair and skin is a must if you want to become more attractive. Great looking hair meant proper hair care for men.

    Healthy hair is important to make any hairstyle look great. Use these hair care for men tips to maintain the health of your locks. Treat it right and you’ll have healthy and awesome mane for years to come.

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    Don’t overwash your hair

    Shampoo works like a cleanser. It washes away the grime and product buildup. However, excessive shampooing can be bad for your hair. Daily washing can strip natural oils off your scalp, leaving your hair dry, brittle, more prone to breakage.

    No one wants greasy hair. As it turns out, a little bit of hair grease is actually healthy. Every time you wash your hair, you’re washing away your natural sebum. Your body responds by producing more of it. The more frequently you wash your hair, the more oil is produced. It’s good to shower daily, but you’re not supposed to shampoo your hair daily.

    You want some oils to remain in your hair and scalp. Sebum keeps your hair soft, easy to manage, and protects your mane from the environment. As such, we suggest that you limit shampooing to three to four times a week.

    Condition, condition, condition

    We all want soft, shiny, and healthy hair. Unfortunately, most people would describe their hair as dull, dry, and unhealthy. To improve the condition of your hair, you should make regular conditioning a part of your hair care routine.

    Make sure that you condition your hair every time you wash it. Not only will it make your hair softer and more manageable, it also prevents tangling and breakage.

    Use clarifying shampoo

    You may think you have no need for hair detox. But if you usually apply some styling products on your hair or if you color your hair, then you may want to consider adding a clarifying shampoo to your hair care routine.

    If you use styling products regularly, the wax, silicone, and other ingredients may coat your strands. Over time, they could build up on top of the other and may clog the pores in your scalp; thereby, leaving you with dull, lackluster locks. In this case, it would be beneficial to occasionally work in a clarifying shampoo into your hair care regimen to remove product buildup.

    Hair care for men must include a good clarifying shampoo. It will remove impurities in your hair, making it look full of life again.

    Take a cold shower

    Nothing is more relaxing than a long, hot shower. However, hot water can dry out your scalp and ruin your hair. When you wash your hair with water that is too hot, you’re removing more oil from your scalp, making your hair more brittle and prone to breakage.

    If you want your hair to appear shinier and healthier, we suggest that you wash your hair with cool water. Cold water temporarily tightens skin and prevents it from being stripped of its healthy natural oils too quickly. Not only will it make your hair stronger, healthier, and shinier, it will also improve your skin.

    If you aren’t comfortable with cold showers, then go ahead and bathe with warm water. Make sure, though, that you rinse your hair with cold water.

    Less is more

    Styling products like gel and wax can help keep your hair in place. But too much of it will leave your hair messy and greasy. Plus, it can weigh your hair down.

    When it comes to hair products, less is more. Place a pea-sized amount in your palm and then add more as needed. Always rub the product between your hands before applying it to your hair. This is to ensure that your locks are receiving equal attention and that the product is more evenly distributed.

    Dry your hair gently

    Thin is a word most people don’t want to associate with their hair. Although heredity and stress are the most common causes of hair fall, some bad habits may also ruin your hair. One good example of which is how you dry your hair.

    Most people have the habit of drying their hair feverishly with a towel upon stepping out of the shower. It is one of the fastest and easiest ways to get rid of excess moisture. However, it can damage your hair and can possibly make it fall out. Our hair is at its weakest when wet. Meaning, it is more susceptible to damage. Rubbing your wet head with a towel can potentially lead to breakage. Plus, it can rough up the cuticle, causing it to look frizzy.

    Towels are made of tough fibers, but the towel itself won’t cause harm to your hair. If you rub it too hard against your hair, it can cause tension and eventually lead to breakage. To prevent damage, use an old shirt or a microfibre towel when drying your hair. Most importantly, do it gently.

    Eat healthy

    Your hair is a reflection of your overall health. Although good hair care for men practices can help improve the condition of your hair, you also need to eat healthy maintain strong, shiny, and healthy-looking hair.

    Proper nutrition is important for healthy hair. Your hair cells need a balance of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals for better hair and scalp health. Make sure that your diet is composed of lean meat, poultry, fish, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Nourish your hair inside and out by eating healthy, nutrient-rich foods. A healthy diet combined with proper hair care for men are a must for healthy, luscious locks.

    Essential hair care for men

    Good grooming goes beyond following a skin care routine. Besides taking care of your skin, you also need to take care of your hair. Follow the tips above and you’ll see the difference on how awesome your hair looks.