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.


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.

Why You Should Know The Shape Of Your Face

Why You Should Know The Shape Of Your Face

Are you an oval, or more of a square? Perhaps you’re a diamond, or even a heart. No, these aren’t the results of a personality quiz about which shape you’ll be reincarnated as, this is about the shape of your face.

Here at Kensington Barbers, we know that many of you won’t have given much—if any – thought to the shape of your face, but that really shouldn’t be the case. The shape of your face plays an often underappreciated role in how well your haircut or facial hair suits you.  If you’ve ever gotten your hair cut in a particular style, only to realise afterwards that it doesn’t suit you at all, the most likely reason is that you haven’t made sure the style you want compliments the shape of the face you already have.

It’s going to get a bit technical now, so hopefully you remember some of your high school maths lessons enough to keep up. To figure out your face shape you first need to take several measurements – from hairline down to chin, across your forehead from eyebrow to eyebrow, across the middle of your face from cheekbone to cheekbone, then measure from one ear down to your chin then up to your other ear. Got those four measurements? Good! Now compare these measurements to a checklist of the different face shapes until you find a match… or you could ask your barber to work it out for you, whichever’s easier for you.

As the leading barbers in Kensington, we understand how big a commitment a new haircut can be, like a new shirt except you can’t take it off if your mates say it looks rubbish.

If, for example, one of the many ways in which you are just like Brad Pitt is that you both have square shaped faces – where the various measurements of your face are more or less equal and you have a sharp jawline – then a neat and classic hairstyle will suit you best. Or maybe you have more of an oval face shape? Oval faces tend to suit shorter sides with more length on top and a light fringe. If your face is a diamond in the rough then you’ll want to keep the sides longer, with more layers in your hair.       

Every face shape has hairstyles that suit it more than others, and there are always exceptions to these rules to help keep things complicated. It’s strange to think that something you may never have considered has been affecting your appearance for your whole life.

This is why it is important that your barber is an artist at the top of their game, who knows which hairstyles will suit your face shape the best, so you’re happy to not only pay for their services but also to trust their judgment. This is exactly the kind of service you can expect from Kensington Barbers, so pay us a visit and let us take care of your hair for you.