In Honor of President’s Day, Here are Facial Hair Grooming Tips from Past POTUS

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Now that it’s February, let’s not let Valentine’s Day take all the attention away from all the other holidays in this, our shortest-month.

It’s President’s Day, and given our current political climate, we thought you might want to take some time to forget about the present and acquire some essential grooming tips from presidents-past.

To help you get in the patriotic mood, we’ve paired up some of our favorite former leaders with a few grooming products we know they would’ve absolutely loved. Check it out below!

Mutton Chops

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Chester A. Arthur, 21st President
When defining your mutton chops, always use a pre-shave oil as you shave. It not only moisturizes the skin, but it goes the extra mile in softening the hair and providing a protective barrier between your skin and the sharp edge of the blade.

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Lather & Wood Shaving Unscented Pre-Shave Oil – $13
This all natural pre-shave oil from Lather & Wood is composed of seven different essential oils, including grapeseed oil, organic olive oil, sandalwood oil, and cranberry oil. The combination helps soothe irritated skin, tames knotted locks, and keeps your mutton chops looking slick.

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Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President
To keep facial hair looking groomed, use an after-shave splash on your skin and comb the hair in the direction of the growth pattern of the beard.

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No. 88 Aftershave Splash – $138
The No. 88 Aftershave Splash from Czech & Speake puts the perfect period on a morning shave. Scented with bergamot, geranium and sandalwood, the elixir gives off a masculine fragrance and helps to heal blemishes and close up pores.

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Walrus Mustache

Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President
An important aspect of a great mustache is making sure that it is defined while the rest of the face is clean shaven. One way to keep constantly ‘kempt,’ is to use a combo of products tailor-made to work in tandem to keep the whiskers looking fresh and the surrounding skin beaming.

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Moroccan Neroli Shaving Duet – $61
This double whammy from Aesop includes both the brand’s Shaving Serum, which uses an aloe infusion to prevent razor burn, and the Moroccan Neroli Lotion, which rehydrates and softens the skin post-shave.

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Major Sideburns

Martin Van Buren, 8th President
A key to some stellar sideburns is trimming on a regular basis (unlike ole Martin up there). Use a pair of pointed-edge mustache scissors and a fine-toothed horn comb to trim and shape the hair to control the aesthetic.

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You’ll Need: Tortoiseshell Acetate Pocket Comb – $18
This delicate comb from Baxter of California makes a lovely addition to any man’s arsenal of grooming essentials. Built with durable tortoiseshell acetate, the comb glides smoothly through even the toughest hair.

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Professional Mustache Scissors – $13
Handcrafted from steel, these professional grade mustache scissors from Striking Viking are guaranteed to keep the hairs on your chinny-chin-chin always looking camera ready.

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Beard Sans Mustache

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Abraham Lincoln, 16th President
Maintaining your beard starts with a good beard oil that’ll hydrate your whiskers and keep them shining all day long. By applying said oil everyday, you’ll keep your beard happy and avoid the scraggly look that Honest Abe seemed to love so much.

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Grooming Solutions Nourishing Beard Grooming Oil $27
This treatment from Kiehl’s is packed with a bevy of palliative essential oils, which come together to produce a beard oil that’s both gentle on the skin and healing to your facial hair. You can check out all our favorite beard oils here, if this one isn’t quite presidential enough for you.

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Article updated February 15, 2018 by Cody Gohl. 


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