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Growing a beard is one of the things that will give you fulfillment as a man. Often, too many men tend to think that the beard will develop into a thick and lush mane all by itself. There are grooming mistakes that you will make in your attempt to grow the most notable facial mane. However, there are tasks you need to carry out to care and maintain your beard if you expect to be the envy of the men and women folk alike.

For your beard to grow neat and admirable, you have to know some beard grooming tips, and how and when to trim it. Those runaway and straggly strands need to go, you need the beard to look smart and smell fresh. You need to know what products to use and mainly how and when to clean it. There are many beard care mistakes you can make, so you need to know how to avoid the following.

1. Ignoring Beard Oil

If you want your beard to come out looking smooth, you need to invest in quality beard oil. Beard oil is one of the essential products you cannot afford to skip in your grooming kit. If you avoid it, your beard may as well turn into one rough mess. With proper application, you moisturize the skin underneath, and you turn your messy mane into a shiny and healthy looking beard. You don’t want to mess that look just because you ignored the beard oil that makes your beard easy to comb, you don’t have to worry about itchy and sore skin underneath your mane.

2. Not Brushing

A good number of beard lovers don’t know the importance of beard brushing. This means daily brushing isn’t a priority to them. You don’t want to ignore such a simple practice only to end up looking dirty and shaggy. Brushing will help distribute any oil you have applied, and it trains your beard to grow in one direction, instead of all over the place. Your facial hair is prone to dandruff, but constant brushing will get rid of such. Even if you have a short beard, it’s no excuse for skipping the brush, you can start with a fine comb and get a brush as it grows out.

3. Giving Up Easily

The say beard grooming is an art. Apparently, it’s a complicated one. In your quest for a thick and fuller beard, you need to practice tons of patience. Your mane won’t grow in a fortnight. Don’t make the mistake of giving up and cutting it even before two weeks have passed. You need to wait out for at least 7 weeks and see how it turns out. Even if your beard is patchy, leaving it out to grow will give you better results. After a period of free growth, you will be amazed at how those patches get filled up.

4. Believing Beard Myths

Many beard myths are being bandied around, and believing them blindly is a bane to your beard health and looks. You can try and do your own digging to find out whether any myth out there has some truth in it. There is something wrong in believing an outrageous assumption regarding beards. Some people will go wrong by thinking that a patchy beard will never fully grow out. Others will err by worshiping the assumption that by shaving the mane, you are likely to grow it back albeit faster and thicker. Don’t believe those who say that your beard must be cut down completely if you expect to fit a corporate setting.

5. Trimming Too Much, Too Soon

Trimming your beard right is one tricky task. You may not achieve it until you try it over and over again. Often, many beard lovers get their trimmers way ahead of time. Avoid trimming it before it’s due. You are likely to make a mistake meaning you could go back to doing it fresh from scratch. At the same time, you will avoid those beard care mistakes if you have a set of rules to work with.

You need to know your face shape and start trimming according to the features of your face and jawline. If you are itching to trim, take out small bits at a time. You cannot re-grow a huge tuft you have cut out accidentally. Your beard oil should be your friend, and you cannot forget brushing the beard, it’s the easiest task of all.

 

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 you are “reporting back” to. 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 is 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 has 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 regarding 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 you schedule or dietary needs don’t allow for 16-18 hours of fasting that’s ok! 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!

 

Looking to have a lads weekend in Europe, but want to experience something different from endless nights of drinking and debauchery? Consider visiting Italy. On the surface, it might not seem like an ideal spot to visit with your mates, but dig a little deeper and find a whole range of activities to keep you occupied. Whether you want to go rafting at Marmore Falls and stay in one of the villas in Umbria with a private pool or head to the bigger cities, Italy makes a surprisingly good destination for a weekend away.

The Weather is Always Good

Visit in the summer and expect to be bathed in sunshine and balmy temperatures. Days often hover in the low 30s, and you’re almost guaranteed a sunny day. If you’re planning a getaway later in the year, head to Southern Italy where the weather remains warm and pleasant in the winter. It doesn’t matter what you want to get up to on your lads getaway, having good weather is always an advantage.

Watch a Game of Football

Ask anyone to name a football team from Italy, and most will give you an answer. Head to South America and Asia and find the youth sporting Italian football shirts and discussing AC Milan’s latest result. The country is a huge footballing nation with extremely passionate fans. Rather than watch the big game in the pub back at home, why not get a ticket and cheer on from the stands?

Italy is Easy to Reach

If you’re in Europe, you can fly to cities in Italy for next to nothing on one of the many budget airlines. Passengers can reach the country on a direct flight that takes less than two hours from most European destinations with ultra-cheap trips available from the UK, Ireland, Germany, and France. Some of you might want to spend a little bit longer than a weekend and have plans to visit other spots on the continent. No problem; hop online, and you’ll probably be able to get a last minute flight for less than a train ticket back at home.

Classy Nights Out

Italians are known for their style, elegance, and class. And pretty much every city and most towns have bars and lounges to suit the patrons. Rather than DJs and 20-something-year-olds drinking and vomiting all over the place, you can expect a higher level of sophistication when you hit the town. Not everyone wants to spend every second of their trip drinking as much as they can humanly hold.

Milan’s Nightclubs

But if you do want to hit the clubs and party the night away, you’ll find Milan to be a haven for exclusivity. The city is known for its fashion, and there’s a massive presence of the world’s rich and famous. Many of these will spend their nights in one of the hundreds of clubs in the city. Instead of being crammed inside a dark and crowded club like back at home, you might be rubbing shoulders with celebrities and football players.

A Night Out on Italian Beer

We’ve all had a bottle or Peroni or Birra Moretti at some point, and most of us enjoy drinking it. Italian beer might not be as famous as other nations, but they do offer an excellent selection of local brews. You can order a glass or bottle from the bar and unwind on a warm sunny evening. Or head to one of the growing numbers of bars selling craft beer. Anyone looking to enjoy a few will appreciate the selection that’s on offer.

Italian Food

While coming to Italy for the food can be a reason for anyone to visit the country, it deserves a special mention. Nothing can be better than a pizza straight out the oven with a bottle of Peroni. You don’t have to go out and pay for fine dining. Leave that for when you come back with your girlfriend or wife. Instead, head to the smaller spots along the streets that cook up fast meals at decent prices. And almost every place will have a fridge full of Italian beer.

Italy is a Perfect Destination for a Road Trip

Look at the map of Italy, and you’ll immediately understand why it makes an ideal place for a road trip. The country stretches for almost 1000 kilometers from the northern border with Switzerland to the southern tip of its ‘boot.’ Several towns and cities can be easily reached by driving or taking the train from one spot to the next. Or, if you’re looking for a real adventure, why not get your bikes out and cycle along the Eurovelo to Brindisi  

Fight Like a Gladiator in Rome

And finally, one of the more unique experiences you can have in Italy is to take a gladiator class in Rome at the Colosseum. You can learn from a pro the different techniques and moves before giving a go for yourself. Nothing can compare to the fun most have when they spend a few hours learning to fight. Expect lots of laughs, adrenaline, and testosterone. If you’re planning your weekend away as part of a stag do, this will make the perfect activity.

Italy Makes a Great Spot for a Lad’s Weekend

Forget the candlelit dinners, strolling along Venice’s canals or visiting churches in Florence, come to Italy with your mates for the beer, adrenaline, and laughs. Not only will you have the time of your lives but you’ll also be able to have a getaway with a little less chaos than some of Europe’s others spots.

Americans love horses in a country that boasts a rich equestrian culture. The culture is gradually gaining international recognition as breeders have produced some of the best thoroughbreds that have become champions. Tourists who want to set their adrenaline flowing by indulging in sports that are more exciting than just engaging in the odd calculation of horseracing. Tourists can have a taste of horse riding on trips to these places that have earned the reputation of equestrian destinations of the US. They can even educate themselves about horse racing during the journey.

Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky is the torchbearer of the equestrian culture in the United States. The city is home to the famous Kentucky Derby, that had the privilege of having the Queen of England as a revered visitor. The Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing (AKA the Triple Crown), consisting of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes titles, takes place at the track of Churchill Downs.  The venue has also hosted the Breeder’s Cup eight times. Besides watching horses race in the stadium, visitors can peruse the nearby Kentucky Derby Museum to learn more about equestrian history. If you visit Churchill Downs at times other than Derby season, you can get a feel for things by watching simulcast racing that simulates the famous racing event.

Wellington, Florida

Florida has close connections to horses as it hosts some top-notch polo and equestrian events such as the Gold Cup, the US Cup, and the Whitney Cup.  The Winter Equestrian Festival and the National Horse Show both take place in Florida that attracts nothing less than 250,000 equestrian enthusiasts who crowd the city every year. The climate of Florida is perfect for horse riding that takes place for seven months out of each year. The geographic location of Wellington is ideal for equestrian sports. If if you are a horse lover who wants to get a taste of top-class riding, Wellington is the place to be.

Woodside, California

The people of Woodside, California, especially the community closely attached to horses, have a long history of patronizing equestrian sports since 1800. Horseback riding is one of the favorite pastimes for the most affluent and prosperous, which makes sense as Woodside is the wealthiest small town in the United States. The community has been committed to nurturing and promoting equestrian sports by framing equine-friendly policies and connecting equestrian facilities and horse farms to each other by an elaborate riding trail system.

Aspen, Colorado

For those interested in riding through mountains and rough terrains, Aspen in Colorado is the place to visit. Aspen is well-known for its spectacular scenic beauty that you can enjoy while riding horses and coaxing your adventurous spirit. However, the remaining eight months provide an enjoyable climate, ideal for horse riding.

Make sure that you include these places when planning your equestrian tour itinerary.

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“Don’t base your decisions on the advice of those who don’t have to deal with the results.”

~Anonymous

 

As much as you try to apply the logic that others and life throw at you when you are feeling low, nothing seems to work out. All the affirmations and the strategies aimed at bringing up oneself and motivating to feel better – they all fail. It is not always women who experience these emotions and feelings, men too have both ups and downs in life that takes them on a roller coaster ride of being low and excited in the various situations. In fact, women are the ones who know how to express their feelings, but the dudes find it quite tricky holding on too strong which results in feeling low.

Talking about advice, which definitely keeps coming in from all the ends but all aren’t as useful as they should be. It is peaceful within that can help someone come back to the surface with a bang.

“Be positive” is the new way to tell someone that everything will be okay and also to motivate them and cheer them up. The truth is – it doesn’t work! It never did, and it will never help anyone who is already preoccupied with other things and thoughts. It is more or less telling someone that you should feel better now because I have motivated you quite a lot. And it’s downright annoying and useless to be told it again.

Now the question is – if being positive isn’t the right advice when someone is feeling low, what should be done?

Don’t Talk About It Too Much

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It is like reliving the stressful moment again and again when you talk about it to not one or two but some people. Talk about it to those who can actually provide a solution to the problem rather than listening, giving not-so-useful advice and spreading the word like wildfire among others. So, it is better to keep it to limited people who matter.

 

Choose Between Fight or Flight

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When you/someone is in a bad mood and feeling really low, there are a thousand things constantly going in your head. From how to feel energetic to should I stay the same with the same mood, everything keeps on hitting your head making you more confused. Now you have to segregate the thoughts crawling in your head into – whether you want to fight or flight from the problem. The flight mode works just like your smartphone does. It blocks all the access to calls, messages, and ways for others to reach to you. It is a temporary method to run from the problems. Hence, fighting and overcoming is what you must look out for.

 

Accepting Reality and Letting Go of Things Out of Your Control

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When you are in the flight mode, you know that someday, you will eventually settle down and start a family. It would be useless to stay aloof from others. You must let anything that comes to you come, but make sure you let go of the things that bring sadness in your life. In fact, you cannot stop the negativity to flow in but you always have the option to let go of things. Do that!!

 

Dress Well for Yourself

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When you shop, things around you get brighter! You must have heard this before because this is entirely true. When you pay attention to yourself, pamper yourself with sleek, fashionable outfits, comfortable men’s underwear, complementing accessories, you feel good from within. You should indulge in this when skies turn gray for you.

 

Meditate

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You cannot deny the benefits of meditation! Can you? Well, it is the most basic, fruitful and result-oriented method to make someone feel better. If you are struggling with something, try meditation and the different ways to do it right. The results will be fabulous.

 

Our eyes are rightly said to be the real windows to our souls. They are indeed vital to a healthy existence. Never take your eyes and any issues associated with your eyes lightly. You must religiously follow these simple tips for ensuring that your eyes are healthy even when you are in your old age.

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Opt for a Comprehensive Dilated Eye Check-Up

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Many of you simply ignore your eyes thinking that you have a perfect vision, but you should visit a professional eye care facility for a comprehensive dilated eye check-up. This would be the best way of ruling out any issues with your eyes. There are several common vision issues like, diabetic eye disease, age-associated macular degeneration, and glaucoma etc. that often go unnoticed as there are no warning signs. The best way of detecting these issues in their initial stages is by going through the dilated eye examination.

Find Out Eye Health History of Your Family

Find out from your other family members if there is any clinical history associated with their eyes. It is quite essential for everybody to know if anybody in the family had been suffering from any serious eye disease as many such issues could be hereditary. This would be really helpful in determining if you seem to be at a higher risk of getting an eye issue.

Eat Healthy Food for Eye Protection

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Many of you know that eating carrots would be great for your eyes. However, the fact is, you must eat a nutritious diet that comprises lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, especially, leafy greens such as kale, spinach, or even collard greens. Your eyes would stay healthy and in perfect condition if you consume fish such as tuna, salmon, and halibut that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

Maintain Your Weight

Maintain ideal body weight as obesity could increase the risk of acquiring diabetes or some other serious systemic conditions like glaucoma and even diabetic eye disease that could result in vision loss. If it is increasingly getting difficult for you to attain and maintain an ideal weight, you must seek a doctor’s advice. 

Keep Your Hands and Of Course Contact Lenses Scrupulously Clean

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Always keep your hands scrupulously clean. Your contact lenses must be cleaned as frequently as possible. It can help avoid infections. Keep washing your hands and wash the contact lenses thoroughly. It is best to keep your contact lenses disinfected.

Practicing Safety at the Workplace Is Of Utmost Importance

You must work in a safe and germ-free environment. You must ensure that you are wearing protective eyewear if your job necessitates that for safety purposes. Moreover, do not ever be callous about your eye safety and protection. Wear protective gear and eyewear to provide ample protection to your eyes. Always remember your eyes are pretty precious to you and so you must take excellent care of them.

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Life, as a man, isn’t easy.

Almost all books and resources on the Internet talk about the hardships of a woman, but people don’t talk about the difficulties that men face as they go through life. Whether it is about earning a livelihood or attracting women, things are never easy for men.

The good news is that there are a few things that can help men improve the quality of their life; and one of them is reading self-improvement books. Unfortunately, men often tend to become defensive about reading self-improvement books as they are too protective of their egos. But think again, your ego will take you nowhere; so it is best to accept the fact that no one is born perfect. You need to make yourself perfect.

Here is a list of 5 books that will help you get started towards the journey of self-improvement and become the man women dream of:

1. The Four Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss

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This one is a must-read for youth that are on the verge of joining their dream jobs and dedicating their lifetime to work. Most of us immerse ourselves in our work to the extent that we forget we have a life of our own. There are things we are passionate about and there are people who need us. We become so engrossed in our work (even though we do not want to) that our job titles become our self-descriptions.

The Four Hour Work Week is a book that helps the youth identify their passion and spend less time doing things they don’t like. Doing so helps you focus things that make you happy.

Alert – It definitely does not talk about how you can earn millions of dollars within a week or month. It encourages you to live life to the fullest and make the most of your youth!

 

2. Whatcha Gonna Do with That Duck?: And Other Provocations by Seth Godin

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Whatcha Gonna Do with That Duck?: And Other Provocations is one the several masterpieces created by Seth Godin and one of the best self-improvement books you can come across. Apart from self-improvement, the book focuses on a number of other areas of improvement. It provides men with a completely new perspective of life that is fresher, more vibrant and packed with possibilities.

In a blog post from Whatcha Gonna Do with That Duck, the author says, “We’re surrounded by people who are busy getting their ducks in a row, waiting for just the right moment. . . Getting your ducks in a row is a fine thing to do. But deciding what you are going to do with that duck is a far more important issue.” This book will be your friend, philosopher and guide and help you venture into the no-comfort zone. It is powerful enough to make you feel the onset of a new age where you can get rid of everything you dislike and own everything you like.

If you are really keen on self-improvement, make sure you read this book.

 

3. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

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“When you show yourself to the world and display your talents, you naturally stir all kinds of resentment, envy, and other manifestations of insecurity… you cannot spend your life worrying about the petty feelings of others.” – Robert Greene

The 48 Laws of Power talks about power and how people misuse it for their own benefits. We often give in to powerful people and do everything they want us to do, even if we do not support it. This book teaches you to rise above all this and protect yourself from people who may try to belittle you using their power.

The 48 Laws of Power offers a number of life lessons and teaches you how to use power for good. If you think people have been trying to manipulate you and use your skills to their advantage, read this book to empower yourself.

 

4. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change – Stephen R. Covey

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Do you know why some people are more successful than others? It is because they understand what they want and they know how to achieve it. In ‘The 7 Habits of Highly effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change’, Covey talks about the seven habits that one must adopt to become effective in achieving the goals of life. The book makes an attempt to change our view towards the world and ourselves. However, doing so isn’t easy. You need to try really hard to make things happen the way you want.

If you read the book and apply the learning with true dedication, it can make a real difference to your life. If you have the urge to learn more, this is the perfect book for you. Read the book to empower yourself and the people around you!

 

5. Think and Grow Rich: The Original 1937 Unedited Edition – Napoleon Hill

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Who does not want to be rich? But, being good is even more important. The unedited version of ‘Think and Grow Rich’ is a masterpiece by Napoleon Hill. It talks about becoming rich and other aspects of life such as thinking positive (about life and yourself), not getting flustered even when you do not have enough money, etc.

Try to read the unedited version as the edited one omits important and controversial information. Get the unedited version to understand the true meaning of, ‘Riches can’t always be measured in money!’

Conclusion

There are a number of books on self-improvement, but the above are some of the masterpieces that can change your life for good. Whether or not you are an avid reader, these books are a must-read. So, grab them and rediscover life in a way you never knew before.

 

 

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It was just yesterday that I bought myself a pair of denim jeans and after a few washes it started to wear off and finally within a month, it came down to pieces. You might say that it was the fabric that was of bad quality but I wouldn’t put the entire blame on the fabric. It was my fault too because I couldn’t take care of it and it didn’t last long.

 

Likewise, most of us face day to day problems with our fashionable outfits and undergarments and find it extremely difficult to keep them longer with us. This article puts forward some time-saving, hassle-free and quick tips that can make men’s clothing look younger and durable.

 

 1.Abstain from a lot of washing:

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Like seriously? Not washing would keep my clothes stay longer? This can’t be true! If you’d take a closer look, you’d find that the number of times you wash the clothes, that number of times you put them with the harsh detergents. Detergents are made with harsh chemicals that directly affect the threads of the fabric and loosen them, which results in wear and tear. Whether it is your street fashion or your Gucci shirts or Gucci jacket, all the items will result in the same. So avoid washing them too often.

 

 2.Check pockets before washing:

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My mother always had this issue with us that we never checked out jeans pockets before putting the jeans in the washing machine. As a result, the mechanic was called to get it out and we got a scolding. Once, I forgot my set of Gucci watches in the pocket (it was brand new) and got it spoiled. In addition, these coins or anything that is left behind in the pockets causes constant rubbing against the fabric and tears the fabric faster. So, you must be careful before putting your clothes in for cleaning.

 

3.Get rid of the bobbles:

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Bobbles look very ugly on the clothes. They can make your not so old sweaters or jackets look really old which you obviously don’t want. The saddest part is that once done, they keep coming back and more in number. Hence, you must buy a bobble remover comb for that smooth finish on all your winter wear outfits. Bobble removing combs can also be carried in your Gucci bags or briefcases when you go for a longer duration.

 

4.Fold and Hang theory:

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You must have heard about the Big Bang Theory but have you heard about the Fold and Hang theory? You must have an idea of which clothes are supposed to be hanged while which are to be folded. Clothes with sharp edges like shirts, pants, shorts or t-shirts and even under clothing pieces are supposed to be folded whereas; articles like suits and any kind of winter wear are required to be hanged because the folded marks need to be prevented from the same.

 

5.Sunlight is important for some:

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You might show all your clothes sunlight after washing them. Have you ever seen some colors fading? Well, it can either be because of the detergent or because of the sun rays. The darker clothes lose their color because of the sunlight and that’s why it would be a wiser decision to lay them flat in the shade to prevent fading.

 

With these tips, you can keep your favorite outfits longer with you without being rough or faded. You can now be careful while taking care of the outfits in order to keep them looking as good as new for a longer duration.

As life changing as it might be to travel alone, it is important that you remain cognizant of the fact that there is no one around to watch your back. For this reason, you need to pay more attention to everything around you. Many of the travel tips that I came across before I took my own journey around the world were geared towards families, women, and children. There is nothing wrong with this, in fact, I applaud it, but I also wanted to make sure that men have a handy little traveling list that they could refer to in order to keep safe when they travel alone. There are lists for things that every man needs in their lives, but there aren’t many travel tips made for men. So without further ado, here are 10 safety tips geared towards men who travel alone.

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 1.Purchase Travel Insurance

 

Travel Insurance is beneficial to you if your connecting flight is canceled, or if you lose your valuables at the airport during your flight. It will also come in handy if you happen to injure yourself during your trip, as it will help mitigate the cost of healthcare in a foreign country. No matter the type of unlikely circumstance that life throws your way while you are on a solo trip, having travel insurance in your corner will make it much more bearable.

 

It is very easy for most men to brush things off as unnecessary, but trust me when I say that not getting travel insurance really sucks if it turns out that you need it. Purchasing travel insurance also gives you a chance to learn about any restrictions that you might have while flying. It may also inform you of some of the health and safety risks that the area you are visiting has.

 2.Let People Know Where You Are

It might not sound fun to always keep someone updated on your location, trust me I know. It is very exciting to get lost in another country and go completely off the map, but it isn’t always a safe option. The simple act of letting people know where you are allows you to develop a pattern, and thus your friends and family will already be on alert for your safety if you do not check in with them.

Also, it makes it easier for authorities to track your movements and find you in the event that you go missing (worst case scenario). Needless to say, it is important that when you travel alone, you do not just vanish off the face of the earth (unless that is your intention). Leave some breadcrumbs in your wake so that people can find you if need be, but like I said if you’re traveling to hide then ignore this section.

 3.Don’t Advertise That You’re Traveling Alone

Some men have the natural compulsion to brag, and this compulsion intensifies while they travel. However, it is important that you do not get sucked into the false sense of camaraderie that foreign soil can breed. This is not to say that every beautiful person you meet while you are traveling is your enemy, but it is simply a call for you to be cautious about whom you hang around and what you say to them. Regardless of how you feel about the people that you meet on your journey, do not divulge that you are traveling alone (no matter how beautiful or gorgeous they may be).

Advertising that you are traveling alone puts you at risk and makes you a prime target for criminals and burglars who are looking for easy marks. Have you seen the movie Taken (the original)? If you haven’t, I suggest that you take the time to watch it before you travel. It might sound paranoid, but it will no doubt keep you safer and out of harm’s way.

 4.Know How To Contact The Authorities

I am sure many of you reading this are probably thinking, how is this a manly thing to do? The Alpha Male that lies dormant in most males (in some it’s always on the loose) will be tempted to come out and keep you company when you are traveling alone. It is important to realize that your personal safety is at a much higher risk when you are traveling alone. As such, learning how to properly contact the authorities whenever you are in a different country is an absolute must.

There are those who think they might not need to contact the police or call an ambulance for any reason, and this is probably your Alpha Male talking over you. Requiring assistance when you are in a foreign country is not something that should even remotely bother you. In fact, it is something that you should want to do because it could very well be the determining factor between having a good trip and having a horrible one.

 5.The Fewer The Gadgets, The Better

When you are traveling alone, it is advised that you keep the use of your gadgets to a minimum because it takes away from your situational awareness while simultaneously garnering unwanted attention. Any of these things would be a cause for concern on their own, but together they are truly frightening.

In addition to the points listed above, keeping your gadgets to a minimum allows you to keep better track of them while you are on the go, which reduces the chance of you misplacing something important and expensive. If you want status symbols like watches, make sure that you choose one of the more affordable watches. Same goes for any other product. The cheaper it is the less likely it is to be stolen, and the less you are going to worry about it.

 6.Hide Your Valuables

For some men, it is in our very nature to flaunt whatever we have, but when you are in unfamiliar territory, it is best to keep that to yourself. This is important in everyday life but even more so when you are traveling abroad and you are on foreign soil. As welcoming and hospitable as some countries may be, it is important to always be aware of the fact that you are at a unique disadvantage.

Even before you touch down, you should take the proper steps to secure your bags. Everything from your flight to your stay has the potential to put your valuables at risk. If you are not a local, there will be many things that you are not accustomed to, and this places you in a precarious spot. This is why you should leave the flaunting until you are back on home turf, that way you don’t incentivize anyone to take advantage of you.

 7.Make Use Of A Pocket Dictionary

Traveling is about immersing yourself in a different culture and engaging with the people around you, but sometimes this is hard to do with a language gap. A good way to get around this is to make use of a pocket dictionary (or an app with the same function). This will produce more fruitful social interaction. It will also make the locals more accessible. Trust me, you will not be meeting anyone interesting at a bar or club if you stand around sputtering and being misunderstood all the time.

 8.Don’t Binge Drink

This is the perfect time to bring up this handy safety tip since I just addressed being at a bar or a club. Now, a lot of men enjoy drinking while they are traveling, and I have nothing at all against this. However, it is important that you do not drink to the point where you are clearly drunk because that can be a problem.

Alcohol laws vary from country to country, and in some places, it is a crime to be intoxicated in public. However, this is a minor concern because being put in a cell to sober up is one of the best-case scenarios. The consumption of alcohol (in large enough quantities) leads to impaired mental faculties and impaired motor skills. This limits your response time and makes you prime for victimization.

Being drunk also makes it harder for you to keep your guard up if the need arises. In effect, this makes you a much easier target for thieves and criminals, and many of them will not hesitate to take advantage of you in your inebriated state. It is imperative that you have your wits about you when you are traveling in another country and this is hard to do when you are visibly impaired.

 9.Try To Be Open

There are some men that are naturally aggressive and dominant, and this is a trait that should take a backseat when you are abroad. The last thing you want to do is make people dislike you when you are far from your support network, and the fastest way to make people dislike you is to be abrasive and rude. It is key to your safety that you remain open to new ways of doing things and try to keep a positive outlook at all times.

This allows you to form bonds with the people that you meet, and it will make you much less of a target for burglars and criminals. Blend with the culture of the area, and try not to offend those around you through your ignorance of local customs. Be sure that you are not a pushover, either. Stand your ground, but do so politely.

 10.Know Your Limits

None of the points that have been made above will keep you safe while traveling unless you are mindful of your own limits as an individual. At this point, it is common knowledge that travel of any sort can be fun if you let it be. But you have to be mindful of your surroundings, and make sure that you do not get carried away and blame it on the heat of the moment.

If you have never jumped off a cliff while you are at home, surrounded by people you know, it is not advisable to try and do it when you are off in another country. Try new things when you can, but be sure that there is someone around who may be able to assist you in the event that the worst-case scenario occurs.

Conclusion

Travelling can be fun, and it allows you discover a good deal about new places while simultaneously learning so much about yourself. The benefits of traveling often are at times mitigated by the dangers people face when they travel. Hopefully, this list of tips will help you make the most out of your next trip while simultaneously keeping you safe while exploring.

 

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Everyone needs a selection of clothing and accessories in their wardrobe that will showcase their best features and sense of style. If your goal is to update your style and dress well on a regular basis, you should take some time to understand the clothes that are most ideal for your body type and lifestyle.

Style Inspiration

  • There are different steps that you can take towards identifying your style, including fashion icons that can inspire you.
  • Consider people whose styles you admire and keep them in mind while you shop for clothes and dress.
  • Style goes beyond being trendy or dressing well. It represents your character and involves being able to confidently wear items that you like and want.

Lifestyle

It is important to dress according to your lifestyle. Tailor your style to accommodate the life you have and incorporate in your daily life. Regardless of what your situation may be, you can be stylish without compromising on your comfort.

If you regard clothing as a representation of your unique style and personality, create a wardrobe that is based on your preferences. Start shopping for outfits and focus on finding items that you can easily mix and match.

Be Prepared

  • Preparing your outfits in advance saves time and enables you to carefully pick out the things you wear and create the right impression.
  • Learn how to coordinate different colors and patterns.
  • Invest in quality pieces that will last. These will serve as dependable foundations for the rest of your wardrobe. Items such as shoes should always be high quality because of the wear and tear that they are exposed to.
  • Make sure that everything you buy fits because no matter how expensive or trendy clothing is, it will not look good if it does not fit properly.

Men’s Wedding Bands

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Men usually out a lot of effort into choosing engagement rings but it can be challenging to select their own bands, especially when they are not aware of the options that are available. Your wedding ring is an important purchase and since it will be a key aspect of your life, you should be happy with the choice that you make.  Visit www.mensweddingbands.com.

 

Width

There are various factors to consider when picking a wedding band that may end up being the only jewelry piece that you wear. These factors range from width to detailing. It is essential for the groom to determine how wide the ring should be.

Spare some time to try on as many wedding bands as you can with various widths and decide what suits you best. Wider rings may cost slightly more, depending on the jeweler, because large amounts of metal are required to make them.  Strike a balance between the size of the ring you want and a price that you can afford.

Precious Metals

There is a metal for virtually every budget and there are several options to choose from. Conventional metals that are used for men’s wedding bands include yellow gold, white gold and platinum. Each type of metal has its benefits and can be used to create a stylish, comfortable and durable wedding band.

 

Bio: Bill Williams is a freelance writer who contributes articles to different online sites. He covers a wide range of topics but his areas of focus are men’s fashion among other lifestyle issues. He likes to cook, swim and travel. Visit www.mensweddingbands.com for more information.

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Whether you set your foot once a year or probably are on the move throughout the year, traveling is one thing that every person likes to do. A traveler takes out time to sneak out the smallest weekend trips to the summer vacations that can be spent in exploring the different cultures of the world.

 

All you need to do is pick up your rucksack and leave to a destination lesser traveled and make memories by writing your experiences as journals.

 

Apart from just traveling and sightseeing, there are a lot of things that travel maniacs love to indulge in. If you truly are in love with traveling, these are the things that you must be doing while on your trips- both big or small.

 

Go down the less traveled road

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We all love to stay in our comfort zones while traveling newer places but an avid traveler would go down the less traveled spots to find something new that was missed out on the last time. For the first timers, you must explore places that look like they don’t get visited because they are places which help you make memories. Ask the locals, get lost and find new paths while finding destinations.

 

Opt for public transport

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Avaricious travelers believe in getting in touch with the destination’s depth by traveling in the public transports. It is one way in which you can explore the deepest lanes and spots you might not find otherwise. Trams and buses are especially the ones which help you get the grasp of the locality.

 

Collect souvenirs on the go

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What is traveling when you don’t collect memories to look back at? Well, souvenirs are the best way to keep the memories intact whenever you want to go back in time to find out what you did last summer. Pick them up from the locals, stores (not gift stores), and other places to bring the culture with them. Make sure you choose things that talk about the destination quite well. My brother went on a vacation to Miami beach when he bought me a hat and a pair of men’s swimwear as souvenirs. You too can pick up gifts for your loved ones.

 

Documentation is necessary

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We’re not asking you click selfies while doing anything and everything while traveling. Well, you can take selfies but capture the destination and document what you feel out there is important. Make a journal and put down your experiences with photos to show them to your family and friends. If you do something like this that brings alive the memories, you are truly in love with traveling. Make sure you don’t spend a lot of time on Facebook or Instagram and take note of every small and big detail that surround you.

 

Try local cuisine referred to you by the locals

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Being foodies with a great taste of trying new cuisines, travelers generally opt for food spots which are referred to them local people and not Google. Whether it is a small joint in the corner of the city or the lavish restaurant with big names, try out the delicacies and figure out which served you authentic food. That has to be the former one rather than the biggies set up there.

 

Talk to the locals and learn their language

 

It is quite easy for you to carry a language translator with you to communicate with the local people but it takes guts to start the conversation and learn that language. Nope! We’re not asking you to mug up everything and be as fluent as they are, but you must learn enough that when you come next, you won’t have to refer the translator to communicate with them.

 

Get lost and find your way back

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We know it sounds impossible to get lost with a GPS and all the technologies that man has been bestowed with, but what if you didn’t use it? Getting lost is what every traveler loves because it opens up the opportunities for them to explore places better and also make them learn a lot of things while deciphering their way back. Try it and you wouldn’t want to use maps ever again.

 

Be adventurous

 

Well the above-mentioned things definitely take a lot of guts to fulfill but if you are passionate about traveling, you wouldn’t mind doing any of them. This in respect to being adventurous calls for challenging yourself to indulge in facing your fears. For example, I was scared of heights and then I tried cliff jumping which changed me and now I love falling off from heights because I faced fear. You too should so something adventurous.

Do share your travel experiences with us in the comments below.

 

Leaky roofs are among the common reasons why homeowners call contractors. Property owners usually do not have the knowledge or expertise to look for the problems that affect their roofs. While professionals have experience dealing with various roof issues, the sources of leaks are not always easy to spot.

The areas where the water gets into the building are not necessarily linked directly to the source of the problem. This is why contractors need to investigate in order for them to be able to identify the leak’s source correctly and the path along which the water travels. Maintenance programs can help to minimize the occurrence of leaks.

Roofing- Preventing Leaks

Roofing contractors recommend that the roofing system is inspected regularly and maintained by professionals to prevent future problems. Similar to how a car will not run efficient if you never change the oil, you cannot install your roof and forget about it.

 

Roof Inspections

Before inspections are performed, contractors usually observe while on the ground and find out whether there have been extreme weather conditions recently, presence of animals, falling debris, accidents or cable work that may have damaged the roof.

Once you have access to the roof, there are simple and effective ways to locate leaks that can occur in the future. Maintenance can help you notice potential issues that can cause roof damage. Penetrations are one of the main sources of leaks and stop water from flossing naturally off a roof.

Different Sources of Leaks 

  • Chimneys are top leak sources that may have crickets, are improperly counter flashed or require sealing.
  • Water may be trapped behind skylights; flashing may require repair and the skylight may leak.
  • Plumbing vents that have cracked rubber over time, need to be painted or sealed and have damaged pipes are other key sources of leaks.
  • Contractors inform their customers about preventative maintenance and the type of repairs that can help prevent costly issues in the future.

 Choosing Home Decor for your Lifestyle

Decorating a home is all about creating a space the suits your personality and lifestyle. Along with making sure that the appearance of your home fulfills your needs, you also need to consider how the different rooms of your home function according to your lifestyle and what you want to accomplish.

An outgoing personality is usually reflected by vibrant colors while someone who is introverted is likely to prefer a sheltered space with subtle hues. There are no fixed rules pertaining to decor as people are at liberty to experiment with various themes and concepts.

Significance of Colors

Rooms such as children’s bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen rooms are generally brighter in color. Establishing a formal tone in rooms such as the dining room, living room and home office tends to involve using subdued colors with minimal patterns to achieve tranquility.

 

Inspiration

If you are looking for a unique way to showcase your personality or specific colors to enhance the mood of the room, look through publications that give insight into various aspects of home decor. Websites, decorating magazines, fabric brochures and books are worthwhile resources for inspiring your next project.

 

Bio: Evans Connor has been a professional journalist for more than 5 years. He has worked with different organizations in different parts of the world. He says that one of the greatest lessons in life is to be passionate about your job until it no longer feels like a job. With his ideas on the qualities of a good gutter repair expert, he has helped many homeowners make the right decision. 

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If you are browsing the exquisite handmade diamond rings, it is quite obvious that you are preparing to propose to your beloved. There are many factors to consider while choosing an engagement ring for your life partner. It is understood that a budget would play a crucial role in your final choice but your focus is on choosing something exclusive and exotic for your fiancée. After all, an engagement ring is a true expression of your deep love and unfaltering commitment to your life partner. Here are a few important factors to keep in mind while choosing a handmade diamond engagement ring.

Opt for a Reputable Jeweler

It is vital to identify a renowned jeweler while making your purchase. You need to talk to family and friends and seek their recommendations. You could talk to other recently engaged or married couples and find out from where they had purchased the rings and if it is worthwhile to pay a visit to their jeweler. Moreover, choose a company which is receiving letters to certify the authenticity of their diamonds from the GIA (Gemological Institute of America). Your jeweler must offer diamonds that are evaluated by any certified jewelry institution

Remember It Is Going to Be Time-Consuming

When you are looking for handmade diamond rings, obviously, you are not expecting to buy it and take it back with you the same day. You would need to place an order for customizing the engagement ring. It would take about a month for the ring to be ready as per your unique specifications.

Check Out the 4Cs While Choosing the Diamond

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You must keep in mind the 4Cs while choosing the diamond. The 4Cs include the clarity, cut, carat and color of the diamond. Whatever you choose must be according to your personal preferences. If you are looking for maximum dazzle and overall brilliance, then place emphasis on the cut of the diamond. Moreover, it pays to remember that the symmetry, proportions, and polish could be having a major effect on the overall appearance of the handmade diamond.

Do Ample Research on Settings

Browse the Internet for different setting options. Do ample research online about the diverse settings. After a thorough study, you could choose the right setting for the engagement ring. You could ask your fiancée to try on a few different settings to make sure which one suits her most or which one she would prefer to wear.

Choosing the Band Wisely

While choosing the right band, you could choose from the conventional yellow gold, or white gold, platinum, or opt for the currently in fashion, the rose gold. You may even consider mixing and matching two different kinds of metals to create a unique band. It is all a matter of your choice and preference.

Uniqueness Is Bound to Win

When you are opting for a custom handmade diamond ring, it would actually be designed right from the scratch. You would be providing valuable inputs at every stage of the designing process. You could choose your favorite metal for the band; express your preference for the cut and size of the diamond, the stone itself, the carat, and different elements that go into the making of the handmade diamond engagement ring for your beloved. This would imply that the final product is certainly 100% unique. There would be no other ring that would look just like yours.

Conclusion

Choosing the best handmade diamond engagement ring for your life-partner is an important and critical decision. You just want to ensure that your beloved would find it mind-blowing. Think about the factors mentioned above and you would be on the right track.
Author Bio: Mandy Bular is a jewelry designer who is also an avid blogger and fashion journalist. She contributes to fashion magazines from time to time and writes mostly about jewelry design trends. Her blog posts are pretty helpful as they are quite informative. She offers recommendations about valuable resources such as perigems.com.

 

Hair fall itself is not a problem, but a symptom. When you get hair fall, thinning of hair in patches from head, or just overall thinning, which you cannot control, then you have to understand that there is always an underlying cause. This underlying problem, deep rooted in your body system makes hair fall, and also brings on other apparent and unapparent problems in body.

Hair thinning due to genetics

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The most common hair thinning problem in men, referred to as hereditary baldness, and in women, referred to as Alopecia, is a genetic problem. They are programmed by hereditary traits to get shrinkage in their hair follicles with time. This results in very less space inside follicles to hold a shaft of hair and hair falls off.

To prevent this problem, one can take medicines and supplements which alter chemicals and hormone levels in the body to prevent shrinkage of follicles, and generate new follicles. But such medications and treatment has to be continued for life, or else once stopped baldness will reoccur.

Lifestyle problems

Often lifestyle is a big factor in thinning of hair. As you have irregular sleep and wake up times, have bad food habits and dependency of street food, oily and unhygienic food, and take alcohol and smoke a lot, you can expect problems with not just hair but your entire system. Hair thinning and baldness often comes from these, and also from stress and anxiety arising out of stressed work life, relationships etc.

Serums, creams, vitalizers, are all external factors which can help for the time being, but not as a permanent solution. In some cases none of these works also, and you feel helpless with receding and/or thinning hair line. Platelet-rich plasma from your own body can be used to treat the skin and vitalize for new hair growth. This is the best possible natural solution, and suitable for all.

Liver and skin problems

Hair loss also occurs due to many other body problems like chronic skin conditions, liver diseases etc. In all such cases, the body problem must be treated first to restore a balance. In case of chronic problems which stay for life, the best possible solution is to talk to an expert professional and take medication and treatments as needed.

Medical Reasons

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There are sometimes very deep causes and medical conditions behind the hair loss. There can be some kind of infection or nutrition deficit, radiation related problem and many others, which may lead to hair fall. If you have the slightest feel that some such problem can be the reason as you are facing some debilitating disease or weakness or therapy, then you must talk to your doctor first. Without taking consent of the doctor in such a condition, it’s not safe to go for cosmetic hair treatments. Also many medicines have side effects that cause hair fall. Hence your complete case history needs to be discussed upfront with your doctors to detect the true reason of hair fall. And then you may decide the course of treatment.

Author Bio: Sujain Thomas is a hair fall specialist, and also specializes in multiple studies which relates to cosmetic treatments, skin and hair health etc. In her researches she often uses and buy antibodies to see the reactivity of them in several conditions with skin and hair. She is an excellent person to discuss hair fall problems.

Late Fall through Winter is a great time for a man to grow a beard for the first time. Beginning in November, with No Shave November, many men stop shaving and grow out their beards to support cancer patients who lose their hair due to treatment for their cancer, and to raise awareness of cancer.
Traditionally, men donate the money they would normally spend on shaving supplies to cancer organizations that educate, raise awareness, and support cancer patients. Other men compete for growing the best beard, much like running a relay, with proceeds going to support cancer patients.

Beard Season

Whether you participate or not, beard season begins in November. For some of us it doesn’t end until Spring, when the temperatures get warmer and the wind doesn’t make your face go numb the moment you step foot outside. When the Spring comes, it is time to shave off your Winter beard.
If this is your first time growing a beard, welcome to the club! You are sure to have learned a lot about beard maintenance and the joy of growing and styling a beard. If you are looking at this post, chances are that you are ready to cut your beard off and enjoy the sun.

Where To Begin

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If you have grown a beard, you already know How to Shave. That doesn’t mean you know how to shave off a full beard. This is where it gets interesting for seasonal beard growers. There are several things to consider before you begin shaving.

Beard Shaving Is Tricky

If your whiskers have ever grown too long, you know that your razor will pull the hair, which is unpleasant and painful at time. If it is your first time shaving off a full beard, you are in luck, my friend. This is your guide on how to do it right, with as little irritation as possible, for a smooth finish.

Prep Work Is Important

Why Prep For Your Shave?

The most important part of shaving your beard is the prep work you put into it. If you don’t prep your beard and the skin beneath it, you will have some serious irritation. Your skin is going to be sensitive if you haven’t shaved in a while, so extra precautions will go a long way to preventing additional, unnecessary irritation.

What You Need

First, gather your arsenal. Most of what you will need should already be in your shaving kit. You will need a trimmer or pair of scissors to trim your beard back, some shaving cream, and a shaving brush if you want to really experience the art of shaving. A fresh razor with multiple blades and a trimmer, such as The Great Dane from 99centrazor.com, will also be necessary.

Let The Shaving Begin!

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Step 1: Trim Your Beard

It seems like a waste of time and effort to trim a beard you are going to cut off, but it’s necessary, unless you like your whiskers pulled out and clogging up your razor. If you have a trimmer, trim your beard back as close as you can using the shortest trim guide. If you don’t have a razor, scissors will work, though they can’t cut as close.

Step 2: Lather Up

Soak your brush, if you’re using one, in warm water for several minutes. Use warm water to saturate your beard. Apply the amount of cream you think you will need to the brush and whip your cream into a lather using a shaving mug. Use the brush to apply the lathered cream to your face, liberally. The cream will lubricate the razor, preventing tugging on your hair and your skin and will moisturize your skin.

Step 3: Shave

It will take you longer than normal to shave off your beard. You’re dealing with a lot more hair than normal stubble from daily shaving. Just hold your skin taut with your free hand and take your time. Reapply lather in areas that you need to shave over more than once to prevent irritation.
Once you rinse off, check to make sure you’re smooth. If you’re still not as smooth as you would like or missed a spot or two, lather up and shave again. You may need to shave against the grain to get a closer shave. If your razor has a trimmer on the end of it, use it to trim up your sideburns and rinse your face with warm water and pat dry.

Post Shaving Advice

Once your shave is complete, use an aftershave lotion or balm to moisturize and protect your skin from irritation resulting from the shave. If you choose to not shave off all of your facial hair and go with a goatee or mustache, apply beard conditioner to it in order to keep it soft and the skin beneath in good condition.
Welcome back to feeling the wind and sun on your skin! You have just accomplished the task of shaving off a beard, and if you followed the suggestions in this post, your skin should be soft and not irritated. You will miss your beard, but it won’t be long until November when you can start the process over again.