Some of us may be a little too old to have Justin Bieber fever, but I think we can all appreciate good old-fashioned school girl-style crushes. Perhaps it was New Kids on the Block, Nsync, or David Cassidy that got your heart all aflutter back in the day. Whatever the case, I think we can also all appreciate a good haircut phenomenon when we see one. Justin's side-swept style has been sweeping the nation (well, the world) for some time now, so to see the secrets of his signature look revealed, just read on.
Back in the day I worked in a salon, and I noticed a few techniques, services, and scents the guys seemed to gravitate toward. Stacey Parks, the spa director of Spa Claremont in Berkeley, CA, confirmed what I believed to be true. Generally speaking, when it comes to spa treatments, whether it be at home or at the spa, guys tend to like everything with a little extra spice. So to add some excitement to your man's Valentine's Day, just keep reading.
If stereotypes ring true, most men would rather be downing beers and catching the game instead of getting pampered at the spa. But in reality, when most dudes give spas a chance, they're pleasantly surprised. "We are seeing more and more men that are interested in going to the spa, and there isn’t the stigma that there used to be," explains Stacey Parks of Spa Claremont in Berkeley, CA. And since Valentine's Day is just around the corner, it could be a rather pleasant treat to get your boyfriend or husband to head to the spa with you. Or perhaps you'd like to get a spa gift certificate for the guy in your life. Whatever the case, to see Stacey's tips for getting your man on his way to a full-body scrub, just read more.
Johnny Weir arrived at a signing for his new book looking totally made up and just plain gorgeous, as usual. Rarely do guys feel comfortable with hair and makeup, and few look as chic as Johnny. Sure, hipster boys might wear guyliner and experiment with black nail polish, and goth guy makeup is still popular in some places, but they're usually attempts to look transgressive, not pretty. Johnny, on the other hand, is all-out glam, from his eyeliner to his lip gloss. And to me, that's refreshing. To see the case for men and makeup, just keep reading.
If you, like Ke$ha, enjoy men with facial hair, then boy do I have the calendar for you. Most Wanted: The Moustache Calendar 2011 ($15) is 12 months of fancily hirsute hotties all framed up like old-timey "Most Wanted" posters (everyone loves a theme party). Mustaches may not be your cup of tea, but for steampunks, hipsters, and fans of vintage styling, they can be quite the aphrodisiac. Plus, the calendar has all the important Movember dates marked, so you or your giftee will know when to break out the 'stache wax.
While many people think of baldness as a problem for just men, in actuality, 30 million women are affected by hair loss. But it appears that number could significantly reduce, as scientists have recently discovered a way to grow hair follicles by using stem cells.
According to Roland Lauster of Berlin's Technical University, the treatment could be possible in about five years' time, and the process would likely involve some sort of implantation. Earlier this week, it was announced that a German man was apparently cured of HIV after a stem cell transplant. And while his case may be rare, and opinions vary on the process, it will be interesting to see what types of advancements could occur as a result of stem cell research, not just for hair loss but for a variety of other conditions.
British grooming brand Molton Brown is known for its range of aromatic body care, and its mens' Black Pepper scent is among its most popular — so much so that women started snapping it up for themselves. Recently, Molton Brown introduced a sister scent for women, Paradisiac Pink Pepperpod. Like its predecessor, it has a little kick of spice, along with a bit of ginger and patchouli. The overall effect is softer than Black Pepper, with the slightest whisper of sweetness to warm things up.
Even though it's intended for women, that doesn't mean it's stereotypically girly. And here's the kicker: When my gentleman friend smelled it, he liked it so much that he took the shower gel home with him. Yep, he is man enough to use pink shower gel. Lesson learned: pepper, when done right, knows no gender.
Care deeply about a man who has ceased shaving his facial hair in honor of No Shave November or Movember, if you're Aussie or growing a mustache?
Then why not soften him up with this MCMC Fragrances Dude No. 1 All-Natural Beard Oil ($65)? He'll be much less scruffy, and even better, he'll be redolent of coriander (or cilantro, depending on what people in your area call it), peppercorn, and cedarwood. It sounds kind of like some sort of fancy sachet from Pier 1, but in an undeniably sexy kind of way.
Marilyn Monroe may have been named the greatest blonde of all time, but according to a recent British survey, Salvador Dali wins the title of most famous mustache. The surrealist painter (and unexpected fragrance maker) was chosen for the top spot by 24 percent of the voters, and seeing that it's Movember, the news couldn't come at a better time. To find out who else made the British-centric list (I guess Tom Selleck's not too popular across the pond), just keep reading.
Technically, all makeup is really coed, but most brands market specifically to those of the biologically female persuasion. Now, though, there's a new brand out called Enter Pronoun, designed by makeup artist Natalia Ramirez to be totally sex- and gender-neutral.
I really like the idea, and it would really be nice if Mr. Bella could get some of his beloved guyliner in a stick that wasn't way too small for big dudes' hands. The line also supports emerging artists and features original work on its packaging, which sounds cool, and Natalia has committed to using her studio space to "mentor gay teens lacking acceptance and support." If the brand becomes available online or gets wider distribution, will you be interested in buying some products that aren't "just for girls"?