Grooming and style go hand in hand. You can't really have one without the other. If you want to step up your grooming game, keep reading.
Just imagine you're walking down the street, and you see a man wearing a perfectly tailored Italian suit. He's sporting an expensive silver watch, and his shiny black shoes look like they were just polished.
But his hair is an unkempt, sloppy mess, and it looks as if he hasn't shaved in days.
Kind of ruins his whole look, doesn't it?
This is especially true if you're a shorter guy. We have to do everything in our power to put our best foot forward in terms of appearance. And grooming is definitely within our control.
Plus, it's one thing to be short and another to be hairy. But short and hairy? That's hobbit territory, my friend!
Not to mention, grooming just feels nice. It's great for morale. Seriously, next time your in a funk – feeling unmotivated, lacking confidence, etc. – take an hour to clean and groom yourself.
Get a haircut, give yourself a close shave or trim that beard. Take a longer than normal shower, then take it a step further with these three simple grooming activities.
1. Tweeze your eyebrows
No one likes a unibrow. Even if you don't have a full-blown uni, you probably have some rogue hairs between your eyebrows. It only takes a couple of minutes to clean up this no man's land, and it will make a subtle-but-noticeable difference.
The key here is to not go overboard. Stick to the space between your eyebrows. You can also remove renegade hairs from your actual eyebrows (you know, those rebellious hairs that grow way longer that their neighbors), but remember that less is more.
Pro Tip: using round tip tweezers works great for removing hairs by the root without unintentionally snipping them off.
2. Let your nails grow (don't cut them too short, and stop biting them)
Most men cut their nails too short. Some even pick at them or bite them instead of cutting them. This is an unhealthy habit for several reasons. Plus it leads to uneven nails and ugly cuticles.
If you're guilty of this, it's time to procure a pair of high quality nail cutters. The kind that makes you want to let your nails grow just so you can use them.
Instead of chopping off big pieces at a time, strive to become a fingernail sculptor. Go around your nails slowly, making small cuts and evening things out as you go.
Do this for a couple of weeks, and I guarantee you (and your significant other) will love the results.
3. Trim your ear and nose hair
Not only am I a relatively short man, but I just look young. I couldn't grow a beard to save my life, and I'm generally not that hairy. But that doesn't mean I have an excuse to slack off in bathroom.
Nose and ear hair come with aging. If you don't have it already, you will someday. It's easy enough to get rid of, but you need the right tools.
Safety scissors are a good option because they have rounded tips that make it hard to accidentally cut yourself.
Still, you should be careful. Take it slow. It's about routine maintenance, so don't worry if you can't get everything at once. Make this part of your regular routine.
Your Grooming Arsenal
I use these ApeX tweezers, clippers and safety scissors from GorillaKilla.com. They're very high quality. Definitely an upgrade from the two dollar nail clippers you can buy at the convenience store.
I'm no expert on grooming supplies, but I can say that these ApeX tools feel heavy and sturdy. I'm pretty sure that, if I had to, I could perform basic surgery with these things.
Ok, maybe not. But they do the job, and they're easy to clean and store, which is pretty much all you can ask for in grooming tools.
They feel like they'll last forever, so you'll never have to replace them. After all, you have better things to do than shop for new tweezers, right?
If you want to step up your grooming game, check out the First Date Kit. It includes nail clippers, tweezers and safety scissors, and it comes with a full grain leather pouch for portable storage.
Ken, the owner (head gorilla?) of GK created a special promo code that you can use to get free priority shipping within the U.S. for the First Date Kit (tweezers, clippers, scissors). Use the code MODEST during checkout.
For those of you outside the U.S., fear not! I appreciate all of my overseas brethren (looking at you, Canada, UK, Australia, India and Asia). So I asked Ken to hook you up with a $5 rebate on your order, and he generously agreed.
Use the same code – MODEST – during checkout to get your rebate.
Bottom Line: grooming is just as important as clothing. If you've been slacking off in the grooming department, and you want to step up your game, now is the perfect time to get the necessary tools and learn how to use them.
What's your least favorite grooming activity? Let me know in the comments section below!