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!

The Next Chapter in Life

New Year's Day is the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar. Civilizations around the world have been celebrating the start of each New Year for at least four millennia. Today, most New Year’s festivities begin on New Year’s Eve and continue into the early hours of New Year’s Day. Common traditions include attending parties, eating special New Year’s foods, making resolutions for the New Year and watching fireworks displays.

In fact, each year millions of people around the world watch the iconic New York City tradition, the dropping of a giant ball in New York City’s Times Square at the stroke of midnight. This has occurred almost every year since 1907. Over time, the ball has expanded from a 700-pound iron-and-wooden orb to a brightly patterned and lighted sphere 12 feet in diameter and weighing nearly 12,000 pounds.

But New Year’s is a time of reflection too. We at MONAT believe more in New Year’s intentions than in resolutions, which often are uninspiring, difficult to keep and typically peter out after a few months. Ask anyone who belongs to a gym; the gym packed in January with people full of determination to lose weight and get toned. By March, the gyms have emptied out.

Our philosophy is that intention differs in both spirit and practicality. Intentions set the tone and perspective for the New Year. This means rather than make a resolution to exercise and eat healthy, you would set a goal of listening to your body and making healthier choices. This is easier to adhere to and can be drawn upon to guide your decisions at any time.

New Year’s also is a time that the MONAT family surveys the past year and uses it to ask, “What do we intend to achieve this coming year?” We dig deep and affirm that we’re truly invested in fully living life. Having a goal puts a powerful force into play on a universal, conscious and subconscious level. These goals or intentions give our lives direction and help us think big.

As part of the MONAT family,
we invite you to ask along with us the following intentions:

  • What would you like to have happen in your life this year?
  • What would you like to do, to accomplish?
  • What good would you like to attract into your life?
  • What particular areas of growth would you like to have happen to you?
  • What blocks, or character defects, would you like to have removed?
  • What would you like to attain?
  • Where would you like to go?
  • What would you like to have happen in friendship and love?
  • What would you like to have happen in your family life?
    What problems would you like to see solved?
  • What decisions would you like to make?
  • What would you like to happen in your career?

What you think about and dream about are your own personal intentions. But we invite you to share some intentions with us…to help others, to be grateful for what we have and to strive to do the very best we can do at any given moment. This New Year, the next chapter in our book of life is about to be written. Let’s write it together!

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Real People Real Results

Molly loves her MONAT! After seeing the results the products have had on her hair, who wouldn’t? In her own words:

“No frizz, so many curls and so defined! My hair is so healthy and shiny! I love MONAT! I will never put another product in my hair again!”

Molly McAnally

To begin transforming your hair like Molly, follow these simple tips**:

  • Wash and condition with Renew Shampoo and Restore Leave-In Conditioner.
  • Place a quarter-size amount of Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy in the palm of your hand; add several drops of REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive. Use more or less product depending on the length of your hair.
  • Rub hands together and apply evenly throughout hair, scrunching with your hands.
  • Seal your natural look with Refinish Control Hairspray.
  • Once a week, apply Replenish Masque all over hair from roots to ends, leave in for 20 minutes, and rinse out thoroughly.
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Submit your Real Results to monatglobal.com/before-and-after for a chance to be featured in our next issue! *

*By submitting your photos to MONAT, you are automatically confirming that you are of legal age and that you assign MONAT and anyone authorized by MONAT the absolute and irrevocable right and permission to use, reproduce, edit, exhibit, project, display, copyright, and/or publish and circulate the photos in all forms and media for art, advertising, publicity, public displays, exhibitions, and/or any other purposes. You are also automatically confirming that you will not be compensated or receive any monies in return for MONAT's use of your photos. **Testimonials are not a guarantee as to outcomes. Individual results may vary.

The Science Behind Gratitude

At MONAT, gratitude is one of our core values. We believe that gratitude has the power to transform our perception. And science is backing us up. Within the past decade, there has been an increasing number of studies demonstrating that “gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity and build strong relationships,” according to Harvard Medical School (2015).

Additional benefits resulting from a regular practice of gratitude, as found in a University of Birmingham study (2013), include:

• Few intellectual biases
• More helpfulness toward others
• Raised self-confidence
• Better work attitude
• Strengthened resiliency
• Less physical pain
• Improved health and longevity

And it doesn’t stop there! Extensive research reveals that those who actively practice being grateful for the things they have feel better mentally and physically compared to those who think more about what they lack in life. Research published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research (2009) showed that study participants who expressed gratitude frequently “slept better and longer than those who didn’t.”

The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, studies the psychology, sociology and neuroscience of well-being. Scientists there have corroborated other findings about gratitude and found that people who make gratitude a consistent part of their life enjoy numerous other benefits:

• Stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure
• Higher levels of positive emotions
• More joy, optimism, and happiness
• Acting with more generosity and compassion
• Feeling less lonely and isolated

Just What IS Gratitude?

The word gratitude comes from the Latin word gratia, meaning grace or graciousness. As reported in the Harvard Mental Health Letter, “Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives.”

Interestingly, whatever one’s current outlook toward life is, it’s possible to develop the trait of gratitude on one’s own. Here are some techniques you can use:

Take the Time to Write a Thank-you Note - You will make yourself happier and also can cultivate a relationship with a friend by writing a thank-you note, telling them how much you enjoy and appreciate how much they mean to you. Mail it or read it to them in person. Regularly send one gratitude letter a month. Occasionally even write one to yourself.

Why do this? A study at the University of Pennsylvania found that when study participants’ assignment was to write and personally deliver a letter of gratitude to someone they felt they had never truly thanked for a kind act, participants immediately exhibited a huge increase in happiness scores, with benefits lasting for a month. Other research reinforces this concept.

Thank Someone Mentally - You get the same benefits of gratitude if you simply think about someone who has done something nice for you and thank the person in your mind.

Keep a Gratitude Journal - Develop a daily habit to write down thoughts about the gifts of life you've received that day. In a study at the University of Miami, those who wrote about gratitude vs. those who wrote about things that displeased them for a 10-week period were more optimistic and felt better about their lives. Interestingly, they also exercised more and had fewer visits to physicians than those who focused on sources of aggravation.

Count your blessings - Decide on a special time each week to sit back and write about your blessings, contemplating about the good things that happened or what you are grateful for. When you write, focus and remember how you felt and what your mood was like when something good happened.

Gratitude makes people appreciate what they have versus continually wanting something new, thinking that will make them happier…or believing they can't feel satisfied until all their physical and material needs are satisfied. Gratitude enables people to gain joy from what they have instead of feeling pessimistic or down over what they don’t have.

At MONAT, we make gratitude a way of life. We share our time, our energy and our resources with our families, friends, partners, clients and customers. You can too! At MONAT, this is Gratitude Week. Embrace it, share it and make the most of it!

National Parents’ Day

This Sunday is National Parents’ Day in the United States. In honor of this holiday, we thought we would start the conversation on who – exactly – do we get our hair from. Is it mom or dad?

Who is to blame for your naturally thinning hair (or who gets the credit for the luscious locks)? While many people believe hair characteristics (specifically hair thinning and baldness) are passed down from the mother’s side, it is not the only genetic factor in play. Men with bald fathers also have an increased chance of going bald when compared to men whose fathers have a full head of hair. Scientists say baldness anywhere in your family may be a sign of your own impending fate (sigh).

The combination of characteristics that makes you an individual is your phenotype. Although your hair characteristics may seem to physically favor one side over the other, you get the same amount of genetic information from each of them.

So whether you have a full head of hair, or are starting to thin out, blaming mom and dad won’t make it any better. Besides, no matter if you’re in Canada or the U.S., thanks to your parents, you’re here, experiencing life on Earth. So cut them some slack, right? Right. And you always have MONAT. ☺

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A little about Parents’ Day and what this day celebrates

In 1994 President Bill Clinton signed into law the resolution unanimously adopted by the U. S. Congress establishing the fourth Sunday of every July as Parents’ Day, a day of commemoration similar to Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. According to the Congressional Resolution, Parents’ Day is established for “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.”

This is your day to honor both mom and dad and thank them for everything they’ve done for you. To every parent out there: Thanks for all your patience, undeniable support, discipline, and of course, unconditional love.

Families are important. So take some time today to really show your loved ones you cherish them!