Let me ask you a question – which of these would you rather wear:
- A blazer with loose strands, uneven sleeves, and a torn lapel
- A perfectly tailored blazer measured and cut to perfection
The answer's a no-brainer, right?
Sorry to tell you this, but if you're dropping the ball on the grooming basics, women will see you in the same way you see that first blazer – scruffy, unattractive, and not worth their attention.
I'm here to make sure that doesn't happen. In today's article, I'm breaking out the top grooming mistakes men make and how to fix them ASAP.
In this article, you'll be discovering the following mistakes:
- Not Shaping Your Beard
- Not Trimming Your Eyebrows
- Ignoring Your Nose Hair
- Ignoring Your Ear Hair
- Ignoring A Hairy Back
- Putting Off A Haircut
- Not Treating Dandruff
#1. Not Shaping Your Beard
There's nothing wrong with a sweet ‘stache or a big ol' beard; they've actually become far more stylish in recent years. But a messy neckbeard full of grease, sweat, and lord knows what else? That's probably one of the worst grooming mistakes men make.
Let's be honest – who would you rather look like:
- A masculine woodsman with a perfectly shaped beard
- The overweight IT manager with the coffee-stained shirt and unkempt facial hair
I think we all know the answer to that one.
Trim the edges of your beard into shape daily. You don't need to do anything fancy; just go over the edges of your neckline and cheeks with a trimmer.
In short, men who sport a beard need to maintain it. Keep it trimmed at the neckline and make sure it's clean.
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#2. Not Trimming Your Eyebrows
Does this one sound pathetically nit-picky to you?
Think again – eyebrows are actually one of your most important facial features, so it's important you keep them in check. Not doing so is one of the worst grooming mistakes men make.
Human beings use them to express a wide range of emotions.
A pair of cleanly defined, fully separated eyebrows actually makes you better at communicating your emotions than the guys with out-of-control brows.
Taking the time to trim your eyebrows is one of the best time investments you'll make this year. I'm not saying you should get your eyebrows threaded, but at the very least use some tweezers to pluck the outline of each brow and make a clear separation above the bridge of your nose.
#3. Ignoring Your Nose Hair
Nose hair – so gross yet so easy to avoid!
It only takes thirty seconds with a trimmer to remove this incredibly unsightly element from your face. So why is this one of the most common grooming mistakes men make? It genuinely confuses me!
Remember: the taller you are, the more people are looking up your nose instead of at it. That means tall guys especially need to be vigilant about their nose hairs.
Trim 'em back so no one's staring at those weird, scraggly danglers when they should be admiring your handsome face.
Since all of us can safely expect to be taller than at least a few people, well…you get the point.
Trim your nose hairs. Just do it. Click here to discover my guide where I cover exactly that.
#4. Ignoring Your Ear Hair
Trimming your ear hairs is similar to trimming your nose hairs, although it's now the side-on view you're worried about rather than the straight-up view.
Once again, we're talking less than a minute to trim, every few days or weeks depending on your hair growth. It's well worth the time, trust me.
The general rule of thumb for both nose and ear hairs is straightforward: the ends shouldn't be visible.
Trim them back until they're not.
That means trimming the hairs off inside the rim of the relevant opening, but you don't have to go any deeper than that.
And with ears especially, you don't want to – just trim the tips and call it a day.
#5. Ignoring A Hairy Back
If you like to zone out with a newspaper while your barber does his thing, you may not have noticed the work he does along the back of your neck.
Most haircuts involve neatening up the nape, which is the bottom outline where your haircut ends, usually on the back of the neck. If there's hair there, chances are it'll be traveling down the rest of your back too!
Guys with back and neck hair will want to make sure their hairs aren't creeping up to join the nape, or worse yet to be visible above the collar but below a naked, shaven strip of skin.
Pro Tip – any man can shave his neck at home with trimmers and have the convenience of not having to travel across town for a touch-up before a special event.
That keeps growth even and prevents the nasty divide along the back of the neck.
To be safe, shave your back and neck hair from the point where your haircut ends all the way under your shirt collars.
#6. Putting Off A Haircut
Speaking of haircuts – one of the worst grooming faux pas men make is putting off a haircut!
Let's put it this way – if your hair is at the length where it starts invading your ears, chances are you need to pay a visit to the barbers.
Ideally, your whole ear should be visible on both sides, but if you want to hide some of it, do it with hairs that end behind or beneath the ear, not in or on it.
The good news is that you don't' have to wait for your next barber visit to keep your hair looking clean or sharp. Putting off a haircut starts at home!
When the hair starts to go over your ears, it's a warning sign to pull out a clipper and tidy things up.
Well-made clippers come with several guide combs to clean up around your ears and cut and blend the back, sides, and top of your hair.
This gives you the opportunity to extend the life of your haircut – but don't be fooled into thinking you can avoid the barber's chair forever.
#7. Not Treating Dandruff
Is it snowing outside? Wait – no. It's just dandruff collecting on the shoulder of your favorite blazer.
Look – some guys have a medical condition that causes dandruff. That's a different story – Psoriasis of the scalp is an awful condition that needs medical treatment and specific care.
However, if you've got dandruff simply because you don't wash your hair then you need to take a long hard look in the mirror.
I know I sound like I'm being harsh, but there's absolutely no excuse to not wash your hair and just accept the gross flaky skin that falls off your head as a result.
There are plenty of great shampoos out there that can help with dry scalp, so unless you're medically diagnosed there really is no reason not to sort this out before it becomes a big problem for your love life AND your health.
How To Avoid These 7 Grooming Mistakes
The best advice I can give you? Simple:
- Have a routine schedule when you address these issues. Daily for stubble trimming, weekly for nose hair trimming, bi-weekly perhaps for the back of the neck.
- Have quality tools at home that can help you keep your hair in check. The right tool for the job is critical – it saves you time and money in the long run. Buy a great razor, invest in a natural shampoo, and ensure that you visit the barber once every 4-6 weeks.
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