Category Archives: Men’s Trends

2 Guys Wearing 4 Hair Styles Your Clients Will LOVE

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According to Luis Alvarez, Aquage co-founder, the bold approach to men’s fashion demands new groomers that focus on ultra-vivid, unexpected texture. “While many seem ever-fascinated with the fade, there are so many ways to take men’s grooming beyond the hair cut through transforming texture with salon products,” Alvarez says.

“With men, it’s that little bit of off that’s so on right now,” Alvarez says. “They can now dress their hair without having to use a pomade or traditional men’s product. Guys don’t layer like women do—they stick to one product.” It’s all about product selection, he says, that makes the difference.”

Hair and photography: Luis Alvarez

Make-up: Wanda Alvarez

Fashion styling: Patric Chauvez

2014 Top Men’s Trends

2014 Men's Trends

Slicked back hair with shaved sides and an undercut back has dominated the runways and magazines since last year. The trend is still going strong, especially for men with wavy, curly, and thick hair that benefit from significant pruning. This clean cut yet edgy look isn’t going anywhere but has constant variations depending on personal style. This style will sit through at least the first quarter of 2014. Click on the photo for the full album!

Men: Balding & Why You Should Watch Your Hairline

I always tell men in their late 20′s to start monitoring their hairline. This is because Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) is the main reason as to why men start balding and it is the hairline that is most commonly affected in the initial stages. Male pattern baldness, the most common hair loss condition in men, starts with thinning of the hairline in the temple area (top sides of your forehead), with the thinning transferring all the way back to the vertex (crown of the head). Most MPB cases follow this pattern although there are other rare MPB initial pattern manifestations such as overall thinning on the top of the head. I have written an introductory article on Male Pattern Baldness that I recommend you to read as part of understanding what MPB is.

Dr. James Norwood in the 50s and later Dr. O’Tar Norwood in the 70s pioneered a classification of MPB stages which predict the progression of male pattern baldness. This classification is known as the Norwood scale and is a good hint as to how MPB will progress over time. The Norwood scale consists of 7 progressive stages in which hair loss increments noticeably. The progression from Stage I to Stage II is manifested by receding of the hairline at the temples, with further recession as well as the forming of a balding spot on the vertex (crown) as MPB progresses.

The Norwood scale is used for men who are balding

 The Norwood Scale showing the 7 stages and sub-types of Male Pattern Baldness

The above is why I always urge men to keep an eye on their hairline once they are over the age of 25. MPB most commonly starts in the late 20s and early 30s and it is very subtle, one will not see the slow progressive thinning of the hairline unless one is actively checking it. By the time one notices the hairline recession, one may very well be on his way to a Stage III as it is very easy to conceal a Stage II if one has medium length hair or hairstyles which include fringes (e.g. Mop Top or the Side Fringe).

My advice to you is to simply take pictures of your hairline every 6 months if you are over the age of 25 and if any of the males in your family have or have had male pattern baldness. It is a myth that male hair loss only comes from the mother’s side; MPB can be inherited from both parents so search your family tree to identify any males in your family with MPB (go down a few generations). Wikipedia has a good stub on MPB which I recommend you to read here.

To keep an eye on your hairline, take pictures of your head from the side, front and top, with the hair pulled back so that the hairline is visible. I recommend every 6 months, even if you don’t have a family history of MPB. This check-up process will take you 5 minutes and will be worth its weight in gold as time goes by and you accumulate a log of documented photographs. Try to take them under the same light and position, as not doing so can skew the visibility of your hairline. In the case that you spot your hairline receding, then order some Rogaine and see a dermatologist who will very likely recommend you to go on Rogaine or some similar minoxidil preparation as such a product is proven to help male pattern baldness by either slowing it down, stopping it and/or regrowing the lost hair again!

  • If you’re interested in reading more about Rogaine or purchasing some, then have a look at this Amazon distributor selling Rogaine at a great price. Rogaine is over the counter and is the most popular minoxidil-containing product in the market.
  • If you live in the United Kingdom or outside the United States, then see this other Amazon distributor for a great source of Rogaine that delivers worldwide.

With regards to the above Amazon distributors, you should be at least aiming to be on Rogaine for 6 months as it takes months for the Rogaine/minoxidil to show its full positive effects. If your budget allows for it, grab at least year’s supply in one go as Rogaine, just like any other minoxidil-containing product, needs to be used long term so as to benefit from its hair-regrowing magnificent properties!

Remember that 50% of men are on their way to baldness by age 50 so don’t risk it andstart watching your hairline now to prevent future hair loss problems!

Is Your Pillow, Pillowcase, Or Sleeping Position Giving You Wrinkles?

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via Is Your Pillow, Pillowcase, Or Sleeping Position Giving You Wrinkles?.

“In the quest for beautiful skin have we missed out on a technique that can both quiet our mind, improve our health, and help our skin?  Can you meditate your way to perfect skin?While the health benefits of meditation are well known – reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, strengthening immunity, and inducing calm – what about the skin benefits?

Celebrity esthetician Kate Somerville writes about the connection between meditation and appearance:I became convinced about the power of meditation after I witnessed significant changes in the skin of several of my clients who practice it.

It really made me aware that I may be able to help someone topically or assist her in altering her diet, but if I can’t help her find a way to stop her brain craziness, she’s simply not going to look her best.

Meditation is a state of deep physical relaxation combined with acute mental alertness, and there are many ways to achieve this state.  Almost every religion incorporates meditative practices such as praying and chanting, and you might be able to find one in your belief system.  Other purely physiological techniques involve sitting and focusing on something that will hold your attention: a word, an image, your breath, or a visual cue.(From Complexion Perfection! pages 36-37)

According to the online article Meditating for Better Skin as you practice meditation you reduce your stress levels and help your skin:Meditation is practiced worldwide as an excellent way to reduce stress and improve mental and physical health. Did you know, however, that meditation can also help improve your appearance?

When practiced properly and consistently, meditation is one of the few natural ways to improve the quality and tone of your skin, and even combat any number of skin ailments, ranging from acne to rosacea to premature wrinkling.How stress affects your skin. The body responds to duress by releasing cortisol, a stress hormone. Cortisol, while necessary in small quantities to help you deal with “fight or flight” situations, is not meant to be sustained at high levels for prolonged periods of time. Continued production of cortisol can result in a variety of negative health issues including fat gain around the visceral organs, blood sugar imbalance, decreased bone density, higher blood pressure and of course, skin problems. Cortisol can result in an increase in oil production, which can lead to acne and acne-related problems.Additionally, when cortisol is released by the body, sugar levels in our bloodstream go up. Increased blood sugar promotes glycation in our skin, which damages collagen. Damage to collagen can lead to more lines and wrinkles.As soon as cortisol is released by the body, sugar levels in the blood increase. We know that sugar spikes are especially bad for diabetics, but increased blood sugar also promotes a process called glycation in our skin which damages the collagen. Collagen is what makes your skin both firm and pliable. The breakdown of collagen leads to fine lines and eventually wrinkles.Cortisol acts to dehydrate the skin by decreasing your skin’s production of hyaluronic acid, a natural moisturizer for the skin. And it compromises the skin’s barrier, which allows hydration to evaporate instead of staying in the skin.

Another byproduct of stress that works negatively on the skin is adrenaline, which decreases blood flow to your skin and leads to a pale, wan complexion.Better skin through meditationResearch has shown that meditation is a powerful stress-reliever. When you meditate, you slow your heart rate and produce less cortisol even as your immune functions improve. While difficult to adjust to initially, a consistent practitioner of meditation reaps myriad mental and physical benefits, including reduced stress responses and improved immunity to stress.

Reduction in stress naturally leads to reduction of stress hormones like cortisol, which allows your skin to continue to regenerate normally .People have found that after consistent meditation, they see fewer lines and wrinkles, improvement in acne, fewer dark circles or bags under the eyes (due in part to improved quality of sleep that comes with meditation), and a healthy glow.

Note: For maximum benefits to your skin, do not shower immediately after meditation. Some studies have suggested that chemicals produced during meditation can be beneficial to the skin. Showering would not only wash off those beneficial chemicals, but also produce a shock to the nervous system, increasing the stress response which is the opposite of the intended goal. If you must shower post-meditation, try to wait at least half an hour to an hour. Ideally, avoid any kind of water exposure or submersion post-meditation.There are many, many different ways to meditate.  Personally I suggest starting off slow – trying to sit quietly for 5 to 10 minutes each day if possible.  I’ve found that guided meditations work best for me; I’ve even found some excellent free phone apps such as Take a Break and Omvana that make meditating anywhere easier.”

via Is Your Pillow, Pillowcase, Or Sleeping Position Giving You Wrinkles?.

Homeless U.S. Vietnam Vet Undergoes Amazing Transformation

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A simply incredible time-lapse video, released just in time for Veteran’s Day, has captured the transformation of a homeless United States Army veteran.

Jim Wolf struggles with homelessness and alcoholism, but thanks to a unique initiative by Dégagé Ministries, he was recently given the opportunity for a complete makeover.

Wolf’s transformation is utterly beautiful, and according to the video, the physical change has also inspired him to turn his life around. He’s now attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for the first time in his life.

We wish you all the best, Jim!

 

A True Original: An Ode to Lou Reed’s Rebellious Style

A True Original: An Ode to Lou Reed’s Rebellious Style

we lost one of rock’s most legendary artists and songwriters, Lou Reed, at the age of 71. From his time as the lead singer of the Velvet Underground from the mid ’60s to the ’70s–the band was managed by Andy Warhol and often performed at The Factory–to his long-running career as a solo artist, Reed’s loyal fan base included some of the music industry’s most influential names, including David Bowie and Patti Smith.

A true pioneer, Reed’s lyrics dared to delve into the dark underbelly of New York City’s art and music scene of the era, including topics that were often considered taboo–like transsexuality and addiction.

Another area in which Reed was a pioneer and rebel was fashion. Reed is leaving behind decades of iconic style that continue to inspire younger generations. Join us as we remember the rock icon with this look back at his signature style……(continued after the jump)

-Click the photo for the full read, via fashionista.com