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Jun
6
2017

Hair Thinning Solutions

Hair thinning in men is an occurrence that is as old as time. Unfortunately for us men, it doesn’t only affect men who are as old as time. In fact, it can beImage result for male hair thinning found in plenty of men in their 30’s or even their early to mid-20’s. Some teens even experience thinning! As men, we have a tendency to over analyze these things. A few hair strands on the pillow? The world is ending. The question then becomes, in the face of hair thinning adversity, how do we take control of the situation? It’s easy to hit the panic button and either shave it all off, or go for the Fabio look and try to grow the longest and most luscious hair we can. Both are moves of both desperation with a touch of denial. In reality, we are typically the only ones who notice our hair thinning since we are the only ones taking such a hard look at it every day. Many times, your stylist doesn’t even see your thinning to be as severe as you probably do. 

So why don’t we take a rational step back and take a look at the situation with three key questions: what causes hair thinning, what can I do about my thinning from a haircut standpoint and what can I do from a hair product or medical treatment standpoint?

What Causes Hair Thinning

Typically, hair loss is triggered by dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a breakdown product of the hormone testosterone that causes miniaturization of hair follicles. That’s a lot of science talk… basically, hair thinning and balding is hereditary and if you have the gene, there’s not much you can do to prevent it. On the flip side, studies show there are a few external factors that can push hair thinning, such as smoking, stress, certain medications, poor diet or other unhealthy habits.

Haircut Solutions

The first thing that comes to mind when you think about haircuts for thinning hair is probably the buzz cut. And to some extent, you’re right. The buzz cut is certainly one effective way to hide your thinning hair and forget all about it. But you have options! For example, the high and tight is a great way to make your hair look fuller, while still going short in the thinning areas to make it less noticeable. Try using a blow dryer, rather than product, to give the hair more volume.

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Another good haircut for thinning hair is “The Barista”. This is the combover over the back of the head, which has been very common over the past couple of years. This is especially good if your hair is thinning around the crown of your head, because the healthy hair is able to cover the affected area.

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For a longer haircut, consider the simple “mop cut”. The messy and busy look of the cut will make your hair look fuller and as an added bonus, it’s easy to maintain. Again, a blow dryer can do wonders for this cut to give your hair that added volume.

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Hair Product/Medical Solutions

There is an enormous number of products or procedures out there that claim to be effective means of defending against or recovering from hair thinning. Bosley is a common option and a very effective one at that. There are a number of options offered by Bosley, both surgical and non-surgical. While this tends to be a dramatic and advanced solution, for some men who are serious about preventing any further hair loss or thinning, this can be a great solution. Rogaine is another reputable brand that is highly effective at stopping thinning hair in the process and rebuilding the hair follicles into their once stronger and fuller state.

Like I said, these products tend to be a bit more dramatic and intensive and may not be right for you. In that case, consider the alternative for a better haircut. Schedule an appointment this week with Men’s Cuts and ask your stylist about your options and what they think would be best for you. Every head of hair is different. They understand your concern and want you to look your best. 

Jun
1
2017

Cleveland Summer Events to Look Forward To

Summer is here in Cleveland!

Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone which means it’s officially the unofficial start to summer here in Cleveland! Bring on the hot days, cold drinks and summer fun. Cleveland and the neighboring communities have always been great about providing fun summer events for us locals, especially here in Lakewood. Take a look at some of my most anticipated upcoming local events over the next few months. Let me know what I missed!

JUNE

 

June 2nd – June 4th: Murray Hill Art Walk (Little Italy)

Kick off the summer right with a weekend in historic Little Italy. Come check out over 100 different art vendors, both regional and national, as they display some of their best artwork on the streets of Little Italy. Not much for art? That’s fine – just come for the amazing food and have a glass (or 4) of wine!

 

 

June 10th – 11th: LaureLive (Russell Township)

Yes, I know LaureLive isn’t exactly in Cleveland, but it’s close enough… LaureLive is an awesome music festival located at Laurel School’s Butler Campus (Russell Township) consisting of two days of awesome bands, great food and a good cause. With three stages and over 140 acres of land – this is sure to be a weekend to remember. Some of the big names this year include Timeflies, Young the Giant and Blue October.

 

June 10th: Tater Tots and Beer Festival (Cleveland)

No, you read that correctly. Some absolute genius has decided to combine two of man’s favorite things: tots and craft beers. Kind of sounds like Napoleon Dynamite’s dream. One general admission ticket gets you all the beer you can drink and a good sample of tots, with some front row action to live local musicians.

 

June 17th: Larchmere Porchfest (East Side)

So, if you aren’t familiar with Porchfest, you definitely will want to be. This is definitely one of the coolest and most unique events in the area. Walk up and down the street of Larchmere Blvd on the east side of Cleveland as 30 different local bands perform on 30 home porches. Yes – bands on house porches jamming out. Enjoy pop up street vendors, food trucks, antique and flea shops, and of course the local music.

 

 

JULY

 

July 8th: Lakewood Summer Meltdown (Lakewood)

Right in our backyard, this is one of the best events of the year. Come celebrate in a huge neighborhood block party in downtown Lakewood with activities, a beer garden, food vendors and live music. Activities range anywhere from a sprinkler park to skateboarding to free yoga demos! You aren’t going to want to miss this one.

 

July 16th: Taste of Tremont (Tremont)

In one of Cleveland’s trendiest neighborhoods, Taste of Tremont provides a great mix of arts, dining, drinking, and socializing. This will be the events 14th year and they are expecting over 30,000 visitors. Wow that is a lot of people. Tremont is especially known for their delicious food so make sure to come with an empty stomach.

 

AUGUST

 

August 3rd: Warehouse District Street Festival (Cleveland)

The Warehouse District has been growing rapidly over the past 10 years or so and the street festival encompasses that. Explore new vendors and enjoy the old ones as you walk to streets of the Warehouse District. Enjoy great food, live music and even take an architectural tour of the city!

 

August 19th – 20th: Flats Festival of the Arts (Cleveland)Image result for the flats festival

The Flats East Bank will host its second art festival this year and it should be amazing. To be fair, anything in The Flats is amazing. Check out local and national artists of all kinds while enjoying the amazing local vendors The Flats has to offer.

May
30
2017

Stylists vs Barbers – What is Right For You?

In a previous blog post, we touched on the biggest differences between a stylist and barber to help to determine which is the right fit for you. A barber’s primary strength is short hair styles, such as the buzz or the military cut, and hot lather shaves. Barber shops provide a certain atmosphere that some men are looking for.  The type of atmosphere where we talk sports and cars and not much more. Stylists, on the other hand, have more of a focus on more advanced hair cuts. Stylists use both the clippers and scissors and are trained in longer hair for men. The atmosphere at salons tend to be much more relaxed, laid back and conversational.

Deciding between a stylist at a salon or a barber can be an incredibly difficult decision, as a male myself, I know. But that is only half the battle. The next question then becomes reputable chain vs small, specialized boutique. Men’s Cuts, for example would be a perfect example of a small, specialized boutique. Mae and her staff are extremely knowledgeable on a wide range of styles and cuts and the boutique atmosphere means you’ll pick up the conversation right where it left off at your last cut. On the other hand, a more reputable chain, such as Great Clips, tends to provide a certain level of comfort to us men. We know we won’t be in that chair for longer than 15 minutes at the maximum and we know exactly what we are going to walk away with. No suggestions about new ways to style or new cuts that would fit our head well, just a simple, easy cut. And for some, that is perfect.

Whether you ultimately decide to choose a barber or a stylist to maintain your hair is completely up to you and almost all personal preference. Believe it or not, as of right now, every barber and stylist in the state of Ohio is a licensed professional. This is very important, not only to us men considering we are putting our complete hair trust is these individuals and will have to live with their work for the next 4 to 8 weeks, but also to those in the industry. This keeps the stylists and barbers updated on trends, practices and knowledge. The steps to become a barber, for example, can be rigorous. The first step is education. A barber-in-training must complete 1500 hours of study and practice and before they are able to graduate from barber school. Depending on the state, the next step for a future barber will be testing in the form of both a hands-on and written exam. Once passed, there will be some fees and dues to pay, and then they apply for their license. This ensures credibility and keeps us patrons relaxed knowing our barber is qualified.

The process for a stylist is a bit more advanced. Instead of simply logging a number of hours, stylists are taught through a more structured process. Through a 9 month to 2 year program, stylists are educated and taught to cut with scissors, some clippers, tease, braid, use all types of hot irons, color, blow-dry and finish for a complete look. In the past, it was more common that stylists did apprenticeships in high end salons to gain more knowledge in providing a better cut. Having said that, any stylist who works alongside experienced top stylist become better through that interaction. One can't help but learn and to improve when you are in that surrounding. Stylists are also more interested in fashion and grooming. Expect to spend 30 minutes or less in a chair for a great cut, 45 minutes if you have long thick hair or just hair that is not been cut for 3-6 months. Stylists are more open to change, in fact they welcome it.

Interestingly, chain salons have begun to pop up more and more, focusing on providing convenience. Many of these chains pride their services on time. Somewhere between 7-10 minutes is the allowed time for a cut and convenience. This works for people on a budget and for those who are not as particular about their appearances. I call it the express haircut.

As a boutique stylist, Men’s Cuts opened to give us men a better alternative to a barber and chain. They truly want us to have the freedom to wear our hair short or long, straight or curly.

As of recently, some states have begun eliminating the need for the license. The problem here is that anyone can advertise themselves as a stylist or a barber, with no training or possibly no experience. This leaves us consumers in the dark and creates a hostile industry for those who earned it. Luckily, Ohio is not one of those states considering eliminating the need for a license (as of now).

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If you’re ready to make a change with your look, schedule an appointment now with Men’s Cuts. Mae or Anna are ready to give you the best cut you’ve ever had!

May
25
2017

Men’s Complete Guide to Hair Product

As men, choosing the right product for our hair can be a nightmare. With some many different options and variations, it’s almost impossible to distinguish what is actually made for your hair style and what is for hair totally different than yours. To make life easier, I went ahead and created a guide to hair product, so we men can easily sort through the options and determine the right product for us.

If you still have questions, ask your local Men’s Cuts stylist what is right for your hair and your next haircut. It’s their job and they know best. 

 

Pomade

Pomade can be great not only for the style of your hair, but also the health of your hair, which makes it an attractive candidate in the hair product race. Intended for men with hair on the thicker side, pomade provides a medium to high hold with some shine. Pomade works best in short to middle length hair styles and allows you to restyle throughout the day, allowing you to transition perfectly from the office to happy hour.

 

 

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Wax can be used for a wide variety of hair lengths and styles, but it’s typically best for shorter styles that require a comb, such as a side part or spiked hair. Basically imagine any character from Mad Men – that is wax. Typically a medium to high hold with a low, matte shine, wax is for the straight-cut professional. Curly-haired men beware, though, as wax has a tendency to clump in hair that isn’t relatively straight.

 

 

Gel

Gel is the classic hair product we all know and probably hate. It is almost a rite of passage for men to try hair gel at some point in their life. Gel is a product where quality absolutely matters. The difference between cheap gel and a more expensive gel can be seriously substantial. Gel typically provides the maximum hold and a high level of shine. As you can image, gel is not great for your hair. It can cause anything from flaking, excessive drying leading to dandruff, frizzing, to broken hairs. When done right, gel can look good but once it’s in the hair, it’s best not to touch it again for the rest of the day.

 

 

Cream

Cream is a subtle product typically for men with medium to longer hair styles. With a light hold and low, natural looking shine, cream simply gives your hair direction without locking it into place. If you’re looking for the classic bed-head look, cream is the product for you. Best for thick, coarse or curly hair, cream is also commonly used as more of a conditioning lotion for hair rather than styling product.

 

 

Paste

Typically the most versatile of all products, paste is the workhorse of hair products. The beautiful thing about a paste product is that it can work magic in almost any length or style. This allows you to use the same product from one hair cut to another, even as your hair grows. In short, damp hair, paste provides a medium hold with a matte finish. In dry hair, paste gives you more of that messy, bed-head look.

 

 

Clay

Clay is a pretty comparable product to pomade, however clay is typically a bit stickier and provides a stronger medium to high hold. Clay gives your hair a matte finish with plenty of texture and volume. Clay is a great product for the modern haircuts that require a high hold without losing volume to your hair. As an added bonus, clay can be great for your hair as well, providing minerals and nutrients without drying it out.

 

 

Hair Spray

Hair spray is something that maybe should have stayed in the 80’s, but didn’t. More times than not, hair spray is actually used best as a protective helmet applied to already styled hair. The hair spray keeps the styled look in place, even in active or high stress situations. Basically, hair spray makes your hair convertible proof.

 

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May
23
2017

Why You Should be Using Acupuncture

The concept of acupuncture has always intrigued (and confused) me. It follows such a different philosophy than that of typical Western medicine and adds an almost spiritual element to healing. How could simply sticking dozens of hair-thin needles into your body act as a true medical substitute for surgery or painkillers or even mental illness? That doesn’t make sense, right? Well, the truth is, acupuncture is a completely legitimate medical practice and is actually being used by many world class performers every day. If world class performers are using it and are, well, world class performers – I should probably be using it.

Technically speaking, acupuncture aims to correct the “imbalances of energy in the body”. I know what you’re thinking and I had the same thought: what does that even mean? Since acupuncture is a deeply rooted Chinese tradition and practice, it is used to modify and enhance the flow of energy (known is the Chinese culture as chi) throughout the body giving you strength, energy and a clear head. Although there is no scientific data to back something like this up, it is an interesting concept none-the-less.

One of the most fascinating aspects of acupuncture is how many different illnesses or complications it can help cure. Whether you are experiencing mental pain such as anxiety or depression, or digestive trouble, or even migraines or Parkinson’s disease, acupuncture can be a terrific tool for you. In fact, many professional sports teams have begun using this form of medicine as alternatives to practices with longer recovery time.

Imagine being an MLB pitcher and you start experiencing elbow pain after a few games with high pitch counts. You have a few options: you can rest for a few weeks and only throw at 70% during practice, you can consider surgery with a couple months of rehab, or you can immediately see an acupuncture doctor for 2 or 3 weeks with immediate results. It just makes sense. Many teams now have acupuncture doctors travel with the team and be ready on site for any player who may be experiencing pain. Two top advocates of acupuncture you may have heard of include Kobe Bryant and Aaron Rodgers. Two of the greatest athletes of all time for their respective sports and they swear by acupuncture. Sandra Bullock and Robert Downey Jr. also both insist acupuncture has impacted many areas of their life.  

So how can acupuncture help you, a normal, not-professional athlete? Acupuncture can be great for common pains or annoyances that we everyday men experience. Acupuncture has been a proven solution for skin care, stomach pain, over-anxious nerves, headaches, stress, and even infertility. A typical visit takes about one hour and is no more expensive than a massage. The Cleveland Clinic has finally picked up holistic medicine over the past 4 years, although it has taken them over 20 years to include acupuncture in their umbrella of services.

May
17
2017

Top Podcasts for Men Right Now

I’m on the road a lot, so podcasts have become a big part of my daily life. The coolest thing about podcasts is, just like most forms of entertainment these days, there is a podcast for every topic and every guy. Whether you’re looking for self-growth, sports talk, health and fitness tips, or anything in between, there’s probably 10-15 podcasts right up your alley. With thousands of podcasts out there, it can be a bit overwhelming. Below are the top five podcasts I’ve been listening to. Come them out and let me know what you think!

The Tim Ferriss Show


If you aren’t familiar with who Tim Ferriss is, I highly suggest checking him out. You could basically call Tim a “life-Tim Ferriss Show, Tim Ferriss Podcast, 4 Hour Work Week, 4 Hour Body 4 Hour Chef, Life Hack, top podcasts for menhacker”, however I would probably steer more towards a “life-optimizer”.  In his self-named podcast, Tim interviews world-class performers in everything from business to sports to entertainment, and everything in between. Some of the guests tend to be really well known, such as Ed Norton or Tony Robbins, while others are very behind-the-scenes unknown. Throughout the course of anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours, Tim picks the brain of his guest, dissecting tactics, tools or habits these performers use that make them so successful. Honestly, I walk away from each podcast feeling motivated and ready to tackle just about anything.

Freakanomics Radio

Freakanomics is just phenomenal. Have you ever heard the phrase “explain this to me like I’m 5”? Well, this podcast is essentially that. For starters, if you haven’t seen the Freakanomics movie, stop what you’re doing and go watch it right now. For those who have seen the documentary, you’re going to love their podcast. Continuing with the refreshing, pop culture rapport, the Freakanomics team explores the riddles of everyday life and the strange, yet intriguing, habits of human nature. Throughout the podcasts, the hosts will bring in some of the most intelligent, yet relatable guests to help compliment that week’s topic.

Serial

We all have the TV series that we love. You know, the one you spent 48 straight hours binge watching, only getting binge watching, netflix, podcasts, top podcasts to bingeoff the couch to use the bathroom or pay the take-out Chinese delivery driver. We’ve all been there… right…? Well, consider Serial the Breaking Bad or the Game of Thrones of podcasts, except true. Throughout the entirety of a season, Serial’s host Sarah Koenig tells one true story Each week a new episode is release and leaves on the edge of your seat by the end of it. Lucky for you, two seasons of Serial are completely out and available to listen to here. Binge 4 full work days away with these captivating stories, but fair warning: don’t expect to get much work done. Or, be a responsible adult and listen to one or two episodes during your daily commutes (this option is way less fun).  

99% Invisible

Big date tonight with someone way out of your league, and need to get cultured – fast? Need a few talking points other than how nice the weather is? Well, 99% Invisible is right for you.  Centered around architecture and design, 99PI (lingo for 99% Invisible) basically takes a look at the thought that goes into everything we never think about. From the origin of the fortune cookie to how the space race is affecting archaeologists, 99PI notices the unnoticed. Most episodes are between 20 and 40 minutes long, making it easy to learn enough about 2 or 3 topics to talk about it on that big date tonight.

The Bill Simmons Podcast (The Ringer)

You may remember Bill Simmons from his time on ESPN. He was Bill Simmons Podcast, ESPN Podcast, Sports Podcast, Podcast for Menpretty great on ESPN, I thought. Well, Bill now runs his own podcast and he’s so much better now. Why? Well when Bill was with ESPN, he was restricted on what he could say and who he could criticize due to ESPN’s corporate interest. Now, Bill has gone rogue and tackles every sport and every league and shows how easy it is to be a sports commentator and still be a fan. Bill also moves away from sports and just talks pop culture. Whether you agree with his takes or not, The Bill Simmons Podcast is the ultimate sports guy podcast.

May
15
2017

My Experience with Dollar Shave Club

The life of a modern man is complicated and chaotic (sort of). I barely have time to remember to eat, let alone remember to buy groceries. And I most certainly don’t have time or the patience to remember to buy menial products, like razors. In fact, ever since I’ve been shaving, purchasing razors has been a struggle. Was I paying too much or was I not paying enough? Did the quality of expensive razors outweigh the value of cheap disposable razors? All the while I was having this ongoing internal debate, I had another thought: this is not what I want to be worrying about.

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Like most of you, I had seen the viral YouTube video and the commercials for Dollar Shave Club. It sounded like a great concept, but isn’t that what marketing departments are paid to do? Eventually, I decided to give it a go.

Here’s my take:

When you first sign up for DSC, you can your razor from three tiers: “good, better, best”. I read this as: “slightly hairy, moderately hairy, and very hairy. The “good” tier is a one blade razor called “The Humble Twin”, a classic two blade razor. The “better” tier is called “The 4x”, a, you guessed it, four blade razor, equipped with a 90 degree pivot head. Finally, the “best” tier, called “The Executive”, is an advanced six blade razor with a built in trimmer. Being the baby-faced blonde that I am, I elected to go with the middle tier. Regardless of the tier you choose, your first month is $1. What’s the catch? No catch… yet. For $1, I received the razor handle and 4 blades. I think it’s important to note that each tier has a different handle that is only compatible with the blade you select. So while you get a free handle at first, if you were ever to want to switch to a higher or lower tier razor, you would have to purchase a new handle.

About 8-10 business days, which is longer than I would have hoped, my first DSC delivery arrived. For a company like Dollar Shave Club to truly stand out and make their mark, presentation is crucial… and they nailed it. Inside my package was not only my handle and four blades, but also a free sample size bottle of Dr. Carver’s Shaving Butter and a copy of DSC’s monthly magazine, called The Bathroom Minutes (which is a phenomenal read).

 

My first shave was basically everything I hoped it would be. I had a close, smooth shave and because I used the Dr. Carver’s shaving butter, my skin felt refreshed and moisturized after. Over the next few weeks, everything seemed to work perfectly. Each blade lasted the allocated week and I was ready with the next blade on deck. My after work bathroom breaks had also become more enjoyable, thanks to The Bathroom Minutes – seriously, a phenomenal publication. It was a perfect month… well, as far as shaving and using the bathroom go…

 

One of the biggest selling points of DSC is supposed to be the automation. Never having to worry about making sure I was covered on razors and only having to use each blade for seven days is why you join. Unfortunately, this is where I ran into trouble. I received my first box was delivered on February 8th. In an ideal world, I should have gotten my second box on March 8th. But life is not ideal. I received my second box on March 15th. While it’s not the end of the world, I was forced to use my last razor blade for two weeks instead of one. My third box arrived on April 20th. My forth box just arrived this week… May 9th. Yes, I know, this is the ultimate first world problem, but if Dollar Shave Club is going to use constant automation as one of its core differentiating values, at least do it right. 

On a more positive note, I did utilize the feature of purchasing other shaving products from DSC to be included in my box. I ended up purchasing a full tub of Dr. Carver’s Shaving Butter and even splurged on the Repair Serum. In my opinion, this is one of the best perks of Dollar Shave Club. They offer a wide variety of great products not only for shaving, but for hair cleaning, hair styling and skin care. Conveniently, I managed to time up my DSC delivery to be about a week after my monthly haircut schedule, so I’m able to get feedback from my Men’s Cut Lakewood stylist about what type of product I should be using, and included it in my DSC box.

Aside from my slight automation trouble, I would say I am very pleased with my time with Dollar Shave Club. I haven’t tried the competitors (Harry’s), and am curious, but for now I’ll stick with DSC. Have experience with subscription based shaving products? Share your thoughts!

Apr
21
2017

Comfortable Cotton Boxer Underwear for Men

Comfortable Cotton Boxer Underwear for Men

photo courtesy of www.mackweldon.com

I wish there was a Men's version of a Victoria Secret. This is because when I am shopping for my husband's underwear, I can only find one brand that fits he needs. He prefers cotton, poplin with a fabric covered waistband. Sure, there are many brands that offer uncovered waistbands with exposed elastic. The exposed elastic causes skin irritation and it doesn't breath. It appears in the last 10 years manufacturers cut costs by eliminating a covered waistband. It lowers cost because you use less fabric and detail. I think they need to bring back covered waistbands for men.

I have never understood why men's underwear so expensive. Perhaps it is because Ralph Lauren is the only one not skimping on fabric. This is the only brand I have been able to find where the elastic is covered. It is no joke that I spend $28.00 for one pair. Unless I am able to find it on clearance for $19.99.  Imagine buying a weeks worth of new underwear and spending $200.00 plus tax.

I have looked online and only a few manufacturers I have found offer something close to my husband's needs.

Below: are a few sites you can try...

  1. Mack Weldon makes a woven poplin with 2% stretch for comfort.  https://www.mackweldon.com/t/underwear
  2. Duluth offers 96% cotton with 4% spandex to help with movement. http://www.duluthtrading.com/store/mens/workwear/free-range-underwear/44716.aspx?processor=content
Apr
4
2017

PLAY BALL! Baseball is Back!

Cleveland Indians Opening Day in Cleveland is April 11thThe first day of baseball is when hope springs eternal for any baseball fan. Any team starts at a clean slate with dreams of winning a championship in their heads. The 2017 Major League Baseball season has officially begun! The first game (Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals) was played Sunday, April 2nd. The rest of first games in both the American and National League start on Monday April 3rd. As I type this, the Cleveland Indians are playing their first game of the season against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, which they ended up winning 8-5. Next on the schedule, the Indians travel to Arizona to play the Diamondbacks. 

Cleveland Indians Line-up

Hitting, Offense and Off-season Deals

The team roster has been set for opening day and the Indians are ready to go. Two key players are starting the season on the 10-day disabled list: Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall.  But, the big news is that after nearly a year of surgery and recovery, Michael Brantley is back in the line-up and playing center field.

Edwin Encarnacion signed with the Indians after the post season. He was a free agent from the Toronto Blue-Jays.  Encarnacion and Carlos Santana will switch off playing designed hitter and first base. Edwin Encarnacion’s powerful bat and defense at 1st base is welcome to the team. In fact, Encarnacion hit his first of what we hope are many homeruns in the opening game of the season.

Roberto Perez and Jose Ramirez both signed new extended contracts with the Indians that will keep them with the team for at least four years a piece. Both players have become vital parts of the team. Roberto as the secondary catcher and Jose Ramirez at third base. A new addition to the infield this year is rookie, Yandy Diaz. The 25-year-old player was picked to be on the opening-day roster. He will be starting at 3rd base for Ramirez who is covering 2nd while Kipnis is out.

Pitching

Corey Kluber was designated as the opening day pitcher. He has been the team pitching ace for at least the past few years. His incredible, calm and on-target pitching during the playoffs and World Series lead the Indians to many victories. He was also a finalist for another Cy Young Award (He ended up coming up in 3rd in the voting for the 2016 season).  

As for the bullpen, there are a few new faces this year on the bull pen staff: Shawn Armstrong and Boone Logan. The bullpen is full of great arms from the 2016 season including Andrew Miller, Cody Allen, Bryan Shaw, Zach McAllister and Dan Otero.

Will the Cleveland Indians repeat last season? Baseball writers across the board predict that the Indians will win the American League Central Division in 2017. Only time will tell, but as a long-time fan, I would love to see them make a return to the World Series again.

Opening Day in Cleveland

Did you get tickets to Opening Day at Progressive Field? The tickets to the first home game sold out in 5 minutes! For this year’s game, the team will be receiving their American League Championship rings, so it will be an extra special event.  Opening Day is like a holiday in Cleveland.  The restaurant and bars around Progressive Field will be packed with Indians fans getting ready for the game-if or if they don’t have tickets. It is a party attitude and everyone wants to join in on the fun: rain or shine.

There are still tickets for the single games throughout the season, but the weekend game tickets are selling out rather quickly. Get out and support the Cleveland Indians as they try to repeat the magical 2016 season, but this time with a World Series win! Go Tribe!

 

Mar
21
2017

What is Your Watch Style?

Men's watches styles

Photo by David Arky courtesy of forbes.com.

Watches are still a big part of a man’s wardrobe. It is a good finishing touch to any outfit from casual to dressy. Watch styles can also very based on the need and the type of outfit. Watches are one piece of jewelry that a man can splurge on (if he desires) without feeling self-conscious.

Men can buy watches nearly everywhere from department stores to discount stores to high-end shops and jewelry stores. Men can be very choosey when it comes to finding the perfect watch. They would rather pick out their own watches and there are so many to choose from. Luxury and very high functioning and fashionable watches, which can cost thousands of dollars, are making a comeback. In fact, there was a private watch show  held in Europe in late 2016, which revealed some very expensive watches, but also shared some new trends of slimmer styles, and innovative watch technologies.  

Watch Movement

Traditional watches are defined by their “movement”. This not only means the movement of the hands around the face, but it also explains the inner mechanisms of the watch. There are three types of movements of a watch: mechanical, automatic and quartz.

  • Mechanical: A mechanic watch has movement that is powered by a mainspring and is wound by hand. These watches are usually the most expensive due to their engineering and quality and craftsmanship. The inside of the mechanical watch is filled with tiny gears and springs that make the watch have smooth hand movement and a battery is not needed. It is recommended that a watch is wound every day and kept out of water, dust and near magnets.
  • Automatic: Automatic watches are very similar to mechanical watches as they use gears and a mainspring to move the hands of the watch. But, these watches do not require daily winding, they are known as self-winding watches. There is a small weight, called a rotor, that moves as a man’s wrist moves throughout the day. When the watch is not being worn, it should be put in a watch winder. This device moves the watch in a circular motion in storage, so it stays wound. Automatic watches do not need batteries and have smooth movement, but they can be sensitive to the environment and expensive.
  • Quartz: The most common, accurate and affordable watch are manufactured with quartz movement. The quartz watch contains a battery which sends and electric signal through a small quartz crystal causing vibrations, which are converted into a pulse that causes the second hand on the watch to move. Most field and sport watches have quartz movement. Beside changing the battery, there is little to no maintenance and these watches are very durable.

Why Men Should Wear Watches

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World's most expensive watches. Photo courtesy of worldstopmost.com

Most men wear a limited amount of jewelry: a watch, wedding band and possibly cuff links, for dressier occasions.  In addition to giving the wearers a sense of time, watches can also give insight to the wearer’s personality. There are many styles of watches including dress, field, aviator, diving and racing which can project which are a form of self-expression for the wearer.

Watches are a perfect accessory items for men. It is an item that can be worn for years. But, a watch must be chosen carefully based on the need and the function. Dressy watches should only be worn with formal wear, while field, aviator, diving and racing watch styles can be worn with more casual looks.

Real Men Style listed some reasons that men should wear a watch.  Below are just a few of these reasons:

  • Time Telling Convenience: Watches are the most convenient way to tell the time. There has been talk that watches are losing favor because a person can easily pull out their mobile phone to get the time. However, it looks much “classier” to look at your wrist than to try to find your phone.
  • Functionality: Watches are functional and the power lasts much longer than a smart phone. Wrist watches were first used in the 19th century during military maneuvers, so they must function properly and be precise. Watches also contain functionalities, called a complication beyond just showing the time and date. Two popular complications are the chronograph, which a stop watch function and the moon phase, which displays the lunar phase.
  • Craftsmanship: Watches are a symbol of tradition and history. They also can be a piece of art, especially the higher end, luxury watches. There are many watch makers that are household names including: Rolex, Tag heuer, Brietland, Omega, Cartier, Swiss Army Phillip Patek and Tudor. Mechanical and automatic watches are a complex piece of gears and springs working together to keep time.
  • Heirlooms: A watch is an extremely popular gift item, but they can also be considered an heirloom. A good well-made watch can be passed down to future generations for many years of use.

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A watch is the perfect accessory to complement a man’s wardrobe. To balance these accessories, it is important to have the right hair style for your look. Men’s Cuts offers a relaxing, friendly, low-key alternative to the typical men’s haircut approach. Our stylist consult with our clients to discuss their look and style and give the customers what they want. Find out more about our services by booking an appointment online or by calling us at 440-799-8887 today!