Grooming and gadgets for guys

Grooming is no longer just for women. Savvy guys already know this, and in fact, men’s grooming is now big business. Mintel reports that the men’s personal care market in the UK was worth £574 million in 2012 and is expected to rise by 6% by 2017. Why? Well, you may be dressing well, but you certainly don’t want your hair, skin or eyebrows to let you down. American entrepreneur Daymond John says it best: ‘Good grooming is integral and impeccable style is a must. If you don’t look the part, no-one will want to give you time or money.’ Furthermore, being well-groomed demonstrates attention to detail and enhances your professional image.

Given the myriad of products, gadgets and even apps on the market today to help you look your best, there’s no longer an excuse for not looking tip-top. Read on to find out more…

Go online…

If you are in need of some help but prefer to remain anonymous, there are a number of online resources that can help you look your best (not that I’m trying to do myself out of a job, you understand).   In recent years, the number of websites and apps geared towards men’s style and grooming has exploded. They can help you put outfits together, advise on how to tie a tie (or shoelaces), and keep you up to date with the latest grooming gadgets, techniques and outlets. Here are a few particularly useful resources:

Apps:

  • Mr Porter: a shopping app (and website) allowing you to browse and buy clothing from international designers. The website also contains The Journal, with articles on a variety of lifestyle issues and styling subjects (free on iTunes)
  • Philips Grooming App: to help you find everything you ever wanted to know about shaving and beard styling, including ‘how to’ and personalised advice (available at Philips)
  • How to Tie a Tie: one of a number of apps available, covering a variety of knots (free on iTunes)

Websites:

  • Fashion Beans: a fantastic source of advice on men’s fashion, lifestyle and tips on grooming. They also regularly rate their ‘top 10’ products (fragrance, skin care, etc)
  • Niven & Joshua: a very grown-up men’s skincare website, featuring exclusive and high-end brands, along with advice for the modern gentleman on specific issues such as acne, hair loss and rosacea
  • Mankind: site selling products for skin, hair, shaving and body. They also have ‘masterclasses’, giving step-by-step advice on dealing with ingrown hairs, combating oily skin and a range of other skin, haircare and grooming issues

Great gadgets

A quick caveat before I begin: I haven’t tried any of these !  But they’ve all had great reviews…

  • The Luna Cleansing System by Foreo: this non-abrasive silicone FOREO_LUNA_trade__Anti_Ageing_and_Facial_Cleansing_System_for_Men_1385466553device uses T-Sonic™ pulsations to remove dirt and prep skin for shaving. It also claims to lessen the appearance of fine lines, and is great for travel. Available on Mr Porter
  • Braun Series 7 799 electric rechargeable wet and dry foil shaver: This was recently reviewed by the Telegraph as one of the five best men’s grooming gadgets. Evidently it can ‘read your face’ and adjusts its micro vibrations according to your hair density. It also has three shaving modes and only needs a five-minute charge for one cordless shave.  Available at Tesco
  • Panasonic ER-GN30 Nose & Facial Hair trimmer: I know, not a ER-GN30-K_1particularly pleasant item, but unfortunately, one that becomes a necessity as the years pass. This one uses a rotary cutting mechanism (so no chance of cutting yourself). Available on Amazon
  • Philips BG2036 Bodygroom – for hair below the neck. Self-explanatory really. I’ll leave you to check this one out. Just let me add that men’s body hair removal has now become mainstream, with a wide range of products available and many salons offering specific waxing services for gents. Available at Boots
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