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Wavves Frontman Nathan Williams Reveals His Grooming Secrets

As the frontman of garage rockers Wavves since 2008, Nathan Williams has gotten pretty good at being a no-bullshit rockstar: give him some weed, a guitar, and he’s straight. He’s also earned his Master’s in hair, both of the head and facial variety. For him, it’s a mix of not really caring, kind of caring, and good genetics. Here, Williams lets us in on his grooming routines, or lack thereof.


WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?
My bass player Stephen and I recorded a Wavves album with our friend Dylan from Cloud Nothings. And we’re finishing another Wavves album. Both come out next year.


SO YOU’RE WORKING ON TWO DIFFERENT ALBUMS?
Yeah. But they sound a lot different. The Wavves and Cloud Nothings record was recorded at my house—while the Wavves album was recorded with a full band in L.A. with legitimate producers and engineers. I also have a new project called Spirit Club.


WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN LISTENING TO LATELY?
This Young Thug, Birdman, and Rich Homie Quan mixtape; and a lot of Devo for some reason.


WHAT IS YOUR GROOMING ROUTINE LIKE?
I don’t wash my hair for months at a time. I shower when I sweat but other than that, not too much. I don’t like to put product in my hair. I never have. [Laughs] But I do trim my beard.


WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR BEARD ICONS?
Hulk Hogan, but he doesn’t really have a beard, he has a handlebar mustache. I just think anybody who bleaches their facial hair is cool. And Guy Fieri has good facial hair—he’s kind of got some bleach in there, too.


WHAT’S THE WORST HAIRCUT YOU’VE EVER HAD?
I used to have this weird asymmetrical, female electro haircut, which is not the best look. Then I had this Prince Valiant cut with really straight, short bangs and then the rest of it was just long, stringy hair. I’ve had a lot of bad haircuts. I have one right now.


WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO GROW OUT YOUR FACIAL HAIR?
I never used to be able to grow it, I guess. I don’t know. It was kind of just a lazy thing, realistically. Once it started growing, I was just like, “Ugh, you have to shave your face every day with a razor.” It just sucked. It’s so annoying.


DO YOU WEAR COLOGNE?
Yeah. I never used to but I have one called Bleu de Chanel. Sometimes I just spray it in
my house because it smells that good.


Text by Jade Taylor. Photography by Scott León.

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How To Achieve Zac Efron’s Mustache In All Its Efron-y Glory

There are lots of things Zac Efron can do that we, mere mortals, cannot.

 

The man looks like an Abercrombie & Fitch catalog composite when shirtless, he goes on glamorous yet confusing vacations with Michelle Rodriguez and rando Italian businessmen, he may even grow up to be Matthew Perry—but there’s one thing about the 27-year-old actor you might just be able to mimic: his mustache.


Efron had his new facial hair on display at a Lakers/Thunder basketball game on Friday at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, which he attended with girlfriend Sami Miró. Should you wish to replicate the ‘stache, which one might accurately describe as the “your friend’s hot dad who might be low-key flirting with you but you’re not sure but you’re just gonna put on D’Angelo’s ‘Untitled (How Does It Feel)’ and see what happens,” here’s an easy step-by-step guide you can follow.


Step One: Be Zac Efron
This step is crucial. Make sure you were born Zac Efron on October 18, 1987 in San Luis Obispo, California to David Efron and Starla Baskett. Keep trying until you are born Zac Efron on October 18, 1987 in San Luis Obispo, California to David Efron and Starla Baskett.


Step Two: Prep, Shave, And Admire
Once you are sufficiently Zac Efron, soften your face with some warm water. If you want to truly reach Peak Zefron, prep your face using Proraso’s white pre-shaving cream. Exfoliate with Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Enegergizing Scrub.


Then, lather up with Malin+Goetz’s Vitamin E Shaving Cream using your Omega Hi-Performance Synthetic Bristle Brush. (Real badger-tail brushes are upsetting and cruel. Why would you make Zac Efron cry?) Commit the mustache shape to memory, and use your Merkur 38C razor to make that dream reality.


Wash off, and apply your Art of Shaving Sandalwood After-Shave Balm. Moisturize daily with Lab Series’ Pro LS All-in-One Face Treatment.


Weep audible at your success.


Step Three: Realize You Are Not Nor Will You Ever Be Zac Efron
Shave your mustache immediately. Weep silently at your failure.


Text by John Walker. Photo via Getty.

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