5 Things People Notice about Well-Groomed Men

Published on Jan 06, 2021

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.

1. Your Eyebrows Make A Statement


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!

Men Eyebrow Trimming at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

2. Taking Charge Of Your Skincare Routine


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.

Men Hair Wash and Quick Facial Mask at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

3. Your Smile Is Your Biggest Asset


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:

30 Minutes Teeth Whitening at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

It promises Fuss-Free Instant Teeth Whitening in 30 mins!

4. Your Stylish Haircut


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.

How I Look After Getting Man Haircut, Eyebrow Trimming, Teeth Whitening and Facial Mask at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

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.

Men Hair Wash and Quick Facial Mask at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

Of course, a haircut incorporating relaxing head spas that kneads your stresses away is always a welcome addition!

5. Your Clothes Actually Fit Well


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.

How I Look After Getting Man Haircut, Eyebrow Trimming, Teeth Whitening and Facial Mask at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

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!

Agent K's Otokomae Experience


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. 

Step 1: Consultation


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. 

Hot Towel and Refreshment Drink at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

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.

My Look Before Getting Man Haircut and Grooming at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

Then, she would examine my hair and ask me how I am and how I liked the last cut.

My Look Before Getting Man Haircut and Grooming at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

I loved it but as you can see, my hair grows really quickly!

My Look Before Getting Man Haircut and Grooming at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

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. 

Step 2: Hair Wash + Face mask


After the consultation, the first step isn't haircut but FACIAL. 

Men Hair Wash and Quick Facial Mask at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

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. 

Men Hair Wash and Quick Facial Mask at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

After the warmth almost lulls me to sleep, she places a moisturizing sheet mask that aims to hydrate my skin. 

Men Hair Wash and Quick Facial Mask at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

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.

Step 3: Scalp Spa


While waiting for the mask to do its work, Aya proceeded with a scalp spa. 

Men Hair Wash and Quick Facial Mask at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

During the hair wash, she pumped out a huge meringue sized dollop of CRONNA Cleansing Spa Shampoo and applied that on my hair.

Men Hair Wash and Quick Facial Mask at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

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!

Men Hair Wash and Quick Facial Mask at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

And yes, it feels as good as it looks. 

Men Hair Wash and Quick Facial Mask at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

After the massage, Aya then carefully rinsed off the shampoo with water. 

Men Hair Wash and Quick Facial Mask at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

Then, she removed my mask, wiped it down with some cotton and applied a facial moisturizer. 

Men Hair Wash and Quick Facial Mask at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

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! 

Step 4: Haircut


With my face all pampered, it was time for Aya's haircut. 

Men Haircut at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon
Men Haircut at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

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. 

Men Haircut at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

First with scissors then with clippers. 

Men Haircut at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

Followed by more trimming when the hair was dry, and then some fancy styling.

Men Haircut at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon
Men Haircut at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

Step 5: Eyebrow Trimming


Next we moved on to the Brow Trimming stage. She started by combing down my brows and trimming them with the curled scissors.

Men Eyebrow Trimming at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon
Men Eyebrow Trimming at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

after the initial trim she moved on to using the electronic shaver to shave more of the surrrounding hair off. 

Men Eyebrow Trimming at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

Step 6: Teeth Whitening


Last but not least, Otokomae Pack included Teeth Whitening!

30 Minutes Teeth Whitening at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

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: 

30 Minutes Teeth Whitening at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

Current Shade: S36

On the yellow side I know. 

Can't wait to see it lightened!

30 Minutes Teeth Whitening at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

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.

30 Minutes Teeth Whitening at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

the palettehold a mixture of Vaseline and Toothpaste. I was told to brush my teeth.

30 Minutes Teeth Whitening at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

They even provided a litle bib to help keep my clothes clean.

30 Minutes Teeth Whitening at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

First, some Vaseline on the lips to prevent dryness.

30 Minutes Teeth Whitening at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

Next I put in the mouth guard, and used cotton to dry my teeth of any saliva. 

30 Minutes Teeth Whitening at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

Next step: Spray 3-5 times of the whitening net. And then putting it under the Blue light for 15 mins.

30 Minutes Teeth Whitening at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

And then reepeat whole process 1 more time!

30 Minutes Teeth Whitening at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

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.

30 Minutes Teeth Whitening at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

The moment of truth! Comparing with the teeth colour chart.

30 Minutes Teeth Whitening at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

Post Treatment Colour Shade: S24!

My Teeth Colour has changed from S36 to S24 in a single session! 

Dope, eh?

30 Minutes Teeth Whitening at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

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!

My Look Before Getting Man Haircut and Grooming at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

From this mess of a hairstyle, Aya managed to transform my hair and me to... 

How I Look After Getting Man Haircut, Eyebrow Trimming, Teeth Whitening and Facial Mask at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

Someone more suave. 

How I Look After Getting Man Haircut, Eyebrow Trimming, Teeth Whitening and Facial Mask at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

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!

How I Look After Getting Man Haircut, Eyebrow Trimming, Teeth Whitening and Facial Mask at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

Thank you Aya! 

How I Look After Getting Man Haircut, Eyebrow Trimming, Teeth Whitening and Facial Mask at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon

I really enjoyed the Otokomae Pack at Michaela Japanese Hair Salon and have already recommended many friends to try it! 

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