Often, during make-or-break situations like job interviews and first dates, your success or failure comes down to a few small details of how you present yourself. In those moments, it no longer matters that you suited up and combed your hair, because you ignored the details.
Why do the details matter so much? Because as the saying goes, “How you do anything is how you do everything.”
It’s never too late to start paying attention to details like grooming.
- Ignoring rogue ear, nose or eyebrow hair
Gents, once you reach a certain age, you have to embrace the fact that your body no longer confines hair growth to the “designated hair areas.” The areas that cause the most issues on the surface are unruly ear, nose and eyebrow hair.
You may think it’s unmanly to trim your eyebrows, but once they get some real heft, it can look disgustingly. You don’t need to do anything drastic, but trimming a few straggler hairs. And it’s easy to have your barber just take care of this during your regular visit.
- Dirty, unkempt fingernails
Untrimmed, scraggly or dirty nails are a sign of a lack of care overall, but also a health hazard, especially if you’re preparing food for people. Next to your face, the hands are often one of the most viewed parts of your body when you talk to someone in person. You should trim your nails regularly, occasionally scrub under them with a brush, and also clip any stray hangnails.
- Not flossing
When you brush regularly but neglect flossing, you leave tiny bits of food between your teeth – and that food starts to rot and build up bacteria that can make your breath pretty heinous. It’s an issue for anyone in close quarters with you, but especially anyone who’s getting smoochy with you. Start flossing.
- Letting your lips be dry
It’s pretty hard not to notice someone’s lips and mouth when you’re talking to them. If your lips are dry and cracked, they’re going to be distracting. Just at that key moment when you’re telling a story, people won’t hear your words. Instead, they’ll be looking at your cracked lips. Use lip balm, and try to avoid excess sun exposure.
- Too much cologne
For some, a nice subtle fragrance can work great. Notice I said SUBTLE. If you walk into an elevator and people can TASTE your cologne, then guess what, you failed on the subtlety front. The thing is, wearing too much of even the fanciest cologne makes it smell cheap, and and it’s going to ruin your chances of making a good first impression.
Ask your honest friend about whether your cologne is too overpowering. You can also try using much less, and then ask them if they can still smell it. If they can, maybe you don’t need as much as you thought.