5 Men’s Grooming Habits to Drop Before Turning 25
Throughout your teen years you have an excuse for making questionable grooming and styling choices. Even into your early twenties you’re still experimenting and trying to find where you fit in, which style is yours, and which products work best for you. Yet by the time you turn 25, there are certain fundamentals you need to have nailed down. Similarly, There are certain habits you really need to do away with if you haven’t already.
Some of these things might seem like common sense. If you’ve already taken care of them, then that’s great and you can continue as normal. Some of them, however, you won’t have run into because of where you’re at in life. You don’t know what you don’t know, and that’s why we’re here to help. Here are five grooming habits all men should drop before turning 25:
1) Not Getting a Regular Haircut
Whatever your hairstyle is, not taking care of it and neglecting to get it trimmed regularly is probably one of the main causes of many of your woes. Can’t find a girlfriend? Your shabby haircut likely has something to do with it. Potential employers not giving you the kind of attention you feel like you deserve? They’re looking at your haircut and deciding that you’re not the kind of person who they feel comfortable handing off a section of their business to.
You can have whatever kind of hairstyle you like. What’s important is that you maintain it. Honestly, we cannot stress enough how important your haircut is to your overall appearance. To you, it might not be all that noticeable, but the devil is in the details, and those ragged edges and tired looking split ends are making you look worn out, and are doing nothing to highlight your most attractive features.
How often should you get a haircut? That really depends on the length and style of your hair. Super short styles should be trimmed or least tidied up every 3-4 weeks. If you have a longer style, a tidy up every 5-6 weeks is all that’s necessary.
If you’re thinking that getting a haircut every 3-4 weeks is going to work out to be too expensive, consider weighing that against the potential disadvantages. Additionally, most barbers will have a discounted rate for very light trims, so just ask. If you need a quick trim or a beard adjustment, you can do it yourself with a bit of practice and the right trimmer.
2) Using Too Much Hair Product
Having said all of that about getting a regular haircut, we’re afraid it gets worse if you’re also using too much product. That means too much wax, gel, and/or pomade. Whatever your poison, using too much of it is going to make you look like a child. There is no circumstance in the world which warrants spreading a golf ball-sized wad of Brylcreem into your hair. Everyone notices and you just look greasy and unattractive instead of well-groomed.
Hair products are meant to hold your hair in place; you should not be able to see them once they have been applied. What about wet-look gel? You’re coming up to 25 years old, you should never pick up a tub of wet-look gel again in your life unless you’re moving it out of the way in order to get at the wax you’ll be purchasing.
How do you know if you’re using too much product? If your product runs out in under two months, you’re using too much. If you can see/smell your product once you’ve applied it and left the house, there’s a possibility you’re using too much.
3) Using Too Much Cologne
Everything that’s true of hair products is also true of cologne. Wear too much of it, and you’ll not only stink but you’ll signal to everyone around you that you have no idea how to use cologne. This isn’t the way to live the good life.
Have you ever been stuck walking behind a guy who reeks of some god awful cheap cologne? Once which smells so strongly you think he might have bathed in it? Makes you feel sick, right? Contrast that guy a gentleman who is barely noticeable except in this refinement, and you only noticed a brief scent in passing. This is a more sophisticated method of using scent with your wardrobe.
That’s the key to wearing cologne correctly. Your cologne should only be noticeable to those who get close enough to touch you. If people farther than an arm’s length away can smell you, you’re wearing too much cologne. A single squirt on either side of your neck and one on your chest are all that’s necessary.
4) Wearing Clothes that Are too Big or Small
Wearing baggy jeans and/or a skin-tight t-shirt was cool when you were 15, but as an adult it’s time to start wearing clothes that fit. That’s not to say that you should sacrifice your identity, but wearing clothes which complement your most attractive features is one of the surest ways of getting the kind of attention you deserve. If you’re still wearing terrible clothes at 25 years old, you’ve been doing yourself a disservice for the past ten years.
5) Not Taking Care of Your Skin
Yeah, we get it, you’re 25 and looking as fresh as the day you were born. Why would you bother with taking care of your skin? Believe us, once you hit 30 and beyond, you’ll wish that you had. We’re not talking about anything major, either. A regular shave (ideally using the right products which will treat you right), a natural exfoliant and a good quality moisturizer are all that’s needed to keep you looking how you do now for the next ten years.
Take these five simple tips into consideration right now and we promise you’ll look and feel a million times better.