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Bright eyes, toned biceps and a great personality are nice, but a man is at his most attractive when he’s coming straight from the salon. Shave it off, grow it out, keep it stubbly – just try something new this spring! Find style inspiration and tips on how to keep your look fresh below. Is it just us, or is it getting hot in hair?
Slick it back or comb it to the side; either way, pouffy hair is in right now. Think Zac Efron (you know, that guy from Baywatch that every woman is in love with?): the only way to pull this off is with lots of hair gel. Grow your hair long on top and keep it trim on the sides. Next, massage The Art of Shaving Forming Paste ($22), available at Neiman Marcus, into the strands. From there, use a comb to give it body by backcombing – sliding the comb from the end of the hair to the roots. Finish by blow drying it to set in place, and you’ll be ready to don a lifeguard uniform and chill on the beach (or resume your regular life activities).
Another flattering hairstyle is the fade – when your hair is buzzed short on the sides and back and longer on the top. It sounds simple, but there are many different options. A high fade means the hair is short until the top of your head, whereas a low fade is the opposite. You can also get a skin fade, where a line of skin separates the longer hair with the buzzed hair for a clean-cut look; or a burst fade, where two lines that look like a burst of sun are shaved behind one ear. No matter which type you go with, it’s important to get a trim every two weeks to keep it looking good.
Despite warmer temperatures coming in, growing a beard is the way to go! At least, according to a study published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, which found that women find men with some sort of beard more attractive. If you decide to grow it long, keep it under control with the Kiehl’s Since 1851 Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil ($27), available at Nordstrom, which uses sandalwood, cedar wood and Eucalyptus essential oils to keep your mane smooth, tame and smelling amazing.
Or, keep the five ‘o’ clock shadow every day by keeping your beard trim and sexy. Avoid itchy skin by using the Baxter of California After Shave Balm ($19). This moisturizer is made with aloe and tea tree oil to soothe irritated skin and keep your face feeling soft and smooth.
Spring is the perfect chance to switch things up – take advantage of this opportunity to get a new haircut or change your facial hair!