Keeps Helps Men Halt Hair Loss

Did you know that 66% of American men experience hair loss by the age of 35 (American Hair Loss Association)?

It’s no wonder that so many men are terrified at the prospect of losing their hair as they move throughout their 20s.

Keeps, Minoxidil (topical solution).

In the past, if you were concerned about hair loss most people waited too long to talk with their doctor out of shame or embarrassment. Keeps helps you avoid the embarrassment of meeting with someone face to face and having to pick up a prescription at the pharmacy. Keeps offers you convenience and the ability to consult with a medical professional who will diagnose your  problem online and send your treatments right to your doorstep. It’s hair loss prevention for this day and age.  And Keeps comes in a very cool, clean package that will fit right in on your bathroom shelf.

Keeps helps provide their customers with prescriptions for  Finasteride and Minoxidil which help men  hold on to their hair and stave off hair loss related to male pattern baldness (sorry ladies, Keeps won’t work for you).

One huge benefit of Keeps is that the prices are extremely reasonable. Imagine paying $35 or less per month to help keep your hair. With Keeps, you don’t have to imagine, it’s a reality. And you pay nothing for your initial doctor consultation and just $30 thereafter (which can cost $100+ for traditional face to face appointments).

To learn more about Keeps and start your consultation, you can visit their website at keeps.com.

 

Product Review: SheaMoisture Beard Care

Disclosure: Products for review were provided courtesy of SheaMoisture.

Beards have come a long way in the past decade or so. What was once a style relegated to Dads has turned into one of the modern-day staples of masculinity, even for young gents.  And it’s not just hipsters either.

Image source: DrugstoreNews.com

To help men care for their beards, SheaMoisture developed a comprehensive beard care line for all beard grooming needs. The line-up includes:

  • Maracuja Oil &Shea Butter Face & Beard Wash ($9.99) – Deeply cleanses beards of dirt, flakes, and odors without drying out facial hair and skin.
  • Maracuja Oil & Shea Butter Full Beard Detangler ($9.99) – Conditions and softens thick, coarse facial hair, providing great slip to ease out knots without tugging.
  • Maracuja Oil & Shea Butter Beard Conditioning Oil ($9.99) – Absorbs quickly to soften and condition full beards, while restoring moisture to dry facial skin.
  • Maracuja Oil & Shea Butter Beard Balm ($9.99) – Shapes, smooths and defines facial hair for a well-groomed beard all day long.

I’ve long been a fan of the SheaMoisture line for men. And more broadly, the brand, as it helps empower women through Community Commerce in sourcing product ingredients. It’s a call back to the brand’s roots when grandmother Sofi Tucker sold shea nuts in Bonthe, Sierra Leone. Their shaving products are particularly good and you can read my previous reviews here and here.

I was excited about the new beard care line-up for SheaMoisture but the reality is that I don’t keep a beard often. It’s a very rare thing for me to have anything beyond a stache and goatee so I asked a close friend (who is always bearded up & rarely uses products –  we’re working on him folks!) to weigh in and here’s what he had to say:

My favorite thing about the products is the scent. The beard wash lathers up well so you don’t have to use a lot of it, which means it should last a while. The beard detangler is great after showering. It makes combing my beard easier and helps make it look neater. I imagine it’s even more helpful when you have a fuller beard.

I found it superfluous to use both the balm and the conditioning oil at the same time. I took turns using each product and prefer the oil. The balm is a little too hard and takes a while to soften in your hands before you can apply it. Overall, I would definitely recommend this line of products.

There you have it!

SheaMoisture has to be one of my favorite personal care brands. The variety of available products is well, incredible. There is something for everyone. Every brand has its hiccups but with its founder Richelieu Dennis’ acquisition of Essence, its clear that SheaMoisture (and its parent companies) demosntrate a big committment to communities of color, and Black women in particular.

You can buy SheaMoisture products online at their website or at most drugstores and large retailers.

 

Product Review: Tommy John Men’s Underwear

Disclosure: Products for review were provided courtesy of Tommy John for the purpose of this review. All opinions listed herein are mine alone.

A lot of men dress for comfort and I’m definitely one of those guys. Yes, I like to try to look put together on a daily basis, but not overly so. Most days, I just want to look like I tried (LOL) and feel comfortable.

Over the years I’ve learned that comfort stays from your base-level clothing, your underwear. If those items are comfortable and fit properly you’ll probably be uneasy all day, and well as Sweet Brown would say, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”

Today, I’m sharing my thoughts of some offerings from underwear giant Tommy John. Read on for my review of two items from their Cool Cotton line up.

Cool Cotton Crew Neck Stay Tucked Undershirt

I’m perpetually on the hunt for the best undershirt because, well, I tend to sweat a lot honestly.  It’s not my favorite physical quality but is unavoidable, especially during the times of the year when the weather is at its most extreme. Whether it’s 90+ degrees and humid or I’m suffering inside due overwhelming heating systems, having a good undershirt is a necessity.

Long days at the office require something that helps me stay cool and wick away sweat. By and large, the Cool Cotton Crew Neck Stay Tucked Undershirt works really well for me. The fabric is pretty soft, smooth and comfortable. That is, with the exception of the form-fitting nature of the belly area. It’s not disruptive or restrictive at all, but when you’re used to keeping your shirts untucked (even your undershirt) anything touching your skin can feel too close. After I tried the shirt a few times, I found that my preoccupation with being hugged went away.

The biggest benefit, by far, is the shirt’s stay cool technology. It does help you keep a little bit cooler throughout the day. It also stays put so you don’t get any weird movement or bunching throughout the day, which is definitely a bonus. This feature, in my opinion, is what really sets Tommy John apart from the rest.

Cool Cotton Colorblock Brief

When I came across this item in the Tommy John line-up I immediately got excited. It’s not often that men’s underwear, especially briefs come with a bit of design.  The colorblock design made for an interesting departure from the typical tighty whities that everyone tries to avoid like the plague. These are stylish, sophisticated and not over the top. They’re a good pair of briefs.

But, what is most striking about the Cool Cotton Colorblock Brief is that it is so comfortable. It has a similar texture to the undershirt, but somehow feels softer against the much more delicate skin. They are incredibly comfortable, supple even, so much so that you probably won’t want to take them off (even when you need to!).

Right now, my only qualm, frankly, is that I don’t currently have a drawer full of these puppies. They’re expensive underwear, but boy are they comfortable. They move with you as well, which make them comfortable for long periods of time.

Also, there’s a cool horizontal flap for easy access for quick bathroom breaks. Genius.

You can find both items from Tommy John at their online store here.

Last Minute Gifts for Gents

Holiday shopping can be an incredibly trying experience. Even as I sit here typing this post, I have yet to finish all my shopping as Christmas gets closer and closer!

In an effort to give you some much-needed ideas to wrap up your shopping list, I’m sharing a few picks of some hot items that would make great gifts this holiday season. Hopefully, you’ll find something that you like for your partner, spouse, brother, dad or uncle.

Happy shopping!

For the metro traveler

The Cameron Rolltop Backpack is a metro commuter’s dream with its pockets and sturdy construction. This NY made bag is made of waxed canvas and retails for $149.99 at Solo New York.

 

For the rainy day gent

Rainy days are tough to deal with and if you live in a windy city, you recognize how important it is to have a sturdy, yet stylish umbrella. The Blunt Metro umbrella offers you compact style rain protection and is wind tested up to 55 mph. $60 at Blunt Umbrellas.

 

 

For the gluttonous snacker

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a foodie then the Holiday Popcorn Sampler might be a good choice. This delicious box comes with 10 varieties of popcorn that are all tasty and decadent. The box is currently on sale for $34.99 at GourmetGiftBaskets.com.

 

 

Stocking stuffer for the doting dad

Soap Caps are a unique invention designed to get kids excited about washing their hands. If you’re looking for a gift to make your favorite dad’s life easier, then these would be a great option. Soap Caps retail for $4.99 at Soap-Caps.com.

 

 

For the outdoorsman

The Guy’s Guide to Pocket Knives is a pocket-sized (appropriately) book that details the history of the knives as well as offering up carving projects to master over time. Available from Ulysses Press by author Mike Yarbrough for $12.95 (Hardcover).

 

Product Review: ribbedtee

Every now and then it’s important to switch up your tees and underwear, and let’s be honest, most guys aren’t the best at updating our undergarment wardrobes. Recently, I had the opportunity to try out some offerings from ribbedtee and I’m happy to share my thoughts with you.

First off, let’s put all the cards on the table here…I’m not a small guy and I tend to run a little hot. This means I tend to sweat quite a bit, especially in the underarm area. I’ve long been on the lookout for a those special shirts that guarantee “no sweat, no odor” but haven’t really found my match. Enter ribbedtee.

ribbedtee vneck undershirt

While the shirts themselves don’t promise they’ll eradicate sweat altogether, I can tell you that, so far, when I’ve worn this shirt I have not sweat through it and my work shirt for the day. If you know me, that’s a pretty big feat. The super soft, moisture-wicking fabric actually does deliver on its promise.

There’s something about the technology of this shirt that also helps keep odors at bay. Typically, I find myself immediately switching out of damp undershirts or showering when I get home. When I wore ribbedtee, I didn’t. “The proof is in the pudding,” as they say.

And if I forgot to mention, the shirt is made out of THE SOFTEST cotton. It definitely made me think of (and how it’s better than) the oldest and softest tee shirts I have in my drawer (mostly those from high school!). Now, that’s soft.

ribbedtee boxer brief

The boxer briefs are supple and soft, but in a different way. They feel really good against your skin, but I’m afraid they didn’t offer me much support in the sweat less department. They have a bit of a active wear undergarment feel, so they may not for everyone’s everyday wear. But, there are not tags and the fabric feels very smooth against your skin. I have to say I’m pretty happy with them as they still represent a major upgrade from a 3 pack of underwear for less than 10 bucks.

Overall, I have been pretty pleased with my experiences with ribbedtee. If you’re looking to upgrade your undergarments and like that silky smooth, soft feel then these are a solid buy. Learn more about ribbedtee at ribbedtee.com.

 

Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast is Your Perfect Fall Spirit

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Captain Morgan.

Ask anyone that knows me and you’ll realize that I’m a BIG fan of fall. The leaves are changing, the humidity is leaving the air, and that’s not to mention cooler temperatures mean comfortable sweaters and cozy days indoors…what’s not to like?! And now Halloween is upon us, which means I’m trying to take in all things pumpkin.

To quench my thirst, the folks over at Captain Morgan sent along their annual fall treat, Captain Morgan’s Jack-O’Blast. This pumpkin spiced spirit is the perfect treat for those who are Halloween obsessed but is also good for those who might want a little extra kick in your PSL. Let’s all quit acting like we don’t drink them, OK?!

Jack-O’Blast is a fall-inspired shot that blends Caribbean rum with some delicious seasonal flavors – including fresh pumpkin, cinnamon and other spices. Best enjoyed as a chilled shot, Jack-O’Blast can also be served as a drop shot or in a number of seasonal drink recipes. And, let’s be honest, this is also going to be dropped into some fall bread or cake recipe too. I mean, why not?!

So whether you’re in a pretty raucous Halloween spirit or just want to feel a little more fall in your bones, Jack-O’Blast is offering up some pretty solid drink recipes to give you what you need. Check them out!

 

Pumpkin Spiced Shotte

1 oz. Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast

1 oz. Captain Morgan LocoNut

  1. oz. Cold Brew

Top with Whipped Cream & Cinnamon

Combine Jack-O’Blast, LocoNut and cold brew in a shaker with ice. Pour into 2.5 oz. shot glass, top with whipped cream and a caramel drizzle.

 

Apple Jack-O

1.5 oz. Captain Morgan Jack-O’Blast

4 oz. chilled apple cider

Combine all ingredients in a glass filled with ice, stir and serve.

I, personally, tend to take cider in small doses because it can be a little too sweet more often than not. But, with Captain Morgan’s Jack-O’Blast, hard cider hits the spot. And I’m waiting for it to get even colder so I can whip up some hot buttered rum with this stuff. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

The pumpkin spiced rum (60 proof, 30% ABV) has a suggested retail price of $15.99 for a 750 ml bottle and is currently available nationwide for a limited time this fall. That means, if you’re in the market for some Jack-O’Blast you’re going to need to get it soon!

 

Dwyane Wade’s Private Chef Launches Eating Well to Win

How many of you think that Dwyane Wade is one of the better players of our current generation?  Well if you’re a fan of his, or his incredible partner Gabrielle Union, then you know they are couple goals.

If you want to start to live like Gabby and Dwyane then the first step might be eating like them. The couples’ private chef, Richard Ingraham, at chefrli.com, has recently launched his cookbook of Southern, Asian, and Creole inspired recipes that will have you eating just like the Wades.  To look like them, it might take a lot of working out though.

Eating good and feeling satisfied with food doesn’t mean that it has to be unhealthy and judging from the look of the recipes in this book, that’s a philosophy that the Wades live by.

Eating Well to Win is inspired by Chef Ingraham’s catering career as well as his tenure as private chef to Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade for over 10 years. I got to take a peek at the book and many of the recipes look delicious and easy to make.

Garlic shrimp anyone? Source: Eating Well to Win

And if you’re a big chocolate fan like me, then you’re probably pretty curious about these Toffee Black Bean Brownies too. They’re on my to-do list without a doubt!

Toffee Black Bean Brownies Source: Eating Well to Win

Whether you are a high-powered athlete, a talented and accomplished actress, young professional or soccer mom, you probably want to enjoy eating, get all the nutrients you need and work towards living a healthier life, right? If my first impressions, and the book reviews, say anything about Eating Well to Win, it’s that this book delivers.

You can pick up your copy of Eating Well to Win at Amazon. Get to cooking (and eating)!

 

My New Favorite Shampoo

Many people talk of the benefits of coconut oil for hair & body. There’s even a pretty cool pin that you can buy to celebrate your love for the wonder oil. I, myself, have been a big fan for a while now but my love for coconut oil has recently been cemented in one of my latest discoveries.

Not only do I love coconut oil but I also have pretty sensitive skin. My scalp is even worse. I try a lot of products and keep in mind how both my hair and scalp react to different ingredients and formulations. Needless to say, finding a shampoo that works well for both has always been a bit of a challenge.

Then I stumbled upon Shea Moisture’s 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Shampoo. It’s a gem.

For those of you who seek healthy, organic products, I have a feeling that you will feel as strongly about this shampoo as I do. It has all the things that you need, without the things that you don’t. It gives you a great amount of slip to help detangle dense, afro-textured hair like mine and frees itself of perfumes and scents that only serve to make you smell “good”. I find that those products are often scalp irritants, which is why this shampoo is the business.

It’s creamy and luxurious and soothing at the same time. It smells faintly of coconut and it just feels naturally created.  I think it is, by far, one of the best products I’ve ever tried from Shea Moisture and if you search through the reviews of this site, you know how many things I’ve tried (and mostly loved).  This is a holy grail product, bar none.

The only reservation I have about this product is one built on circumstance, it’s hard to find in store. None of my local stores carry it, which means that I have to order it online or hunt around the city to find it. It’s a new product, and arguably less popular, than the others. But, as more people try it I presume they will end up with the same conclusion as I have, it’s one of the best shampoos out there.

Give it a shot!

NaturallyCurly Book ‘The Curl Revolution’ Hits Shelves

NaturallyCurly is the largest site dedicated to caring for, and loving your naturally curly hair. On October 3, Naturally Curly will be releasing The Curl Revolution: Inspiring Stories and
Practical Advice from the NaturallyCurly Community!

This book will offer practical advice, hope and inspiration for curly girls and guys. It promises to be one of the coolest and informative books about textured hair out there.  It’s no surprise as NaturallyCurly has long been an advocate for advancing public perception of naturally curly, kinky, and coily hair.  In my opinion, this book release marks a significant time in our history and progress with mainstream acceptance of textured hair.

I was fortunate enough to take part in the book as one of their models and community members and I am incredibly excited to be a part of it. When I first started growing out my hair I was nervous and incredibly confused about what to do and what products to use. NaturallyCurly was THE site that helped me get my act together and understand my hair.  I’m excited that this book will offer another opportunity to learn about different hair textures and care practices.

Here’s a sneak peek of my photo shoot for The Curl Revolution!

You can pre-order The Curl Revolution at Shop.NaturallyCurly.com. I can’t wait to finally see the book in print and I hope that you all enjoy it!

Should You Use a Beard Shampoo?

This guest post is written by Jeremy from Best Men’s Shaver.

Are you thinking about growing out a beard? If so, you may quickly realize that it is not as easy as just sitting around and letting it grow.

As you begin to get some length on your beard, you may begin to itch or even see dandruff.

Keep reading to see how using a beard shampoo can help you grow a healthier, fuller looking beard.

Why You Need To Take Care Of Your Beard

As we mentioned, problems arise as your beard gets longer. Your body produces a natural oil to keep your skin and hair moisturized. This is known as sebum. When your beard is less than a half-inch or so long, your body doesn’t really have a problem keeping up with sebum production. However, as your beard gets longer your skin has a harder time producing enough oil to keep your skin and beard moisturized. This is when you may begin to notice beard itch and some guys will even get ‘beardruff’.

As you can imagine, this causes several issues. When the skin is not kept dry it can become itchy and flaky. When the hair follicle underneath the skin is not kept moisturized, it can lead to brittle hair growth that can break easier. This makes it harder to grow out your beard. Of course, if your beard hairs themselves dry out, they can break easier as well.

Why Not Regular Shampoo

Can you use the same shampoo you use on your head for your beard? Absolutely.

However, it is going to strip away almost all of your body’s natural oil that we were just talking about. This will either lead to issues with your beard and skin or require you to use more beard oil or balm to keep everything moisturized.

Humans have been using shampoo for hundreds of years. In more recent times, manufacturers have used lots of chemicals to make them appealing to us.

Chemicals like sulfates, glycol citric acid give the shampoo its abilities to:

  • Repair hair
  • Smell nice
  • Reduce irritation
  • Foam and rinse easily

Unfortunately, shampoos are also really efficient at stripping hair of your body’s natural oil.

Beard shampoos take a more natural approach and are less likely to strip away that oil that your beard needs. They usually contain mostly water, plant oils, extracts and juices.

You can even make your own with equal parts Castile soap and water. You can then add your own favorite plant oils or extracts to make it smell nice and give it some conditioning properties.

How Often Should You Wash Your Beard

You should wash your beard about the same as you normally wash your hair on your head.

It is generally recommended to only wash your hair every two to three days. Now, this could be difficult if you workout and you often become a sweaty mess. If that is the case, try every other day and see how it goes.

When you combine a nice beard shampoo with this frequency, you are helping your beard retain more of its natural oils. This practice is going to keep your beard looking healthier and feeling softer in the long run and who doesn’t love a softer beard?!

Plus, using a beard shampoo everyday could be expensive. Most come in smaller bottles or bars of soap however, a little bit will spread pretty far.

Who Would Benefit From A Beard Shampoo

Anyone, with any length of hair, can use a beard shampoo. However, as we mentioned, as your beard gets longer than about a half-inch is when you may start to notice issues.

Some guys may feel the need to wash their beard everyday because it feels greasy. In doing so, it actually increases your body’s natural oil production. As the oil gets stripped away, the body thinks it needs to replace it and produces more oils which can clog your pores and actually inhibit moisture getting to your beard hair effectively. By slowing down the frequency to every 2 or 3 days the oil production will normalize. This makes washing your beard everyday unnecessary.

Anyone who wants their beard to smell nice would also benefit from a beard shampoo. They are usually scented with essential oils that will stick with you for most of the day.

As you can see, it may be worth a couple bucks for you to invest into a nice beard shampoo. Just like with your skin and the hair on your head, your beard needs to be treated properly.

Keeping the hair and skin moisturized under your beard will lead to healthier growth and a fuller looking beard. You should also notice less hair is breaking or falling out as frequently. And when you use a nice beard shampoo together with a beard oil or balm, you are setting your beard up for success.

Do you use a beard shampoo? Let us know how you like it in the comments below!

 

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