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Men Deserve a Trip to a Men’s Salon

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Men will often wonder at how women can spend hours at a salon getting manicures and pedicures, and having their hair done. They go in early in the morning and come out in the afternoon not really looking better than what they did before, but obviously feeling better. The man’s typical visit to one of these salons is typically cut short by the burning smell of some sort of chemicals that peels the nose hairs out of his nostrils. If a man were to experience the salon lifestyle in a place like the Art of Shaving where it is all about the testosterone and getting treated well, he may not have to wonder about the appeal of the salon. Though both genders will get something different out of the salon experience, they will be similar enough to create a common ground for both to enjoy services on a regular basis.

A Men’s Salon

It is possible that the biggest differences between a men’s salon and a women’s salon are the topics of conversation and the smell of chemicals. Men get a bad rap for having a sense of smell that is less than what women generally experience. The problem is that when a man doesn’t like a smell, he will not stay in the area. Often times, that is why the trash doesn’t get taken out; it just smells too bad. In a men’s salon, it is highly likely that the conversation topics will include sports and work, assuming that there is a conversation at all. Many men are just content to sit there and not answer awkward questions that may reveal too many emotions unless those emotions are outrage or jubilance about a sports team’s performance or a referee’s debacle. Some women think of this as stunted emotional growth, but men just know that some things are better left unsaid so as not to make them real.

Services at the Salon

What makes places like the Art of Shaving different from other haircut places or salons is that they specialize in the one thing that men find the toughest to get right shaving. For most men, shaving is a pain filled with rusty disposable razors, hot water, razor burn and cuts. The experience is not a pleasant one because many men haven’t been taught how to shave, and those that have been taught learned bad habits. However, as Jodie Foster and Richard Gere showed in “Mr. Somersby,” shaving can truly be a rewarding experience when it is done correctly. The most valuable thing that a man can learn for himself and his significant other is how to properly shave his facial hair. The use of a shaving brush, shaving soap and a quality razor followed by the application of the right after shave can transform a chore into a pleasure that can be recreated with every shave. Even when the technique is mastered, it still won’t be like visiting a men’s salon, so there will still be a reason to go back, and have someone else take care of the shave.

Pamper Your Husband with New Shaving Soap

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There are many ways to make the mundane tasks of life seem a little nicer. You can purchase a pair of nicely designed dish gloves to ease the pain of doing the dishes; you can get a nice smelling fabric softener to make the chore of washing, drying, and folding clothes a little sweeter; you can put on some loud music to make your dusting go faster. The same goes for helping your family, that is why you are going to brighten your husbands day and help make the mundane task of daily shaving a little nicer by purchasing a new razor, a shaving brush, and shaving soap.

Lather it Up

It is important to lather up before a shave. By using a high quality badger brush and hot water, you can create a great lather with the soap. The brush and lather go together, they work like a team to soften up the facial hair to ready it for shaving. The lather and brush will also dislodge the ingrown hairs that may be trying to burrow under the skin, and it creates a nice exfoliation as well. You can’t achieve the lather without a good brush and soaps. You did have a hard time deciding which kind of potential lather to get your husband; they have beautiful wooden bowls with a choice of no scent, sandalwood essential oil, lemon essential oil, or lavender essential oils. The beauty of the wood bowl is that once the product has been used up, a replacement can be bought without buying a whole new bowl.

Razors Galore

To go along with the lathering tools, you went old school and got your husband a straight razor. Now, you aren’t even sure if your husband is skilled in the straight razor area. He will figure it out though, he’s pretty sharp (pun intended). The straight razor has been around for centuries and it started with sharpened shells or rocks. It evolved over the years and is a symbol of manliness. You also had the choice of purchasing a safety razor complete with replaceable razors, a fusion razor, and an electric razor as well. Any of the razors available would have been great, but you like the idea of watching your man lather up and shave with a straight razor.


Getting a good lather and a close shave is important, but you can’t stop there. It is like cooking a beautiful birthday cake but not frosting it. In addition to the razor and shaving soap you also purchased some soothing after-shave balm. This product will refresh your husbands skin and also rehydrate it. The wonderful thing is it does not include any alcohol or antiseptics which dries out the skin. You know that your husband will enjoy the gift, and you are happy knowing that a mundane task will be changed into something he enjoys because of the products you were able to purchase for him. It doesn’t hurt that you will enjoy the manliness of his new shaving equipment as well.

Proper Use of Beauty Supply Shampoo


If you want the same results you get at the salon then you are going to have to use the same products in the same way as the stylists do. Buying the right shampoo is only half the battle, you have to use it correctly or else the results will be different. Stores that specialize in beauty supply in Santa Monica will have the products you have always wanted at prices you can afford. Once you get it home, follow these simple steps to ensure you are using it properly.

Scalp Massage

Most men and women enjoy getting their hair washed. It feels so good to have your scalp scrubbed and all the oil, dirt and dead skin washed away. This deep cleansing is the most important part of any shampooing. If you’re washing your hair at home then you should apply the same vigor as your stylist. Use your finger pads, not the tips or nails to massage. This will encourage the follicles to open up and allow hair to grow. The next most important step to a good shampooing is completely rinsing away all of the suds and shampoo. Leaving even a little bit behind can affect the way your hair reacts to a flat iron or blow dryer. It can also lead to unsightly flakes as the shampoo dries and falls away from the hair.

Quarter-sized Amount

Read the label on the shampoo to determine how much you should be using on your hair. Most bottles tell you to use a quarter-sized amount for medium length hair. If you have shorter hair, you’ll want to reduce that to a dime-sized amount and if you have much longer hair, you may want to increase it. You’ll have to judge for yourself. If you notice that you’ve got buildup and your hair lays limp then you should decrease the amount of shampoo you are using. Or, you can decrease the number of times you shampoo your hair in a week. It is generally recommended that you shampoo your hair once every other day. There’s no need to repeat once you lather and rinse. Too much shampoo can create a lather that is harder to work into the scalp and decrease the shampoo’s effectiveness.

It Works!

There are some myths about shampoo that should be corrected. Your hair doesn’t get used to a shampoo and accommodate or change for it. You hair does change with the change of the seasons. It can become dryer in the winter cold and retain more moisture in the summer heat. This can account for the changes in your styling routine or look. Instead of tossing the shampoo bottle, save it for when Old Man Winter comes around again. Also, shampoo won’t permanently change your hair. You hair will remain long and strong for the duration of your shampoo usage but don’t expect the results to stay if you change brands. You can ask the clerk at the beauty supply in Santa Monica if they have special shampoo for blondes who tend to yellow. Because blonde hair becomes porous when it’s bleached it can absorb yellowing agents in the air like cigarette smoke and pollution. A good shampoo will be able to clean these out and help blonde hair stay brighter, longer.

Why I Choose All Natural Bath Soaps

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I first tried natural bath soap a few years ago, when my wife introduced them to me. I always had used store bought soaps, without thinking about it. They always left my skin feeling dry, and flaky at times, but I didn’t know better. Most were the cheap soaps, bought at the local grocery store, that do not have much of a scent, or even are unscented. It got me clean, but what I didn’t realize was the chemicals I was putting on my skin, damaging my skin. These soaps were clogging my pores, taking away moisture, causing my skin to be dry and irritated. My wife had a friend who gave us a sample of her natural soap. I had never felt a better soap that worked so well on my skin.

Natural soap bars are suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin. They do not contain chemical additives like commercial soap bars which may include animal fats, alcohols, esthers (known carcinogenic), low grade oils, wax and fillers.

One of the many benefits of using a natural soap bar is that since they do not contain animal fats they cut down on the soap scum you will find in your shower and bath if you are using commercial soaps. Natural soap doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils which means your skin is left feeling softer and smoother compared to dry and itchy when using commercial bars of soap.

These natural soap bars are made with coconut, palm, sunflower, rice bran, castor and soya bean oils. They are hand crafted using the cold process method in which the ingredients are mixed at a low temperature. This process retains all of the natural goodness of the base oils and essential oils. In the saponifiaction process, large quantities of glycerin are produced. Glycerin prevents skin dryness and irritation and has incredible moisturizing properties. Commercial soap usually has the glycerin removed to make a harder bar and longer lasting soap. You can feel the difference in hand crafted homemade soap by rubbing the dry bar and feel the oils and the soft texture of the natural soaps.

Hand crafted natural soap has to be experienced to be fully appreciated. With natural hand crafted homemade soap comes exciting fragrances as the wonderful people who make this soap have the imagination commercial companies lack when it comes to making beautifully scented soap bars with new and exciting scents.

Making the Most of your Natural Pumice Stone

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The use of a natural pumice lava rock on your skin seems ludicrous; however, it can be one of the best tools to get rid of dry, dead skin on your feet, heels, or other places where calluses are formed.  The application of a pumice stone has been used for ages, and is still used regularly by many people.  The cost of a pumice stone can be expensive; however, it is worth it.  Unless you have access to a lava bed some where nearby, your best bet is to buy it from a natural store.

Pumice is a stone that is light brown or gray in color, and full of holes.  It is light, hard, and has many uses.  There are various shades of color of pumice rocks, the lighter the color the higher the amount of silica that is in it.  Pumice is created by volcanoes.  These rocks are formed when magma changes water to steam.  The molecules don’t have time to shape and end up making pumice.

The uses of this special type of rock are effective in getting rid of dead skin. The effective way to use a pumice stone on your skin is first remember, it is a rock, and it is rough, you must be gentle, but firm when applying it to your skin.  Be especially careful on more sensitive areas of the skin.  Calloused feet or other areas of the feet are the best use of the pumice stone.  Once applied correctly, it will result in soft skin free of dead dry skin.

To use the stone, your skin must be wet, and used while in a bath tub or shower.  Soak your feet for a minimum of five minutes, then use he pumice stone over your heels, or the balls of your feet.  The key is to rub softly back and forth, firm, but don’t rub too hard.  This will take off layers of rough and dry skin.  Depending on how rough your skin is, it may take more than one use.  After the skin is exfoliated and smooth, be sure and use natural lotion or Vaseline on your feet, and cover them with a sock all night.  In the morning, your feet will be soft, clean, and almost like new.  The skin will be vibrant and silky.  Repeat when necessary.

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