I started this Manly Man Makeover project awhile ago. But in usual Tracey Style, it got pushed to the back burner. But I’m bringing it back. Look for Part 2 next week.
The head-to-toe plan for the next five weeks — Headlines, Smooth Operator, Body Beautiful, Buff Don’t Polish, and GQ IQ.
Our men rock almost as many styles as we do these days. From beautifully bald to to lock-a-licious, there are products, tools and expert advice to keep his tresses (or not) in their healthiest condition. Hair loss is a major concern for men, so check out the latest buzz on slowing down the follicular fallout. WebMD offers sound medical advice about which treatments work, and those that do not.
So is your guy sporting a shaved head? When you think famous bald heads, who comes to mind? If you are an OG (old girl) like me, it may be Yul Brenner or Telly Savalas sucking on that lollipop in his role as Kojak. Or how about Isaac Hayes who scored the classic soundtrack for Shaft. I think Michael Jordan probably started the current trend among brothers with his signature shaved head. Who gets your vote for most beautifully bald? For me that would be Boris Kodjoe.
Kathryn Leverette, owner of Urban Skin Solutions, in Oakland has smoothed the skin of Danny Glover, Laurence Fishburne, Ben Stiller, Malcolm Jamal Warner, and Blair Underwood and many NFL and NBA players. Kathryn offers some tips for your keeping his shaved head smooth without any lumps and bumps.
Bump prone men should opt for electric liners. Sanitize with a clipper disinfectant spray and never share. Change those blades every three to four months!
Avoid scented products, which can be reactive in sunlight, causing dermatitis, sunburn and dark spots.
To keep your skin and scalp even-toned, apply a sunscreen every morning, after perspiring or swimming, and reapply when exposed to prolonged sun.
To prevent acne keloidalis, a disfiguring scalp condition, never share clippers or go to barber shops who don’t sanitize between every single client.
Take your time to help prevent nicks, cuts and scapes.
Check out brother owned and operated Kleen Shave for your smoothest shaving products and accessories.
Does your man rock the locks?
Tone: Toning (or gently messaging your scalp) for a few minutes not only feels great but helps release natural oils from your sebaceous glands.
Is he the classic male? You know, working it Big Willie Style? Perfectly Buzzed?
Hair grooming for this guy is pretty simple. Wash it, get it cut. If you see flakes, get him a dandruff shampoo.DAX and Sportin’ Waves have been around for years, but mass market brands like Pantene, L’Oreal and Tresseme’ have their offerings in the pomade division as well. Of course we know the doo rag is de regueur for keeping his crown in control.
If hair loss is an issue, and going bald is not an option, click here for medically approved treatments.
Check back next week for Primp Your Man™ part 2 — Smooth Operator. Keep his skin smooth as a baby’s behind.