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The Grooming Shortcut Every Man Should Take



By Benjy Hansen-Bundy for GQ.

Every morning, there’s a veritable gauntlet of grooming tasks standing between You: Asleep Edition and You: Out-the-Door Edition. Think about it: teeth-brushing, showering, moisturizing, shaving, after-shaving, deodorant application, more moisturizing, hair-product application. Advanced groomers will add to that the application of toners, serums, and eye creams. So of course, any shortcut around these is not only welcome, it’s life-changing. That’s one reason why people pee in the shower. (They also do it because it feels great.)

I’ve been one of the grooming editors at GQ for some time now, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned about the subject, it’s this: Grooming doesn’t have to be that complicated. Should you bathe? Yeah. Should you shave? We’ll leave that up to you. Should you do the full routine every single day? Sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way.

The biggest, most time-saving shortcut is to skip the shower and use a dry shampoo instead. For your hair, it does effectively the same thing a nice long shower would, as well as the ensuing towel-down and the light application of grooming creme. All in one. And it takes about 30 seconds. Dry-shampoo sprays are more common, but we prefer powders—which, admittedly, sprinkling a white powder into your hair, especially if you’ve had dandruff before, seems counterintuitive. But it works! The powder disappears entirely. It eats up the grease and takes your hair from matted, slept-in status to its regular look. No one will notice the difference, which is the whole point.

RELATED: GQ’s Definitive Guide on How to Wash Your Hair

We like the new Texture Powder from Alder New York. That’s the royal “we.” The full GQ endorsement. I also personally like it. Alder is a small, Brooklyn-based apothecary with an emphasis on natural products.

When my morning does not allow for a sumptuous, muscle-relaxing interlude under my favorite brass antique rainfall-style shower head, I use the Texture Powder. Just tap a small amount into your hand, comb it into your hair from roots to ends, and brush out any excess. That’s it.

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How to Grow a Beard for the First Time

The Best Haircuts for Men

The Best Facial Hair for Your Face Shape

7 Grooming Moves to Steal From Your Favorite Rapper

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