What happened to the classic men’s grooming routine?

It seems like most guys don’t care what they look like.

They scrape their faces with whatever cheap razor they can get their hands on.

They use the WORST shampoos and soaps to damage their hair.

Was it always like this, or did we mess up along the way?

That’s what we’re exploring today. We’re going over how men in the 1920s groomed themselves…

And how things have changed.

 

Gents – I’ll get straight to the point.

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Yes, they even have natural deodorants.

Say goodbye to the chemicals that irritate, dry out, and damage your skin. We used to use only the best ingredients – it’s time to get back to that.

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Contents

  1. Showering
  2. Shaving
  3. Hairstyling
  4. Nail care

 

1. Showering

The 1920s

The 1910s weren’t a fun time. The combination of World War I and the 1918 Influenza pandemic inspired a hygiene revolution in America.

All of a sudden, regular showers and grooming routines became commonplace from the 20s on.

What did the average American man have in his bathtub?

old school ad

Don’t be fooled – 10 cents was equal to about $1.36 back then. Still, that’s a great price!

The first liquid soaps were invented in 1865 by William Shepphard. However, it wasn’t until 1898 that it became common.

B.J. Johnson Soap Company introduced a liquid soap with natural ingredients. Palm and olive oils were major elements. “Palmolive soap” exploded on to the scene, making the use of natural oils normal for men across the country.

Shampoo was similar to body soap in those days. They both used natural detergents in order to cleanse.

Professional hairdressing was not substantial until 1927 when Hans Schwarzkopf opened the very first academy for hairdressers. Throughout the 20s, gentlemen relied on themselves to know what was going into their hair.

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Modern Day

Things changed in the 1930s when companies started bringing in synthetic ingredients

It’s a trend that stayed over the last 90 years, with men relying more on convenience at the expense of personal health.

man showring

Modern men rely too much on harmful chemicals in their shampoos and soaps.

While the 1920s gent could expect a few simple natural oils on his label, today we are beset by endless lists of artificial chemicals.

A few common ingredients include Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which can damage your hair and make it frizzy. Parabens, while protecting the shampoo from bacteria, can also introduce minor hormonal imbalances.

Sodium Chloride – AKA salt – can dry the scalp and make it itchy.

Formaldehyde (a carcinogen), synthetic fragrances (hair loss)… the list goes on.

Part of the decline in the quality of men’s style is due to reliance on these chemicals.

Yet, there is hope…

With menswear experiencing a renaissance, more guys trending toward natural ingredients once again.

Sulfate-free shampoos,  silicone-free conditioners, and less shampooing overall to preserve scalp oils. This is where companies like VITAMAN come in and cleanse the competition.

 

2. Shaving

The 1920s

The safety razor dominated the decade…

People started to look for more convenient alternatives to the straight razor by the mid-19th century.

The first rudimentary safety razor came in 1847 by Willian Henson. The razor featured a comb tooth guard to protect the face. You could even attach the guard to a traditional straight razor.

it was in 1880 that we first see the term “safety razor” in ads by Frederic and Otto Kampfe, who operated out of Brooklyn, NYC.

Finally, in 1904, King Camp Gillette won the patent for interchangeable razors and was contracted to supply US troops with razors in World War I. It was because of WWI that the razor took off.

classic Gillette razors

The first Gillette safety razors were available in premium metals and came with disposable blades.

before World War I, it was common to go to the barber for a shave. American troops needed to shave by themselves on the battlefield. When the war ended, they brought their habits – and their razors – home with them.

They used shaving brushes (which were around since the 1750s) in the comfort of their homes. These came with boar, horse, or badger hair – the latter being the most expensive.

Shaving soaps in the 1920s were made with natural ingredients. The very first bars produced in 1840 relied on walnut oil and were supplied to the British armed forces.

They were characterized by the richness of the lather. The soap soon found a market around the world.

We do start to see a pre-lathered cream introduced in 1925 known as the Brushless Burma-Shave.

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Modern Day

Once again, men ditched luxury for low-end convenience…

Cartridge razors came about in the 1960s – now the most common razor across the world. These are made using various plastics such as polystyrene, polypropylene, and other resins that are cheap and easy to produce.

This often means you can throw the razor away once the blades dull. That starts to suck once you realize what it does to the environment.

Cartridge razors generate approximately one million pounds of plastic waste a year.

wet shave

Gents, it’s time to bring back the brush.

Cartridge razors rend to come with multiple blades (at least two). The idea is that the first blade hooks the hair while the second one cuts it. Fine in theory, but it makes the razor prone to pulling the hair and causing bumps.

One of the most popular shaving creams was released in 1919 by Frank Shields, a former MIT professor.

He developed Barbasol, canned shaving cream that’s still available today. This is what most modern men opt for as it requires no brush.

Let me ask you something – would you put propane on your face? It’s a common ingredient in canned shaving creams, along with Laureth Sulfate and synthetic fragrances.

Gents, we messed up here. We’ve forgotten the therapeutic benefits of a daily shaving routine, the healing properties of natural ingredients. It’s time we got back to basics.

 

3. Hairstyling

The 1920s

Brilliantine was the major hair product of the 1920s.

The product was first introduced in 1900 by French perfumer Édouard Pinaud and it soon spread across the world. Brilliantine is a fragrant oil used to soften men’s hair and give it a clean, glossy look.

It didn’t provide much hold, but it did allow men to style their hair in a myriad of ways.

leo in a suit

Here we see Leonardo DiCaprio portraying the Great Gatsby. He is rocking a classic side part.

A lot of guys opted for a simple, slicked-back look. This was the single most popular option for styling in those days.

Other styles included a deep part down the middle of the head – something we’d probably think of as silly today.

Finally, we also had the classic side-part.

What about different hair types? Men with curly and wavy hair could use hot irons to straighten it – though this was only common in the movie industry.

However, most guys let their hair bounce freely with a bit of Brilliantine to clean it up.

Men who couldn’t afford Brilliantine used petroleum jelly, which had been around since 1859. Though it functions primarily as a skin ointment, men used it to imitate their wealthier counterparts.

Click here for the complete guide to choosing the right hair product. Begin your men’s grooming routine the right way.

Modern Day

We have a lot of options these days. Men can choose from at least 15 different hair product categories.

The problem is… you guessed it, synthetic ingredients.

To be fair, ingredients in hair gel are not necessarily harmful, but they can cause issues if mishandled.

If you allow too much buildup and fail to wash your hair appropriately, it can cause scalp irritation and dandruff flare-ups.

 

4. Nail Care

The 1920s

Patents for modern nail clippers start to crop up around 1875.

Valentine Fogerty was credited with the first US patent. The design resembled a circular nail file embalmed in a keratin clip.

By the 1890s, whole nail care sets were being sold. However, these tended toward a limited range of files and clippers.

Apparently, properly-groomed nails were indicative of a luxurious lifestyle. Nail care products were also part of the medical industry, rather than style.

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Modern Day

Nowadays, we have many more tools at our disposal.

You can get a complete nail kit for less than $15. What does the average kit come with?

  • Fingernail clippers
  • Nail scissors
  • Fingernail nippers
  • Nail files
  • Tweezers
  • Cuticle scissors
  • Cuticle nippers
  • Nail cleaners

That means there are NO excuses, gentlemen!

 

Summary – Men’s Grooming Routine

A lot has changed in a hundred years.

Most of it for the worse.

We’ve abandoned natural, nourishing ingredients in favor of quick convenience.

It’s time to get back to basics, gentlemen. Your great grandfather knew what he was doing.

 

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If you want to master your men’s grooming routine, you need all-natural men’s grooming products.  Seriously, it’s the easiest way to look your best.

Head over to VITAMAN. They’ve got everything from natural shaving creams to skincare products that you can use to stay youthful.

Yes, they even have natural deodorants.

Say goodbye to the chemicals that irritate, dry out, and damage your skin. We used to use only the best ingredients – it’s time to get back to that.

Don’t know where to begin? The starter kits give you every tool you need to look your best – no brainpower necessary!

Click here to check out VITAMAN today!

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By: Antonio
Title: What Changed? 1920 Vs 2020 Men’s Grooming Routine
Sourced From: www.realmenrealstyle.com/1920s-classic-mens-grooming/
Published Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2020 11:55:00 +0000

 

 

 

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