How To Level-Up Your Grooming

By Teo Van Den Broeke
13 March 2019
GQ Lab
Animation: Tibor Kárpáti
It’s 2019. It’s time to take your regimen next level

Unleash your locks

Where last year was all about re-embracing the buzz cut and going back to basics with a classic short back and sides, now you should let your mane run wild and free. If you have curls you should be growing them out into a loose, floppy top do. Likewise, if you have waves, you should be opting for a regency-style, forward-combed cut which looks louche and elegant. If in doubt? Think George Michael in the Wham days, or Elvis Presley dragged through a hedge backwards. Because after all, if you’ve got it, why wouldn’t you flaunt it?

Taper your body hair (you heard us)

If you’ve got a lot of body hair, the process generally involves shaving your leg hair with a modular electric shaver to different, graduating lengths to make the best of your body. For instance, lighter leg hair at the ankle which gently tapers up to thicker hair on the calf will accentuate the shape of your leg without looking overly feminine. It’s a subtle trick which requires dedication, but will be worth the effort when you get your bod out on the beach this summer.

Try a non-invasive treatment

There’s been a sharp rise in men opting for non-invasive surgical treatments in the past few years. In fact, it’s alleged that men opting for laser treatments, Botox injections and fillers are increasing by some 50 percent year on year. The reality is, that there’s nothing to be ashamed of, and if you visit a reputable surgeon (and are prepared to spend the money) the results can be fantastic. From dermal fillers and Botox, to newer treatments such as non-surgical nose jobs (involving fillers being injected into certain areas on the nose to diminish lumps and bumps) to soft thread facelifts, where filaments are attached to the internal jaw to tighten external skin, the opportunities are manifold and the results surprisingly subtle – providing you go to the right place.

Get some blue-light protection

A big product trend of late is for serums and moisturisers imbued with protection against external pollution and, increasingly, the blue light emitted by our smartphone and computer screens. It’s been suggested by dermatologists that between seven to eight hours of daily exposure to this form of light is the equivalent of spending 20 minutes in the midday sun. In short, it’s not good for your skin and could be silently ageing you. Our advice? Get in on the anti-blue light trend now. Your 10-years-from-now self will thank you for it.

Wash your hair less

Not only will washing your hair everyday strip it of natural oils and leave it more exposed to damage, it’s also a process which puts your hair under unnecessary strain. What’s more, perfect bedhead (see point 1) cannot be achieved with squeaky clean, just washed hair. A few days of oil build up (any more will start to look a bit disgusting) will help create shape and texture in the hair. If in doubt, use a spot of dry shampoo in the morning to absorb excess grease and prevent your hair from looking lank. This process will help add volume, too.

Join GQ Middle East in conversation with Barish El Rekabi, Group Marketing Director at 1847, and musician DJ Bliss at Gate Avenue, DIFC on Wednesday, March 13 (6.40-7.30pm). GQ Lab in association with Gate Avenue, DIFC, March 12-14