Spring is a great excuse to start anew, whether it’s getting a few new pieces for your wardrobe, making a positive change in your life, or making sure you’re properly groomed. Start this season off on the right foot by following these grooming tips.
1. Properly moisturize your knee area
If you’re planning to wear ripped jeans this season, make sure you moisturize your knees. Fortunately, there’s an easy fix for this one. If you have dry knees (which you likely do if you haven’t been moisturizing all winter), we suggest using Eucerin Professional Repair Extremely Dry Skin Lotion.
2. Try fringes and curls
The Trend Spotter pinpoints two interesting trends: The first is embracing your curls, and the second is the fringe-y ’90s throwback look of bangs hanging over your face. The curly trend, thanks to the spring runways, calls for all you gents with a head full of curls to embrace what you have. If your hair is wavy, add a matte hair mousse for some added bounce, and if it’s curly, use a pomade to make those curls pop. If Fuller House, The X-Files, and the possibility of the Clintons back in the White House is any indication, the ’90s are back, and so are some of its trends.
3. Give the “kept” beard a shot
Barbertown founder Jon Bourne tells The Idle Man that beards are changing from bushy “ferrel” looking beards to a shorter “kept” look. The look is more refined and groomed and will give you a nice clean appearance. This look is much easier to take care of and more spring and summer appropriate as well.
4. Try tapered hair
Bourne also notes that the tapered hairstyle is in. This ‘do looks best if your hair is kept 2 to 3 inches in length — it’ll give you more styling flexibility, especially if you want to part your hair to the side. Men’s Hair Style Guide explains that taper means that “the hair length gradually reduces from the top of the head to the hairline at the base of the skull but it doesn’t mean that the hair at the base of the skull needs to disappear at the hairline.”
5. Go natural
The newest trend for 2016 is au naturale, sans product, trimmers, and tweezers. Mashable reports on this questionable trend, describing it as “messy, unwashed hair and bushy, un-plucked eyebrows teamed with a healthy, natural glow; this look is the lazy person’s approach to grooming, and it requires very little effort.” So if you’re lazy, you’re in luck because your look is finally on point.
This disheveled anti-grooming, just-rolled-out-of-bed look was seen at Men’s Fashion Week in London, particularly at Alexander McQueen’s autumn/winter show. Think of all the money and time you gents will save if you pick up on this trend. Just make sure you keep showering, please.