Frank Ocean: soulful crooner, master of low-key elegance, and, of course, (un)official beauty guru. Just when you thought he couldn’t go any further after schooling us all on retinol, he’s back with more sound skincare advice. In a new interview with DAZED, Ocean has proved, yet again!, that we truly don’t deserve him.
When asked for the one piece of advice he’d give to his younger self, Ocean served us all a low-key beauty tip: “Keep brushing and wear your du-rag every night!” Seriously, what would men’s grooming do without him?
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𝐉𝐏𝐄𝐆𝐌𝐀𝐅𝐈𝐀 𝐀𝐒𝐊𝐒 𝐅𝐑𝐀𝐍𝐊⠀⠀ 𝑯𝒐𝒘 𝒅𝒊𝒅 𝒊𝒕 𝒇𝒆𝒆𝒍 𝒇𝒖𝒄𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒂 𝒍𝒂𝒃𝒆𝒍 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 (𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒓𝒆𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝑬𝒏𝒅𝒍𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝑩𝒍𝒐𝒏𝒅𝒆)? 𝑨𝒏𝒅 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒅𝒊𝒅 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒃𝒖𝒊𝒍𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒗𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒐 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝑬𝒏𝒅𝒍𝒆𝒔𝒔? 𝑪𝒂𝒏 𝑰 𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝒊𝒕?⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ @blonded: Eyy, Peggy! You know, it’s funny talking about it these days because I couldn’t really tell anybody anything for a couple of years. Couldn’t tell anyone at the label, obviously. But I also couldn’t talk with anyone at Apple because the industry is too small and it would’ve gotten back to the label for sure. So I kept it to myself and a few in my circle. I carried my hard drives around with me when I travelled because I used to not store anything online. Those drives became a physical representation of the stakes. If the files had leaked, everything would have worked out very differently for me. When August came around and both projects were uploaded I felt the euphoria, yeah, but mostly I just needed to sleep. I probably slept something like 15 hours. To answer your second question, I built a 12-foot staircase with my fucking bare hands some days before! It’s in my storage, you want it?? ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Everything you wanted to know about #FrankOcean, as asked by his fans, friends, and collaborators in our summer 2019 issue. Tap the link in bio to read more, on the site now ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Photography @willyvanderperre⠀⠀ Styling @robbiespencer⠀⠀⠀⠀ Grooming @dat_barber_nat Make-up @lynseyalexander⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Editor-in-chief @isabellaburley⠀⠀ Creative Director @robbiespencer⠀⠀ Art Director @reidjamie ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ @blonded wears leather printed shirt @prada, t-shirt @celine by @hedislimane, all jewellery Frank’s own⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Taken from the summer 2019 #Futuretopias issue of #Dazed ⠀⠀
But, he wasn’t done there. When Amandla Stenberg asked Ocean about his self-care and mindfulness practices (come on, everyone in Los Angeles has some), Ocean fully gushed about his love for freezing-temp showers.
“Freezing cold showers in the morning,” he said. “Cold water kinda brings me back into the game of it all. I like that I’m taking a foreign language class every morning (with coffee haha) because I think that it sharpens my brain before the day. A good amount of physical activity during the week and verbalizing positivity is key!”
There you have it: Your new beauty and wellness mantras, as curated by Frank Ocean.