Seasons greetings and happy holidays from ManPossible. As we count down the days ‘til Christmas, sure… you can make a mad dash to the mall and give your loved ones the latest iPhone, iWatch or the flattest and the brightest of TVs (hopefully it’s somebody you like), but would those gifts really be a gesture of true love? While you sit confused on your throne trying to figure out the answer to that question (sidebar – our carefully conducted un-scientific research states that a big portion of you royalties indeed consume our posts while sitting on the throne), let us give you a little helping hand.
What is a Man Bun?
This week, Groupon's promo [re]stirred the "man bun" craze. So for those who aren't exactly sure what a man bun is, let's start with a definition. A bun is is a type of hairstyle wherein the hair is pulled back from the face, twisted or plaited, and wrapped in a circular coil around itself, typically on the back of the head or neck... according to Wikipedia. A man bun, therefore, is a man who sports such hair do.
Here are some historical and celebrity figures who have sported man buns:
1. Terracotta Worriors
2. Samuri Worriors
4. Chris Hemsworth (pic)
5. Leonardo DiCaprio
6. Brand Pitt
7. Wannabe Hipsters (aka interns) at ManPossible
So, what the heck is it? Loofah or luffa is that dry mesh like sponge substance you may have seen in your girlfriend’s bathroom and/or at a spa lounge. We’ll come back to it’s use (mostly scrubbing) in a second, but let’s tackle why it’s called a loofah / luffa? According to Wikipedia, it’s a genus of tropical and subtropical vines in the cucumber family. When the fruit is fully ripened it is very fibrous. The fully developed, then dried fruit / vegetable is the source of loofah / luffa. It usually requires around 150 to 200 days to dry the fruit / vegetable. You then, simply peel the skin. Then abracadabra – you now have this magical scrubbing sponge for your grooming needs… Essentially the scrubber is meant to exfoliate and lather suds around your body making it ever so soft.
A few tips – This all natural scrubber is biodegradable and is such a wonderful grooming product. BUT, it is also a perfect home for the bacteria…. If not taken care of properly after each grooming use. Here’s why. Your loofah / luffa scrubs dead skin cells off of your body. Likely, when you’re done scrubbing, most of you would leave it sitting in your bathtub or shower until next time. Unfortunately, this is also the opportune moment for bacteria to party on your “love sofa”.
So here’s what you should do in order to minimize your luffa from becoming the “love sofa” for the bacteria:
There you have it ladies and gents. You now know what loofah / luffa is, how to make one, and maintain its healthy use.