Still have a beard? It might be time to shave. “The full-on beard is no longer dominating,” says celebrity stylist and Braun grooming expert Sascha Breuer. “If there’s one thing you can take away from the red carpet this season, it’s that men are wearing a huge range of beard styles.”
The most popular right now: stubble. And no, this isn’t the same as the look you get when you go camping for the weekend without a razor. This is a calculated, sharp look, if understated. “Picture Justin Timberlake or Tom Ford — they have this cool barely-there beard that makes them look more manly but not too manicured,” Breuer says. Perhaps that’s why in a recent poll nearly one in two women voted for stubble as their favorite facial hair style for men. So how do you do the look right? Take notes.
1. Size up your growth.
While the big, bushy beards work better with some face shapes and hairstyles than others, just about every man can wear a stubble look. “The only consideration is the quality of your beard growth,” Breuer says. “If your hair does not grow in evenly, it may look patchy when it’s this short.”
2. Start long.
Because individual hairs may grow at slightly different rates, allowing them to fill in means once you trim, the stubble will look fuller. “When facial hair grows out, the ends of the shafts get thinner and thinner,” Breuer says. When you take a trimmer to it, the roots will be thicker “and therefore the stubble will look fuller.” And take note of the natural line that forms along your jaw where hair growth stops or tapers, and use it to determine the edge of your beard.
Before anything, wash your face with warm water, which will soften the hair and make it easier to work with, and use a gentle facial scrub to exfoliate. “The process of exfoliating lifts the hair follicles, making them easier to grab with the trimmer,” Breuer says. One to try: A product like Anthony Facial Scrub is formulated with Bora Bora white sand, to remove grime, and aloe vera and chamomile to soothe delicate skin.
4. Start conservative.
The old adage “you can take it away but you can’t add it back” applies here. Set your trimmer for a longer length first — do a second pass on a shorter length if necessary. “There is no ‘right’ length for stubble,” Breuer says. “It is an individual preference.”
5. Shave outside the line.
Stubble is supposed to look casually cool, but its shape is definitely deliberate. You want to remove the stray whiskers creeping up on your cheeks, or messing with the line below your chin. “I would shave from below the chin to the Adam’s apple,” Breuer says.
Longer beards benefit from beard oil or wax, which coats the strands and adds luster to the hair. But for stubble-length styles, “you are better off using a moisturizer, which can reach the skin beneath,” Breuer says. Heavier oils can clog pores if applied directly to the skin, but a moisturizer will allow the skin to breathe, while still protecting it (and your facial hair) from dryness. A good bet: Tenzing Skincare for Men Sandalwood Face Moisturizer uses an aloe base to soothe and hydrate skin, plus other natural ingredients that add a protective barrier between your face and the elements.
For stubble, maintenance is key. Depending on how fast your hair grows, you’ll need to trim once every two to four days. Use a razor to create a defined beard line, or use a higher trimmer setting for a fade. Either way, the goal is to make your stubble look intentional and sharp, not scraggly.
Pic Inside: Isithembiso Actress Londeka Mchunu’s hair game…#Sne
Londeka Mchunu who is popularly known as her Isithembiso character Snegugu, is slowly making a name for herself on our TV screens. Her love for hair is getting our attention and we can’t get enough of how her wig game is always on point. Did we mention that we adore how she has healthy natural hair under all the wigs she loves showcasing?
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Lightening Addiction – Here’s How Much Khanyi Mbau Spends On Her Skin
Ever since the news of Media Personality broke that she use certain products to lighten her skin most people were left wondering of how much it would cost to look that ‘light’.
Social media users have been commenting negatively about her change of skin tone, instead of being discouraged the actress just looked much more lighter. Most people are left with questions of ‘how does she do it’ or ‘why’.
Mbau goes through a medical skin lightening called Glucatathione IV, not only is the name difficult to pronounce but the process is not as easy.
This IV is something that has to be ongoing since it is intended to fight the natural production of melanin in the body, it’s something you obliged to use regularly to keep your skin tone lighter. As we all aware every medicine we use comes with side effects.
This one can cause severe damage to internal organs such as kidney and cause a variety of infections. The benefit of the product is that it works all over the body.
The company Mbau goes to revealed the prices which read : a single dose of IV session starts at R950 , A double dose at R1500. Packages for 10 single doses at R14 000.
3 SIGNS THAT SHOW YOU ARE USING THE WRONG SKIN LIGHTENING CREAM
Usually, powerful skin lightening creams are available on prescription from a doctor. These usually contain one or both of the following medications: hydroquinone and corticosteroids (steroid medication), such as hydrocortisone.
Products containing these ingredients that haven’t been prescribed by a doctor are banned in advanced countries, but we are looking forward to the day such measures would be taken in Africa, Nigeria precisely, as they can cause serious side effects if used incorrectly.
Products containing other potentially harmful substances such as mercury are also banned. Thus, it’s usually appropriate you ensure that you check the ingredients of any product before you buy it. Avoid it if hydroquinone, corticosteroids or mercury are listed in the ingredients, or if it doesn’t come with a list of ingredients. Many alternative skin lightening products containing natural ingredients are available online and in shops without prescription. These are legal and unlikely to be harmful, but there’s no guarantee they work.
We live in a country where some persons don’t look before they leap; all they care about if just to be beautiful by being light-skinned thus, you find many illiterate Nigerians falling prey of very harmful bleaching products in the name of skin lightening.
Well, here the three signs that show you are using the wrong skin lightening cream;
1. Skin Irritation and Inflammation:
Usually, when you notice the redness and swelling of your skin, with the knowledge that you are using a skin lightening product at that time, this is known to be a skin irritation and inflammation hence, you have been using the wrong product.
2. Itchy and flaky skin:
The skin usually itches and flakes, as an indication that there is presently a harmful skin care product being used. Once this is noticed, it is best to quit using such before it becomes worse. There could also be some abnormalities in newborn babies as a result of using the wrong lightening cream during pregnancy.
3. Burning or stinging sensation:
Harmful skin lightening products usually bring about a burning or stinging sensation. With this, you have your skin scary, turning dark and thinning.
In all, wrong skin lightening creams are extremely dangerous to the skin. This is the main reason you should be on the lookout for a good skin lightening cream!