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Unlike shaving, our fathers don’t teach us how to dye our hair.

That’s a problem – if your natural hair color doesn’t work for you, it could be ruining your style. Which means you’ve got to change it.

Controversial opinion alert: Dying your hair doesn’t make you feminine and every guy should consider doing it.

Whether you’re a mature guy trying to escape the ‘gray fox’ look or a younger guy who just wants a change, dying your hair can be a great way to switch up your everyday style.

In today’s article, you’ll discover how simple it is to color men’s hair and start looking your best.

You need to follow these steps:

  1. Clear Some Space
  2. Wash Your Hair
  3. Protect Your Skin
  4. Apply Your Dye
  5. Be Patient And Wait It Out
  6. Wash Your Hair
  7. Make Your Color Last

#1. Clear Some Space

What’s the biggest problem with hair dye? It stains EVERYTHING.

Trust me when I say you want a clean, wipeable workspace before starting your men’s hair color mission.

The best place to color your hair is in front of your bathroom mirror. Clear away any ornaments, razors, and toothbrush holders so that the only thing in front of you is a clean basin and countertop.

You should also prepare your hair dye routine by placing any brushes, dye, and conditioner bottles within reach.

Once you have a clean and clear space prepared, you can move on to the next step.

#2. Wash Your Hair

Your hair should be clean before you dye it.

The day before you dye your hair, wash your hair WITHOUT using any shampoo/conditioner.

The aim is to remove dirt without washing away your hair’s natural oils. These oils play a big part in protecting your scalp from harsh hair dye – they ensure that the color doesn’t penetrate your hair strands too deeply.

Remember, hair dye is strong stuff. Without proper protection, your skin can become irritated by the dye and begin to crack. Avoid this at all costs.

In short, 1-2 days before dying, wash your hair with water and let it air dry. I would also avoid any hair products during this time to avoid unwanted build-ups on your scalp.

#3. Protect Your Skin

Hairline protection infographic

Hair dye is liquid and can run wild if not kept under control.

You should apply a small amount of petroleum jelly to the skin around your hairline. It acts as a protective barrier that stops hair dye from running onto your forehead and into your eyes when used correctly.

Like I said earlier, hair dye stains everything. If you let it sit on your bare skin, it could dye it the same color as your hair.

Warning: Do not apply petroleum jelly to your hair. It will prevent the dye from doing its job and will cause your hair color to become patchy.

Although hair dye is safe to use as the manufacturers intended, when applied to the skin – or worse, the eyes – it can cause chemical burns and even temporary blindness if left untreated.

In an emergency, wash the dye away ASAP with warm water.

#4. Apply Your Dye

Color men’s hair using dye

First thing’s first – READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!

I can give you all the best advice, but nothing will beat the instructions included with your men’s hair color product. Please read them carefully, then reread them to be sure.

Hair dye methods vary slightly from product to product. However, you are likely to find a routine that looks something like this:

  1. Put on the protective gloves included with your hair color kit. This first step is essential unless you want to dye your hands the same color as your hair.
  2. Mix your hair dye components. Some kits may provide a pre-mixed solution and some will provide two sachets (one color sachet and one developer sachet) that you must mix yourself.
  3. Apply the hair dye to your hair. You can do this using your hands or any application tool included with your product. The aim here is to ensure an even layer of dye across every hair on your head.
  4. Don’t be afraid to lay it on thick and flatten your hair with your hands. This will ensure you don’t miss any hair and suffer patchy coloring.
  5. Ensure there isn’t any excess dye on your scalp. You should be able to see the texture of your hair. If your head looks like a bowling ball, scrape off the excess product.
  6. Set your timer for the wait time outlined in your product’s instruction. Avoid touching your hair while the dye develops – too much touching can create an uneven finish.

#5. Be Patient And Wait It Out

Use a timer when you Color men’s hair

Hair dye isn’t like shampoo – it needs to be left on for a while to have any effect.

Unless you’re a trained professional, you need to follow the product-specific instructions to the letter. The worst thing you can do is wing it and hope.

Depending on the color and brand of your hair dye, you’ll have to leave it on your scalp for anywhere between 20 and 45 minutes.

I repeat: READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!!!!

Set your timer for the time suggested by the instruction leaflet and wait it out. Take your dye off too early, and you’ll see little color change. Leave it on too long, and you could damage your hair and scalp.

#6. Wash Your Hair

man applying shampoo

The second your timer goes off, get your head under some water and wash away the dye.

The easiest method is to take a shower.

Depending on your dye strength, it may be recommended to use shampoo after rinsing. Your product should state whether or not this is advised so, guess what… READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!

If it doesn’t tell you, assess the strength yourself and follow this guidance:

  • Permanent Dye – Lather with shampoo after thoroughly rinsing your hair with hot water.
  • Semi-Permanent Dye – Do not use shampoo. It will affect the color and cause it to fade quicker.

In all cases, you should condition your hair after rinsing. Most hair dye products supply a max-strength conditioner. However, if one is not provided, use your everyday conditioner instead.

To finish, blow dry your hair on a medium heat setting.

#7. Make Your Color Last

Shampoo can be dangerous when you Color men’s hair

When we color men’s hair, it’s essential to understand that it won’t last forever.

As your hair grows, natural color will show through the roots of your hair. If you use a semi-permanent dye, your new shade will fade everything time you wash your hair.

My advice? Adjust your shampoo schedule and only wash your hair every other day. Doing this decreases the dye’s exposure to shampoo and lessens the speed at which it fades.

Conditioning is fine – however, you may wish to buy a max-strength conditioner to ensure your hair stays hydrated after being exposed to strong chemicals.

Last but not least, be prepared to re-dye your hair in the future. As your hair grows out, your natural color will return. Once this becomes obvious, you should wash the dye out using a color-removing shampoo or re-dye your hair.

You’ve got the color, but do you have the style to boot? Check out my list of hairstyles that women find irresistible.

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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

stylish watch

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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