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The 20 Best Beard Oils for Men

Why use beard oil? Beard oil is a moisturizer used to soften beard hair. Most beard oils are formulated with oils such as jojoba, almond, and argan oil. These oils tend to be non-comedogenic, which means they won’t clog your pores. However, everyone’s skin reacts differently to different things. Likewise, everyone’s beard is different. Beard oil also helps moisturize the skin underneath beards, reducing the chance of getting beard dandruff. Beard oil is used to maintain lighter, softer, and tamer beards. Here are some of the curated beard oils that we believe are suitable for a wide range of beard types.

1. Grave Before Shave Beard Oil (Bay Rum Scent) 4 Oz. Bottle
Grave Before Shave

This beard oil is bay rum scented with hints of coconut. It includes ingredients like jojoba oil and sweet almond oil. It also conditions your beard while treating the skin under it to ensure there is no beard itch or beard dandruff. They recently changed their formula, omitting tea tree oil, an essential oil that can cause irritation (in some cases, rashes), and instead included argan and grapeseed oil. This beard oil does not contain parabens, which can cause hormonal imbalances. 

Buy Now $26.99
2. Shea Moisture Beard Conditioning Oil
Shea Moisture

For coarser, fuller beards, Shea Moisture is a life saver! This beard oil is formulated with Fair Trade shea butter, and no parabens or sulfates. This beard oil is ideal for people with thicker beards since the raw shea butter is able to properly moisturize their hair. Shea butter can be too much for people with thinner, finer beards, enabling them to get the desired outcome. If your thick, coarse beard needs some taming and softening, this beard oil is the right one for you!

Buy Now $8.97
3. Viking Revolution Beard Oil Conditioner
Viking Revolution

This beard conditioner is made with organic argan oil and organic jojoba oil to give you the beard you deserve. It restores softness and shines for a smooth and frizz-free beard or mustache in seconds. This product is also scent-free and non-greasy. A few drops of beard oil treatment and your beard will feel excellent as well as look great all day long. 

Buy Now $9.88
4. Honest Amish Classic Beard Oil
Honest Amish

This beard oil is handcrafted with organic virgin argan oil, golden jojoba oil, and six more premium hydrating oils. It also has an SPF of 15 to protect against sun damage as well as anti-aging ingredients such as vitamin B6, Vitamin E, Jojoba Seed Oil, and Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract. 

Buy Now $12.22
5. Isner Mile 4 Pack Beard Oil Set
Isner Mile

This beard oil set comes in four different scents, including sandalwood, cold and fresh sage, mysterious cedarwood, and orange. It’s made from purely natural ingredients that leave your beard healthy and nourished. The oils are gentle enough to use on all types of facial hair without causing irritation or dryness. Each bottle can be used for up to six months before it needs to be replaced with a new one. 

Buy Now $16.99
6. Leven Rose Fragrance Free Beard Oil
Leven Rose

This beard oil is made with jojoba and Moroccan argan oil. It’s vegan, cruelty-free, and doesn’t contain any fillers or fragrances. You can use it daily for the best beard effect. The bottle has a glass stopper that extends shelf life as oils are light sensitive & must be stored in dark amber bottles to protect them from UV light rays and oxidation.

Buy Now $13.97
7. Beard Oil by Mountaineer Brand
Mountaineer Brand

Made with 100% natural ingredients including grape seed oil and eucalyptus leaf oil, this beard oil is ideal for any type of beard. Whether you have a short or long beard, this beard oil provides hydration while softening the beard. With no added scents or essential oil, this oil won’t irritate the skin. It hydrates and soothes the skin, reducing the chance of beard itch or beard dandruff! With no added dyes, this oil will not stain and your beard’s true color will always be on point! 

Buy Now $10.95
8. The Art of Shaving Beard Oil
The Art of Shaving

This non-greasy, lightweight beard oil is ideal for all-day use! It works on every beard kind, hydrating and taming while remaining light on the skin. The scent is more prominent than not, made with Italian bergamot and neroli oils. If you prefer bolder smells in your beard oils, we’ve found a winner!

Buy now $15
9. Jack Black Beard Oil
Jack Black

This beard oil’s primary ingredient is cyclopentasiloxane (try saying that 3 times fast!). Cyclopentasiloxane protects the skin from moisture loss, allergens, and bacteria by acting as a protective barrier. With ingredients like grape seed oil, jojoba oil and vitamin E, this beard oil moisturizes and softens dry beards, resulting in a healthier, more lustrous beard. The smell is subtle, but very fresh and it stays in your beard all day! For a more manageable, tamer and softer beard, Jack Black is your guy!

Buy Now $26
10. Cantu Shea Butter Beard Oil

For curlier, coarser beards, Cantu is your go-to. Formulated with sunflower seed oil and castor oil, this beard oil’s main priority is to MOISTURIZE! Caffeine, hemp seed oil, and tea tree oil are also incorporated in this beard oil to really lock in moisture and strengthen the hair. There are no sulfates, parabens, or mineral oils in this product either! This beard oil works best with coarser beards, so if you have a finer beard, this product may be too heavy for you! 

Buy Now $4.97
11. Oars + Alps Hydrating Scruff Beard Oil
Oars + Alps

This beard oil soothes itching while staying lightweight, thanks to a unique mix of Alpine Caribou Moss, Jojoba oil, and Argan oil. It is vegan/gluten-free, dermatologist-tested and cruelty-free, with no parabens or sulfates. The scent leans more towards a bold citrus smell that lasts all day. 

Buy Now $20
12. Cremo Cooling Beard Oil

This beard oil is formulated with citrus and mint, giving it a cooling effect on the beard and skin. It relieves the itch and discomfort caused by ingrown hairs in shorter beards while restoring any beard’s moisture. Its lightweight, non-greasy formula works for all beards across the board, including coarse beards! Argan oil and jojoba oil nourish brittle hair, while the mint adds its cooling effect! 

Buy now $9.82
13. V76 by Vaughn Beard Oil
Vaughn Beard Oil

One of the better-known beard oils—V76 gets the job done. It is vegetarian/gluten-free, paraben and sulfate-free. The aroma includes elements of nutmeg, peach, blue cedar tree, and moss. Coarse beards and mustaches are softened and moisturized all day by this product. It is quick-absorbing and non-greasy, making it easier to incorporate this oil into your routine! 

Buy Now $19
14. Baxter of California Beard Oil
Baxter of California

This oil has a variety of fantastic ingredients! Squalane and avocado oil nourish and hydrate hair and skin, while Vitamin E stimulates healthy hair development. Squalene is a natural antioxidant that aids in the maintenance of supple, youthful, and moisturized skin. The smell of this beard oil isn’t overwhelming, with undertones of sandalwood, cedarwood, and jasmine.

Buy Now $28
15. Bulldog Original Beard Oil

This vegan-friendly beard oil contains aloe vera, camelina oil, and green tea extract. All of these components help to soothe and hydrate beards and skin. This beard oil softens, tames, and conditions the beard, making it simpler to groom. It has a matte finish, which allows for a non-greasy, frizz-free appearance! This beard oil is good for every beard!

Buy Now $7.99
16. The Gentleman’s Beard Oil
The Gentleman

This beard oil is handmade in the USA. It is fragrance-free, so there’s no need to worry about whether or not the fragrance in the oil will irritate your skin. There are no fillers, fragrances, additives, or parabens in this beard oil, making it a great choice for someone trying to stick to the basics. Extra virgin organic coconut oil allows the beard to be moisturized without leaving it greasy, or feeling tacky. It can also be used as a leave-in conditioner for when you need that extra moisture! 

Buy Now $19.97
17. Jack Black MP 10 Nourishing Oil
Jack Black

Jack Black MP 10 includes ten nutritious natural oils, including argan oil for hydration, marula seed oil, and grape seed oil for reducing redness, as well as watermelon seed oil for regeneration and rejuvenation. Additionally, rice bran oil is a potent antioxidant that protects the skin from potential harm. While it has a light smell, it has no additional fragrances. This beard oil can also be used to moisturize dull tattoos and bring them back to life! This product is vegan, free of artificial additives, and suitable for those with sensitive skin.

Buy now $35
18. Beard Farmer Growther Beard Oil
Beard Farmer

This all-natural beard oil promotes hair growth as well! It has a faint scent to it, but it disappears quickly. It is made up of oils like aloe, castor, and contains flowers of sulfur. Sulfur flowers form bonds that are necessary for hair strengthening and growth. If you’re looking for something to help fill in a patchy beard, Growther is your best bet!

Buy Now $23.99
19. Davines Pasta & Love Pre-Shaving and Beard Oil

Davines’ beard oil doubles as pre-shave and beard oil. It is made up of almond and jojoba oil, keeping its formula lightweight. With this beard oil, a little goes a long way. It moisturizes and tames beards, while also soothing the skin. The scent has been described as a light mix between bergamot and pine.  

Buy Now $26
20. Dr. Squatch Beard Oil
Dr. Squatch

This entry from Dr. Squatch just screams relaxation. The Lakeside Bourbon scent is punctuated by flashes of myrrh, grapefruit, and sandalwood, giving it an overall summertime-infused scent. The oils included (Jojoba Oil, Almond Oil, and Essential Oils of Australian Sandalwood, to name a few) will keep your face replenished and hydrated. At the same time, the brand’s “Sudisfaction Guarantee” means you can get a full refund if it doesn’t meet your expectations.

Buy now, $21.45
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A Conversation With Colin Louis, The Founder of Maxwell Skincare

Finding a good skin care regimen can be a tricky process for men—especially when you factor in shaving and the potential irritation/ingrown hairs that can make the process that much more difficult. Some get lucky and find the right products without much trouble, while others have to go through a trial-and-error process before finding the right one-two punch combo.

Maxwell skincare is a highly-rated face-first company dedicated to providing an assortment of products geared towards men’s skin and hair care. The company offers everything from exfoliants to facial cleansers and prides itself on being a company focused on the care of their customers above anything else. ONE37pm’s Aaron ‘Don’ Dukes and Jael Rucker spoke with founder Colin Maxwell about his path to getting the Maxwell brand to where it is today.

Maxwell Skin Care
Maxwell Facial Cleanser

ONE37pm: You all started Maxwell Skincare in 2018. At what point in your company’s journey did you decide to start a business?

Maxwell: The idea came for Maxwell in 2017 while taking a walk with a friend who was complaining about not being able to take care of their skin. “Guys are inherently lazy,” he said, “they want someone to do it for them.”  Being a guy who actually liked taking care of his skin, and spent years doing research, testing products, and figuring out what works, this was an area I could help with. The real “aha” moment came half an hour later, ordering a smoothie at Juice Generation, and adding a booster or antioxidants. Plenty of men’s grooming companies have a cleanser or moisturizer, few tailor these products for men. I knew I had a unique business idea, and niche market value if I could find a way to match specific antioxidants to men’s skin types, giving guys better products at an affordable price. Essentially, “do it for me.”

ONE37pm: Can you walk us through the timeline from when you guys first started Maxwell to where you are today?

Maxwell: The research phase of Maxwell began in 2017. We had to find suppliers, a cosmetic lab and do user interviews across the male demographic spectrum. I went through an accelerator program in NYC called Tacklebox, which is for founders with full-time jobs. Going through this program was extremely valuable and really set the groundwork for how Maxwell was going to come to life. The advisors, mentors, and pitches I went through were essential for building sustainable advantage. In 2018 we began the testing phase with cosmetics, working with our lab to focus on a specific skin type, and doing research on proven ingredients to test. 

Why normal/combo skin? 67% of men identify with it already, and there are ample antioxidants to focus on. The end products came in 2019, with four key ingredients per product, starting with a daily cleanser, exfoliant, and moisturizer. We launched at the beginning of 2020, and our timing coincided with the beginning of the pandemic, which everyone had to deal with. We’re still in our “early” growth phase after a year in the market and have a fantastic group of men using our products consistently with great results. 

Maxwell Skin Care

ONE37pm: Obviously the decision to start a website for your business is a critical one, what was that process like for you guys in terms of selecting a resource to build your website?

Maxwell: Web presence is crucial, there are only a few touchpoints a consumer will have with our brand before purchase, all being digital. 

I’ve had experience in the past with Wix and GoDaddy, so I stuck to what I was familiar with for hosting and building. The biggest impact is the copy, constantly iterating and changing up the way we’re talking to our consumers to see what drives the most engagement. 

ONE37pm: What are some of the challenges you guys have faced in your journey?

Maxwell: When you start a company, everything is a challenge, especially when you bootstrap it. You’re the head of social, head of customer service, head of product development, marketing, and everything else. We had challenges ranging from our bottles not being able to fit with the cosmetics we produced to our fulfillment center not being able to store the pallets of a product before they were filled. We dealt with the packaging of our boxes not aligning with our brand colors to shipping costs being way over budget. With each challenge, you have to be nimble and work within the constraints you have, namely budget.

ONE37pm: What advice do you all have for anyone beginning a startup?

Maxwell: You have to ask who your business is for and what it can achieve. If you can’t answer these questions specifically, intuitively, and consistently as you create your business, you will not be successful. I’ve gone back to these questions over and over again to align and realign Maxwell with my target customer base. The second piece of advice— be persistent and dedicated. Without daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly persistence and dedication, you will not be successful. 

ONE37pm: Where do you see Maxwell five years from now?

Maxwell: I have a five-year vision for the company, but I’m flexible enough to know that it could end up in a completely different direction. Starting a company is not necessarily about growing in a straight line, but moving with your consumers, the market, and where you can have a distinct long term advantage. 

Maxwell will (hopefully) expand its footprint into preventive face care for men, not simply daily care. That will include OTC products, SPF, and potentially even some male acne products. Additionally, I would hope for a large retail footprint in five years, laddering up to more specific problems that men can solve through our online process. 

You can learn more about Maxwell and their products via their website.

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The 23 Best Mens Boots to Wear for Winter 2020

When the snow starts to fall, the quality of your wardrobe gradually declines in tandem. Startlingly low temperatures mean that it’s easy to sink into comfy clothes, forfeiting your business wares for business casual, at best.

The one spot that really suffers? Your feet. Salt is poured onto sidewalks en masse—perhaps the very worst thing for your nice dress shoes. And you definitely can’t ruin those sneakers you spent a fortune on in the winter’s slush and grime. Most importantly, you can’t roll into the conference room wearing hiking boots. You’re not an animal.

For boots that can easily transition from the slushy sidewalks to a stately boardroom, look no further. And you know what they say, confidence starts from the ground up.

1. Swims Motion Wingtip Boots

Swims’ boots are both functional and fashion forward. The striking blue hue takes these from dull to dope.

Buy Now at Swims, $275
2. Cole Haan Raymond Grand Chukka Boots

PSA: Most of Cole Haan’s shoes are waterproof. You can now rock a leather chukka to brave the snow, for a day at your desk and date night dinner after.

Buy Now at Amazon, $141.71
3. Grenson Andy Hiking Boots
Far Fetch

The lug sole of this boot is the deciding factor in whether it can weather the weather. With a sole-height of 38 centimeters, you’ll float above the slush, literally and figuratively.

Buy Now at FarFetch, $380
4. Born Pike Boot

Born’s Pike Boot is the updated rain boot. Easily slipped on in the a.m., the leather is coated in a waterproof construction that will keep your paws dry.

Buy Now at Born, $50
5. OluKai Hualalai Boots

The shmanchy part of this pair of boots is the tweed insert. You’ll feel right at home in this combination of leather and fabric and can undoubtedly walk tall through your office halls.

Buy Now at Amazon, $189.95
6. Dr. Martens 2976 Wintergrip

Ah, the classic Dr. Martens. They are grit– and salt–resistant, lined with warm fleece, and outfitted with a Wintergrip outsole. When wearing these, you can tromp through whatever precipitation comes your way and saunter into the office like a boss.

Buy Now at Zappos, $155
7. Dr. Martens 1460 W

The laced, big brother of the above, these Docs provide the same dependability as their relative. The shoe’s upper and sole are heat-sealed and sewn together to ensure long-lasting wear. Also, they’re hella cool.

Buy Now at Zappos, $150
8. UGG Hannen Waterproof Boot

I know what you’re thinking. UGGs aren’t for the office. But these babies are sleek enough to peep out from your jeans or slacks at work. Lined in UGG’s signature soft shearling, your toes will basically be napping all day while you crank. Naps at the bottom, crank up top.

Buy Now at Nordstrom, $230
9. Cole Haan Pinch Utility Waterproof Boot

Cole Haan strikes again with an office-appropriate waterproof boot! The black colorway of this style offers flexibility in your wardrobe choices and can smarten up a cozy sweater day. I particularly love the chunky, lug sole.

Buy Now at Amazon, $88.38
10. Swims Motion Chukka Waterproof Boot

It may seem impossible to wear a suede chukka in the snow, but Swims achieved the impossible. With a waterproof construction, you can have chic but dry comfort.

Buy Now at Nordstrom, $258
11. LL Bean Katahdin II
LL Bean

The L.L. Bean Katahdin makes a great alternative to some of the more expensive dressy boots on the list. It’s cheaper than options like the Red Wing Iron Ranger and the Wolverine 1000 Mile, but is still a supremely high quality pair of boots built to last. The Katahdins utilize durable leather and a Vibram sole, making them a great option for extended wear, whether it be at work or for casual occasions.

Buy Now at LL Bean, $169
12. Red Wing Classic Moc
Red Wing

This is one of the most iconic boots of all time, with good reason. You’d be hard pressed to find a more long-lasting pair of boots on the market, which makes these classic mocs a go to option for workwear or casual style. They’re heavy and structured, giving you the support you need to go about your business. They come with a pretty steep price tag, but they’re honestly worth it. This is a classic boot and a great fit for anyone who needs something for the slick winters.

Buy Now at Red Wing, $279.99
13. Red Wing Iron Ranger
Red Wing

For those who want something a little more formal than the classic moc, this entry from Red Wing may just be the right choice. The Iron Rangers are great because they can be dressed up easily (they’ll look sleek with the right pair of slacks), but their structure and premium leather will keep them going in harsher conditions as well. The Iron Ranger is an American icon, enough said.

Buy Now at Red Wing, $329.99
14. Wolverine 1000 Mile

These are pricey, but for the quality of the leather and the legacy of the brand, they may just be worth every penny. The leather is sourced from the 100+ year old brand, Horween Leather Co., and “more than 80 skilled shoemakers handcraft every pair in the U.S.A. with great attention to detail,” according to their website. The Wolverine 1000 Mile is a gorgeous, versatile boot; depending on your price range, these may be the right option.

Buy Now at Wolverine, $400
15. Blundstone Original Chelsea Boots

Blundstone is a legacy brand. To this day, there still aren’t many brands who do Chelsea Boots better than the Australian juggernaut of laceless boots. Blundstone has been around since 1870; if you take one look at their boots, you’ll know why. Their Chelsea’s provide amazing shock absorption and feature their iconic pull tabs, allowing for an easier process of getting them on and off. They’re comfortable, durable and beautiful. What more could you want in your boot?

Buy Now at Blundstone, $189.95
16. Sorel Men’s Caribou Boots

These are a little less traditionally stylish than some of the other options on the list, but they’re a great option for those who live in a place that experiences more extreme weather conditions. The waterproof boot from Sorel is immensely insulated, making them warm, comfortable and dry. They’re also kind of sick honestly; paired with the right pants, they could definitely be appropriate for a wide array of situations.

Buy Now at Sorel, $170
17. Men’s Basic Waterproof Timberlands

The classic Tims need no introduction. Between the premium leather and commitment to construction, these waterproof Timberlands are a great option for casual wear, but can handle some harsher weather conditions as well. And from a style point of view, they’re still one of the most clouted boots on the market. These are probably the most-referenced boots in hip hop, so cop a pair for the vibes and stay cozy all winter.

Buy Now at Timberland, $168
18. Men’s L.L. Bean Boots
LL Bean

L.L. Bean’s signature boot, sometimes referred to as the “Duck Boot” are a classic for a reason. The waterproof hi-top has been a staple of the brand since 1912, and not a lot has changed in their construction since their initial release. Although some might view them as goofy rain boots, they invoke a signature Northeastern kind of cool. We personally think they look great and make a great addition to a winter / rainy season wardrobe.

Buy Now at LL Bean, $139
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Buy Now at Amazon, $129.95

This entry on the list is for those who really need a performance-oriented winter boot. They won’t exactly turn heads from a style perspective, but they’re minimal, durable and have incredible traction. These are a great option for anyone who needs a real winter boot, something that will perform under any conditions.

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20. Kamik Men’s Hunter Snow Boot[]st[p]cj975a1kk001j29yeixkdhnfm[i]mtQhue[d]D[z]m[t]w[r]

This is another entry which is a bit more performance-focused. These Kamiks are a tried and true snow boot. I mean, just look at them; they’re entirely encased in a synthetic rubber. I’d like to see some snow try to get in.

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21. Danner Mountain Light

Danner makes a beautiful pair of boots, there’s no way around it. The Mountain Lights are such a great combination of performance and style. They’re chunky and heavy, making them immensely supportive and immune to anything the world could throw at them. Simultaneously, the leather is beautiful and the craftsmanship can be easily recognized in person. They’re pricey, but every pair is built by hand in Portland, Oregon. You’re getting quality.

Buy Now at Danner, $380
22. Danner Arctic 600 Side-Zip

This entry isn’t as stylish as the other Danners on the list, but these are an amazing option if you want to prioritize performance. They’re waterproof, warm and comfortable. The Arctic 600 also features a side-zip, making it much easier to put on than a lot of other boots with this many eyelets. What more could you want from a winter boot?

Buy Now at Danner, $165
23. Nike ACG Terra Antarktik GORE-TEX Black Midnight Turquoise

Okay listen, we know these aren’t technically boots. But they’re just so fresh. As with all ACG (All Conditions Gear) products, their purpose is in the name: they’re built for all conditions. We love a good sneaker-boot hybrid. If you do too, then these may just be the right choice. 

Buy Now at StockX, $124+
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25 Black-Owned Hair Products That Should Be On Your Radar

Having clean and healthy hair is an essential part of self care. While we all have our tried and true products that we use on a daily basis, it’s always good to occasionally switch up your routine, as hair maintenance can change over the years. Factors such as aging, pregnancy, etc., can all have an impact on hair care, and what worked for you 10 years ago, may not work for you now. This year has seen a spark in the support of Black-Owned businesses, and making the decision to spend your money at a Black-Owned business is one way that you can provide support as a consumer. Here is a list of the top 25 hair products that you can buy from Black business owners.

1. Kinky-Curly Knot Today

Developed by Shelley Davis, Kinky-Curly Knot Today is a leave-in conditioner and detangler, known to be one of the best in the business. Debuting in 2003, the conditioner/detangler was created to add moisture to natural hair, while providing a botanical extract designed to remove knots and tangles. The conditioner can be found at stores such as Sally’s Beauty and Target, and typically runs for about $12 or $13. The conditioner can be accompanied with the Kinky Curly Come Clean shampoo that retails for about $10.

2. Frederick Benjamin

Created by founder Michael James, and inspired by his late grandfather, James created Frederick Benjamin as a way to prevent men from losing a large amount of hair while grooming. The brand includes everything from styling gels to shaving products, and has nourishing ingredients that in turn provides healthy hair and scalp treatments. Popular products include the Sleek Water Styling Pomade (which retails for $9) and The Regimen Hair Care set (which sells for $30), giving men that healthy, fresh, look. All products can be purchased on the official Frederick Benjamin website.

3, Alaffia Curl Enhancing Cream Shampoo

Founded in 2003 by Olowo-n’djo Tchala, Alaffia was created as a way to maintain powerful curls. The Curl Enhancing Shampoo contains botanical extracts as well, and is designed to cleanse both the hair and scalp without removing the natural hair follicles. The product is cruelty-free, and can be purchased on the Alaffia website for $12.99.

4. Pura d’or Original Shampoo

An Amazon best seller, the Pura d’or Shampoo was created by the Pura d’or group ten years ago as a way to provide a solution for thinning hair. The shampoo is an herbal blend consisting of Argan Oil, and 16 other natural ingredients. In addition to reducing hair thinning, the shampoo also helps to naturally add body to the hair, giving it a fuller, healthier, appearance. The product can be found on Pura D’or for $24.99, and goes nicely with the Professional Grade Biotin Conditioner which can be purchased for $28.99.

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5. Pattern Jojoba Oil Hair

You may be familiar with Tracy Ellis Ross’s acting work, however, the entertainer has expanded her brand with the debut of the Pattern Jojoba Oil Hair Serum. The daughter of Diana Ross is also known for her voluminous curls, and includes the serum as a part of her Pattern Beauty brand. The product contains oils such as Olive Oil and Lavender Oil, and is designed to keep hair healthy while reducing breakage and itchiness. The Jojoba Hair Serum retails for $25, and can be purchased on the Pattern Beauty website.

6. Nancy’s Kitchen Hair Products

Founded by Donna Jenay, Nancy’s Kitchen Hair Products is a brand inspired by the days where hair products were made in the kitchen. With Jenay’s grandmother being a huge influence in her journey, the entrepreneur set out to create a wide range of products to service both men and women. Popular products include the Silk Buttercream Curl Smoothie, and the Beard & Hair Softening Cream, which retails for $18 each. All Nancy’s Kitchen products can be found on the company’s website.

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7. Mielle Pre-Shampoo Treatment

It’s always wise to put some type of product in your hair before shampooing, and the Mielle Pre-Shampoo Treatment is the perfect product for an optimal hair wash. Created by Monique Rodriguez, the Pre-Shampoo prepares the hair for washing and conditioning by softening and detangling. The product contains Mongongo Oil, and compliments the Rice Water Hydrating Shampoo. The Pre-Shampoo Treatment is currently priced at $13.99 and can be found here.

8. Briogeo Scalp Revival Shampoo

This unisex product is great for both men and women suffering from build up and oily hair. Founded by entrepreneur Nancy Twine, the Briogeo Scalp Revival is a shampoo scalp cleanser and deep treatment that provides long term care from frequent oil build ups. The product is Vegan, providing essential elements to hair follicles. The Briogeo Scalp Revival Shampoo can be purchased here for $24.

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9. Himistry

Founded by Darnell Henderson in 2004 after a stint with the U.S. Navy, Henderson launched Himistry, a one-stop-shop, where men can find all things related to hair and skincare. Recognizing the importance of men having their own grooming products as opposed to unisex ones, Henderson built his company with the sole purpose of creating products just for men. As far as hair care goes, Himistry offers a Green-Tea and Vitamin C Facial Shaving Crème, to prevent skin irritation and ingrown hairs from shaving. The shaving cream can be found on the Himistry’s official website for $14.99.

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10. Murray’s Pomade

Developed in 1926 by C.D. Murray, Murray’s Pomade is one of the oldest and most effective/affordable men’s hair products to date. The concept behind the Pomade was simple, Murray wanted to create a great men’s hair care product for an “honest price.” The Pomade is good for styling hair and holding it in place all day. The gel retails for $3, and can be found here.

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11. Luster’s Pink Lotion

Another “O.G.” hair product, Luster’s Pink has been around since 1957. Created by Fred Luster Sr., the brand is most known for the Pink Lotion, an oil moisturizer that protects and revives hair. The product contains Vitamin E and Provitamin B5, and is suitable for all hair types. The Pink Lotion can be found on Target, as well as a slew of other websites, with the price ranging from about $5 to $10.

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12. Silke London Satin Head Wrap

Part of hair protection means having something at night to cover your hair while sleeping. It’s highly recommended for both women and men to wear satin hair covers (and have satin pillow sheets) as other materials can cause hair breakage. The Silke London Head Wrap was designed by Maria Sotiriou after years of being unable to find a suitable product for holding and protecting her hair both at night, and during the day. The wraps come in a wide assortment of colors, and can be purchased on the official Silke London website for £50.00 ($58.67 USD).

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13. Telfar Durags

On the flip side, men need night hair protection as well, so Telfar has just recently released a luxury durag line. In addition to hair protection, the release of the durags were also a statement to the negative stereotype associated with them.  A satin product, the Telfar Durags protects the hair at night, and can be worn in the day as well. The Telfar brand was established in 2005 by Telfar Clemens, and has become known for their fashion line (specifically their hand bags). The Durags are priced at $90, but are worth the investment. They can be purchased on the Telfar website.

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14. Girl + Hair

Developed by Dr. Camille H-Verovic, as a hair care system for protecting hair underneath protective hairstyles (wig, extensions, etc.), Girl + Hair is an effective hair treatment that moisturizes hair, while also growing it underneath those protective styles. Popular hair products include the Under Hair Care Daily Moisture Kit for Curly Hair (which is priced at $29.99), and the Curl Cloud Essential Wash Day Moisture Kit For Curly Hair (which retails for 24.99). All Girl + Hair products can be purchased on the company’s website.

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15. TPH Hot Commodity Heat Protectant

Created by actress Taraji P. Henson as a part of her TPH hair care line, the Hot Commodity Heat Protectant is an important staple for consumers to have. Using heat on your hair (through curling irons, hot combs, etc.) can be damaging, and the heat protectant provides anti-breakage protection. The product can be used on all hair types, and can currently be found on the TPH website for $13.99.

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16. Ooli Beauty Cleanse Your Mane Loc Shampoo

Created by Jessica Pritchett for dreadlock maintenance, the Cleanse Your Mane Loc Shampoo is a shampoo to clean and prevent build up for those with locs. The shampoo has Aloe Vera, and an exfoliator that further helps cleanse the hair. At the moment, all Ooli Beauty products are out of stock, but the company plans on restocking next month for Black Friday. All hair care items will be able to be found here.

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17. Kim Kimble

Known for styling celebrities along the likes of Beyonce, it was only right that Kim Kimble release her own hair care line as many people were curious as to how she had her clients hair looking so great all the time. The line has a variety of products varying from the Deep Clean Clarifying Shampoo to the Curl Spray Gel, and is reasonably priced considering Kimble is a celebrity stylist. The prices range from $20 to $35 (for just the hair products), and can be purchased on Kim Kimble’s website.

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18. Shea Moisturizer Gel Soufflé

Created by Sofi Tucker in 1912 as a way to support her family after being widowed, Shea Moisture hair products have been around for over a century. While the company has many popular products, one of the most known is the Shea Moisturizer Gel Soufflé. The moisturizer contains Agave Nectar and Flaxseed Oil, serving best for thick and curly hair types. The Shea Moisturizer Gel Soufflé is currently available at Sally Beauty for $11.99.

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19. The Mane Choice

Developed by Courtney Adeleye in her kitchen, The Mane Choice has been a huge player in the hair industry since 2013. While the company is known for their diversity in products for different hair types, The Mane Choice is also among the best for children. It’s gentle ingredients make it suitable for kids in all stages, and keeps their hair moisturized. The Sweet Strawberry Fruit Medley Kids Moisturizer is one of the company’s best products, and can be found on their official website for $11.99.

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20. EDEN’s BodyWorks Kids Collection

Considering that this company was created by founder Jasmine Lawrence when she was just 13 years old, EDEN’S BodyWorks also has a pretty good grasp of products for kids. With an EDEN Kids collection consisting of the Shea Berry Detangling Shampoo and the Shea Berry Leave In Detangler, these products are geared specifically for children. Both the shampoo and conditioner are priced at $7, and can be purchased on the EDEN’s BodyWorks website.

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21. Hair Rules

Founded by Anthony Dicky in 2007, Hair Rules is a unisex hair care line designed for all hair types. The products cover every hair texture from straight to curly, and is designed to make your hair look and feel healthier. The Aloe-Grapefruit Purifying Shampoo is one of the company’s more well known products, and depending on the size you get, the price range from $24.99 to $48.99. All products can be purchased via the Hair Rules website.

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22. Bevel Sulfate-Free Shampoo

For the guys, the Bevel Sulfate-Free Shampoo was founded by Tristian Walker in 2013. Bevel is a men’s grooming company that has a line specifically dedicated to men’s hair care. Mixed with Coconut Oil and Shea Butter, the shampoo cleanses and moisturizes the hair. The Bevel Shampoo retails for $9.95, and accompanies the Sulfate-Free Conditioner which is also the same price. All Bevel hair products can be purchased here.

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23. Nu Wave Rapid Wave Pomade

With ingredients consisting of beeswax, coconut oil and essential oils, the Rapid Wave Pomade is a part of the Nu Wave hair collection. Founded by Shamon Clay in 2014, the line was created to help men with their hair care. The Pomade is used to style hair, while reducing frizz and dandruff. The gel (along with the rest of the hair products) can be found on the Nu Wave website for $15.

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24. Flawless Smoothing Blow Dry Hair Cream

Earlier we mentioned the damage that heat can have on hair (specifically when curling or flat ironing), however damage can also be done when blow drying the hair as well. For this, actress Gabrielle Union created the Flawless Smoothing Blow Dry Hair Cream. Made with Brazilian Bacuri Butter, Shea Butter, and Coconut Oil, the cream does a good job of protecting hair from damage, while still allowing a “blow out” look. The Hair Cream retails for $9.99, and can be purchased via Amazon.

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25. Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Last but not least, we have yet another tried and true product; the Jamaican Black Castor Oil. Founded in 1992 by Lois Hines, the Jamaican Black Castor Oil is a scalp cleanser that also helps grow hair. The oil is hand processed from organic Jamaican castor beans, and has been a dominant force in the hair industry for almost 30 years. The Castor Oil is also a multi-purpose product that works on beards, skin, nails, eyelashes, and eyebrows. The item can be purchased through the Tropical Isle Living website for $13.99.

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That concludes our list of 25 different hair products that are Black-Owned. However, there is an abundance of other Black-Owned hair products that could have made it onto this list as well. Just make sure that you thoroughly research every product before buying, and be sure to test out small samples of the items (with the exception of the headwraps) before using the full amount. Once everything is good to go, you will be on the path to better, healthier hair.

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The 20 Best Mens Watches Under $200

There are a plethora of important causes to get behind today, but one crucial thing you can do right now to make a difference is: Wear a god dang watch. Because you can’t manage your own life, let alone save the world, if you don’t know what time it is. As adamant endorsers of the endangered accessory, we picked out a stylish selection for you to double tap, from oversized and sporty to dapper and bold gold. The added bonus? These 21st-century time tellers are modestly priced, so you don’t have to deplete your lunch money to look cool. And hey, if nothing else, a watch will give you a place to rest your eyes other than looking at your phone screen. Browse our options ahead to find a favorite now, and get down with your punctual self.


We see your ugly sneakers, and raise you their statement-making accessory cousin. Piggy-backing off of the nineties trend, these oversized watches feel heavy enough to work with boxy, streetwear shapes — and their military-inspired color palette lends a versatile edge that breaks up a business casual vibe (in a good way). Shoutout to G-Shock for spearheading the look.

1. Casio G-Shock ‘Utility Colour’ Watch
Courtesy of Casio

From the frontrunner of the chunky-sport style comes this cadet-cool option in modern sand with a black display.

Buy Now, $99
2. Nixon Regulus Watch
Courtesy of Nixon

This covert watch proves sand is the new black with a rectangular face, a patented looper strap, and plenty of bells and whistles to boot.

Buy Now, $165
3. Rip Curl Rifles Tide Watch
Courtesy of Rip Curl

Get deep in this diver’s dream that is waterproof tested up to 330ft.

Buy Now, $150
4. Casio Tough Solar Illuminator Analog/Digital Sport Watch
Courtesy of Casio

Fashion meets innovation via Casio’s sleek take, which is solar powered, so you never need to worry about replacing the battery.

Buy Now, $55
5. Ironman Shock 30 Resin Strap Watch in Gray/Black/Green
Courtesy of Timex

You’ll be shook over this shock style featuring neon-green accents and a light-up dial that come in handy on land or at sea.

Buy Now, $67


Casual undergoes a classy update in these juxtaposed time tellers, which feature classic canvas straps teamed with current black watch faces. A little bit rugged, a little bit elegant, they are like the Matthew McConaughey of watches. That is, you can rock them with jeans or a suit. Alright, alright, alright!

6. Timex Whitney Village Stainless Steel and Striped Grosgrain Watch
Courtesy of Timex

Paying tribute to the Timex archives, which date back to 1854, this preppy model boasts a reversible strap so you get even more bang for your buck.

Buy Now, $125
7. Kapten & Son Campus Grey Vintage Leather
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Kapten and Son’s beautiful campus face pairs nicely with a vintage grey leather strap. This is a great timepiece to dress up or dress down, and can be the right fit for a wide array of occasions. 

Buy Now, $169.90
8. Daniel Wellington Roselyn Watch
Courtesy of Daniel Wellington

From her ruby red strap to a rose gold hardware, she’s the kind of watch you want to take home to mom.

Buy Now, $199
9. Breda Valor Canvas Strap Watch
Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

Pull off a smooth operation in Breda’s no-fuss black-and-green add-on.

Buy Now, $80
10. Simple Watch Co. Kent Watch
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Oh, you fancy huh? This black beauty is built with sapphire crystal, crack-resistant glass, a concave shape, and Japanese Miyota quartz movement yielding perfection in a timepiece.

Buy Now, $179
11. The Timex Weekender
Courtesy of Timex

The Weekender is one of the most legendary low-cost watches of all time. It’s timeless. Whether you want to dress it up or dress it down, the weekender and its vast array of possible customizations is an extremely versatile piece of relatively cheap wrist wear for those entering the game. 

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12. Timex Standard Chronograph
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For those looking for something a bit more refined than the weekender, but a piece that still won’t break the bank, look no further than the standard chronograph. As with a lot of Timex pieces, you can swap out whatever leather strap you want, and the face (which comes in multiple colors) has all the information you need.

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13. Seiko Essentials
Courtesy of Seiko

Seiko’s collection of solar powered watches features a lot of really beautiful pieces. The watches are powered by solar energy, so you’ll never need to change the battery. The series comes in lots of shapes and sizes, but we love this blue nylon strap with the deep navy face.  

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Not your father’s watch… Or is it? This timeless crop is popping off, calling to mind after-school sitcoms, power suits and TV dinners, while still benefiting from 2018 technology. Whether you prefer a classic or more kitschy model, you’ll ace the trend in one of these styles that all share a common link bracelet design. Stay gold (and on time), Ponyboy.

14. Nixon Time Teller Watch
Courtesy of Nixon

This gold-on-gold gem feels like something the Fresh Prince and Will Smith would wear, and that’s why we love it.

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15. Michael Kors Slim Runway Watch
Courtesy of Michael Kors

Turn the dials back, and party like it’s 1999 in this classic gold number.

Buy Now, $195
16. Armani Exchange A|X Men’s Fitz Gold-Tone Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch
Courtesy of Armani Exchange

Black-and-gold never looked better. Take this for a spin on your next date night, and you’ll look extra.

Buy Now, $180
17. Bulova Classic
Courtesy of Bulova

Because dudes want to sparkle sometimes, too. Yas, king.

Buy Now, $178
18. Casio Vintage Digital Watch
Courtesy of Casio

Make Ryan Adams proud in this old-school watch, which will come in handy whether you’re playing pinball or running laps.

Buy Now, $65
19. Casio Calculator Watch
Courtesy of Casio

The Casio calculator watch is an iconic piece of nerd-inspired wrist wear. Although the calculator itself can be a little clunky to use (and you’ve got a calculator on your phone anyway), there’s something so appealing about the watch’s goofy visual style. The water resistant time piece is a great addition to anyone’s rotation.

Buy Now, $60
20. Fossil Forrester
Courtesy of Fossil

Fossil is well known for their leather goods, but they also really know their way around a timepiece. This stainless steel watch is a great choice for those looking for a medium sized watch with just the right amount of flash. The Fossil won’t exactly turn heads, but watch-lovers will absolutely recognize it for its minimalist but beautiful aesthetic.

Buy Now, $149
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7 Products to Redo Your Get-Ready Routine from Walmart

I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but I’m a glorified skincare expert. Your face is in my excellent—qualified and market-discerning—hands. And after some investigation (Read: Asking my closest guy friends and colleagues), it seems that most men are doing their routines all wrong. 

There are two main culprits of inadequate face neglect: A guy who is doing far too little to take care of his skin, and a guy who is clueless and doing far too much. The reality is that though there are hundreds of products on the market, you only need a few steps that work in overtime for you. 

Here is the ultimate get-ready routine with products exclusively shoppable at Walmart so that you can peruse your local aisles or order online with confidence. Take a look.

1. Earth to Skin Honey Manuka Calming Face Cleanser

This is a great, gentle cleanser to kickstart your 2020 routine. A super-hydrating formula, this has Manuka Honey Extract to soften your skin. Pro tip: Add your cleanser onto dry skin and then activate it with water. This process will draw out the maximum amount of impurities from the surface of your skin.

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2. cleen beauty Acai Face Scrub

If your first cleanse didn’t clean your face as much as you wanted or needed (I don’t know your life), you should opt for a second attack. The cleen beauty face scrub with acai powder is a topical exfoliant that will remove dead skin. Make small circular motions to buff.

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3. cleen beauty Vitamin C Papaya Glow Serum

If you take nothing from this article, remember this: Five-minute daily facial massage. For five minutes (or however much time you can spare in your a.m. routine), use three to four drops of this vitamin-c packed serum to work out the muscles of your face. Similar to a foam roller at the gym, your face muscles need lymphatic drainage. Rub this gratuitously to wake up your skin.

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4. cleen beauty Mineral SPF 30 Face Moisturizer

If you’re trying to skirt some skincare steps, a moisturizer and SPF combo is a surefire way to reduce your workload. The minimal packaging from this cleen beauty product is gender-neutral and contains potent zinc oxide to protect continued sun damage—wrinkles, dark spots and other unwanted ailments.

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5. Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Face Mask

It’s my philosophy that you should save on routine, everyday skincare products like cleansers and moisturizers and splurge on active maks that pack a punch. This one from Ren contains glycolic acid, one of my favorite ingredients for cell renewal and radiance. Add this to your schedule once a week.

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6. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

This cream (not lotion, which is less thick) is the end-all, be-all of body creams. Slather some from head to toe after your morning shower and relish in moisturized skin for days. With three essential ceramides, the protective barrier of your dermis will be renewed. Basically, that’s mumbo jumbo for you’ll feel soft and amazing. Don’t skip this one, fam.

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7. Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Balm, Vanilla Bean

It’s tough to strike a balance between moisturized lips and not looking like a tool bag carrying Chapstick. Somehow, Burt’s Bees straddles that line. In soothing vanilla bean, this version will keep your cracked lips smooth. 

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Justin Bieber’s 10 Biggest Style Moments, Ranked

Big style means big moves, and the world is one giant celeb display of it. Welcome to our weekly fashion roundup, where we highlight the sartorial successes of our favorite guys. Find their most fire fits here every week. 

Say what you will about Justin Bieber, the guy can swing a look with enviable nonchalance. There’s just something about how confident performers carry themselves and wear clothes—they’ve got that discerning drip that few possess. Both on and off stage, Bieber’s iconic DNA comes through his style choices, and we toiled away trying to narrow down his top ten fits of all time. Here they are.

10. Leopard Jacket
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Los Angeles, Feb. 15, 2016

Stage fit FTW: all black with a touch of leopard, ya heard.

9. Scum-Bro Aesthetic
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New York City, Aug. 13, 2019

Spicoli—from “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”—would be proud. And that’s all the blessings anyone needs as far as we’re concerned.

8. The Pink Hoodie
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London, England, Aug. 21, 2016

Another edition of Strong Men Wear Pink for our files and your viewing pleasure.

7. Suit and Glasses
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Hollywood, Nov. 2, 2019

Spotted: Bieber in another suit and nailing it.

6. Opening Ceremony Jacket
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Manchester, June 4, 2017

Poppin’ primary colors make this stage look a perfect combo for the streets, too.

5. Graphic Tee and Jeans
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Los Angeles, Aug. 3, 2017

Gentlemen, here’s how to do jeans and a tee without looking basic. See that pink?

4. Letterman Jacket
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Atlantic City, July 15, 2016

Juxtaposing a classic piece with a trendy one makes a fail-proof pairing. Exhibit A: this dope varsity jacket and of-the-moment denim.

3. Elevated Casual
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New York, May 9, 2019

Urban vibes for an urban setting…and make it a dad sneaker.

2. Flannel, Bomber and Sneakers
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Reykjavik, Sept. 8, 2016

Part grunge, part hip hop, all fashion.

1. Platinum Hair
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Los Angeles, Feb. 15, 2016

Bieber cleans up smashingly. As if the skinny trousers and corresponding tailored shirt weren’t enough, that subtle bowtie is the wink that seals the deal.

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10 Ways to Spot a Quality Suit

“We don’t let anyone out of the door who isn’t wearing a well-fitting suit,” says Nish de Gruiter, the vice president of Suitsupply, a burgeoning suit brand disrupting the age-old market. Every employee in the shops attends suit school to learn the historic art of tailoring. 

We met de Gruiter at the New York City Hudson Yards store, the behemoth mall known for its architectural jewel called The Vessel. Opened on Oct. 10, Suitsupply Hudson Yards—the sixth NYC location—is a 5,900-square-foot shop that houses the brand’s full collection of garments. They chose the position based on zip code research of their existing customers, thinking that bridge-and-tunnel commuters would find it conveniently located. With ten-minute tailoring options, you can drop your duds off on the way into the office and pick them up on the way home. Convenience is king. 

We talked at length about suits and the lost art of tailoring, with de Gruiter noting, “If you love what you do, it will never bore you.” Your first suit should always be a basic suit that you can break apart for personality and different events. Choose a classic navy. The fit is key. To spot a great suit, look for quality construction. Here are his expert insights into purchasing your first suit as a newbie buyer. Look out for these ten indicators of quality.

For guys looking to invest, what are the telltale signs of a good suit?
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1. Canvas Interior

Nothing on a body is square. So a suit needs to have a canvas interior. If the canvas reinforcement between the fabric is camel or horsehair, it will bounce back into its natural shape. To give something a curve, you need that lining. You get soft shoulders, comfortable clothes, great lines. And when you wear it, it feels great. On the hanger, it should go right back into its shape.

2. Exterior Breast Pocket

On a good suit, the breast pocket is always in a boat shape. It isn’t straight across. There is a curve that flows with the body line that can only a quality canvas can bring. You can’t make fabric have a curve without support.

3. Working Buttonholes

If you have a well-made suit, all of the buttonholes should be functional. Also known as a “surgeon’s cuff,” the small buttons at the cuffs should operate. This function was initially intended for doctors and surgeons to be mobile in the operating room while still wearing their jackets.

4. Neapolitan Tailoring

Well-made sleeves on good suits have little pleating along the upper armhole. The armhole is high, and the body is a little slimmer than average. It gives the wearer more space to move their arms. This detail is particularly telling, as the delicate craftsmanship is hand-finished.

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5. Lining

A good suit has a proper lining. There should be a reinforcement to keep the back vents in place, an inside pocket at the breast and other thoughtful details.

6. Unconstructed Silhouettes

Unconstructed jackets take quite a bit longer to make than traditional suit jackets because the seam work is exposed. You can’t hide anything behind the lining.

7. Monograms

In traditional Italy, when people laundered their white shirts and hung them to dry on the line, ladies couldn’t always decipher which shirts belonged to their husbands. So they started stitching their initials into clothes. Thus, the beginning of the monogram. It’s not meant as showing off—its origins are functionality.

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8. Boutonnière

Also known as the Milanese buttonhole, a boutonnière was inspired by Romans pinning flowers to their lapels. A small hole and corresponding loop behind the lapel is used for flowers—now most associated with American high school proms—monocles or lapel pins. 

9. Side Adjusters

In a good pair of suit pants, you’ll find side adjusters. Created to eliminate an unsightly belt, you can adjust a few inches around the waist of the pants with these clever additions. They can be metal or buttoned.

10. Sous Bras

Translating to underarm in French, sous bras (pronounced soo brahs) is a small underarm shield in the armhole of all beautiful suits. The extra piece of fabric, cut into a half-moon shape, soaks up any excess sweat in your underarm, prolonging the life of your outfit.

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3 Tips to Help You Prep for the Holidays Now

Anyone who has a grandmother who starts cooking for Sunday dinner on Thursday knows—there’s a lot more to holiday planning than meets the eye. Whether Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza or a personal tradition that your family has adopted, this year we implore you to take a cue from grandma and get a jump start. In partnership with Calvin Klein, here are three really simple things to do now that will save you from scrambling a month from now.

1. Set Aside a Budget for Gifts

Remember last year when you realized you only had $50 in your bank account and promised gifts to 25 of your closest friends? Yeah, let’s not do that again. Take a minute right now to jot down everyone you’d like to give to this season and how much money is realistic for each. Even better if you can brainstorm actual gift ideas, like a fresh scent from Calvin Klein.

Next, tally up it all up and start a system for saving. If your budget is larger, you could employ an automatic transfer from your bank account for the next few paychecks, or for smaller savings simply make a rule to stash away every $5 bill you get.

2. Invest In Pieces You Can Wear to Nearly Every Event!!Blazers%20%26amp%3B%20Sport%20Coats;;Dress%20Shirts;;Suits%20%26amp%3B%20Suit%20Separates;;Ties

Unless you’ve curated the perfect capsule wardrobe, chances are you’re going to have moments this season where you have absolutely no idea what to wear. Use this time to take stock of your closet.

So you’ve got jeans, button-downs and T-shirts (and plenty of sneakers, natch). But seems your missing anything that resembles a blazer, a sweater that’s not a hoodie and nice boots. This is a good time to invest in a sport coat to dress up those T-shirts, like this version above from Calvin Klein, or a wool coat that can take a denim and button-down ‘fit from basic to baller. The key is to find items that work with what you’ve already got so that you are buying reinforcements rather than a one-time-only outfit.

3. Mark Your Calendar for Big Sale Days

Now that you have your list and know your holiday budget, it’s time to start price shopping. This is as easy as it sounds and could end up saving you a good amount of green. You want to make sure you’re getting the best deal when the holiday sales start happening, so go ahead and price the items on your list. It will be much easier to spot the good deals when you know the regular price of items. (You may even find and scoop up some great deals now, like this exclusive Calvin Klein luggage.)

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Smart Casual for Men: 10 Pieces That Nail the Dress Code

Welcome to Dress Code Decoding 101. Today’s lesson will address the most confusing two words you will ever read on an invitation: smart casual.

The phrase sounds like a paradox, so it’s easy to see why this particular concept of dressing can be so confusing. Are you supposed to go sweats on the bottom and suit jacket on top, like a sartorial version of a mullet? Thankfully, no. But mixing and matching is a part of the process. It just needs to be a bit more intuitive.

When an event calls for smart casual attire (think: an after-work mixer, a fancy brunch or even a job interview at a “cool” startup), it requires you to look sharp and put-together (smart) but not too formal or businesslike (casual). You should be aiming for that perfect, though dauntingly large, middle ground. But don’t be intimidated! While that does leave some room for error, the good news is that it provides a lot more space to get creative, colorful and show off your fashion personality. It also means that you don’t have to drop a lot of dough on a whole new outfit—you can usually work with what’s already in your closet just by adding the extra pizzazz of a signature piece or fun accessory.

So, what is smart casual? Well, it might be easier to start with what it’s not. The general gentleman’s consensus is that it is not a suit and tie, nor is it that menswear mullet we mentioned before. Black dress shoes are way too formal, but a T-shirt is too casual, as are loose, light-wash jeans and most sneakers (sorry, guys). 

Now for the items that should be on your checklist. First up: blazers. Blazers are major. They’re smart without being stuffy and are easy to pull off in a bold color or unique texture if you’re looking to make an impression. If you’re more comfortable being understated, you can liven up a classic blazer with a colorful pocket square (folded, however, into anything but a square—too business!). A quality knit cardigan can also be swapped in as your outer layer.

As for what goes underneath? You can never go wrong with a button-up shirt. Solid white is acceptable, but come on, it’s boring. Smart casual calls for some patterns: gingham, perhaps, or something not too overpowering, like thin stripes or tiny polka dots. You can also opt for a polo or a cashmere sweater. For pants, casual trousers or chinos are usually the go-to for traditionalists, but more modern dressers will find a pair of dark fitted jeans acceptable. Phew.

Unfortunately, you’ll have to leave your #fire new sneakers at home. Favored footwear for a smart casual occasion includes loafers, Derby shoes, sleek leather boots or even boat shoes in brown or burgundy. Still, you could totally use this opportunity to add an exciting pop of color to your look. If you absolutely, positively need to wear sneakers, stick to minimalist styles in solid, subtle colors.

By now, you should have a handle on the smart casual dress code. But, if you’re still unsure, worry not. We’ve got your entire shopping list spelled out below.

Smart Casual Blazers for Men
1. Light-Blue Cotton and Linen-Blend Chambray Blazer
Mr. Porter

This Italian cotton and linen-blend chambray blazer is made of lighter materials and boasts a more relaxed silhouette than your typically buttoned-up options. It’s ideal for a daytime, warm-weather affair.

According to the Mr. Porter website, “Mr P.‘s blazer is designed to be worn with the matching trousers but you’ll find it goes with lots of other outfits, too. The butterfly lining keeps it feeling light and airy.”

Mr. Porter, $350
2. Havana Brown Houndstooth Jacket

Now we’re talking! A houndstooth featuring bolder colors is more than you could get away with in a formal or business setting, but it’s a dapper pick for smart casual. This blazer can be perfectly paired with a solid red sweater if you really want to make a statement.

The Suitsupply website says, “A bold pick for some commanding style, this slim-tailored Havana is cut from a soft alpaca wool blend by the Ferla mill. Crafted with a striking brown and red houndstooth check, it features patch pockets, a notch lapel and natural shoulder.” 

And you can shop easy knowing that Suitsupply practices sustainable craftsmanship. “As a member of the Fair Wear Foundation, we promote thriving working environments and fair labor conditions throughout our supply chain,” they claim.

Suitsupply, $599
Smart Casual Dark Jeans for Men
3. Charisma Relaxed Straight in Dark Comfort
34 Heritage

When you’re doing denim, the two things to pay attention to are wash and fit. These high-rise straight legs by 34 Heritage are dark enough to pull off, while the contrast stitching still provides the cool “jeans” effect.

34 Heritage says, “With a relaxed thigh and leg opening and a flattering straight leg fit, this pair is an effortless classic. Double belt loops that can accommodate thicker and thinner belts without any slack.” 

Reviewers are ecstatic about their purchase. One claims, “These are the world’s greatest jeans. Comfortable, stylish, and perfect fit for me.” Another says, “Jeans, even expensive ones, are often poorly constructed. However, this pair of Charisma jeans truly lives up to its name. I’ve only had them for less than a month, but they are already my favorite pair. The fabric is incredibly soft and comfortable—no chafing here. Seams are sturdy, and the fit is perfect. I love them so much that I could easily wear them as pajamas, too. I think I’ll get another pair or two.”

    34 Heritage, $165
    4. Flex Jeans in Slim Fit
    Eddie Bauer

    Super minimal black jeans are a must. You can easily dress them up or down, and from across the room, they won’t even look like denim. As an added feature, these jeans “are engineered to initially tighten after washing/drying, then conform to your body to give you a personalized fit after just a few hours of wear,” according to the website.

    One excited reviewer says, “These are my first pair of EB jeans. They won’t be last. They fit great, are super comfortable, wear well, and actually have real pockets! Most other jeans from other brands I’ve owned have dinky little shallow pockets that barely hold anything. These have real pockets that hold my keys, smartphone, and wallet.”

    Eddie Bauer, $53—slim-fit?size=&color=Black
    Smart Casual Button-Up Shirts for Men
    5. Chess Gingham Dress Shirt

    A collared button-up sans tie always hits the mark. Twillory has some non-iron options (because wrinkles are so not smart) like this blue chess gingham that could work on its own or under a navy blazer.

    The website boasts, “We’ve engineered the world’s most innovative non-iron fabric: SafeCotton. For years, shirting companies used a cocktail of chemicals (like formaldehyde) to create non-irons. Our process removes wrinkles and chemicals, all while improving softness to deliver a handfeel like no other.”

    Twillory, $99
    6. Ludlow Stretch Two-Ply in Blue Floral
    J. Crew

    Experiment with subtle, small patterns like these tiny florals to give your look some personality.

    One reviewer says, “Bought this shirt for my husband for a wedding. It fits and looks great on him. It is a true slim fit, which he loves because, having long arms and a thin built, he usually has to sacrifice correct arm length for proper fit in the torso. Not with this one. The design is a nice extra touch.”

    J. Crew, $30
    Smart Casual Shoes for Men
    7. Manchester Street Cap Toe Derby

    Black dress shoes and oxfords are considered too formal for a smart casual dress code, but Derby shoes are a traditional pick and one that every guy should have in their footwear arsenal. Go for a lighter color, and, once again, don’t be afraid to play with texture. Case in point: these suede kicks by Rodd & Gunn.

    According to the brand’s bio, New Zealand-based Rodd & Gunn, established in 1987, creates classics that are imbued with contemporary style and designed to stand the test of time. Since this shoe comes in whole sizes only, order next size up if you’re a half size.

    Nordstrom, $178
    8. American Classic Kneeland Bit Loafer
    Cole Haan

    A classic leather loafer also captures the vibe you’re after, and a little bit of shiny hardware, like the gold links on these Cole Haans, will go a long way.

    One reviewer writes, “Great looking shoe. Fits well.” Another says, “I got this loafer, and I am very pleased with it.” 

    Cole Haan, $300
    Smart Casual Cardigans for Men
    9. Light Blue Rib Shawl Cardigan

    You can be comfy! Cardigans are an acceptable swap out for blazers in this case, but the secret is in the quality, and which other clothing items you’re pairing with it. This wool-cashmere blend over a dress shirt is the look.

    Suitsupply’s website says, “A stylish and practical choice for a relaxed seasonal look, this handsome light blue cardigan is cut from a soft, rich blend of wool and cashmere. Tailored to a comfortably slim fit, it features a texture rib pattern, short shawl collar and a 5-button closure.”

    Suitsupply, $169
    10. Wool-Blend Shawl Collared Cardigan

    Really just here for those suede elbow patches.

    With 304 reviews averaging 4.7 stars, customers are very pleased with this purchase. One review says, “I have not taken it off since it arrived. It is comfortable and we are in the 3-18 degree temps at the moment with the house fully heated day and night. Yesterday my wife came up and gave me a cuddle and said, ‘I just wanted you to know that you look cuddly in the cardigan and it suits you.’ So time will tell if it is value for money, but it is value for the soul, looks smart, feels great and fits very well. For me, it has already become a favorite.” 

    Orvis, $179