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Father’s Day tips: How to help dad look great year-round

A little pampering might be just what dad needs this Father's Day. [Thinkstock]
A little pampering might be just what dad needs this Father's Day. [Thinkstock]

Let’s face it: men generally aren’t as comfortable talking about aging as women are, let alone the ways in which women try to combat the process.

There’s the common stereotype that men don’t deal with getting older very gracefully, inspiring hundreds of movie plots where men drastically change their hair color, buy a sports car and end up feeling embarrassed, if not older.

Thankfully for today’s dads, the timid attitude about aging and age-defying processes is changing as more grooming services geared toward men become available. Men can experience haircuts, hot lather shaves, facials, massages, coloring, waxing, as well as hand and foot grooming services. It's not just women who can be pampered. 

Say goodbye to gray hairs

Gray hair is all but inevitable for most men. But that doesn’t mean you have to live with it. Keep in mind though, 20 years of graying shouldn’t suddenly disappear overnight. Add a touch of pigment with a quick, semi-permanent color. This process adds natural color to a desired amount of gray hairs for a salt & pepper look. Your hair looks more youthful and healthy; you look great and feel confident.

If you do decide to dye your hair, the most important thing afterward is to keep it up. Schedule regular touch-ups with your stylist to avoid fading. Chances are that with time and sun exposure, your color has faded without you seeing much of a change. Also invest in quality hair products to help prevent discoloring. Shampoo specifically made for dyed hair helps your hair color from fading or naturally yellowing over time.

Make your hair look full

Ever seen a man with shoulder-length hair paired with a bald spot or receding hairline? Lots of men seem to react to hair loss by growing out what they still have, but truth is it doesn’t fool anyone. To keep your hair looking fuller, the trick is to maintain a shorter hairstyle. Keeping your hair shorter, but not too short, creates a feathering effect that minimizes the appearance of thinning or receding hair.

To give your hair more volume, blow-dry your hair while brushing with a round brush. Use mousse or a light gel and shade hair outward, rather than down or inward to avoid making your hair look matted down. At the salon, ask your stylist for a few pointers so you can master your look at home.

Try Bumble and bumble’s Full Potential Hair Preserving Conditioner: A hair-preserving conditioner with a nurturing, lightweight formula for fuller, stronger hair. Work into hair after shampooing, let sit a minute or two, then rinse. This is recommended for those with thin hair or hair prone to breakage.

Combat wrinkles

As you become older (and wiser) your skin cell turnover continues to decline and wrinkles become unavoidable.

Don’t fret, as there are ways to minimize the appearance of wrinkles. Start by putting moisture back in your skin with a daily face moisturizer. Find one that absorbs quickly, smells subtle and has lasting hydration without oiliness. Apply a thin layer to soften your skin and help maintain its elasticity, while minimizing dryness, blotchiness and wrinkles.

Try Jack Black’s Double Duty Face Moisturizer: this lightweight moisturizer is an advanced facial treatment product with a built-in sunscreen. Apply a nickel-sized amount on clean face and neck. Use daily – in the morning after shaving, for daily protection from sun; and in the evening, to hydrate and moisturize dry skin.

Take it one step further with exfoliation.

Exfoliating will revitalize your skin cell reproduction so you have younger, fresher looking skin. To remove old, dry skin cells, apply a dime-sized amount of scrub to your wet face and gently rub in circles. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

Next time you’re at the salon, consider pampering yourself with a facial. It’s a lot cheaper than buying a Porsche.

Lauren Rachel

Lauren Rachel is a men’s grooming expert at Boardroom Salon for Men. Read more ›