WRITTEN BY FEY OJO, TAYA VEIRA & JAE SADDLER
In the ever-evolving landscape of self-care and wellness, we find ourselves questioning long-established norms and redefining what it means to indulge in luxurious self-care. Men are increasingly seeking premium quality grooming experiences that go beyond the ordinary—and rightfully so. In a world that traditionally asks men to be providers, it’s time for men to make the bold and deserved decision to prioritize themselves. If you’re a man ready to embark on this journey, grooming practices are a crucial first step. Join us as we delve into the significance of grooming practices for Black men and discover the enriching experience that awaits when luxury and personal care intertwine.
But first, it’s important to identify why some elements of grooming are particularly essential for Black people. Research shows that Black skin has the lowest levels of ceramide. Ceramides are essential lipids (fatty molecules) that are key agents in retaining moisture and maintaining a healthy skin barrier, a lack of ceramides leads to an increase in dryness. Black hair is also distinctly unique in that it grows with varying degrees of tight coils. While Black people produce more natural oils (sebum), the coiled nature of Black hair hinders the even distribution of sebum along the hair strand. The hair strand becomes dry, brittle, and prone to breakage without sufficient oil. Needless to say, prioritizing moisturization is a must for Black skin and hair.
Step 1: Cleanse—A Clear Face, A Clear Mind
A crucial aspect of your grooming and self-care journey will be cleansing—especially if you have a beard. The time of 3-in-1 soap has come to an end. The skin on your face is thinner and more sensitive than the rest of your body and so using a soap made with this in mind is essential. Opt for one that is antioxidant-rich and also has anti-inflammatory effects to avoid
harsh irritation. As you cleanse, be sure to massage your face thoroughly and give your beard a good separate lather with beard wash as pollutants, sweat, and dirt often accumulate in it throughout the day.
Step 2: Moisturize–Get Ready to Flex on ‘Em
Now that you’ve stripped away essential moisture and nutrients, it’s time to replenish and restore. Use a facial moisturizer rich in humectants, it will help your skin remain hydrated by pulling in moisture from the atmosphere. If you are beginning your day, apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to prevent accelerated signs of aging and other health concerns such as skin cancers.
If you have a beard, you’ll need an additional product, a deeply enriching beard butter. When choosing one that’s right for you, prioritize a butter with ingredients known to retain moisture; Shea Butter, Mango Butter, or Meadowfoam oil are ideal (Nuff restorative beard butter by denote beauty).
Step 3: Seal It All In– Your Beard Will Thank You
To lock in the moisture you’ve replenished, applying oil is essential. Oils act as a protective barrier, sealing in hydration by preventing water from evaporating quickly. For a luscious and healthy beard, it’s best to seek nutrient-rich unrefined oils such as Avocado Oil and Grapeseed Oil. They are excellent choices due to their nourishing properties and high concentration of vitamins. That being said, it’s easier to use an oil blend (Fi Mi beard oil by denote beauty) rather than individual oils as they provide a wealth of nutrients and benefits.
Note: Alternatively, you may wish to use an oil before a moisturizer. This depends on how well your hair absorbs moisture. Research the LCO vs. LOC method to find out what will work best for you.
Step 4: Brush and Trim–Look Good, Feel Good
To maintain a well-groomed and full-looking beard, prioritize regular brushing and trimming. Brushing detangles and volumizes the hair while distributing product for a smoother appearance and regular trims keep your beard in shape and prevents breakage. Embracing these practices will ensure a healthy and attractive beard.
In The End…
Self-care isn’t solely limited to private moments in the bathroom; it’s a state of awareness that extends beyond. In a world that pigeonholes men as heavily masculine providers, recognize that you too deserve to be pampered. Take care of your mind with positive thoughts and your body with quality ingredients, indulge in your comforts and pursue new things; there are no rules.