Man-datory Man-icure


Personally, I feel every man’s grooming regimen should include a mandatory manicure and pedicure once every month. Not only is it a great way to keep your nails, hands and feet looking and feeling good, but it is “hands down” one of the most relaxing services you will ever pay for excluding a proper shave, massage or spa treatment.

A few years back, I recall a meeting with a mentor of mine, Will Williams, Director of Education for M&M Products. He invited me to join him for a pedicure meeting while attending a health outreach program in Los Angeles, Calif. He explained how much he enjoyed receiving a manicure and pedicure while enjoying some dark chocolate, which is high in antioxidants and may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. I was surprised and elated to see a well-traveled, hardworking man like Mr. Williams take time to care for his hands and feet. He explained to me that it is important to create a good first impression and reminded me that all good business encounters begin and end with a firm hand shake.

Here are a few products and tips for caring for your nails if you cannot have a professional service performed on them.

  1. Keep your nails cut short; purchase a high quality nail clipper. Nails should be clipped straight across and filed into a round or square shape. Keep the edges neat and file the top of the nails because this prevents the creation of jagged edges.
  1. Buff the nails using a nail buffer with or without oil, depending on personal preference. For the non-oil method, simply use the tri-buffer by itself.
  1. Clear coat nail products. Many men would prefer only cutting and buffing. Using a clear base and top coat can offer protection and shine.

Keep up the good work!

Dwayne Thompson, aka “The Barber Ambassador,” is the CEO of The Fade Club LLC, a marketing and promotions company designed to grow the barbering industry through education and brand management. He wears many hats as the founder of The Barber Academy Tour, creator of “The Barbettes,” a term designed to promote female barbers, and the former host of Against the Grain Radio show, the first barber related radio show on Blog Talk Radio. He is a dynamic writer, educator, product broker, consultant and social media expert. He has held several Executive positions with a former barbershop publication and a national health outreach program. Mr. Thompson is also the Founder and Publisher of Tonsorial Times Magazine, “The Official Barbershop Trade Publication” focused on highlighting products, franchises, schools and educators directly connected to the barbering industry. For more information, visit
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