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                                                        How to Grow a Beard

                The last few years have seen the return of stylish beards. Beards have made a big comeback and more and more men have begun the process of growing and styling them. Beards are the ultimate test of patience. Before we begin it should be said there is no miracle pomade to grow a beard. If it is not in your genetics then it is not meant to be. With that said there are a few things that, if done properly, can assist in beard growth acceleration. The goal is to maximize your hair growth potential. Follow these easy steps and before you know it, you will be sporting a mighty beard worthy of worship.

  1. Patience is a Virtue – We are all not cut from the same cloth. Everyone’s hair & by extension facial hair grow at different speeds, coverage & area. We all can’t grow the same kind of beard, but most men can grow their own style of facial hair. Sometimes it takes a month, sometimes it takes a year. Like a soufflé, you must let it become its own.
  2. Healthy Living for a Healthy Beard – Your hair is a reflection of your personal health & overall general well-being. Maximizing your blood flow efficiency is a good place to start. Beards grow from the nutrients your blood transmits to it. Poor blood flow means poor nutrients reaching its destination. Proper rest & sleep is a definite must. In addition to proper rest, a regular exercise regimen coupled with a well-balanced diet will improve your health and hair growth.
  3. Testosterone to the Max – Regular exercise produces testosterone. Testosterone is a hormone directly related to hair growth amongst other factors. Optimizing your testosterone levels will maximize the potential of your beard genetics.
  4. Don’t Forget About Skin Care – It’s important to remember that your hair grows out of your skin. So it is important to maintain good skin. Washing your face every day while performing an exfoliation scrub once or twice a week is sufficient skin maintenance. Once completed remembering to reinvigorate your skin’s hydration with a moisturizer.
  5. Right Tool for the Right Job – They say cleanliness is next to godliness. In this case, it’s also next to beardliness. A regular schedule of shampoo specializing in beards twice a week is a good base. If you are in it for the long run, a good quality beard oil is a definite must. This will keep your skin and beard looking healthy and shiny.

Growing a beard is a test of will. The rules are simple enough. Grow it, clean it, treat it & be healthy, For more tips, visit any one of our locations and our guy smart stylists will be all too happy to assist with any further questions you may have!

 

                                                              Movember Care

It’s that time of the year again!! Moustaches in November, or as it is more commonly known, Movember. It is a symbol that has quickly spread throughout the world in support of men’s health charities & awareness. These charities focus on supporting men’s health specifically in prostate & testicular cancer, mental health and diet & exercise. Once you have selected the style & shape you want to produce you will need a regular regimen to keep that stache’ looking sophisticated & trendy. Follow these steps to treat that moustache with the respect it deserves.

  1. Cleanse the Stache, Cleanse the Soul – At the core of it all, a moustache is just specifically groomed hair. With that said, you can choose to wash it with any quality facial cleanser. If you’re strapped for cash shampoo works just as well. Apply hot water to soften the hair bristles. This action also opens up your facial pores and that’s where the cleanser comes into play. Use a circular motion to massage out any dirt and overabundant oils, wash out thoroughly once done.
  2. Maybe he’s Born with it, Maybe it’s Moisturizer – After a thorough cleaning, it is best to reinvigorate your skin & hairs oils. Pat dry after the above cleanse and apply a quality aftershave lotion. This is especially important in months like November due to increasing cold & its effects on drying out skin & hair.
  3. Trim & Snip – It is highly recommended to invest in a good quality grooming kit. Wearing any type of facial hair requires meticulous upkeep, this is important if you want to prevent that moustache from getting out of control. Once you have found your style make sure to trim unruly hairs and maintain shape and texture.
  4. Right Product for the Right Job – If you are in it for the long haul it is recommended to invest in beard products such as beard oils, creams, waxes & washes. Each moustache is different, finer hair staches can mostly get away with regular hair products. Bristlier moustaches would discover a finer appreciation for such products. They can tame even the most tenacious facial hairs.

Following these quick & easy steps can keep your moustache looking full & stylish. For more tips, visit any one of our locations and our guy smart stylists will be all too happy to assist with any further questions you may have!

 

                                                     How to Deal with Hat Hair

               

As we enter into the fall season and the fast approaching winter months, there are going to be inescapable days where you just can’t avoid wearing a hat. Hat hair can lead to less volume, frizzy & frazzled looking hair with a sprinkle of an electrostatic twist. In today’s discussion, we will advise of a few prevention and treatment options for dealing with the effects of hat hair.

  1. Dry your hair – Putting a hat on wet hair is the enemy of maintaining its control. Doing so will cause your hair to flatten out and take the shape of your hat. Wet hair is much like wet sand in the sense of your head will look like a castle after taking off your hat. To avoid this it is best to allow your hair to dry naturally. If you are short on time use a dryer coupled with a diffuser to maintain volume.
  2. Moisturize & Condition – Adding a small amount of leave in conditioner before wearing a hat is combative to the static that can arise. Use your fingers to comb the leave in conditioner in your hair.
  3.  Match Your Style to Your Hat – The age-old saying stays true if you can’t beat them, join them. Play with styles that are complimented by hats. Braids & wavy styles are great styles to pair
  4. Choosing the Right Hat – Synthetic material hats are the ideal situations for static & frizz. It is better to stick with primarily cotton or wool hats. The style of hat also plays a big role. Beanies touques & trappers usually flatten your hair and limit breathing. Berets, however, play a lighter less clingy role to hair and do not cause as much impact to your hair.
  5. The Right Tools for the Right Job – If you anticipate having to wear a hat for an extended period it’s best to keep some products to assist you to maintain flare. A light texturizing powder can restore the body. Keeping some hairspray and moisturizer can also help restore your hair appeal.

Following these quick & easy steps can keep your hair looking full & stylish. For more tips, visit any one of our locations and our guy smart stylists will be all too happy to assist with any further questions you may have!

 

Fall Hair Care

The ending of the summer months also signals the end of the hot humid summer days. The transition to cooler fall weather brings dry, cold air. These conditions can make your hair dry & brittle. With cooler weather also brings windy days. The combinations of these weather changes, if left unchecked, can turn your hairstyle into an unmanageable mess. You can follow the next steps to limit the impact of the new fall weather.

  1. Don’t Over Wash Your Hair – A common mistake most people make is washing your hair too often. The general rule of thumb is to limit hair washing to every other day. This would ensure your essential hair oils are not stripped away on a regular basis. Regular stripping of hair oils can cause a dry unhealthy scalp. This effect is further compounded if hot water is consistently used.
  2. New Season, New Hairdo – A summer spent in the sun can leave your hair dry damaged. Depending on your hair length, the higher the risk of hair breakages as well. Most hair stylists recommend a trim every 6-12 weeks depending on length and style. Take this as an opportunity to try out a new style.
  3. Cut the Heat, Enjoy the Cold – Avoid overexposing your hair and scalp to too much heat. That means limiting time spent with the hairdryer. Let your hair dry naturally, it takes longer but it’s overall better for your hair. Always make sure to keep the low heat setting as well. Conversely, instead of taking a hot shower, take a cold or luke-warm one instead. Hot water is the enemy of a healthy scalp & hair due to its oil stripping effects.
  4. Use Less Product & Stay Healthy – Gel, wax & spray should be used sparingly in your hair to maintain peak healthiness. Overusing products can lead to additional dryness. Furthermore, your hair is a reflection of your health. Eat well, drink lots of water, get plenty of exercises, sleep well & stay positive.

For more tips, visit any one of our locations and our guy smart stylists will be all too happy to assist with any further questions you may have!

 

How to Manage Greasy Hair

Remember the first time you saw the movie Grease and thought to yourself, wow those characters have very greasy hair! You are not alone, the look of the greased back hair has not been in style since the 50s and 60s. The shift in hair care has moved onto the management and treatment of greasy hair. In this discussion, we will cover a few hair care tips for men to manage oil build up & provide some much-needed insight into the origins of oily scalp.

  1. Genetic Predisposition – We are all not cut from the same cloth. Some of us, unfortunately, tend to have overactive oil glands. The rule of thumb is usually if you have oily skin, you will most likely have oily hair. This is due to the sebaceous glands that govern your skin’s natural oil, tend to not be localized. If it is on one spot, it tends to be on every spot. Oily hair is not necessarily a bad thing, it is a crucial component to maintaining happy healthy hair. Dry hair becomes brittle and fragile and can lead to simple breaks. The key is finding that right balance. Try to use a shampoo like Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo with gentle cleansing effects. Using a harsh shampoo can lead to overt stripping of the hair’s natural oils. This will lead to your body naturally working overtime to replace the shampoo’s effect.
  2. Hair Density – This one applies general math. The more hair you have, the more area your body oils have to cover. The less hair you have, the less area your body has to cover. As a result, shorter hairstyles tend to be prime environments for greasy hair build up. The treatment for this again is finding the right balance in hair length, hair style & proper consistent shampoo & conditioner treatment to combat overt greasy buildup.
  3. Proper Shower & Drying – Over washing your hair tricks your body into over-production of its natural oils. It is recommended to wash your hair every 2-3 days to maintain oil balance. Blow drying with cool air after pat trying your hair prevents your body signals to activate your sebaceous glands. Straightening your hair with hot air activates glands for oil production.
  4. Stress – Everyone’s favorite bodily function to throw everything into disarray. Lack of sleep is a prime example whether it be a new parent weathering the storm of a newborn or a student pulling all-nighters to ace their exams. Ever notice those 2 demographics have similar hair types! Treatment for this is as simple as introducing relaxation practices specific to the individual. Meditation, exercise, the great outdoors & even something simple as full body stretching can have significant beneficial impacts to stress reduction. Chances are you will feel better and your hair appearance will match your feel.

Educating yourself on the origin, treatment & maintenance of oily hair can help you combat the greaser look and get back to your normal beautiful self. For more tips, visit any one of our locations and our guy smart stylists will be all too happy to assist with any further questions you may have!

 

CHLORINE-DAMAGED HAIR

It’s that time of the year again, summertime! This means barbecues, swimming pools and good times. That first dive into a nice pool on a hot day is something we all look forward to experiencing. With that excitement, it’s easy to forget the damage chlorine can have on your hair & scalp. Chlorine is a disinfectant commonly used in pools to kill off bacteria and foreign variables to leave the water safe and clean for a swim. It’s basically a less intense bleach. Short intermittent dips in the pool are unlikely to damage your hair. However, regular contact in the pool with chlorine can lead to damaged hair.

Chlorine is very efficient at stripping away your hair’s natural oils leaving it dry & frail. Furthermore, they can potentially damage the cuticle of the hair as well. Numerous swims if left untreated is an ideal recipe for hair weakness & breakage. We will go over a life hacks to lessen the effect of the swimming pool on your hair.

  1. Pre-soaking: We all remember going to the pool in school and the teachers and lifeguards telling us to wash off under the shower before going in the pool. Your hair is like a sponge and if you let it absorb fresh water, it will limit the amount of pool water that could be absorbed.
  2. Swimmer’s Cap: Ever notice the cap swimmer’s use during the Olympics and professional swimming events? That’s because professional athletes are well versed in long recurring exposure to pool water. A swimmer’s cap can significantly prevent chlorine damage to your hair. Whichever one you choose, make sure it’s lightweight and breathable.
  3. Post-soaking / Shampoo & Conditioning: It is imperative you wash out the pool water from your hair and skin as soon as you leave the pool. Otherwise, it can easily dry up leaving chlorine and salt residue. Use a shampoo that clarifies your hair by stripping the chlorine residue off the scalp and hair shaft. Follow this with a moisturizing conditioner to replenish the PH level back to normal such as “Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo & Conditioner.
  4. Natural Oils: Applying natural oils, such as coconut oil has been shown to prevent protein loss. Speaking of protein loss, cracking an egg on the scalp has been shown to reinvigorate the scalp. After all, eggs are essentially pure protein!

All these preventative measures can turn the tide on the war for Chlorine damaged hair. For more tips visit any one of our locations and our guy smart stylists will be all too happy to assist with any further questions you may have!

Hair Loss Prevention & Treatment

Male Pattern Baldness affects approximately 1 in 5 men in North America. It can creep up with a very little warning. One morning you wake up and you notice your hairline is receding into the classic “M” shape. Sometimes it’s as simple as noticing your spiral bald spot slowly growing.

The hard ugly truth about it is that male pattern baldness or as it’s medically known, Androgenic Alopecia is mostly out of your control. We are all subject to our biology. If you have the baldness gene, you will eventually go bald. With that said, there are some natural therapies that can make your hair stronger & healthier. These remedies can even slightly slow down your hair loss as well. But unfortunately, they will not prevent you from going bald. Now let’s discuss some of the largest variables associated with treatments.

Maintaining the right diet is a good start in slowing down hair loss. Poor diet can create nutrient deficient conditions. Try to maintain a steady diet of vitamin A & beta-carotene-rich foods. Carrots, cantaloupe, bell peppers are a good start. Omega-3 rich fatty fish, such as salmon, are greatly beneficial in contributing to healthy shiny hair. Zinc deficiencies have been known to cause hair loss as well. Whole grains, milk, poultry and red meat are commonly rich in zinc.

Drink lots and lots of water. Staying hydrated keeps your body in ideal healthy conditions. If your body is not healthy and hydrated your skin and hair cells will not be able to naturally mature. Aim for 8 to 10 glasses of water a day while actively aiming to limit dehydrating drinks such as coffee & soda pop.

Nioxin shampoo and hair treatment has been known to keep your hair in tip-top shape to improve the look and appearance of your hair. Feeding your hair the proper nutrients and care both inside and out will allow it to appear healthier and thicker. Apply the Nioxin shampoo twice daily to a wet scalp. Use approximately 1 mL and gently massage into the affected balding area. Leave in place for a few minutes before washing out.

Lastly, but certainly not least, attempt to eradicate stress in your life. We have all experienced stress in our lives and sometimes it can feel like your hair is falling out. Hair loss has been known to be stress related. Stress-related hair loss can be controlled. If you control the stress, your hair can grow back.

If you have experienced or are beginning to experience hair loss, there is no need to feel uncomfortable with your appearance. Just know that you are not alone and that you have a wide array of options for treatment. For more tips visit any one of our locations and our guy smart stylists will be all too happy to assist with any further questions you may have!

 

How to Keep Your Beard Healthy

Having a healthy beard goes far beyond growing one. Growing a beard is the easy part, keeping it healthy and manageable is where the true test of will comes into play! Treat your beard with the respect it deserves. By following these simple easy guidelines, you can have a strong & grizzly looking beard for life.

  1. Wash & Clean. Sounds simple enough, right? Beards are made up of hair & hair requires meticulous upkeep. You don’t want to find yesterday’s barbecue sauce deep in the brush. Washing and lathering your beard 2-3 times a week coupled with a moisturizing shampoo will keep it shining & fit to seize the day.
  2. Dry Properly. It is an initial impulse to quickly and forcefully dry your hair. But frequently doing this can create optimal conditions for split ends to form. Split ends can lead to a haggardly rough beard. It is best to let the beard dry naturally with a gentle patting to assist. Just like when it is growing, the key is patience.
  3. Oil Replacement. 2 words, Beard Oil. The above cleaning process is only half of the equation. Shampoo & conditioning removes the body’s natural oils. Use natural oils to reinvigorate that awesome beard shine.
  4. Proper Maintenance. It is said no job is difficult with the right tool. Beard maintenance should not be any different. A great beard needs the right gear. The right beard liner/trimmer coupled with regularly sharpened hair scissors are an absolute must in beard upkeep.
  5. Proper Diet & Exercise. It is important to remember that what goes in the body is used by the body. If you input junk foods, you will get junk results. Maintaining a well-balanced diet generally tends to promote healthy hair & skin. Once a day multi-vitamins can also assist when it becomes difficult to maintain a diet. If you want a thick great looking beard, you need to eat well, exercise & get enough sleep.

Following these 5 simple & easy to remember tips will keep that beard looking happy & healthy. For more tips visit any one of our locations and our guy smart stylists will be all too happy to assist with any further questions you may have!

What You Need to Know About Dry Scalp

With spring in full bloom and summer just around the corner, temperatures are heating up! That means weather changes & outdoor activities. One of the most common questions we receive during our spring & summer time haircuts revolve around the dry scalp. We thought we would share the basics of what to know with Dry Scalp, or as its more common name, Dandruff.

Causes & Treatments

The main causes of Dandruff can be divided between internal & external factors.

Starting with the internal factors such as poor diet, dehydration, hereditary inheritance & hormonal changes like puberty. In these instances you can’t change what you were born with so treatment is your only option. Dandruff due to genetic dry scalp can be easily treated with specifically targeted scalp treatments. For example, Tea Tree Hair & Scalp treatment. It combats the fungus that causes dandruff while conditioning the scalp to prevent any flakiness. After using your regular shampoo, replace your traditional conditioner with Tea Tree Hair & Scalp treatment.

External factors can range from stress, weather changes & product build up. In these instances, prevention is more beneficial than treatment. With that said it’s important to maintain a recommended balance of water intake per day. Eating healthy and well balanced means limiting high sugary & high salt foods. Eating healthy also means eating the right foods like fatty acids. Foods rich in vitamin B are essential to maintaining a healthy scalp. Also, we are all guilty from time to time to take long hot showers with excessive shampooing. It is important to remember in these instances moderation is key to balancing a healthy happy scalp.

Following these easy steps and educating yourself on the early warning signs can help you maintain a shining happy healthy head of hair!

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