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Businessmen: Hygiene Challenged

Businessmen should always take care of their hygiene needs first, then dress for success.

Proper Hygiene for Men

How can one be professionally dressed without proper hygiene care? Apparently, it is practiced every day in our society on all levels. I have witnessed it in:

· Board Meetings

· Office Personnel

· Clerks

· Cashiers

· Greeters in Stores

· Bankers

· Bank Employees

· Customer Service

· Receptionist (Male)

· Secretaries (Male)

· Insurance Agents

· Owners of Businesses

· Politicians

· Food Servers

My career established a vast opportunity for me to watch and learn from my workplace surroundings. Beginning with Information Communications to CEOs of large companies, and all the in between work experiences.

Men in grey suits look professional if not hygiene challenged.

Men in grey suits look professional if not hygiene challenged.

A handsome man in a grey suite is 100% groomed and hygiene ready for his day.

A handsome man in a grey suite is 100% groomed and hygiene ready for his day.

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A career ready man in his suit has make sure he is hygiene safe.

A career ready man in his suit has make sure he is hygiene safe.

First--- what is an unspoken topic in businesses and companies all across America? Professional men who are well dressed--- but who are “Hygiene Challenged”.

  • Bad hair cuts or needs a haircut, and dirty hair. Men need to keep hair clean---shampoo daily.
  • Not clean shaven, if one needs to take an electric razor to the office —please do it.
  • Eyebrows needs to be trimmed—this should be done when one has a haircut.
  • Nose and ear hairs should be eradicated.
  • Men should pay attention to their skin—with facials to remove black/white heads.
  • Nightly creams should be used for face and under eyes—when you are on display---put your best face forward.
  • Make sure after each shower you use a Q-tip to clean out your ears.
  • Make sure your nails are clean and trimmed. A good manicure would be great.

(After all if I have to shake a man’s hand, I want a clean well-groomed one touching mine.)

  • Clean and white teeth with fresh breath. Take a toothbrush, toothpaste and mouth wash to work—and put it in your desk or locker.
  • Keep your lips soft with Chapstick—use it daily—no woman wants rough lips kissing her, and it is part of good hygiene to eliminate dry, rough lips that could bleed if not attended.
  • Deodorant—and get the type that will keep you smelling great all day with no sweat rings under the arms.
  • No Cheap after shave lotion---I can smell cheap a mile away. The better brands are often on sale in malls—it is a good investment---and do not take a bath in it--- a little amount will do.
  • Take a shower every morning and every night. Use liquid soap that has moisturizer in it.
  • Make sure your toenails are trimmed, and your heels are smooth and look as nice as your hands. You might need to try Heel Tactic on your heels and feet if they are rough and cracked this will heal them.
  • And please wear clean underwear each day.
  • Please wash your hands every time you visit the men’s room, and after eating and handling anything dusty or dirty.

Hygiene Challenged

Now, you are ready to dress:

  • Clean and Ironed shirt.
  • Clean dress pants
  • Clean tie to accent shirt.
  • Clean socks to match outfit
  • Clean shoes to match outfit
  • A clean handkerchief is never out of style.
  • Suit coat or coat to match your profession.

Stop and look in the mirror--- I hope you will see an example of a “Well Groomed” man, ready to meet the public with an immaculate professional appearance

If any of the young professional men in our society today think they are fooling anyone by taking hygiene short-cuts; it is themselves that are fooled.

If you want to get ahead in your Career you will influence how the public, co-workers and superiors perceive you by being a clean, well dressed professional man.

It does not matter if you are a small business owner or a CEO of a Company if you deal with the public, then you need to put your best self forward.

Some will find this article absurd but believe me it is a reality in America today. Open your eyes, and observe co-workers, supervisors, managers, owners and CEO’s. See if they pass the Professionally Dressed Men---But Hygiene Challenged test, you might be surprised.

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This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2012 Barbara Purvis Hunter


Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 25, 2013:


Thank you for your visit and comment. You are welcome to visit anytime.

Bobbi Purvis

denden mangubat from liloan, cebu, philippines on September 25, 2013:

i enyoyed reading this

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on August 16, 2012:


Nice to hear from you and I hope all is well. I do hope men are reading this because I wanted to help the ones who think they can hide bad hygiene. I was not tying to be mean in anyway to anyone. But as a professional I have worked with a few who need this information.

Thanks again for the visit and your comment.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis

Danson Wachira from Nairobi, Kenya on August 16, 2012:

Dirt hidden underneath clothes, what is the need to look smart while you are dirty inside. I like the tips in here, are men reading this? Voted up.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on May 21, 2012:

Hi Claudia Tello,

Thank you for visiting and for your comment.

Yes, I believe some people actually cannot smell themselves---however, everyone should take at least one bath a day.

I worked with a guy who I believe just splashed on body spray, because as the hours ticked away---his smell gave me a headache.

And management was aware of the issue because others complained---but like some management they did nothing.

Thanks again,

Your Hub Friend,


Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on May 21, 2012:


Thank you so much for visiting and leaving your comment.

Yes,I believe people should be told by management to take care of their personal hygiene. In a nice way of course.


Your Hub Friend,


Claudia Tello from Mexico on May 21, 2012:

Lack of basic general hygiene is disgusting and gives a terrible impression no matter how well dressed you are. Locking clean and fresh is much more important than the brand or price of men´s suits and ties. You have made an important point with this hub. Cheers!

Ruchira from United States on May 21, 2012: is a great hub. physical appearance is not everything but, hygiene is important too.

i liked how you addressed the issue, which most men do not heed attention to. good one purvisbobbi44.

voted up as useful and shared across!

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on May 02, 2012:

Hi Tammy,

Thanks for the visit and your comment. I have seen some ugly issues with professional men and their hygiene. And to this day I do not understand how anyone could leave home with smelly clothes, bad personal hygiene, and terrible shoes. But they do.


Your Hub Friend,


Tammy from North Carolina on May 02, 2012:

I think you nailed this one. I have worked with many people in my life. I actually had a coworker who was talked into a spray on hair do by his barber. It was hideous. The edges were not even and to make it worse, he started sweating and his hair do was dripping. It was worse than a combover. Cute hub!

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on May 02, 2012:

Nell Rose,

I know---some may look great, but a few needs to read my hub. HA!

Just give me a cowboy---the suits I worked with all my career.

You have a great night.

Your Hub Friend,


Nell Rose from England on May 02, 2012:

Hi, this brought back memories from when I was working in my office. There was a guy in the next room who always seemed to end up in the kitchen making tea at the same time as me. One day he lifted his arm above my head to get a cup out of the cupboard! Phew!! I nearly passed out with the smell! haha!

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on April 29, 2012:


I am glad you got this---. Thanks for reading and commenting. You have a great week.

Your Hub Friend,


Joseph De Cross from New York on April 29, 2012:

Oh My..! This is funny but true! Maybe modernism doesn't go along with hygiene. You are certainly right Bobbi! Gee! Sorry folks, she was watching ya! Thanks Barbara!


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