5 Grooming Mistakes That Too Many Men Are Making

If there’s one thing that Vaughn Acord knows how to do, it’s make hair look better. One of the most sought after stylists in the men’s grooming world (Bruce Springsteen, Al Pacino, Bill Clinton, Tom Brady, and Anderson Cooper are just a few devotees), he’s also the founder of V76. With the recent relaunch of his shave, face, and hair products, we asked Acord to share with us the most common grooming mistakes he has seen men make over the course of his five-decade career.

Here’s your inside look at, well, everything you’re doing wrong…

1. You’re buying the wrong shave cream

A man shaving

A man shaving | iStock.com

One big mistake men make when shaving is buying the wrong shaving cream. Foams (like the ones that come in cans at the drugstore) generally are not formulated to be gentle on your skin. Shaving exfoliates the top layer of skin, exposing new skin that needs to be moisturized and protected. You should always look for a shaving cream that has oil and ingredients that nourish the skin. For example, Clean Shave Hydrating Gel Cream uses a liposphere delivery technology to coat the skin with vitamin E and aloe to lock in moisture.

2. You’re missing spots

Man looking at his face after shaving

Man looking at his face after shaving | iStock.com

I also see guys missing places on their beard when they shave. They’re probably shaving with a foam or a cream that they can’t see through and they make the mistake of not going back to detail afterwards. They should finish with a beard oil to get a closer shave, plus it also adds longevity to the razor. Always double check around the nose, mouth and ears. If your beard is super thick, you can apply an oil before you even start to soften the hair. V76 Beard Oil is really soft and it moisturizes the face. It’s your face, you definitely need to see what you’re doing.

3. You’re shaving the back of your neck in the shower

Man taking a hot shower

Man taking a hot shower | iStock.com

I often see men attempting to shave the back of their neck in the shower. They’ll take it too short and it takes the whole foundation of the haircut away. It’s like taking bricks out of the foundation of a house. I always encourage guys to come in between cuts and get their neck cleaned up for free. If they want their cut to last another two weeks because they have something big coming up, I’ll tell them to come in for free.

4. You go product-free

Man Brushing Hair

A man combing his hair | iStock.com

I often see men making the mistake of having absolutely no product in your hair. Guys always need to have something. There are no many different varieties of hair cream today, there is something that suits the look they’re going for. This is directed toward the stubborn guys who think they don’t need anything. Even if you’re bald, you need to moisturize your scalp.

5. You don’t condition your hands and nails

A man moisturizing his hands

A man moisturizing his hands | iStock.com

Sometimes guys don’t pay attention to the condition of their hands and nails. Whether you’re a hard working guy or an accountant, you need to take into consideration how your hands look. Always moisturize your hands with a hand cream, use a nail brush in the shower and make sure you’re cleaning below your nails as soon as you get out of the shower.


Magnifying mirrors are always good to have in the shower. It is good for seeing nose hair and ear hair and stray eye brows. It also helps combat missed spots when shaving.