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Rid Yourself of Razor Bumps the Right Way

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With Labor Day fast approaching, you know we’ve had extreme heat and humidity for months now, especially here in the south, and there’s no worse time to be dealing with razor bumps.  We’ve got our summer skin glowing and then we’re hit with those unsightly razor bumps…not cool!  We’ve got some great tips for you to rid yourself of those bumps, no matter where they are, and no matter who you are, just in time for those Labor Day outdoor plans.

For everyone:

Razor bumps are best controlled preventively, and fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid getting them in the first place.  First and foremost, use the right razor.  Never use an old, dull blade, and choose a shaving tool that suits your needs.  Here’s an in depth look at shaving implements from our recent blog post.

For the guys:

If you’re in a regular shaving routine, it’s likely you’ve suffered from razor bumps at one time or another.  It is not only an unsightly condition, it’s also painful, and razor bumps can become infected and require medical attention on occasion.  For guys, shaving in the direction of hair growth can require a road map!  Luckily…we’ve got one for you!

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As you can see, the growth pattern on your face can be a little complex, but if you follow our Bump Patrol Directional Shave Method, take your time, and use the proper tools, you’ll be in good shape.

For the ladies:

It may seem like an easy task to shave your legs, but I bet there are many of you that are shaving the wrong way.  If you’re starting at your ankles and pulling up toward your knee, you’re going against the growth pattern of your hair.  Remember, to avoid irritation and razor bumps, you should always shave with the grain or pattern of hair growth. This means shaving legs from the knees down, rather than outward.  If you are shaving against the grain, applying too much pressure, or making multiple passes on each section, you’ll be more likely to cause irritation and razor bumps, and nobody wants that!

If you do find yourself battling the bumps this summer, you can find relief.  Since most of us can’t (or don’t want to) stop shaving (which is the best remedy for razor bumps) we’ve got a few great products to help you heal and get back that smooth skin everybody wants in the summer.  Our Bump Patrol Maximum Strength Aftershave Treatment is Dermatologist recommended and could provide results after the first shave!  In addition, our Bump Patrol Moisturizer soothes, calms and heals irritated skin and guards against bumps.  Finally, our Bump Patrol Shave Gel and Pre Shave Oil can sooth your skin, leaving it soft, and smooth and will provide a nice glide for your blade.

So, as you get ready for that last party of the summer, get rid of razor bumps the right way with Bump Patrol, and you’ll be keeping it smooth as we move into fall!

Coconut Oil and Shea Butter – The Dream Team for Olympic-Style Hair Care

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As we enjoy watching our Olympians compete for the gold medal, we may be wishing our hair care routine could get us a gold medal for hair strength, flexibility, manageability and shine!  How nice would that be?  Not many of us this time of year can say our hair could get a medal of any sort.  Heat, humidity, sun, chlorine, salt, and all the daily manipulation and styling products take a toll on our hair and so many of us end up with frizzy, damaged hair that needs repair as the dog days of summer march on.  That’s where the dream team of coconut oil and Shea Butter come in, to rescue our hair and restore its Olympic-style strength, flexibility and shine.  If you’d like to know more about this dream team, read on and we’ll tell you a little bit about what these gold medal ingredients, Shea Butter and coconut oil can do for your hair.

Benefits of Coconut Oil for Hair Care

Coconut oil has been around for a while, but has gained recent popularity in the skin care and hair care industries.  That’s because this fabulous, natural product benefits both skin and hair and has the added ability to penetrate your hair, locking in moisture and going deep down into the cortex to help improve your hairs strength and flexibility. Additionally, since coconut oil does penetrate rather than simply coat the cuticle, it’s benefits won’t easily wash away on shampoo day.  Coconut oil is not expensive and can be found in many hair care products like our brand new GroHealthy Shea & Coconut Moisturizing shampoo and moisture rich conditioner.  These nourishing products contain the dream team of Shea Butter and Coconut Oil to help repair and rebuild damaged hair, and are free from damaging ingredients like sulfates, parabens or mineral oil.

Benefits of Shea Butter for Hair Care

The easier subject may be to list what Shea Butter CANNOT do for for your hair!  Shea butter has a ton of benefits for your hair and should play a vital role in your hair care routine if you have damaged hair.  Shea Butter has protective qualities for your hair.  Shea Butter has anti-inflammatory properties and can protect your hair from free radicals and soothe your dry scalp.  It has SPF, so it can protect your hair from sun damage.  It can provide protection from heat styling as it coats the hair shaft providing a layer of protection.1  It is also a great moisturizer and because it contains essential vitamins, it can can also repair damaged hair, restoring strength, luster and shine to your locks.

So there you have it!  The dream team for Olympic-style hair care!  Look into adding these great ingredients to your hair care routine today, and check out our brand new line of GroHealthy Shea Butter and Coconut hair care products here.

Summer Skin Care Tips to Help Prevent and Diminish Dark Spots

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The dog days of summer are upon us and here in Atlanta, the sun has been relentless and has many of us running for shade and summer skin care products offering sun protection.  It’s difficult to avoid the rays of the sun in the summertimewhen the sun is shining down on us 7 days a week!  If you’re like most, you’re looking for skin care products to protect your skin and remedy the dark spots and damage that is a result of too much sun exposure.

Skin Care Tips for Reducing Sun Exposure

Summer skin care is all about SPF, or Sun Protection Factor.  Skin care products containing SPF can range from 5 up to 100 or higher, and most Doctors recommend SPF of at least 30, but what do these numbers mean?  Here’s a great explanation from cancer.org:

“The SPF number is the level of protection the sunscreen provides against UVB rays, which are the main cause of sunburn.Higher numbers do mean more protection, but many people don’t understand the SPF scale. SPF 15 sunscreens filter out about 93% of UVB rays, while SPF 30 sunscreens filter out about 97%, SPF 50 sunscreens about 98%, and SPF 100 about 99%. The higher you go, the smaller the difference becomes. No sunscreen protects you completely.”1

If you are noticing dark spots, your skin is reacting to sun exposure and unfortunately, that means you’re not doing your job protecting your skin!  We all have to go outside, so when you are outside in the sun, take these additional steps to protect your skin.

  • Wear a wide brim hat – the wider the better to offer more coverage. If you’re active, look for a hat with a chin strap, so it stays in place.  There are even hats available that have fabric attached to protect the ears, neck and sides of your face.
  • Stay in the shade – If you are outdoors for an extended period of time, stay in the shade of a tree or under an umbrella. Keep up the sunscreen use though, as the rays can still reflect from outside the shaded areas.
  • Avoid sun exposure between 10 and 2 when the sun’s rays are at their strongest.
  • Protect your eyes – Eyes are susceptible to the damaging rays of the sun as well, so be sure to wear sunglasses with UV protection and select a style that sits close to skin and wraps around your eyes. If your glasses sit out to far, they are still exposing your eyes and surrounding skin to the sun.

Skin Care Tips for Reducing the Appearance of Dark Spots

Sometimes, despite our best skin care and sun protection efforts, dark spots can still show up causing uneven skin tone, especially this time of year.  If you’re noticing dark spots here are some great skin care tips to help you even out your skin tone.

  • Stay diligent with your skin care routine. You should wash your face with a gentle cleanser like this one that contains Aloe Vera and Super Fruit Serum to soothe and soften your skin.
  • Follow up with a toner with Vitamin B3 and Super Fruit Serum to further cleanse and promote an even skin tone.
  • Look for a complexion cream like this oneclinically provethat not only nourishes skin, leaving it soft and supple, but also contains key ingredients like Super Fruit Serum, Vitamins B3 and E, that are clinically proven to reduce dark spots and marks in 14 days.

Keep it smooth this summer with these skin care tips, designed to help you avoid and diminish summer skin damage.  Our Clere Radiance line is affordable and available online and will help you control oil, and even skin tone, so your skin looks fresh, smooth and radiant all summer long.

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/sunanduvexposure/skincancerpreventionandearlydetection/skin-cancer-prevention-and-early-detection-u-v-protection

Fight The Summer Frizz With These Natural Hair Care Tips

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Fight The Summer Frizz With These Natural Hair Care Tips

Summer didn’t waste any time hitting us with its one – two punch of heat and humidity…the two environmental factors that can wreak havoc on our hair care routines!  If you’re a curly girl, or anyone concerned with beating the summer frizz factor, we’ve got some great remedies for you!  Luckily there are natural hair care tips and ingredients that are perfect for fighting frizz that will leave your hair feeling and looking its healthy and shiny best.  Here are our best natural hair care tips and products to fight frizz this summer and have your hair looking and feeling its healthy, shiny best!

Start with the poo

On shampoo day, make sure you are using a sulfate free, moisturizing shampoo.  Harsh ingredients like sulfates in shampoo can strip hair of its natural oils and rough up the cuticle, leaving hair dry, damaged and more susceptible to the effects of humidity.  Don’t shampoo too frequently and avoid using a towel to dry your hair after your shower.  Instead, use a T shirt or microfiber towel and gently squeeze moisture from your hair rather than rubbing.

Look for the best natural hair care ingredients

If you’re looking to fight frizz this summer, first off, the healthier the hair the better your chances are of fighting frizz.  Dry, dull, damaged hair will look frizzy under any conditions, but even more so in the heat and humidity of the summer months.  Look for natural hair care ingredients like shea butter and coconut oil to repair, rebuild and moisturize hair.  Shea butter and coconut products are naturally rich in omega 3 fatty acids, which help to rebuild, strengthen and protect hair.  We’ve got an entire line of natural hair care products with shea and coconut!  Check out our new Shea& Coconut Flat Out Frizz Fighter to help repair, rebuild, moisturize and fight frizz!

Deep condition

It’s always important to use a deep conditioner as a regular part of your natural hair care routine.  Find a routine that works for you and stick to it.  If you find you need a deep conditioner once or twice a month, look for a really deep conditioning treatment like this one that you can do at home, with milk protein and olive oil that will help stop breakage and promote growth and health of your hair.

Beat the heat

As much as possible, avoid heat styling your hair.  Heat from dryers and irons can damage hair, causing breakage and loss of elasticity, which can increase the frizzy appearance of hair.  If you cannot avoid heat styling, use a heat protectant product to help minimize damage and watch the temperatures…the higher the heat, the greater the damage.

Sleep like a princess

Sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase every night to stop breakage and pulling that is caused by cotton pillow cases.  Satin pillowcases are good for both your skin and your hair, so the benefits of sleeping on satin or silk are two fold!

So there you have it…our best natural hair care tips and ingredients to help you fight frizz this summer!  Stay cool and frizz free this summer with our natural hair care products, all available online at affordable prices through this link.

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Hair Care Tips – All About Bantu Knots and Bantu Knot Outs

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It’s not a wonder so many ladies are looking for hair care tips to create the best bantu knots and bantu knot outs.  Spring is in the air, and we’re all looking to rock a new style, even if we need a few hair care tips to get us started.  Bantu knots have been in the news lately and stars like Rihanna, Mel B, Lauryn Hill, Halle Berry, Jada Pinkett Smith have all been seen rocking bantu knots.  If you’re looking to try this trendy look, we’ve got some hair care tips for you to get you that great bantu knot look you’ve been seeing out and about.

Hair Care Tips For Bantu Knots and Bantu Knot Outs

Start with dry, well moisturized hair.  Some will recommend beginning on damp hair, but as long as your hair is detangled and well moisturized, you will have better chances of a good result and you’ll lose the risk of your hair not drying while knotted.

Separate your hair into sections, and apply a really good moisturizer to the section.  We recommend Nothing But Melted Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner.  The size of the sections depends on the length of your hair and also the resulting curl you desire.  If you have short hair, or want tight curls, you may go with smaller sections, conversely, if you have longer hair or want a looser curl pattern, go with larger sections.  Generally speaking, the smaller the section, the smaller (tighter) the curls will be in your knot out.  Small sections are considered ½ inch to an inch, and larger sections can range from three to four inches.  Experiment with which size sections give you the best look and have a little fun rocking different curl patterns.

Begin twisting the section close to but not on the scalp (twisting too close to the scalp can cause discomfort) and twist a few times until the hair begins to curl up on itself.  Roll the curled sections around each other and continue twisting until you begin to form a pyramid shape (larger at the bottom.)  Do not twist too tightly, as this can cause breakage and damage to your hair.  To set the knot, twist the ends up under the knot to secure in place.  Continue with each section until your head is completely knotted.

If your hair needs a little help setting, sleep with a shower cap on and allow the moisture to evaporate well in the morning before you unscrew your knots.You can also sit under a hooded dryer to set your curls.  Be sure to protect your style by sleeping on a satin pillow case.

The knot out process can be super simple as long as you don’t go at it the wrong way.  Use these hair care tips when removing your bantu knots to ensure a gorgeous curl set.

  • Don’t pull the curl out when you remove the knot.
  • Unscrew the knots like you would untwist a cap
  • To decrease frizz, form and maintain the curls use only your fingers to separate.

And to keep those lovely locks in place for a few days, our final hair care tip is to use a little product to protect those curls.  We recommend Nothing But Curl Sealer, or Pure Pudding.  If you’d like to add a little shine to your curls, try our Argan& Olive Oil Nourishing Sheen Spray.  Hopefully these hair care tips will inspire you to give bantu knots a try.

Need The Luck Of The Irish This Spring Guys? Remedy Those Razor Bumps With These Skin Care Tips

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Spring is in the air, here in the ATL at least, so it’s time to come out of hibernation razor bump free and put your smooth face forward. Yeah, I know the beards are super manly, and sexy, but nothing attracts the ladies like baby smooth skin that is soft, bump free and kissable as the Blarney Stone! Plus, who wants to deal with a hot and itchybeard with the weather warming up?

Keep in mind that here in the south, temperatures go from the 30’s to the 80’s in the blink of an eye…the only thing telling us it’s actually spring is all that yellow stuff making us sneeze. So, all you dudes participating in beardmageddon….get those razors ready, and put your best, smooth, “razor bump free” face forward this spring with these smooth skin care tips that will surely bring you the luck of the Irish!

Shave It Right – Shaving is all about “Three Ts of Shaving”…Time, Tools and Technique.

  1. First off, you’ve got to shave at the best time. So, when’s that you might ask? The best time to shave is just after you shower and wash your face. You’ve got fresh, clean skin, and your facial hair is soft from the warm water. Alternatively, wrap your face in a warm, moist towel after cleansing.
  1. Secondly, you need the proper tools to prevent razor bumps. Check out our great “Skin Care Tips 101 Choosing A Razor” and follow up blog 102 – Razor Typed Deconstructed to help you choose the perfect shaving tool. In addition to razors, you need to put some glide between your skin and the blade to get that soft, smooth shave you desire.Use a shave gel, like our Bump Patrol Cool Shave Gel with a brush to keep those facial hairs on end and provide a nice glide and close shave. Alternatively, our Bump Patrol Pre-Shave Oil has 100% natural oils for a soft, smooth, pain-free shave.
  1. Last but not least, you’ve got to use the proper technique when you shave. Bump Patrol recommends the Directional Shave MethodTM of shaving with the grain, never against the hair’s natural growth pattern. Here’s an image to use as a guide for proper shaving technique.

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Knock Out Razor Bumps With Bump Patrol’s 1-2 Punch– If razor bumps do try to ruin your smooth look despite your best efforts to shave with the Three Ts of shaving, don’t worry, we’ve got some great products to soothe and heal you quickly! Bump Patrol’s Maximum Strength Aftershave (also available in original and sensitive strength) is the fastest remedy for razor bumps with results after the first shave. Follow up your skin care with Bump Patrol’s fast absorbing moisturizer with aloe vera, vitamin E and chamomile to hydrate, soothe and calm irritation while protecting from razor burn.

So, in order to celebrate the spring season with that smooth look you want, give some of these skin care tips and products a try. You’ll have the luck of the Irish this week as you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and spring smoothly! Have a great week and keep it smooth guys!

Hair Care For Men – From Shaved Heads To Dreads & All The Styles In Between

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It’s a new year, and if you’re into hair care for men, it’s the perfect time to consider a new style to spice up your lookin 2016. Your look is as individual as you are and your hairstyle tells people your story up front. It’s important to find that signature style for 2016 and the proper hair care for men (not your lady’s products) to maintain that style. From shaved heads to dreads, here are some popular looks you can try this year and special hair care products for men to help you look your best no matter which style you choose.

Dreads – The rise of rapper FettyWap is one of the biggest music stories of 2015, and he isn’t the only one rocking dreads these days. Top male models Asher Mitchel and CyKeem White both rock the sexy/grunge look with their dreads. Dreads require a level of hair care for men that many aren’t accustomed to. First, you must have sufficient growth to form twists or braids. You have to wash your dreads with a lock-friendly shampoo that won’t detangle your dreads. After washing, you’ll need to moisturize your dreads to prevent frizz and breakage. Look for an oil moisturizing spray to keep scalp and locks moisturized and style with a wax containing natural tea tree oil. Hair care for men can take on a whole new meaning with dreads, so do your research and be prepared before you rock this grunge look in 2016.

Full shave – If you want a signature look or if you have a receding hairline or alopecia, this may be the look for you. It may seem you won’t need hair care if you’re shaving your head, but caring for your scalp is just as important as hair care for men. You need to clean your scalp, moisturize it, protect it from the sun and massage your scalp to increase blood flow. As with your face, be sure to shave with the grain, not against, to prevent razor bumps. If you do suffer from razor bumps, here’s a great product specially formulated to treat razor bumps quickly.

Fade – There are many varieties of the fade, and surely this style will not fade out in 2016. You can wear side fade, back fade, a low fade, high fade, off center fade, fade with shaved part or designs and of course you can go from tight cut to full afro up on top depending on the look you want.If you want a trendy, yet professional look try some short twists on top with your faded sides. Form your twists with gel for shine and hold.

South of France – This trendy hairstyle can also be called the Gentlemen’s Mohawk or the Usher cut (as the name implies, made famous by Usher.) This style is really a wider Mohawk, which can vary in length up on top, showing off natural coils or a closer cut. The sides are tapered down, giving a refined, classy look.

Side part – With all the hype over the Star Wars movie release over the holidays, it’s no surprise the stars of the new blockbuster film are in the spotlight. At the movie premiere, John Boyega, appeared suave in a purple tux jacket and for hair, he looked great with his soft lines and shaved side part.

Don’t be afraid to get into hair care for men in 2016 and find that signature look. There are product lines specially formulated for men these days so you don’t have to go digging into your lady’s products to care for your hair. Check out our full lines of skin care for men and hair care for men and rock your masculine style in 2016.

Grocery List To Benefit Your Natural Skin Care – Easy As 1, 2, 3!

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As we head into a new year, it’s the perfect time to start thinking of what good things you can put in your body, not only for your overall health, but for your natural skin care as well. We’ve all heard the old adage, “You are what you eat” and the things you’ve been putting in your body (especially now, during the holidays) aren’t necessarily the best things to benefit your natural skin care. Your skin is a reflection of how healthy you are on the inside, so as we head into 2016, add these items to your grocery list to help benefit your natural skin care routine from the inside out!

#1 Good Old H2O – Water is good for your entire body, and you should drink the correct amount of water for your body weight on a daily basis. According to webmd.com, about eight glasses a day should suffice and the benefits to your skin include reduced fine lines and wrinkles, increased moisture retention, and increased blood flow that can give your skin that glowing appearance.

#2 Antioxidants – You’ve probably heard a lot about antioxidants lately, all that talk is justified. Antioxidants can play a role in your overall health by cleaning free radicals out of your bloodstream. They have a range of health benefits; some studies have shown that antioxidants reduce the signs of aging by minimizing wrinkles and preserving the texture of the skin.” 1

Your antioxidant shopping list should include foods rich in:

  • Vitamin A (oranges, sweet potatoes, carrots, leafy greens, cantaloupe, bell peppers)
  • Vitamin C (broccoli, spinach, peppers, citrus fruits)
  • Vitamin E (nuts, avocados, seafood broccoli and dark, leafy greens)
  • Beta Carotene (pumpkin, mangoes, apricots, carrots, spinach)
  • Lycopene (tomatoes, pink grapefruit, watermelon)
  • Selenium (seafood, lean meats, whole grains).

#3 Omega 3 fatty acids – Omega 3 fatty acids also play a role in your overall health, including heart health and should be a part of your natural skin care routine as well. Omega 3s can benefit your skin by preventing dryness and blemishes and giving a smooth, supple, youthful appearance to your skin. I think we can ALL give those benefits two thumbs up! So, in order to stock on natural sources of omega 3s, look for seafood (halibut, herring, mackerel, oysters, salmon, sardines, trout, fresh tuna) nuts and seeds (walnuts, pumpkin seeds, flaxseed) and produce (brussel sprouts, kale, mint, parsley, spinach, watercress) OR look for oils and juices, dairy and cereals fortified with Omega 3s.2

Try adding some of these foods with natural skin care benefits to your shopping list and you’ll likely see improvement in your skin, hair and overall health as well! Oh, and just a few extra natural skin care tips for the holiday season! Don’t forget the sunscreen, even in the winter and try not to consume excess amounts of caffeine and alcohol, as these can both dehydrate you, causing you to suffer from dull, dry skin. If you need a natural skin moisturizer to combat the effects of alcohol or caffeine, look for nourishing ingredients like Vitamin E found in products like our Clere Radiance.

1 http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/vitamins-minerals/how-do-antioxidants-benefit-me.html

2 http://www.webmd.com/diet/guide/your-omega-3-family-shopping-list

Keep It Smooth This Holiday Season With These Skin Care Tips For Men

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It’s that time of year, the holiday season is upon us and you need proper skin care techniques to be looking your best for all those holiday parties. Yes, I’m talking to you men out there! Men need a proper skin care routine just as much as women do, but unlike skin care for women, there’s just not as much out there for guys. Men have their own issues as far as skin care goes: razor burn, razor bumps, dry skin, beardruff, and shaving are all issues men have to deal with on a daily basis. Let’s face it, we all want to look our best during the holiday season, and your face is the first thing everyone will see, so let’s keep it looking good with these skin care basics for men.

Shaving

Well, if you’ve been following along, we’ve covered this topic with lots of great expert advice from how to choose a razor, to how to shave properly to prevent razor bumps. For most men, shaving is part of their daily routine. Basically, it comes down to a few basic skin care tips for shaving:

  1. Use proper tools to shave – use the links above for more details on selecting razors.
  2. Use proper technique – (go with the grain) for more details read this blog post.
  3. Use proper products – like a great shave gel or shave oil to prepare the skin for shaving.

Moisturizing

Especially during the dry winter months, it’s important to use a good natural moisturizer as part of your daily skin care routine. The best moisturizer contains natural, soothing ingredients like aloe vera and chamomile, and of course, even in winter, you need sun protection, so look for SPF in your moisturizer as well.

Diet

If you want your skin to look its best in the winter, you can start with your diet. In addition to keeping up with your water intake during the day, try to have a well-balanced diet that includes omega-3 fatty acids (found in certain nuts and fish) antioxidants (found in fruits and veggies like strawberries, blue and blackberries, and artichokes) and Vitamins A and B, and selenium.1

Razor Bumps

One of the top skin care issues men face is irritating razor bumps and razor burn. Not only are razor bumps irritating and painful, they are not a look we want to be sporting during the holidays…or ever for that matter! If you’re using the shaving tips above, hopefully you can prevent razor bumps, but if you’re that unlucky guy that suffers from them no matter what, try a product that will heal and prevent razor bumps and burn quickly, like this one, with results after the first shave.

Beard Maintenance

Beards must be maintained too. They need to be shampooed with gentle shampoo (don’t use bar soap, as it can dry out your face), conditioned, and the skin beneath the beard need to be moisturized too. Winter skin can be dry, flaky and itchy, so don’t risk this by not caring for your beard…as no one wants to have beardruff! Look for a beard oil with natural ingredients (not chock full of fragrances that can be detrimental to both skin and hair) to both soften the hair and moisturize the skin beneath.

So there you have it…the skin care routine to keep even the manliest men looking smooth through the holiday season!

1http://www.webmd.com/beauty/skin/abcs-of-healthy-skin-diet?page=1

Facial Care For Men 101 – Beard Styles To Keep You Looking SharpAfterMovember

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In the spirit of the Movember movement, we’re going to take a look at facial care for men, in particular, beard styles for men. Movember is a great movement raising awareness for men’s health. You’ll see Al Roker sporting a beard this month on the Today show, and dare I say,does it make him look slimmer? Let’s face it, facial care for men can be complicated…razor bumps and razor burn can affect men at any stage in life, and can be difficult to treat and prevent. Deciding on what beard style to rock depends on so many things. Is your face square or round, do you have full or patchy hair growth, do you have a strong chin and jawline, do you have a shaved head, are you battling razor bumps. There are just so many factors involved in deciding what type of beard style to try. Here are a few styles to consider as you look into facial care for men.

Full beard – Of course with Movember in mind, the manliest of men can go with the full beard. This may be a great course of action if you are suffering from razor bumps. Full beards really look good on any shape face and are considered a statement of manliness. This look works best on men with good facial hair coverage and growth.

Chin strap – A chin strap is a statement look that requires precise maintenance and specialized shaving implements. It runs along the jawline with a defined line and can be worn thick or thin, depending on facial shape. If your face is rounded, sport the thicker strap, rather than the thin strap, which works better on thin, chiseled facial features.

Soul Patch/Chin Strip – The soul patch and its longer version, the chin strip are often seen on younger men, or guys wanting to have an edgy appearance. The soul patch is a small patch of hair just below the lower lip. The longer chin strip extends down toward the downward curve of the chin.

Goatee – Goatees are popular styles that can be modified into different versions, including Circle beard, Royal beard, Petite Goatee, VanDyke. Goatees are good choices for men with lighter growth patterns on the cheeks and they are also great for men without a strong chin or jawline.The Van Dyke version includes a mustache that is separated from the chin hair while the circle beard encircles the mouth with the mustache and chin hair coming together.

Reality is that facial care for men is often under the radar and confusing. Razor bumps can be difficult to prevent and treat without the right products, razor choices are endless (see our recent blog posts on razor types deconstructed here) and choosing the right facial hairstyle to best suit your face can be difficult. Don’t forget, with these beard styles, you’ll need a good moisturizing product like our Bump Patrol Pre-Shave Oil which can serve the dual purpose of pre-shave treatment and beard treatment to keep your skin and beardmoisturized, fresh and free from flakes. Check out some of these styles to see what look suits you best, and of course, find the one that your lady likes too!

Razors & Shaving Techniques To Help Prevent Razor Bumps

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No two words in the English language can strike fear in the minds of both men and women than these two words: razor bumps. EEEEEKKKK! More frightening than ghouls and goblins at Halloween, razor bumps are both feared and despised by men and women alike. Most of us that are of shaving age can appreciate this sentiment, but many still have the pervasive question…”How do we prevent razor bumps?” There are some pretty easy steps you can take to prevent razor bumps and here they are straight from the expert on the source, Master Barber Will Williams!

Step 1 – Choosing the Right Razor

There are just so many options for razors these days, making it difficult for the consumer to know what razor to choose. There are razors for women, and razors for men. There are safety razors, cartridge razors, straight razors, electric razors and even razors that meet specific needs such as manscaping, or facial grooming! How in the world can the layman choose? Luckily, we’ve already covered this topic at length in our two part blog series Choosing The Right Razor For Your Shaving Needs and Razor Types Deconstructed. Please check them out if you are searching for the proper razor to prevent razor bumps.

Step 2 – Prepping the Skin

When preparing skin for shaving, a warm towel can help and use a shave gel to soften the hair, and help them stand on end so they are better positioned for shaving. Bump Patrol Cool Shave Gel is a great product that can provide a nice smooth shave by promoting razor glide and it is specially formulated to soothe skin and help prevent irritation and razor bumps.

Step 3 – Directional Shaving MethodTM

Both men and women should always shave with the grain, not against it. For women, the old adage “Do what your Momma told you” isn’t necessarily true. Most women were taught to shave from the ankle up, but this method can cause bumps and irritation as it is shaving against the grain of the hair growth. For best results, women should shave down the leg, from the knee to the ankle.

For men, using the Directional Shaving MethodTMprovides the best results while minimizing razor bumps and irritation. Basically, men should shave with the direction of the growth, shaving down the face until the Adams apple. Below the Adams apple, you shave upwards until you meet the line that separates the direction of hair growth. Finish with a side shave from the ear to the mouth, or the mouth to the ear. Here’s a handy-dandy visual:

Razors & Shaving Techniques To Help Prevent Razor Bumps

After you have finished shaving, use Bump Patrol Aftershave to soothe skin and get rid of razor bumps in as little as 48 hours. This product can be applied to any place you shave and is safe for men and women.

Hopefully these 3 simple steps help you eliminate razor bumps and achieve the smooth, soft skin you’ve always wanted. Check back with us for more skin care tips and expert advice from Master Barber Will Williams!

Skin Care Tips 102 Choosing A Razor – Razor Types Deconstructed

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If you read our last blog “Skin Care Tips 101 Choosing A Razor – Intro To Razor Types” you’ve already got a good understanding of the various razor types available on the market today. With that being said, let’s jump right into the buying considerations and pros and cons of each of these razors to help you have a better understanding of them so you can make an informed decision. We’ve gone directly to the source for some expert input from Master Barber Will Williams to ensure you get the best skin care tips and shaving advice out there!

Safety Razor

Considerations for choosing this type of razor

  • Length of handle: the fit of the handle to hand can make a significant contribution to the comfort and closeness of the shave.
  • Blade selection: Safety razors are known as DE or double edge razors. The razors and blades were patent protected until a few years ago. Main players in the category usedhigh-grade steel rolled in sheets specifically made for blades. Since patent protection has gone away, many cheaper less effective blades are on the market, so buyer beware…choose your blades wisely.
  • Us a good shave gel with this type of razor.

Pros and Cons:

  • Cons – These razors can’t deliver as many shaves as more sophisticated blades can, so frequency of shaving and beard density will play a role in blade life.
  • Cons – Can be expensive, must change out blades.
  • Pros – Nicks are minimized when compared to the ‘cut throat’ razor that was its predecessor.
  • Pros – Provide a close, and safe shave.

 

Cartridge Razor

Considerations for choosing this type of razor

  • Quality multi-blade razors have pivoting heads for comfortable shaving.
  • Some handles come equipped with a headlight to illuminate the face while shaving. This isespecially useful for men who have wrinkles, dips or hollows that require special navigation.
  • Many multi-blade handles vibrate increasing the level of comfort while shaving.
  • High quality multi blade razors feature stainless steel with a titanium coating and cutting edges that are thinner than the circumference of a single hair.
  • Beware of cheap blades, which generally aren’t high quality.
  • Some multi blade handles have electric or manual extra blade for trimming mustache or goatee.
  • If you encounter irritation or razor bumps from this type of razor, you may want to consider buying a healing aftershave specifically formulated for this issue.
  • Use a shave gel with this type of razor.

 

Pros and Cons

  • Pros – Close shave, convenient and disposable.
  • Pros – High quality multi blade razors can yield from thirty to fifty shaves comfortably.
  • Pros – Architecture of the blades make them easy to rinse and they are rust resistant.
  • Pros – Multi blade razors represent the best of consumer shave technology.
  • Cons – can be a source of bacteria and can become expensive to change out as frequently as recommend.

Electric Razor

Considerations for choosing this type of razor

  • Quality electric razor can be used wet or dry, look for a model that can be used either way if you may be on the go.
  • Easily portable, hold a charge for up to 30 shaves – look for longer battery life.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros – Less irritation, less chance of nicks and cuts.
  • Pros – Quality electric razors rival manual razors for closeness.
  • Pros – Can be used by individuals who want the option of shaving anywhere anytime.
  • Pros – Can be an alternative for individuals prone to razor bumps, rash and burn.
  • Cons – Can leave razor stubble, not as close of a shave as traditional razors.
  • Cons – Face has to get used to electric razor.
  • Cons – Manual cleaning of heads and foils.
  • Cons – Not enough information on shaving regimen so many men give up on electric.

Straight Razor

Considerations for choosing this type of razor

Popular blades for straight razors are the hollow ground that feature wide shoulders and deep hollow bellys.

Popular handles are ebony and ivory. Wood, silver and gold are popular too.

Pros and Cons

Cons – Difficult to learn the straight razor shaving technique.

Cons – Can cause nicks, cuts, irritation, or even injury if used incorrectly.

Cons – Many of the razors and shaving brushes are expensive.

Pros –Gives skin a baby-soft smooth feel if done properly.

Pros – Equipment can become heirloom articles that can be passed down to future generations.

A cool quote from Master Barber, Will Williams regarding the heirloom nature of these razors, “My great grandfathers straight razor is on display in Grants Mills just outside of Charleston, SC in a heritage home that features how South Carolinians would have lived early in the 20th century.”

Thanks to Master Barber Will Williams for his expert advice on this topic, which you see can be quite complex! We hope these expert skin care tips help you explore your shaving options and make an educated decision the next time you buy a razor!

Skin Care Tips 101 Choosing A Razor– Intro To Razor Types

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It’s a simple fact of life for men and women all over the world…shaving is part of our skin care routine and lots of men and women need skin care tips like how to choose the right razor. There are obviously plenty of choices on the market today, catering to the different needs of different people and different areas they might shave. Obviously, what works for one person, does not work for another, and what works for one area does not work for others. There are several factors that play into a decision on which razor to buy, such as: skin type, gender and area you are shaving. Additionally, there are lots of different razors on the market, making it hard for most people to make a good, educated choice. Here is our first blogin the series “Skin Care Tips 101 Choosing A Razor” introducing you to the various razor types available today.

Razor types

Safety Razor – Safety razors are a little less irritating on the skin as they have only a single blade and a protective barrier designed to keep less of the blade from contacting the skin.   Safety razors are used wet with shave gel and can provide a fantastic close shave while minimizing nicks, cuts and irritations such as razor bumps.

Cartridge razor – Cartridge razors are widely available and come in various iterations, from single blade all the way up to 5, and everything in between. They can have fixed or pivoting to help you in those hard-to-shave areas. Disposable razors are marketed towards men and women separately, and can really be convenient and effective for a close shave. Be sure to use a shave gel when you use one of these razors to help the blade glide gently across the skin and minimize irritation.

Electric razor – Electric razors are convenient to use since you can use them dry and on the go. They can also help those with sensitive skin or those that are prone to razor bumps. If you have sensitive skin, you might want to look into an electric razor. Some worry about not getting as close of a shave with electric razors, but this is not necessarilytrue with recent advancements, so you should give it a try if you feel it might help you overcome your sensitive skin issues. Both women and men should look for an electric razor with a pivoting head to help you avoid nicks and cuts while shaving contoured areas of your face or body.

Straight Razors – Straight razors have made a huge come back due in large part to men’s grooming salons and high end barber shops. The Art Of Shaving Franchise has certainly helped to boost the cost of barber shop shaves to the $35 to $50 price range. Since the straight razor revolution began circa 2009 many men have returned to this particular skill….and skill it is. Straight razors must be purchased after thorough research, and they must be maintained (honed and stropped.) Additionally, you must use extreme care and special shaving techniques in order to minimize nicks and cuts.

As you can see, there are plenty of choices in the shaving arena, so check out your options with these skin care tips and see what works best for you and your shaving needs. Check for our upcoming blog post – we’ll be going in-depth exploring the pros and cons of each of these razor types.

Razor Bumps can be Handled with the Three T’s of Shaving

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Bump Patrol

Many men have hated the dreaded daily chore of shaving since the razor was invented. If you really hate it that bad you can just grow a beard and join the hipster crowd, right? Well not all workplace environments accept the beard. Industries like hospitality, entertaining, public safety or food service just say no to the beards. Buck up soldier, if your suffer with razor bumps, those pesky painful and unsightly things that can ruin the landscape of your handsome face then we have tips for you. These helpful tips will help that cure razor burnand those awful dry places left on what would have been a movie star mug were it not for the perils of shaving. This tips work for everyone, I don’t want to leave anyone out, even for you gentlemen whose necks bear the signs of scraping even though you never scraped them, then this sure fire reme-dy is for you, it’s the three T method of shaving.

Tee Number One – Time

We’re talking shaving, not golf here.Our first T in our shaving method focuses on time, as in the right time to shave. The best time is just after the shower or if you have a fog free mirror shave while you are in the shower. Washing first cleans the face and removes all the dirt and impurities that may be there that can make it hard for your razor to grab the hairs and give a close shave. The warm water also helps to soften the facial hair which makes shaving easier and less likely to cause ingrown hairs.

Tee Number 2 – Tools

Sticking with our golfing theme, Tee number 2 is all about the tools. A sharp razor is a must. Dull razors are more likely to cut the skin and make it impossible to get that close shave you’re after. My personal favorite is the multi-blade razor.You can choose three, four or five blades, they are all one articulated blade. The technology in these razors results less re-shaves which also cuts down on skin irritation. Rinse your blades after every shave in hot water to keep the clean. These blades don’t last forever either. After 3 or 4 shaves it’s time to replace the blade to ensure a close shave and less irritation. A double-edged razor works well too if that’s your thing, my father swore by them and that’s what I used when I learned to shave. If you’re an electric razor kind of guy because you like the option of wet or dry shaving, these tips still apply to you as well. That way your shave will always be on the fairway and never in the rough.

Tee Number 3 – Technique

The technique you use to shave is vital to a bump-free face. Most guys start with a downward stroke to the Adam’s apple, but don’t go below it with this stroke. Below the Adam’s apple its an upstroke but only to the line that is even with it. For a clean uniform shave all over your face, follow the downward and upward stroke with a cross stroke. This is essentially shaving across the area that you just shaved down. The result is a smooth face! After you clear your face of any excess lather or shaving cream, it’s time to apply Bump Patrol After Shave. To make the Bump Patrol more effective, apply it to the pam of one hand and use that hand to apply it directly to face. For best coverage, don’t rub your hands together, go straight from palm to face.

We didn’t forget about you guys that like a nice, clean dome. If you shave your head, every stroke should be a downwards one. Start each stroke at the crown of the head and then shave down towards the nose in the front and towards the floor for the sides and back.

Tips for the Ladies

I didn’t forget about the ladies out there, after all you can get razor bumps too and I know you like smooth underarms, legs and bikini areas. All the hair on a woman’s body grows downward. This means that when you shave you’ll have the best success if you shave down, going with the hair. The best time for you to shave is before you leave the shower, the skin is moist and the hairs have absorbed the water make for a cleaner shave.Apply your Bump Patrol just like the guys, bottle to hand, hand to the shaved part of body. With these tips and a little Bump Patrol you can say goodbye to those unsightly razor bumps.

Our motto at Bump Patrol is – Anywhere you shave every time you shave.

Caring for your Protective Style

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Caring for your Protective Style
At some time or another we all decide to wear a protective style in our hair. Maybe it’s to retain length, let your hair rest or just to cut down on the daily maintenance that natural hair can take to maintain. Whatever your reason for protective styling, you can’t neglect to care for your hair while it’s up. While there is less maintenance with a protective style, it still needs to be shampooed, conditioned and moisturized to keep the scalp and hair healthy. The whole purpose is to protect the hair, but that doesn’t mean to forget about it either. There are 3 important steps to follow while your hair is in the protective styleto see the growth you want and to keep it healthy.

Step 1.Shampooing

Shampooing your hair while it’s in protective style is essential to keep your scalp and hair clean. Healthy hair begins with a healthy scalp. Be mindful of cleansing properly. Ways to shampoo vary as much the type of styles vary for your hair. You can choose to apply the shampoo directly to your scalp, massage between the parts and then rinse with warm water. Another popular choice is to mix your shampoo with some water and put it into a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto your scalp and hair and then gently massage your scalp with your fingers to remove any dandruff, dust or debris. Cover the hair with a stocking cap so the water will not destroy your style during rinsing. Afterwards, rinse the hair throughly with water. Other ways to cleanse include using a damp cloth to go over strands and scalp or use a Q-tip dipped in a water or a shampoo mix to clean between the rows of braids or twists.

Step 2.Conditioning the Hair

Step 2 of caring for your protective style involves conditioning. Proper conditioning helps hair not only stay healthy but also aids the retention of moisture that protective styles need desperately. Just as with shampooing there are many options to conditioning your hair. Some choose to apply a conditioner right after shampooing, allow it to sit for a few minutes and then rinse thoroughly from the hair. Leave-in conditioners are also popular, taking care to really massage the product into the scalp. Use a gentle hand to cover hair so as not to pull the design out and produce strands. Like the spray shampoo method, leave-in conditioner can sprayed directly from bottle. Stylin Dredz Splash Moisturizer can be sprayed directly onto the hair. Another method is to “pre-poo”the hair by applying oil to scalp and hair before shampooing. Some Naturalista’s let oil stay over-night and shampoo in the morning. If you pre-poo apply oil at least one half hour before shampoo. Find the method that works for you and make it part of your routine. Well conditioned hair promotes growth and keeps dryness and breakage away.

Step 3. Styling Oils & Butters

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Healthy hair starts and ends with moisturizing. Broken, damaged hair and spit ends is the result of hair that isn’t properly hydrated. This is just as true for natural hair as it is for hair that’s in a protective style. Every other day apply an oil or butter moisturizer to your hair. Apply to scalp as needed. Use a light hand when applying, too much will cause build-up. If wearing braids start at mid strand and apply in downward motion to the ends. Pay particularly close attention to the ends of your hair as these are the oldest areas of your hair strands It’s good to show the ends the most TLC. After spraying or applying the oil, slide hands down the hairstrand to the end. Distributing it evenly to ensure hair and scalp are properly hydrated. To really seal in the moisture, apply the oil or butter, cover your hair with a conditioning cap and let hair really soak in the product.

Protective Styles Wonders

You will be amazed at how well your hair responds by just taking a little time off from manipulating it every day. The less you touch and mess with your hair there is less possibility for damage. So, take a break every now and then from the heat styling, chemicals and environmental factors, put your hair in a protective style and let it rest and restore itself.