Top 10 Cities Most Welcoming of Whiskers

Dallas sports fans helped the city rebound to the top of the "Most Facial Hair Friendly Cities in America" list. To honor this accomplishment, Wahl is sponsoring the city's most devoted fans, The Mavs ManiAACs.

Dallas sports fans helped the city rebound to the top of the “Most Facial Hair Friendly Cities in America” list. To honor this accomplishment, Wahl is sponsoring the city’s most devoted fans, The Mavs ManiAACs.

If you’re a guy with scruff, you may be interested to know some cities are more welcoming of your whiskers than others. The annual list of “Most Facial Hair Friendly Cities in America” from men’s grooming leader Wahl is here, and this year a southern city is the hottest haven for the hairy.

1. Dallas

The big D is known for having some of the biggest sports fans. These Dallas devotees are also known for their follicular fortitude. For example, The Mavs ManiAACs, a beloved brood of bearded basketball fans, are one of the reasons the city jumped up two spots from last year. The city’s music scene, beard-friendly workplaces, and multiple beard and mustache clubs also didn’t hurt in achieving the title of America’s No. 1 hairy haven.

2. Atlanta

For a city that once rose from the ashes, Atlanta still smolders with style. In fact, game day grooming for its sports teams often includes extra face flair, proving you’ll find fuzz on more than peaches in the ATL.

3. Washington, D.C.

The U.S. capital’s rich facial hair history may be why the city has hovered near the top of the list for the last few years. Notable figures boasting winning whiskers include General Burnside and Abraham Lincoln, whose statue at the Lincoln Memorial proudly boasts a full beard that he likes to “reflect on” daily.

4. Minneapolis

Could infamous cold winters have something to do with abounding facial fuzz? We think this means of survival is also a statement of manly fashion in the Midwestern city once graced by late “Minneapolis sound” and facial hair icon, Prince.

5. Seattle

Built on the logging industry, the lumberjack beard never lost its touch in Seattle, making it a top 10 facial hair contender for four years running. What’s more, beards and brews naturally go together, and Seattle is known for brewing up great beer as well as its better-looking counterpart, the beard.

6. San Francisco

The capital of cultural bohemianism, San Francisco has a rich hipster culture, which all but demands a sweet ‘stache and complementary skinny jeans. The land of fog and all things fabulous is home to the Golden Gate Bridge and a gold rush of facial hair catapulting them up four spots this year.

7. Portland, Ore.

Portland may be a well-kept secret; however, it’s no secret it’s a hip and happening place boasting food trucks aplenty, coffee shops galore and facial hair for days. The largest and rapidly growing city in Oregon is rich in history, and has more bearded bicyclists per capita than any other U.S. city.

8. Detroit

Known as the heart of the American auto industry, Motor City revved up a hot 26 spots to make the top 10 list. Could this be because all good mechanics have rockin’ beards? Since this city is on the upswing with thriving arts and architecture, we think facial hair is there to stay.

9. Houston

“Houston” was the first spoken word from the moon, meaning it’s only right that Houstonians sport out-of-this-world facial hair. Speaking of sports, the city is home to six professional major league teams, and we all know athletes like to show off unique scruff — thank you, #FeartheBeard.

10. Chicago

Not all pizza and hot dogs, the Windy City means business when it comes to tall buildings and street style that’s inclusive of facial hair. With scruff becoming more widely accepted in the workplace, it’s not surprising Chi-town jumped up eight spots to make the top 10 list.

Didn’t see your city in the top 10? Check out Wahl’s complete list of “Most Facial Hair Friendly Cities” for 2017 at https://grooming.wahl.com/community/whats-new.

Whether or not your city made the list, every guy can do his city proud. As the Official Sponsor of Facial Hair, Wahl is looking to sponsor the most fantastic of follicles with its annual Wahl Man of the Year contest. The winner will receive $1,500 and be featured in a national ad. The contest runs through Sept. 28, 2017. More information, including how to enter and official rules, can be found at OfficialSponsorOfFacialHair.com. (BPT)

Father’s Day 2016 Gift Ideas from Michelle Washington, Fashion Editor for InFluential Magazine

By Michelle Washington, Fashion Editor for InFluential Magazine

Sunday, June 19 marks Father’s Day. The holiday will be here before you know it! Good news, there is still plenty of time to figure out what to get for the dads in your life. Here is a list of my top Fathers Day gift ideas for 2016:

Yves Saint Laurent (www.nordstrom.com) L’Homme Ultime’ Eau de Parfum / 1.3 oz / USD $80.00 Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme Ultime Eau de Parfum is a fragrance for the man who leaves his mark. It is an audacious blend; a duality of freedom and control. The fresh sensuality of sage mixes with the depth of aromatic woody notes to create an ultimately distinctive signature. Woody and aromatic.

1. Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme Ultime’ Eau de Parfum

Beardbrand “Tree Ranger” Beardsman’s Kit USD $200.00 (www.beardbrand.com). The Tree Ranger Beardsman’s Kit by beardbrand includes everything you need to take exceptional care of your facial hair. All of the products come packaged in a black walnut box.

2. Beardbrand "Tree Ranger" Beardsman's Kit

2. Beardbrand “Tree Ranger” Beardsman’s Kit

The Art of Shaving Fusion™ Engraved Razor USD $200.00 (www.theartofshaving.com) The Art of Shaving® expertly designs, manufactures and handcrafts each razor to ensure optimal comfort and balance during the shaving process. Made from the finest materials, The Art of Shaving® razors are elegant, durable and can be used with Fusion™ blades by Gillette®.

3. The Art of Shaving Fusion™ Engraved Razor

Triumph & Disaster “On the Road” Travel Collection USD $49.00 (www.triumphanddisaster.us) For the seasoned traveler, Triumph & Disaster offers a lightweight, compact kit that’s ready to go wherever you do to ensure you’re always clean-faced, clean-shaved and well prepared for the road ahead.

4. Triumph & Disaster “On the Road” Travel Collection

FOREO “LUNA™ for Men” Facial Cleansing & Anti-Aging Device USD $199.00 (www.foreo.com) A breakthrough device that truly meets the needs of men’s skin, FOREO LUNA for Men drives away impurities and energizes the skin for a more youthful look, leaving you with a complexion that appears clean, fresh and revitalized.

5. FOREO “LUNA™ for Men” Facial Cleansing & Anti-Aging Device

Ermenegildo Zegna ‘Hamptons’ Travel Kit USD $425.00 (www.nordstrom.com) Keep all your essentials organized on the go with an exquisite, textured-leather travel kit featuring sleek silvertone hardware.

6. Ermenegildo Zegna "Hamptons" Travel Kit

6. Ermenegildo Zegna “Hamptons” Travel Kit

Of course we need to remember, every day is a perfect day to be generous to those we love.

6 Easy Tips to Keep Your Nails Healthy and Strong

Our fingernails are always so exposed. They can harbor bacteria, become brittle and just plain unattractive when you don’t take care of them. Here are some tips to keep your nails in tip top shape from keeping them clean to primped and pretty.  

1. Keep your nails hydrated. Rub a bit of Vaseline or moisturizer with Vitamin E on your cuticles before you go to bed (so it doesn’t rub off during your daily activities). It will keep your cuticles from looking dry and rough.
 
2. Don’t file your nails right after you shower. They’re weaker and more likely to break. Also, file in one direction instead of back and forth. This can weaken your nails, too. Make sure to clean under your nails daily. 
 
 
3. Apply a fresh layer of topcoat every 1 to 2 days to prolong the length of your manicure and keep your fingers looking pretty and chip-free.
 
4. Wear gloves when washing dishes or using cleaners. These can be very harsh on your nails and cuticles, causing them to become dry, brittle and discolored.
 
5. If you have a favorite pair of boots or close-toed shoes, let them air out or rest a day between wearing them. Sweat and humidity can cause fungal infections.
 
6. Avoid biting your nails and cuticles – this can cause infection!