As much as women care about their appearance, there also seems to be an abundance of articles and tips dedicated to breaking down every aspect of self-care, from skincare and makeup tips, to clothing and shoe choices. However, sometimes we forget the men deserve a little care and attention too!
Here are some hot tips for the men in your life looking for some first-class grooming tips, taken from very dapper gentlemen themselves. So pass these on to the stylish men in your life.
An oft neglected part of men’s grooming will have to be with something so starkly obvious: the Eyebrows. Eyebrows frame your face and your eyes. If women have to go pluck/trim/wax/tweeze their brows to an inch of their lives every month, it’s surprising it hasn’t caught on as an essential part of men’s grooming just yet.
Eyebrows highlight your best features and the right shape will help balance out your face shape and features. A strong brow shape will help tie your final look together even if you deign not to put any makeup or skincare on. No one likes unkempt and overly bushy brows, or heaven forbid, the dreaded unibrow. Sometimes if the brows are too overgrown they can even make you look haggard and older than your years!
Unless you are some popular K-pop/K-drama star with endless sponsorships to facial salons and skincare products, very few of us actually have that desired “glass skin” look in real life. Even then, most people are prone to the occasional breakout here and there too.
Good skin may not be the “be all end all” of men’s skincare, but that’s not to say we should just give up on trying to get the best skin that we can have! It has become more popular in recent years for men to really think about what moisturizing products they use, or what kind of sunscreen they invest in.
With a regular skincare routine and dedicated products to target specific concerns, it’s time for your guy to take one step closer to achieving their desired skin condition.
Now, all men carry with them a secret weapon the ladies will all melt for… their smile! When all else fails, flashing a big smile with confidence can do wonders for your first impressions and says a lot about how you present yourself to the world. Masks notwithstanding, smiles are warm and inviting, and you’d want to make sure that your teeth are living up to the expectation, even if they’d only be noticed when the masks come off for meals.
Let’s check out Okotomae men's full course menu:
It promises Fuss-Free Instant Teeth Whitening in 30 mins!
Look, I know I know, those cheap $10 MRT station have been super efficient when you’ve been in desperate need for a clean up! They’ve done the job, been cost-effective, and are super speedy in-and-out, what could be wrong with them? Well for starters, one can usually spot the difference between a man who gets his hair done, and a man who gets his hair, and gets it done up.
The fancy salon hairstyle is not just reserved for the older gentlemen. At least once in your life you should invest in a proper hair session at a nice salon and get a hairstyle that takes into account your head, face shape and even your features.
Of course, a haircut incorporating relaxing head spas that kneads your stresses away is always a welcome addition!
One of the things that make or break a person's overall look, will have to be the fit of their clothes. Too baggy and you start looking sloppy, too tight fitting and it looks uncomfortable and like you're trying too hard. Revamp your closet with pieces that you know suit you and makes you look well put together because it fits you well and makes you feel confident while wearing them.
A well put together ensemble looked polished, expensive and stylish. But that’s only the last step! Hopefully you’ve had a chance to think about how you’d conquer the first four tips we’ve mentioned to begin with.
Introducing, a fabulous service that’s your one-stop-get-it-all: the Otokomae Package from Michaela Japanese Hair Salon
Now that you know why all men should try the Otokomae pack cool men's course, let’s take a look what the full experience entails!
Hi, I'm Kazuki Hashioka, a professional Football player playing in Albirex Niigata Singapore.
A year ago, I came to Singapore to play for the Singapore Premier League.
Despite the challenges of COVID-19, I'm ecstatic to report that we managed to win the Singapore Premier League for 2020.
We finally did it, together!
This wouldn't have been possible without the team as well as the many people who supported me on this journey.
Of course, I had my soccer family to lean on here in Singapore but really, there were many more people who worked behind scenes to get me where I am today. One of those people I would like to thank is Aya from Michaela Japanese Hair Salon.
When I first got to Singapore, I felt a little lost. Singapore's weather was so humid that the extra volume was wreaking havoc with my hair... but I didnt know where to go.
I can't possibly fly back to Japan to get my hair cut by my usual stylist every month... fortunately, a friend of mine introduced me to Aya.
A very skillful stylist, Aya managed to cut my hair in such a way that it looks suave at all angles.
Do you know what's even better? A haircut here even comes with a facial, head spa, eyebrow trimming and even teeth whitening when you opt for their Otokomae pack...so I feel really pampered whenever I come by.
Want to know what the Otokomae Pack is like? Read on to see how a visit here is like for me.
This is how Michaela Japanese Hair Salon looks like at their Riverside Point outlet. I hear they are going to move, to another salon with an even bigger area but really, I'm already very happy here.
I stay in Jurong East, which is kind of far away, but still, Michaela is easy to get to as it is just a few minutes walk from Clarke Quay MRT. As soon as I walked in, it felt like home. Everything was so clean, comfortable, cosy and bright. The stylists & the whole team spoke Japanese, so it was truly a happy place for me.
From the first moment I sat down, Aya would greet me like an old friend and escort me to the seat. She doesn't start cutting immediately but makes sure she provides me with a hot towel and a drink to relax and cool down.
Then, she would examine my hair and ask me how I am and how I liked the last cut.
I loved it but as you can see, my hair grows really quickly!
Having said that, I like my hair to have a bit of length... so hair that is too short doesn't appeal to me.
A little paradoxical I know but I'm glad Aya understands that and doesn't force me to go for hairstyles I don't like.
After the consultation, the first step isn't haircut but FACIAL.
Pretty cool, isn't it?
Granted, it's not a full-on facial but still, it saves me time... when I'm getting my hair washed anyway.
The first step of the facial sees Aya placing a warm blue towel on my face to open the pores.
After the warmth almost lulls me to sleep, she places a moisturizing sheet mask that aims to hydrate my skin.
I don't take care of my skin enough so this is definitely appreciated.
For full relaxation, Aya also covered my eyes with cotton pads.
While waiting for the mask to do its work, Aya proceeded with a scalp spa.
During the hair wash, she pumped out a huge meringue sized dollop of CRONNA Cleansing Spa Shampoo and applied that on my hair.
This is no ordinary shampoo; the CRONNA Cleansing Shampoo is infused with charcoal which cleanses oily scalp and helps to improve blood circulation! Aya shares that the charcoal also helps to absorb the dirt on hair and scalp which is difficult to clean with normal shampoos.
I can feel my scalp feeling cleaner almost instantly!
And yes, it feels as good as it looks.
After the massage, Aya then carefully rinsed off the shampoo with water.
Then, she removed my mask, wiped it down with some cotton and applied a facial moisturizer.
I am not familiar with cosmetics brands but Aya assured that they applied the Essence Emulsion from their parent brand Metatron. This brand is pretty big in Japan so I'm surprised to see it used here!
With my face all pampered, it was time for Aya's haircut.
Seeing that there was lots of volume on the sides of the hair, Aya focused on thinning the sides to achieve the look I was going for.
First with scissors then with clippers.
Followed by more trimming when the hair was dry, and then some fancy styling.
Next we moved on to the Brow Trimming stage. She started by combing down my brows and trimming them with the curled scissors.
after the initial trim she moved on to using the electronic shaver to shave more of the surrrounding hair off.
Last but not least, Otokomae Pack included Teeth Whitening!
She shared that it will be lightened by 3-4 shades after the treatment but first, let's take a look at its current tone:
Current Shade: S36
On the yellow side I know.
Can't wait to see it lightened!
From L to R, here are some of the products given to me to use for the teeth whitening process: Vaseline, Toothpaste, Treatment, Whitening Net (Spray), Cup (for water), Cotton Pad (to dry my teeth) and Toothbrush.
the palettehold a mixture of Vaseline and Toothpaste. I was told to brush my teeth.
They even provided a litle bib to help keep my clothes clean.
First, some Vaseline on the lips to prevent dryness.
Next I put in the mouth guard, and used cotton to dry my teeth of any saliva.
Next step: Spray 3-5 times of the whitening net. And then putting it under the Blue light for 15 mins.
And then reepeat whole process 1 more time!
After the second round, I went to apply the Treatment solution (blue bottle). I just used the toothbrush and applied it on the teeth, like normal brushing, then a rinse off.
The moment of truth! Comparing with the teeth colour chart.
Post Treatment Colour Shade: S24!
My Teeth Colour has changed from S36 to S24 in a single session!
Aya assured me that the result lasts about 2-3 months but I can come back once a month to do a touchup for the initial few months (which I've been doing)
After about 6 months, I can space out the frequency to once every 3-6 months.
That marked the end of my Otokomae Pack!
From this mess of a hairstyle, Aya managed to transform my hair and me to...
Someone more suave.
And it wasn't just my hair that was taken care of.
The quick facial hydrated my skin, scalp spa rejuvenated my scalp, the eyebrow trimming my face's statement piece whereas the teeth whitening took care of my insecurity - all in just 2 hours!
Thank you Aya!
I really enjoyed the Otokomae Pack at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon and have already recommended many friends to try it!
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