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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.

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.

10 Manly Summer Hairstyles to Rock in 2017

Summer hairstyles for men have always been intriguing and interesting to make. There are a lot of easy haircuts that fit well on every man. The saying “life is too short to have a boring haircut” explains everything. Why have the same old haircut every summer, when there are a lot of interesting options from which you can choose the one that suits you the best?

Since the summer can get very hot, shorter styles are a must. Here is a list of our top 10 summer hairstyles for men.

Caesar cut

The Caesar cut is a short hairstyle and it is named by Julius Caesar who embodied this hairstyle.  In Caesar cut, the bangs are cut short in horizontal direction and hair is layered in 2-5 cm lengths all over. This hairstyle was more common in the 1990s among Western boys and men. Famous people that have had this hairstyle during the years are: Brian Littrell from Backstreet Boys, Eminem, Antonio Banderas, George Osborne, Jon Hensley, George Clooney, Gilbert Gottfried and many more.

 

Brushed up hairstyle

The brushed-up hairstyle does not originate from any famous person or iconic name like some of the other hairstyles here, but it is easy to do.  It suits many guys and can be combined with different messy or simple haircuts, depending on your choice. This hairstyle looks like it has been brushed straight up. The longer it is, the more effective look you’ll get.

 

High and tight hairstyle

The high and tight hairstyle is one of the easiest hairstyles for men because it can be maintained with very little complication. It is pretty common for military men to sport this style. It shows off the shape of the head and tends to keep you pretty cool in the summer heat.

 

Taper fade haircut

The taper fade cut is one of the trendiest and iconic haircuts. It offers a masculine look with a stylish, professional touch. There are different types of fades that can be combined with other haircuts, such as the temp, bald, skin or mid fade. You can also combine the taper fade with high top, Mohawk, curly hair or afro to get a more modern hairstyle.

 

Pompadour fade cut

The pompadour fade cut makes you stand out from the crowd & it is intended for people who want something completely different. It can be a perfect choice if you are looking for a easy and stylish summer haircut.

 

Quiff hairstyle

The quiff hairstyle is another iconic haircut that is intended specifically for men. It looks good on pretty much any length of hair. You can get the quiff hairstyle by combing the hair with a fine tooth comb to make the part. Apply some hair spray and add a little texture to give accent to the styling. Finally, blow your dry with a hair dryer to make it look more voluminous. When the hair is dried, comb it again to make sure your hair is perfectly in place.

 

Short curly hairstyle

The short curly hairstyle is perfect choice for the summer season and looks amazing on a variety of men. It gives a fresh, unique look. It is a great trend for men who want to make the hair look voluminous and full with a casual look.

 

Short messy hairstyle

This hairstyle is very easy to style and requires less maintenance. You can use some styling products like wax, hairspray or pomade to make it messy and more texturized. See how singer Zayn Malik wears his messy hairstyle with class.

 

Shaved Sides Hairstyles

This summer haircut features shaved sides with longer hair on top. It is very simple, but still looks amazing when you add some texture to the cropped hair on top. The hair is simply brushed forward with a comb to form this amazing shaved sides hairstyle.

 

The short Mohawk hairstyle

The mohawk is a very creative haircut and it stands out! If you style your hair this way, you’ll definitely be getting a lot of stares. It is little bit difficult to maintain but looks great with some effort. There are also a lot of styling options available for mohawk hairstyles.

 

 

What’s your favorite from the list?

 

Relationships in the Digital Age: Dating Ironies in Today’s World

The face of dating has changed dramatically over the last decade. There are quite a few reasons for this: from the rise of mobile interactive media such as Tinder and Badoo, to the fast pace of life and our inability to approach dating with patience.

The rise of the digital dating age seemed to be the next logical step for our technology-centric society. And sure, while this has given hermits and reclusive people a chance at reproduction, it has also transformed the dating terrain for large portions of the population that grew up learning to meet girls at clubs, work or any other example of real-life.

However, whether you like it or not, digital dating is here to stay and it is growing in popularity. So, to prepare yourself for engaging in the medium of romance with success and not awkward terror, here are some sheer ironies for you to watch out for when using online dating platforms.

Whatever happened to face value?

While good looks do help with getting a foot in the door when it comes to dating, they will only get you so far. We have been raised in a society that teaches us not to judge a book by its cover, a man by his hairline or a woman by her waist line; and while we all like to believe that we are a little less shallow than that, dating platforms have been set up, and are used in a way that is contrary to our positive self -image.

So why then, is a user’s image on a dating platform the most important piece of information you can get? Sure, you don’t want to be surprised by a hot date with a blonde donning a swastika tattoo on her forehead; but surely getting to know someone requires a little more than a few photos, a generic one-line description and a list of unimportant interests like ‘handbags’, ‘makeup’ and ‘sleeping’.

Now everyone is photoshopped

You would think that the shallow nature of online dating would give those who are aesthetically challenged quite the handicap in the dating world; though not necessarily.

If there is one thing that has always been true about digital dating, is that you rarely get what you see. But as photo-editing software and applications become more advanced and user-friendly, it’s getting harder and harder to tell who is who.

You can straighten your hair, lose a ton of weight or clear up your skin with a swipe of a finger on your phone; and everybody knows it. So why then, are images so important in the first place?

Though it’s not even the image manipulation that is the most misleading. On social media, you can be anyone you like. You can be a philanthropist, mountain climbing rock star with super-powers, a billion dollars and a doctorate. Okay, not quite, but you get the picture.

People don’t talk about who they are online, they talk about who they would like to be; or rather who they would like to be seen as. You do it, I do it, even your nan who just discovered Facebook does it. It’s human nature, but that doesn’t help when the super-model you’re supposed to be meeting up with for drinks turns out to be an oil-rig worker.

You think it may be separating us

Not all of the irony behind online dating is negative (although that might be a perspective thing). It is generally assumed that the use of digital media is separating us since it stops us from interacting in the real-world. This is a logical assumption, but oddly enough, in the land of online dating, it isn’t always true.

And what do we have to thank about that? Honestly, I think it might be ethics:

Designers of online dating platforms need to be careful not to encourage user behavior that is openly prejudice, for example. When filtering your searches on most dating platforms there are a number of options which are available, such as income and race.

In a world where we all struggle to build and navigate cross-cultural relations, dating apps put people in a position where they can meet people from different walks of life which traditional dating (being subject to social circles) would rarely allow.

So, who knows? Keep at it and you might actually shack up with a princess.

Not looking for hookups

Different users of online dating platforms have varying opinions on why they exist in the first place. They are widely believed by men to be a great place for one-night-stands and booty-calls, while more than a few of my female friends scour them for prospective long-term partners.

The varying opinions are easily settled though, by looking at how the majority of users interact with the medium; that is to say, it is mostly for flings, short term regrets and a shot at something which will likely fizzle if you’re lucky.

So why then, is everyone online so coy about it? Just about every profile on Tinder talks about anything but sex. If you want to get to know someone you need to actually meet them; so why scare prospective dates off by telling them they need to commit to you when all they have seen of you is a poorly photoshopped picture of you standing in front of someone else’s car?

Okay, fine, so it isn’t only for sex, and I’m sure that some lucky people have met their perfect matches by swiping right on their professionally edited face.

While reports on why people use apps like Tinder are varied, their CEO would like you to believe that 80% of their users are looking for long term relationships. I wonder how many of them actually find them.

What are some of your biggest challenges in dating online? Weigh in with your stories in the comment section below!

 

Guest contributor bio: Terrence Kennedy is the man’s man on a journey to self-discovery. A traveler, extreme sports aficionado, an observant wanderer, a DIY man, an ultimate outsider and documentarist of culture, sex, dating, relationship, fashion, style and gentleman’s etiquette. He has learned a lot through his escapades and continue to do so, and is happy to pass that knowledge to you.

 

Just How Much Exercise Does Your Pet Need?

Animals, just like us humans, need exercise regularly to lead full and healthy (and longer) lives. Yet, how much exercise does your pet need? The amount of exercise will depend on what breed the animal is, the age, and the size, but what is a good benchmark for pet exercise?

Exercise and Pets – Being Responsible

Having a pet can add a lot of love and joy to your life, but also a lot of responsibility. First and foremost, the foods you feed your pet are important for their health. For example, a tiny toy breed like a mini Pomeranian does not require the same food as a giant breed like a German Shepard. The same goes for the different breeds of cats. Finding your pet the right food is the first step in achieving a healthy and happy pet.

Once your pet is eating right, you can ensure they are getting the right exercise and stimulation. While exercise is vital to your pet’s health, it is also important for their behavior and mental health. According to Dog Time, most dogs will require around half an hour to a full hour of exercise each day. Yet, this will vary depending on your dog’s size and your dog’s breed. If you have a high energy, working breed of dog, they will require more exercise than a calmer, smaller breed and even an older dog.

Since there are so many variants for exercising dogs, here are some general rules for you dog owners to follow when it comes to exercise:

  • An average exercise time should be 30-60 minutes and your dog should be slowed down by the time you are finished.
  • Active breeds will require a bare minimum of half an hour of strenuous exercise ideally each day.
  • Not all smaller breed dogs will get enough exercise since they are inside most often. For example, pugs are prone to becoming obese and will require more exercise to prevent weight gain.
  • While exercise is important, it is not always safe to go outside due to extreme temperature such as freezing temps or on an extra hot day. When these situations occur you can exercise your dog by playing a rousing game of fetch or running with your dog on the stairs repeatedly going up and down.

What About Cats?

Cats are often forgotten about when it comes to exercise, but it is still very important. Cats and obesity are two things seen together and this trend is on the rise. This is especially true for cats who spend their lives mostly or totally inside.

Cats who get outside can have the chance to wander their ‘territories’ and even climb a tree or two to get a bird’s eye view while they perch. And even cats who have access to the wild outdoors will still need to have interactive play.

According to Cat Wisdom 101, a great starting point for a cat’s exercise is about half an hour each day. Engaging your cat in exercise can be done by a walk (if you’re lucky enough to have a cat that enjoys a cat leash and a walk), chasing a laser pointer around the room, or playing with other engaging toys that have feathers, catnip, or resemble mice and/or birds. Of course, interactive play and exercise with your cat will depend on your cat’s personality and what they enjoy.

So get out there and engage your pet with the right amount of exercise today! What kind of exercise do you and your pet enjoy?

 

Sarah is the editor of crazypetguy.com. Growing up in a household with three dogs, two cats, and two parakeets, she learned to love and understand animals. Helping others with their animals by sharing her knowledge is something close to her heart, and she can’t think of a better life than having a pet by your side.

It’s Grilling Season Baby! Tips So You Don’t Get Burned Buying Your New Grill

It’s almost summer which means many of us are going to be spending a lot more time outdoors and hopefully grilling up some tasty food!

One often overlooked part of the experience is finding the right grill. Here are some tips from the folks a Napoleon Gourmet Grills to help you choose the best grill for your needs:

You get what you pay for $$$ – in most cases, BBQ’s are priced according to quality. Do your research, but if you want a quality grill that’s going to last a while, be prepared to pay for it.

Buy local! – When possible, search and buy local brands as that may cut down on costs and enable you to more readily get replacements parts in the future, should you need them.

Consider size, accessories and BTU’s – Don’t go into buying blind, think about what you will be cooking, how many people you will be cooking for and the space it will be sitting in. Going into a buy without planning can result in you getting the “ol’ car salesman” and buying something you don’t actually need.

Check the warranty – be sure to ask your dealer about what is/isn’t included in the warranty. A good warranty for grills will cover 10 years for burners, sear plates and castings, which are the heart of your grill.

Stick to your budget and take care! – Think about what you can afford, and what you need. Take care of the unit you purchase, and you won’t need to buy another one until technology changes again and you want the latest innovation!

 

About Napoleon

It all began in 1976 when a small steel fabrication business launched by Wolfgang Schroeter started manufacturing steel railings in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. At that time, no one could imagine the incredible future that lay ahead for Wolf Steel Ltd. and eventually Napoleon® Fireplaces and Napoleon® Gourmet Grills.

Guide To Growing A Beard: Realities and Myths

Guest post submitted by Giv of malegroomings.com.

When dealing with beard health, there are a lot of things that most guys don’t know. This guide with help you get familiar with all the basics you need to know about growing a lush and hygienic beard.

If you’re a beginner looking to live the dream of owning a beard that makes other men envious, follow the guidelines below.

Growing and Styling

Many make growing and styling a beard look like it’s a very demanding and complicated process, which in reality, it isn’t. Therefore, I’ll cut right to the chase and simplify it for you.

Put away the razor

As simple as it may sound, you will just have to let your beard hair go wild. If you’re a beginner growing a beard, you may have thought that there’s a very specific process you will need to follow. However, what you may have heard are nothing but just myths – ones that we will get to later in this guide. So forget everything, and just know that the best thing you can do to grow a beard is to just put away the razor and be patient.

Patience is going to be the key here, which is also the reason many give up on their beard-growing journey quickly. You may come across some challenges and rough phases, but patience, determination, and a good deal of knowledge about the basics of growing a beard will easily help you move past those early hurdles.

Know your skin

Something that most men growing a beard end up overlooking is their skin type. Although you may think it’s all about your beard hair, the skin underneath also plays a crucial role.

It’s important to know your skin type – whether dry, oily or sensitive. Knowing your skin type may help you figure out the beard type and styling options you will have.

Maintain the moisture

The journey to a full beard that you can be proud of can quickly turn from fun and exciting to a real struggle if you fail to keep your skin moisturized. Moisturizing your skin also goes a long way in helping prevent a skin disaster in case you suddenly, and abruptly stop (or have to stop) growing your beard.

When it comes to daily moisturizing, using a good, natural beard oil and coconut oil is something your skin will love. Besides providing your skin with the right amount of moisture, these moisturizing products  also come with all the nutrients to grow a healthy beard. They are also natural and smell great!

Go for your preferred shape and type

When you finally manage to fight all the obstacles and keep growing your beard for a month or so, you will want to shape it up. Of course, this is more about styling and your personal preferences than anything else.

Some guys go for a sharp shape, while others like to go for a more natural look. Some go for a look with stubble, while other men go for a much longer beard. The choice is clearly yours, and if you’re not sure, take a look at a beard style chart to see which one resonates with you.

When you’ve reached that shaping point, you should be sure of what type of beard you want, and get to styling it as soon as you have the length and fullness.

You can maintain your beard by using a solid and reliable beard trimmer. Your beard will become accustomed to the way your trimmer shaves, so be sure to choose one that is well-made and lasts long. It will save you money and time in the future.

Overcoming the obstacles

Oh, the obstacles! They are the most annoying, yet the most beautiful part of the beard journey.  They are annoying when you encounter them for the first time, but beautiful when you overcome those obstacles and grow a beard you can’t stop looking at. The challenges make you realize the value of a healthy, well-groomed beard, which also prevents you from taking it for granted.

However, the bottom line is that there’s no gain without pain. You WILL face at least some of these issues.  You’ve been warned!

With that said, though, let us take a look at a few of the most common challenges and how to deal with them.

Itchiness

Itchiness is precisely what makes many men reach for their razor, even before they are a month into their dream beard journey. And make no mistake, the itchiness is indeed very real.

However, you can get rid of it to a great extent with the right amount of moisturizing and shampooing. Make sure you go for natural products (and not the ones loaded with chemicals that may make your itchiness worse – especially if you have sensitive skin) for daily moisturizing. Your facial skin will soon make peace with your otherwise dominating beard.

Untidiness

Yes, we did say you just need to let your beard grow, but you will need occasional trimming at some point.

You can simply trim your neckline, mustache lips and upper cheeks to regain your neat look. However, if you’re going for an all-natural beard, you won’t be able to do this and would have to live with a slightly wild beard for a little while.

Dryness

Dryness is not as common as the problems mentioned above, but is usually a result of bad choice of products. If you’re going with our suggestion and only sticking to natural products, you will likely not see any serious signs of dryness..

However, if you do experience dryness for some reason, you may want to stop using any products that contain chemicals and replace them with all-natural ones. If dryness persists, use natural oils in your beard hair about once a week. This should be enough to get rid of the dryness.

And Don’t Fall for These  Beard Myths!

As mentioned at the start of this article, there are many myths about growing a beard that are often presented as facts. If you’re a beginner, it may be hard to avoid them as society will render you foolish by making you believe these inaccurate statements.

Here are a few of these common myths. Let’s clear them up with reality instead.

Myth #1: Beards are itchy

Reality: Most men would only feel beard itch within the first month of growing a beard, UNLESS they are not taking good care of their beard. After that, even when you trim you should not feel any itchiness. With that said, you should be moisturizing your facial mane with a beard oil daily to achieve best results.

Myth #2: Shaving makes your beard grow faster

Reality: This is a very petty myth to be honest. Why would you shave when you’re actually trying to “grow” your beard. It just does not make any sense at all, right? Yet, this one is pretty popular.

If you shave your beard while growing it, you will only be setting yourself back. The actual outcome you will experience is a delay in achieving the results you want. If you want your beard to grow, just wait.

Myth #3: Your beard should get thick in 2 to 3 weeks

Reality: For most men, it’s going to take at least 1 to 3 months to have a complete beard that they are proud of. Every guy is different, so the timeline can shift according to your genetics.

What are some of your greatest beard challenges? Weigh in on the comment section below!

How to Up Your Beard Game…AND Maintain It

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

Good news! If you’re planning on growing a beard or are having doubts about keeping one, it takes just a few tweaks to make a huge difference.

Facial hair needs some loving care. Your beard says a lot about you so it’s important to keep it well-maintained. It requires a little effort. Your beard is like a houseplant that needs just a bit of sunshine, a bit of water and it will do just fine.

It may take some time to grow that beard, but once it comes in, you’ll be glad you took the effort to grow it. It will give you the freedom of not having to worry about shaving. All your beard needs is a few basic ingredients and TLC. It will delight and surprise you in more ways than one.

Be Patient

The first thing you need is patience. You can’t just give up after a few days of growth. In today’s society we want everything fast and quick. But beards are a natural thing – and like nature they take time – but the wait is worth it.

How to Battle Beard Itching & Flakiness

If you have itching, redness or flakiness, the solution is to hydrate, moisturize and soften your beard with a beard conditioner. That way it will be much easier to maintain, comb and groom.

You can also try using a beard oil or beard balm (they both do the same job), it just depends on your preference. For what it’s worth, my experience is that beard oils are convenient and quicker to apply and work well for men with straight facial hair. Beard balms, on the other hand, tend to give you a stronger hold, but you need to rub it between your fingertips to melt it and then apply. This works better for facial hair that tends to curl a bit.

Keep in mind that the vast majority of beard oils and balms are scented with lime, mint, cedarwood etc., but if you don’t like scents or are sensitive to them, there are unscented products that will give you the same hold and look.

Regardless of what you use, don’t expect perfection. Just apply what works for you and comb downwards. You’ll get the best results right after the shower while your beard is still a little damp and easier to comb.

Keep it clean!

A number of beard shampoos and beard washes are readily available. Choosing a mild one that doesn’t strip away your natural oils will help your beard stay soft.

One of the great advantages of growing a beard is that it doesn’t have to look perfect. You have some room for that rugged look – even in the office.

Just remember, a little care will go a long way in keeping your beard sharp and well-groomed.

You are sure to get some comments, positive and negative. Ignore the negative remarks and soon your beard will become a key part of who you are!

About the author:
Adam is a beard enthusiast and does PR for Beard Care Products. He has 10+ years experience writing about beard care, growth and maintenance.

 

How to Have Softer, Shinier Hair without Salon Products

by Guest contributor Sally Wong

Is there anything more appealing than a thick, full head of silky smooth, shiny hair? Whatever way you choose to style your hair, whether you wear it pulled back or let your curly locks free, it always looks better when it’s frizz-free and shiny! Everyone knows that, but did you know why your hair can look dull and frizzy?

When you know the cause of the problem, it’s much easier to both treat and prevent. When your hair is healthy, it has an outer layer that contains natural oils that make it shiny and silky. When damage is done to that layer, it leaves your hair looking dry, dull, and unhealthy.

Several things can cause damage. Illness, not using an adequate conditioner, using harsh hair products, staying in the sun for way too long, nutritional deficiencies, high amounts of stress, frequent hair dying, high mineral content in your water, age, chlorine in pools, age, and using heating tools such as blow dryers, to name a few. Coily or kinky hair naturally appears duller due to light’s reaction to naturally raised hair cuticles but that can be remedied with the tips below.

Keeping your hair looking and feeling soft, shiny, and healthy takes a bit of effort – but it’s all well worth it! The only way to get great hair is to take care of it properly.

But salon products can actually be harmful to your hair if you use them for too long.

That’s why I have compiled a list of ways to get softer, shinier hair without salon products.

1 – Essential Oils

People have used essential oils for everything from medicinal rubs to beauty tricks. They’re still a very popular go-to for things like clear skin and hair health. There are a multitude of oils out there, but I will list out a few that are absolutely amazing for softness and shine!

  • Almond oil is a great moisturize for the scalp and hair.

  • Chamomile oil will give you unbeatable softness and shine.

  • Jojoba oil will replenish your hair and its glory by both stimulating your scalp and adding nutrients.

  • Lavender oil acts as a deep conditioner, making it ultra shiny.

2 – Unrefined, Organic Coconut Oil

Though oiling your hair may seem strange, it is crucial in providing nourishment to your hair. This will add moisture to dry, damaged hair.

Warm the coconut oil, then apply it to your hair, from root to tips. Massage your head and hair to ensure that it has an even application, then put on a towel or shower cap. After 30 minutes, rinse it out of your hair, then shampoo and condition as you normally would.

3 – Apple Cider Vinegar

Shockingly, this is a fantastic hair conditioner. Despite its brackish taste, it’s an excellent moisturizer and will make your hair shiny and soft. It also serves to combat dandruff and itchy scalp, as well as remove residue from your hair.

Use equal parts water and apple cider vinegar until you get the amount you need. Shampoo your hair, then pour the cider mixture onto your hair and work it into your scalp. Let it sit for a while, then rinse it out of your hair with cold water.

4 – Honey

Honey is magic to your hair. It’s a natural humectant, which pulls moisture into your hair and locks it in. This ensures that your hair gets and stays shiny and soft.

Use this awesome concoction once weekly for amazing results! To make it, all you have to do is mix two cups of warm water with two tablespoons of honey. Put it in a spray bottle and spray your hair down after shampooing. Slowly and thoroughly work the mixture over your hair and into your scalp for 15 minutes. Be sure to rinse it out with warm water.

5 – Avocado

Whether your hair is almost perfect or in dire need of some TLC, avocados are a great go-to for beautiful, luxurious hair. It is especially good for treating damaged, dry hair. It’s full of nutrients and deeply moisturizing.

Simply mix two tablespoons worth of extra virgin olive oil with a large, ripe avocado, then apply it to your damp hair. Work it from roots to tips, then put on your shower cap. Rinse and shampoo your hair after about 30 minutes!

Bonus Tips:

  • Avoid brushing wet hair (but combing wet hair while conditioning works well for curly/natural hair types).
  • Try to let your hair dry naturally.
  • Cut off split ends as they come up.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
  • Drink a gallon of water a day.

 

About the author: Sally is a manual therapist who practices both Tai Chi and Yoga and believes strongly in the power of essential oils. She tries to visit China at least twice a year to see her grandmother, who teaches her something new about natural healing every visit. Follow her at ThinkOily.com.

6 Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe this Winter

I know that many of you out there have pets that you care for, so much that you might consider them your fur babies. As we’re now in the winter months and dealing with some real cold as of late I thought it might be helpful to share some tips on taking care of your pups in the colder months.

I’ve touched base with expert Erin Askeland from Camp Bow Wow for her tips for smart winter pet care. Check out her tips below!

Never let your dog off the leash in snow or ice. Although it may seem like a fun option to let your pup frolic in the snow, it can prove to be extremely dangerous. Dogs tend to lose their sense of smell in extremely cold weather and become lost. Believe it or not, winter has the highest rates for lost dogs!

Thoroughly wipe down your dog when he comes back into the house after being in the snow. It is common for dogs to ingest salts for melting ice as well as anti-freeze, which can prove to be very toxic. Not only is ingesting toxins a problem, but snow being left between your dogs’ toes can cause ice chunks to freeze on their fur, possibly causing your dog to rip their fur or pads.

Use Dog-Friendly/Pet Safe Ice Melt whenever de-icing outdoors. Again, the toxins in most products are NOT safe for pets or humans to ingest.

Similar to how you should never leave your dog in the car during the summer, the same goes for the winter; a car can act almost like a freezer in the winter, trapping heat outside and causing your pet to freeze to death. Likewise, a shelter is always a necessity! Whether always an outdoor dog or just outside to play, make sure to have a shelter for them from the wind and snow.

Consider getting your pup a seasonal jacket or sweater to help ensure they are both comfortable and fashionable as the temperatures drop.

Fresh water is a must at all times, as your dog may be more likely to lick ice and eat snow if he/she is thirsty from lack of water. Similar to the above point, it is common for dogs to ingest snow-melting-salts and antifreeze.