10 Indispensable Grooming Tips for Men

Once upon a time, proper grooming was something that few men took all that seriously. For one thing, it was incredibly time-consuming, and a sign of the worst sort of vanity. Attitudes and practices have changed, however. Nowadays, men’s grooming is something that’s widely agreed to be worth thinking about. Let’s run through ten fantastic tips that’ll ensure you can face every day looking spectacular.

Replace your Toothbrush Heads

To keep your teeth in the best possible condition, you’ll need to be using an electric toothbrush. That much is a given. But you’ll also need to replace those toothbrush heads at regular intervals – if you don’t, they’re not going to retain their plaque-busting capability for long. You need to be swapping them every six weeks at a bare minimum. So, buy a pack of twelve and set a reminder on your phone to replace them at the start of every month, and to buy a new pack after a year. Problem solved!

Replace your Razor Blades

Whether you’re using cheap disposable razors or double-edged safety razor blades, it’s essential that you keep yours as sharp as possible. There’s nothing more likely to cause irritation and bleeding than a nasty, blunt razor. That means a steady supply of replacement blades, kept somewhere cool and dry. Be sure that you handle them with care, and get into the habit of replacing frequently.

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Decide on a Scent

Grooming isn’t just a matter of looking fantastic. You’ll also want to smell your best, and that means picking out a fragrance that you like. You don’t want to be chopping and changing constantly, so settle on something that you don’t mind being associated with. If you buy in bulk, you’ll save money in the long-term. Generally speaking, you want to go with something heavier and muskier during the winter months, and a little lighter and more citrusy-sharp during summer. With that said, a man’s choice of fragrance is about as personal a decision as it gets, so don’t allow yourself to be constrained by what other people think is best: try a few, make a decision and own it!

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Trim your Pubic Hair

This is a lesson that too few men seem to have learned, so we’ll address it explicitly: you need to keep your pubic area appropriately man-scaped. That doesn’t mean going totally bald, but it does mean keeping everything neat-and-tidy. Don’t use the same razor you’re using to shave your face, and don’t trim your nether-regions with a pair of scissors unless you’re going to be concentrating fully on the task. If you’re getting regular sexual action, then this is important, but even if you’re not, it’s a habit worth getting into: very few people, male or female, are going to be thrilled at the sight of an untamed wilderness sprouting from between their partner’s legs.

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Your skin cells are constantly dying, and they need to be rubbed off in order for the new ones to come up to fill the gap. Given that our lifestyles aren’t as active as they might have been thousands of years ago, this means exfoliating using an abrasive scrub that’s free from micro-beads. It’ll keep your pores clear and your complexion smooth, and it feels good, too!

Tackle Dark Circles

The eyes, it is often remarked, form the windows to the soul. Which means that you’d better make sure that your windows aren’t encrusted with grime and falling apart from the sill. The skin of your eyelid is thinner and more delicate than that of the rest of your face and body, and thus it’s more vulnerable to puffiness and discolouration. To provide your eyes with the best possible care, you’ll need a specialist moisturising cream or try the Baxter of California under-eye complex. This will help to disguise the fact that you were out all weekend doing shots of Jack Daniels when you stroll into the office on Monday morning. Looking haggard is never a good thing.

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Shop Around

Everyone’s different, and the market for grooming products is accordingly gigantic and varied. What worked for your father and his father before him might not work so well for you. What’s more, there are new products being developed and released all the time – and if you want to take advantage, you’re going to have to do a little bit of experimenting with the available options.

Visit a Barbers

While it might seem to be an extravagance, booking regular appointments at your local barber shop will help to ensure that your hair – facial and otherwise – doesn’t run out of control. If you leave your haircut until you one day look in the mirror and realise that it’s overdue, then you can be sure that your friends and colleagues have come to the same realisation.

Prepare for your Shave

If you’re wet-shaving, then you should be taking preparation seriously. That means investing in a quality shaving cream or soap. The nasty stuff you get in an aerosol can simply won’t do; it contains all manner of drying agents, built to ensure that it lasts for as long as possible in the can. These agents will reliably wreak havoc on your skin. So go for a premium option: you needn’t use enormous amounts of it. With its help, the razor will glide effortlessly across the surface of your skin, scything through everything in its path.

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Cut Your Nails

While it’s not something that men pay much attention to, there are few things more off-putting to the fairer sex than a set of scraggly, jagged fingernails. To combat this, you’ll want to get into the habit of regularly trimming your nails – ideally just after you’ve hopped out of the shower: the warmth and moisture will make the keratin (the stuff that makes up your nails) that much more pliant and sliceable. Note that you don’t want long fingernails – aside from anything else, they’ll get in the way of day-to day tasks and end up irritating you. That is, unless you’re a classical guitarist and you need long fingernails for precision fingerpicking.

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Do Women Like Men With Beards or Without?

For several years now, it’s been fashionable to sport not only a little bit of stylish designer stubble, but an enormous lumberjack-style beard. If you’re a man who’s considering growing a beard (or shaving one off), then you’re likely to be influenced by the opinions of the fairer sex. After all, most of us wouldn’t both washing if we didn’t, at some level, think that a woman somewhere might approve of the decision.

What Does the Data Say?

The literature on this subject is covered quite extensively in Psychology Today by ‘attraction doctor’, Jeremy Nicholson. One study in 2008 had female subjects examining a number of male faces and sorting them in terms of attractiveness. This resulted in most women judging the men with a little bit of stubble as most attractive, but fully-bearded faces as most masculine, aggressive and mature.

If you feel that your face lacks these qualities, it might therefore be time to start growing a beard. The findings of this study were largely echoed by a later one in 2013: women like a little bit of stubble, as it confirms that the man they’re looking at is, in fact, out of high school.

Now, you might assume that we’re talking about women and men encountering one another for the first time in bars, clubs and train carriages. But what if you’re already in a long-term relationship, and you want to signal to your partner that you’re ready to settle down and take things a little more seriously? In this instance, the maturity-signalling qualities of a big, lush beard might be exactly what’s required.

What’s Wrong With the Polling?

Of course, there’s no shortage of opinion on whether men look good with or without beards – and you’re going to get a slightly different response depending on which woman you ask. Polling data on the subject isn’t entirely reliable, for several reasons.

Firstly, people lie to pollsters. If a political candidate seems a little bit uncouth, then the average person will be less likely to confess to supporting them – even if they go on to do so in the anonymous comfort of the polling booth. A woman’s preference in a man is pretty personal, and so they might simply lie about what they do and don’t find attractive.

Secondly, whether a woman finds a beard attractive will vary according to the man who’s wearing it. When Jason Momoa sports a massive beard, he’s probably going to attract a lot more interest than the average man, because he’s Jason Momoa. If a woman claims that they don’t like beards, it might be that they tend to see them worn by unattractive men.

Thirdly, and we can’t stress this enough: women tend to like men who look comfortable in their own skin. If you’ve grown a beard with the sole purpose of attracting women, and you don’t really like it yourself, then women are going to be able to scent this from a mile off, as a musk of desperation.

Fourthly, fashions change over time, and some of the studies mentioned go back as far as a decade. Back then, beards didn’t enjoy the mainstream support that they do now, and so it’s far less likely that women (or men) are going to profess an appreciation for them.

What Sorts of Beards Do Women Not Like?

As we’ve hinted, the chance of a woman liking your beard will depend on the sort of beard you’re wearing. Exactly what message are you sending out with your facial furniture?

Let’s start with the high-risk types of beard. Beard-growers are in less danger here than moustache-growers, who risk looking dictatorial if they’re not careful. If you’re growing a goatee, then you stand a stand a stronger chance of looking like a more fantastical sort of villain. Think Ming the Merciless from Flash Gordon, or the lead guitarists of innumerable black metal bands, or Lucifer himself.

At the other end of the spectrum we have Amish-style beards without moustaches. Now, the Amish grow these for obscure cultural reasons – but everyone else just thinks of them as Amish beards. Unless you’re going for a very specific aesthetic, it’s probably best to avoid these. Of course, you might be tempted to simply allow your beard to grow wild and free. This approach has the advantage of being low-maintenance; you don’t need to spend hours in front of the mirror, taming your facial hair. Results here may vary, however. You may discover that your beard sticks out at bizarre angles, and is rather a different colour than you anticipated. Still, by growing your beard in this way, you’ll have a chance to discover what sorts of beard best fit your personal style.

Finally, we have the Wizard. You know what we’re talking about, here: the Gandalfs, the Merlins, the Dumbledores. Growing a beard for longer than twelve-months (at which point it qualifies as a ‘yeard’) is a considerable challenge, and should be attempted only by gentlemen who know exactly what they’re doing. If you get to a certain age, then you might well be able to pull this off – but if you’re looking to attract a woman, this particular spell isn’t going to be all that effective.

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In Conclusion

As magnificent as a good beard can be, it’s clear that facial hair doesn’t suit every face. And whether women find your beard attractive shouldn’t be your only consideration in growing one. If you have an office job that requires you to meet new people and represent a company to would-be clients and collaborators, then having an enormous bushy beard might not be appropriate. If your heart really is set on growing a beard, then you might need to change careers in order to do so – and for many of us, the hassle isn’t really worth it.

Finally, it’s important to note that women aren’t just attracted to the beard, but to the man behind it: and that even the best beard isn’t a substitute for a personality!

Men’s Grooming Trends for 2019

2019 looks set to be a year in which men’s grooming takes a few more significant steps forward. We’ve identified several trends that look set to land at some point this year – but which are flashes in the proverbial pan, and which are here to stay? Let’s consider a few of the candidates.

Body-hair Sculpting

If you’re a particularly hirsute gentleman, then you might find that your body tends to lack shape when you’re not wearing much. If you have tufts sprouting, seemingly at random, from your shoulders, chest, abdomen and legs, then you risk looking a little bit unkempt – particularly if you’re sitting beside the pool.

The practice of tapering one’s body hair looks set to solve this problem. Electric shavers AKA personal groomers have long come equipped with attachments designed especially for this purpose. So, you might opt for a lower grade on your belly than on your pectorals, and shorter hairs on your feet than around your thighs.

This is something that requires particular dedication, and thus it strikes us as only worthwhile during summer – but if you’ve got the time to give yourself an all-over shave, or you’re preparing for some outdoor event that requires taking your clothes off, then we don’t see why not. Just don’t overdo it.

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Depending on which polls you believe, men are having more cosmetic surgery than ever before –vand it’s millennial men that are leading the way. This is a welcome development for a burgeoning cosmetics industry, but it’s probably not so great for the mental health of young men who feel that they have to pay thousands of dollars to have their body permanently altered. Men are sure to be sharply divided on the issue – but we’re all individuals who can make our own decisions, and so it seems slightly churlish to pour scorn either way. In many respects, cosmetic surgery is a bit like a tattoo – and there’s no longer any real social stigma applied to getting inked, even among those of us who aren’t sailors or convicts.

You can probably expect to see an anti-surgery backlash in a few year’s time, when men of the world begin to gravitate toward the natural look. For the time being, however, you can expect to see more men walking around with dermal fillers and botox – and in some instances, you might not even realise that that’s what’s happened.

Obviously, surgery is a radical procedure. It’s also one whose results vary tremendously depending on who’s wielding the knife: the best procedures produce remarkable results, the worst will leave you permanently mutilated. The former will cost more money, but they’re surely preferable.

Smartphone Protection

Given the amount of hours we’re spending buried in our phones all day, it’s probably unsurprising that there’s a growing demand for skin-protection. The most harmful sorts of light produced by your screen, when it comes to skin ageing, is the blue sort with a wavelength of between 400 and 500 nanometres. Light sources like this are also to be found in modern hyper efficient LED bulbs, of the sort that are now omnipresent in the modern home.

Prolonged exposure to light of this sort, it’s claimed, is the equivalent to spending a short time in the sun. We should therefore take steps to protect our skin in much the same way: with a moisturiser that’ll block certain wavelengths. It’s just that, rather than dealing just with UV light, this stuff focuses on the blue stuff, too. In a few decades, our skin is sure to thank us. Of course, you might equally protect yourself by buying warmer hued light bulbs, and by fiddling with the colour balance settings on your computer monitor at work – but then you’ll lose some of the advantages that modern tech presents.

Stop Washing Your Hair

Okay, we know that this one might sound a bit strange, but there’s sound reasoning behind it. The hair naturally produces protective oils, which hot water and shampoo will strip away. By not washing your hair quite so much, you’ll protect your scalp and ensure that your hair remains lush and vibrant for longer.

If you don’t want your hair to be greasy, then you can use a dry shampoo to strip away the excess. After all, there’s no other species of animal on earth that relies on daily washing with shampoo, so why should human beings? Or, so goes the theory. Note that while you can refrain from washing your hair every day, you can still wash the rest of your body using a high quality body wash – fail to do so, and you’ll assuredly begin to repel everyone you meet.

Cannabis Oil

Provided that you filter out the psychoactive ingredient, THC, cannabis oil is remarkably good for your skin. It soothes redness and irritation, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Manufacturers face a little bit of a legal and cultural minefield when developing products that take advantage of this, however – not all of us feel comfortable rubbing the stuff into our faces. Attitudes are changing, though, and this might well be the year that CBD-oil products make the jump into the mainstream of men’s grooming. Just don’t try to smoke any of them.

Dietary Supplements

In pursuit of a superior physique, men have been quaffing dietary supplements for decades, now. And the logic is simple – if you’re lifting weights all day, but can’t get enough protein for optimal muscle growth, then you need to take a supplement. The same applies to the bones and nervous system – great nutrition often means supplementing a healthy diet with a few extra pills and powders.

Of course, your hair and your skin are just as dependant on the foods and drinks we eat as skeletal muscle, and so you can expect dietary supplements that focus on maintaining those organs to achieve greater prominence in 2019. Naturally, these products are meant to be supplementary – you’ll still need to eat your share of cabbage and broccoli if you want to safeguard your appearance (and all-around good health).

Where to Buy Moustache Wax

Here at Gents, we have extensive knowledge of a range of men’s grooming products. Among the most popular of them currently is moustache wax: a product that helps the hirsute gentleman to keep his facial hair in order and natural style. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the substance, examine it in greater detail and guide you on where to buy moustache wax.


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What is Moustache Wax For?

Moustache wax, simply put, is a substance used to control moustaches. When facial hair gets beyond a certain length, it has a habit of growing outward in all directions at once. By applying a styling wax, you can ensure that you look like a civilised gentleman rather than a man who forgot to shave.

What is Moustache Wax Made From?

Moustache wax comes in different forms depending on the manufacturer. There are, however, several active natural ingredients including essential oil and carrier oils common to many of them. Jojoba oil, for example, is the product of the jojoba, or ‘deer nut’ plant found in California and northern Mexico. It’s unique among plants in that it contains extremely long straight-chain molecules, which give it more in common with the oils naturally produced by animals (and your skin).

How to Apply the Wax

When you first take moustache wax out of the pot, you’ll probably be surprised at just how hard it is. This is because it’s cold; you’ll need to warm it up to work it into your moustache. As it heats up, the fat molecules will begin to disentangle themselves, and it’ll become nice and pliant. You can get this going with simple friction – just take out a small amount of wax and roll it between your fingers. Some men like to achieve this using a blast of hot air from a hair-dryer, but this approach will cause the wax that you aren’t using to repeatedly heat up and cool down, which isn’t good for it in the long-run.

Apply a little bit of wax and work it into your moustache, first with your hands and then with a comb. If you’ve worked it properly, it should be smooth and free from small clumps. High-quality waxes will be perfectly smooth throughout, but lesser ones may contain small blobs which you’ll need to either throw away or work out.

It’s important to note that less is more – a little bit of wax will go a long way, as there are not all that many hairs that need to be covered. Scrape a little bit out of the pot using a fingernail. If you apply too much, then the excess won’t be properly absorbed, and it’ll cool into visible clumps as it dries.

How Often Should I Apply Moustache Wax?

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Proraso Wood and Spice Moustache Wax

Ideally, you should need to apply your wax just once a day in the morning. But the moustache is an area of the face that’s primed for punishment, and your wax might well melt before the day is out if it’s a hot day. If you live in a toasty part of the world, then it might make sense to opt for something a little more hard-wearing; for most New-Zealanders, standard moustache wax will do just fine. You might consider carrying around a little pot of the stuff so that you can refresh the coating after meals – but for most of us, this isn’t necessary.

Is Moustache Wax Right for Me?

You don’t have to be a seasoned groomer to get some benefit from moustache wax. With daily application, you’ll find that your hairs become used to lying in a certain direction, which makes grooming in general easier.

It’s generally agreed that the best time to start using moustache wax is at the point when your moustache hairs start to fall down over the top of your mouth. This is annoying, and many of us will begin to habitually chew the ends of our hairs off when they get to this length. This not only prevents the growth of a full, luxuriant-looking moustache; it’ll also make the whole thing appear uneven.

Moustache wax contains nutrients that’ll promote the health of the skin as well as the hairs themselves. As such, you might consider it worthwhile to apply a little bit of the oil before any of the hairs start to come through – it’ll hydrate and clear the skin in the same way as other skincare products might.

Is Premium Moustache Wax Worth It?

It’s possible to pick up moustache for a modest price, if you’re willing to compromise on quality. This compromise is rarely justified, however. While a cheap wax will hold your moustache in position, it won’t be natural and organic or condition your hair and skin in the same way as a higher quality product would. The result will be stringy, straw-like facial hair of the sort that no-one likes. What’s more, the savings that can be had by opting for a cheaper wax aren’t as fantastic as you might think, given that a tub of premium wax will last for weeks and months on end before needing to be refreshed – remember that you only need to apply a little bit of it each time.


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Captain Fawcett Ricki Hall Booze & Baccy Moustache Wax


Should Moustache Wax be Scented?

Most haircare and skincare products are at least slightly aromatic, and moustache waxes are no exception. Where the moustache is concerned, this might be a bit of a problem, as it’s a part of the body that’ll be wafted underneath your nose throughout the day. An overpowering scent will almost always get old quickly, so look for something subtle, and preferably entirely natural. Most premium waxes will carry just a little bit of a smell – but in most cases, it won’t be so strong that you can’t smell anything else.

Where to Buy Moustache Wax

Of course, if you want to know where to buy moustache wax – you can purchase it right here on the Gents online store in pop in to our stylish barber shop in Queenstown. We stock many varieties of the stuff, alongside a wealth of grooming gizmos and accessories to help men look their best. If you’ve got a moustache that needs to be kept under control, be sure to take a look at what we have available!

Beard Growth Oil NZ

If you’ve been cultivating facial hair with any seriousness, then you’ll probably have heard of beard oils, beard balms and waxes. These products are there to keep a beard manageable, glossy and generally pleasant to look at and wear. The best of them will confer benefits to the underlying skin, too.

But there’s a certain category of oil which, legend has it, will not only improve the quality of the beard you’ve already got, but promote the growth of beard hair. Being experts in all things grooming related, we thought we’d take the opportunity to run you all through the science, and see if we can determine precisely what effect these beard growth oil products have.


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What’s Contained in Beard Growth Oil NZ?

Most beard-growing oils will contain one or more of a small group of key nutrients. These are believed to stimulate growth, either directly or indirectly. Let’s assess a few of them.

Argan Oil

This naturally-occurring carrier oil comes from the seed of the Argan tree. It’s used extensively by the global cosmetics industry, much to the delight of Moroccan people, in whose country the Argan tree is overwhelmingly found. The country’s climate is dry and scorching hot, and thus the tree has adapted to store large amounts of nutrients in its kernels. You’ll find antioxidants, essential fatty acids and healthy doses of vitamin E in each helping. Argan oil is typically cold-pressed, as warmth tends to destroy a portion of the nutrients, while emphasising a naturally nutty aroma.

Jojoba Oil

Here we have a variety of nut, this time coming from a shrub rather than a tree. It’s found in California and Mexico, and its oil contains unusually long straight-chain wax esters. For those of you who aren’t experts in biochemistry, this basically means that it has more in common with animal fats than it does with those found in other plants. Jojoba oil is used extensively by sufferers of acne, sunburn and other skin conditions. It also acts as a mosquito repellent, effective for up to three hours.

Tea Tree Oil

Of all the entries into this list, you’re probably most familiar with Tea-Tree oil and its much-trumpeted acne-fighting properties. It has, interestingly enough, nothing to do with the plants that make actual, drinkable tea; the oil is poisonous when ingested, and should be administered only topically.

Tea trees are found all over the world, but the plant is especially important in New South Wales, where there are extensive plantations devoted to their cultivation. Tea-tree oil is favoured as a natural alternative to anti-acne medications, and it’ll therefore clear up the skin in order to allow for a fuller beard to come through. After all, those hairs won’t be able to penetrate areas where the skin is all blocked up by acne scars.

Almond Oil

Almonds, as we all know, aren’t actually nuts. They’re the seeds of the fruit of the almond tree, and they’re used extensively in cooking. Grind them into a flour and they’re great for baking; squeeze them into a liquid and they’re a great vegan-friendly alternative to milk.

Almond oil can be refined to more easily extract the chemicals. However, if the process employs excessive heat or caustic chemicals, then the medicinal properties of the oil can be greatly inhibited.

The fats found in the oil can act as an emollient, reducing moisture loss from the skin and helping to keep it hydrated. Much like Argan oil, almond oil is also rich in vitamin E, which guards against damage caused by ultraviolet light, and which helps to slow the ageing process.

Grapeseed Oil

Grapes are delicious – and their seeds contain an oil that’s good for your skin, too. The seeds are a by product of the world’s vineyards, and thus this particular oil is in abundant supply. It’s therefore not quite as expensive as some of the other nutrients we’ve talked about.

The oil is rich and fatty, and dense in key nutrients like vitamins C, D and E. It will keep the skin taught and hydrated, and thereby provide your beard with the perfect environment in which to thrive. It also contains acne-fighting polyphenols and antioxidants. As well as bolstering the health of the skin, it’ll also help reinforce and strengthen the hairs themselves.

Do I Need a Beard?

You might assume that only people who already have beards should bother with beard oil. They work by working the oil into the hair (using either clean hands or a comb) and thus those who haven’t yet grown any facial hair should wait a few weeks until they see a decent amount of hair. But what if there’s a part of your face that simply won’t start growing?

The truth is that the moisturising and stimulating effects of beard oil are just as potent when the stuff is applied directly to clean-shaven skin, or stubble. In fact, given that you’ll need to use much less of it, you might find that it goes a lot farther.


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In Conclusion

Some men are blessed with good fortune. They’re able to grow thick, bushy beards in next to no time. The rest of us aren’t quite so lucky. We might be suffering from a nutritional deficit, or we might just have naturally blotchy, dry skin that isn’t conducive to optimal beard-growth.

In many cases, these problems can be corrected with a few alterations to diet. If you’re not getting enough essential fats and vitamin E, then you’re not going to be able to fulfil your beard-growing potential. Malnourished men rarely, after all, sport healthy beards. If you can’t get enough of those key nutrients through the stuff you eat, we’d suggest that tracking down the right beard growth oil NZ is a sensible next step. Suffice to say, we’re a premier stockist of beard oil NZ has to offer – so, if you’d like to see what’s on offer, be sure to peruse our extensive selection!

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