I know you already love Grooming Heroes. There are, however, other great grooming resources that will help you kick up your game a notch. Here are the places I keep coming back to for great grooming advice.
Places to Learn
Marc, known as Mantic59, is one of the most respected voices in the wet shaving community. He didn't get his first traditional shave until the early 2000's when his wife gifted him a shave at the Art of Shaving for their wedding anniversary. This first shave ignited a fire in Marc's heart and he started devouring every bit of information he could find on this new way of shaving. Soon after, Marc started running a popular YouTube channel teach men about wet shaving.
Sharpologist is Marc's blog where he shares tons of useful information on wet shaving shaving, shaving products, and grooming.
Shaving 101 is another great resource for classic wet shaving. Mike Sandoval and his team of contributors pride themselves on writing in-depth articles and tutorials on wet shaving. They say "our articles are meant to inspire our readers to try wet shaving".
Shaving 101 goes deeper than just covering the basics. The site covers a wide range of advanced topics on straight razor shaving, picking the right safety razor blade and even a primer on men's skin care.
If you are looking for a one-stop-shop for wet shaving info, Shaving 101 is a great start.
Badger & Blade is mostly known as a popular forum for wet shaving. You can find the answer of virtually any question about shaving.
If wet shaving is not your thing, Badger & Blade has added sub-forums about pretty much anything a man could be interested - culinary and cooking (The Mess Hall), premium coffee (The Cafe), pipes and cigars (The Brown Leaf), clothes and shoes (The Haberdashery), etc.
Badger & Blade also runs a column called Fragrance Friday where every Friday they review popular men's fragrances.
Straight Razor Place was the first online forum dedicated to straight razor shaving. After Straight Razor Place gained some popularity, its founder Lynn Abrams teamed up with Don Addleman to start Straight Razor Designs - a business dedicated to making straight razors, leather strops, and other products related to straight razor shaving.
Straight Razor Place offers a wealth of knowledge about straight razors and wet shaving. Lynn Abrams also has a YouTube channel where he shares great tutorials on shaving with a straight razor.
The guys at Ape to Gentleman believe that "the modern gentleman is not the final stage in Darwin’s evolutionary process". To help men evolve further, Ape to Gentleman share tons of useful advice on grooming, fashion and lifestyle.
Ape to Gentleman started as a website dedicated to men's grooming. In the last several years, however, its editorial content has spread out to cover other topics related to men, including style, fashion and general lifestyle.
Ape to Gentleman is a good place to find general advice on grooming and learn how to up your game in other areas of life.
John Banos started The Manliness Kit to share his knowledge on men's grooming and help me look their best. John is driven by the belief that "the way you present yourself to the world says a lot about you and even influences the course of your life".
The Manliness Kit is a great resource for tips and advice on wet shaving, beard maintenance, and hairstyle.
The guys at Prim & Prep know what they are talking about when it comes to grooming. They have some great tutorials on wet shaving and body grooming. Check out some of the reviews of shaving brushes, safety razors and shaving creams if you are in the market for wet shaving products.
Balding Beards is a great place to learn more about male patter baldness and growing a great beard. The site's owner, Domen, says that male patter baldness and beards are the two features that are strongly related to manliness.
Domen's argument rings true. Even though men can share many features and traits with women, balding and growing a thick healthy beard are two that strictly belong to men.
Balding Beards has great in-depth information on coping with baldness and growing and maintaining a healthy beard. The guys on the site also review products and they say that 90% of the reviews are based on their actual experience using the product.
Places to Shop
At West Coast Shaving you can get all your grooming products in one place. In addition to its physical store in Chino, California, West Coast Shaving also has a strong online presence. The company's online selection includes Geo F. Trumper, Taylor of Old Bond Street, Edwin Jagger, Merkur, Penhaligon's, Proraso and many others.
West Coast Shaving offer free shipping on US orders over $80 and their international shipping varies based on weight and the country of destination.
MenEssentials is another great place to find a great selection of men's skincare and grooming products online. MenEssentials has two physical locations, one in Glendale, California and another in Toronto, Ontario.
MenEssentials carries iconic brands like D.R. Harris, Proraso, and Floris. At the same time, the company offers a wide selection of indie and niche brands like Zoologist Perfumes, First Canadian Shave Soap & Co., and Uncle Peter's Man.
If you are in the Los Angelis or Toronto area make sure to stop by the MenEssentials stores. The staff is always very friendly and knowledgeable.
Fendrihan is an online retailer of fine grooming products for men. Based in Canada, Fendrihan ships all its products from its Canadian facility in Ancaster, Ontario.
If you know of a great place for men's grooming that you don't see on this list, let me know. I'll check it out and add it to the list.