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Manscaping 101: Men Hair Removal Tips

I was watching an episode of The Doctors on ABC and one of the topic that came up was “Manscaping“- which is basically a corny yet cool way to summarize men’s hair removal and grooming. It seems that alot of guys have issues with shaving certain parts, in fear that it decreases masculinity. But as one manly and macho guy learned on the show- shaving and just being well-groomed in general is not only healthier, but it makes you feel better.

The face: Unless you’re going for the “scruffy look”, always keep your facial hairs neatly trimmed.
Breakdown of Facial Hair

- Head Hair: I just say keep it washed, neat, and clean. Maintain your hairstyle.

- Mustache: Keep it trimmed. If you have a mustache be proud of it… remember that episode of Family Guy where Peter had mustache… too funny, here’s a clip.

- Beard: I feel like even if it’s scruffy, make it neatly scruffy… unless you’re trying out for some kind of role in a movie in which you’re playing a bum, or hippie, or mountain man.

- Nose hair: Keep small clippers, nose hair trimmer, or tweezers around to clip away any hairs that are hanging out of your nose.

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The body: This is all a matter of personal preference, so opinions on what to keep or not to keep trimmed varies from person to person.

Breakdown of Body Hair

- Chest: I don’t think you should really worry about shaving your chest, unless you’re just extremely hairy. Most guys have the right amount of hair here.

- Arm pits: A guy with no pit hair would seem a bit off to me (unless you play a sport in which you needed to be hairless), but with that said I don’t think you should let it get too out of control. I would suggest mildly trimming your pit hairs down maybe about twice a year… it just all depends on how much pit hair you grow and how fast it grows back.

- Groin: I won’t even pity paddle around this… I think your private hairs should be trimmed and neat. Dr. Drew Ordon on The Doctors Show said it best, “Treat that area like a frame and the picture should fit in the frame.” Translation: Don’t have a bunch of wild bushy hair growing down there. It’s alot better for you and your partner if you keep that area clean and tidy. Some people may go as far as to cut it all off, but that may be too extreme for some and too feminine for others.

- Legs/Arms: Don’t shave your legs or arms… unless you’re just into that sort of thing.

- Back: I have never personally seen a man with back hair (close friends, relatives, I’ve seen it on TV though), but some guys do have it… actually, many guys have it. And if you fall into that category feel free to give tips on how to maintain back hair. I would propose that if you like it then keep it, if not, then consider getting it waxed or maybe even undergo laser hair removal.

- The…. Rear: I know some of you may be thinking “huh?”. But I actually got in a sort of weird conversation with one of my friends the other day about this. We were on the phone talking and I asked what he was doing, he replied “shaving”… then he went on to tell me he was shaving his butt… Lol… I found it funny. But anyway, he told me that he was doing it for sanitary purposes because his hairs were just too long <3>… and I’ll just end that right there. So if you need to do it, then please by all means- trim your butt hair! lol

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Ways to remove the hair

There are many options to removing your unwanted hair….

Classics: Shaver and Razor

Alternatives: Waxing, Laser Hair Removal, etc.

I found some of the best products for you guys- check them out HERE.

Featured Items:

- Single Blade Shaver
- Body Grooming Shaver
- Men’s Hair Removal Spray
- Men’s Wax
- Nose/Ear Hair Trimmer
-Top Notch Wet/Dry Shaver

*Oh and remember even Diddy and Jay-Z wax their body… so don’t be scared.

Please note: Most African-American males have to put more care into shaving. Here’s some shaving advice for African-American males… (this mainly is for facial hair).

  • Applying a shaving lotion after shaving will reduce the appearance of redness. This is also great for women after shaving legs, bikini lines and underarms.
  • Be sure to always use a clean blade when shaving with a razor. This can be best achieved by only using new blades and discarding ones that have been previously used three or more times.
  • If you use an electric razor, replace the rotary blades or foil after a few months. Of course if you’re required to shave daily, you may have to replace them sooner. This can be a headache since many rotary blade components cost more than half of what the entire razor is worth.
  • While shaving with a handheld razor, always shave in the direction of hair growth. Most hair on men’s faces, slant downward, so be sure to shave in that direction. This is also important around the neck areas since shaving against the grain is one of the main causes of pointy, sharp hairs that can burrow back into the skin.
  • Don’t stretch your skin while shaving. Pulling your cheeks, chin or neck while shaving in order to get a closer shave, can cause darkness and discoloration of underlying skin tissue. This is especially true for light and fair-skinned Black men who have dark, prominently textured hair.
  • Watch what you eat. A lot of skin irritations may subside if certain foods are avoided. Fatty foods, foods containing oils, cholesterol and sodium, can make your skin more susceptible to damage while shaving.
  • Give up on razors and use a depilatory. Depilatories work well on most skin, but not on all. They can remove facial hair in a matter of minutes, but just like blade shaving, can cause a bit of irritation and redness. Be careful not to use alcohol-based aftershaves or creams immediately after using a depilatory. Mixing the two is like throwing flames onto your face.
  • Grow a beard. This may not be the best solution for those required to shave daily, such as the military and other business professions. But if you can swing it, why not? You will totally eliminate the razor bump worries and ingrown hair issues. Even better, you can get rid of those sharp blades!

More advice (some tips may repeat).

Always use a sharp razor blade and discard old blades after 4-5 uses. You might think this is excessive, but dull blades force black men to go over the same area of skin again and again, increasing the chances of irritation and improperly cutting hair. This goes for electric razors, too: replace the blades after every few months of use.

Reduce your number of shaves by shaving every other day. Giving the skin time to heal will allow hairs to grow straight through the skin’s surface, without forcing too-short hairs back into the skin. Frequent shaving too close to the skin will trap hairs inside the follicles.

Exfoliate! Exfoliating with a gentle scrub removes the top layer of dead cells and allows hairs to grow out more easily. It also helps soften skin, clears pores and evens out patchy skin tones.

Many African-American men benefit from using a single-blade razor, or a DE razor. One doctor said, “I highly dissuade patients who suffer from razor bumps from using triple or quadruple blade razor systems. The closer the shave, the worse the razor bumps will be.”

Always shave in the direction of hair growth. While shaving upward seems to give a closer shave, shaving in the hair’s direction reduces irritation and the likelihood of hairs growing back into the skin. Don’t pull skin taut when shaving since this can also cause ingrown hairs to form.

Soften hairs before shaving by massaging warm water into the beard area and then applying a professional-grade, highly-lubricating shave creme. Allow it to sit on the face for a minute or two to completely coat hairs before shaving.

Follow a shave with an after-shave solution that contains hydrating ingredients like aloe, witch hazel and tea tree extract like a post-shave repair creme to cut down on redness and discomfort. Stay away from products that contain alcohol since this can dry skin out and provoke an ashy appearance in black skin.

Resist the urge to simply pluck ingrown hairs out. A new hair will just grow again, and you’ll be facing the same exact problem.

Most importantly, take your time when shaving. Everyone’s been guilty of the 30-second shave on Monday morning, but shaving slowly and with care can dramatically reduce nicks, cuts and abrasions that can aggravate razor bumps.

If you find that you are suffering from severe cases of inflammation or razor bumps, talk to your doctor or dermatologist. You may be a candidate for electrolysis (a low-level current is used to destroy follicles) or skin depilatories (chemical creams that soften and minimize growth).tips via menscience and mybrotha

Don’t forget to moisturize as well- especially in the winter.

Art Master: Black Light by Kehinde Wiley

Anyone who knows me knows Kehinde Wiley is one of my favorite artist, he even inspired the designs of my first collection created via fashion CAD. (It was my first time using a computer to design clothes so the designs weren’t that impressive, but I was still pretty proud.) When I got word that he would be releasing a new book of his art I was beyond excited, and a friend sent me a preview document of it.

The book, Black Light, is Wiley’s first photographic series and I must say it’s genius, he is absolutely inspiring, and I’m still wondering why he hasn’t ended up on Oprah yet, lol.

Here’s an excerpt:

For his first photographic series, the artist invited young black men to pose for him in his studio, where he basked them in a bright and luminous light. His studio was especially equipped for the Black Light series with visual technologies that “blasted out,” as Wiley describes it, “a super rapturous light,” reminiscent of the dazzling shine of Hype Williams’ Hip Hop music videos. The resultant photographic prints present viewers with young black men in a brilliant light that appears to burnish their brown skins and to highlight their facial features. Light, in particular, draws viewers to their eyes, which emit a halo of white light and reflect the source of their illumination.

(another excerpt…. )
Wiley is not the first artist to explore the representational possibilities of “black light.” In the 1960s and 70s, poets, photographers, and painters associated with the Black Arts Movement sought to represent black light and in doing so, to reorient philosophies of aesthetics and beauty more generally.3 Some artists at this time gave black light visual form by attempting to extract whiteness from the idea of and representation of light. This is evident in artist and activist Faith Ringgold’s Black Light series of paintings exhibited in 1970.

Buy the book from powerHouse. This would be a great gift, source of inspiration, or addition to your library. I feel everyone should own atleast one Kehinde Wiley book- and this would be a great first.

Title: Black Light
Photographs by: Kehinde Wiley
Essay by: Brian Keith Jackson, Krista A. Thompson

And here’s an Urban Gentleman sneak peak at Wiley’s soon to be released photobook, Black Light.

Sharrod Hosten
After Sir Joshua Reynolds’
Portrait of Doctor Samuel Johnson

Jerry Valdes
After Titian’s (Tiziano Vecellio)
Repentant Mary Magdalene

Keyshawn Wamer
After Giovanni Bellini’s
St. Francis in the Desert

Kofi Graham
After El Greco’s (Doménikos Theotokópoulos)
The Annunciation

Alston Sajery
After Hans Holbein the Younger’s
Portrait of Simon George

Jonathan Swinton
After John Singer Sargent’s
The Countess of Rocksavage
(he’s the cool dude who hangs with Dee and Ricky)

Algorna Crawford
After Sir Joshua Reynolds’
Miss Susanna Gale

Mark Shavers
After Sir Anthony van Dyck’s
Triple Portrait of Charles I

Abiel McIntosh (left) Mark Shavers (right)
After Pontormo’s
Two Men with a Passage from Cicero’s “On Friendship”

pre-order Black Light for a discounted price here.

Urban Gentleman: Q&A

I’m going to start sharing the questions I’ve received from Urban Gents around the world, I get so many repeat questions that I figured why not.

Today’s Q&A is for athletic guys who have a problem finding jeans to fit

QUESTION:

Hi
I have a unique problem and have searched a lot of websites and blogs for a good answer. Hopefully you can help. I am 5’6 and happen to do powerlifting. The end result I have a large chest and back as well as a very large lower torso primarily quads and butt more than anything but the my limbs are short. I have been trying to change my style a bit and lose the “Timberland and jean” look or at least make it more streamlined. I am having issues with finding jeans with a nice length. I can’t really do slim cuts because my quads are so big . What do you advise is good inseam for my jeans or just a good spot to clothing that fits?

ANSWER:

You do have a unique problem- but my ex boyfriend also did alot of powerlifting and was a college linebacker and he has large back, chest, etc etc and faced some difficulties with clothing (the only difference is that he’s about 6’2). What we had to do was go into the store and just try on a bunch of different cuts and fits- it’s time consuming, but helpful…. just get a salesperson to help you. I would try Express first- they have proven to be one of the best stores for uniquely shaped guys in my experience (specifically athletic guys). (Oh and at Express they’re usually on a hourly wage, so you shouldn’t feel or be pressured- b/c they don’t get paid for your sale). I would go on a none busy day, like a Tuesday or Wednesday and if possible go at a none busy time like 2pm and you should be able to get a ton of help- b/c they’re usually bored and really want to just do something, lol…

As far as cuts, I would try a relaxed fit jean.. they’re streamlined, but not too slim and not baggy. Because your quads/butt are bigger then you may have to buy a size that fits that area well then get the length and waist tailored. There is no mainstream jean that is made to perfectly fit guys like you- even though there is an obvious need for it. Basically you’ll have to do alot of trial and error in the dressing room. If you would prefer to buy the jeans and get them tailored under one roof then visit Nordstrom- they have some of the best tailors and they’ll continue to “fix” the jeans until they fit how you want them to. But keep in mind that jeans at Nordstrom usually start at around $109 and go up (sometimes way up)… but it’s worth it to have atleast one pair of quality perfectly fitting jeans. If there is no Nordstrom in your area then just visit any of your local high end major retail stores.

You can also just go to your favorite stores and do the “trial and error jean fitting” in the dressing room.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I found this funny, and wanted to post it.

Happy Valentine’s Day Guys!

If you don’t have a Valentine don’t sweat it- just take your mom or sister or best female friend out. Or just do whatever you normally do on a Saturday night. If you do have a Valentine’s good luck! Remember to be extra nice and turn the volume up on your gentleman behavior. And please be sure to bring her flowers- that’s a must, never forget flowers on Valentine’s Day.

Perfect Attire: The 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards Photos

It’s unusual for every guy who hits the red carpet to look almost flawless… but somehow they did. (well, most of them anyway)

40th Annual NAACP Image Awards
at the Shrine auditorium in Los Angeles February 12, 2009.
Blair Underwood
Very Nice… A well fitted 3 piece black suit can never go wrong

Danny Glover

Top Model Eva Marcille and actor Lance Gross
An very attractive couple. Now guys, THIS is how you wear black and white. And again, we see the polka dot trend, but this time solely used in his pocket square.

Tyler Williams and KeKe Palmer
For all the young Urban Gent’s looking for prom advice
this is a nice look by Tyler and actually… this would be a nice look for your date as well

Brian White
Simple, but nice.

Seal
I wish his tie was straight, but this a clean simple look-
all black (like many guys on the red carpet these days), but instead of a black tie he opted for a skinny tie that compliments his skin tone.

Tyler Perry and Halle Berry

Muhammad Ali and wife Yolanda Williams
receiving the President Awards

NAACP Chairman Julian Bond and Rosario Dawson

Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, and Jennifer Hudson
They all look flawless.

Aww don’t they look adorable.
Russell Simmons receiving the Vanguard Award with his daughters Aoki and Ming Lee

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and Danny Glover

Sean “Diddy” Combs
I’m starting to notice that this is his typical black-tie wardrobe
(but as they say “if its not broken, don’t fix it”…
meaning he looks good every time he wears this look)
Hill Harper


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