From the neck down, a great wardrobe is essential. Some guys just have a natural eye for putting things together. For the rest of us there are some wardrobe basics that we must learn and incorporate into our daily lives. Taking a little extra time to pay attention to detail is important in maintaining a consistently great look -- even when dressing down.
From the neck up, there are ten basic rules every man should follow to stay looking great.
- Find a good barber or stylist. It's important to establish a relationship with the person who cuts your hair. A good barber or stylist will get to know you better and will help you choose a style that works for both your lifestyle and career.
- Knowing how to make the most of your salon visit is also crucial. Familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of the salon and learn to communicate with the person cutting your hair.
- Visit your barber or stylist regularly. For shorter styles, never go more than three weeks between trims. If your hair is longer, you can wait a bit longer between visits. A good rule of thumb is this: You should never look like you've just had a haircut. When you leave the barber's chair, if there is a white line on the back of your neck, you've waited too long. You may also want to check with your haircutter and see if they offer "maintenance trims." In my shop, we do a quick cleanup around the ears and a neck shave free of charge for regular clients. This is a fairly common practice.
- Have a solid understanding of different styling products is also important. A good barber or stylist will take the time to educate you on the usage of product to enhance your look. Men will spend hours every week waxing the car, but few want to spend a few seconds putting a bit of product in their hair. I just don't understand that. Remember guys... if you think someone finds you attractive because your car looks great, you're sadly mistaken.
- Use product ever day, no matter what style you wear. In the summer, I normally wear a crewcut or similar short haircut. Did you know that just a small dab of pomade can add shine and give even a buzzcut a more polished look?
- Change your style from time to time. Keep just one step ahead of the trends. It's amazing how much more people notice you when you change your style a bit. One word of caution: Don't let a trendy style linger too long. The faux hawk was white hot in 2006, but if you're still wearing one today, you've become passe. The rhyme was not intentional.
- While your stylist should help create a style that balances your facial features correctly, it is important to know how to choose the right style for your face shape and how the right haircut can balance facial features. Having this knowledge will help you make more informed choices when it comes to selecting a style and communicating with your stylist.
- Learn the right way to shave. A red, razor burned face isn't doing your looks any favors. Most irritation can be prevented by using proper shaving technique. Invest in a quality shave cream and razor and take a few extra moments in the morning to pay attention to this critical step.
- Pay attention to the scalp. A healthy scalp is key to great looking hair so take the time to learn how to care for your scalp so you get the best head of hair possible.
- Keep everything below the neck well groomed, too. Not only should you keep your clothes neat and stylish, remember to groom the hair that grows below your neck, too. Of course, you're wearing clothes most of the time, but don't you want to look good for the times when you have to take 'em off?
Once you've mastered the basics and committed to spending enough time to pay attention to the details, you'll join the ranks of those who look great no matter what the situation. Of course, looking good also requires a healthy body and a healthy dose of confidence -- regardless of whether you're going for a trendy or conservative look.