Avoid These 5 Common Men’s Hairstyle Mistakes

men's hairstyleAs men, we all like to think we know what we’re doing when it comes to the best men’s hairstyle. After all, we’ve been wearing them our whole lives. We’ve been through several different style eras, wearing the best and the worst fashion has to offer. But did you know we’re all probably making the same mistakes with our hair? You might be causing more damage to your hair than you realize.

Avoid these 5 common men’s hairstyle mistakes:

  1. Take it easy on your scalp! We all get a little to vigorous when we’re in a hurry or have a big date. We want to make sure we’re getting our hair CLEAN and we can get a little rough. When you scrape your scalp with your nails or fingertips you can be harming hair follicles – slowing growth – or scratching your scalp and increasing your dandruff chances.
  2. Don’t wash too often. Most of us wash our hair every day. You’ve probably heard it before, and it’s hard to follow, but you should only be washing 2-3 times a week. Over-washing will strip away the natural oils that protect your hair. This will make your hair weak, dry and brittle, causing it to break.
  3. Drop the 2-in-1 act. You think you’re saving time and money by buying your shampoo and conditioner combos, but you’re doing it wrong. For the shampoo to clean properly, its job is to open the pores on your scalp and your hair cuticles to remove excess dirt, oil and grime. The conditioner then closes those cuticles and pores to keep everything cleaner longer. If they’re both in the same bottle, working on your hair at the same time, neither is actually doing what it’s supposed to.
  4. A little product goes a long way. It’s easy to think that more product will provide more control over your hair. This isn’t necessarily true. Many men will put the product in while their hair is wet. Unless these are the specific instructions for the product, that’s usually not going to work. If you don’t at least towel-dry your hair first, the water still in your hair will dilute the product. Then when it dries it can look greasy or clumpy, and do the opposite of what you want it to do.
  5. You CAN ask for help. In the name of saving money or saving face, guys will buy color and try to cover the grays or change the color entirely at home. Just because you CAN color your hair blonde or black, doesn’t mean you SHOULD. This also goes for choosing the best men’s hairstyle. What looks good on David Beckham may not work for your face shape, your lifestyle, your type of hair. There are plenty of places where you can walk in and tell them to cut your hair in a certain way and they will do it, whether it makes you look good or not.

The stylists at Signature Male Salon will always put you first. They have the experience and the knowledge to get you looking and feeling better when you leave than you did when you walked in. They are well-versed in these men’s hairstyle mistakes and can guide you to avoiding them entirely. Signature Male offers the best shampoos, conditioners and styling products for nearly any hair type and style. You don’t have to navigate the wild world of men’s hairstyle and care alone.

Are you ready to explore a new men’s hairstyle or need help maintaining your current style and making it look the best ever? Call Signature Male TODAY at 515.224.4849, stop into the salon at 14225 University Avenue Suite 230 in Waukee, or simply schedule your appointment online HERE.

Embrace That Receding Hairline With These Styles for Men

receding hairlineA receding hairline is faced differently by each man. Some will embrace it or ignore it, some will buy creams and pills to fight it to the death. Whether you notice your forehead growing in your 20s or you’ve been blessed by the hair gods well into your 50s, there are ways to battle the receding hairline without spending a fortune or making it obvious that you’re losing your hair.

How you confront your receding hairline depends on how your hair is retreating and how far into the process you are starting the fight. It’s natural to try to regrow your hair or wear hats or try out the comb-over look. The image of a thick, full head of hair is tied so tightly to youth and virility that it’s hard to see that it has no real influence on your perceived “manliness” and to just roll with it. We at Signature Male want to help, so we offer some of the best styles for men that will help battle your receding hairline.

  • French Crop or High and Tight: It may sound counter-intuitive, but the best styles for thinning hair keep the hair cut short on the sides and back, and a little longer on the top. Layering the longer hair on top with a fade will make that thin hair appear thicker than you and your stylist know it is.
  • Smooth Shave or Buzzcut: For some men, it’s just easier to give in and help Mother Nature along. Embrace the receding hairline and stop fighting the inevitable! If you’re not sure you want to jump right into a clean pate, try the buzzcut. Leave a little to cover the skin and ease into the full shave look if you like the way the buzz looks.
  • Faux Hawk or Short High Fade: These styles are all about the optical illusion. If your widow’s peak is simply growing more and more pronounced, you’re most of the way to a faux hawk style already! With the hair shaved to a very short fade with the hair left much longer on top, the attention is drawn to the center of the hair and away from the hairline. You can still keep the faux hawk short – no super glue required – to maintain a neat, professional look.
  • Comb-Over: This isn’t Uncle Ernie’s obvious attempts at covering his bald head. This style goes by another name – the Side Part. Use the receding hairline as the lowest point of your natural part and comb the hair over to the side. You give your thin hair the illusion of having weight and volume with this timeless style. All you need is a comb and some product to make your hair behave and look great all day.

Genetics, hormones, lifestyle and even your hair products can have an effect on how far your receding hairline will go. Stop fighting it and, instead, let the experts at Signature Male help you discover the best way to ease yourself and your style into your retreating hair. Not every style works for every face and head shape, so come in and talk to one of our highly trained stylists to find the look that’s best for YOU.

Visit Signature Male in Waukee at 14225 University Avenue, Suite 230, give us a call at 515.224.4849, or simply schedule your appointment online at your own convenience and we’ll help you discover your best style!

Show Off Your Rock Star Style in 2018

rock star styleRock star style is everything when you want to wow the crowd. Step on the stage and people are hungry for killer guitar riffs, amazing vocals, and mesmerizing beats. But the music is only part of the package – if you want to stand out and make a statement, you’ve also got to look the part. It’s a formula that fueled the rise of many stylish rock stars, including Elton John, Billy Idol, any member of Van Halen, Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo and Lenny Kravitz.

While the 70s Elton John look may be a bit extreme, the point is that your “Rock Star” style needs to be just as noticeable.  Do you want to be edgy-cool or business suave? It’s your style so why not define it and live the “Rock Star” style for 2015?

You can define your own style for success right here at Signature Male. Maybe heavy metal or glam rock music isn’t your thing. But chasing your own dream is just as cool. When you look good, you feel good, and success comes a little easier.

How can we help? Our staff includes a team of trained stylists, massage therapists, and estheticians with the mastery to get you stage-ready to rock whatever you plan to pursue in 2018. Want to find a new job, get into the dating game, start your own business, or simply get in touch with your inner rock star? Do it with style.

Step into our salon, and we can help you redefine your look with a new haircut, or simply refine the style you’ve already made your own. We’ll give you rock star treatment to help you look your best with our Signature Cut. We can even add a little color, give you a therapeutic scalp treatment, reduce stress and muscle pain with a massage, and treat your hands and feet to detailing that will help you look – and feel –  your best.

Get in touch with YOUR rock star style at Signature Male today! Give us a call at 515.224.4849, stop out to see us at 14225 University Avenue, Ste. 230 in Waukee, or schedule an appointment at Signature Male online.

A Fresh New Look for A Fresh New Year!

fresh new look, signature male salonHappy New Year!

It’s January, time to set resolutions for the new year. This is going to be the year you win the battle of the bulge, throw out the cigarettes for good, spend more time with friends, take a college course, run a marathon, write a book. Sadly, many of these plans fall through and fail quickly – but spectacularly. Most of us are guilty of spending a ton of money gathering the supplies and supplements for whatever grand adventure we have planned only to spend the next 11 months passing them by on the dining room table or tucking them out of sight.

Let Signature Male Set You Up to Succeed!

The new year provides an opportunity for a fresh new look. You are given carte blanche to make positive changes in your life, and Signature Male has many choices of quick, easy and fun ways to do just that!

  • Consult with one of our expert stylists to find a new, fresh look for 2017
  • Resolve to take time for yourself and set up your first Hot Stone Massage
  • Hand and foot detailing is a quick and subtle way to amp up your style and make yourself feel great
  • Let 2017 be the year you finally do something about thinning hair or bald spots
  • Freshen up your look and lower your stress levels with one of our relaxing facial packages
  • If you want a “clean slate” for 2017, visit Signature Male and look into our waxing options

While New Year’s Resolutions have a tendency to fall apart, there’s nothing wrong with setting smaller “goals” for yourself for the new year! In today’s day and age, it’s common for men to forget to take care of themselves and many forget exactly HOW to relax. It’s easy to become complacent about your hairstyle, your stylist, those stress headaches that start Monday morning and last through Friday at quitting time. Make 2018 the year of self-care and relaxation!

Resolve to allow yourself a fresh new look! Visit Signature Male at 14225 University Avenue, Suite 230 in Waukee today to get started! You can also call us at 515.224.4849, or simply schedule an appointment online and let the New Year reveal a new, relaxed YOU!

Last Minute Shopping? Give Holiday Gift Cards From Signature Male!

Last minute shopping doesn’t have to be stressful or time consuming! While young children are usually the easiest to buy for, shopping for Dad or your husband or any man poses some unique challenges. Maybe his taste in clothing is really particular, or his hobbies are EXTRA expensive, or he tells you yet again that he “doesn’t need anything this year.” There’s no need to panic! Give holiday gift cards from Signature Male and shower him with relaxation and style!

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Click the image to purchase a gift card today!

No matter what his personal style is – or if he’s looking for a new style – Signature Male has the services and expert staff to make his wishes come true. A gift card from Signature Male will open up a whole new world of pampering and de-stressing that your dad or husband never knew existed. Our stylists can help him find a new, updated style, guide him to the best products for his own skin and hair type, or work away that tension he’s been carrying in his shoulders for years! Hair styling is only PART of what we offer at Signature Male – a gift card is also good for:

  • Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage
  • Hand or Foot Detailing
  • De-Stressing or Revitalizing Facials
  • Skin Treatments for the Back
  • Waxing Services
  • Scalp Treatments
  • Hair Coloring

Signature Male offers several different packages that include a sampling of services. From a simple hand and foot detailing with a massage to the full spa treatment, there’s something for every man’s comfort level! You can purchase a gift card for a specific package or give holiday gift cards that allow each man to choose his own services.

Shopping for Dad doesn’t have to be difficult and last-minute shopping doesn’t have to be a hassle! Every man in your life deserves relaxation and pampering with holiday gift cards from Signature Male!

Dad’s Holiday Gift is Waiting at SignatureMale.com!

Buying holiday gifts for that special man in your life is difficult! Why walk through hardware or sports shops looking at the same thing every year? No one really looks forward to fighting through crowds and hunting for parking spots just to strike out in your search for Dad’s holiday gift each December. How many hammers can one man own anyway? A gift card to Signature Male Salon and Dayspa would let him know you care about his relaxation and style!

gift cards for men holiday ideas west des moines iowaOur Shop Offers Men the best in:

  • Hair Care – Our salon experts can guide Dad to the best cut, style and products available!
  • Massage – Stress can cause headaches and body aches, especially during the crazy holiday season. Let your husband or father experience real relaxation through a deep tissue or facial massage!
  • Waxing – As we age, hair starts growing in places it never used to. Let us help Dad clean up his nose and ear, chest, or back and give him comfort and a little swagger for the new year!
  • And Much MORE!

With gift cards ranging from $25.00 to $425.00, you can make Dad’s holiday gift the perfect present of relaxation at ANY level!

And shopping online makes it even easier! No wasting gas driving from store to store or standing in long lines – find the perfect gifts for all the men in your life from the comfort of your own home! Simply go to the “Gift Cards” tab in the main navigation or CLICK HERE to go directly to the gift card page.

Make Dad’s holiday gift one of style and relaxation this holiday season! Make him a Signature Male!

 

Find the Best Holiday Presents for Men at Signature Male

The holiday season is upon us and we are challenged once again to find the perfect gift for those we love. Finding the best holiday presents for men can be a definite challenge. Do you find yourself wandering the aisles of the local hardware or sports store, searching for essentially the same gift you gave the man in your life LAST year? Now is the time to break the cycle!

This year, give the gift of relaxation and style! Perhaps your father has been going to the same barber for years and still isn’t satisfied with the cut, style or service he’s received. Is your husband under a lot of pressure at work and feeling the effects of stress, such as headaches and muscle pain? Maybe your brother is gunning for a big promotion and could use a little professional styling to give him an edge.

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Signature Male Salon and Day Spa has the perfect gift for ANY man on your Christmas list!

Our gift cards are ideal for any man who could use a leisurely day at the spa. You set the price – anywhere from $25-$425 – to give the gift of relaxation at ANY level! Signature Male offers men the very best in:

If you’re looking for the perfect gift this holiday season for that special man in your life, look no further than Signature Male Salon and Day Spa! Customize a gift card just for him to cover any range of spa and styling combinations to make this the most memorable Christmas yet!

Upon purchase, you will receive an email receipt with a link to download your gift card to print. Then simply bring the downloaded card and the receipt to Signature Male and choose the perfect combination from our menu of style and relaxation options!

BLACK FRIDAY & Holiday Gift Cards at Signature Male!

Treat your special guy to some holiday relaxation with one of our custom sessions. Does he like a massage? We have that. Is he looking for that perfect holiday style? Check out the options!

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Massage & Spa Services for MEN!

The holiday season puts enough pressure on us to find the perfect gift for those we love. SIGNATURE MALE has the PERFECT gift solutions for that man in your life!

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This year, give the gift of relaxation and style! Perhaps your father has been going to the same barber for years and still isn’t satisfied with the cut, style or service he’s received. Is your husband under a lot of pressure at work and feeling the effects of stress, such as headaches and muscle pain? Maybe your brother is gunning for a big promotion and could use a little professional styling to give him an edge.

Signature Male Salon and Day Spa has the perfect gift for ANY man on your Christmas list!

Our gift cards are ideal for any man who could use a leisurely day at the spa. You set the price – anywhere from $25-$425 – to give the gift of relaxation at ANY level! Signature Male offers men the very best in:

If you’re looking for the perfect gift this holiday season for that special man in your life, look no further than Signature Male Salon and Day Spa! Customize a gift card just for him to cover any range of spa and styling combinations to make this the most memorable Christmas yet!

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Upon purchase, you will receive an email receipt with a link to download your gift card to print. Then simply bring the downloaded card and the receipt to Signature Male and choose the perfect combination from our menu of style and relaxation options!

Signature Male makes shopping for the perfect gift even easier. Click HERE to go straight to the Gift Card online store. Congratulations! Your Christmas shopping for the special men on your list is complete, all without battling crowds or standing in never ending lines!

Schedule a Signature Male appointment online by clicking HERE or the “Request Appointment” icon to the right, come visit us at 14225 University Avenue, Suite 230, in Waukee or give us a call at 515.224.4849.

 

Men’s Skin Care for Iowa Winters

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Winter in Iowa is coming and will be upon us sooner than you may think. Preparing for freezing rain, snow and ice, you’re probably not thinking about how dry the air gets in the Midwest over the next several months. It’s at this time that men’s skin care becomes important to fight off itching, flaking and cracking.

Winter weather can take its toll on your hair, scalp and skin. If you spend a lot of time outdoors during the winter, or you prefer being holed up inside with central heating or a roaring fire, these conditions strip moisture from your hair and skin, and leave you with coarse hair, rough skin, and cracked or dry hands.

Fortunately, a few simple strategies can keep your hair healthy and prevent your skin from getting too dry.

  • The Humidifier is your friend. During the long winter months, most Iowans have their furnace running constantly. Do you shock yourself at every light switch or touching every doorknob? Having the heat on inside dries the air as well as your hair and skin. While you can get single-room or whole-house units, it’s most important to have one running while you sleep. It not only nourishes your skin, it helps keep your sinuses clear and ready to fight off illness. Also, drink plenty of water and hydrate from the inside-out. Your skin will thank you.
  • Exfoliate. Exfoliate. Exfoliate. It might sound gross that your skin cells are constantly dying, but they’re also constantly being replaced by fresh new cells. Keep your skin looking fresh and healthy by getting rid of the dry, dead skin to keep it looking and feeling great. During the dry winter months, exfoliating – scrubbing off the dead skin cells – is a great addition to any men’s skin care regimen.
  • Take cooler showers. When the temperatures drop, it’s natural to want to turn up the heat in your shower – fight the urge! Hot water will actually strip your skin and hair of necessary oils will suck the moisture from your skin, especially when the air is dry. Try to keep the water warm enough to be comfortable and use an oatmeal-infused body wash to lock in moisture.
  • Use lotion. (We have some great ones!) It’s a no-brainer for dry or cracked skin. But you get the most benefit if you put it on immediately after showering. When you do this, lotion helps capture moisture still on your skin after showering (and drying off) and use it to moisturize your skin. Men’s skin care can be an easy addition to your regular routine and can keep your skin from that dreaded dry winter itch.

Signature Male Salon has many services and spa packages to help you look and feel your best. Whether you’re looking for a great new hairstyle, hand or foot detailing or help with men’s skin care, our expert stylists and technicians have the knowledge and experience to get you through the winter feeling great.

Call Signature Male at 515.224.4849, stop by the salon at 14225 University Ave. Suite 230 in Waukee, or schedule your appointment online HERE today!

Men’s Hair Color: Tips to Keep Your Color On Point

men's hair colorSome guys seem to pull off going gray without missing a beat. Men’s hair color tends to create the image that’s projected. Actors like Richard Gere and Harrison Ford transitioned gracefully to gray and still look great with it. And whether or not you’re a fan of the Avengers movies, you’ve probably seen Mark Ruffalo playing the dual role of Bruce Banner and the Incredible Hulk, sporting a salt-and-pepper style.

If you’re happy with going gray, that’s great. It’s a look that suits a lot of guys as they age. But if you prefer to keep your natural color a little longer, subtle hair coloring techniques can help. Here are a few things we always talk to clients about when they want to keep the gray away a little longer.

  1. Plan to get your hair colored every four to six weeks. When you’re going gray, this is the optimal time to color your hair and keep it looking natural. Maintenance is the key to great men’s hair color.
  1. Use color-friendly shampoo. Grab just any shampoo off the shelf, and it just might strip away the color added to your hair to hide your grays. Ask us about hair care products designed to protect hair color.
  1. Leave hair coloring to the professionals. You could take your chances on an over-the-counter men’s hair color dye kit, but it’s tough to go that route and get a totally natural look, especially if you’re trying to hide your early grays. To achieve the best results, coloring hair requires a specific amount of time to get that natural-color look and prevent early fading.
  1. Hair exposed to sunlight is going to fade faster. After getting your hair colored, wear a hat when you’re outdoors.  If you’re just not a hat guy, some haircare products contain sunscreen that can also help prevent fading from sun exposure.
  1. Protect your hair from chlorine when swimming. If you plan to jump in the pool, you’ve got to prevent chlorine from wreaking havoc on your hair color. Some ways to do this include, thoroughly wetting your hair before getting in the water, using a conditioner you can leave in while swimming, or wearing a swim cap.

Want to sharpen your image with a new hair color or hide your early grays? Signature Male can help! Stop in to the salon at 14225 University Avenue, Ste. 230 in Waukee, give us a call at 515-224-4849, or schedule your hair appointment online today!