How self-maintenance is slowly changing the world

Hello again folks. Last time out I took some time to discuss the social impact of the modern hipster. This time around I’m going to change the subject slightly and talk about how I believe we are slowly becoming more and more self-aware, especially in terms of our outwardly appearance and looks.

Both women and men alike are becoming more and more ‘image’ conscious. It is now not abnormal for a young man in his twenties to take between 30 minutes and an hour in the morning to get through his personal grooming regime. Nor is it abnormal for any young woman to spend up to 2 hours a day prepping and applying makeup (especially on the weekends).

This kind of behaviour is now ubiquitous and commonplace. In fact, if you’re the one that spends zero hours per week working on your looks then you may even be considered abnormal.

For women, makeup and skincare application has been around for decades. You’ll struggle to find a young woman who doesn’t know her way around a primer, or doesn’t know anything about the benefits of using a treatment serum.


men and women in front of the mirror


Men however, have taken a bit longer to show up to the party. It is only in recent years that men have turned this huge corner, and really started paying more attention to their looks (especially in terms of how they dress, how they style their hair, and lets not forget…how they style their facial hair).

This recent change has led to an uplift and surge in popularity of products designed to aid men through their grooming related troubles.   

So many strange and bizarre things have come onto the market in recent months. I’m no stranger to beards, and I’m comfortable admitting that I’ve dipped my toe into growing out my facial hair, and have come across lots of accessories that many would deem unnecessary.

One however, that I believe is completely necessary, and has actually got me out of a couple of sore spots in my time, are beard scissors.

Despite the fact that beard trimmers appear to be all the rage, and their technology is constantly evolving and developing each year, many men still prefer using a good old pair of scissors.

I’ve tried out quite a few in my time, and the ones above have proven to be my favourite pair.

There you are folks – That’s my two cents. If you’re erring onto the side of placing high importance on self grooming then getting a pair of facial hair scissors is a good place to start.

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The Social Impact of the Modern Hipster

Welcome back to My Census Maps. It has been a long time coming (mostly because I’ve been insanely busy with work) but I’ve finally got around to putting the wheels on this blog and pushing it off on it’s way!

You would have seen in my welcome post that My Census Maps will be a place where I muse on pertinent social and economic issues that face the modern world today. I’ll be nosediving into subjects like health and education.

This article i’ll be covering that I think quite a few of the male readership will enjoy perusing. I want to talk about the social impact of the modern hipster, in particular his look – his attire, tattoos, and unforgettably his well trimmed and tidy beard.

As a self confessed non-hipster, I live in a small area of London where you can’t walk 5 yards without bumping into one. They never cease to amaze me with their quirky clothing, their overly eccentric tastes, and their arcane interests. Personally, I don’t dislike them – I just think most hipsters are a little bit lost and confused, and perhaps even insecure.

modern hipster

Especially in London, it’s hard to stick out from the crowd and assure yourself that you’re different from everyone else. Perhaps this is what spawned the hipster movement. But the problem it is now so popular, that being a hipster doesn’t really mean you’re standing out from the crowd at all.

One positive though is that many new businesses in obscure niches have flourished due to the influx sudden interest. Beard grooming products are a perfect example of this. Until a few years ago, you’re average Joe would have struggled to tell you exactly what beard grooming kit is, but anyone under 35 seems to know, and also list off many different brands with different scents.

Are hipsters here to stay? Perhaps it is just a phase and they will be gone without a trace before too long. What do you think?

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