Date Night? 5 Hairstyles To Make You Stunning!

Whether it’s “date night” with your boyfriend, fiancé or hubby, you want to look special. Here are 5 hairstyles that speak of romance and will make you feel like you’re walking down the red carpet, spotlights on!

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Piled High

Putting your hair up shows off your face and a dramatic eye. If your hair is thick, put it up in a rubber band and then swirl it around into a bun, pinning as you go. If your hair is fine, use a mesh donut form to add some density. Mist lightly with Refinish Control Hairspray to keep it in place.

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Long, Loose Waves

Languid tendrils falling down your back is full of allure. The key is not styling your curls too tight…let it be messy and sexy by breaking up your curls with your fingertips. Touseled Texturizing Mist can give you that slightly rumpled look that makes your hair ever so touchable.

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Face Framing Crimps

You can have it both ways if you go with this style. Put your hair up in a bun or pull it back and braid it first, while keeping a center part. Then loosen things up by pulling out sections in front on both sides of the part and crimping them. Immediately your hairstyle looks softer and more alluring. Use a curling iron to get the irregular curly look with the tendrils. A little Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy will give some hold to the curls…and you’re all set to dance the night away!

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Half-Up Bouffant

Put a retro spin on your look with a bouffant half-updo…but give it a touchable texture.
Use Reshape Root Lifter to give your hair a boost at the top and to give it all-around fullness. Back comb the hair on the top of your head, pull the front strands back over the “fluff” and clip hair half-up. You’ll wow your “date” with this one!

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Modern Flapper

Take a steal from the flappers’ era and bring it in the 21st century! This is great for giving a sexy edge to chin length hair. Use some Blow Out Cream while you both dry and scrunch your hair at the same time. This will give you shine and a slight wave. Then use Tousled Texturing Mist to add more loose waves. You’ll be surrounded by a halo of romance with this one!

MONAT Helps Children In Need At Salvation Army, US & Canada

MONAT’s July 4th Sale Funds
Back-to-School Backpacks in U.S. & Canada

Being involved in one’s community and giving back are at the core of MONAT’s culture. The company pays it forward in numerous ways. For example, recently MONAT donated more than 320 school backpacks to The Salvation Army in the U.S. and Canada for children in need. A portion of the proceeds from a special MONAT July 4th sales promotion were earmarked for the Salvation Army’s Apple Tree Program in the U.S. and the Back to School Backpack Program in Canada.

Both MONAT U.S. and MONAT Canada purchased the backpacks and school items and then packed up every single one for a joint delivery on August 4th in both countries.

The U.S. Miami office delivered the backpacks and supplies to The Salvation Army Community & Family Shelter in Miami, where they were greatly appreciated. Said Captain Nancy Azuaje, Associate Area Commander, “Thank you so much for supporting our APPLE TREE program. Many children will be benefited by your donations. God keep on blessing the MONAT family. Thank you so much for being so generous and kind to us.” 

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Lu Urdaneta, MONAT, and Miami Salvation Army Captain Nancy Azuaje

In Canada, the backpacks were delivered to The Salvation Army Community & Family Services Coordinator in Ontario, where they were equally appreciated. As Terry Harney, Family Services Coordinator at the Salvation Army Markham/Stouffville, posted, “Thanks to friends and community partners MONAT Canada for their wonderful donation of backpacks and supplies.” Julie Hynes-Whalen Staff at Salvation Army Markham/Stouffville, posted, “We LOVE the support.”

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Heather Anderson, Distribution Lead Hand, and Stephanie Chandler,
Graphic Designer, MONAT, MONAT Canada Gratitude Team
and Julie Hynes-Whalen, Ontario Salvation Army

With hundreds of happy children now fully ready to board the school bus, you can see that MONAT really does practice giving back as a way of life!

“Thank you for participating in our July 4th More Than a Hand Cream promotion,” Lu Urdaneta, Senior Manager of Marketing and Gratitude Ambassador, MONAT, said. “Thanks to you we were able to do this donation in the name of the MONAT GLOBAL FAMILY! You’re not just enjoying soft hands, you are also making a difference. That’s the beauty of our GRATITUDE program.”

Get Creative! Different Hairstyles For Different Lengths!

No matter what length and texture your hair, there’s a style out there for you. But it can get overwhelming, especially because certain styles are best for specific seasons. To solve your hair dilemmas, here are some casual styles for different lengths of hair just for summer.

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Long Hair: Messy Side Pony

Cool and easygoing for summer, this longhaired style is relaxed yet still looks like you made an effort. Tousled Texturizing Mist will give you this easy look.

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Long Hair: Knotted Bun

Get rough and ready glamour with a low-slung knotted bun. This DIY style is easy… just twist and go! Use some Refinish Control Spray to keep the sides in place.

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Very Long Hair: Leather Wrapped Braids

These leather wrapped fishtail braids mix tough with pretty. It’s a simple braid with a leather tie—easy enough! Coat your hair with REJUVABEADS™ Oil Intensive while still wet to repair split ends and keep them at bay so the ends of your braids look sleek.

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Mid-Length Hair: Middle Part

A sleek hairstyle with a middle part is the perfect style for a party, a night on the town or any special occasion where you want to dress up a little…but not too much, which is what summer is all about! Use Blow Out Cream while styling to keep stranglers at bay.

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Mid-length Hair: Choppy Nouveaux Shag

Make a slightly uneven part, blow dry at your roots for a little volume using Reshape Root Lifter and let the bottom half fall in choppy layers. A perfectly sophisticated BUT EASY summer look!

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Chin-length Hair: Short Ponytail

Short hair can pull off a ponytail. Gather strands back into a band placed low. (Ponytails placed any higher on short hair look out of place.) Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy will keep everything neatly in place.

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Short African-American Hair: High Top

Short and au natural is the way to go. Keep it longish at the top so you can pick it out and have it short on the sides. Restore Leave-in Conditioner will keep the curls nicely hydrated. This is the hair for summer days!

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Short Hair: Layered Lob

This is the perfect casual hair for summer. Let the layers start midway down for volume. Then tousle the hair all over your head using Tousled Texturizing Mist and let it air dry. You’re good to go!

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Very Short Hair: Pixie Cut

The new cool girl pixie cut is shorn at the sides. Blend in some Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy at the top to keep it choppy. You can’t get cooler than this!

See? That wasn’t so difficult, was it? Now take your summer style and enjoy the lazy days ahead!

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5 Ways Friendship Improves Health!

Did You Know Friendship Improves Health?

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So often you hear people say about their friends, “She’s like a sister to me” or “I don’t know what I’d do without him.” There are more than good reasons people say this about their friends…there’s science to back it up. Having a strong social network of good friends really does help improve your health and keep you living longer. That’s all the more reason to celebrate your friends on National Friendship Day, which is right around the corner on August 6. The bonds you have with your friends are good for you!

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Friends Improve Our Overall Health

Research shows that people as young as teenagers to elders in their 90s have healthier lives and lower blood pressure than those with less friends.1 Solid friendships can help us overcome stress and get through all the obstacles that life hits us with – job loss, break-ups, divorce, health scares, you name it. A friend’s support really makes the difference.

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Friends Help Us Keep Our Wits About Us

Studies show that people with extended social ties are far less likely to develop dementia in older years as opposed to people with fewer friends.2, 3 Why? Because lively conversations with good friends draw upon different parts of our brain to keep our minds sharp and focused.
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Friends Keep Us Physically Healthy

Like osmosis, friends can soak up other friends’ habits, like exercising and eating well, according to study published in Science (December 2011).4 If your friend wants to stop for a smoothie instead of a fast food joint, you’ll likely go along with her. And how many times do you see friends taking power walks together? It’s true. Friendship improves health!

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Friends Can Help Us Live Longer

People who have strong social relationships are less likely to die prematurely than people who are isolated.5 A 2010 meta-analysis6 showed that the effect of social ties on life span is twice as strong as that of exercising, and equivalent to that of quitting smoking. These studies also found that the strength of people's social relationships, from number of friends to integration into the community, were all linked to decreased mortality. So make friends and work to keep them!

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Friends Keep Us Calm and Improve Our Mood

If you need a rock to lean on, lean on your friends. A 2011 study7 showed that spending time with your friends can alleviate your stress. And, your social relationships also have a good influence on your overall mood. Making new friends lifts your spirits due to the he release of the “feel good” hormone oxytocin in your body. And of course, who can make you feel better than a good BFF—it’s like putting a warm blanket around your soul.

So the next time you feel like being alone, remember that friendship improves health and pick up the phone and go out for coffee with a friend instead!

 

As Aristotle once said,
a friend is “a single soul dwelling in two bodies.”

 

1 Lockhart, E. 6 Ways Friendship Improves Our Health, April 27th, 2016, activebeat, http://www.activebeat.co/your-health/6-ways-friendship-improves-our-health/6/
2 Lockhart, E. 6 Ways Friendship Improves Our Health, April 27th, 2016, activebeat, http://www.activebeat.co/your-health/6-ways-friendship-improves-our-health/6/
3 Pappas, S. 7 Ways Friendships Are Great for Your Health. Jan. 8, 2016. LIVE SCIENCE.
https://www.livescience.com/53315-how-friendships-are-good-for-your-health.html
4 Brownstein, J. Healthy Habits Are Most Contagious Among Similar Friends. Dec. 1, 2011. Live Science. https://www.livescience.com/17265-healthy-habits-contagious-similar-friends.html
5 Holmes, L. 5 Ways Your Friends Make You Happier, Healthier And An All-Around Better Person. Healthy Living. 07/09/2014 HuffPost http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/09/benefits-of-friends_n_5568005.html
6 Pappas, S. 7 Ways Friendships Are Great for Your Health. Jan. 8, 2016. LIVE SCIENCE.
https://www.livescience.com/53315-how-friendships-are-good-for-your-health.html
7 Holmes, L. 5 Ways Your Friends Make You Happier, Healthier And An All-Around Better Person. Healthy Living. 07/09/2014 HuffPost http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/09/benefits-of-friends_n_5568005.html

Slow Mo Selfie

Show Us Your “Slow Mo Selfie!”

Slow Mo Selfies Are Fantastic and Fun

We've all done it. You wash your hair with MONAT and you can't believe how incredibly soft and luxurious it feels. So you run your fingers through your hair over and over again, turning your head and swirling your hair. You feel like you’re in a hair commercial! In fact, you feel so great you take a video of your own hair in slow motion:

Check out some examples of “Slow Mo Selfies:”

Send MONAT Your Slow Mo Selfie!

Let’s have some fun! Send MONAT your Slow Mo Selfie! Simply tag your video with #MONATinSlowMo for a chance to be featured on our Instagram page!
Isn’t long, luscious hair wonderful?

Want To Turn Heads? Get Gorgeous Eyes!

Want To Turn Heads? Get Gorgeous Eyes!

 

It has long been said that the eyes are the window to a person’s soul.

 

Turn Heads With Your First Impression

Your eyes play a huge role in first impressions because they are generally the first feature people notice when initially meeting you. And countless surveys show that men are more attracted to women with beautiful eyes.1 So let’s talk about them!

Eyebrows Put a Picture Frame Around Your Face!

Eyebrows have been in the spotlight more than ever recently and there’s a reason why. Well-groomed eyebrows frame the eyes and highlight your best features. The right eyebrow shape can brighten your appearance and make you look more youthful as well as draw more attention to your eyes…and to you! In fact, strong brows will turn heads faster than you can blink an eye!

Long Lashes Top Off Your Eye Appeal!

Long lashes are a universal symbol of beauty. Full, lush lashes exude sex appeal and youthfulness as well as make your eyes more alert. Many women feel that long lashes increase their self-esteem. That makes sense! When we look good, our confidence is boosted and we feel better about ourselves. Want to turn heads at your high school reunion? Emphasize your eyebrows and eyelashes!

However, not everyone is born with full luscious eyebrows or long, luxurious eyelashes. But you can take steps to help your brows fill in and your eyelashes grow longer by using a serum, like MONAT’s Eye Wonder™ Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum. Eye Wonder contains the clinically proven Capixyl™, which helps to increase the strength and condition of your brows and lashes. It also contains Fision KeraVeg18, a vegetable-based alternative to animal keratin which helps strengthen and improve the luster of lashes and brows.

Says Dr. Amy Ross of MONAT’s Scientific Advisory Board, “Replacing natural oils with Eye Wonder will make the lashes more healthy and therefore resilient. They also may appear more full.”

Listen to what else Dr. Ross has to say about your eyebrows and eyelashes here:

Want To Turn Heads? Get Gorgeous Eyes!

Learn more about Eye Wonder here.

With magnificent eyebrows and eyelashes, you’ll not only turn heads but make others green with envy. What a delicious thought!

1 Bass, JW, MD., 9 Reasons Women Want Longer Lashes, realself.
https://www.realself.com/article/reasons-women-want-longer-lashes

Styling Tips For Summer Hair!

Top 5 Styling Tips For Summer Hair!

Along with all the fun, relaxing, beach and pool days of summer come heat and humidity and the burning rays of the sun. Keeping your hair looking good without a lot of time spent styling (that time should be spent outside!) is the goal.

Here are five styles with tips on how to keep them in tip-top shape…easily!

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Styling Tip #1 - Chunky Top Knot

A chunky top knot is perfect for weathering hot days. Keep the bun slightly messy to relax the look and stay on trend. Keep it in place with a solid blast of hairspray, like Refinish Control Hairspray which also will tame flyaways around the hairline.

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Styling Tip #2 - Ultra-High Ponytail

The ultra-high ponytail is another great look for a hot day that flows into an evening out. Use a pliable product like Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy when blow drying to keep it clean and sleek all day. Also put some Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy in the palms of your hands, rub together to warm the product and then very gently wipe your hands over the crown of your head for added hold.

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Styling Tip #3 - Low, Loose Side-Braid

Curls are great but sometimes you want them out of the way, especially when you’re too tired to wash your hair in the evening. MONAT’s The CHAMP Dry Conditioning Shampoo has a trick for this! Before going to bed, get rid of any overnight greasiness by spraying The CHAMP directly on your roots and then slightly all over your hair; massage in gently with your fingers. Work your hair into a low, loose side-braid without the use of a brush, and sleep on it. Tomorrow you can either keep the braid or undo it… and flaunt natural second-day body and waves! Just be sure you don’t set your hair too tight or perfectly, since the slightly messy look is in for the summer!

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Styling Tip #4 - Slightly Disheveled Pixie

A slightly disheveled pixie is another great summer style. Warm a tablespoon of BLACK Groom Styling Clay in your palms so you can shape, mold and paste small pieces of your hair any way you feel like…the messier the better! You’ll end up with thicker-looking hair and a matte finish, giving you a cool appearance in the midst of a hot day! BLACK Groom Styling Clay is great for men’s hair too, to create a textured matte look with pliable hold.

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Styling Tip #5 - Beachy Waves Look

No summer hair tips would be complete without an emphasis on the beachy waves look, a great do for those of you with naturally wavy hair. Spray Tousled Texturizing Mist into your palms, run through your hair and then let your hair air dry, moving your fingers through it every so often to loosen the waves. If you want some extra volume, spray at the roots of your hair while it’s half dry to build fullness and dimension.

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Bonus Tip - Protect Your Hair

Importantly, the best hack you can follow in the summer, regardless of the hairstyle you choose, is to use products with sunscreen to protect hair from sun damage in them. All the products listed in this blog contain CRODASORB™, which is a UV absorber that helps protect hair color from fading in the sun.

Now get out there and have some summer fun!

Gratitude List

Want To Be Happier, Healthier? Keep A Gratitude List!

Do you ever feel like you’re down in the dumps and can’t climb out? Do you ever wish you had more energy? The antidote? A gratitude list.

Gratitude List Helps

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Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, enjoy good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity and build strong relationships, say researchers.1

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Wow! Who doesn’t want to feel that way? The most common way to cultivate a pervasive feeling of gratitude is to keep a gratitude list – it will change your life! People who keep a gratitude list report feeling:

  • Alert, alive, and awake
  • More joy and pleasure
  • Increased optimism and happiness
  • Less lonely and isolated2

Writing Your List

When writing your gratitude list, use a full sentence for each item like, “I’m grateful for…” or “I’m grateful that…”

This allows you to put down a thought that is giving thanks as opposed to just listing things or people.

 

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart,
it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
—  A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

 

Try it yourself! Within only a few weeks, you will find that doing a regular gratitude list can actually change your entire perspective on life!

MONATtitude

Here at MONAT, gratitude is a core part of our culture.

Which is why we all exhibit a MONATtitude of gratitude! Gratitude is what makes our world go around!

1 MAIN, D.5 SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN BENEFITS OF GRATITUDE. NEWSWEEK. NOV. 25, 2015. HTTP://WWW.NEWSWEEK.COM/5-SCIENTIFICALLY-PROVEN-BENEFITS-GRATITUDE-398582
2 EMMONS, R., Ph.D., Why Gratitude Is Good. Greater Good Magazine. Nov. 16, 2010. http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/why_gratitude_is_good/

Change to Achieve Success with MONAT GLOBAL

Change To Achieve Success

Meet Samantha Kelly. Samantha is anything but your typical wife, mother or working woman. She’s an Executive Director with MONAT, a known leader in the social selling business. She’s a real star in the business and says she made a change to achieve success. Let’s hear her story!

What exactly did you change to achieve success?

I had a few "real jobs" and failed at them miserably. I didn’t like “following the rules” and being pinned to a time clock. As a result, I struggled financially for a while because I refused to give in to the employee life. I somehow knew if I pushed through the financially hard times, the right opportunity would appear. And that's exactly what happened with MONAT. I had been part of another company full-time for four years but realized it wasn’t my home and something bigger was in my future. That’s when I realized I needed to change to achieve success so I joined MONAT in October 2016.

 

Your life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change.
—  Jim Rohn

 

What gratification does social selling give you?

In the beginning I loved making the money and knowing that I was providing for my family. But then I saw the big picture and what one can really do with this type of work. This is so much more than just a job. It’s given all of us who work at MONAT a platform to reach so many people and help them find their strong suit in life. When people realize if they change their mindset, they can change to achieve success and then anything is possible.

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How have you become so successful?

That's a loaded question! There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle of success but deep down it’s a desire for change so bad that nothing can set you back or stop you. I have been through some scary times with my health, at one point even beating death. So for me, nothing...and I mean nothing…can stop me from reaching my goals. I’ve learned not to let the small things get in the way and to appreciate every failure as a learning experience. I also learned a lot from a wonderful book called The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz. It’s extremely motivational for all areas of life. I always recommend it to my team!

What’s your advice for others who want to succeed at what they do?

I think you have to learn to retrain your brain for success. Failing, quitting, giving up…none of those phrases are on my radar. Our dreams are too big to leave any space in our heads for fear and doubt. Our brains are a powerful thing. You have to make a conscious decision to take control of it and give it what YOU want it to put out. Your brain is hungry; make sure you feed it with the right foods. And that means to take your desire, your passion and change to achieve success. For me, that change was MONAT.

Thank you, Samantha, for sharing your experience with us. She asked us to end our interview with another one of her favorite quotes:

 

The only way to do great work is to love what you do.
If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.
Don’t settle.
—  Steve Jobs

 

Art of Grooming - MONAT GLOBAL

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.

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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.

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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!

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

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