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It’s good that you have embraced male grooming. It’s good that you are cognizant of your belly hair. What’s not so good is that you might not know how to deal with an ingrown hair on your stomach. If you’re going to groom, ingrown hairs become a risk. Thankfully, they’re pretty easy to manage when you know the basics, so let’s cover that now.

What Are Ingrown Hairs?

According to the Mayo Clinic, an ingrown hair (also known as a hair bump) is a common condition that results from hair removal. It is a case where hair grows back into the skin. Inflammation, bumps and pain are all symptoms of the hair.

To put it in plainly, the hair fails to grow out of your skin and instead keeps growing beneath the surface. Since you aren’t supposed to have hair growing like that, it causes problems. In most cases, ingrown hairs are a minor inconvenience and self-correct. In some cases, they are a huge nuisance and can even get infected.

What Causes Ingrown Hairs?

In almost all cases, ingrown hairs are the result of grooming. When you shave or tweeze hair, it is removed to the extent that the tip of the hair is below the surface of your skin. If the hair curls or fails to poke through your skin when it continues to grow, it becomes ingrown.

Any grooming can lead to ingrown hairs, but shaving causes more than most other hair removal methods. This is because shaving can sharpen the hair and make it more prone to becoming ingrown. This is opposed to waxing, which leaves the hair very soft and unable to push its way under the skin as regrowth continues.

On the more serious side of things, skin diseases can exacerbate ingrown hairs. They can also be confused with razor bumps, so make sure you know how to spot skin cancer and other ailments early. U.S. San Diego Health has a great resource that can keep you educated and know if you have a hair bump, cyst or other issue.

Tips for Avoiding Ingrown Hairs on Your Stomach

Ingrown hairs suck anywhere, but getting them on your stomach adds insult to injury. The good news is that you have a ton of actions you can take to prevent the issue from forming. These are general tips that work on ingrown hairs for any part of your body, but they’re easier to keep up with on your stomach than other places. The first step is to know how to remove stomach hair properly, and these tips will cover that too.

Exfoliate

Exfoliating is an action that clears your pores. It removes dead skin cells and grime from the deep parts of your skin. In general, exfoliating helps prevent ingrown hairs by clearing a path for them to grow naturally.

We recommend exfoliating before every shave, but if for any reason that doesn’t sit well with you, you should exfoliate once a week. You don’t need to do it every day, but regular exfoliation is important. You can use either manual (using a scrub with microbeads) or chemical (using an acid-based exfoliant like salicylic acid) exfoliation.

Focus on Trimming

If you want to know how to shave your happy trail, it starts by grabbing your trimmer. If you trim and don’t shave, you can prevent ingrown hairs pretty easily. Simply use the cutting guard on The Lawn Mower 3.0® trimmer. This will ensure that the hair is not cut below the surface of the skin (but you can still get a very close trim if you want). That completely prevents ingrown hairs.

If you insist on shaving, trim first. The pre-trim will reduce the amount of work your razor has to do. That keeps it sharper and in better shape, and that will cause it to deform the hairs less as it cuts. Overall, your risk goes down.

Prepare Your Body Before You Shave

We mentioned exfoliating, but there are more measures you can take. If you soften the hairs and open up your pores before a shave, it will be a gentler shave, and you’ll have less risk of ingrown hair on your stomach.

Warm water is the key. You can take a warm shower before you shave, or you can use a warm water compress to soften everything and open the pores.

Use Plenty of Lube

This is great life advice in general. When it comes to shaving, lubricant helps your razor glide smoothly across your skin. When you don’t have lube, your razor literally bounces and vibrates as you shave. You can see how that might create unevenness in the cut — leading to ingrown hairs.

Lube also reduces the risk of cutting yourself, which is obviously a good thing.

Keep Your Razor Sharp

Always shave with a sharp blade. We recommend a safety razor that uses replaceable blades. There’s no value in being stingy. Dull or chipped blades do not make clean cuts when they remove hair. Those jagged cuts are exactly what causes ingrown hairs. If you use a sharp blade, you get cleaner cuts. It doesn’t completely eliminate the risk of ingrown stomach hair, but it helps a lot.

Don’t Shave Too Close

The best way to prevent ingrown hairs is to leave the hair a little longer. We already mentioned this when we discussed trimming, but with your razor, you can leave the hair a little longer. There are two ways to do this. First, shave with the grain. It won’t be as close of a shave, but it will still leave you with a clean shave.

The second trick is to pull your skin taut when you shave. This makes a flat shaving surface, and it prevents you from getting too close when you go over uneven terrain.

Moisturize

Ultimately, skincare is your best offense against ingrown hairs. You’re already exfoliating and lubricating, and doing a lot of good stuff. Finish every shave with moisturizer. It keeps the skin soft, and that makes it easier for the little hairs to poke free when they grow back after a shave.

Home Remedies to Treat Ingrown Hairs on Your Stomach

Array Of Home Remedies

Despite your best efforts, you still got an ingrown hair. That’s ok. It happens to basically everybody at some point. These are simple home remedies to help you recover quickly. Before you try them, let’s discuss prudence. If a hair seems infected or abnormal (very sore, very red, etc.), go see a doctor. Home remedies are amazing, but they are always a poor substitute for a doctor.

Stop grooming

This is more about prevention than treatment, but if you’re getting ingrown hair on your stomach, pause on the grooming to give yourself a break. When everything recovers, you might be able to resume grooming to better success. Grooming on top of ingrown hairs is only going to aggravate the situation. We don’t recommend this remedy for obvious reasons.

Wash Thoroughly

You want to prevent infection, so you want to use soapy water and a cloth or soft toothbrush. Gently scrub the area in circular motions. This will keep it clean and help you recover quickly.

Remove the Hair

There are cases where you can pull the hair free with a tweezer. This is a fast fix, but it isn’t always viable. If you have to break skin to get to the hair, this is not the best solution because you run the risk of infecting yourself. So, sterilize your tools before you try, and don’t gouge yourself just to get at a hair.

Exfoliate

It does more than prevent hairs. Exfoliating can remove obstacles that are causing the ingrown hair in the first place. Removing those obstacles can remedy the situation pretty easily.

Use Creams

Over-the-counter creams can help you with inflammation and infection. Use them freely. Obviously, follow the instructions on the medications, but don’t be shy about letting science help you solve a problem.

Common Questions About Ingrown Hairs

How do you get rid of an infected hair?

If you notice an infected hair, the first step is to wash it. You don’t want to scrub too vigorously, but a light scrub with soap and water helps mitigate the problem. After washing, you can apply an ointment to help the infection clear up. Natural treatments like tea tree oil or oatmeal can help. You can also use antibacterial creams or hydrocortisone cream for more powerful intervention.

Do you groom your stomach hair?

Man Grooming His Stomach In The Shower

Most guys groom stomach hair. According to our survey, 86 percent of men participate in this activity to some degree. How the hair is groomed varies from guy to guy, but it’s extremely common to bet belly hair under control.

Do you use a razor or a trimmer for stomach hair?

Trimmers are preferable to razors for stomach hair. You’re allowed to shave, but a lot of guys like to leave a groomed happy trail. Because of this, we found that 74 percent of guys opt for a trimmer on the tummy, while only 16 percent ever reach for the razor.

Have you ever gotten an ingrown hair from grooming your stomach hair?

Unfortunately, ingrown stomach hair is a common problem. We found that 46 percent of men have experienced this firsthand. When you consider that a lot fewer shave, it’s easy to see that ingrown hairs can come from any form of grooming.

Has using The Lawn Mower 3.0 trimmer helped prevent ingrown hairs on your stomach?

Yes. The Lawn Mower 3.0 trimmer is designed for gentle grooming. It is less likely to sharpen hairs that are cut, and if you use the cutting guard, the hair will not be short enough to become ingrown. In our survey, 84 percent of men noted that they are at a reduced risk of getting ingrown hairs when they use The Lawn Mower 3.0 trimmer.

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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?

man in closet

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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