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Thursday, October 28th, 2010
I did a make-over for a new metro FOR MEN guest this week and had so much fun with it. Men’s grooming is my passion and love sharing my grooming tips. During our initial grooming consultation, my guest kept making the same comment over and over that his wife will be happy he is doing this and that since being married, grooming is his last priority. Guys, just because you are married doesn’t mean it’s okay to not take care of yourself. The married women I know love it when their man looks and smells GREAT. During a make-over consultation we discuss grooming from head to toe. My guest and I first discussed his hair and what will and won’t work for his hair type, texture, and head shape. Then we discussed the appropriate shape and length for his goatee. We also discussed his skin care and shaving regimen and how that relates to aging. Lastly, we discussed ear and nose hair. A definite sign of age!
I gave my guest the best haircut that works for him and fulfilled his desire to have a style that does not require styling product (this means the haircut has to be technically savvy). I reshaped his goatee and educated him on how to maintain it. I waxed his ear hair, as well as his nose hair. I don’t know a woman who won’t love looking up at her man and not seeing those ugly hairs protruding out his nostrils. My guest was so excited about this service and knew his wife was going to be very happy. The thought may be, waxing nose hair “has to hurt”. I can tell you it doesn’t. Tweezing nose hairs does, waxing does not. Getting rid of unwanted and unsightly ear and nose hair says “I take care of myself and I care about my grooming”. Guys don’t just do it for us girls, do it for your self as well.
At metro FOR MEN, we are the leaders in men’s grooming and offer full body waxing, including nose and ear waxing for $11 each. Ask our service providers about this service to keep you looking your best the next time you’re in. For those scaredy cats, metro FOR MEN hosts the No. 1 reviewed nose hair trimmer, The Platinum XL by Groommate. Pick it up at our front counter.
Next week I’ll blog about my consultation on men’s skin care, men’s shaving rituals, and men’s nail care needs.
Thursday, October 21st, 2010
metro FOR MEN offers the lost art of shoe shining and it’s not just to give shoes a high shine anymore. Shinning shoes started before the 1800s where “…a mixture of soda ash, tallow, wax and oil was used to soften and condition leather and to make it waterproof. Shine was first added to polish around the 1700s” stated by to http://www.ehow.com/about_6296706_shoe-shine-history.html. Today, the request for shoe shining has declined due to the increased wear of relaxed footwear according to Absolute Astronomy and most providers of shoe shine services are located in airports, car washes, and luxury locations.
You can judge a book by its cover and a man by his shoes and we want our guests to look their best from head to toe. metro FOR MEN offers shoe shine services because it has a purpose and provides a solution. Our shoe shines are far more than shinning shoes…it maintains the look of the shoe while protecting the shoes from the weather thereby increasing the length of wear of the shoe and keeping them looking brand new. The best tip I can give is clean, condition, and protect your shoes often with our shoe shine service, especially when its raining. Leather and suede expands and shrinks in hot and cold weather. If shoes are conditioned regularly, the leather and suede will not crack and will repel water.
On your next visit to metro FOR MEN, bring your shoes and Cesar will retore them to their original condition for only $6.00 (and $3.00 with a service for the first pair).
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Monday, October 18th, 2010
At metro FOR MEN we concluded are meeting/class agenda for the rest of the year. What an informative class! Having been an employee in the past and never understanding what my boss was doing because my boss never shared anything . He would just tell us what to do and I always left meetings wondering why. He would tell us we couldn’t afford that or he couldn’t give that bonus or a raise but never shared why? I never understood as an employee why I wasn’t privy to that information and just thought that’s how business is done. Then I was exposed to a concept called “open book management”. In this concept, ”…Open-Book Management is a way of running your company that gets everyone, at all levels of the business as informed, involved and engaged as you are in making the company successful. It’s about employees understanding how profitability is driven, how assets are used, how cash is generated, but most importantly how their day-to-day actions and decisions can make or break your business…” according to Jack Stack of The Great Game. When I realized what this meant to me as a boss, that I would be sharing everything including financial statements on a regular basis, I was petrified. I was scared of the unknown, what would my staff think, what would they say, what would they want. I knew if I wanted to own a business that involved engaged workers that cared about every aspect of my business, I had to try this. I put my fear aside and shared it all. To my surprise, the reaction was incredible. My staff now feels able to provide ideas, solutions, and options. They understand the why and the why not. Using this approach will get me closer to the company of my dreams.
Thursday, October 7th, 2010
Friday, October 1st, 2010
I get confronted every day from men as to “why do I need use conditioner”? Men need to use conditioner to restore moisture and elasticity to the scalp skin. Men suffer from many scalp ailgments because men’s scalps are thick and produce more oil. This can cause the scalp skin to be more sensitive, dry, and irritated, which can lead to other embarrasing scalp conditions.
Conditioners for men can be specifically developed to combat these unique challenges. In all my research on this topic, there is only talk of what conditioners do for the hair not the scalp. I believe this is why men are confused about conditioners and think they do not need it. This is a problem. Men more than ever are losing their hair and at a younger age. Taking care of the scalp skin is crucial and conditioners targeted at maintaining the hair’s cuticle structure are not enough. Men need conditioners that feed and nourish the papilla, which contains tiny blood capillaries that feed the cells, as well as the hair bulb (the living part of the hair), which surrounds the papilla.
Maintaining healthy scalp skin can lead to better hair and scalp condition. No more scalp issues! Men need to use conditioner, but be sure to find a conditioner that is designed for the scalp. There are several on the market like Nioxin, Aveda Men, Min New York, and of course, m by metro FOR MEN. If you have any questions, ask your metro FOR MEN stylist. They will be able to help you find the best conditioner for your scalp needs. You can always call me, the Men’s Grooming Expert too at 949-450-0150. Just ask for Krista.