First impressions matter the most, whether you’re in a job interview, business meeting, meeting the girl of your dreams or a blind date.
When people see you for the very first time they will judge you based on how you present yourself. Ofcourse, personality matters but at a glance people will judge you by your appearance.
Even if you’re the nicest person out there, bad grooming habits could cost you a job that you want. Or close down a business that could be a game changer for you financially. So a lot is at stake here, take this seriously.
10 ESSENTIAL GROOMING TIPS
1. Take care of your scalp
An unhealthy scalp can be a source of dandruff and hair loss. Avoid using too much shampoo as it can be hard to rinse out and can cause irritation.
After applying shampoo, rinse it well using your fingers to remove every last residue. Lastly avoid rubbing your hair vigorously using a towel. This is bad for the scalp, instead gently pat dry or air dry them.
2. Groom your beard
First step is to wash it with a good shampoo and conditioner so it stays clean, smells great and looks well maintained.
If you have a really thick and long beard you will need a variety of comb like wide tooth comb, narrow tooth comb and bristle brush to comb through your beard. This will keep it tangle free and give an orderly look.
3. Proper manscaping
The term manscaping simply means trimming off excess body hair purely for aesthetic purposes.
Just remember you don’t have to shave all the hair, it looks like an adolescent boy. So keep it real and only trim when they grow a lot.
4. Trim off nose and ear hair
This is probably one of the most neglected areas that actually needs to be addressed by men. Young men may not have this problem. But once you reach your thirties, you will need to address this.
There are motorized trimmers for both nose and ear hair trimming. Though you can still use fingernail scissors which have angled blade at the end.
5. Keep your nails clean and well trimmed
Ina business a meeting, handshake is the first thing you do but if your nails aren’t well maintained it might be a deal breaker for you.
Keep you nails clean all the time and regularly trim them. I personally trim my nails on a weekly basis to keep them in good shape
6. Regular haircuts
A lot of men wait too long before having a haircut. This makes you look shabby and unmanageable.
Visit your barber once every 3-4 weeks. This extensively depends upon your hair growth. Go regularly to the same stylist so that he knows which style suits you best. Ask the barber to stop when you don’t like the cut and clarify your likes with him.
7. Shower everyday
This is probably the most basic thing you can do to keep yourself from developing body odor. Still a lot of men skip this daily thing.
Showering makes you look clean and fresh instantly. It also stops any body odour from your body. All the dirt, oil and pollution settled on the skin gets washed away with a single shower.
8. Wash your face properly
Washing your face doesn’t just mean splashing water and then wiping off vigorously with a towel. This may cause to damage your cells more.
Spalsh water on your face and the use a face wash which suits yours skin type be it sensitive, dry or rough. Massage you face gently for at least 30 seconds and then rinse it well. Instead of rubbing your face with towel, dab it gently on your face.
9. Brush and floss regularly
Having fresh breath is a must if you don’t want the person talking to you walking away. Brushing not only freshens up breath but also removes any food excess particles on the teeth.
Toothbrush alone won’t be able to reach areas in between teeth. That is why the American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to remove excess food particles trapped between the teeth and gum area.
10. Go Easy on cologne
Smelling good is hands down one of the best compliments you can get. But smelling good is one thing and over using cologne is other.
The last thing you want is to turn heads because you smell like you showered yourself with cologne. You want it to enhance your body’s scent not overpower it. So you need to apply it just enough to maintain the balance.