Dapper Dudes: We Need A Hero Dishes Essential Summer Grooming Tips
With the scorging high temperatures, who said it was just the women who needed nifty beauty advice? Men too suffer the adverse reactions of sunburns and pore-clogging sweat.
Thus, Vanilla Luxury got in touch with the experts at Singapore's one-stop grooming destination for men, We Need A Hero (WNAH). From haircuts, shaves, facials, brow shaping, hair removal and more, these guys sure know what they're doing. So we’re taking the back seat as they dish out essential grooming tips for you lads this season.
1. Keep your hair trimmed
To stay comfortable in the sweltering heat, a good hair cut and styling tips are crucial. The barbers at WNAH are able to create a hairstyle that best suits you and your lifestyle. Their chief barberess, Janice, has more than 20 years of experience and their senior babers, Jayden and Darren have over 10 years of experience each. You might want to go shorter to beat the heat, or for longer hair dos, the barbers can advise on how to style it to keep cool, and what products are better suited in our hot and humid weather.
A haircut at WNAH (SGD55 for Barber, SGD65 for Senior Barber and SGD85 for Chief Barber) entitles you to a full consultation with the barber, followed by a hair wash that includes a peppermint scalp massage that covers head, neck & scalp, a hair cut, blow-dry and styling to end it off.
2. Detox those tresses
Great hair starts with a healthy scalp! The intense summer heat can cause multiple hair problems such as dandruff, pimples on the scalp and excess perspiration. Excess sweat on the scalp can create a damp environment which encourages bacterial growth and bad hair odour. Shampooing your hair may get the dirt out of your mane, but removing dead cell and product buildup, and thoroughly cleansing your scalp requires a little extra action.
Opt for various treatments such as The Basic Scalp Treatment (SGD70), Intensive Scalp Treatment (SGD180) for further pampering and maintenance.
3. Stay shaved
During the hot months, we always recommend that you slap on extra sunscreen and keep your face moisturised. With more sweat, your body also produces more sebum due to the heat. All these can clog up pores and cause skin irritation and rashes. A smooth, hair-free skin will prevent trapping of dirt, sebum and products, and it also ensures more thorough cleansing of the skin. It also reduces friction. But make sure not to over shave as it can irritate the skin.
A professional shave is great as hair regrowth rate is much slower due to the closer shave. For a really good, smooth and clean shave (and pampering and to avoid nicks and cut), opt for a professional traditional wet shave such as those offered at WNAH. An oldie but a goodie, a traditional wet shave makes use of a single blade or straight razor to remove facial hair, instead of the modern multi-blade razor commonly used by most men today. If you’re fed up with razor burn, ingrown hairs, redness and bumps, then your skin will thank you for treating it to a traditional shave. Not only will you emerge with a closer shave than ever, your skin will look better as using a single blade or straight razor ensures your skin isn’t unnecessarily aggravated by having multiple blades run over sensitive complexion.
Go for a Complete Shave (SGD65), which consists of a hot towel, shave, facial scrub, facial massage and a cold towel. It is recommended that you return to your barber every 2-3 weeks to keep your facial scruff in check.
4. Pay extra attention to your skin
Exposure to environmental pollutants and the hot and humid weather) can cause skin to lose its lustre and become dull and dehydrated. In addition, having clog pores is also a common skin problem due to the excess sweating and production of sebum. As such, it is important to exfoliate regularly and scrub off those dead cell buildup on the skin!
WNAH’s first-ever men’s facial treatment, the G&T Facial (SGD90.95) is designed to combat this problem by dissolving dead skin cells, boosting skin resilience, and stimulating skin regeneration, creating a more radiant and smooth visage. Formulated specifically for the hero in every man, it energises, exfoliates, and cleanses. The secret behind its amazing results is an extract from Siberian Ginseng that helps to re-energise skin. At only 35 minutes, this treatment is perfect for the man who is pressed for time, yet appreciates the amount of work that can be accomplished in such a short span.
5. Stay moisturised and protected
Hot weather can still dry out the skin, so opt for a lightweight moisturiser, such as our Geo. F. Trumper Fragrance-Free Moisturising Lotion (SGD50) or Malin+Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer (SGD86). These light, non-oily and fragrance-free moisturisers are suitable for all skin types for round-the-clock moisture.
Sunblock is a very important part of the skincare routine. Sun damage can cause wrinkles, age spots as well as dull and uneven complexion. Moreover, even if you are working indoors, indoor lighting can also cause skin damage. Opt for a lightweight sunblock for a humid weather like Singapore. Sunscreen that is too heavy and thick can case discomfort and clog pores. Also choose one that has high SPF protection as our sun exposure is rather intense.
Do make sure that you use a sunscreen such as SCO Sunlover Facescreen SPF 50 PA+++ (SGD35). Specially formulated sunscreen for the face, it provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection against the sun’s harmful rays. Non-greasy and non-clogging formula allows for quick absorption and does not leave the skin feeling sticky. Effectively combats hyperpigmentation and helps diminish the appearance of fine lines. This is a dermatologically- and allergy-tested, hypoallergenic product.
To further protect yourselves from the harsh elements of the sun, especially for those who work outdoors or play sports often, go for a lightweight body sunscreen such as SCO Sunlover Bodyscreen SPF 50 PA+++ (SGD25). Enhanced with sodium hyaluronate to keep skin moisturised and olive leaf extract to heal sun-damaged skin, this lightweight, non-greasy sunscreen is free of oil, alcohol, parabens, and BPA, resulting in an easily absorbed formula that is suitable even for sensitive skin.
6. Clean up your pimple act
Sweating and excess sebum can cause pimples to form. In order to keep pimples at bay, a good cleansing regimen is ideal. Get a good cleanse with our refreshing and gentle Malin+Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser (SGD60), to remove dirt without drying, stripping or irritating the skin. The Malin+Goetz Detox Face Mask (SGD68) is an easy-to-use 5-minute foaming gel mask that cleanses deep into the pores, lifting dirt, oil and makeup away from the skin without irritation while it balances and soothes the skin. For acne issues, we recommend dabbing Malin+Goetz Acne Treatment (SGD40). This highly effective acne treatment synthesises salicylic acid with active sulfur to dry and medicate pimples. It also incorporates zinc oxide to aid and help prevent scarring.
7. Wax those hairs away
Many people wax for hygiene and comfort purposes. Many of them feel that it reduces friction, especially in their underarm region. Hair removal also reduces body odours as it minimises the chance of sweat and bacteria getting trapped in your hair. This is especially true in a warm and humid environment like Singapore. Moreover, waxing can help to get rid and prevent ingrown hairs caused by shaving and excess skin cell buildup. We Need A Hero offers an extensive range of body areas for waxing, from face and chest, to back and legs, and more niche areas such as nostrils, ears and navel. For those who lead active lifestyles, waxing can help reduce friction against clothing and keep body odour at bay. It is recommended for most people to go for a wax treatment between 3 to 6 week intervals to maintain a smooth skin and well-groomed body.
We Need A Hero waxing services start from as low as SGD11 for finger waxing up to SGD82 for full leg.
8. Smell fresh all day
In a hot and humid weather like Singapore, men have to pay more attention in keeping themselves smelling good and fresh all day. Go for lightweight deodorants such as our Malin+Goetz Eucalyptus Deodorant (SGD42). This alcohol-free and aluminum-free deodorant is infused with eucalyptus extract which has antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
We Need A Hero is the ultimate one-stop destination for men to take care of all their grooming needs with the help of our experts. They offer a comprehensive list of traditional and modern services such as haircuts, wet shaves as well as facials, brow shaping, tinting, waxing and IPL hair removal, and with over 10 years of hair removal, brow grooming and spa expertise, you can be assured that you are being groomed by the best. To book an appointment or to view their range of services and products, visit their website and Facebook page or drop them a call at +65 6222 5950. Visit them at 57 Eng Hoon Street, Singapore 160057.