As a man who favors a longer haircut and sharply opposes a straight-razor shave, I've learned the products that maintain my appearance are equally as important as the ones that shape it. Getting a great haircut is one thing, but keeping it looking fresh after you leave the barber shop is much easier said than done, and it's imperative to find a paste that can keep up with the daily grind of the modern man without losing a beat. A good paste will keep your hair in line with a relaxed but complete hold that won't sway in the wind, and skip the high-gloss shine and crusty finish of a traditional gel. Moreover, for guys like me who hate razor burn and need a bit of stubble in their lives, a simple trim of the beard is no longer going to cut it - just ask your girlfriend who has been complaining about your scratchy whiskers for longer than you care to remember. Beard oil just became your new best friend. More soothing ointment than oil, it won't leave your beard and skin greasy, but rather soft and supple, rejuvenating your scruff for a noticeably smoother feel and appearance. Martial Vivot envisioned your grooming predicaments years ago, and set out to create the tools you need to look and feel your best, day in and day out.
Incorporating a host of natural - even some organic - ingredients like aloe, beeswax and quinoa, Martial Vivot's Paste nourishes the hair and scalp while adding body and volume with a soft, natural hold and matte finish. It not only feels great, but smells great too, with hints of rose water and elderflower on the nose. His best creation though, might be his Beard & Face Oil. For anyone who has grown a beard, you're familiar with the inevitable 'beardruff' that results from a lack of moisture reaching the skin. It's not only unsightly but also extremely itchy, and can make you reconsider growing out your facial hair altogether. A combination of plant oils and vitamins conditions and moisturizes your skin and beard, erasing dry skin and fostering healthy beard growth, keeping your face shiny and fresh, leaving beardruff in the dust. Your face - and girlfriend - will thank you for making the extra effort to take care of yourself, and you're sure to be amply rewarded for your efforts.
Words and Photos by The Cuff