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You finally pulled the trigger. Since you were a boy, you thought about growing out your mustache. When you got old enough to try, it didn’t quite satisfy you. Your first attempt was underwhelming. Besides that, a lot of people said mustaches weren’t all that stylish. Now, they’re back in season, and you’ve matured to the point that you can really grow this thing to its full glory.

And then it completely stalled. Things were great for a while, but now your mustache just won’t grow any longer. What’s going on? There are scientific answers to your questions, and you won’t be left wondering anymore.

The Three Phases of Growth

It turns out that hair on your body grows in three distinct phases. When you read about them, it might feel like it’s describing your entire life. Growth starts off strong and ends in baldness. Don’t worry. Your mustache isn’t destined to become smooth skin. The truth is that healthy hair follicles go through this all the time, and these phases aren’t typically causing baldness.

Phase 1

Phase one is medically called the anagen phase. It is the phase of growth. In the early parts of the phase, the root establishes itself and strengthens. Your hair will grow from the root, and it will keep growing undeterred for the duration of the phase. Usually, this lasts between two and seven years.

The duration of this phase is what determines how long your mustache (or other hair) can grow. We’ll talk more about that in a minute, but it’s important to understand that the duration of phase 1 is determined entirely by genetics. You can’t extend the natural length of the anagen phase (although some things can shorten it). Additionally, each follicle has its own genetically determined cycle. Not all of your mustache hairs will grow at the same rate and length.

Phase 2

The second phase is called the catagen phase. It’s completely different from the first phase. For starters, the catagen process usually only takes a few weeks. It is a transitional phase that sets up the third part of the cycle.

In this phase, your hair completely stops growing (in the follicle experiencing the phase), and it disconnects from your blood supply. The hair and follicle are no longer receiving nutrients, and the death of the hair and follicle is imminent. 

Here’s a bonus trivia fact. The hair at this stage is called a club hair.

Phase 3

The final phase is the telogen phase. It’s the part where the follicle completely resets. This begins with a period of rest. Very little happens. When the subdermal layer is ready, a new root will start where the old one died. The old hair falls completely out (this is why everybody continuously sheds hair). The new one will grow below, and this will ultimately transition into a new anagen phase. The telogen process takes around three months.

 

Understanding Terminal Length

We talked a little bit about how the duration of the phases determines the length of your mustache. That ultimate length is referred to as terminal length, and it applies to the hair on your head, face and under the shorts. It’s all the same science.

Terminal length is how long your mustache can get, on average, when these cycles repeat. As you already read, the terminal length of individual hairs will vary from follicle to follicle. Despite that, the overall length will stabilize, and your mustache won’t grow any longer.

You can figure out your terminal length by simply paying attention. Grow out your mustache until the length gets stagnant. That’s your maximum length, and it’s also how long your first phase lasts, for the most part.

Tips for Growing Your Mustache

Now that you have an idea of how hair grows, we can apply that knowledge and come up with some ideas of how to better grow your mustache.

Diet and Hair Growth

Food affects hair growth, and by a lot more than you probably think. You need sufficient proteins, vitamins and minerals to have a healthy mustache. The hair is literally made of these things. If you’re ever short on any of them, your mustache will suffer. Clearly, a balanced diet is important.

There’s a second concept that a lot of people don’t understand: calorie sufficiency. If you ever try a crash diet, you’re going to experience this. A severe shortage of calories is great for rapidly dropping pounds, but it’s hard on your body. Crash dieting frequently leads to a state known as calorie deficiency. This isn’t a simple matter of eating fewer calories than you burn. It means that you aren’t sustaining enough calories for primary physiological functions. For anyone not paying attention, that’s dangerous.

When your body is calorie deficient, it will start shutting down non-essential functions. One of those is hair growth. Basically, the lack of nutrients will cause your hair to prematurely end the first phase of growth. That will cut hair off from the nutrient stream and save those resources for more important functions. Even if calorie deficiency is short-lived, it can completely disrupt the growth of your mustache. It can also lead to early balding — in case you need more incentive to eat right.

General Health and Hair Growth

If diet can affect the growth of your mustache, then it stands to reason that the rest of your general health will also have an impact. These tips will help you grow your mustache. Combine them with tips for growing a beard fast, and you can have magnificent facial hair.

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Stress

Stress can trigger effects similar to calorie deficiency. Even though the root cause is different, your body responds to stress by trying to conserve resources. This can also prematurely trigger phase two. Additionally, stress can cause your body to respond abnormally (often by messing with your hormones).

Even if growth doesn’t stop, stress can weaken the root and the general health of your mustache. The best way to fight stress is to get plenty of sleep. General stress management is also valuable.

Exercise 

We’re talking about health. You knew this would eventually come back to exercise. Here’s the gist. Hormones impact hair growth, and exercise impacts hormone regulation. If you exercise regularly and stay healthy, your hormones will be in a better place to promote good mustache growth.

Skin and Hair Health

When it comes to growing a mustache, skin care and hair care are basically the same thing. You want clean and clear skin to keep the pores healthy and the roots strong. Taking care of your skin is the best way to promote a healthy, full mustache.

This means using a good face soap on a daily basis. Once the mustache is too thick for face soap, you want to switch to a good shampoo and conditioner. Things that are good for your beard tend to be good for your mustache. In fact, we should go into more detail.

Grooming and Care Tips for Your Mustache

If you’re going to put all of this effort into growing your mustache, you need to know how to take care of it when you’re done. Caring for a stache is similar to caring for any other facial hair, but there are a few tweaks to the plan that will benefit your upper lip hair.

Hydration

You need to keep the skin moisturized under the stache. Your conditioner and/or hydrating shampoo are great for this. As the mustache gets longer, you can also consider beard oil or anything marketed to get rid of beard dandruff. You don’t want mustache dandruff, and beard products tend to be good for this job.

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Cut It

Even though we spent time talking about terminal length, most guys need to trim their mustache. You don’t want a bite of facial hair every time you eat. It gets annoying pretty fast. When your stache is long, the best way to trim it is with scissors and while it’s dry. You can keep the lower part matched with your lip, and it’s a great quality of life decision.

You can get creative with your trimming if you like. You can use your beard or body hair trimmer for that. It’ll protect you from annihilating your lips while you’re having a little fun with your facial hair.

Wax It

When your mustache is clean, hydrated and trimmed, you can finish your grooming with some wax. Beard wax works great. There are also specialty mustache waxes. The wax allows you to have a little fun with your grooming. You don’t have to marry yourself to a 70s porn stache or an 80s pilot stache. There are a lot of fun and interesting ways to style your mustache. Have some fun. That’s the real point here.

Congratulations gentlemen. You just finished a crash course in mustache management. You’re ready to take your male grooming to yet another level. There’s nothing stopping you from looking equal parts masculine and suave. For your next lesson, you might be ready to master the art of plucking men’s eyebrows. It’s probably overdue. 

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Title: Has Your Mustache Stopped Growing? – You Might Not Be Crazy
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Published Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2020 17:30:00 +0000

 

 

 

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How to wear your watch correctly

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As much as you won’t like hearing this, you’re probably wearing your watch wrong.

It’s not your fault; you may have never been taught how to wear a watch properly. After all, there is more than one way to wear a watch.

But how do you know which way is the right way?

Don’t worry, gents; as always, I’ve got you covered. I’m here with the best way to wear your favorite timepiece properly and look as stylish as ever.

In today’s article, I’ll be covering:

  1. Origins Of The Wrist Watch
  2. What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?
  3. Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?
  4. The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

#1 Origins Of The Wrist Watch

old watches

When it comes to wearing a watch correctly, it’s important to note why the wristwatch came about in the first place.

Dating back to the 1800s, the first watches modified to be worn on the wrist were primarily worn by women as accessories. One of the earliest was created by Patek Philippe as a fashion accessory.

At the start of the 20th century, watchmakers became intrigued about using a wrist-worn timepiece for men in the military. They believed it would help them tell time quickly while on the battlefield.

Watchmakers started modifying pocket watches to fit on a bracelet worn on the wrist. Men would not wear the first iteration of the modern wristwatch until well into the 20th century.

Then developed as a ‘trench watch’ for military use, the earliest wrist watches offered something the pocket watch didn’t have – convenience.

After the wristwatch became less of a fashion accessory and more of a functional tool, watchmakers would spend the next century modifying them into the modern wristwatches we enjoy today.

#2 What Wrist Do You Wear A Watch On?

man wears watch

The age-old question: what wrist to wear a watch on? The answer – it depends.

The reason it depends is that since the creation of the wristwatch, men have mostly worn their watch on their non-dominant wrist. And since most people are right-handed, you would wear your watch on your left wrist.

But this isn’t always the correct answer. You may want to wear your watch on the right wrist if you are left-handed. But you may also want to wear it on your dominant hand.

So how do you know for sure?

The most significant benefit of wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is that you can quickly put the watch on and navigate the dial more efficiently than with your non-dominant hand.

Wearing your watch on your non-dominant hand is less likely to damage the watch as you tend to do more with your dominant hand. If you were to wear it on your dominant hand, you’re more likely to scratch or ding the watch than on your non-dominant hand.

So the rule of thumb here is to wear your watch on your non-dominant hand for the best way to navigate and protect your watch.

#3 Should You Wear Your Watch Facing Inward Or Outward?

watch facing inside

The next question is, why would a man wear his watch facing inward on his wrist instead of outward?

This trend is seen primarily in individuals who need to check their watch frequently and in the most efficient way possible. Among the many reasons you should wear a watch, one of the most common is to support you in your profession.

You will see men in the military do this, as it’s easier and prevents sun glare better than when it’s on the outside of the wrist. It also offers faster convenience to other tools on the watch in addition to the time.

Another reason you may want to wear your watch facing inward is that it can help protect your watch from scratches and dings. Again, this is just a preference.

But you’re a stylish guy looking for the best way to wear his watch. What should you do?

The answer here is to wear it facing outward, as that is the most common way to wear a wristwatch. It shows off your timepiece that you love while also still being functional.

Unless you’re in a profession where you need to check your watch quickly while managing other tasks, the best way is to have your watch facing outward. After all, you probably didn’t spend money on that beautiful timepiece to hide its character.

#4 The Stylish Way To Wear A Watch

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Now it’s time to find out exactly how to wear a watch in the most stylish way a guy can.

Assuming you’ve selected the right size watch for your wrist, the first thing you want to do is figure out if you’ll be wearing your watch on your right or left wrist.

As mentioned above, traditionally, the watch is worn on your non-dominant wrist. So if you’re right-handed, this means wearing your watch on your left wrist. For left-handed guys, this means your right wrist.

After you figure that out, it’s quite easy. The first thing you want to do is locate your wrist bone.

You want to wear your watch face up just above your wrist bone. If done correctly, your watch should slightly peek out from under the cuffs of your shirt when wearing long sleeves.

Next, you want to tighten the strap so it’s loose enough to be comfortable. You don’t want it so loose it can spin freely around your wrist. You also don’t want it too tight, or it will feel uncomfortable, especially when you bend your wrist.

After doing this correctly, you’ll be wearing a watch in the most stylish way possible.

There you have it, gents.

Now you no longer have to worry about wearing your watch incorrectly.

There is more than one way to wear a watch, so find what’s most comfortable for you personally, and rock your favorite timepiece accordingly.

If you want to take your watch knowledge to the next level, check out this article I wrote about the difference between quartz and mechanical watches.

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Fall Capsule Wardrobe Preparation (Buy Now and Get $$$)

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We’ve all been there – fall comes around, and you open your closet only to find you have nothing but polos and shorts.

So what’s a stylish guy to do? Pay a premium to build an entire fall wardrobe last minute? Sure, if you’re loaded. But not every guy is that lucky!

Don’t worry; as ever, I’ve got you covered. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to get the best bang for your buck when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

We’ll be covering:

  1. What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?
  2. How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?
  3. Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?
  4. What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

#1 What Are The Advantages Of A Capsule Wardrobe?

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One of the most common headaches guys run into in their closet is having too many clothing options to choose from but not enough of the right options.

While more options aren’t bad, they can be overwhelming, especially when you rarely wear most items. This is where building a capsule wardrobe comes into play.

A capsule wardrobe is a limited selection of clothing items that complement each other. This means you can buy a smaller selection of items and create a larger number of outfits.

This is crucial to understand because most guys don’t have an unlimited budget for buying clothes. A capsule wardrobe allows you to purchase and use items frequently with little redundancy.

But where do you start in building your fall capsule wardrobe?

#2 How Do You Build A Fall Capsule Wardrobe?

fall clothing items

After you have put together the perfect capsule wardrobe, you can start to add a few fall-specific items. This is done by adding a few staple pieces that complement what you already have.

For most, fall offers mild temperatures mixed with slightly warmer temperatures.

This means that layering will be of the utmost importance because you may leave the house needing a jacket, but it might be warm enough by midday to sport only the t-shirt underneath.

Start with the basics when building your fall capsule wardrobe and add pieces accordingly.

Keep It Simple

man wearing coat

Fall is primetime for layering, so you only need a few outer layers and should focus more on the innermost layers.

You want to make sure that interchangeability is at the top of your list when it comes to your wardrobe. Everything should complement each other for ease of use.

With that said, having a few staples and adding additional items as you change seasons is essential.

For this reason, ensure you have the following items in your fall capsule wardrobe:

  • A dark three-piece suit 
  • A light-colored tweed blazer
  • A leather bomber or biker jacket
  • An overcoat (dark or light)
  • A formal button-up shirt (white)
  • 2 casual button-up shirts (flannel or chambray, you choose)
  • 2 sweaters (1 shawl, 1 crew neck)
  • 2 t-shirts (1 white, 1 black,)
  • 2 pairs of Jeans (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 pairs of slacks/chinos (1 dark, 1 light)
  • 2 belts (1 black, 1 brown)
  • 1 pair of black dress shoes
  • 1 pair of brown oxfords (leather or suede, you decide)
  • 1 pair of sneakers (plain white or brown)
  • 1 pair of military boots (black or brown)

When it comes to accessories like watches, scarves, or gloves, you can use what you have as most men won’t need all of them, so I won’t count them in.

#3 Where Can You Find Deals On Fall Clothing?

clothing on sale

As it is the middle of summer, fall will be approaching quickly.

Now is a great time to snag up some of last year’s sale items at department stores as they usually have sales on previous season items. By now, most men aren’t thinking about what to wear in the fall.

While you still might be able to find good deals on last year’s fall items, it’s usually the most optimal time to purchase these items after the season has ended. This is when retailers try hard to clear space and make room for the next season’s clothing.

When they do this, it is a great time to get excellent deals on items that have just gone out of season.

Another great option to buy men’s clothing is online at your favorite retailers, as they will often have sales and discounts on items they have in their online inventory but are not yet in prime season.

The most expensive items in your fall capsule wardrobe are the ones you want to focus on, as you can often save a significant amount of money out of season for them.

These big ticket items include:

  • Your dark three-piece suit and blazer
  • Overcoats and jackets
  • Dress shoes and sneakers
  • Boots

These items will be some of the most expensive items and can be found discounted out of season. Put these at the forefront of your fall capsule wardrobe search.

#4 What Are The Best Fall Capsule Wardrobe Essentials?

man shopping for clothes

You want to adhere to a few staples when building your fall capsule wardrobe.

Since fall weather can vary, layering will be essential. These few items are crucial as mainstays that can be layered with other items within your wardrobe.

For example, if you experience a rather chilly day in fall and need to wear a suit, an overcoat is essential as that outermost layer because you can simply remove it when you no longer need it.

When it comes to the concept of layering within your fall capsule wardrobe, you want to make sure you nail these following items.

Overcoats

man wearing overcoat

Having a good overcoat to complement your fall capsule wardrobe is crucial.

The overcoat acts as the outermost layer and will be removed whenever you go indoors. This makes for a great option as you can wear it with anything as it offers excellent versatility.

When searching for the perfect overcoat, it’s essential to know your size as they usually come in sizes of suit jackets, not regular sizing. After you’ve nailed the size, focus on color.

Dark-colored overcoats tend to be the most versatile. However, a light camel color can work as well. Stay away from patterns with overcoats as the goal is to be as versatile as possible.

Leather Jackets

leather jackets

A good leather jacket goes a long way. You can choose a leather biker jacket or a leather bomber; it’s your call.

Biker jackets can be slightly harder to pull off as most of the time, they will have a larger and more aggressive collar, but they still look great.

A leather bomber jacket is an excellent option because it looks great on all body types and often has more options than biker jackets.

For color, opt for black or dark brown, as that gives you the most versatility with other items in your fall capsule wardrobe.

Sweaters

man wearing sweater

Sweaters are to fall, what t-shirts are for summer. This means they are a critical piece as they are season specific and offer great versatility when it comes to layering.

So how do you find the perfect sweater?

You want options, so have a couple of different collar choices to give yourself the most bang for your buck.

Having a shawl neck sweater and a crew neck sweater ensures you have all your bases covered.

Make sure you choose neutral tones such as greys, creams, and tans for color. This ensures maximum versatility with other items within your wardrobe and gives you the most options.

That’s it, gents.

To learn more about how versatile this concept of capsule wardrobes can be, check out how I turned 16 pieces of clothing into 256 outfits.

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The Best Zara Fragrances

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We all know of Zara and I’m pretty sure the majority of us own at least one piece from them, but I’m not here to talk about their reasonably priced clothing, I’m here for their fragrance.

Not quite a hidden gem but I don’t feel that they vast range and high quality fragrance that they create is given enough air time, I’m about to change that. The fragrance game is massive at the moment, everyone from the big fashion houses all the way to footballers have a scent on the market and they all carry a hefty price tag, with some of the bigger hitters asking in excess of

£100 for 50ml.

Zara clearly understand the need for a great fragrance but also appreciate not everything has to be overly expensive. I’ve been lucky enough to sample my fair share over the years and wanted to share with you what I feel are some of their strongest.

Tobacco Collective 100ml – £16.99

This is one of my absolute favourites, it works perfectly as an everyday scent. The initial smell is strong and masculine but with undertones of vanilla bourbon help to soften it slightly.

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For Him 100ml – £22.99

My current daily spray, its warm, modern and intense. It just so happens to be the perfect blend of three of my favourite scents, bergamot, cardamom and sandalwood. It’s strong yet light, never over powering and leaves a wonderful trail.

Florence 100ml – £16.24

Summer calls for a fresh fragrance and I cannot recommend this highly enough, its light, fresh and citrus scent is perfectly for those warmer days. Notes of black pepper, strawberry and guaiac wood allow this scent to sit gently on the skin with offending the noses of those around you.

Written by Tom Loughran

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