Upon moving from the American northeast to the southwest, my beard called out for attention. The change to a warm and dry climate gradually dried out my beard turned my entire face into a wild porcupine. Beard balm, the close cousin of beard oil, is the tool a man uses to tame the beast dwelling on their face. The beard balm I used for the last few weeks is Virtu Beard Balm by Liberty Premium Grooming Co. Virtu Beard Balm is crafted in the United States with all-natural ingredients: babassu oil (attalea speciosa),...

One of the first things I picked up on from moving to San Diego from New York is the change from humidity to absolute atmospheric dryness.  With the climate change and lack of moisture in the air, one's skin and hair tends to dry out and get "flaky."  This is absolutely true with beards as well, hence the importance of using beard oil regularly. It was around the time of my move from the east coast to the west that I began using a new product called Virtu Beard Oil.  Virtu Beard...

Curly hair can be difficult to figure out, style, and maintain.  Men with curly hair have battled with their hair for eons.  From shaving it off to attempting to straighten it, it seemed like their only option was either the Bruce Willis or Afroman looks.  Of course, there are several alternative curly hairstyles for men that don't require the regular use of a razor or pick, and they all depend on which type of curly hair is covering your scalp. Wavy Hair Although some think of hair as three separate camps (straight, wavy, or curly), a...

Since around the beginning of No-Shave-November, I've been using a new beard oil.  For those rugged beards unfamiliar with beard oil, acquaint yourself with the number one daily beard grooming product.  The beard oil I'll be reviewing today is H-Beard Oil by Healing Natural Oils. Of the many hundreds, if not thousands, of beard oil brands out on the market today, H-Beard Oil is one that doesn't rely on flashy masculine marketing.  In fact, all the products sold by Healing Natural Oils seem to come in the same amber-colored glass bottle with...

We've all heard of Movember and/or No-Shave-November: the act of either growing a manly mustache or burly beard in the month of November to raise awareness and funds for a multitude of good causes that benefit and support men's health.  Included in but not limited to the list of men's health issues battled is prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health problems.  Even if you can't grow any facial hair, I absolutely commend anyone that donates to either cause. However, there is another lesser known cancer that does not receive the...

“I’m not going to kiss you again until you shave off that beard.”  That is what my girlfriend, Julia, said to me one day about 3 years ago. I was a bit shocked when Julia said it.  I mean, I had a beard for the entire 4 years we were dating.  But she was dead serious about it.  “I’m tired of getting scratched by that thing when we make out.” So this was a real dilemma for me.  I consider myself quite the rugged fellow - I love my beard.  My beard...

Sunglasses, or prescription glasses, can either complement your face or turn you into Groucho Marx.  It's essential to pick out the right sunglasses that go well with your face shape.  The frames of your glasses need to complement your facial structure because your eyewear will be the first thing other people see when looking at your face.  Like a shitty haircut or an ugly beard, glasses have the potential to make you look like an absolute douche.  Here's a guide to picking the right sunglasses. What's Your Face Shape? The first step...

The three essentials to maintaining a healthy and good-looking beard: beard oil, beard balm, and beard wax.  But which is the right product for your face warmer?  Each product is very similar but they all have different purposes in the realm of beard grooming.  Learn which one your beard is begging for before you make your next grooming purchase. Beard Oil Beard oil is a conditioner that rejuvenates your facial hair and gives it a healthy life.  Beard oil ingredients vary but almost all include the base ingredient: jojoba oil.  Other added...

A navy blue blazer is one of the most versatile pieces of clothing a man can have in his wardrobe.  Classically, it has been paired with a white button-up shirt and khaki trousers.  However, a navy blue blazer may be worn with a plethora of styles of pants and shirts.  If there is one rule to take from this article is to make sure the last thing you wear with your navy blazer is navy trousers. Pants The safest bet you can go with is a pair of khaki trousers.  This is...

Leather boot maintenance is one of the best ways to take care of your boots and feet so that they both last a lifetime. Leather boots are very easily damaged by salt during the winter and deformed by moisture. Unprotected leather will dry out, crack, weaken, and tear. Weatherproofing your boots should be done regularly, especially at the start of each winter. Cleaning Your Dirty Boots If they aren't brand new, they may need to be cleaned. Your boots might already be covered in salt from past winters (noticeable white stains). There...