Living with three boys, you’d think I’d have all the time in the world to use the bathroom. Wrong—they actually take ages. So what is it exactly they’re doing in there to get ready? The boys I live with are your typical, no fussing with beauty products type of guys, so I thought it would be interesting to see what they’re using and why. After much arguing over the different pseudonyms they each wanted to take on (most of them being explicit puns), we eventually settled on using their real names. So without further ado, meet Tom, Billy and Ste, and the completely unedited version of what each of them had to say…
Laura: What’s your typical ‘get ready for a night out’ routine?
Tom: Depending on how recent my last shower trip was, I might dip my head in the sink.
Ste: I shower, brush my teeth, put on some clothes, go back into the bathroom, realise I don’t need to be there and then leave. I’ve got a beard so that gets trimmed about once a week, only takes ten minutes though.
Billy: Usually I check if I’m smelly and then shower accordingly. In the shower, I use whatever I can get my hands on [Laura: Usually my stuff]. Then I put some music on and have a little dance whilst getting dressed. Chuck on a little bit of deodorant, usually Dove Men’s, or Women’s, whatever’s on offer. For my hair, I use a tiny bit of clay or wax and then I’m good to go.
Laura: What’s your usual go-to night out look?
Tom: I usually go clean shaven, unless we’re in a rush. I also put some of that mousse stuff in my hair and see what happens. I usually try to mess it up a bit.
Ste: Trimmed beard, hair usually to one side. I use hairspray if it needs a bit of help getting there.
Billy: I’m one of those that doesn’t really wash their hair with shampoo or conditioner, so only a little bit of product is fine. I like a messy look though.
Laura: What products do you use when getting ready?
Tom: Just that extra strong hair mousse stuff. I think it’s from VO5. Oh, and some deodorant.
Ste: I like Tresemmé hairspray. I used to use mousse to get curly hair but now I’ve switched to hairspray for a different look. Tend to use Sure Deodorant and a Zara aftershave, can’t remember the name of it though.
Billy: I like the Nivea for Men Face Scrub when I’m in the shower. Also after shaving I like a bit of Hugo Boss aftershave or Gucci Guilty, that stuff smells nice. For my hair I like VO5 Matt Clay or DAX Short and Neat.
Laura: Is there any reason why you use these products? And are they ones you’ve repurchased?
Tom: It’s usually on offer so I like it because it’s cheap.
Ste: Yeah, I’ve repurchased the Zara aftershave loads because I like the smell. The Sure deodorant too because Lynx can be a bit smelly. I like the Tresemmé hairspray because the can looks cool.
Billy: I like the VO5 Matt Clay because it doesn’t go hard or look too greasy. DAX Short and Neat is good though for when I want more of a wet hair look.
Laura: Are there any products you would recommend to readers?
Tom: If you’ve got really straight hair then that mousse stuff isn’t bad. Just whack a bit in, mess it up and Bob’s your uncle. Or is he?
Ste: All of the ones I mentioned because I look beautiful.
Billy: VO5 Matt Clay definitely. Every man has matt clay and if they don’t have it then they should.
Well, there you have it. Some interesting (and odd) answers. It seems like VO5 is a popular brand with most of them, and it turns out they put more thought into their routines than I ever thought they did, and I think more than they ever thought they did too. I hope you’ve managed to learn some new tips or product recommendations from this—I certainly learned why my shower gel runs out so quickly…