Short Cuts for Summer Heat

One of the most difficult things about dealing with the heat during summer is finding effective ways to keep cool. You can try wearing fewer layers, or carrying a hand fan with you everywhere you go. But here at Kensington Barbers, we think the best way to cool off for summer is to get a shorter haircut for the season. So, lose those winter locks and get one of the short summer cuts we’ve suggested below.

Buzz cut

One of the most effective ways to ensure that your hair won’t be bringing you down or keeping you hot and bothered in the summer heat is to get rid of most of it! One of the best things about a buzz cut is its simplicity. It’s a clean, timeless haircut that is perfect if longer hairstyles have left you overheated in summer’s past. Consider asking your barber to add a high skin fade to give your buzz cut some added edge.

Short sides and long top

The short sides and long top is a great, versatile cut that’s ideal if you have quite a lot of length on top that you don’t want to get rid of just for summer. The sides can either be shaved or just trimmed down, and the length on top can be worn in a variety of different ways, from swept back to messy fringe to curtains. This cut can be tweaked to suit almost any face.

French crop

The French crop, also known as the Ivy League, is a smart low maintenance cut for the hotter months. It’s short and manageable, with short sides and top with slightly more length towards the front so you can style it a few different ways. You can even leave a bit more length on top if you like having more to play around with.

Pompadour

The pompadour remains a popular haircut for summer 2017, and it isn’t hard to see why. This cut can range from a full pompadour to more of a quiff depending on the length you want. The pomp will help keep you cool by keeping your hair out of your face, and is great if you have a long fringe you don’t want to cut off but do want out of the way.

Hard side part

A style choice that is proving to be very popular for summer 2017 is the hard side part. Achieved by shaving a clearly defined line in the scalp, a hard side can be used to enhance almost any hairstyle and help give it a modern look.

Grooming your beard for summer

If you are getting a fresh cut for summer, then you should consider getting your facial hair trimmed as well, if you have a beard. Avoid shaving altogether as some facial hair can help to keep your face cool when the sun is beating down on you. You should definitely be cleaning and hydrating your beard throughout summer, and if your beard does irritate you, then trimming it down to around an inch or so in length should be enough to see you through till winter.

Tips to Avoid Razor Bumps and How to Treat Them

As the best barbers in Kensington, we know that nothing can ruin the satisfyingly smooth feel of a fresh shave faster than razor bumps. These annoying little bumps can go from irritating and unsightly to downright painful. But, with proper care and preparation, razor bumps are easily avoided and treated.  Below are some of our top tips for avoiding the bumps:

Tips to Avoid Razor Bumps and How to Treat Them

As the best barbers in Kensington, we know that nothing can ruin the satisfyingly smooth feel of a fresh shave faster than razor bumps. These annoying little bumps can go from irritating and unsightly to downright painful. But, with proper care and preparation, razor bumps are easily avoided and treated.  Below are some of our top tips for avoiding the bumps:

 

Make sure your razor is sharp and clean

We’ll start with a simple one. You should always make sure make sure the blades on your razor are sharp, and make sure there isn’t any hair or dirt under them. A sharp blade will cut off your facial hair cleanly, whereas a dull blade will tug and tear at your hair when you use it. You should also clean any hair out of your blade after each stroke, as this will keep it working longer. Try using a blade antiseptic, or just plain rubbing alcohol, on your razor before you use it. This will remove unwanted bacteria that could otherwise irritate your skin.

 

Make sure you are treating your skin right

Here at Kensington Barbers, we know that preparation is key if you want to avoid razor bumps.  Before you shave, wash your face with hot water and soap, opening your pores and cleansing your skin. If you’re prone to suffering from razor bumps, then consider using a pre-shave oil to give your skin some extra protection.  After you’ve shaved, make sure you apply some moisturiser or shaving balm to your skin to soothe it. Many men use aftershave but this can further irritate the skin for some so find what works for you.

 

Shave less often, shave properly

Give your skin more time to recover from the last time you shaved by waiting a day or two before you next go at it with a razor. Why not make your shave less regular but more of a treat by coming down to Kensington Barbers and letting one of our experts look after you?

When you do shave, make sure you work up a thick lather of shaving cream over the hair. Always shave with the grain, even though this doesn’t shave as close in a single stroke, it helps further reduce the risk of razor bumps, as does using shorter lighter strokes.

 

Treating razor bumps

First things first, if you develop razor bumps or irritated skin after shaving, then don’t shave again for a few days. This should be obvious, but let your skin recover and a decent layer of stubble grow through before you shave again. To avoid further irritating your skin, don’t use products with alcohol but instead look for products that contain lidocaine or aloe vera. These ingredients work to prevent irritation and soothe the skin, and are found in many popular shaving balms. There are also many products available that specifically treat razor bumps and should be applied twice a day to be most effective.