Men’s Grooming: 10 Habits of Every Gentleman

Good grooming is not about vanity; it's more about taking care of yourself. Here's a quick 101 on men’s grooming. 

When it comes to men’s grooming, a real gentleman doesn’t take it lightly. And when it comes to his hair, he does go out of his way to make it look better and clear of dirt and dandruff.

If you’re stuck with the same hair care routine since you were a teen, it might be time to up your hair grooming game. Don’t worry! There are easy ways to do this, and we’re here to help you get you started.

1. A gentleman books an early appointment with his barber

Men's grooming: Closeup shot of an Asian man with short black wet hair wearing a blue polo
Show up to your appointment early for a stress-free session.

When it comes to getting a haircut, timing is everything. If you want your barber to be at his freshest, book an appointment at the beginning of the day when salons are much quieter. That way, you can have his undivided attention.

2. A gentleman knows which men’s grooming product is good for his hair

Men's grooming habits: Flatlay of men's shampoo and styling wax and men's clothes and accessories
Use products that address your hair needs.

With so many different hair products coming out today, it’s hard to know which ones are good for your hair and which ones aren’t. For starters, choose your product by your hair’s length and texture. Pick a shampoo first that will address your hair and scalp concerns, then shop for the styling products you need based on the looks you often sport. 

Editor’s tip: Get a healthy scalp by using CLEAR Cool Sport Menthol Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for Men. Made especially for men, it repairs the scalp’s natural protective barrier, leaving your hair fresh, healthy, and free of visible flakes.

3. A gentleman washes his hair after using a men’s grooming product

Men's grooming: Closeup shot of a man washing his short brown hair
Avoid product buildup by deep cleansing your hair to remove product residue. Credit: Shutterstock

Men’s grooming doesn’t only involve hairstyling. Washing hair plays a great role, too! Not washing your hair enough can cause product residue to build up, which can then cause dandruff. And when the flakes from your scalp start to fall, no amount of wax, pomade, or clay can save your look. Having white flakes on your shirt is definitely not gentlemanly, nor is it attractive. Prevent this by washing your hair after using a hairstyling product and deep cleansing your hair and scalp once or twice a month. 

4. A gentleman doesn’t rub his hair too hard

Asian man holding a blue towel and patting his short black hair dry
Gently squeeze out excess water from your hair using a soft towel.

Rubbing your head hard with a towel after a shower may put stress on your hair and cause breakage, especially since hair is weaker when it’s wet. Don’t rub it too hard and pat it dry instead—it takes longer to dry, but you’d be doing your hair a favor.

5. A gentleman lets his hair dry naturally

Closeup shot of an Asian man touching his short wavy black hair
Just let your hair dry naturally to prevent hair damage.

Be careful when using a blow dryer—over drying your hair could lead to frizz and damage. If you have the time, allow your hair to dry naturally. But if you’re really in a hurry, set your blow dryer at low or medium heat or, better yet, set it at cool mode.

Editor’s tip: Feel shower-fresh all day by washing your hair with CLEAR Ice Cool Menthol Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for Men. It has Nutrium 10 that helps activate the scalp’s protective barrier to prevent the occurrence of dandruff. 

6. A gentleman is comfortable to try different hairstyles

Men's grooming:: Closeup shot of a man with dark brown hair in a ponytail braid
Man braid? Why not? Go ahead and try it. Credit: Raquel Brust

Trying different hairstyles may be a process of trial and error, but how would you know what looks best on you if you won’t at least give it a try? Many have settled for the classic barber’s cut and there’s nothing wrong with that, but there are other awesome trends you can try. You may just find something better that fits your personality. Some gentlemen would grow their hair and sport a long hairstyle or experiment with man ponytails. while there are others who would like to try the hard part haircut or a disconnected undercut. You should try a fresh look at least once in a while.

7. A gentleman can rock gray hair

man with grey hair on the street
Work that gray hair. Credit: Shutterstock

Blame genetics, age or diet, but human hair will turn gray; some earlier than others. A gentleman will come to terms with graying hair when it happens. It has a sexy appeal of maturity, wisdom and sophistication. Grey hairstyle has been embraced by many of the hottest Hollywood celebrities and is certainly something a Filipino gentleman can rock.

8. A gentleman combats hairfall

Asian man wearing dapper clothes standing outside
Make your strands strong to prevent hairfall.

Aside from dandruff, hairfall is also something that should be nipped in the bud. Use a shampoo that can help fight hairfall and strengthen your strands. This way, your hair becomes strong, healthy, and ready for any hairstyle you want to wear for the day.

Editor’s tip: Use CLEAR Anti Hairfall Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for Men to solve both dandruff and hairfall problems. It has Ginseng Strength Technology that helps strengthen your strands and make your hair look thicker. This way, your hair becomes stronger and dandruff free at the same time.

9. A gentleman chooses the right hairstyle for his outfit

Asian man wearing a dress shirt and pants outdoors
Choose a simple but polished hairstyle to go with business attire.

We’re all about experimenting with different hairstyles, but wear one that suits your activity for the day. If you’re meeting with your clients and you’re wearing a corporate attire, pick a simple hairstyle that gives you that smart and dapper vibe. A comb over hairstyle is perfect for this. Meanwhile, if you’re going for a night out with your friends, you can choose more creative hairstyles that show some personality.

10. A gentleman brings his men’s grooming products when he travels

Flatlay of travel essentials and hair products
Traveling? Bring your trusty hair products with you.

Going on a holiday? Or maybe a business trip? Bring your style game with you anywhere you go. Sure, most hotels provide basic toiletries, but it’s best if you bring your own shampoo with you. This way, your hair stays in its best condition and gets the nourishment it needs from the shampoo you regularly use. Don’t forget to bring your styling products too! Bring a styling putty to help you create different looks and a dry shampoo for when you want a quick root refresh.

Now that you’ve got everything you need to know about men’s grooming, go show everyone how dapper you are!

Next read: Want to know more about men’s grooming? Here are grooming kit essentials that you should have in your arsenal.


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