As much as we hate to admit it, our appearance plays a big part in the impressions we create. 

To give the best impressions, we need to look, act, and smell our best. Nobody needs to smell your breath as you greet them or be confronted with greasy pores. Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered with our 7 top tips for keeping on top of your grooming regime. You’ll be pleased to know that it’s not all about beards and moustaches! 

1. Hair Care

Let’s start at the top. You need to do more than wash your hair with 3-in-1 shampoo every few days.  The first thing you want to do is take a trip to the salon. Treat yourself to a snazzy new trim and a good old fashioned wash and blow-dry. 

If you need some inspiration, check out this site. They have masses of inspiration guides and styling tips for all kinds of hair. Once you’ve got your haircut, you need to keep on top of it. You should visit the salon every 3-6 weeks depending on your style. If you go for a fade, you may need to visit a bit more frequently. 

In between cuts, you’ll want to wash and style your hair with good quality products. Look for products that protect and repair your hair.

2. Face

Get in the habit of washing your face in the morning and evenings with a cleanser. You’ll want to take some time to work out what sort of skin you have. Different products work better on dry or oily skins, you see. To find a product that works for you, consider this article. It recommends a range of different products for different skins and budgets. 

As well as washing each day, you’ll want to moisturize at the start and end of your day. It’ll repair some of the damage done by sunlight, wind, and other environmental factors. 

3. Facial Hair

Long bushy beards are in vogue right now but there’s more to growing and maintaining them than most people think. No matter how long your facial hair is, you need to keep on top of it. Trim long hairs and loose ends to keep your facial hair looking clean and neat. 

You’ll need to wash your beard 2 or 3 times a week with a gentle shampoo. Once a day or every 2-3 days in more humid climates, use beard oil to hydrate your facial hair. If you’re not confident trimming your facial hair, get it done when you visit the salon. They’ll be able to properly trim your neckline and shape your beard. 

4. Teeth

Make sure you’re taking care of your oral hygiene. You should be brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing regularly, and avoiding sugary snacks and drinks.  If you’re a heavy smoker or coffee drinker, you’ll need to cut back to avoid staining your teeth.

If your teeth are stained, speak to your dentist about teeth whitening. You may be able to whiten them at home, but you should consult your dentist before starting any program. Finally, no matter how arduous, keep your dental appointments. You should be seeing a dentist every 6 months to make sure everything is tip-top with your teeth.

5. Body

Keeping in shape is a whole different article. We’re not going to tell you to hit the gym or go jogging.  As far as your grooming goes, there are a few things you can do to keep yourself looking good under your clothes. 

First of all, manscaping. Choosing to remove your body hair is totally up to you. It can be more hygienic in warmer climates but it’s not necessary. If you do want to de-fuzz, consider going to a salon for a waxing service. If you’d rather do it at home, you can buy waxing strips or hair removal cream. 

Outside of manscaping, you should consider exfoliating your body every few days. It helps to remove dead skin and makes you nice and soft all over. 

6. Odor

The first way to beat body odor is to make sure you wash regularly. When you’re in the shower, use soap and a scrubber to dislodge sweat and dirt from your skin. Make sure to focus on your pits and bits! This is where sweat tends to gather. 

Once you’re clean, make sure to wear antiperspirants. This is not the same as deodorant. A deodorant will mask smells, an antiperspirant will manage the sweat that causes odors. The final thing you should consider is cologne. The right cologne can help you stand out from the crowd at work or in the club. 

The Rooftop squad has lots of information and recommendations that can help you choose your perfect cologne. 

7. Nails

Nail care is usually relegated to the women’s world but there’s no reason why they should be. If you don’t want to head to the salon for a manicure, you can still maintain your nails at home. 

Trim them with a nail clipper or nail scissors when they get too long. Try to keep them so only a sliver of white crosses the top of the nail. Make sure to use a nail file to round off your nails. If you’re prone to ingrown nails then leave them a little bit squared. 

Try to maintain your cuticles. These are the thin fleshy bits at the base of your nail. It should be pushed back every so often. Soften them with oil before gently pushing them back with a cuticle tool. 

Final Thoughts

If you’re not ready for a rigorous grooming schedule just yet, try picking one or two of our tips to get you started. 

Little changes go a long way in the long run.