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Checklist: 5 Essential Grooming Steps

Categories Grooming

Five things a man needs to check before he heads out the door.

Hair

Establishing a relationship with a good barber or hairdresser is money well spent. If you’ve noticed your hair has got to that fluffy, slightly-out-of-control stage, so have others. Don’t let it get to that stage. Once you’ve worked out what ‘do works for you, keep it well-maintained. Doing otherwise suggests you’re slipping in the overall appearance stakes.

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Teeth

Women do it almost religiously but men vary in their diligence about checking their teeth for 1) remnants of lunch and 2) bad breath caused by irregularly brushed/flossed teeth. A quick smile at yourself in the mirror before you head for the door, plus a strong exhale into your palm, should help you determine whether either 1) or 2) are a problem. Take the obvious steps: brushing and flossing to attack 1) and mouthwash (check online for natural homemade versions employing little more than water, baking soda, tee tree and peppermint oil) for 2).

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Dark Circles

Tiredness from some late nights either working or carousing (or both) will quickly result in signs of age – dark circles under the eyes, puffiness and bloating. There is a growing range of product on the market now for men to counter these telltale signs – some effective, some not. Find the one that works for you and apply as part of your morning routine.

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More hair

Particularly as he ages, a man finds tough, stringy hair emerging from all sorts of places it once didn’t – the nostrils, ears and John Howard-like eyebrows are particular problem areas. Letting the eyebrows get bushy can add a certain gravitas and authority but in general, letting any of these areas get hairy suggests a man who doesn’t care about his appearance. Even some basic haircare kits these days include specific trimming tools to keep these areas under control and your overall appearance, well groomed.

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Nails

Many men still scoff at care of their fingernails as an overly feminine pursuit but believe us, if you’re in a meeting and it’s, you know, kinda boring, someone will be looking at your hands and those chewed, uneven, unkempt talons you call fingernails. There’s no need to visit a salon… just learn some basics of trimming, filing, etc and learn that beneath the nice watch and the expensive shirt cuff, there should be some well-manicured man hands.

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