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Wedding Planning Tips for Grooms

Are you, or a family member or friend, planning an upcoming wedding? Traditionally, most wedding planning tasks have been done by the brides, with the grooms on hand to give a yes or no nod to a few small details. However, today’s grooms are getting more involved in the process. Men are working together with their future spouses to choose the venue, hire caterers, book services and groomsmen parties, and participate in every aspect of planning. Today we’ve put together a few quick tips that can make wedding planning with your future partner a breeze.

Pre-plan. Sit down together before the planning phase and decide who will make decisions about different aspects of the wedding. Create three lists for joint decisions, groom decisions and bride decisions right from the start. Examples of joint decisions might be the budget, the venue, the caterer, and the wedding planner. The bride decision list might include the dress, who will be the bridesmaids, and the bridesmaid gifts. The groom decision list might include who will be the groomsmen, the groomsmen apparel, and gifts for the groomsmen. Go through a bridal guide for a comprehensive list of the things that need to be decided and divide the work.

Be mutually supportive. Both of you will be nervous about your big day, and now, just like in the future as a married couple, it’s best to work through it together. You’re a team now – work together to arrive at solutions. The wedding is only the first of mutual decisions you’ll make in your lifetime ahead.

Find ways to include your future in-laws. It’s an exciting time for the parents of the bride – and learning to work together now can only benefit your relationship with them in the future. Ask for suggestions and input when it’s appropriate and take the time to have some good one-on-one conversations. You’re laying the groundwork here for not only a wedding, but a lifetime.

Remember the small touches. Many years ago, a wise person told said that the most important thing in a marriage is to be considerate of one another. I now know this to be true. Pay attention to the way your future spouse is feeling and provide some fun surprises along the way. Enjoy the time with your future spouse, including the wedding planning process, because what you do together now will kick off a great partnership for life.

Even if your wedding is months away, now is the time to start planning. While bridesmaids will probably have some time together at the salon before the wedding, groomsmen can also have a relaxing day here at Hair M. We provide groom’s parties that are customized with any of our services or as a groomsmen package at one of our four convenient locations: Downtown Portland, Beaverton, Pearl District and Lake Oswego. Give us a call at (503) 226-6066 to schedule an appointment. To manage your regular grooming appointments, earn rewards, see exclusive specials and much more, try our mobile app, available for a free download on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.


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Control the Frizz with Brazilian Smoothing Treatments

It’s not always easy for men to keep their hairstyle looking good. Although most of today’s trends call for hair that is smooth and easy to manage, a stray cowlick, untamed curls, or dry, frizzy hair can make it difficult to keep your style in place. One very effective solution is a Brazilian smoothing treatment.

A Brazilian smoothing treatment is a keratin-based method that infuses liquid keratin and other ingredients that are indigenous to Brazil to smooth out each hair strand. The cuticle, the outer layer of each strand made of overlapping cells, protects each strand’s cortex, the central layer that gives hair its color, strength, and texture. Both these components are comprised of keratin, the primary protein in hair and nails.

When the cuticle cells are damaged by heat or the environment, they open to expose the cortex. This leaves hair easy to tangle and susceptible to more damage, and makes it appear frizzy and dry. The keratin in a Brazilian smoothing treatment acts as a barrier to close the cuticle cells and smooth each hair strand, and other ingredients straighten out each strand. The result is smoother, shinier hair that is easy to style.

Although Brazilian smoothing treatments are traditionally marketed to women, they are an extremely efficient choice for men with curls, frizz or cowlicks that make it difficult to keep their style in place. Hair needs to be at least two to three inches long to benefit from the treatment. The process takes about one hour, and the results last for two to three months.

If you’d like to try a Brazilian smoothing treatment to keep your style in place, make an appointment today at Hair M at one of our four convenient locations: Downtown Portland, Beaverton, Pearl District and Lake Oswego. Give us a call at (503) 226-6066, or you can book an appointment online for your convenience. To manage appointments, earn rewards, see exclusive specials and much more, try our mobile app. It’s available as a free download on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.



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Connect with Hair M on Our Free Mobile App

At Hair M, we’re not only dedicated to providing you the best men’s haircuts and men’s grooming services available – we also respect your time. Every man leads a busy life, and we created our free mobile app with you in mind, to make it easy to manage appointments and more, wherever and whenever you need to.

Our interactive mobile app lets you book an appointment instantly or cancel when you need to, right at your fingertips. You can learn about our team members, view our gallery, and browse through our full menu of products and services right from your phone.

You’ll get special features with the app, including instant access to exclusive mobile app specials, and you can play daily for a chance to win great prizes.

If you need a gift for a friend or family member, you can even purchase gift cards right from the app that allow your friends to choose the products and services that are perfect for them.

You can download the app for free on the Apple App Store, on Google Play, or on Amazon. As always, we’re happy to see you in person whenever you need us. You can find Hair M at one of our four convenient locations: Downtown Portland, Beaverton, Pearl District and Lake Oswego. You can also call us (503) 226-6066 to find out which men’s professional grooming services are right for you.


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Everything You've Been Wondering About Waxing for Men

Manscaping, wax on wax, peel and squeal...anyway you say it, you don’t need to run away screaming!  Why do we wax? The truth is men are putting time into their appearance and those of us that are looking at you appreciate it!  There is nothing sexier than a man who has taken the time to be well groomed. And bonus, if you are an athlete or love a good workout, it's a perfect way to shave some time off your ride or increase your speed in the pool. Cyclists also like to wax their legs to make road rash easier to treat. And finally, a smooth back is way more enjoyable to have massaged than a hairy one, for you and your therapist or partner!

Why should you get waxed rather than shave?  Well for starters, waxing is much faster than shaving, it lasts longer and you only need to lay there and relax.  Well try to relax. Sure, shaving works for small patches of hair. But having to shave your back while usually ineffective seems pretty impossible unless you have contortionist skills. Waxing is great for larger areas or areas with a lot of hair. You don’t have to wax your entire body but most men should have wax their brows so there are two.  Even better if you do a quick nose wax so that you don’t look like a party favor when you sneeze. Of course, if you are a man that loves the ink you already know how much better your tattoos look on smooth skin.

Before the wax. Decide which areas you want to try, pop a couple of anti-inflammatories about an hour before you get there and clean it up!  We offer a range of waxing services to fit your needs: back (full and partial), chest, eyebrows, arms, legs, fingers or toes, neck, shoulders, and stomach, as well as an eyebrow, nose and ears package. Now granted we do not offer the brozilian but we do have some people that specialize in that who we are happy to recommend.  Prices will vary depending on how much "acreage" you want removed. Before booking keep in mind of when you will be beach ready. Plan your wax for at least five days before your vacation or other big event. Also, make sure to exfoliate the day before your waxing service. You need to remove any dead skin or dirt to prevent ingrown hairs. 

During the wax. We promise it is not as painful as you are thinking! Yes, we saw 40-Year-Old Virgin, and have yet to have any loud outbursts, although we hope to one day.  Of course different areas are more sensitive than others, but in fact, many first-time waxers become regulars once they realize the pain is definitely worth the results. It also hurts less the more you do it. Don’t worry about looking feminine after your waxing service. Hair M services are made specifically for men.  They key is to look like you naturally don’t grow hair in the area. Our professional men’s waxer knows how to blend the hair to give you natural results. On the other hand, if you want to look like Cher we can do that too, but I think we charge extra.

After the wax. You’re done before you know it! After the wax, be sure to follow aftercare instructions to prevent any issues. Your skin will probably be a little red and sensitive. Best to let the skin breathe in loose clothing for a couple of days but if you have a silk shirt be ready to feel like Rico Suave.  After a couple of days, the trick is going to be keeping it exfoliated so that you do not get any ingrown hairs. Use a loofah but more importantly use a natural astringent antibacterial soap like Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree Soap. Your skin might react a little after the wax -- it’s totally normal. Take an antihistamine to reduce swelling, keep it out of direct sun for the first day or so, no hot tubs or too hot of showers. A five-plus day grace period will give your skin time to calm down. Avoid shaving hair between sessions. It needs to be at least ¼ inch long for the wax to grip it. Ready to be a waxing regular? Consider joining one of our Loyalty Programs for service discounts to sweeten the deal.

Hair M provides waxing services just for men. There are four convenient locations: Downtown Portland, Beaverton, Pearl District and Lake Oswego. Call to request an appointment today, or request an appointment at your own convenience at www.hairmgrooming.com.



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Hair Coloring Is For Men, Too

Many hair services are thought to be “for women”, but truthfully men can enjoy any hair service. Why don’t men traditionally think to get their hair colored? They usually don’t think to go to a men’s shop, or they resort to drugstore dye. Fortunately, Hair M is here to help. Everything at Hair M is specifically for men. That means no Vogue magazine in the waiting area and no Kardashians on the television. You can drink a beer, watch the game and get your hair colored. Hair M specializes overs several options for coloring services for men: grey camouflage, highlighting, bleaching and brolayage. Keep reading to discover why you should try it out!

What is grey camouflage? Exactly what it sounds like: a coloring treatment that masks grey hair. During this quick but effective coloring treatment, your stylist will blend out your greys. Note that you should still keep a few grey streaks. Usually, dyeing your entire head makes it very obvious that you colored your hair. If you use grey camouflage to blend the color with your greys, the results are much more natural. Your stylist will find the best balance of greys to color -- making you look wise, not old.

Why should you try grey camouflage? Many men who receive grey camouflage services say that they feel more competitive in the job market and the dating world. If you want to look as young as you feel, this treatment will definitely take a few years off your appearance. This treatment also helps with another sign of aging: hair loss. If your hair is thinning, the mix of greys and color will give your hair the illusion of depth and texture. Finally, the grey camouflage treatment will give you better results than drugstore boxed dye. Boxed dye is notably bad for your hair. It is also often created for women, who tend to drastically change up their hair. Men need a more subtle formula that is designed specifically for their needs.

What is a “brolayage”? A brolayage is a balayage for men. A brolayage is a hair highlighting technique that creates dimension in your hair. We know what you’re thinking -- and no, you will not leave looking like Justin Timberlake in the 1990s. Your stylist will use a brush to sweep color throughout your hair, creating a natural-looking highlights that go a long way. It’s great for anyone who wants a subtle change. Permanent Color is available for clients who want a solid coverage of greys.

Why should you try a brolayage? Sometimes you just need a change to refresh your look. A brolayage will make you look refreshed and add warmth to your complexion. Don’t worry about getting stuck with frosted tips -- your stylist will add depth and dimension to your hair in a very natural way. Your highlighted strands will make you look like you spent a few days in the sun. It’s the perfect choice for anyone who wants to mix things up without being too obvious.

Hair M is dedicated to hair coloring and styling specifically for men. There are four convenient locations: Downtown Portland, Beaverton, Pearl District and Lake Oswego. In order to assure the proper service is booked we ask that new color clients book a complimentary color consultation before booking their service. 

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Microneedling Will Transform Your Skin

No one enjoys having acne scars, enlarged pores or wrinkles. Did you know there’s a treatment out there that can solve all those problems? It’s called microneedling, and it is not as scary as it sounds. Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is an increasingly popular skin treatment that revitalizes your skin. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about this revolutionary skincare service. Please note that Hair M only offers microneedling at our Pearl District location.

Your esthetician will first apply a numbing gel to your face before any needle touches you. Then, your esthetician will insert a series of fine needles into your skin. It’s not as painful as you would think. The needles are very small, ranging from 0.5 to 2 millimeters in diameter. The pain is very manageable, especially with the numbing gel applied. The needles create tiny, miniscule holes in your skin. As your body heals the wounds, your skin naturally produces collagen and elastin. The result? Healthier, refreshed skin, smaller pores, and less noticeable facial flaws.

After the procedure, your skin will feel a little sensitive. It’s described as a pain similar to a sunburn. Your skin may also be a little more red than usual. Aside from those differences, the recovery time is minimal. You can resume your normal activities within a few hours. The only rule? Be mindful that your pores are now more open than usual. Try not to sweat or use any products that can clog your pores for the first few days. Also, since your skin will be slightly more sensitive than usual, sunscreen is essential.

Microneedling is not a new service, but it is gaining popularity due to its simplicity and versatility. It’s proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, treat scars, reduce pore size, and mask acne scars. It’s an in-office procedure with a relatively short healing time. Also, it’s great for all skin tones. Microneedling will not cause discoloration the way lasers do. Ready to try it out? Hair M’s Pearl District location is offering a series of three treatments for just $495 (regularly $275 each). Results can be seen within six weeks of your first treatment, but you’ll see better results from a series of three to six treatments. Keep in mind it’s recommended to wait four to six weeks between treatments.

Try microneedling today and give your skin the care it deserves. Hair M | Pearl District is open for your convenience Tuesday through Sunday at 1015 Northwest Lovejoy in Portland, Oregon. Call 502.226.6066 to request an appointment today, or request an appointment at your own convenience at www.hairmgrooming.com.