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Grooming Guide for the Guys

Friday, December 16, 2016 HALFSTACK MAGAZINE

This week, we are bringing a special "Grooming Guide" for the guys! The reality is that, no matter how manly you are, taking care of your skin and hair is vital to feeling good. Grooming is a worthwhile investment in caring for yourself. More and more men are becoming knowledgeable about beauty and are paying attention to their looks. According to industry stats, haircare is the biggest category, with shaving coming second.

Men's hair trends are constantly changing from season to season and men are now actively looking for products that meet their needs. Whether you are experimenting with a pompadour  and in need of firm support from a hard water pomade for a light hold and a sleek shine or you keep your coif short and clean cut and need a clay pomade to keep your look in place with a matte finish. The options are endless and below are a round up of some of our favorite brands focusing on hair and skin. This is also a great guide if you are looking for some last minute gifts or stocking stuffers for the guys in your life.

First up is for the guy rocking a retro cut or stylized pompadour. Oh, this look has been all over the runway and it's made a come back in a major way over the last 2 years. The Pompadour is a hairstyle that was originally named after Madame de Pompadour, who was King Louis XV's mistress. It predominantly was a female’s haircut until one man, The King himself -Elvis. This look is styled best with a pomade. Upper Cut Deluxe Pomade is good option for this look.  You can pick this pomade up at Ricky's NYC. This has a Medium/strong hold, offers medium shine and is water soluble. It is important to build up when using this product. When styling your look, don't just pile it on - start with a small amount and build it up.

Healthy skin should definitely be on your radar. Keeping your skin clean, moisturized and attended to can give your skin an overall brighter and younger look. Try not to utilize harsh cleansers that are drying. A gentle face wash is vital to keeping the grime away.  Moisturize daily to keep your skin soft and plump. Opt for a fragrance free choice.  Kiehl's has a great holiday gift set that is the perfect starter for any guy looking to step up his skincare game. Keihl's Healthy Skin Refuel for Him Set includes OG classics such as: Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash, Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm, Body Fuel, Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment For Men and Close-Shavers Squadron Smooth Glider Precision Shave Lotion ($26)

Facial Fuel Energizing Facial Wash invigorates his skin and keeps it fresh. Designed specifically for men, Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment hydrates and energizes skin for a fresh, healthy looking appearance and it doesn't have any overwhelming scents. The Ultimate Man Body Scrub sloughs away dead skin cells, helping to brighten and exfoliate the skin. Finally, Ultimate Strength Hand Salve treats hard-working hands to comforting moisture.

You can also pick up Peter Thomas Roth Clinical Skin Care at Ricky's NYC. This is a Moisturizing Gel Cream - focuses on regenerating the skin. It is a gel-cream treatment that helps regenerate, moisturize, firm, calm, and brighten the appearance of dull, damaged, wrinkled, overexposed skin. After about 1-2 weeks of use, you are likely to notice a brightening of dark spots and diminishing wrinkles with prolonged use. This advanced formula is infused with Dragon's Blood, a red resin drawn from the Amazon's croton lechleri tree, a centuries old native secret. 

Niacinamide PC, a multifunctional antiaging powerhouse, joins hexapeptide to help support natural collagen and elastin. This perfectly balanced cocktail of intense skin protectors and moisturizers includes exotic extracts of dragon fruit, red poppy, fire tulip, Japanese cherry, and purple orchid, all to help achieve a more even skintone, a smoother looking texture, and an increase in overall radiance.

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