Grooming mistakes gentlemen are making (according to women…)

It's time to get the real expert opinion on where you're getting grooming wrong...

When it comes to maintaining a grooming routine, it’s easy to let old habits die hard. If you’re still putting enough product in your hair to rival an eleven-year-old at a school disco, chances are your best intentions are being laid to waste.

And if your sights are set on attracting the fairer sex, there’s really no excuse for cutting corners (take a quick second to honestly assess how much preening, plucking and perfecting you would expect from a potential partner, and you’ll have to agree).

Fortunately,  GJ are here to give you a (not-overly-moisturised) hand. We’ve got just a few gentle suggestions on where you might be going wrong, according to the real experts: women.

The mistake: attempting to disguise your baldness

“When men attempt an ill-advised combover, a misfitting wig, or hatfishing [we checked, it’s a scientific term]. It’s not a good look.” Daisy, hairdresser (23).

The fix: invest in thickening shampoos

We are all about embracing your natural hair-loss over here at GJ, but if you’re simply looking to keep your hair looking as thick and full as possible, then here are our picks of the best shampoos and hair treatments on the market right now…

Grooming mistakes gentlemen are making (according to women…)

Patricks SH1 Daily Thickening Shampoo

£29

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Christophe Robin Cleansing Thickening Paste with Pure Rassoul Clay and Tahitian Algae

£42.50

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Grooming mistakes gentlemen are making (according to women…)

Aesop Volumising Shampoo

£31

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The mistake: putting too much product in your hair

No woman wants to live in the fear that striking a match within a 10-metre radius of her partner might spark a flammable chaos” Amber, fashion stylist (34)

The fix: less is more

The wet-look glory days came and dampened out with Beckham in the early noughties. Leave it in the past, alongside your wide-leg jeans and bandana. And where less is required, it makes sense to invest in the best. So choose a hair styling product that promises a thicker, fuller and natural quality…

Grooming mistakes gentlemen are making (according to women…)

Blind Barber 40 Proof Sea Salt Spray

£16

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Oribe Rough Luxury Soft Moulding Paste

£35

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The mistake: getting experimental with your beard

“If Craig David couldn’t pull off a chin strap beard, what makes you think you can? There’s no real excuse for this bizarre aesthetic decision, and it will not substitute a lack of cheekbone structure.” Georgie, photographer (28)

The fix: keep in natural, not architectural

Some sound advice is to spend some time working on a beard fade to avoid looking like a floating, hairy head sat upon a disconnected bald neck. As for getting the job done, a workman actually can pass some of the blame onto his tools for an unsatisfactory result. It’s worth investing in the right equipment, so look no further than D R Harris, to cater for all of your shaving needs. 

Grooming mistakes gentlemen are making (according to women…)

D R Harris Three-Piece Safety Razor

£66

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D R Harris Arlington Shaving Bowl And Soap

£23.50

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The mistake: over-plucking your eyebrows

“Other than ensuring that you are always sporting two rather than one long eyebrow, just leave them alone — you don’t know what you’re doing. If the hair really is getting so long that it is beginning to obscure your vision, then seek out a qualified groomer to give them a quick tidy.” Vicki, make-up artist (39).

This is one grooming issue that you really don’t need to split hairs over.

Grooming mistakes gentlemen are making (according to women…)

Czech & Speake Air Safe Leather-Bound Travel Manicure Set

£225

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The mistake: over-doing the cologne

“I still harbour a nauseating memory of school classrooms and buses stifled by the overpowering scent of male body spray. Less is more, guys.” Sophie, beautician (27)

The fix: find a signature scent

Whilst your grooming budget might have significantly improved since those school bus days, the temptation to be rather too liberal with your cologne of choice may still be letting you down in the dating game.

Rather than overpowering the woman sat across from you at the dinner table, or indeed your fellow commuters on the Waterloo & City line — opt for a signature cologne which will keep you smelling fresh all day, with just one spray. 

Grooming mistakes gentlemen are making (according to women…)

Acqua Di Parma Colonia Eau de Cologne

£69

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Tom Ford Noir Eau De Parfum

£96

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Laboratory Perfumes Samphire Eau De Toilette

£65

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