Have You Mastered The Art Of Grooming?

Calling all men! How many of you have stepped into the 21st century and developed your own art of grooming ritual for your hair? Spending time in the bathroom – but we don’t mean lots of time! – is no longer reserved for women. Masculine hair and facial hair grooming is a habit that all men should embrace, regardless of your look.

Let’s Talk About Hair

The unkempt, grunge style of the 90s has long gone and the “man bun” is reserved for millennials. But there are still numerous ways to wear your hair. To give you an idea of the many ways you can wear your hair, pick up some men’s magazines, google “men’s hairstyles” and read a link like this. If you’re still at a loss for what to do with your hair, ask your stylist for advice.

Above all, any guy with a clue knows that the “just got a haircut” look is passé. Anyone who has an art of grooming knows your haircutter should practically be your friend…and a good friend, not a bad one! You certainly don’t want to be like Jim Morrison, who once said, “Some of the worst mistakes in my life were haircuts.” A steady schedule of monthly visits to a good stylist to keep your hair shaped is vital to looking your best.


Overwhelmed by Haircare Products?

Choosing hair products is often where men stumble. Which products should you use to clean and style your hair? The right products can make a huge transformation in your overall appearance. Save time by using MONAT's BLACK Shampoo + Conditioner 2-in1 system that cleanses and conditions hair while maintaining essential moisture. It also helps stimulate natural hair growth and who doesn't want that?

The art of grooming also includes styling your hair, even if you think styling is not for you. This is where choosing the right product becomes critical. Putting a finish on one’s hair is important for everyone, from hipster youth to athletic go-getters to seasoned executives. Remember, sloppy gets you nowhere. Try BLACK Groom Styling Clay to give you just the right hold (not too much!) and the variety you want in how your hair looks.


Treat Your Facial Hair With Care!

Time to talk about your facial hair. If you wear it, regardless of length, it needs to be regularly trimmed and groomed. While beards are on trend right now, the Paul Bunyan look definitely is not in!
If you shave, shave like a master! Prepare your skin so your razor gives you a smooth, comfortable shave. Shave creams like BLACK Cream Shave is rich and soothing and helps open your pores to leave less redness. Finish off with BLACK Aftershave + Moisturizer to soothe skin, reduce ingrown hairs and leave a silky (not greasy!) feel!


Remember, just as a stylish woman is admired, so is a man. Develop your own art of grooming and watch the heads turn!

MONAT Raises Funds For Wounded Warriors

Being grateful and appreciative of services performed is something MONAT knows firsthand since gratitude is at the very core of its culture. The company expresses gratitude in many ways.

For example, recently for a Memorial Day sale, MONAT included a special donation offer with all proceeds earmarked for the Wounded Warrior Project in the U.S. and Wounded Warriors Canada.

Wounded Warrior Project U.S. serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families.

MONAT wanted to give thanks to those who fought for our country and gave of themselves to protect us. While Canada does not celebrate Memorial Day, MONAT Canada took this opportunity to participate in the sale to help their country’s Wounded Warriors organization, which was developed to support all Canadian Forces members wounded on operations and to improve the general morale and welfare of the injured soldiers and their families.

The U.S. raised $14,000 USD and Canada raised $5,000 CAD for the cause. The donations were given to each organization this past Friday, June 16, during live Facebook events streaming from Miami, Florida, and Ontario, Canada.

MONAT really does practice giving back as a way of life!


1 Engaging Families 2015 Special Editions—Mother’s Day. https://www2.ed.gov/news/newsletters/engagingfamilies/index.html
2 O'Reilly, Andrea (6 April 2010). Encyclopedia of Motherhood. Sage Publications (CA). p. 602. ISBN 978-1-4522-6629-9.
3 Recession or not: Mom comes 1st (phillyBurbs.com) | Local Business. http://phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/147-05082008-1530894.html

Top Tips To Condition Your Hair!

How to Properly Condition Your Hair!

So all this time, you thought you’ve been conditioning your hair the right way. After all, what is there to do but put conditioner on your head, massage it through your hair and rinse. Right? Wrong! There actually is a proper way to condition your hair so you get maximum benefit and shining, lustrous hair. Let’s get to it!

  • Prepping Your Washed Hair: After you’ve rinsed out your shampoo, squeeze some of the water out of your hair before you put in your conditioner, like Revitalize Conditioner.
  • Applying Conditioner: Add conditioner from the mid-lengths of your hair to the tips. Don’t put conditioner at the roots of your hair because the natural oil from your scalp is more concentrated there; you don’t need it.
  • Let It Sit: If your hair is long, clip it up and finish showering. The longer the conditioner stays on your hair, the better it absorbs. Rinse out the conditioner as the final step in your shower.
  • Give Hair a Squeeze: Before you rinse, though, give your hair a few gentle squeezes since excess water dilutes your conditioner and prevents hair from soaking up moisturizing ingredients.
  • Bring On the Cold: This conditioning tip is important. Finish with a cold water rinse. Cold water will shut the cuticle tight, sealing the shingle-like outer layer. This will cause it to reflect the most light and shine.
  • Pick Products for Your Hair Type: Most importantly, be sure to select a shampoo and conditioner that are made especially for your hair type. If your hair is dry, choose moisturizing products like Renew Shampoo and Restore Leave-In Conditioner. If you color your hair, opt for color-safe formulas and extra special treatments, like masques such as Replenish Masque. Volumizing products are great for fine hair types; try Revive Shampoo and Revitalize Conditioner.

Work On Your Split Ends: We’ve all got them but now we can get rid of them with a product like REJUVABEADS™, which selectively targets and penetrates damaged hair and pulls split ends* together like magnets, mending them completely through a proprietary technology. Continued use leads to stronger, healthier, more flexible and resilient hair.

Remember, how often you wash your hair depends on your hair type. If you have oily or fine hair you may need to shampoo daily. Normal hair can probably be washed three times a week and dry to very dry hair can go 4 to 5 days to a week without washing.

By following these conditioning tips properly, you can now happily dry and style your hair, knowing your locks are ready to turn into shine and luster!

* Independent testing has demonstrated that application of the product resulted in a 100% repair of split ends 3mm long and under.

Top Hair Washing Hacks!

Try These Top Hair Washing Hacks!

How often have you just slapped shampoo on your hair, scrubbed and rinsed and thought your hair was clean? You may think you’re doing the right thing…but unfortunately that’s not the way to get sparkling clean hair. People who don’t wash their hair properly don’t get their hair truly clean so it ends up covered in a sort of film that leads to dullness and lack of shine over time.

Follow these hacks for washing your hair and you’ll make a genuine difference in hair health as well as its bounce, shininess and maximum luster.

  • Hair should be thoroughly wet before adding shampoo. Warm water will open the cuticle, which is good for removing any dirt or product trapped in the hair.
  • Condition first… sometimes: If you have long hair, condition it first. If your hair falls beneath your shoulders, protect its fragile ends from drying out and incurring more damage by running a small amount of conditioner like Revitalize Conditioner through them and lightly rinsing before any shampooing. This not only will keep ends healthy, it will fill any holes in the cuticle with moisture, making the hair smoother and enhancing shine.
  • A big mistake is using too much shampoo in the first place. Look at how much you’re using. Then cut that in half, to about the size of a quarter. That’s all you need! A shampoo like Renew Shampoo removes all the dirt and oil from you hair while holding onto essential oils and lipids you need to prevent dryness and breakage.
  • Don’t scrub too hard. Vigorously massaging shampoo roughs up the cuticle, causing frizz, flyaways and miniscule tangles. Don’t use circular motions, which can tangle your hair.
  • Lather from roots to ends. The hair closest to the scalp is the youngest and will be the oiliest while the end of the hair is the oldest and usually driest, most fragile part of the hair. First, rub the shampoo between your hands with a little water to emulsify it. Then gently massage the roots with your fingertips and run what’s left through the length of your hair. This is the first wash and known as external cleansing.
  • There’s a reason to shampoo your hair twice. The first wash removes excess dirt and grime. The second wash gets your hair squeaky clean. The second shampoo also is the time to really get your shampoo right into the roots and create a proper lather. The suds will run down the rest of your hair and get the mid-length to ends clean.
  • Get the shampoo fully out of your hair so your conditioner can do its tricks. A full two minutes of rinsing is recommended. Then gently squeeze the excess water out of your hair. Now you’re “conditioner ready!”
  • How often you wash your hair depends on your hair type. If you have oily or fine hair you may need to shampoo daily. Normal hair can probably be washed three times a week and dry to very dry hair can go 4 to 5 days to a week without washing.

A word of warning – skip the sulfates! Sulfates are detergents that give shampoo its foamy lather. But they strip skin of oil and dry out your hair. Sulfates also can strip hair of color. Shampoos without sulfates keep the cuticle tighter, which prevents color fading. Ignore them all together and use a shampoo without any harsh ingredients in it like Renew Shampoo or Revitalize Shampoo.

These hair washing hacks will have you on your way to a gorgeous mane. Stay tuned for next week when we talk about the best hacks for conditioning your hair!

Yay! It’s Summer!

Summer Hacks For The Best Summer Hair! Ready?

With Memorial Day just past us, the long-awaited days of summer are finally here! Shorts and loose tops or filmy sundresses are the standard ware. So bring on the picnics, barbecues, pool and beach! But before you start soaking up these days, are you equipped to care for your most prized possession – your hair? Here are some summer hacks to protect your hair from the sun’s rays, the humidity and heat, and chlorine and salt water.

First, cover up! Being outdoors in the hot sun can damage your hair. The sun’s heat drains moisture from your hair, leaving it dry, faded, and prone to breakage. Use a scarf or hat to provide extra UV protection, helps your scalp retain moisture and protect color-treated hair.

Be careful washing your hair too much. Summer heat and humidity causes excess sweat and greasiness. The temptation is to wash your hair more often. But some shampoos, especially those with sulfates, can have a drying effect, which is made worse by the hot sun. Use a sulfate-free shampoo, like Renew Shampoo, which will clean your hair and scalp without stripping natural oils, leaving you with clean and silky hair. You also can simply rinse your hair after a day at the beach or pool and then use a dry shampoo like The Champ Conditioning Dry Shampoo to get rid of any extra oiliness.

Cool the blow dryers and other heating tools! Blow dry your hair as infrequently as possible. And that goes for your hot iron and curling wand too. During the hot, sunny summer months, air dry your hair whenever possible and go au naturel if you can. Slightly messy hair is actually quite “in” during the summer. Go for effortless, beachy waves by washing or wetting your hair before bed, then piling it up in a bun or braid on top of your head. Finish it off the next morning with a spray like Tousled Texturizing Mist especially designed to give a beachy look.


Use a leave-in conditioner to protect your hair from sun damage. This is especially important for colored or highlighted hair. Find a leave-in conditioner with sunscreen to keep your hair from fading and to lock moisture in, adding volume and texture. Consider Restore Leave-In Conditioner.

Don’t forget to give special care to split ends! No matter how hard you try, you may still be plagued with split ends from a winter full of straightened, slicked back hair. Use a product that specifically cares for split ends, like REJUVABEADS™, which selectively targets and penetrates damaged hair and pulls split ends* together like magnets, mending them completely through a proprietary technology. Continued use leads to stronger, healthier, more flexible and resilient hair.


Keep your scalp and roots hydrated by drinking lots of water. Water is critical to every single cell, including those that contribute to hair growth and overall quality of hair. Eat healthy, including lots of omega-3 fatty acids, to keep your hair looking shiny and healthy, and drink plenty of fluids to keep your hair beautiful and lustrous.

Now kick back and enjoy yourself those long lazy, hazy days of summer!

*Independent testing has demonstrated that application of the product resulted in a 100% repair of split ends 3mm long and under.

Father’s Day Is Around The Corner

What Role Does Your Father Play In Your Life?

Fathers have a very special place in our hearts. If you’re a female, you might be “Daddy’s little girl” no matter how old you are. If you’re a male, your dad might be your biggest hero. But do we let our fathers know how much we love and treasure them often enough? Maybe you do…or, well, not as much as you’d like to. Well, Father’s Day gives everyone a reason to celebrate the father figure in their life, whether it be a dad, a stepdad, an uncle, a grandfather or even a great-grandfather.


While mothers usually tend to get the starring role in a family, research demonstrates that if a child’s father “is affectionate, supportive and involved, he can contribute greatly to a child’s cognitive, language and social development as well as academic achievement, a strong inner core resource, sense of well-being, good self-esteem and authenticity.”1

For example, girls will seek out in a future partner the attributes that their father held, like being nice, loving and kind. For boys, fathers serve as a role model and boys will look for their father’s approval in everything they do.2

Another point about the importance of good relationships with fathers? Girls tend to do better in math and boys tend to have better grades and perform better on achievement tests!3 Who knew?

But back to Father’s Day, which is around the corner. What are you giving your father? There are so many ideas. Depending on your dad, you may give a gift like a sports accessory, an electronic gadget, outdoor cooking supplies, tools or even a new fishing pole. Today, economists estimate that Americans spend more than $1 billion each year on Father’s Day gifts!4


But don’t forget men, like women, always like to look their best. You could treat him to a spa package of haircare and shaving products, which would be quite unusual. Try the MONAT BLACK System which includes BLACK Cream Shave, BLACK Aftershave and Moisturizer, BLACK Shampoo + Conditioner and BLACK Groom Styling Clay. Your dad will definitely thank you!

1 Gross, Dr. G. THE BLOG/The Important Role of Dad Aug 12, 2014. HUFFPOST. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-gail-gross/the-important-role-of-dad_b_5489093.html
2 Ibid.
3 Ibid.

Today Is National Visit Your Relatives Day!

We all do it. We get so caught up with our busy, busy lives and fast-paced lifestyles that we barely see our relatives unless they live with us. In fact, far too many of us lose touch with relatives that aren’t close by. National Visit Your Relatives Day reminds us to stop for a moment, take time out and call or visit those relatives we care about and haven’t seen for a while. Life really is too short not to make time for family and that goes for extended family too.

Seeing a special aunt, uncle or cousin brings back memories, usually of childhood when get-togethers seemed to be more common. Be grateful for your relatives, as few or as many as you have. There’s a unique thread that’s woven through all families that ties us together. Who among us doesn’t have a favorite relative who acts as a stalwart support, helping us get through tough times and celebrating with us when we have successes? We need our families and they need us.

Your relatives are your past, present and future. The older ones are living history. Not only can they tell you stories about your heritage, they can tell you what the world was like when they were young – far, far different than today. Your older relatives also are important when it comes to finding out genetic health issues that might be passed down. And don’t forget that the younger ones are the future and will carry on your family’s legacy.

Even if it’s only by phone, keep the connection. A favorite, 90-year-old uncle can answer questions you may have about your mother if she’s passed. Your cousin and you can dissect family dynamics. It’s quite likely you had holiday diners together when you were younger and no one can erase those memories. Like the time your aunt put a Brussel sprout on top of your cousin’s piece of pumpkin pie because he refused to eat them? We all have funny memories.

And yes, some of course are sad. That’s part of life. But if you regularly keep your arm extended to your entire family, you can share your melancholy with people who really, truly understand what you feel and will walk down memory lane with you.


Think about it for a second. What would life be like without your grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and/or nephews? Pretty dull, heh? Take some time right now and pick up the phone. Better yet, get in your car and go for a visit!

What Are You Doing For Your Mother This Mother’s Day?

Mother's Day is annually held on the second Sunday of May. As you know, it celebrates motherhood, mother figures, maternal bonds and the contribution mothers make to society. And it’s not just about mothers. Grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers, foster mothers and just about anyone who is a mother are included too. The gifts people give on this huge holiday range from cards, flowers, candy, chocolate, clothing and jewelry to a brunch or dinner at a favorite restaurant to a beauty treatment or trip to a spa.

But how did Mother’s Day actually begin? Social activist Anna Jarvis started a campaign to make "Mother's Day" a recognized holiday in the United States in 1905, the year her mother died. The modern holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Ms. Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St. Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. Ms. Jarvis succeeded in her campaign for a national holiday when President Woodrow Wilson established the first U.S. national Mother’s Day in 1914.1,2

Mother’s Day is now the most popular day of the year to dine out at a restaurant (have you made your reservation yet?). In fact, Americans spend about a whopping $2.6 billion on flowers and another $68 million on greeting cards annually for this holiday!!3

So what are you doing to celebrate the important mother figure(s) in your life? If you live close by you could go the unusual route and cook a meal for her at home instead of brunch out and then do something out-of-the box fun, like go to a play, a comedy show or take an art or cooking class together. If the weather is nice, perhaps there are gardens nearby to visit or a waterfront pier you could stroll on.

If you live far from your mom, of course call her and do it early in the day so she doesn’t sit around wondering and waiting. If you’re sending a card or package, let’s hope you mailed it already! A cool idea would be to arrange for a credit or purchase at a favorite restaurant or shop. Finding out that a book she wants is at the local bookstore waiting for her will surprise her and show her your thoughtfulness. Or book a local spa day for her, the complete works, facial and massage down to manicure and pedicure! (If you can afford it…but if you can’t, a surprise manicure would be just as nice.)

But say you are going out. You want to look your best and so will your mother. And what’s the biggest thing women fuss about? Their hair! When you go to pick your mother up, treat her by re-styling her hair for her! Freshen up her hair easily with a dry shampoo, like THE CHAMP Conditioning Dry Shampoo, and then re-style her hair using a styling product like Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy and finish it off with Refinish Control Hairspray.

1 Engaging Families 2015 Special Editions—Mother’s Day. https://www2.ed.gov/news/newsletters/engagingfamilies/index.html
2 O'Reilly, Andrea (6 April 2010). Encyclopedia of Motherhood. Sage Publications (CA). p. 602. ISBN 978-1-4522-6629-9.
3 Recession or not: Mom comes 1st (phillyBurbs.com) | Local Business. http://phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/147-05082008-1530894.html

May Is National Recommitment Month. Are You Still Committed?

May, the fifth month of the year and National Recommitment Month, is a great time to look back at all the goals and resolutions you made for yourselves at the New Year. Whether it was to be a better son or daughter, be a better partner, hit the gym three times a week, eat less processed sugar, or plant a garden that really grows, chances are that your resolve may have petered out a bit by this point. If so, it’s time to recommit yourself.

Let’s look at what “recommitment” actually means – it’s an interesting word. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, commitment is “a promise to do or give something.” The prefix “re” means “again” or “again and again.”1 When used together, recommitment essentially is regularly devoting yourself to a habit, an activity, a cause, a way of life… or what have you.

So now is a good time to reexamine what you’ve done toward achieving your New Year’s goals and evaluating your progress. Are you heading closer to or further away from what you want to accomplish? If you’ve wavered, recommit!


Of course, we can’t forget that life happens. You’ll have successes that seemingly came from nowhere, obstacles to overcome that suddenly popped up. You may have new challenges. You may have a new job or new responsibilities that take more time and energy. Any number of things could have happened in these past five months that you weren’t prepared for. Remember, when unexpected things occur, it’s up to you to decide how you will feel about sudden developments. Attitude is everything.

Here are some tips for reflecting on how far you’ve come…or not come:

  • Write in a journal: This is one of the best ways to evaluate where you are versus your goals. You can also write down anything you want without being vulnerable…frustrations, fears excitement about what it would take to seek your ultimate dream.2
  • Set time markers: Develop a timetable for achieving specific activities to get you on your way to meeting your goals. Having deadlines makes yourself accountable.3
  • Forgive yourself: Be nice to yourself if you miss a deadline, especially if your goal is long-term. Sometimes life does get really hectic. You’re human after all. One important thing to remember, contrary to popular belief, is that it takes an average of 66 days to create a habit, not the 21 days you’ve probably heard, which was hypothesized by Dr. Maxwell Maltz, a cosmetic surgeon, in the 1960s.

But that figure had never been tested scientifically. In 2009, a team from the University College of London conducted a study that showed it took an average of 66 days to form a new habit.4

So, as you go about recommitting yourself to a goal you know will make you happy to achieve, remember that it can take some time to get there – so be patient with yourself!

1 MAY IS NATIONAL RECOMMITMENT MONTH. Turnbridge http://www.tpaddictiontreatment.com/news-events/latestarticles/national-recommitment-month
2 Hands-on help for struggling job seekers. Daily Work. May 12, 2015. http://daily-work.org/may-is-recommitment-month/
3 Ibid.
4 How Long Does it Take for Something to Become a Habit? Personal Development/Examined Existence. http://examinedexistence.com/how-long-does-it-take-for-something-to-become-a-habit/

National Honesty Day Is Sunday, April 30th!

Honesty is the best policy.
—  Benjamin Franklin


Did you know that research shows that the average person lies about 200 times a day, including lies of omission and those little white lies that we all tell?1 Nurses are the most honest people.2 Men and women lie equally but men tend to lie to make themselves look better while women usually lie to make the other person feel better.3 Honestly!

Sunday, April 30th, is National Honesty Day. It was started in the early 1990s by M. Hirsh Goldberg, a former press secretary to a Maryland governor, who spent four years researching the best-selling The Book of Lies (W. Morrow, 1990). Mr. Goldberg chose April 30th for National Honesty Day to counteract the start of the month's April Fool's Day,4 which is all about telling lies, although lies told that day are considered relatively harmless.

But being dishonest-or let's say it outright-lying-is not harmless. So why do we do it? Because being honest can mean exposing a piece of your soul that you may keep hidden5 for fear of judgment, loss of respect or loss of love.6 It's common to only tell parts of a truth that one feels people want to hear, either by omitting revealing facts or telling “little white lies” that paint a very different picture of our “real” reality.7

Self-protection also is a powerful motivator. Frequently people are “advised” by their inner critic not to say what feel so they don't appear too vulnerable. They act like they don't care so they won't feel like a fool.8

Then there are times we all feel we should forego unpleasant pieces of information in order to spare a person's feelings, even when those details are important and we know it.9 Unfortunately, those fibs we tell because we don't want to hurt someone (from the mild “Oh, I love your neighborhood!” to the serious “No, he wasn't with anyone.”) can leave us feeling poorly about ourselves because we are not being authentic.10

Understanding why we lie can help us start to be more honest. Lying is "tied in with self-esteem," says Robert Feldman, psychologist at the University of Massachusetts. "We find that as soon as people feel their self-esteem is threatened, they immediately begin to lie at higher levels."11

Feldman states people should become more aware of how often they are less than honest. People need to realize that honesty yields more genuine relationships and trust. "The default ought to be to be honest and accurate," he says.12

One has to remember that being honest requires honesty with yourself first. Once you accept your true feelings and motivations, you can speak more straightforwardly with others.13 Often, when you ask the right questions, strive to view a tenuous situation with a detached mindset and practice patience with another person, you can build a stronger relationship than it may previously have been.14 Truthfulness, as hard as it might seem, actually can strengthen connections.15

If you do slip up but the moment has passed, be honest with yourself. Acknowledge that you didn't handle a situation right and vow to do better if a similar situation happens again.


Take a second to think about your values.
You know you’re honest when you do the right thing,
even when nobody is looking.

1 10 Research Findings About Deception That Will Blow Your Mind. LIESPOTTING. http://liespotting.com/2010/06/10-research-findings-about-deception-that-will-blow-your-mind/
2 Jimenez, Sallie. Nurses rank #1 once again in Gallup poll for ethics and honesty. NURSE.com. https://www.nurse.com/blog/2016/12/21/nurses-rank-1-once-again-in-gallup-poll-for-ethics-and-honesty/
3 Llyod, Robin. Why We Lie. May 15, 2006. Live Science/Health. http://www.livescience.com/772-lie.html
4 National Honesty Day. Holiday Insights. http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/April/honestyday.htm
5 Carver, Melissa. The Truth About Lying: Why People Lie and How to Cope. The Chopra Center.
6 Firestone, Lisa, Ph.D., Why We Lie and How to Stop. Psychology Today. Posted Feb. 23, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/compassion-matters/201309/why-we-lie-and-how-stop
7 Ibid.
8 Ibid.
9 Ibid.
10 Lloyd op. cit.
11 Ibid.
12 Ibid.
13 Carver op. cit.
14 Sun 30th Apr, 2017 will be…Honest Day., op. cit.

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