Men: let’s talk about your appearance. If you have grey hair and would like to tone it down, there are a few options for your look. First, decide how much chrome you’d like to have in your hair. Most men look distinguished and sexy with some grey. It just depends on your personal preference and on your target audience (romantic, professional, young, mature, etc).
Next, talk to your hairdresser about color if you want to soften your silver. Grey blending is the best alternative to permanent haircolor because it slowly rinses out within a month. You will never see that line of demarcation telling you it’s time for more color (and no one else will either). Blending is usually done at the shampoo bowl and processes in five minutes before or after your haircut. Super fast.
Grey blending does not completely cover grey. It simply tones the hair to give it a softer look. If you want all of your greys gone, consider a permanent haircoloring service. This takes a bit longer than blending at the bowl the results are more solid, compared to translucent.
If you prefer to color at home, ask your salon professional for a safe demipermanent recommendation you can apply in the shower. Whatever your preference, you’ve got options-just ask.
Although most of our men these days leave makeup to the girls, there are times when it is helpful to even out that manly glow. As a professional makeup artist, my job is to freshen up male models before they get their pictures taken.
(If you are a man and are looking for daily makeup guidance, these same rules apply)
On photo shoots for men, I am not dolling the men up, I am toning them down. This means a bit of bronzer on the bones and a touch of color to the cheeks and lips so everything looks moisturized and healthy. I am giving them an even glow so their audience sees the man, not the blemishes or a pale I-work-indoors skin tone.
For skin tone, I use a tinted moisturizer and tiny amounts of concealer. The tinted moisturizer is applied sparingly in a thin coat, blending into the hair and necklines. A product with a slight glow to it is great, as long as it isn’t excessive enough to cause light reflection.
Concealer can be dotted on and feathered to smooth blemishes and undereye circles. I recommend one shade darker than the skin tone for spots and one shade lighter for under the eyes.
Adding a light dusting of a matte bronzer can go a long way in bringing out a man’s masculinity. I use two shades darker than the skin tone and, after always tapping my brush, take long sweeping strokes from side to side over the forehead, cheekbones and chin.
Lips are easy-tinted lip balm comes in any color and is excellent at pigmenting the lips so that they are noticeable but not lipstick-ey. I prefer orange to berry.
Makeup for men takes ten minutes or less, depending on skin discolorations and photo shoot conditions such as sun and heat.
Rebecca Schembri is a Published Hair and Makeup Artist and Director of Breeze Salon in Reno, Nevada.
For both women and men, having a full head of hair can be as simple as getting a good night’s sleep, regularly.
Healthy, happy and well-nourished bodies contribute to functioning hair follicles. This means that if you exercise, get good nutrition and keep the stress in your life to a positive, your hair will not only grow, it will also hold on.
Shedding or loss of hair is often due to severe demands on the body and mind. The body thinks it is in a state of emergency and will shed or stop producing the things it doesn’t need such as hair, scalp sebum and body weight.
Making it a habit to get a good night’s rest and to exercise and eat healthy can calm your organism and encourage it to show signs of vitality. That means you get flowy, shiny hair and healthy, glowing skin…coveted gems in the beauty world!
If you spend time being healthy you will spend time looking healthy. The old refrains ring true: you really ARE what you eat and princesses really DO need their beauty rest.
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Note: Hair loss is one of the first signs of stress or disease in humans. If you are losing hair, please consult your physician and evaluate your lifestyle patterns.
Dark or medium-haired men usually need a good brow grooming at least every month or two. Try a natural shape with no added arch to keep it masculine. Tweeze or wax around the brow line at the top and, if needed, under the eyebrow. Especially clean the spot in the center of the face between the two brows, known as the ‘uni-brow’ area.
After shaping, trim the brows to make them less bushy. Brush them upwards with a small bristle brush and gently trim all hairs that exceed the eyebrow line. Do the same for the underside of the brow.
Good eyebrows frame the eye and add balance . Be sure yours are doing their job!
Most people with fine, straight hair have one general styling challenge: LACK OF VOLUME AND BODY. Here are some tips that work well.
Start with a light conditioner after shampooing. The label may read ‘light conditioner’, ‘for volume’ or ‘for fine or thin hair’. If you live in a dry climate, be sure to compensate with a deep conditioner once a week to moisturize your scalp and ends well.
For short hairstyles, use a texturizing putty to fluff and lift the hair and to give it flexible hold. Apply a quarter-sized amount to damp hair and blow dry in all directions. Finish with a dime-sized amount of the putty and apply in pinching and swirling movements. Remember to rub the product in your hand to make it thin before applying!
For medium to long hairstyles, towel dry and apply a root lifter to the underside of your crown area, which is at the back of the top of your head.
Blow dry up and over the crown area and with light, lifting movements on the ends and front of your hair. This gets flat roots to dry sticking up, creating volume.
Using your curling iron, add loose curls in alternating directions by taking your hair in one inch sections. Try to do open-ended curls for a modern look. That means to clamp the curl halfway down the piece of hair, letting the ends stay out of the curl to create a square bottom. On longer hair, keep feeding the curl through after one second until you get to the square end and then gently tap the end with the clamp and release. This brings the strength of the curl up to the scalp where it is needed!
Gently tousle or squeeze your curls for a sexy, flirty look or brush them out for a classy, professional feel. Do not hairspray. Remember we are creating lift with heat…hairspray will weigh it all down and take away the soft touchability of your new look.
As always, remember to use a thermal protector before you begin.
How do YOU know if you’re getting a GREAT Men’s Haircut? I have the answer!
First, look for hairstylists who keep an eye out for current fashion trends so that you always have a sharp edge and crisp appeal. He or she should always be able to tell YOU what is going on in Hollywood and in today’s media as well as regionally in the three areas of your city: Uptown, Midtown and Downtown.
Second, keep an eye out for cleanliness. Fresh combs and razors are basic know-how so be sure your hairstylist is on board. Fresh towels used to steam your face should only be used for facials and should never be the same towels used for color and other chemicals. Knowing that your hairstylist has your safety and hygiene covered helps you to RELAX and have a good time during your cut.
Finally, your stylist should always take a few minutes and do at least a mini-consultation to better understand your changing needs. Even if you want the same haircut as last time, this is the only chance you two have to sit eye-to-eye and talk communication.