Men’s grooming products have come a long way from what they used to be. In the past, they merely included plastic razors and three-in-one shampoos, conditioners, and body washes. But now, there is an array of products and tools for grooming that come in a range of prices and with a variety of ingredients made for different skin types. Let’s look at some men’s grooming must-haves and our top picks!
Having the right type of razor is the difference between having a patchy, sloppy shave and a clean shave. Cartridge razors are commonly used and the most readily available. They tend to be multi-bladed, compared to safety razors, which only have one blade. Multi-blade cartridges aren’t necessarily better, nor do they always provide a better shave. Plus, they can increase the chances of ingrown hairs and razor burn. Straight razors are typically used by professional barbers, but in recent years, they have grown in commercial popularity. Electric razors are fast, easy to use, and more cost-effective than cartridge razors.
Beard Wash and Conditioner
You might think regular shampoos could be used for facial hair, but they tend to contain rich detergents, surfactants, and other chemicals that can make facial hair and skin dry and brittle. These days, beard-specific products are formulated to wash and conditioner facial hair—and the skin beneath it—without drying out or stripping the skin of natural oils.
Beard oil softens and treats dry and rough beards and helps soothe facial itchiness, irritation, and redness. Beard oil formulas vary from synthetic ingredients to 100% natural. Experts recommend looking for all-natural oils containing rosemary extract, a natural preservative and antioxidant that can extend a product’s shelf life.
Pomade works for shaping and styling hair. Oil-based pomades can look greasy, but they also give a nice shine. (Because oil-based pomades are thicker, a little goes a long way.) Water-based pomades are lighter, water-soluble, and less likely to cause breakouts or irritation.
Beard Comb and Brush
Beard combs and brushes are designed to keep your facial hair neat and groomed. Combs detangle, while brushes flatten and prim beards, especially thicker ones.
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