Ask a Barber: The 5 "Must-Have" Grooming Products for Men

Rob McMillen, Head Barber at The Blind Barber

By Taylor Davies | Last Updated: Oct 29 2016

Welcome to our new “Ask a Barber” series, laying down expert intel on SG readers’ most pressing grooming and skincare questions. Got one of your own? Let us know!

Robert McMillen, Head Barber at Blind Barber, is a second-generation barber from Youngstown, Ohio. Starting work in his father’s barbershop at the age of 17, he returned to the profession after graduating from Ohio State. McMillen’s classic cutting approach and expertise in grooming has earned him a loyal following at the NYC outpost.


A reader asks:

What are the top 5 “must-have” grooming products or tools for men?

“I feel that grooming and hygiene go hand in hand. These 5 must-haves will keep you handsome all year long.

1. Swissco Tortoise Toothbrush & Marvis Classic Strong Mint Toothpaste

The old battery powered spin brush and Crest just don’t cut it in a man’s bathroom. Ditch both and keep your smile sharp the good ole fashion way with a Swissco Tortoise Toothbrush and Marvis Toothpaste.

2. Swissco Tortoise Dressing Comb & Blind Barber 60 Proof Wax

A versatile wax with a natural finish can keep your hair loose when necessary and the comb can tidy it up for more formal events, every guy needs both.

3. Merkur Safety Razor & Proraso Shaving Cream

Classic Proraso coupled with a safety razor keeps the shave close and the skin clean.

4. Malin+Goetz Peppermint Shampoo & Cilantro Hair Conditioner

Keeping your scalp clean is key to healthy hair, this shampoo and conditioner do the job just as good as any.

5. Prospector Co. Miners Mud Soap Bar & Clinique M Lotion

A tough soap paired with a great moisturizer keeps your skin clean and healthy.



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