How to Get Started Growing a Beard

Guest post written and submitted by Adam of Beard Care Products.

For men who decide to grow a beard there are many resources out there to understand all the various aspects that can go into maintaining facial hair and properly taking care of it.

The recent trend in growing beards and their popularity are encouraging more and more men to stop shaving and getting rid of the daily razor grind with its cuts and burns. Many men actually like this aspect of growing a beard a lot. They don’t want to deal with the redness and the tenderness any longer and to be honest – and who doesn’t want to save 5-10 minutes everyday in a society pressed for time?

While it is true that you do save time everyday, but (and you knew there was a but coming!) at the same time you need to keep in mind that you have to take care of your beard as well. Some men have to deal with itchiness or ingrown hairs – others have to contend with beard dandruff (a.k.a. beardruff) and a host of other challenges that can make maintaining a nice beard seem difficult. However, in reality, it all boils down to making a commitment to a regular routine and sticking with it.  

The obvious advantage is that maintaining a beard doesn’t have to take the 5-10 minutes that shaving takes everyday, but you should have combing and oiling as part of your daily routine so that your beard does not seem unruly or unkempt.

So where do you turn for advice whether you are a novice or a veteran beard grower? With the baby boomer generation, beards were never very popular, which means that Generation X and Y have to experiment and figure out on their own grooming rules and rituals. That knowledge was lost and gone with the earlier generations.

That gap erased a lot of respect and natural affinity that men have for beards and we grew up without really knowing how common it was for our great grandfathers to have beards. Its only recently that men are now starting get back into growing beards and they find themselves at a starting point with zero experience and not really sure about how to move forward.

Fortunately, there are many sites and forums that you can turn to and get advice for your beard related issues.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the advice and tips out there, so you want to start out with something palatable and applicable. First and foremost, read 4 Ways To Give Your Facial Hair The Best Beard Care Possible because not everybody can afford expensive beard care products and grooming routines. Men easily get discouraged when comparing razor prices to the price of a 2 oz. beard conditioner. The trick is to look at what you can do, and so all it takes are a few steps to get going, whether you’re a millionaire or a struggling artist. As a starting point, disregard the horrors of a patchy or itchy beard and just think about getting started. That’s the biggest hurdle. Once you clear it, you will be able to conquer the smaller challenges just as millions of men before you have done.  

One of the more established beard boards is Jeff’s where you will find many people sharing their beard growing stories and experiences. If you’re facing a particular issue just ask on the forum and someone will be sure to help you.

Some men might be bald or have a receding hairline but that should not stop you from growing a beard. In fact, growing facial hair is a great psychological boost for men facing premature hair loss. This is not an issue that is discussed a lot – and many men facing this condition assume that there is no help for them. But in the age of the internet there are  many men who are able to grow beards in spite of the issues they face with the hair on their head. A really great resource is Sly Bald Guys. Their website has a forum specifically dealing with issues bald men face – including tips on growing a beard and much more.

So there you have it, a quick starter guide to get you going, a forum for general growers and a more specific site for men with hair loss. Take time to read and most importantly – don’t go overboard.

Product Review: Artnaturals Bluetooth Diffuser

Disclosure: Artnaturals was courteous enough to provide sample products for the purpose of the review. All opinions listed herein are my own.

Everyone likes to have a home that smells welcoming to guests (and frankly helps cover up any food scents or other odors).  Most of us rely on candles but diffusers, now growing in popularity, may be a better and more sustainable option.

Many of us are somewhat familiar with diffusers. Often they come in sleek little bottles that sit on our desks at work. But what if you had one that gave out a pleasant mist in controllable increments and worked as a bluetooth speaker?

Artnaturals Bluetooth Diffuser does just that.

Previously, the folks at Artnaturals sent me their bluetooth diffuser to try out in my home office space. After using it for a while, I thought I’d share my thoughts with all of you.

Let me begin by saying that I’ve never actually owned a diffuser of my own but had been thinking about purchasing one as I’ve become increasingly interested in the use of essential oils (thanks hair care research) especially as it relates to managing mood and energy.  This opportunity gave me a chance to really see how I felt about it.

What I Loved

I think that the Top 16 essential oil pack is a great selling feature of this combo. What’s best about that is that with the purchase you also get, what I call, a recipe book that provides some potential mixes for you to try out in your space. It helps provide a strong foundation to work from, and to be honest I haven’t tried even half of the mixes and I’m already a few months in.

I also think that the design of the diffuser/speaker itself is neat. If you watch closely, you can see the mist escaping from the top of the spout when the diffuser is on. It also has a clock which is a nice add-on, especially if your diffuser is in a space without another visible clock.

But, by far, having control over the diffuser is the best-selling point for me. You can simply have it turned on until your water-oil mix runs out and/or you can put it on specific time increments such as 1 hour, 3 hours or 6 hours. This makes it great for creating a specific feel in an environment, whether that’s the work place or your home.

There is also a feature that allows the diffuser to show different colored lights when it’s on. Again, you have control over this so you can opt for no lights or opt for one color the whole time which can add a little ambiance if you’re looking for that extra little touch.

And ultimately, the diffuser with 16 essential oils retails for less than $60. That means you’re getting a diffuser, bluetooth speaker, and a nice set oils for a damn good price. It’s a great value.

What Could Use Improvement

I don’t think that the bluetooth speaker has the best sound quality., to be honest. I  didn’t expect it to provide super high quality sound. But, it works just fine for ambient and instrumental music. Surprisingly though, it can get quite loud (it has volume controls) so it has that going for it on the plus side.

Overall, I think that an electronic diffuser is a great idea because it gives you a lot of control over how often and how much you diffuse in your space. I wish that the smells lingered more often, but then again, maybe that’s just to the fact that we tend to assimilate to smell very quickly.  Needless to say, my home office nook smells pretty good and it’s fun to play around with different scent combinations to create different moods.  I personally think the set I tried out would make a great gift for someone who’s learning more about oils and their use in the home or office. And, the style is simple, yet decorative enough to not be so disruptive to most spaces.

To learn more about Artnaturals and to buy the Top 16 Essential Oils and Bluetooth Speaker set.

 

Product Review: Kat Burki Skin Care

Disclosure: Products for review were provided courtesy of Kat Burki.

Since I started MANE MAN years ago, I’ve come a long way in upping my skin care regimen. It was nonexistent through my teen and younger adulthood, in large part because I think I was just somehow gifted with fairly balanced skin.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve held on to the idea of keeping my mug looking as youthful as possible and it’s something that I try to take seriously. Recently, I tried some great products from Kat Burki so I’ll be sharing some thoughts with you about how these products made me feel.

Before we fully dive in though, I want to take a step back and make a note about man often feel pressured to use “manly” products or products made for men. I definitely think there is space for products that are created for the unique skin challenges of men (many of us do shave, after all). We have larger pores and that can impact what our skin’s needs are. However, there’s generally a LOT that you can gain from dabbing into products from the other side of the aisle.  There’s a lot of good stuff out there that might help your best and it just be hidden in pink and green packaging.

Ocean Mineral Gel Cleanser

Lately, I’ve been using a thicker, creamier face wash to keep my skin clean and breakouts at bay.  And in large part, it’s been working well for me. That being said, when I tried the Ocean Mineral Gel Cleanser, it is nice break from what I’ve been used to lately.

While the cleanser is thinner than I would naturally like, I have to admit that scent and lightness is incredibly refreshing, and not in a heavily perfumed way. It’s light and subtle, just as the branding suggests with its muted colors and overall soft demeanor. And unlike other washes, it feels very gentle. After use my skin feels clean and new, but not dry. And if you look at the ingredients list, you would see why. It’s packed full of nutrients and oils.  It’s quickly become one of my favorite parts of my daily skin routine.

FORM CONTROL Marine Collagen Gel – How it Works from Kat Burki on Vimeo.

Lift & Fill  Form Control Marine Collagen Gel

To be frank, I don’t need “fill” in my face. At best it’s youthful, cherubic even (facial hair is a must) which often throws people off because I’ve got a fair amount of gray sprigs of hair in my mane. Nonetheless, I’m committed to taking care of my mug and serums are really potent and powerful little additions to a skin care regimen. This gel is no joke. It definitely boasts hydration and makes a great nighttime treatment before bed.  It’s texture is smooth and slippery but not os that you end up wasting product in the sink when trying to get it out of the nice little pump bottle.

My only real qualm is that the gel’s smell is not to my taste. It smells like cucumber to me, which is personally just a big NO-NO. I’m not a fan of cucumber in general, however, I’ve managed to get over it with this gel because it just feels so damn good.

These products are pricey so they may not be to everyone’s taste or fit everyone’s budget. But, I will also say that if you’re looking for products that really help your skin feel hydrated and youthful, this is the way to go.  You can learn more about these products at KatBurki.com.

 

Foods for a Healthy Life

There are plenty of important reasons to eat well. If you eat nutritious foods your life expectancy will increase. Eating healthy makes your mind work faster and stronger, which ultimately increases your working efficiency throughout the day .

Today, we have a collection of some food items which are not only healthy to eat, but will also satisfy your taste buds.

Apples

The apple is high in fiber and has different cancer prevention agents. And, isn’t biting into a fresh apple satisfying? On the off-chance that you find yourself hungry between meals, apples are a great option.

Avocados

Avocados are great to eat and chock full of vitamins. They’re stocked with solid, healthy fats (as opposed to carbs). Avocados are rich, delectable and high in fiber, metal and ascorbic acids which are good for digestion.

Bananas

Bananas are rich in potassium, vitamin B and fiber. Bananas are outrageously advantageous and will help give you a quick energy boost in the middle of a long day.

Incline Beef

Incline hamburger is among the best sources of carbs out there, and its packed with bio-available iron. To add flavor to your beef and find best ways to cook sumptuous beef checkout this cooking guide.

Chicken Breasts

Chicken breast are low in fat and calories, however phenomenally high in protein. It’s an amazing supply of many nutrients. Grilling chicken on a top quality charcoal grill  enhances the taste of chicken breast and adds a bit of rustic charm.

Almonds

Almonds are stacked with cancer prevention agents called cell reinforcements, and fiber. Studies demonstrate that almonds will help your bones stay strong and they promote overall wellbeing.

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are one of the best supplements of the world, which is why they are often thought of as superfoods. One ounce (28 grams) contains eleven grams of fiber, and a larger amount of manganese (which is good for your liver and overall wellness).

Peanuts

Peanuts, who are, in fact vegetables, not nuts are high in supplements and cancer prevention agents. Studies also demonstrate the benefits of peanuts on lowering cancer risk.

Be that as it may, peanuts are awfully high in calories which makes it an incredible food to consume as pre workout food. It gives the energy required while no matter what kinds of workouts you do.

Chime Peppers

Chime peppers are accessible in numerous hues. They’re firm and still awfully sweet, and boast a great supply of cancer prevention agents and ascorbic acid, which helps digestion.

Broccoli

Broccoli is a brilliant supplier of fiber, fat-dissolvable vitamins,  and contains a decent amount of carbs (in contrast to other vegetables). It’s a healthy, nutritious food that tastes decent when grilled or boiled for soup.

Carrots

The carrot often comes across as just another boring veggie. But, it’s uncommonly delicious and firm, and stacked with nutrients like fiber and fat-dissolvable vitamins. Carrots, additionally, are frightfully high in caroteneantioxidants and beta-carotone.

If you want healthy life full of energy without any problems then I recommend you to try to eat more of the healthy foods listed in the collection above. You will definitely see the miracles in your life in terms of health and overall well-being in the years to come.

Author bio: Tushar is a scrumptious food connoisseur who loves to write about lifestyle, food, fitness ,technology and positive life .you can connect with him on Twitter.

The Best Way I Beat “Frizzy” Hair

We are officially in the middle of a heat wave here in NYC, which means it’s super hot and SO HUMID. We do a lot of walking around these parts and in-between that frequently go underground to catch the subway. Needless to say, it’s no bueno.

And obviously, my hair also suffers in the process.

While naturally curly and kinky hair is prone to frizz, that doesn’t mean that a little extra control can’t be helpful on days like these. In the middle of hot, humid summers I often rely more on gel (as opposed to creams or puddings like in the cooler months) to help manage my mane. Even though it’s bit shorter now (hello, summer cut!), it’s still good to have a little extra control to make sure my mini fro holds up during the day. The last thing I need is to be looking unintentionally frizzy and uncontrolled when that’s not the look I’m going for on that day.

Lately, I’ve rekindled my love affair with Kinky-Curly Curling Custard and even though it’s costly, I’m reminded why it’s one of my holy grail products. It’s perfect for summer and offers up natural ingredients that provide control, moisture and a lot of nourishment. Recently, I’ve also been using Giovanni LA Natural Styling Gel. It’s not too shabby either. Otherwise, I always seem to have Old Spice products on deck so their Swagger Gel works pretty well too.

Hopefully, between these three I can keep my hair looking its best during this heat wave.

What are your favorite go-to products for dealing with humidity and heat?

Cooking 101: A Guide to the Perfect Steak

We all know that summertime means it’s grilling season.  And who doesn’t love a perfectly cooked steak when you’re drinking beer with friends on your backyard patio? Summer’s great isn’t it?!

Some of us out there are more adept at preparing steak than others. Well, today’s post can help with that.  If you’re a newbie to the grill this season then you probably think you have a lot to learn about meat doneness and preparation.  Making steak for a gang of friends isn’t necessarily the easiest thing, especially as people can be very particular about their steak is cooked. For me personally, I’m a medium rare kind of guy but I know friends of mine who balk at the idea of any bit of pink in their steak. That’s alright I judge them too 🙂

But, there’s no reason to fear with the “Complete Guide to Steak”, which has been shared with us from the folks over at ereplacementparts.com.  Check it out below!

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Tips for Choosing and Cooking Steak Perfectly

Source: eReplacementParts.com blog

My Latest Grooming Discovery Revealed

I’ve been holding on to this little tidbit for a couple of weeks now as I wanted to really give this some old-fashioned tried and true testing. My latest grooming discovery is a certified game-changer.

A few weeks back, I came across a post  on Facebook (I think?) in which someone talked about how you’re actually *supposed to wear and use deodorant (antiperspirant, more accurately). Apparently, it’s recommended that you apply it at night before bed. This allows the ingredients to absorb into your skin BEFORE you start sweating in the day, which you apparently do right after you shower. I was skeptical.

Guess what? IT. FREAKING. WORKS.

I’m a notorious pit sweater (TMI, I know), but I sweat quite a bit and if there is caffeine involved, forget it. So needless to say, I was hesitant to give this a try. But, after a couple of weeks of trials (with two different products) I’m convinced that this is the way to go.

Every day after applying at night, no matter what I did, no matter what I drank during that day, I sweated noticeably less. For simplicity’s sake, let’s say that my sweating was on a 8.5/10 (10 being constantly drenched), then with night before application I was at a consistent 3 out of 10.

But what happens when you do shower in the morning? Won’t you wash off your deodorant?

NOPE.  The trick is that applying at night allows for the deodorant to actually absorb into your lovely pits. Even if you wash your arm pits the next morning, you’re still going to get a better outcome than if you applied only right after showering.  AND, you can always gently reapply after showering if you’re unsure.  But most days, I didn’t have to do that at all.

Do you think you’re brave enough to give this new discovery a try for yourself? Sound off in the comment section below!

 

Product Review: ArtNaturals Men’s Body Wash

Disclosure: Product for review was provided courtesy of ArtNaturals.

Let’s face it, there are a LOT of options out there when it comes to men’s body washes.  Does anyone else remember the days when it was less “manly” to use body wash and you had to use bar soap to be a real guy? I do. And Im glad those days are long gone.

ArtNaturals, as the name suggests, is a personal grooming brand focused on bring its customers high quality, natural products. They craft everything from body washes to essential oils (and diffusers!), lotion, shaving cream, etc. They basically have anything that you might need for your grooming needs.

The folks over at ArtNaturals shared some of their goodies with me and I’ll look forward to sharing all my thoughts with you. Today, I’ll talk about my experience with Men’s Body Wash.

You may have noticed by now, but I’m a sucker for a natural ( or mostly natural) product. I figure, why not use mostly natural products as much as possible, right? They can often be more expensive than products with a lot of synthetic, or man-made chemicals, and that’s often something to consider. But, I think it’s worth to cut back in other places when you can have more knowledge about putting better ingredients on or in your body.

It is exactly this reason that I really enjoy what I’ve tried from ArtNaturals so far. You can smell and FEEL the natural quality of their creations. They are effective, but not harsh. Fragrant, but not overwhelming in any way. In short, they hit my natural product sweet-spot.

The Men’s Body Wash is a great example of this. Formulated with aloe, cocoa butter and shea butter, it’s evident from the second this stuff touches your skin that you’re not only being cleansed but also being nourished. It has hints of that nutty shea butter smell and has that smoothness that cocoa butter and aloe provide so well.

For those use to super soapy and sudsy washes, this isn’t going to seem to be a great cleanser for you, but I think it is. It cleanses well without completely stripping my skin. It’s one of the reasons why I think it’s  perfect for summer. Imagine that you’ve been at the beach all day reading a book, playing in the sand or diving in and out of the ocean. It’s hot and you get home about 3 shades darker than when you left (I’ve been there!). You KNOW your skins is parched even though you used sunblock and tried to say hydrated. This Men’s Body Wash is what you need afterwards. The combination of ingredients offers your skin the nourishment that it needs, without the stripping element of your average body wash.  It’s a winner, in my eyes, and I think that if you try it, it will be one for you too.

For more on ArtNaturals Men’s Body Wash and their line up of products you can visit their website and shop.

 

Father’s Day 2017 Gift Guide

Father’s Day is almost upon us!

For those of you looking for some nice deals and steals for dad, this post will point you in the right direction. As we are only a few days away from Father’s Day at this point, you may have to rush ship some of these or get a placeholder (like an awesome card) in the meantime, but there are plenty of options to show dad just how much you appreciate him.

Take a look below!

Food & Recipes

Savannah Bee Company Bowtie Habanero Honey BBQ Sauce

Grooming

Axe Fragrance Set (Phoenix scent) via Jet.com

Braun Series 9 9290cc silver “World’s Most Efficient Shaver”

Braun beard trimmer BT3040 – for the dad with a lengthy beard

Everyone For Men 3-in-1 Cucumber & Lemon Set

Beard Guyz Beard Balm 25

Clean White Vetiver Eau de Toilette

Tenzing skin care – 20% off using code FATHERSDAY (expires June 18)

Sports & Hobbies

Fishing Gift Box – for the dad who loves to bait & tackle

FitBit Charge 2 Activity Tracker + Heart Rate

K9 Sport Sack – for the active doggie dad on the go

Wild Sports Tailgate Toss Cornhole Set

Health

Pure CBD Rub – a product to help reduce muscle tension and soreness

Lifestyle

Bernzomatic TS3500 Multi-Use Torch

BigMouth Inc The Grill Sergeant BBQ Apron

BigMouth Inc Coffee and a Donut USB Mug Warmer

BRUSH HERO PRO Water-Powered Cleaning Tool With Water-Saving Trigger Handle

iHome iBT372 Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker

“I Like Big Mugs and I Can Not Lie” XL coffee mug

Papyrus “Go Ask Your Mother” Mug

Papyrus – A trophy for the “Ultimate Beer Drinker” dad

Clothing & Style

The Cat’s Pajamas Sushi Poplin Cotton Pajamas

Cubavera  Slim Fit Cuban Fiesta Mini Print Shirt

Cufflinks Inc Mug of Beer Cufflinks

Old Bull Lee Boardshorts – variety of styles available

 

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