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Men used to wear a hairnet or stocking in bed to keep their Slick Back look in place.

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Grooming Glossary

  • a

    AHA:

    Alpha Hydroxy Acids exfoliate dead skin from your face to promote cell renewal while helping to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, ingrown hairs and hyperpigmentation.

    Aloe Vera:

    A skin soothing plant extract that works great on calming redness and irritation, especially after shaving.

    Astringent:

    Any skin care ingredient that tones the skin and delivers a pore minimizing effect. Ideal for acne treatments, ingrown hairs and oil control.

    Alcohol-free:

    If you have dry or sensitive skin, you probably want to look for this in your hair products and skin care as they will probably be less irritating and drying.

    Aluminum-free:

    Aluminum is a common ingredient in most conventional deodorants and antiperspirants and prevents the body's natural process of purging toxins from the body via the sweat glands. Trust us; you don't want this ingredient in any of your body products, aluminum-free is the way to go.

    Antioxidants:

    The first line of defense in anti-aging, these guys fight off rogue unstable oxygen molecules called free radicals believed to cause premature aging, cancer and even cardiovascular disease. Typical antioxidants include vitamins A, C and E, CoEnzyme Q10 and green tea extract.

  • b

    Best Badger Hair:

    A high-grade badger hair used in men's shaving brushes. It has better water-absorbing capabilities and a softer feel on the skin while still offering some light exfoliation.

  • c

    Cartridge Razor:

    A common modern men's shaving tool with replaceable blade head usually featuring 2 or more blades.

    Caffeine:

    Talk about an “active ingredient,” this common constituent found in coffee, green tea and acai berries seems to have a similar effect on your skin as they do on the body: they wake it up. It increases blood flow so it’s good for banishing dark circles, reducing redness and promoting a healthy complexion.

    Comb-over:

    A handy way to cover male-pattern baldness, this tried & true men’s hairstyle features tapered sides with one side grown longer and combed over the scalp.

  • d

    DHT:

    An unfortunate natural byproduct of testosterone, this jerk of a hormone literally chokes the air out of your hair follicles and is one of the leading causes of male pattern baldness.

  • e

    Essential Oils:

    Unlike standard plant-based ingredients, essential oils' distillation process preserves the natural fragrance of the plant while still retaining its beneficial skin care properties, making it good for the body and the senses.

  • f

    Fade:

    A haircut where the back and sides taper downward from the top and are usually cut as close as possible with clippers in such a way that hair appears to "fade" into the skin. This look tends to require more frequent trips to your barber to maintain.

    Finish:

    The "results" phase of your hair styling regimen usually indicative of the sheen or texture of your desired hair style.

    Fohawk:

    This less-dramatic take on the mohawk features a longer strip of hair down the center of the scalp, and trimmed shorter on either side with less of a distinction between them than a mohawk.

  • g

    Gentleman's Cut:

    A sleek, classic look, this men's haircut is characterized by shorter sides with more length up top with a well-defined side part. Use a high shine, strong hold product like hair gel or hairspray to achieve that sharp, glossy finish.

    Glycerin:

    hydrating skin care and hair care ingredient usually derived from vegetable fats, it's often used in shaving products due to its lightweight, non-greasy texture.

  • h

    High-Fade:

    This stylish men’s haircut features an aggressive fading of the hair length down the sides and back of the head. The fade ends (ie. where the hair length is shortest) above the temple.

    Hold:

    The level of control finish a styling product offers your hair style; examples include light hold, medium hold and strong hold.

  • i

    Ingrown hairs:

    Not quite pimples, but just as unsightly, these bumps are caused when dead skin clogs the follicle causing the hair to grow sideways beneath the skin, also known as razor bumps.

  • j

    Jojoba Oil:

    One of the most skin and hair-nourishing ingredients known to man, this omega-rich powerhouse hydrates, softens and repairs skin and hair fibers at the cellular level.

  • k

    Keratin:

    This is what your hair, skin and nails are actually made of.

    Kaolin:

    A form of naturally occurring clay that removes impurities from the skin, preventing breakouts and controlling oil production.

  • l

    Layering:

    Ideal for longer hair types, this technique may be used to change the thickness of the hair to create a fuller or thinner appearance, giving hair more texture and movement.

    Lipid Layer:

    The skin and hair’s natural moisture barrier; the stronger the barrier is, the better your hair and skin looks.

    Low-Fade:

    This stylish men’s haircut features a less-aggressive fading of the hair length down the sides and back of the head. The fade is more gradual and ends (ie. where the hair length is shortest) below the temple.

  • m

    Mandle:

    A scented candle designed for men. Or, a combination of the phrases "man up" and "handle it", like how you should mandle your shaving the right way with a safety razor and badger brush.

    Man Braid:

    The new man bun, this style is what cutting-edge men with long hair are wearing now. There are many varieties of men’s braids – entire section of hair can be braided, or just a small piece as a detail. The most cutting-edge weave this small braid into a man-bun to spice up the classic bun.

    Man Bun:

    A much maligned yet indisputably functional new hair trend among men with long hair, this messy look features hair pulled back from the face, twisted, wrapped or plaited in a circular coil or folded around itself, usually on the back of the head or neck.

    Mullet:

    This men’s haircut was popular in the 80’s and is typically characterized by short bangs and sides with the back grown longer and uncut.

  • n

    Non-Comedogenic:

    A non-comedogenic skin or hair product has been formulated so as not to block skin’s pores.

    Natural Finish:

    The result of using a hair product that makes your hair look more natural and healthy – not shiny.

  • o

    Oat Protein:

    Used in a variety of skin care products, this plant-based protein soothes and nourishes the skin and rebuilds damaged hair.

  • p

    Pompadour:

    Popularized by The King himself, Elvis Presley, this men's hairstyle features shorter sides swept upwards or backwards from the face with the top hair worn high over the forehead. Achieve this look easily with blow drying and some medium hold pomade.

    Pomade:

    An emollient, ointment-like styling product that is applied directly to the hair or scalp designed to add light hold, longevity, volume, texture or shine. Ideal for short hairstyles.

    Paraben-free:

    This indicates that a styling or grooming product is free of this artificial preservative.

  • q

    Quiff:

    As iconic as it is classy, this classic men’s hairstyle has been around since the 1950’s and never seems to go out of style. This versatile look blends elements of the pompadour, flattop and even the mohawk depending on the variant. It’s usually typified by a crew cut but with a longer section of hair in the front that is combed upwards and back.

    Quinoa Extract:

    A gluten-free grain from South America, this botanical extract strengthens and fortifies hair and skin to keep them looking supple and healthy.

  • r

    Razor:

    Any shaving or grooming tool with one or more bladed edges.

    Retinol:

    A stabilized form of vitamin A, this antioxidant-rich nutrient boosts cell turnover for brighter, healthier and rejuvenated skin without causing irritation.

  • s

    Safety Razor:

    Probably the type of shaving razor your grandfather used, it features a guard that limits the exposure of the razor blade, reducing the risk of nicks and cuts while allowing it to glide smoothly along the skin for a close & comfortable shave. It features a single, double-sided blade.

    Scruff:

    Usually referring to 1-3 days growth of men’s beards. Also currently considered to be in-style and attractive so enjoy it while it lasts.

    Strop:

    A common barber tool for centuries, typically a strip of leather used for sharpening straight razors.

    Silver Tip Badger Hair:

    The highest grade of badger hair harvested from the softest hair, it has the highest water absorbency and is capable of creating a rich, dense lather. Its ultra-soft texture delivers a distinctively comfortable feel against the skin.

    Straight Razor:

    A vintage form of men's shaving razor featuring a single long blade set in a handle, usually designed to fold inward like a pen knife. If your barber's any good, he probably uses one of these on you.

    Soy Wax:

    Soy-based wax often used for scented candles and favored due to their slow, clean burn time.

    Soy Protein:

    Not just an ingredient in your smoothies, this easily absorbable plant-based protein boosts skin’s firmness to reduce fine lines and fight the visible signs of premature aging due to environmental damage. It also helps improve the look of uneven skin tone thanks to its soothing and restorative properties.

  • t

    Taper-Fade:

    This stylish men’s haircut features a less-aggressive fading of the hair length down the sides and back of the head. The fade is more gradual and ends (ie. where the hair length is shortest) below the temple. Similar to a Low Fade, the shortest length stops at the temple but hair is kept longer on top.

    Tea Tree Oil:

    A naturally anti-septic Australian plant extract, common in skin care and hair care, known to for prevent acne, ingrown hairs, eczema and dandruff.

  • u

    Undercut:

    A popular and versatile haircut style these days, featuring shorter sides with more length up top. You can slick it back, comb it over or hold it up with hair wax or cream pomade.

  • v

    Vitamin A:

    An essential skin nutrient common in many skin care and hair care products, it helps slow the aging process by boosting cell renewal to keep skin looking young and healthy.

    Vigna Extract:

    Also known Moth Bean Extract is a natural alternative to retinols, helping to support collagen synthesis and cell renewal. Rich in vitamin A, it reduces fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation to keep your complexion looking youthful and refined.

  • w

    Wax:

    A thick, wax-based hair styling product that offers greater hold than a pomade and stands less chance of drying out for a sleek, yet pliable wet look.

    Wet shaving:

    A classic shaving style, most likely how your grandfather did it, utilizing a safety razor, shaving brush and shaving cream.

    Witch Hazel:

    This multitasking herbal extract has been used for centuries in skin care and is great as a non-irritating astringent toner and helps reduce redness, inflammation and excess oil.

  • z

    Zinc Oxide:

    This naturally skin-soothing mineral provides non-chemical, broad UVA/UVB spectrum protection from the sun without clogging pores.

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