QUESTION: I’ve got a big date with a girl I’ve been wanting to go out with for almost a year now. Any tips to set the mood when she comes over?
ANSWER: First off, nice work my guy. Now the real work begins.
Make sure your pad is clean, not your type of clean, but your mom’s clean. The bathroom is super key. It might not be a bad idea to hire a cleaner the day before, seriously. It could be the best Ben Franklin you ever spend. You definitely don't want the first time she sees your place to be the last!
Ask in advance about a few meals that you can cook for her (no, SpaghettiOs doesn’t count – not even the Franks version). This chatter can be fun over text to get to know the real her, too. Oh, and ask if she likes red or white wine (probably red – but having both a Cabernet and a Chardonnay on hand will cover you regardless of which she prefers.)
Then, light a Spicy Senorita Candle (telling her it is from your favorite brand that has a donkey as their logo), and put on a slick outfit. Keep the outfit choice casual though. You’re at home after all, be comfortable.
Finally, make sure you do one last QC check on your grooming. Check your nose/ear hair for any stragglers and apply only a few spritzes of your favorite cologne – hello REBEL. Oh, and definitely, lightly powder your boys.
Ultimately, just showing her you’re making the effort is what it is all about. If she’s coming over, she’s already into you – so just be yourself. Sage advice, I know.
QUESTION: I’m thinking about using a hair dryer to add some quick and easy volume to my hairstyle, but really have no idea how to use it properly - any tips?
ANSWER: I like to say the hair dryer is the jedi weapon of choice for great looking hair. Master the hair dryer, master Bueno Hair!
But, a blow dryer is no toy so don’t go all Kylo Ren and get all angry – that’s bad for your locks as hair is super fragile! Here’s a few quick key tips.
Keep some space between the dryer and your hair. A little warmth (medium setting) is key to locking in your volume and texture, but too much is just going to damage your hair. If your style requires a little heat activation, make sure to use PROTECT Heat Shield Spray prior to drying for that force field protection. That’s critical.
Next, you know that fancy nozzle thing that attaches to the blow dryer? That thing is actually called a concentrator, and I recommend keeping it on. Using the concentrator is going to give you much more control, making it easier to target and direct your hair the way you want it to go.
The final quick tip is to know when to blow dry. Try out blow drying before or after you apply your products. Things like pomades and gels are going to really stiffen up after adding some heat, giving you a hard, crusty look that is definitely no bueno! On the other hand, prestylers like SALT Sea Salt Spray are going to work with the heat for added volume.
Bonus Tip: If you want some extra volume, blow dry your hair in the opposite direction.
Mastering the art of using a hair dryer takes time and practice. Or, just go to the Dagobah System and seek Yoda - he knows his stuff.
QUESTION: My girlfriend says my feet and toenails are kind of gross. She wants me to get a pedicure, but there’s no chance in the world I’m going to a salon. What can I do to keep my feet looking awesome for the upcoming summer months?
ANSWER: No chance in the world? It’s 2022 dude! The spicy senoritas appreciate a guy that takes care of his feet. Not to mention if your feet are super gross it could be a deal breaker. Dudes have been turned down for way less!
And, here’s a little secret the spicy senoritas learned long ago – pedicures are actually pretty awesome. Who doesn't love some quality pampering from time to time!
But if you insist and stepping foot into a salon is not an option (pun intended), you'll want to start by grabbing yourself a quality double-sided foot file. The foot file is key to removing dead skin and smoothing out your calluses. Do yourself a favor and file away in the shower when your skin is nice and soft.
Next, grab a toenail clipper. Yes, there is a difference between the clippers you use on your feet versus the ones you use on your fingers. Toenail clippers are longer and sometimes wider to make trimming easier and to allow for a nice rounded finish since those angles can be tougher to reach.
Pro Tip: Always trim your nails after getting them moist so the nails don’t break.
Finally, let's talk about odor. If you thought dry skin and rough nails were bad, then consider a pungent stink coming from your barking dogs to be the icing on the dealbreaker cake. Don't take any chances here. Throwing some Body Powder onto your feet and in your shoes/socks will keep the sweat and odor to a bare minimum.
Oh, don’t forget to use some body lotion from the ankle down to keep your feet from cracking. Boom!
Now put your best foot forward (I did it again), and go enjoy some fun in the sun amigo!