6 Essential Grooming Rules

There are few greater pleasures in life than jetting off on a lads holiday. A week or two of booze, music, sun, sex and various other forms of hedonism. It’s a rite of passage for every guy and is one of the highlights of any year for sure. Let Topman help you out with below grooming rules.

Sounds like fun, right? And it is, but if you don’t keep on top of your grooming regime then you might find yourself repelling potential partners rather than attracting them. After all, who wants to skull beers in a hot tub with the gorilla-backed guy with the long nails or sweating profusely? Nobody, that’s who.

Hide your inevitable hangovers
To keep on top of those dreaded holiday hangovers, first of all you’re going to need to load up on vitamin supplements to replace all the nutrients you pissed/vomited out the night before. Then you’ll need to sort your face out. Placing a cold compress over your eyes can help to bring them back to life and a cold shower will help to bring some much needed colour back you your disgusting, grey face… no offence.

Keep your skin hydrated
Just because you’re spending 80 percent of your week in a pool and the sea doesn’t mean your skin won’t dry out – quite the opposite in fact! The combination of saltwater and sun can wreak havoc on your skin, so it’s important to moisturise regularly. Ideally go for a product with some sun protection to give you that extra peace of mind.

Chlorine-proof yourself
Obviously, when you’re in a pool containing 10% water and 90% sweaty drunk people, spilled beer, cigarette butts and various bodily fluids you’re going to need some chlorine in there. Problem is, it can be a nightmare for your hair. Before you go cannon-balling in there like Ron Burgundy, soak your hair in some non-chlorinated water. This will make your locks less absorbent to the harmful chemicals. Coconut oil and olive oil are also great for protecting your hair when you’re in the pool.

Fragrances are seasonal and a scent that might work really well in colder weather probably isn’t going to translate well to your summer holiday. Avoid fragrances built around woody and leathery notes and instead go for something fresher. Vetiver works really well in warmer weather as does anything fruity or citrus-based. Just make sure not to go to fruity or you’ll risk smelling like a lady’s handbag, which is probably not the vibe you’re going for.

It’s the big question: how far should you go with grooming below the belt? The answer is different depending on who you ask but for the average guy we’d suggest that anything but a wax is fine. Keep your pubes in check with a trimmer and a pair of scissors (the trimmer and your nut sack should never meet, trust us). Never get rid completely, it’s going to look weird. Remember how proud you were when you first grew those bad boys? Try to keep that sentiment in mind. You’re going for ‘trimmed like a nicely maintained hedge’, not ‘smooth like a dolphin’.

Manage your chest and back hair
Now that you’ve got your bush under control you can focus on your upper body. Chest hair? Yeah, a little is absolutely fine. A lot even, if that’s like your USP or something. But the back hair, that needs to go! This is an often neglected area, probably due to the fact that it can be notoriously difficult to reach, making it one of the few areas in which it is totally fine to nip down the salon and get a wax.