Given all the stresses of your twenties, grooming may very well be the last thing on your mind. You have to focus on getting a job, finding the right city to live in, finding the right neighborhood within that city, and maybe even finding love. Some weeks you barely have enough time to see your friends or go on a date, let alone step up your cosmetic appeal. Though you may not have the time or the money to develop a Christian-Bale-in-American-Psycho level regiment, there are some simple steps that you can take to ensure your personal hygiene in on point. The following are some inexpensive, easy tips that will help you get through the lean years looking your best. Hey, you’re in your prime now, so you might as well look it.
Not everyone looks good with a beard. If you feel that you are one of the chosen few who can pull off that mountain man look, then more power to you. However, there is one thing that baby faces and flavor savers should be able to agree on: ironic facial hair is never a good look. Spare us the well-curled mustache, the thick muttonchops, and the razor-thin soul patch. If you want to be funny, head to an open mic night. If you’re trying to be cool, let your fashion do the talking. Crimes against your own facial aesthetic simply aren’t worth the laughs you may get from your boys for following through on that handlebar mustache bet.
The endless march of aging is a cruel one indeed. While you may notice less hair on your head, you will surely notice hair where you never had it before. Your nose and ears might even start growing manes of their own before your 30th birthday. Though this may be a difficult fact to face up to, don’t live in denial of your newfound follicles. Instead, stride up to the mirror, tilt your head slightly up, and confront the problem head-on. Be sure to trim, not pluck. And if possible, use a trimmer; scissors can lead to more trouble than they’re worth. There’s no reason to land in the ER as a result of trying to regain control of your nostrils.
The prevailing sentiment in college is to let your hair grow until breaks between semesters. Once you get into the adult world though, it’s time to use some that adult money to tighten the time between trims. Frequent haircuts force you to consider exactly what hairstyle you want and commit to it. Heading to the barber on the reg will also reinforce the fact that “unkempt” is not actually a style. Even if you are going to let your locks go long, you should still be in control of your hair, and not the other way around.
You may start to see clumps of hair in the drain where there were none before. You may find that your preferred shaggy hairdo just isn’t cutting it anymore. If you start losing your hair, don’t fret. Women understand that most guys lose their hair eventually. Hey, we’ve all seen plenty of chrome-domed dudes with fine ladies hanging off of their arms. As long as you stay confident, you could be one of them. So if you start to lose your hair, take a cue from everyone’s favorite viral Disney anthem and “Let It Go.” Bald can be sexy; a comb-over never is. You’ll know when the time is right to take the plunge and go hairless up top.