Let’s face it, gents. When it comes to keeping up appearances, women have it worse than we do. Men’s grooming products and routines are nothing compared to what women go through on a regular basis.
If you stumble into a bathroom after a woman has “put herself together” for the day, you encounter strange things:
…Unusual creams and lotions
…Accessories that, out of context, you can’t even begin to place
As men, we like to think our own beautification (or is it “handsome-ification”?) tools are a bit simpler. Even our beard grooming products and shaving accessories are pretty straight-forward.
But there are also some unique male grooming products out there. Here are 5 grooming tools you probably didn’t know you needed…until now:
1. Beard King Beard Bib
If you have facial hair that requires trimming, you may notice that your bathroom can often look like a bag of whiskers exploded all over the sink and floor.
When you trim your beard or even use an electric razor to shave your face, those pesky hairs can get everywhere. The beard mat is the answer to that problem.
This specially designed apron fits around your neck, while the ends are suction-cupped to the mirror so they catch all of your wayward beard clippings. I just bought one of these, and it has been a game-changer for cleanup. Tip of the hat to Gent’s Lounge for turning me onto this.
2. Mangroomer Electric Back Shaver
When it comes to back hair, it seems like there are two camps: either you have very little to none, or you can put a grizzly to shame when you take off your shirt.
While it’s up to personal preference, many guys in that second camp feel more comfortable when they can do some trimming. (I’ll admit, it’s rare to hear a woman say “Bob is great, but if only he had more back hair for me to grab onto…”).
The thing is, if you don’t have a really really good friend or a partner who’s willing to help you tame your back-forest, what can you do? It’s pretty hard to do on your own.
I’ve mentioned the Bakblade before, which is a more “analog” version that seems to work well for many guys with back hair. But this electric shaver, with its extendo arm, is an even more user-friendly way to trim unwanted back hair.
3. Edgeup Neckline Shaving Template
Hopefully, you already get your hair cut somewhat regularly. And when you do, your barber cleans up your neckline.
But what I’ve noticed is that my neckline seems to get scruffy way before it’s time to get my next haircut.
Some barbers offer free cleanups in between cuts. But usually, the hassle of getting there stops you from taking advantage of it.
So what do you do with the “neck carpet,” as I call it? You trim it yourself. Or again, enlist a very dedicated friend or partner to help you. Much like the Mangroomer Back Shaver, the Edgeup helps you handle a formerly difficult-to-reach area so your neckline can always feel as clean-cut as the rest of your haircut, even if you’re in between barber appointments.
4. The Beard Ninja
Let’s be honest. When you grow a beard, it’s essentially just a wild/accidental facial hair experiment until you do one thing: shape it.
That’s when you take a stand and tell the world what kind of beard you have. Yes, this is where my beard stops and where the rest of my face/neck begins.
Sometimes it can be scary that moment you bring the razor or the clippers near your face and it’s time make that hard line. That’s where the Beard Ninja comes in.
The Beard Ninja gives you a few handy templates for different beard line shapes. Now you don’t need to worry about how steady your hand is, you just follow the template. It also helps address that whole issue of symmetry. You can have the same perfect line on both sides of your face. No more worrying that your beard makes you look like lopsided TeenWolf.
5. Eyebrow Trimming Scissors
Maybe you’re already hip to watching out for nose hairs—or “nose spiders,” as I like to call them. But have you looked at your eyebrows recently?
I’m not saying you need to shape them or make them look “pretty” or “dainty.”
But you do need to make sure those hairs don’t get so out of control that you look like you have two wild bird’s nests above your eyes.
Your barber can do this for you—don’t be afraid, he’ll know what to do.
But if you want to do some upkeep yourself, these special eyebrow trimming scissors will come in handy. You can certainly get a similar result by using a comb and some scissors, but this special device makes it a little easier to get the job done without accidentally removing an eyebrow altogether.
Conclusion: Maybe It’s Time For Fancier Men’s Grooming Tools
When it comes to grooming, maybe we do have it easier as guys. In general, simple is good. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take advantage of some of these new specialized grooming tools.
Ask any woman and she’ll agree: there’s nothing unmanly about being well-groomed and looking like we actually tried to be the best version of ourselves.
What other interesting men’s grooming tools have you come across recently? Leave a note in the comments below.
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