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Every guy wants his hair to look great, but it can hard to know which products to use to make your locks look their best. There are so many to choose from that if you are looking for a new style or even just new to using one of these products, the amount of information can be overwhelming. If you need some suggestions or help with which kind of product to use, check out this list of the best hair products for guys and what kind of look they can help you achieve:

Gel 

Also known as: Just gel. Always gel.

What It Does: Unlike the fluorescent glue you may have used in the eighth grade, the updated, upscale version doesn’t have a sticky feel or leave your hair crisp as kindling. Today’s stuff is light but built to freeze a side part into place. Bonus: It washes out without scrubbing.

Who It’s For: Acolytes of Pat Riley, Clark Gable, and Gordon Gekko.

Putty 

Also known as: Clay, mud, or fiber

What It Does: A dry, tacky product with some muscle that’ll make your hair seem less like it’s full of goop and more like you just took a day off from shampoo. If you can’t find Fatboy, get the same nice grit from Axe Messy Look Paste.

Who It’s For: Got short hair and want that intentionally tousled style? You’re a putty man.

Hard Wax 

Also known as: Hair dressing, pomade

What It Does: The old-school classic for a perma-wet finish and OCD control. The only catch: It’s damn impossible to wash out, so use it only if you’re committed to the look for a while and are okay with the buildup.

Who It’s For: White guys craving one of those ’50s-style pompadours or black guys who want some waves.

Salt Spray 

Also known as: Surf spray, beach mist, sea vapor… You get the point.

What It Does: Spray it on dry hair, work it in, and you’ll replicate the weird effect of ocean water: random waves that make your hair appear thicker. Just stay away if you’re prone to flakes—the spray has actual salt as an ingredient, so it’s dehydrating.

Who It’s For: Men with thinning hair and prepsters doing that windswept Nantucket thing.

Styling Cream 

Also known as: Glossing cream

What It Does: A lightweight cream like Malin+Goetz’s or Mitch’s Clean Cut spit-shines your hair. It doesn’t offer much support—it’s just made to fix straggly, messy strands.

Who It’s For: Frizzy guys who want to deflate their Seth Rogen ‘fro and add a bit of business-ready polish at the same time.

Soft Wax 

Also known as: Water wax

What It Does: A happy medium of shine and hold that fixes up most low-maintenance hairstyles. Translation: It’ll never lock in a foot-tall Mohawk, but it can give you wet-and-spiky. Plus, she can run her hands through your hair without getting a grease bath.

Who It’s For: Just about everyone, especially newbies who aren’t ready for ultra-specific hair products.

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Women’s skincare tips that men should and shouldn’t try

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I know I spend a lot of time raging against the beauty machine, but it’s not all bad. With the rise of male specific skincare and cosmetics, guys have discovered that taking a little extra care of themselves can be nice. That said, there are things that are worth trying and things to avoid.

Some things worth trying:

Exfoliating

Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells from the top-most layer of your skin. It makes your skin look fresh, and can help prevent zits and in grown hairs, especially if you exfoliate before shaving. You can exfoliate by scrubbing, like using an exfoliating cleanser or a washcloth, or a chemical exfoliant like a low-dose alpha-hydroxy acid lotion. Exfoliating too much will piss off your skin, so remember that less is more. (Those plastic microbeads are horrible for the earth, so avoid those too.)

Chemical exfoliants work better to prevent ingrown hairs from shaving if you use them regularly, but not immediately before or after you shave unless you want to feel like your face is on fire. Also, they make your skin more sun sensitive. Yes it sounds annoying, but for some it’s their anti-acne holy grail.

As far as exfoliators go, it’s best to get one with natural seeds to remove the dead skin cells, for plenty of reasons. One, you don’t want to kill our planet. Two, they’re more gentle on your skin, which is a good thing. St. Ives Natural Apricot Scrub and Blemish Control is bomb, and has a great price, too. Plus it can be found at most drugstores.

Another option for exfoliating is getting a facial toner. Facial toners are helpful for people with oily or acne-prone skin, as they remove excess dirt and oil. A lot of toners contain strong  chemicals, which again sounds scary, but it can actually be good for acne. You can buy your very basic Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel, which is at most drugstores, or you can spend just a little more and get Pixie’s Glow Tonic, which is like, the Jack Daniels of facial toner.

Moisturizers with sunscreen

Unless you live somewhere with prolonged periods of darkness like a never-ending LAN party, you could benefit from a moisturizer with sunscreen. It’s a one-step way to moisturize your face and protect against sun damage. Considering the prevalence of skin cancer in every race, age group, and gender, a bit of daily sunscreen will do you good.

Moisturizing makes your skin more resilient to damage and feel less tight and itchy. It can also prevent the over production of face grease and make you look more dewy and less hungover.

Moisturizers with sunscreen are relatively inexpensive (no need to pay more than $15) and easy to use, so you might as well do it. Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer has SPF 15 and will actually make your skin look, uh, radiant. This isn’t one of those bullshit buys, Aveeno knows what they’re doing. Plus it’s less than $10. Win.

If you have oily skin you may want to avoid super thick moisturizers. Unfortunately, SPF is kind of a thick substance that doesn’t exactly make you look less shiny, but Clinique’s Superdefense Daily Defense Moisturizer with SPF 20 is perfect for oily skin types, and will also protect your skin from that giant ball of fire in the sky. While it’s a little more costly than the drugstore options, you’ll see that you really get what you pay for with this product.

Facials

No. Not that kind of facial. The kind you pay an esthetician for.

Sometimes you want to look really good for an event: your wedding, your enemy’s funeral, accepting your Nobel Prize, whatever. Getting a facial makes your skin look awesome by removing dead skin cells and the face gunk in your pores, and adding moisture.

You could do this at home, but it’s a pain, and you’ll probably mess up your face. When a professional handles it, you get to relax in a dimly light room for 30+ minutes listening to whale song or Enya. You can turn off your phone and just bliss out while someone else grooms you.

Keep in mind that face gunk removal (extraction) may leave red marks, so either ask the esthetician not do it or get your facial about week before your big day. The effects of a facial aren’t permanent, but it’s worth it once in a while.

So if you feel up for calling your local spa and penciling in a facial, go for it. But for those of you who want to have what the ladies call a “spa day”, here are some products that you can lather on your face in the privacy of your own home.

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque is a gift sent by the gods to make us nicer to look at. Kiehls can be a bit more pricey, but this is another case where you really do get what you pay for. This stuff cleans your pores gently, and you get to leave it on and look like a green lake monster for fifteen minutes. What more can you really ask for?

If you’re looking for something a little less expensive, Garnier’s Skin Renew Clinical Dark Spot Overnight Peel is rad because it’s not too expensive and you can leave it on overnight so it takes little to no effort. You’ll wake up feeling prettier (manlier) in no time.

 

Lady skin care practices can be rad, but a lot are bullshit, and companies are trying to sell that bullshit to men too. Here are some things to avoid.

Anti-wrinkle cream

You’d think with all the claims manufactures make about wrinkle creams that there would be evidence to back it up. Well, kind of.

Manufacturer studies are like skewed poll questions, choosing very specific contexts to get the answers they want. For example, comparing the use of their product to using nothing, which proves that their cream is literally better than nothing, but that’s not how they market it.

They package a couple tablespoons of moisturizer and buzzwords in a chic looking bottle, give it a luxurious scent, make their “proven” claims, and charge $60 or much more. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll put some on and feel fancy AF, but it’s not substantially different from regular moisturizer. It’s a waste of money, and you and your face will continue to age because that’s how shit works.

But if you still feel like your face really needs some youthfulness, maybe try Estee Lauder’s Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-aging Creme. It’s not too terribly expensive (as far as anti-aging treatments go) and you’ll feel better knowing it’s in a gold bottle.

Skincare/Beauty Supplements

Do you know who can make a supplement?

Anyone.

Do you know who is responsible for the safety and effectiveness of supplements?

The manufacturer.

The FDA monitors supplements and prohibits the inclusion of known dangerous substances, but they often rely on consumer reporting. Supplements don’t go through the rigorous process of testing like drugs, and we often find out about dangers after they’re on the market. Remember Hydroxycut? Weight loss with a side of liver damage?

As for effectiveness, manufacturers can say things like “promotes clear skin” or “supports skin health” because when correctly worded they don’t need solid evidence to back up their claims.

That’s not to say supplements don’t do anything. Supplements can negatively interact with medicines you take, or just make you sick. (And some, I hear, are harmless.) When it comes to beauty supplements, your best-case scenario is throwing money away.

I’m not even going to give you some suggestions for supplements even if you’re into that sort of thing. Just don’t.

Botox

Unlike anti-wrinkle creams and supplements, cosmetic Botox works as advertised: a neurotoxin paralyzes perfectly healthy parts of your face to diminish wrinkles. It’s becoming more and more popular with men.

Potential side effects include droopy eyelids, headaches, trouble speaking, bruising, drooling, and more. But hey, at least you can’t move your face, right?

A round of Botox requires a professional to administer, but the skill, credentials, and cost of said professionals will vary wildly. Your dentist can be licensed to administer Botox in a weekend.

Yes, some people swear by Botox, and a skilled hand can make it much more natural than the uncanny valley flesh mask you sometimes see. But there are people and things that deserve your frowns, scowls, and derisive laughter to the full extent your face can make them. One of the perks of being a guy is being able to visibly age and have your anger taken seriously. Why would you ever trade that?

 

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Some Facts About The Gladiator Armor And Its Greatness

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Gladiators have always been very fascinating people for a very long time and one of the things that have fascinated everyone is the gladiator armor itself. The strength, performance, and downright endurance of the armor is something that history buffs have always wondered about.

To begin with, it is best that one gets a good understanding about who exactly is a gladiator. The gladiators were people from ancient Rome who were made to fight people for entertainment. It was very similar to modern day wrestling except for one minor detail; they killed their opponent. It wasn’t a case of people fighting to entertain the crowd and then go home for tomorrow. On the contrary, the people quite literally killed each other for the sake of honor and more.

It should be noted that gladiators were not always made to fight people. They were actually made to fight even animals, particularly lions, which were at that time, fairly abundant and common throughout Europe – particularly in the southern and southeastern parts.

The gladiators themselves came from all backgrounds. Some of them were slaves. Others were criminals from across the empire who had been condemned to death. Then again, there were people who went to become gladiators simply because of the honor and thrill that came from being one.

There are several reasons for this curiosity, but the most important happens to be the fact that the gladiator armor was very strong but at the same time, were made during a historical era when there were no factories or machines to help in the manufacturing process. It wasn’t like these gladiators could walk into a factory, have a meeting with the manager, strike a deal, negotiate prices, provide the measurements and a few days or weeks later, have their armor delivered to them by courier.

These are all the advancements of our modern era which most of the people who are alive today have taken advantage of. They never existed a long time back when the gladiators walked the earth.

But this little hindrance never stopped these brave warriors. They came from an era where nobody ever surrendered, be it with enemies or science. They figured out a way to do it without the need for factories or machinery. Using whatever understanding they had about science in general and metallurgy in particular, they became very adept at the craft.

The result of this was very much clear wherever one may look. Across the old world where gladiator armor has been found, many of them are still fairly strong and to a certain extent, even battle ready.

How Did They Create Gladiator Armor?

To begin with, it should be understood that the gladiators didn’t exist during the Stone Age. While it is true that there were parts of the world which were fairly primitive, the Romans had reached a certain height of civilization which was something utterly unimaginable in other parts of the world.

This advancement extended to every single aspect of their civilization, be it architecture, ethics, religion, agriculture, industry, etc.

In the same way, the level of metallurgy was fairly well developed as well in ancient Rome. This permitted for the armor to be made from the finest of metals as opposed to being a collection of crude metal filled with impurities. While they didn’t have modern means of metal refining as we know today in our industrial facilities, they were fairly advanced in terms of understanding how to purify metals to a high degree. This provided the gladiator armor with a fairly strong foundation for further processing.

Furthermore, the people who made the armor were highly skilled and experts at their trade. This made the final product especially great to use and refine.

In addition to this, the empire also had a very strong work ethic to the point where people were even killed if they didn’t produce fine products. For example, a common practice in ancient Rome was to have the engineers stand under any building they had constructed before the scaffolding was removed. This was done so as to ensure that the engineer didn’t deliver substandard work; for doing so would mean that he had to pay for it with his life.

The last point refers to the fact that Rome had a very long military culture which allowed it to control a vast empire that stretched from Britain in the west to North Africa in the south and Asia Minor and beyond in the east. This military heritage allowed for the best military practices to be brought to the empire from all across the known world.

 

As a whole, gladiator armor is something that has become an inherent part of legends, owing to their quality and toughness.

It is something that has proven itself on the front lines plenty of times that people continue to be awestruck by its characteristics.

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Quip Review – Is This The Toothbrush for You?

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There are a lot of kids who would try to avoid brushing their teeth for as long as they can because they do not see tooth brushing as something fun. Even adults try their best to do some brushing even when they do not want to. This is probably the reason why some adults would rather use electric toothbrushes. This will allow them to just move their hands without making a lot of effort. Some are reading a Quip review in order to learn more and decide if an electric toothbrush is the right one for their needs.

There is a need for people to follow a strict oral hygiene to ensure that their teeth and mouth will always be clean and healthy. If they would not do this, they can expect that they have to undergo more treatments in order to cure their teeth. A lot of people are looking for a Quip review online to decide if this electric toothbrush is a good buy or not.

There are some things that you can expect from this toothbrush:

  • Plain toothbrush head – You cannot expect that it will look like the more intricate toothbrushes that you may be used to.
  • 12 Different Options for Vibrations and Timers – If you want to keep track of the different brushing techniques that you want to do so that your teeth will remain clean, you can choose from any of these 12 options. You will not be disappointed.
  • Two-minute timer – This buzzes every time you are prompted to change the area of your teeth.
  • Four different colors – If you want something that will fit your bathroom design properly, you will not be disappointed as there are different colors to choose from.
  • Metallic colors – The shades of the metallic colors are not boring at all.

How Did Quip Start?

According to its founder, Simon Enever, he was inspired after he came home from a dentist visit in New York. The dentist that he went to was ranting about how people normally brush so hard that they are able to do more damage to their teeth. The dentist said that people should know the proper brushing technique and they should learn how to brush longer. From this time on, the idea for Quip started.

You can expect that Quip is a consumer-focused company. This means that they listen to what the customers want and they make sure that they are able to provide exactly what the customers need. Based on what they have gathered, they made sure to offer the following:

  • The metallic finish is similar to what an Apple product looks like.
  • It has a subscription option but people can choose the type of subscriptions that they want.
  • You may be reminded if you want the toothbrush head to be replaced every 3 months because you should know by now that the brush heads can only be used for a certain time period.

Even if you are not using Quip yet, take a look at your old toothbrush and decide if you need to replace it or not. If it has been over 3 months since you last purchased it, it is time for you to buy a new one.

Comparison of Quip with Other Electric Toothbrushes

It should be noted that Quip is bound to be more expensive than the other manual brushes that you can find from the drugstore but it is a bit cheaper than the other electric toothbrushes. You can take a look at a Quip review and compare that with the reviews of other electric toothbrushes to be sure that you are purchasing a quality item that is worth the extra money you are going to spend.

Take note that there are still a lot of dentists who think that electric toothbrushes are still unable to mimic the proper brushing technique that people can do with manual toothbrushes. Some even say that using electric toothbrushes is like a placebo. People normally feel that they are doing more for their teeth but actually they are not achieving anything.

If in case you truly want to have a great oral health, you need to make an effort to follow the instructions of your dentist regarding how you are going to clean your teeth. If you are also required to go to the dentist twice a year, then do it. If you are still undecided if you should buy a Quip electric toothbrush or not, do not forget the Quip review that is available online.

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