From Bathroom to Barbershop: Four Professional Barber Tips to Try at Home

From Bathroom to Barbershop: Four Professional Barber Tips to Try at Home

Hot Towels

Arguably one of the best parts of visiting a barber is the hot towel service. Nothing is more luxurious or satisfying for the start of your prep routine like a nice hot towel. Recreating a hot towel service at home is simple- all you need is a towel and a bowl of hot water or towel warmer.

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Start by grabbing a small towel. To get a relaxing experience place 2-3 drops of an essential oil like lavender, eucalyptus, or sandalwood on the towel at this step. Thoroughly wet the towel with water and ring out the excess with your hands. Next, fold the towel in half and roll it up like a sushi roll. Place the damp towel in a towel warmer or warm water A microwave can be used to warm the towel, too. We recommend about 30 sec. Always use caution and test the hot towel on the inner part of your forearm before placing the towel on your face or neck.

Once the towel reaches your desired level of warmth, apply the towel to your face and hold it there until it starts to cool. If you’ve applied essential oils, take some deep breaths and relax, oils like lavender are relaxing while sandalwood is a memory booster. Once the towel cools down, set it aside to use again at the end of your shave.

For more information on hot towels, head over to How to DIY a Barbershop Hot Towel Treatment at Home.

Dry Your Hair Like a Pro

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One of the biggest hair health mistakes most people make is the way they dry their hair. Most shampoo commercials would have you believe that the best way to dry your hair is to vigorously rub your head with a towel. Vigorously rubbing hair while wet can roughen the cuticle of hair, causing frizz. This can lead to permanent damage, like split ends or breakage  

To dry your hair like a professional, start by taking handful sized sections of hair with your towel and gently squeezing the water out. Repeat small section by section until you’ve dried your entire head. At this point your hair is about 50-75% dry, which is the perfect time to add styling product.

Maintaining Your Neck Line

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Nothing makes a haircut look more unkempt than a messy neckline. After a visit to the barber, your neckline will be clean with no hairs along your neck. However, maintaining a clean neckline between visits to the barber chair is a an extra step you can take keep looking sharp.

The most important thing to remember when you are maintaining your own neckline is to make sure you don’t cut into the hair line. The hair line is the line that separates your hair from your neck. Avoid the hair line and only cut the hairs that appear below the hairline on your neck.

Prior to shaving you will need a few supplies- a hot towel, shaving cream, and a sharp razor. Start by applying a hot towel to your neck. After the towel cools, remove it and apply a shave cream like Geo F. Trumper Soft Shaving Cream. Now you are all set to shave your hairline. Just remember to shave with the grain.

Shave Like a Master Barber

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Getting a professional shave is a wonderful and luxurious experience. Master barbers spend years perfecting their craft, and their life is dedicated to the art of men’s grooming. Even if your barbering skills are not at a professional level you can incorporate professional techniques into your own shave routine.

The art of shaving takes precision, so make sure you have enough time set aside to be precise. Start with prepping the hair and skin with a pre-shave oil like Truefitt and Hill Ultimate Comfort Pre-Shave Oil. Pre-shave oil softens the hair and allows a smooth surface for your shave cream.

When it is time to apply a shave cream use a brush. Shaving brushes lift the hairs away from your face which allows for a closer shave and prevents ingrown hairs. When you have finished your shave, take the hot towel you had used prior and apply the now cold towel to your face. This will close your pores and soothe your skin, reducing redness, post shave irritation, and acne. Finish up your shave with a splash of aftershave for disinfection and a light moisturizer to keep your skin smooth and you’re ready for your day.

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Dental Care: Here’s How to Maintain That Million Dollar Smile

Dental Care: Here’s How to Maintain That Million Dollar Smile

Like American actress Connie Stevens once said, “Nothing you wear is more important than your smile.” However, boosting your appearance and confidence isn’t the only thing your pearly whites are good for. In fact, teeth are responsible for helping your food make its way to your stomach, providing the essential energy necessary for your body and mind to function. That’s why proper dental care is mandatory.

To make things easy, here at Royal Shave we compiled everything you need to know about your teeth and how to best care for them.

From baby teeth to pearly whites

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Throughout your lifetime, you have two sets of teeth: your baby teeth and your permanent teeth. While your teeth start sprouting around six-months-old, they actually begin developing before you are born.

Children have 20 baby teeth that they typically lose between the ages of six to 12. These teeth include incisors, molars and canines.

First to appear around six-months-old are the incisors, the four top and four bottom teeth in the front of your mouth that are responsible for biting food and allowing speech.

Next, babies around a year old grow their molars, which help grind and tear food and maintain the shape and height of their face.

Lastly, the canines, the four sharpest teeth in your mouth, show when a child is around 16-20 months old. These teeth help cut food and aid the digestive process. In addition, they help to support the lips.


Children have 20 baby teeth responsible for cutting and chewing food, maintaining the height of their face and allowing speech.


Luckily for children, teeth whitening isn’t usually a concern. After all, primary teeth grow in smaller and whiter than permanent teeth.

Even though a child’s first set of teeth don’t stay with them throughout their life, it is still important to engage in proper dental care. Decaying baby teeth can lead to problems for the permanent teeth that grow in later.

The key to protecting children’s growing teeth is prevention. When teeth first begin to develop, parents should regularly wipe down their child’s gums so bacteria doesn’t stick to the growing area. Once baby teeth bud, parents can start using a wet toothbrush and eventually move up to introducing fluoride around age three.

Dental care tips for adults

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After children lose their baby teeth, teens are left with a set of 32 permanent teeth. The 12 additional teeth come in the form of premolars, which develop around age 10, and wisdom teeth, which appear around age 17.

Since permanent teeth are the final natural set a person can grow, it is pertinent to invest in good dental care.

For adults, the following four dental care tips are necessary to avoid yellowing, decay and disease that become more of a risk as your permanent teeth gain more exposure to foods and irritants.

1. Fight tooth decay with fluoride toothpaste.

 

First, finding a fluoride toothpaste helps revitalize the enamel of your teeth, which is the barrier that guards teeth against acids. Fluoride stops bacteria from feasting on the food left on your teeth after eating and can reverse the signs of decay.

Marvis toothpaste uses fluoride and mint to remove plaque, tartar and leave a million dollar smile behind.

 

2. Don’t forget to floss.

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Ahh, flossing. It’s the one step everyone pretends to forget. However, flossing isn’t something you should leave out of your dental care routine.

Your toothbrush is good at getting bigger pieces of food and some bacteria off your teeth. However, it’s nearly impossible for it to reach every nook and cranny. That’s where dental floss comes in. The thin thread is much easier to lodge in the lines between your teeth, making sure every last bit of food and bacteria is removed.

3. Use mouthwash to protect your gums.

Dental care doesn’t just involve your teeth. It is also about preserving your mouth and gums. This makes mouthwash an essential item to add to your routine. While saliva offers a natural mouthwash, it often isn’t strong enough on its own to carry away all harmful bacteria.

Moreover, mouthwash is useful for reducing plaque and gingivitis. Marvis mouthwash is useful for people who suffer from dry mouth because of its alcohol-free formula. In addition, it leaves behind a pleasant peppermint smell.

4. Avoid overindulging in candy and sweets.

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An apple away keeps the doctor away. Trading your candy and sweets for an apple will also likely keep the dentist away. After all, apples are great sources of freshness and acidity that reduce bad breath and kill harmful bacteria.

Indulging in too many candies or sweets can cause cavities and quicker tooth decay. However, this doesn’t mean you have to totally pull your kids from participating in Halloween trick-or-treating. In reality, adults are at higher risk for cavities because teeth start to wear down and gums recede over time.

5. Consult a professional.

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While those apples may keep the dentist away for the time being, you shouldn’t avoid going to the dentist altogether. While many people may put this on their priority list next to going to the DMV, the dentist is actually a very valuable asset to your dental care and health.

Regular check-ups and cleaning will keep your teeth in their best condition. In addition, consulting a professional will help you realize your problem areas and which specific areas you should focus on for your mouth.

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Coconut Oil Benefits: Maintaining Moisture in Your Skin and Hair

Coconut Oil Benefits: Maintaining Moisture in Your Skin and Hair

When it comes to caring for your skin and hair, there are a number of factors that can negatively affect how healthy you are. From exposing hair and skin to too much heat from the sun or styling practices to using drugstore products with sulfates or other harmful chemicals, we don’t always treat our bodies very nicely. The results often include dry skin and hair. However, there is a natural solution to restoring your skin’s glow and your hair’s shine. Enter the world of coconut oil benefits.

Here at Royal Shave, we want to share one of the best hair and skin care secrets, utilizing coconut oil. Keep reading to find out more about its properties and how you can implement coconut oil into your routine at home.

What are some of the coconut oil benefits?

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One of the major components of coconut oil is Vitamin E. This is useful at restoring skin’s moisture and elasticity. In addition, it helps protect your skin against aging and sun damage. Moreover, Vitamin E also benefits your hair by working as a strong antioxidant against environmental irritants and increasing circulation in the scalp to promote thicker hair growth.

Coconut oil is also largely made up of fatty acids. For example, its lauric and capric acids work to kill harmful bacteria and fungi and fight off viruses. Because of this, coconut oil is often used in psoriasis and acne treatments. These acids also halt hair loss and help with healthy regrowth.

How does coconut oil benefit your skin?

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Coconut oil is nature’s way of restoring your youthful glow. Coconut oil benefits for adding shine to your skin come in the form of removing old makeup, dislodging irritants from your pores and moisturizing dry skin overnight. While it was traditionally designed to clean and prepare your whiskers prior to shaving, Musgo Real Glycerin Oil Soap is an effective cleanser for your entire body. It uses alcohol to disinfect and then restores moisture with coconut, lime and castor oils.

In addition, lotions containing coconut oil work as strong combatants against stretch marks. The most effective time to apply coconut oil to stretch marks is when they are still relatively new and red or pink in color. While it is harder to get rid of older stretch marks, the added moisture still helps to reduce the appearance of scarring.

Lastly, along with adding glow to your skin, coconut oil also reduces wrinkles, making your skin appear even younger and more alive.

How does coconut oil benefit your hair?

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When it comes to coconut oil benefits for your hair, both the tresses on your face and your head thrive with the extra moisture.

First off, coconut oil helps heal dry and brittle strands. Organic coconut oil from the grocery store can easily be applied to your hair and left in overnight. However, using a conditioner with coconut oil is another perfect way to deliver the product to the damaged areas for quicker use. DR Harris Conditioner offers an added bonus because it infuses the coconut oil benefits with aloe vera.

Read More: Find out about aloe vera’s added benefits and why it’s called “the miracle plant”

In addition, coconut oil makes hair appear healthier by adding shine and strength. Using a styling product like Dax Black Bees Wax  will help nourish your hair and soothe the cuticle. Moreover, its natural ingredients also include jojoba oil, which has been used for centuries as a scalp treatment.

Finally, when it comes to beard care, using shaving products with coconut oil allows hair and skin to be cleansed and exfoliated before removal. This reduces uncomfortable itchiness associated with dandruff and frizz. Moreover, using a beard oil with the powerful but gentle ingredient will serve you coconut oil benefits throughout the day. Truefitt & Hill Natural Conditioning Beard Oil combines coconut with avocado, jojoba, sesame and argan oil.

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas: 7 Perfect Presents For Every Dad

Father’s Day Gift Ideas: 7 Perfect  Presents For Every Dad

With Father’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to start planning presents for your dad. (For those a little late to the game this year, Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 17). After all, he is the first man in your life and the one who is always in your corner. He deserves a special day that’s all about appreciating him and letting him relax. With the Father’s Day gift ideas below, your dad will be able to do just that.

From a unique kitchen knife set to the infamous “dad chair,” here at Royal Shave, we’ve compiled a list of the seven perfect Father’s Day gift ideas for every dad.

1 Up his cooking game with the Damascus Steel Chef/Kitchen Knife Set.

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Whether your dad prefers a perfectly seasoned steak or a fresh salad, a set of powerful knives are necessary for preparation. Your dad is not a basic dad so he does not deserve a basic set of knives. Splurge for something a little more unique.

The rustic knife set above is perfect. Sold by Vintage Gentleman, the Damascus Steel Chef/Kitchen Knife Set ($325.99) contains seven high-quality knives.

While the knives may be a little pricey, the top reviews suggest the “stunning knives” are worth it. One customer who gave the product a five-star review wrote, “From the photos, I knew these were beautiful knives, but I wasn’t expecting the level of intricate detail and craftsmanship when I actually saw these in person! These were not cheap, but man am I pleased!”

2 Take him for a ride on the High Roller in Vegas.

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Instead of spending money on a present, surprise your dad with an experience. Since Father’s Day falls at the beginning of summer, a fun trip in the sun is a great alternative. And who can resist the allure of Vegas?

Even if your dad is not the gambling type, Vegas has plenty else to offer. Take him to see an intense magic show or for a ride on the High Roller, the ferris wheel shown above. He definitely won’t be disappointed as he sips his complimentary drink and sees breath-taking views of the party city in the desert.

For more Vegas deals and promotions, check out Vegas.com.

3 Shape up his scruff with the Royal Shave Edwin Jagger Razor Set.

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When it comes to Father’s Day gift ideas, don’t get lost in new shirts and shoes and forget your dad’s best style weapon: his face. Invest in maintaining his mane with a precision shaving kit.

The Royal Shave Edwin Jagger Razor Set ($120) contains everything your dad will need for wet shaving. This includes the Edwin Jagger DE86 Double Edge Razor, Royal Shave PB2 Best Badger Shaving Brush and stand, shaving cream, a lathering bowl and extra blades.

In addition, the kit incorporates aloe vera into the shaving cream. The “miracle plant” works well to reduce irritants like inflammation and acne and moisturize skin.

4 Buy the ultimate “dad chair” so he can kick back and watch the game.

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No one knows how relaxing it feels to collapse into a comfortable leather chair after working all day better than your dad. When it comes to Father’s Day gift ideas, show him your major appreciation by easing his sore back and feet.

Picking the perfect “dad chair” is not easy. However, recliner, leather and zero gravity options are all great for class and comfort. Seal the deal with his favorite beer or whiskey on his arm-side table and you’ll be sure to earn the title of favorite child.

To find the best chair, check out sales at furniture stores like Living Spaces and Ashley.

5 Frame his favorite family photos.

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Part of being a dad is getting to brag about how cool your kids are. Make his task a little easier by putting together a collage of your favorite times together. How will his buddies top that thrilling white river rafting trip you took together last summer or the cabin deck you built together in the mountains? You’ll both get a chance to relive those special moments every time you look at the wall.

This is also great for mother’s with young children looking to surprise their husbands for their first few Father’s Days. Schedule a photoshoot like the one above and give your hubby the perfect way to remember how cute his kids are before they grow up.

6 Keep his hair shiny and healthy by investing in Blind Barber Lemongrass Tea Shampoo and Conditioner.

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Even if he’s already hit the gray stage, it’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks. It’s time to teach your dad the harmful nature of sulfates and other damaging drugstore chemicals plaguing his current shampoo and conditioner.

Instead of harsh ingredients, opt for the Blind Barber Lemongrass Tea Shampoo and Conditioner ($18 each). Not only do the products incorporate a fresh lemongrass scent, they also soften bristles with coconut oil.

Like any typical man, this shampoo and conditioner is also preferable because it doubles as a body wash. Simple and sweet, these versatile products will be easy to add to your dad’s routine without changing too much.

7 Get the TV that will make his house the place to be on “Game Day.”

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Every man wants to have the television set that makes all his neighbors and friends jealous. Let your dad be the coolest guy on the block by investing in a high-quality TV.

In 2018, Samsung and Sony are among the top brands for televisions. Really make his day by upping the size to 65 inches or upgrading to a LED screen. With his new TV and your mom’s hors d’oeuvres, his friends will practically be lining up to buy tickets for your couch instead of the stadium.

Check out Best Buy for the latest television deals.

No matter which Father’s Day gift ideas you decide on, your dad will surely appreciate your presents and the fact that you’re the special person who made him a father.

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