Tuesday, May 17

KNOTMYSTYLE - The Trinity Knot

The Trinity knot is, hands down, one of the most popular necktie knot styles out there.  This slick knot has a three-way symmetrical look that get its influence from the Celtic Triquetra, a design used as a religious symbol during the ancient Christian era. The pattern “hold hands” at a center point, producing a very conversational effect. I can see how a guy can be a bit intimidated by the Trinity at first glance, but it’s one of the boldest tie knots you can learn and surprisingly not as hard as it looks (that’s what she said).  The trick is, unlike most tie knots, it is tied somewhat loosely.  This can take some getting use to and can be a little frustrating at first, but with some patience the Trinity knot can be mastered.

Monday, May 16


If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you've probably noticed a few posts on beard styles.  A few weeks ago I thought it would be interesting to highlight some hairy man-sculpture and give a little history, if I may, on how the Winnfield came about for example.  And a snapshot of who's rockin' what gets a little interesting.  So let me bring you up to date with the Zappa.
George Michael c/o barbershopforum.com

The Zappa is named after the late musician Frank Zappa. This guy managed to skillfully marry the Copstash with an unusually thick Soul Patch.  This is arguably one of the greatest beards ever invented mainly because you're required to have balls as big as church bells to pull it off with confidence. With the Zappa style of beard, the soul patch is about 2-inches wide and 1-inch long. The outsides of the mustache come down just below the lower lip.

Thursday, May 5

Battling A Stinky Sack & "Bat Wings"

I recently came across some good toilet material in Grooming Lounge the other day and wanted to share with you guys.

It's widely known that the male groin has a distinctive (if not universally appreciated) aroma. This musky smell is largely a result of the concentration of apocrine sweat glands in the region, some of which produce a modified form of sweat that some people find sexually attractive (hmmmmmm?????). Unfortunately, after a hard day's work, these odors can become more toxic than intoxicating.

The solution? A quick dust with a refreshing talc-like powder designed just for 'the boys'. Not only will such powders keep the fellas clean and fresh, they're also a great solution for "bat wings" -- the unfortunate affliction where a sweaty sack temporarily bonds to the thighs. Application is simple – just sprinkle or spray a moderate amount of these miracle powders in the ole' boxer briefs and then hit the road.

(Still laughing at the "bat wings" term) I'm definitely an advocate for men's body powder.  Imagine how shocked I was to find out (from other women) that a lot fewer men than I thought used what I basically consider hygienic etiquette.  One more thing to distinguish the men from the gentlemen. 

Monday, May 2

10 Biggest Problems Men Have - No. 8 Moisturizers

10.  Cowlicks
9.    Bikini Wax
8. Moisturizers

I remember before leaving out the house for church my grandmother stopping me abruptly at the door to lick her thumb so that she could get that spot I had missed at the corner of my eye.  That was probably the closest I came to using moisturizer in my life.  Interesting enough, as I was reminiscing this part of my childhood I came across an article on moisturizing for men (or the lack of) and thought I would share.  “The interesting thing about skin care for men is that it often takes very little to make a big improvement,” says Kathleen M. Welsh, M.D., a San Francisco-based dermatologist.  “So just using something other than bar soap on your face, or moisturizing twice a day makes such a huge difference.”  If you ever needed an example of how critical it is to keeping your skin moisturized just wear a pair of leather shoes for a while without conditioning them and admire what happens.  You’ll start to notice cracks, deep cuts, and just an overall aged look that’s not appealing.  That’s your face.  Your skin needs regular protection and care to keep it hydrated and looking fresh.  Here are few tips and products to making and keeping your skin soft and smooth again.

Removing surface dirt and oil is the first step in allowing any moisturizer to penetrate your skin’s surface. “Cleansing twice a day, morning and night, is a good idea,” says Dr. Jarrod Paul Frank, a Manhattan-based dermatologist. But don’t get carried away by using heavy-duty scrubs more than once or twice a week. These will only irritate the skin and stimulate oil production.
For daily use, a milder soap means your skin will need less moisturizer, since it won’t be scrubbed of essential oils. “Bar soaps strip the skin of oil, instead of gently removing dirt, like foaming cleansers,” suggests Dr. Welsh. Try a mild face wash, like Neutrogena’s Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser in colder, drier months and a deeper cleaning scrub, like Nivea Men OriginalMoisturizing Face Wash in sweatier, humid climates.

“In general, men should keep their regimen as simple as possible,” suggests Dr. Frank. But there is no one size fits all approach here. Knowing what kind of skin you have is the first step in determining that regimen and your moisturizing needs.

How can you tell your skin type? 

Sensitive skin reddens easily and stings or burns when you apply most products. For the other types, the condition of your T Zone (across your forehead and a straight line down your chin) will help you identify which category you fit in. At the end of the day, examine the area. A matte surface means dry skin, a greasy or shiny zone translates to oily, and if your face is just slightly slick, you have normal or combination skin.

Dry—Use a moisturizing cleanser and follow up with a rich moisturizer. As long as acne is not an issue, oil-based lotions are a good choice, especially at night.
Oily—Avoid any heavy or oil-based formulas. Instead, use an oil-free or mattifying moisturizer in the morning and just a lightweight serum at night.
Normal/ Combination—The trick to treating this variable skin is creating balance. Aim for a medium-weight product that maintains moisture but doesn’t add oil to already shiny areas.
Sensitive—Avoid irritating ingredients, such as alcohol, fragrances, dyes, and preservatives (parabens). Moisturize twice daily with mild products specifically designed for sensitive skin.

Revive it at night.

Night is an essential time to renew your mind—and your skin. Adding a lotion before bed creates softer, more hydrated, and better-looking skin the next day. It also helps seal in moisture and repairs the skin barrier that’s compromised by dry air and harsh cleansers. Think ahead and use products with targeted ingredients that can help slow down the signs of aging.  “At bedtime most men can benefit from using a skin treatment lotion that has retinol (Vitamin A), or other anti-aging creams or serums, such alpha hydroxyl, glycolic acid, or peptides for anti-aging,” says Dr. Welsh.