Thursday, 11 September 2014

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Fragrance

Introduction Owning fragrance is a bit like owning a smartphone: you have to understand how it operates to get the most out of it. You also need to know how to look after your investment. With this in mind, I offer some tips on how to maximise the impact, longevity and overall effect of your signature scent, along with a few on how to ensure it smells just as good years after opening.

The objective? To ensure that whatever fragrance you wear always smells fantastic…

Give Things Time  “Sometimes you have to get to know a scent and ‘live with it’ for a while before fully appreciating it. You can often smell a fragrance and not like it but if you give it time, it often grows on you and you eventually end up loving it.”

 Always give a new fragrance the benefit of the doubt – even if at first you don’t like it.

Remove The Clutter Fragrance is just like food: some things go together naturally, others clash like the Titans. Body sprays and antiperspirants are one of the main offenders when it comes to clashing, so ensure your fragrance doesn’t have to fight for precedence with them by opting for fragrance-free or minimally scented  Anti-Perspirant Deodorant.

Moisturise Generally speaking, the oilier and better hydrated your skin the longer a fragrance will last on it. So if you to want to increase the longevity of your scent, use a fragrance-free moisturiser a few minutes before applying. If you’re skin tends to be on the dry side be prepared to reapply your fragrance a little more often.

Choose Your Location The wrists and behind the ears may be the traditional spots to apply fragrance, but according to Dove the area behind the ears produces a lot of sebum, which can alter the way a fragrance smells. The burn rate of the fragrance will also be accelerated in these places because they’re above pulse points, so your scent may not last as long as you would like. Better places to spray, are the chest and biceps as your scent will be trapped against the skin in these places but its presence will still be detectable as you move. For maximum impact, try applying a little in the dip of the collarbone too.

Spray Don’t Splash Undecided whether to opt for a splash or a spray? Go for the latter. Not only do spray mechanisms give you greater control in terms of fragrance application, they prevent the fragrance becoming exposed to the air and contaminated by bacteria from your hands. There’s no chance of costly spillages either.

 Keep Your Distance Never hold the bottle too close to your skin when applying fragrance. If you do you’ll just end up with it concentrated in one tiny ‘puddle’. Instead, hold the nozzle around six or seven inches away from you and then spray. That way the fragrance will hit a larger area of skin and coverage will be more even.

 Don’t Over Do It “People don’t want to be able to smell you before they see you,” To ensure you don’t overdo it, apply no more than three sprays. If you accidentally apply too much dilute the fragrance by patting your skin with a warm wet towel.

 Layer Up Layering – combining products from a fragrance’s body range to create a more powerful, longer lasting and all-over scent – is a great way to maximise the impact of your favourite eau de toilette. Think of these body products as your eau de toilette’s support team. Lots of fragrances now have ancillary shower products, deodorants and aftershave balms, so if they’re available use them. There’s no risk of products clashing if you do either.

Protect Your Assets Opinion differs on how long a fragrance lasts once opened – from eighteen months to five years to, well, pretty much forever. Much depends on how you look after your asset. Fragrances are much like fine wines or priceless paintings: they need to be treated with respect and stored correctly. To ensure your fragrances stay in tip top condition, keep them way from extreme temperature fluctuations and strong sunlight. The best way to protect them is to keep them in their original boxes and somewhere cool.

Have A Special Occasion Scent There’s a reason fragrances are so good at transporting us back to a particular time, place or feeling: our sense of smell is handled by the same ancient part of the brain that deals with emotions and memory. So if you associate a fragrance with a particularly good memory, utilise it to bring back those emotions when you need to and make it your ‘lucky’ fragrance.

Chill! If you want to maximise the refreshing qualities, try keeping them in the fridge. It turns them into the perfect tonic when temperatures soar.

Stay On A Woman’s Right Side Here’s a crafty trick if you’re wearing fragrance to impress women: manoeuvre yourself so you’re on her right side when talking to her. Why? Well, a study by the University of California discovered that, due to the way the brain is hard-wired, women tend to appreciate smells sniffed through their right nostril more than the left one.
Take Your Fragrance With You According to Roja Dove around 80 per cent of an eau de toilette’s fragrance will have the left the skin after about four hours, so to keep yours topped up you need to reapply. This is especially true for colognes which are super-fresh but have even less staying power on the skin. The solution is to look out for travel sized (usually 30ml) versions of your favourite fragrance or to decant your favourite into a portable atomizer, which is pocket sized and easy to fill.

Carry one with you and you’ll always smell your absolute best – wherever you are, whatever the time of day and whoever you’re with.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Tips to maintain your beard

Once you grow a beard, here are a few steps to help you maintain it.

  1. Shampoo your beard daily.
  2. Use conditioner on your beard to soften it.
  3. Towel dry your beard and comb it, using a large tooth comb.
  4. Once your beard is dry you can trim it. If you trim it while wet, you may trim off too much because wet hair is more relaxed than dry hair. Use sharp scissors and/or a beard trimmer. Trim a little at a time and keep the symmetry by trimming one side first then the other side.
  5. Trim your moustache, using your lip as a template. The hair should not grow over your top lip. You can trim your moustache from the centre to each edge. Use a small tooth comb when grooming your moustache.
  6. Make sure there are no stray hairs on your face.

Urban Male beard trim $10

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

10 Male Grooming Tips

 10 ways a man can take things up a notch in they world of grooming without looking "too done."

1. Trim the nose hairs.
This is something very basic that makesv a world of difference. Many companies make nose hair clippers & they are easy to use. Believe me when I tell you this is something that people do notice.

2. Trim the eyebrows.
I actually even recommend getting them professionally cleaned up (not shaped) to open up the eyes. Remember to brush them up before you leave for the day as this opens up the eye, keeping the face more alert.

3. Clean the hair off your ears and neck.
This is something I can do for you monthly that gives the appearance of good grooming. The sight of long ear hairs, or neck hair going into the collar of your shirt, is never appealing.

4. Keep your nails short and clean.
Dirty, long fingernails require no explanation as to why they don't work. If your budget or schedule permits, try a monthly manicure/pedicure to have someone take care of this for you. I also recommend buffing your nails as a way to keep the healthy shine without looking artificial.

5. Brush and floss your teeth daily.
I've always believed that it doesn't matter if your teeth are not perfectly straight and white, but please keep them clean. It is rather unappealing to talk to someone and see built up plaque or food stuck between their teeth. I know this one seems simple, but trust me when I tell you to take nothing for granted.

6. Have your clothes tailored to fit your body.
This is a big one, as no matter what your shape is, the right fit makes everything look so much better.

7. Stand up straight.
Mom always told us that posture was important, and she was right. You create a sense of confidence and pride when standing tall, showing everyone you are secure in the man you are.

8. Cleanse your face on a regular basis with a facial soap.
I have so many male clients who use the same soap on their body that they use on their face. Most body soaps are too strong for the face. You must invest in a cleanser that is just for the face, as the facial skin is much more sensitive than the skin on the body.

9. Remember, less is more when it comes to fragrance.
It's all right to smell good, but everyone doesn't have to smell it. Fragrance is such a personal preference, and you really must find the one that works best for you. Just remember not to bathe in it.

10. Match your belt to your shoes.

This one is really simple and makes a world of difference. If you are wearing black shoes, you don't wear a brown belt. I'm not saying you need to be a fashion plate, but this basic tip makes everything you wear look that much better.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Tips for the Groom

Knowing what to wear on your wedding day is not as easy as one might imagine. Many people assume that brides are the only ones who bother thinking about their wedding appearance; however this is not true. Looking good on the big day also concerns the groom. This is one day that manly pride needs to be put aside to make way for a little metro-sexual pampering.

Hair - No cheap cuts for the big day. Grooms should head to a Urban Male, where Helen can tailor a cut to suit your hair texture, facial features and personal style. Schedule an appointment at least a week or two before the wedding. The groom should also check out what styling products & make sure he has some for the big day.
Nails - I don’t advise a hot pink hue here, but a “man-icure” is recommended for the big day. Having clean, manicured nails can enhance the wedding band and look good in any close-up photographs. Grooms should head to a nail salon one or two days before the wedding. There, the manicurist will buff, file and shape their nails, trim the cuticles and exfoliate any surrounding dry skin.
Skin & Facial Care - Grooms should consider a three-step skincare regime in the lead-up to their wedding day – that is, cleansing, toning and moisturising. Arranging a facial a few days before the wedding can also be a good way to get rid of any dryness, dead skin, impurities or build-up.
It is essential that groom shaves on the morning of the wedding – or at least gives his goatee, beard or moustache a trim. A good way to get a clean shave? First, apply a hot towel to the face to soften the hairs, then layer on the shaving cream.

Enjoy the special day!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Groom Speech Survival Guide

Wedding speeches will be a central part of your reception. If you have been asked to make a speech, and don't know where to start, then this groom wedding speech survival guide is for you!

The groom's wedding speech is a big deal and definitely nerve-wracking for any groom who dreads public speaking - and that's basically most guys. In fact, many grooms are shocked to learn that as part of 'the whole wedding thing', they are required to rent or buy tuxedos, pick out grooms mens gifts, and make a wedding speech. Many don't prepare, or don't really know where to start, and thus there are plenty of stories of grooms embarrassing themselves in front of family, friends and fathers-in-law.
5 Things To Help You Make a Better Groom's Speech:

  • First, Practice, Practice, Practice is the name of the game. Just 5 times before you actually deliver the speech will give you the wedding speech-equivalent of muscle memory.
  • Outline - just outline! - a wedding speech that has a beginning, middle and end.
  • Breathe, man! As your walking up to the podium, take a big deep breath. Just before you begin to speak, take another. It will get your racing heart under control.
  • Your groom wedding speech is only a couple of minutes long. The objective of your speech is different that your best man's speech.
  • Imagine that everyone in the audience is naked. Just kidding. More importantly, look up from your notes. Don't look the audience members in the eyes as that will make you nervous. Look through the audience members, not focusing on any one person.
  • Your speech will end with a toast to the bride. The groom's wedding toast is not as difficult as it might seem. With your wedding toast, be - and sound like - yourself.
  • Finally, the biggest suggestion we can make - is to either write out your speech long-hand, or prepare bullet points. But never, ever, Off-the-Cuff

Thursday, 22 May 2014


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    What can I expect as my hair grows out? Camo will gradually fade over time. You won't see any major difference or off-colour results. It's a formula designed specifically for men.
    How much gray will it cover? Camo doesn't cover the gray completely; it just reduces the amount of gray in a very believable way. You'll see more "pepper" among the salt and pepper.
    How much time will it take each visit? Ten minutes is all it takes. And color camo applies so quickly it can be done at the shampoo bowl.
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Wednesday, 7 May 2014

All about shampoo & conditioner

Shampoo No matter how little or how much hair you have, you need to take care of it. Even though your hair is dead, your scalp is alive and needs to be well. The hair that gives you a good or bad hair day is actually the hair shaft. The hair follicle is at the root of the shaft and the follicle is the living part of your hair. So, good scalp health is essential to healthy hair.
Keeping a healthy blood flow to the scalp stimulates hair growth. Keeping your hair (scalp) clean will increase the circulation which will increase the growth of thicker, healthier hair.

Grooming your hair with the right conditioner is very important. Conditioners moisturize, detangle, and reconstruct your hair.
Basically, when you wash your hair you are stripping away your natural oils (sebum). Not good. Well, if you didn't you would have dirty, greasy hair. Unfortunately, our natural oils like to attract natural dirt.
After shampooing, a good conditioner can restore the oil back to your hair. Humectants attract and hold moisture in your hair. Many conditioners also contain hydrolized keratin which is a protein that will penetrate your hair to strengthen it. Acidifiers in conditioners restore balance and give your hair elasticity and shine. They keep hair from being "weighed down".

I recommend Redken for Men there are different types of shampoo & conditioner in the range to suit your hair type.
Need advice please ask on your next visit

Tuesday, 29 April 2014


Dandruff is the annoying result of the shedding of skin cells on the scalp.
Most people encounter some variance of dandruff to some degree at some point in their lives.
Causes can be ill health, hormonal imbalance, bad hygiene, lack of sleep, allergic reaction, eating too much sugar and starch, heredity predisposition, imbalanced nutrition, stress, anxiety, to name a few.

I recommend Redken Scalp relief shampoo $29


WHY IT WORKS - Formulated with the powerful Hydro-Zone System which utilizes lavender extract and glycerin to help soothe, calm and clarify scalp while Pyrithione Zinc fights, controls and helps eliminate scalp irritation, itching, redness, flaking and scaling.
Purifies, moisturizes and hydrates dry scalp while soothing and calming. Scalp is clarified, hydrated and relieved.

HOW TO USE  - Apply to wet or dry hair, massaging into scalp. Leave on 5 minutes. Wet hair, lather and rinse. Can be used daily

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Cologne Do's & Dont's


 Cologne Dos

There is only one way to tell how a scent will smell, and it doesn’t involve scratching and sniffing a magazine. A self-test on your skin is the single, sure-fire method of determining its reaction with your body chemistry. That’s why you should try before you buy. Then, wait a day before committing to reveal any potential allergic reactions and to ensure the scent will last.

When it comes to cologne, knowing your skin type is essential. Oily complexions maintain a scent longer, with fewer and less frequent applications. The additional moisture on the skin acts as chemical activator. Drier skin, on the other hand, is just the opposite, it’s like a sponge soaking up that sweet scent. Go for an extra squirt and make sure you re-apply before a night on the town.


Like most things in life, timing is everything. So, naturally, there is a prime time for applying fragrance – like after a hot shower or bath. The water temperature and steam assist in prying pores open, which in turn, sop up scent. They’re what keep you smelling fresh (or not) all day long. And while attempting to scent unshowered skin isn’t the worst cologne crime in the world, you do risk of instigating a nasty cover-up.
Cologne Don’ts

We all know the guy who has a perpetual trail of saturated scent you can smell from a mile away. It announces his coming and going in the most offencive way possible – the classic case of foul play with a trigger-happy hand as the culprit. Instead of dousing , spraying at the pulse points is a more effective way of application, and honestly, a cologne basic. A dab behind the ears, wrist and at the base of the throat – essentially, anywhere the blood vessels are close to the skins surface – is all you need to maximise your musk. And remember when in doubt less is more. No one likes to be assaulted with smell no matter how pleasant you think it is.

Strongly scented soaps and body washes can mix in unintended ways with any cologne applied afterwards. At best, the soap smell will overpower a lighter fragrance and make it seem barely there but more than likely, the cool, clean scent of that body wash will alter the smell of the cologne you just applied. Stick with the lighter fragranced body wash.

Despite the old advice of finding a signature scent and sticking to it, men must remember to change things up. As seasons change cologne must follow suit. A full-bodied fragrance for mid November just doesn’t match the mood and can be overpowering. The opposite is true too. Lighter scents can get lost in colder temperatures come winter time. Opt for just two scents to complement the seasons. A citrusy scent for spring and summer should give way to woodsy spicy selections for autumn and winter.

Men have a bad habit of hoarding unopened bottles of colognes for use at a later date. They tend to stockpile them. But colognes have a shelf-life. 3 years to be exact. After that the natural oils in the bottle lose their intensity and go rancid. This rule holds true whether they’re still wrapped in plastic or on their last drop.

Cologne is a crucial part of being a man. The whole scent thing plays into their primal need to mark their territory. And now, you’ll be able to mark that territory right.
 Article from Barber shop magazine




Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Shag Haircut

Get This Look:

Shag Haircut & Hairstyle For Men - Matte Hair Styling Putty - Redken

›› Playful and adaptable
›› Likes to change up his look throughout the day
›› Prefers a custom style with low time commitment
›› Versatile, moveable and shape able
›› Matte, textured finish
›› Maximum control
›› Crunch-free feel


Work a small amount of outplay texture putty throughout towel-dried or dry hair. Gradually work more outplay through the lengths, sculpting through hair until desired style is achieved.
For a more visibly styled finish, blast the hair with a blow dryer while styling with your fingers.
mens hairstyle pomade putty for texture by Redken $35 available at Urban Male

Monday, 13 January 2014

Avoiding razor burn

 The technical term for this condition is pseudofolliculitis barbae (PFB) and the primary cause is shaving with a blade. Men with curly, coarse or even fine hair often experience razor burn or razor bumps after shaving because the hair curls back, punctures the skin and becomes ingrown. You could eliminate the problem by simply growing a beard or rarely shaving. But of course you many not want to do this and unfortunately, for many professional men this is not an option. Here are some tips to help you recover from razor burn:
  • Prep your skin before shaving by using a face scrub to exfoliate and help lift the hairs from under your skin. 
  • Liberally wet your face and apply shaving cream. Wait 2-3 minutes before shaving. The use of a shaving cream that contains vitamins and Aloe Vera is preferable over brands which may contain skin irritants such as sodium laurel sulphate. 
  • Use a high quality razor and change the blade often. Dull blades are often the cause of skin irritations and shaving nicks. 
  • Shave in the direction the hair grows on your face. 
  • Do not pick at the bumps, as this tends to make them worse. 
  • If possible, take the weekend off from shaving to give the irritation time to improve