Talking Dove Men+Care Hair and Face products with grooming stud Glenn O’Brien


Glenn O’Brien has done a ton of cool things. He was editor of Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine, and then the first Editor-at-Large in magazine history at High Times.

He produced and starred in Glenn O’Brien’s “TV Party,” which David Letterman called “the greatest TV show ever,” and he wrote and produced the film “Downtown 81,” starring Jean-Michel Basquiat. He has also worked as a stand-up comedian and an advertising creative director and copywriter.

But most importantly, Glenn O’Brien is a noted expert on YOU. He knows what looks good on you and, most importantly, what doesn’t.

We spoke to Glenn about when growing a beard doesn’t work, how to handle thinning hair with style, and the new 2015 Dove Men+Care Hair and Face range of products.

What are you doing with Dove?

They wanted someone to talk about their new line of grooming products and it’s something I know about. During the whole awards show season, we’re talking about how men can achieve the looks that one sees on the red carpet and improve their looks. I like the old sort of Renaissance Man idea, where you might not know everything about everything, but you know something about everything. It makes for a well-rounded person. And Dove is here to help you look like you know what you’re doing, even if you don’t, as far as grooming.

Out of the entire line of Dove Men+Care Hair and Face products, which is the best product? What is the one that a guy can’t live without?

For me, speaking as somebody who’s not in their 20s, I think the hydrating products are really important. Because that’s something that most men who aren’t in show business or in the public eye tend to maybe not take care of their skin. Somebody threw a figure at me, like 50% of men never wash their face. The Dove Men+Care Hydrating Face Lotion, if you do that every day, you’re going to see the results. You might see the results in a month, but you’ll really see the results in 10 years.

As a stylist and creative director at varying points in your career, what do you place more emphasis on: emulating what’s hip or cool, or embracing a natural strength?

Good style is always personal, not just trying to look like everyone else. It’s going with what you’ve got and what you want to project. That’s the way I approach it.

What’s the most common male grooming mistake you see, amongst all ages, all ethnicities? Is it a unibrow? Is it neck hair?

I think in the general population, I think you see a lot of guys, now that we’re living in the new age of beards, you see a lot of guys trying to achieve a false jawline by trimming their beard, and thinking that is going to cover up for being a little overweight or whatever, give them a crisp jawline. Usually it backfires. And it just makes them look, like, you know, worse. It’s surprising, because you see it on a lot of sports anchors and people you think would know better because they get a lot of public exposure, but I guess nobody wants to be the bearer of bad news.

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5 “Game of Thrones” Grooming Questions With Dove Men Face Expert Dr. Allan Peterkin


Dr. Allan Peterkin is a physician, author and professor. He has published 14 books, most recently The Bearded Gentlemen: A Style Guide To Shaving Face. He is currently working with Dove Men+Care and helping dudes care for their faces.

1. Thanks to all the facial hair in Game of Thrones, we assume that everyone had the ability to grow a beard. What were the options for lads with scant facial hair in the Dark Ages? 

There are very few records on hairstyles from the Dark Ages, so we rely on approximations from artists of later eras. Courtiers and royalty sported a variety of facial hairstyles, but often long mustaches predominated as long tresses were associated with great honor. For much of the time period, the only men who were clean-shaven without any facial hair at all were slaves.

2. How would a “Soul Patch” have been received? What are the origins of the Soul Patch? 

The Soul Patch is a style staple for the collegiate set. While it used to be considered a man’s first step toward facial hair, it has begun to gain support as a simple way to experiment with facial hair without going all the way to a full beard.

3. I’d like to “axe” you a question. Is everyone bearded, or at least hairy because the only way to shave was with the blade of their sword? 

While shaving was not easy in the dark ages, it was possible. Facial hair at that time was made fashionable by royalty, and short, cropped hair was a sign of subservience (and thus all slaves were clean shaven). Among the first razors were iron blades that came about by 500 BCE, when Alexander the Great insisted his soldiers were clean-shaven to avoid any beard-grabbing in combat. These razors tended to rust and grow blunt easily, cutting those who used them and killing many with tetanus. The wealthy had personal, intricate blades that their servants used to shave them. For others, barber shops did exist, and also served as a hub for gossip and socializing. Some like Julius Caesar took a more extreme approach and had beard hairs plucked out individually with tweezers.

4. Of all the facial hair styles on Game of Thrones, which was the most preferred in that era, and what character’s hair would translate as “cool” to the present day?

Oberyn’s mustache and nearly hairless chin or Tormund’s full, long beard would have been the most typical/popular during the Middle Ages. It’s highly unlikely that the ruling royal family would have been clean shaven as the Lannister’s are!

Presently, beards like Jon Snow’s and Daario Naaharis’ have been sported by men of all ages, but for the coming summer months, Jamie Lannister’s clean shaven face is very on trend. With this look, it’s important to use a moisturizer with SPF like Dove Men+Care Hydrate+ Face Lotion. This lotion makes it easy to keep the skin moisturized and cared for while offering protection against the strong summer sun.

5. In Game of Thrones, we see plenty of dudes with unruly facial hair hooking up with hot babes. When did women become so adverse to immense facial hair and what spurred the transition? 

One would think that most women prefer a clean shaven guy, since facial hair can sometimes be irritating to a woman’s skin. However, recent studies have shown that women are actually most attracted to a man with heavy stubble.* In the study both men and women rated full beards highest for parenting ability and healthiness, and masculinity ratings increased linearly as facial hair increased. So those hairy faces in Game of Thrones do actually attract women.


DOVE MEN + CARE Deodorant and Antiperspirant Irritation-Free Monday Contest


Monday – time to spend eight hours with people you wouldn’t normally give eight seconds. Who would you kill for an Irritation-Free Monday?

Whoa, that answer came out of your mouth way too fast. Now that you made it all weird, let’s quickly switch gears to what DOVE Men + Care can do for you, within the confines of the law.

Instead of punching that guy in your office who says “TGIM” every Monday morning, get your revenge by entering the DOVE Irritation Free-Monday contest. The winner gets their choice from one of six #badass prizes (Sorry, murder for hire is not one of them, you freak.) below:

1) Installation of a luxury nap room in your office.

2) Food truck bonanza at your place of employment.

3) Personal trainer and a home gym.

4) B-ball irritation therapy, which consists of DOVE installing a full basketball court in your office parking lot.

5) $5,000 to start your own business.

6) A traffic free commute via a helicopter ride to your office.

Click here for full details.


John McEnroe Partners with Dove + Men’s Care for 2013 ING New York City Marathon

Dove John McEnroe

Thomas Edison famously said, “Success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” If tennis legend John McEnroe and Dove Men’s + Care have their way, those numbers will be 100% inspiration and 0% perspiration, particularly at this year’s 2013 New York City Marathon.

McEnroe is serving as “Anti-Irritation” coach to the Dove Men+Care Marathon team, a group of five runners that elected to run with 48-hour anti-irritation protection on their side. The best part is, readers can enter DOVE’s contest to run the marathon and occupy the team’s two final spots!

Johnny Mac will be ready to chide, deride and humiliate the members of DOVE Men + Care 2013 NYC Marathon team and you could potentially be dehumanized by the most historically significant US tennis player of all-time.

For more details, click here.


Product Review: 2013 Dove Men + Care Product Line


When I’m cleaning my face, I want a system. I don’t want to approach the situation haphazardly, like the parents on MTV’s hit TV show “Teen Mom.”

Let’s be frank — and yes, you “can still be Garth.” Your face skin is essentially your billboard to the world. And what does this billboard promote? The business of You, Incorporated.

If your face looks blotchy, dry, flaky, weird, or any other adjective that would describe a rabid Russian dog, scrounging the public subway system for scraps, you probably don’t want to look like that. You probably don’t want to look like Gorbachev, either.

You, Incorporated is coming off of another great fiscal quarter, but how do you maintain the momentum and feed all the families who depend on your face?

Read the full review here.


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