13 essential grooming rules to live by in 2016

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2015 is over. Time to clean up your act.

In honor of the New Year, we're compiling the best skin, hair, and shave advice we learned over the last 12 months. Covering everything from the hair on your head (and ass) all the way down to taking care of your toes, these are the tips, tricks, and body hacks you need to ensure that this year is a whole lot more well-kept than the one that just ended.

1. Try something other than a man bun.
Newsflash: Man buns can cause hair loss because of all the tugging, a condition called traction alopecia. So unless you want to start losing your hair earlier than you're genetically programmed to, then maybe give another long hairstyle a shot. There are plenty of options out there.


2. Stop washing your mane so much.
We've already deemed it a resolution you need to make in the new year. But if you haven't gotten the memo yet, here it is: You probably shouldn't be washing your hair every day, depending on what type of hair you have. That's because things like natural oils and dirt actually give your mane the body it needs to look its best. Surprising, right?


3. Get a non-haircut haircut.
Got something big coming up and want to look your best, but not overly put-together? Then get a neck trim. Cheap, quick, and easy, it instantly leaves you looking cleaner without the fuss of a full-blown cut and style.


4. Don't just drink your caffeine.
Didn't get a good night's sleep? Well, besides a cold shower, you should think about waking up with a moisturizer infused with caffeine. Formulated with the same active ingredient as your morning cup of joe, it'll work hard to perk the skin on your face, leaving you apparently bright-eyed and bushy-tailed—even if you don't feel that way at all.


5. Maintain the proper beard-to-hair ratio.
As it turns out, you can't just grow your beard and expect everything to look its best maintenance-free. In fact, there are some guidelines you need to take note of when it comes to balancing out the hair on your face with that on top of your head. Of course, there are exceptions, but do you really want to take that risk?


6. Thinning hair needs texture.
Here's the thing about perfection: The closer you get, the easier it is to notice when things aren't exactly right. This is particularly the case when it comes to thinning hair. Which is why, instead of trying out that old standby, the combover, go messy if the forest up top is looking particularly sparse. Also, try a texturizing powder. Trust us, it'll work wonders.

See photos of Brad Pitt, an icon of top-notch grooming, in the gallery below:
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136698 06: Actor Brad Pitt from 'A River Runs Through It' September 15, 1991. (Photo by Liaison)
204937 03: Brad Pitt in the film 'Legends of the Fall.' (Photo by Liaison)
341913 01: Actor Brad Pitt in the film 'Meet Joe Black.' (Photo by Liaison)
TORONTO, CANADA: Film star Brad Pitt rushes into the world premier for his new film 'Seven Years In Tibet' at the Toronto Film Festival in Toronto, Canada, 13 September. Pitt was posing for photographers when a group of women started to rush across the street towards him and he hurried into the theatre. AFP PHOTO/Carlo ALLEGRI (Photo credit should read CARLO ALLEGRI/AFP/Getty Images)
372599 01: Brad Pitt Stars As Joe Black In Universal Pictures Recent Release 'Meet Joe Black'. Pitt Stars Along With Anthony Hopkins, Claire Forlani Under The Direction Of Martin Brest. (Photo By Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: Actors Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston arrive for the 51st Emmy Awards 12 September, 1999, in Los Angeles, California. (Electronic Image) AFP PHOTO / Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
369691 01: Brad Pitt And Julia Roberts Together For The First Time On Their First Day Filming Together In Dreamworks Pictures Action-Comedy, 'The Mexican' May 17, 2000 In Real De Catorce, Mexico. (Photo By Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 23: Hollywood actor Brad Pitt arrives at the london Premiere of his new film 'Snatch' 23 August 2000, in London West End. 'Snatch' is a movie directed by Guy Ritchie. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) (Photo credit should read HUGO PHILPOTT/AFP/Getty Images)
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston at the premiere of 'Rock Star' at the Mann Village Theater in Los Angeles, Ca. 9/4/01. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
Brad Pitt at the premiere of 'Panic Room' at the Loews Century Plaza Theater in Los Angeles, Ca. Monday, March 18, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
Brad Pitt at the premiere of 'The Bourne Identity' at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles, Ca. Thursday, June 6, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect
WESTWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 11: Actors Don Cheadle (L) and Brad Pitt attend the premiere of the film 'Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind' on December 11, 2002 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - APRIL 12: Michelle Pfeifer and Brad Pitt during Nickelodeon's 16th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar April 12, 2003 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JANUARY 12: Actress Jennifer Aniston and actor Brad Pitt attend the Los Angeles premiere of Universal Pictures' film 'Along Came Polly' on January 12, 2004 at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
BERLIN - MAY 9: Actor Brad Pitt attends the official European premiere of long-awaited epic film 'Troy' at the Cinestar Cinema, Potsdamer Square May 9, 2004 in Berlin, Germany. The story is of two nations' battle after the prince of one steals the beautiful wife of the other. Precedes U.S. premiere tomorrow and international screening at Cannes, May 13. (Photo by Kurt Vinion /Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 13: Actors Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom attend the Photocall for 'Troy' ahead of tonight's World Premiere showing, at the 57th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 13, 2004 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - DECEMBER 8: Actor Brad Pitt arrives at the Warner Bros. premiere of the film 'Ocean's Twelve' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre December 8, 2004 in Hollywood California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 07: Actor Brad Pitt arrives at the premiere of 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith' at the Mann Village Theater on June 7, 2005 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 20: Actor Brad Pitt poses at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association annual installation luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel on July 20, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
DAVOS, SWITZERLAND: Actors Angelina Jolie (L) and Brad Pitt leave Hotel Belvedere in Davos 26 January 2006. UN goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie is in Davos for the World Economic Forum. AFP PHOTO ERIC FEFERBERG (Photo credit should read Eric FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 21: (EDITORS NOTE: THIS BLACK AND WHITE IMAGE WAS CONVERTED FROM ORIGINAL COLOUR FILE) Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the premiere for the film 'A Mighty Heart' at the Palais des Festivals during the 60th International Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2007 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
TORONTO - SEPTEMBER 10: Actor Brad Pitt attends 'Babel' press conference during the Toronto International Film Festival held at the Sutton Place Hotel on September 10, 2006 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - MARCH 05: Actor Brad Pitt attends with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) a press conference following a meeting to discuss the 'Make it Right' project on March 5, 2009 in Washington, DC. The project, launched in 2007, helps to construct affordable and environmentally-sustainable housing for low-income residents of the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans who lost their homes as a result of Hurricane Katrina. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - APRIL 06: Actor Brad Pitt onstage during the taping of Idol Gives Back held at the Kodak Theatre on April 6, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 08: Actor Brad Pitt arrives at the premiere of Paramount's 'The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button' held at Mann's Village Theatre on Decemeber 8, 2008 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Oscar-nominated actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive at the 81st Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California on February 22, 2009. AFP PHOTO Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 18: Actor Brad Pitt attends 'Inglorious Basterds' photocall at the Kursaal Palace during the 57th San Sebastian International Film Festival on September 18, 2009 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 03: Actors Brad Pitt (L) and Angelina Jolie arrive at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' and Spyglass Entertainment's 'Invictus' at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Theater on December 3, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JULY 19: Actor Brad Pitt arrives at the premiere of Sony Pictures' 'Salt' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on July 19, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
US actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie pose as they arrive for the premiere of her movie The Tourist by German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck in Rome on December 15, 2010. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor Brad Pitt attends the press conference of 'The Tree of Life' presented in competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2011 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT (Photo credit should read ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)
US actor Brad Pitt and his wife, US actress Angelina Jolie, pose on the red carpet before the screening of 'The Tree of Life' presented in competition at the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2011 in Cannes. AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 08: Actor Brad Pitt arrives at 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' premiere held at ArcLight Cinemas on December 8, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 07: Actor Brad Pitt accepts the Desert Palm Achievement Award onstage during The 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on January 7, 2012 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images For The Palm Springs International Film Festival)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Actor Dede Gardner and Brad Pitt pose at the 'Killing Them Softly' photocall during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 22, 2012 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 26: Actor Brad Pitt attends The Cinema Society with Men's Health and DeLeon hosted screening of The Weinstein Company's 'Killing Them Softly' on November 26, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Honoree Angelina Jolie (R) and actor Brad Pitt attend the 2013 Governors Awards, presented by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), at the Grand Ballroom of the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood, California, November 16, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Producer and actor Brad Pitt, winner of the Best Film award, poses in the winners room at the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 at The Royal Opera House on February 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive for the world premiere of Disney's 'Maleficent,' May 28, 2014, at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt and children Pax Jolie-Pitt (L), Shiloh Jolie-Pitt (C) and Maddox Jolie-Pitt arrive for the U.S. premiere of Universal Pictures 'Unbroken,' December 15, 2014 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 03: Actor Brad Pitt speaks onstage during the 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 3, 2015 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for PSIFF)
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7. Freshen your blades.
If you've got a problem with ingrown hairs or razor burn—and, seriously, who doesn't?—then even before aftershave and ingrown-specific remedies, you've got to make sure you're using fresh blades to shave, always. Overused blades will pull the hairs and only make matters worse. So don't be stingy, and replace blades often.

8. Stop using cotton swabs to clean your ears.
Yeah, we know how satisfying it is to swipe away wax on the regular. But besides your ears being able to handle that themselves, it's also extremely dangerous. So stop. And if buildup is really that bad, there are other ways to deal with it. Stick to those.

9. Get rid of hat hair with the wet-towel method.
Got to get rid of hat hair, fast? No problem. You know how to get wrinkles out of a suit, and you'll do the same here: Dip a towel in hot water, wring it out, and wrap it around the hatband-dented crown of your head. This will quickly refresh the follicles, allowing you to get a fresh (re)start.

10. Use the proper tools to get rid of your hangover.
Yeah, you've got your usual stomach-calming hangover remedy at the ready. But you're going to need a very specific arsenal) of malady-defeating grooming products to keep your skin and hair from looking like you were out until 3 A.M. Keep 'em somewhere handy, like the bottom drawer of your desk, so when your maybe-still-drunk self rolls into the office 30 minutes late, no one notices.

11. Keep an eye on expiration dates.
Contrary to what your wallet might have you believe, your grooming products won't last forever. So throw out those cheap bottles you've been using since college and invest in a set of grown-up serums, creams, and pomades—which you'll use for the proper amount of time before disposing of as well.

12. Safely deal with your rear end.
There's no one-size-fits-all way to take care of your ass. Some like it shaven, some trimmed, and some au naturel—that's a personal preference. But if you do decide to take a blade to the short-and-curlies that grow between your cheeks, make sure you do it safely. Trust us: There's no worse place for razor burn.

13. The rest of your body hair needs love, too.
From your back to your balls to the tops of your toes, each swath of hairy skin on your body needs its own special brand of attention. It's 2016; for your partner's sake, don't neglect an inch of it.

See photos of the perfectly-groomed George Clooney in the gallery below:
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US actor/movie maker George Clooney speaks during the global launch of 100 LIVES initiative and the announcement of a new humanitarian prize in New York on March 10, 2015. The 100 LIVES, initiated to express gratitude to individuals and institutions whose heroic actions saved Armenian lives during the Genocide 100 years ago, is to address the issues of genocide, human rights violations and the power of positive action. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
George Clooney and Amal Clooney arrive at The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating "China: Through the Looking Glass" on Monday, May 4, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
George Clooney and his wife Amal Alamuddin leave the city hall after their civil marriage ceremony in Venice, Italy, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. George Clooney married human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin Saturday, the actor's representative said, out of sight of pursuing paparazzi and adoring crowds. (AP Photo/Luigi Costantini)
George Clooney is flanked by his wife Amal Alamuddin as they leave the Aman luxury Hotel in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. George Clooney married human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin Saturday, the actor's representative said, out of sight of pursuing paparazzi and adoring crowds. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
George Clooney wears a buttong reading "Je suis Charlie" at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
THE FACTS OF LIFE -- Pictured: George Clooney as George Burnett -- Photo by: Ron Tom/NBCU Photo Bank
UNITED STATES - MAY 02: ROSEANNE - 'Let's Call It Quits' - Season One - 5/2/89, Roseanne has difficulty accepting new rules from a tough new supervisor at the factory. George Clooney (Booker) stars., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
Photo by: SBN/STAR MAX/IPx 4/12/15 George Clooney on the set of "Money Monster". (NYC)
George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer on phones in backseat of car in a scene from the film 'One Fine Day', 1996. (Photo by 20th Century-Fox/Getty Images)
ER -- SEASON 4 -- Pictured: George Clooney as Doctor Doug Ross (Photo by Sven Arnstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NBC SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES- COMBAT HIGH -- Pictured: (l-r) Keith Gordon as Max Mendelsson, George Clooney as Maj. Biff Woods -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1404 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor George Clooney during an interview with host Jay Leno on June 25, 1998 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg And Ice Cube Star In 'Three Kings.' '99 Wb And Village Roadshow Film Limited (Photo By Getty Images)
1999 George Clooney stars in the latest season of 'ER.'
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 02: Actor George Clooney attends SeriousFun Children's Network's New York City Gala at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on March 2, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 5: Actor George Clooney attends the 'Ocean's Eleven' Westwood Premiere on December 5, 2001 at the Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
George Clooney (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
Actor George Clooney, who directed and stars in the new movie, "Good Night and Good Luck," poses on a roof top in New York Sept. 23, 2005. (AP Photo/Jim Cooper)
George Clooney accepts the freedom award at the 11th Annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, Calif., Monday, Jan. 9, 2006. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 31: Actor/director George Clooney arrives to the premiere of Universal Pictures' 'Leatherheads' held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on March 31, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 8: (L to R) Actors Natascha McElhone, Ulrich Tukur, George Clooney and director Steven Soderbergh attend the 53rd Berlinale Film Festival February 8, 2003 in Berlin, Germany. Their new film 'Solaris' was written and directed by Soderbergh. (Photo by Kurt Vinion/Getty Images)
David Strathairn and George Clooney during 2005 Venice Film Festival - George Clooney - Sighting in Venice Lido, Italy. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
US actor and director George Clooney (R) and co-star Renee Zellweger arrive in London's Leicester Square on April 8, 2008 to attend the European Premiere of the film, Leatherheads directed by Clooney. AFP PHOTO / Max Nash (Photo credit should read MAX NASH/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 14: Actor George Clooney speaks to the media at the Four Seasons Hotel on November 14, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Piyal Hosain/Fotos International/Getty Images)
Nominee for Best Actor ('Michael Clayton') George Clooney (R) and gilrfriend Sarah Larson arrive for the 80th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California on February 24, 2008. AFP PHOTO / STAN HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor George Clooney speaks during the 80th Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 24, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Matt Damon and George Clooney (Photo by Lester Cohen Archive/WireImage)
George Clooney and Julia Roberts during 11th Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Backstage and Audience at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
George Clooney at junket for 'Good Night and Good Luck,' a new movie. (Photo by Michael Albans/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Academy Award winning Actor George Clooney, left, listens to Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Thursday, April 27, 2007 to bring awareness to the situation in the Darfur region of Sudan. (AP Photo/Mannie Garcia)
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