By Adam Hurly.
You picked up some pretty sweet skills in school. You can ask for a cigarette in Portuguese, write a little code, and shotgun a beer in under five seconds. But unless you went to a Swiss finishing school, you probably didn't learn a lot about good grooming from the sweatpants-wearing hoards. College is a safe place for scraggly beards. If you maintain the bare minimum—showering daily and applying deodorant—you're basically set. Not true in the professional world. Or the dating game.
You're gonna find out that the learning doesn't end after school—and no one's going to grade you to your face. But take our word for it, this shit matters. A bad haircut and slightly over-long nails could be the deciding difference between two job applicanants. Doesn’t matter the industry.
So we’ve got a few tenets for you. Master them. It’ll help with everything. Plus, you’ll carry you with these well after the Portuguese wears off.
1. Cut Your Hair Every 6-8 Weeks
Regardless of how long your hair is—or how long you want it to be—you need to keep it textured and styled. Do this by visiting the barber frequently, since your hair grows roughly half an inch every month. (So, if you want to maintain a certain length and style, you’ll need to get it cut every two months, at most.)
However, trimming it at these same intervals will help the hair grow into your next desired style, too. Don’t look at a hair cut as lost time in the journey towards proper flow. The barber can trim where necessary, even if it’s half a centimeter from the ends. This coaches the hair into place, allowing you to avoid any awkward stages as you grow it out.
2. Experiment with Hair Products
No two men will get the same effect from one product. Every guy has different hair density, texture, direction, and oil production. In the same vein, no two products will give you the same results. A paste is vastly different from a wax, both in its styling abilities and application rules. It’s important to study up on all hair products and see which one will give your hair the best finish, hold, and desired amount of shine.
3. Have a Skincare Regimen to Fight Acne
Breakouts do not go away with age. Pimples actually increase with stress. (Adulthood is stressful.) What you need is a basic yet effective skincare regimen to prevent and combat breakouts. And there are various levels of care that you can embrace, the simplest (and ever-effective) one being the classic three-step regimen: cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize. Twice a day, morning and night, you need to wash away all the gunk and grime that starts clogging your pores. Twice a week, you should follow this with gentle exfoliator to scrub away dead skin cells that also can cloud the healthy ones and plug pores. Lastly, follow both with a twice-daily moisturizer, which hydrates and nourishes the skin. Et voila!
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4. Use Sunscreen Every Day
You’re still a young guy, but you can get ahead of aging now. Trust us, you’ll thank us when, at your 10-year high school reunion, you’re one of the non-bags-under-the-eyes crowd. Your best plan is to wear SPF-packed moisturizer every day, to block the sun’s dangerous UV rays. This will prevent dark spots, wrinkles, and skin cancer.
5. Smell Good
In the professional world, a first impression might end up being the only impression if your stink. Don’t be the guy who comes to his interview with a funky musk about him. You need to keep body odor under control. It’s as simple as using an antiperspirant to combat underarm sweat. That said, a lot of people prefer to avoid aluminum-packed antiperspirants, opting instead for a more natural deodorant. It won’t stop you from sweating. But people can forgive a sweaty guy—they can empathize with him. They won’t forgive a stinky guy. Deodorize, one way of the other, alright?
6. In Fact, Find a Fragrance
It takes some time and patience to find the best scent for you. The best way to start is to ask a department store fragrance clerk, or a boutique perfumery like Le Labo. They’ll let you smell a handful of colognes, and you can even apply one to your person, then go out and test it on your friends and lovers. A fragrance is an investment—anywhere from $60 to upwards of $200 for a truly unique one—but it’s worth it.
7. Keep Your Beard in Order
Thankfully, changing cultural standards have signed off on facial hair in the workplace. Beards are good. Mustaches are trickier. Neckbeards are bad. Same with poorly maintained necklines. If you’re going to sprout some facial hair, it’s your duty to keep it trim and shapely. It’s as easy as combing the beard backwards (and fluffing it out), then spot-trimming any strays. You can also comb the mustache down onto the lip and trim anything that hangs over.
8. Or Honor a Shaving Regimen
If you’re going to keep with a freshly shaved face, then you also need to do it responsibly. To avoid razor burn and other shaving maladies, take the time to prepare your face before each shave, and to help it recover after. Also, always use a clean, sharp razor. There are many inexpensive razor-replenishment programs that ensure you always have a strong, healthy blade at the ready.
This story originally appeared on GQ.
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