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Urban Gentleman Holiday Giveaway: Billy Jealousy ULTAMATE Grooming Travel Kit.

Just in time for the Holidays, Mr. Billy Jealousy has launched a little something special with his friends over at ULTA. Introducing the Billy Jealousy ULTAMATE Grooming Travel Kit.
Enclosed in a travel bag, the Billy Jealousy ULTAMATE Grooming Kit will make your life easier. It has every product a man needs at home or for his travels–whether its to the gym or across the country. Best of all the Gromming Kit contains award winning products.
    White Knight contains essential moisturizing agents to provide necessary hydration while cleansing skin. The white, foaming formula cleanses without stripping the skin of essential oils. SLS-free, Paraben free, no fragrance added.
  • 2oz LiquidSand Facial Exfoliator
    Less penetrating than a scrub and more powerful than a face wash, this gentle cleanser removes dead skin cells, dirt and all round grime. Colorant –free, SLS-free
    A rich, technologically advanced cream that keeps you looking sharp and feeling cool. This shaving cream cools, heals and conditions the skin with its micro-silicon beads, while natural citrus oils condition, moisturize and purify skin.
  • 2oz Fuzzy Logic Shampoo: INSTINCT WINNER of BEST SHAMPOO
    This shampoo contains two DHT blockers (DHT causes hair loss) Menthyl Lactate and Peppermint Oil creating strong, healthy and thick hair. The powerful shampoo also contains Cocamide MEA, which is a coconut-derived cleanser and moisturizer as well as Panthenol, a provitamin conditioner.
  • 2oz Cashmere Coat Conditioner: MEN’S HEALTH WINNER of BEST CONDITIONER
    This hair strengthening conditioner is infused with peppermint as well as DHT blockers to restore strength, volume and hydration to keep your hair lookin’ healthy.
  • 2oz Illicit Body Wash
    Created after the huge success of the ILLICIT Eau de Parfum, this body wash is infused with citrus bergamot, tea, ivy, ginger and sandalwood. The hemp seed oil softens and sooths the skin while Cocamide MEA, a natural derivative of coconut oil cleans and moisturizes and Vitamin E conditions.
Order any of the items above from ULTA and get free shipping*, just use code 33069.

The Urban Gentleman Holiday Giveaway products will make as perfect gifts or stocking stuffers for family and friends– best of all they’re free!

As usual there are several ways to enter the giveaway:

*Leave your name and email address


(one of the below)

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Any one of the above will do, but the more ways you enter the more chances you have to win. So I suggest atleast commenting on this post then choose any of the other entry ways.

Contest ends Monday, December 14th.

Fresh Cuts & Styling: Gallery of Hair Inspiration for Men. Celebrity Men Hairstyles.

 |  Hair  |  2 Comments
It's the Holidays and many of you will be doing alot of mingling, whether it's at your company's holiday party or at your family's Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa dinner. As always, we here at the Urban Gentleman endorse looking your best at these functions and of course looking your best starts with grooming. Yeah, let's put the clothes and shoes aside for a second, and get to the core. We've already written many articles on basic grooming, skincare, moisturizers, manscaping, chap-stick/lip balms, even the best soaps for men, but we don't have too many that focus on hair.

Shampoos, conditioners, and styling gels will come at a later date, besides we've reviewed many of those items in the past. Today, we'll focus on styles.

So here's a collection of men's hair styles, many of them great, some creative, some okay. I know every guy has a different hair texture, but these days with the massive amounts of styling tools and products, most of the hair looks below can be achieved on almost any hair type: curly, straight, or wavy.


Usher Raymond


I figured we'd start with the classic line-up and waves. I know many men love this style and put in serious work to get those perfect sea-sick waves. What's the trick again guys? Always brush from back to front, right? with a boar bristle brush.


Usher Raymond


Usher's Raymond's hair and overall grooming is always immaculate– thanks to his now ex-wife and stylist Tameka Foster Raymond. It's always nice to have a woman around that can help keep you well styled and groomed.


I'm a huge fan of Zac Efron's hair, his hairstylist/barber continually updates his look. He's like the male version of Rihanna. His latest hairstyles, all featured here, are my favorite. Above he sports the classic short cut, combed over and back, with a side part. This hairstyle embodies the Conservative Dapper trend , you'll instantly look like a character from Mad Men.


Zac Efron
Zac Efron

This is a looser longer version of the hairstyles above. Also very handsome especially with a little 5'oclock shadow.


In this photo, Zac's hair is also cut short with a side part. But the part is less obvious and the hair is cut in more layers on top, then swept backwards. Also, one of my favorites.


I'm not a fan of the swept-over/"mop-top" hairstyle on most guys, unless it's on someone 17 or younger. Zac sported these when he was in his teens, through-out high school musical, and once (from what I can remember) this year, I hope he's done with this look.


John Cho

The slightly spiky hair is a staple for most celebrities these days. It's pretty easy to style and maintain without having to go to the barbershop or hair salon. Cut it shorter on the sides, longer in the middle, then use your favorite product to create fun messy spikes. When you're done it's suppose to look like "neat messy bed-hair"– if that makes any sense.


John Cho


I think I'm just a sucker for classic men's hairstyles because, like Zac, I think John's hair looks the best like this.


John Cho
John Cho


For ease of browsing the rest of the hair gallery will be divided by background/ethnicity and (somewhat) hairtype.

1. Men of color/African-American: Curly/wavy hair textures
2. Asian/Pacific-Islander/Indian: Straight/wavy hair textures
3. European-American/Caucasian/Latino: Straight/curly hair textures

Men of Color/"African-American"


Andre' Benjamin

Not everyone is a fan of this 50s/60s hair-do, but I adore it. Why? Well because it flows along with his preppy southern-boy Benjamin Bixby look- it gives him character. The girl version of him or of this hairstyle would have to be Janelle Monae, she also sports a reto hair style (an afro-curly pompadour to be exact).

Andre' Benjamin

No this isn't a conk, lol, which for those who don't know is a hairstyle worn from 1920s-1960s where American men of color would straighten their hair and style it into a pompadour (examples: Nat King Cole, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, James Brown). To get this hairstyle Andre' probably uses a texturizer, moisturizing conditioner, or styling product that makes the extreme curls in Black-American hair looser, creating a wavier hair-texture. Definitely, don't try this at home, go to a salon or barber when first trying to achieve the look.

Andre' Benjamin
Everyone shouldn't attempt to wear this hairstyle. It's take a certain attitude, personality-type, and overall style to successfully pull it off.

Will Smith
You can't go wrong with a mini shaped-up fro and dark taper.

Will Smith

Will Smith

Kanye West

His 808s and Heartbreak look, further boosted the trend of ambiguous faux-hawks. It's hard to walk out the house and not see atleast one person with a faux-hawk, I'm sure its that way in every part of the world.

Kanye West

Afro-mullet. 4 words= not a good look. I felt what Kanye was doing– his girlfriend was bald, and his label mate, Rihanna, has fashionable hairstyles, but I just wasn't a fan of this look of his. Maybe the mullet can safely return in about 5 years, who knows…

Kanye West

Artistic expressions through hair has always been a trend in the Black-American community– with men and women. Though distracting, I thought this cut of his was kind of cool. I mean, why not do it? Now of course, this is excessive for the average guy, I most likely would not recommend this to someone unless they had a distinct personality, but as an artist this is just another non-harmful way to express yourself.

Kanye West (side view)

Kanye West (back view)

Kanye West with artistic swirls cut into his hair.

This design was only on Kanye's left side.

John Legend keeps his hair is small twists. If you want this look it's best to go to a salon. Depending on your hair-texture you can get a similar curly look with a texturizer or a conditioner that brings out the natural curls in American of Color/African-American hair.

John Legend

As you can see John's hair is usually the same,
he only makes changes to the thickness of his beard.

Very-low afro-fade, with strategically cut side-burns.



Actor Daniel Henney (from X-Men Origins Wolverine)

I honestly can't get enough of this guy, he's so hot (sorry guys, lol), and his hair is always perfect. He's definitely a good source of hair inspiration for men with a similar hair type.

Daniel Henney

Daniel Henney

I love his hair here. Simple, elegant, and extremely healthy. Doesn't his hair look extraordinarily healthy, he should be endorsed by a men's hair care line.

Actor James Kyson Lee (from Heroes)

The faux-hawk is still a fashionable hair-style of choice, it just doesn't have the impact that it once did since every other fashion forward guy wears one.

Daniel Dae Kim (from tv show LOST)
I often find that a person's hair looks best when they work with the natural texture of their hair.

Daniel Dae Kim

Aziz Ansari

Do you guys ever watch him on NBC's Parks & Recreation? . He's hilarious, and makes the show in my opinion. If he wasn't on it I most likely would not watch it. (I randomly discovered the show one day on Hulu when I needed something extra to watch– and just like Community it grows on you.)

Aziz Ansari

I'm a fan of his simple low-cut. It's low-maintenance (depending on how fast your hair grows) and stylish.

Aziz Ansari

Kal Penn

Kal Penn sports a very subtle faux-hawk.


European American/Caucasian/Latino

Ed Westwick

Zachary Quinto

A perfectly styled short and straight hair cut, that forms a small pompadour. His eyebrows seem to be shaped as well. If you have bushy eyebrows try to keep them tame and neatly trimmed.

Robert Pattison

So this is vampire hair I suppose, nah I'm kiddin. He does however resemble Wolverine, lol, hmmm? I really do like his hair though– all-over messy bed-hair combed back a little. Actually, maybe I don't like this…. I like the hair I'm just not sure if this is the best cut & style for his face though. (sigh) Okay, I do like it on him, but it just looks better from afar it appears overly done up-close.

Robert Pattison
It's as if the style above just fell.

Johnny Depp

I'm not a fan of this hairstyle, for some reason, it often time comes off as creepy or strange. However, people like Johnny Depp can get away with it.

Russell Brand
Keeps his hair long with loose natural curls.

Jonathan Bennett

Matt Damon with his usual tapered/crew cut.

Soccer/Futbol player Ronaldo Cristiano reminds me of David Beckham when it comes to his hair, he's had an assortment of hairstyles over the years. Here he wears a slightly curly faux-hawk.

Ryan Seacrest is probably one of the originators of the spiked hair trend.

Taylor Lautner

David Beckham
He's had every hairstyle in the book from short crew cuts
to mohawks to faux hawks, as pictured above.

Even if you aren't going to a family gathering or holiday party, these photos can help inspire a new-look for 2010. Have you been rocking your hair the same way for the past few years? If so, it's time to switch it up. Find your favorite hairstyle above, print this page out, and hang it on your mirror or wall just so that the idea of the new cut can properly sink in (maybe ask a few friends how they think the hairstyle would look on you), then when the time is right, take it to your barber and try it out.


AXE Sensitivity Shower Gel created for Sensitive City Study…

 |  Grooming, Skin  |  3 Comments
AXE is giving a big boost to guys that need to get in touch with their sensitive side. The iconic leader in men’s care released a Sensitive City Study, conducted in partnership with Bert Sperling’s “Best Places,” to launch the brand’s newest Skin Contact shower gel, AXE Sensitive. California rose to the top of the list with Los Angeles and San Francisco tied for 1st place as the best cities for guys to show off their sensitive side. The South surprisingly came in with the worst marks, naming Nashville as the worst place to try to win a girl over by turning on a softer side.
The study was designed to identify the U.S. cities that are most in tune with the sensitivity girls want — and men need — to help them in the mating game. To produce the study, Sperling’s “Best Places” examined a series of criteria and ranked the cities best equipped to help guys tap into their softer side when it matters most to girls. The criteria included types of magazine subscriptions, abundance of cultural centers such as museums and music venues, types of retail stores and restaurants, and the least amount of “dude-friendly” activities such as fishing and hunting. The findings separated the sensitive from the insensitive, with some interesting results:
Best Cities
for Showing Off Your Sensitive Side

  1. Los Angeles/San Francisco, CA (tied for first)
  2. New York, NY
  3. Boston, MA
  4. Washington, DC
  5. Newark, NJ
  6. Chicago, IL
  7. Santa Ana-Anaheim, CA
  8. Miami, FL
  9. Cambridge, MA

Worst Cities
for Showing Off Your Sensitive Side

  1. Nashville, TN
  2. San Antonio, TX
  3. Cincinnati, OH
  4. Charlotte, NC
  5. Kansas City, MO
  6. St. Louis, MO
  7. Pittsburgh, PA
  8. Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
  9. Jacksonville, FL
  10. Virginia Beach-Norfolk, VA

California Cities Rise to the Top
The AXE Sensitive City Study revealed that the West coast, with many options for a romantic night out, is the best coast for guys to show off their sensitive side. Los Angeles and San Francisco tied for the No. 1 spot, each boasting a large number of top-rated restaurants and cultural centers. In fact, the Golden State came out on top overall, with six of the top 15 spots going to California cities – not bad odds for Cali guys!

Step It Up Down South
While their charm may impress girls at first, guys in the South need to step up their sensitivity if they want their girls to stick around. Despite the famous concept of “southern hospitality,” six out of the ten least sensitive cities are in the south. Surprisingly, Nashville fared the worst with a high concentration of very typical guy-related activities like motorcycle and RV enthusiasts, and relatively few cultural centers or date-friendly restaurants. Not to worry though, for those sensitive guys in Nashville, there is still plenty to do. Consider a jaunt to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum or peruse the Frist Center for Visual Arts for your first date with a girl.
(top pic: Nick at AXE Lounge in the Hamptons; bottom pics: Nick knew how to use a bit of sensitivity to get pop diva, Mariah Carey)
Overcoming Obstacles
AXE partnered with Nick Cannon, host of “America’s Got Talent,” and dating expert Anna David to help guys find ways to turn on the sensitivity, regardless of where they reside.

“Guys, it doesn’t take much effort to show your girl how much she means to you,” Cannon advises. “Listening, understanding and sharing your ‘inner sensitive guy’ are keys to making your girl happy.”

Guys don’t have to be discouraged if their city didn’t top the list — AXE has them covered with some tips from dating and relationship expert Anna David. Now, no matter where you live you can turn on your sensitive side to keep your girl happy.

    • Trying to get the girl by following the old dating playbook is only a numbers game. Throwing out lines until you find someone who responds will only get you your last choice. If you want to get the right girl, you need to really focus on her.

    • If you take a girl to a party, don’t abandon her and expect her to fend for herself. Introduce her around proudly. Get her a drink. But don’t feel like you have to babysit her, either.

    • Make small gestures to show her that you care — whether it’s sending a sweet text or grabbing a bag of cherries from the corner store because you know how much your girl likes them.

    • If the girl in your life would rather cuddle up with a book than with you, odds are you need to take your grooming to the next level. Using products like AXE Sensitive Skin shower gel is a great way to keep your skin clean, smooth and irresistible… just how she likes it.
Put Yourself on the Sensitive Fast Track
If you’re not a softy your skin can still be, with new AXE Sensitive Shower Gel. The new mild formula is enriched with cucumber and milk protein, gently cleansing guys’ skin and leaving it soft. The dermatologist-tested shower gel is significantly milder and less drying than regular bar soap. The result is irresistibly soft skin with a calming fragrance that will make girls lean in close and keep coming back for more.

Sensitive is the latest addition to the Skin Contact line, which also includes Hydrating and Smoothing shower gels. Skin Contact Shower Gels feature subtle scents with ingredients such as aloe, cactus milk and cucumber protein and make guys’ skin feel irresistible to the touch.

Be sure to pick up a bottle from a store near you.

Summer Giveaways: AXE Instinct Grooming Kit

 |  Giveaways  |  80 Comments

The summer of give-a-ways continues… next up an AXE Instinct Grooming Kit.

Instinct is AXE’s latest fragrance collection.

“The new fragrance is inspired by the scent of rare leathers – think hides worn by primitive hunters to the cool black leather bomber jackets worn by some of America’s biggest pop-culture icons.
Developed with the help of world-renown fragrance expert Ann Gottlieb, Instinct includes hints of spicy pink pepper, raw-leather accords and warm pepperwood. It is available in a deodorant bodyspray, shower gel, deodorant stick and antiperspirant stick.

This is my favorite collection of theirs so far- the dark chocolate was pretty good, the fixer collection was cool, but instinct is a hit. And… check this out, we’re giving away not one, not two, but 10 sets, yesss you read that correctly 10- t e n Axe Instinct Grooming Kits! So this time you will have a GREAT chance of winning! (this would make a nice gift for someone)

To win this AXE Grooming Kit: *fan us on facebook (if you’re on there), leave your name and email in the comment box below (put your addresses in the long/safe format: jack (at) yahoo (dot) com ), and answer this question:

*if you are not on facebook (you can follow us on blogger or on our “coming soon” twitter page)

How many squirts of cologne do you usually spray?
(there’s no right answer)

Legends in Leather collection at the
Power of Leather launch party for AXE Instinct

Pete Wentz, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, Kim Kardashian, Reggie Bush
at the AXE/Rolling Stone Power of Leather Launch Party

Product Spotlight: Crest Whitestrips, Smile Brighter

 |  Grooming  |  5 Comments

Sometimes a little goes a long way…
that’s the case with Crest Whitesrips.

One of Crest’s teeth whitening kits can cost as little as $20 on sites like amazon or eBay, and that’s probably the amount you spend on lunch for just 2 days maybe 4 if you only spend $5 a meal. Either way, that’s so little compared to how much you can gain from using Crest Whitestrips… you’ll feel a bit better, you’ll look a bit better (or alot), you’ll probably get some compliments. Basically your confidence level should go up (even if only by 5%).

Hugh Jackman, X-Men Premiere April 2009.

Depending on the health condition of your teeth, I feel the average person should use them every 2 yrs or so. If you have very dull teeth, I would suggest maybe every 6 months for a year, then every 2 years or so. If you take excellent care of your teeth (flossing, brushing, mouth wash every day, twice a day) then I would suggest every 3-4 years. But basically Crest has so many different types now (even daily strips) that you can create a whitening routine that works for you.

Usher Raymond on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. February 2009.

I’ve known people to use them every other month– and that is NOT healthy. Yes they had extremely white teeth, but it’s potentially dangerous and could drastically weaken you tooth enamel.

Check out 5 of Crest’s best Whitening Systems:

The Classic.

The classic Crest Whitestrips are perfect for those who’ve never used an at-home teeth whitening system. They’re mild, usually the cheapest, and can just about be found any and everywhere. The only drawback is that they don’t stick to your teeth very well, making them a little uncomfortable.

Directions: Use 30 minutes each day for 2 weeks (14 days).
(Purchase Crest Whitestrips Classic HERE)

The Premium.
The premium Crest Whitestrips are perfect for those who want to see quick results and want a whiter smile than the classic will give you. And sometimes these are less expensive than the classic.

Directions: Use 30 minutes twice each day for 1 week (7 days).
(Purchase Crest Whitestrips Premium HERE)

The Advanced Seal.
The advanced seal Crest Whitestrips are the latest product from Crest. These are the best because they hold on tight to your teeth allowing you to multi-task while wearing them (work out, run errands, drink water, etc.) These whiten the teeth like the premium, and you’ll start seeing results within 3 days.

Directions: Use 30 minutes each day for 2 weeks (14 days).
(Purchase Crest Advanced Seal HERE)

The Healthy Radiance & Daily Whitening

Crest Healthy Radiance and Daily Whitening are also newer Crest products and they are ideal for those with sensitive teeth. These are also great for those who just need to do a little teeth whitening maintenance.

Directions: Use 5 minutes each day.
(Purchase Crest Healthy Radiance HERE)
(Purchase Crest Daily Whitening HERE)

If you want to buy them in person I would suggest searching the Sunday paper for a coupon or purchasing a coupon from eBay. (Be cautious of buying the whitening systems on eBay, they seem to carry alot of expired Crest kits). Now some of you may ask, well why are you only highlighting Crest? Aren’t there other great systems? And I answer in one simple word “No”. Lol, I’m just kiddin, look, there probably are some okay systems out there, Rembrant was one of the best back in the day… but Crest is like the Mac of mp3 players- its simply the best.

For more information and for a $7 coupon off Crest Advanced Seal, go HERE.

Product Review: Axe & Edge

 |  Grooming  |  2 Comments

When it comes to a men’s grooming brand making products that not only work, but somehow entertain- Axe is it. They never fail at leaving quite the impression after one views their intentionally corny and funny commercials, this time they opted to create an entire website focused on their newest products….

If you’re tired? SHOCK. If you’re dull? FEVER. If you’re groggy? RECOVERY. Feeling shameful? SNAKE PEEL.

Urban Gent Review: 4/5. This collection is sort of great, Axe offers a nice variety of scents so a guy is bound to find atleast one he’ll like. My favorite- the Snake Peel shower scrub (yellow bottle) and Recovery deodorant bodyspray (green can)- smells great, your lady will love these…

EDGE Infused (Lotionized Shave Gel)
Edge’s newest line of shave gel designed to go beyond regular shave protection by giving men a noticeably smooth and healthy look with vitamins, anti-oxidants and natural ingredients like Ginseng, Watermint and Witch Hazel.

Urban Gent Review: 3.5/5. Created a nice thick lather. The guys who tried this said it gave them a nice comfortable shave. I like that the shaving gel is lotionized , so it leaves a man’s skin alot softer than other shaving cremes.

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