Tips For Fighting Hat Hair

If you are the kind of person who frequently wears hats, you might be doing so even more now that the colder months are rolling in, so you need a little more protection from the elements when you brave going outdoors. Yes, hats can be great, but there is one unfortunate side effect of wearing hats that has been hurting people for far too long: hat hair!

If you are the kind of person who frequently wears hats, you might be doing so even more now that the colder months are rolling in, so you need a little more protection from the elements when you brave going outdoors. Yes, hats can be great, but there is one unfortunate side effect of wearing hats that has been hurting people for far too long: hat hair!

We’re exaggerating, of course. But at Kensington Barbers, we know how much time and effort you can put into your appearance. So the last thing you want to do is, say, go through the trouble of putting a hat on to protect your hair on a particularly windy day, only to find that it has completely messed up your look for the day anyway.

Here’s our top tips for avoiding hat hair:

Make sure your hair is dry

No matter how much of a rush you may be in to get out of the house in the morning, if you want to wear a hat but avoid hat hear later, then make sure your hair is dry before you put your hat on and leave the house.

If your hair is damp when you put your hat on, it then dries under the hat, going flat and taking on the shape of the hat.

Hat the right size?

One thing you might not have considered in the battle against hat hair is whether the size of the hat you want to wear is going to make your situation better or worse.

If your hat is too small or close to your head, it will be effectively suffocating your hair. If your hat is a little roomier, not only will it be more comfortable to wear but it will give your hair a bit of extra space, meaning your hat is less likely to interfere with your hairstyle.

Consider the materials

Whilst you are checking the size of your hat, why not take a look at the materials it’s made out of as well? Hats that are made with a lot of synthetic fibres tend to create a lot of static that can create an unsightly mess out of your hair.

Conversely, hats made out of more natural materials will create less static, and are often nicer and more comfortable as well.

The right style

Also, hat hair will be less noticeable on your head if you give your hair an intentionally slightly disheveled look. This can be achieved by brushing through your hair with your fingers.

Use the right products

If you can’t go without wearing hats and no matter what you do you can’t seem to prevent hat hair from taking over your head, all may not be lost just yet. Consider investing in some volumising products to use on your hair, as the added body will fight the flattening effect a hat has on your ‘do.

Alternatively, keep texturizing powders or pomades close by so you can inject some volume back into your hair once the hat has done its worst.

How Changing Your Part Can Be Great For Your Hair

It can be easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to your hairstyle. Look away for five minutes, and suddenly you’ve been rocking the same hairstyle since you were in high school.

It can be easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to your hairstyle. Look away for five minutes, and suddenly you’ve been rocking the same hairstyle since you were in high school. We at Kensington Barbers understand that, with how hectic life can be, it can be very easy to settle into a pattern and stick to what feels comfortable.

But change can be a great thing, and even if you don’t want to make too drastic a change or completely switch up your look, there are small tweaks you can make that can have a big impact on your look.

Changing your part can be one such way to make a small change that leaves a big impact, and you may be surprised how beneficial such a small change can be.

The cowlick

The most traditional, and often seen, way men part their hair is in a natural correlation with the direction of the spiral of hair on top of your head towards your back, known as your cowlick. Many people say you should only part your hair as dictated by the direction your hair circles in your cowlick. If the hair circles clockwise then the part should be to the left. If the hair circles anticlockwise then the part should be to the right.

See what feels comfortable

However, there is by no means a 100% applicable rule for how you should wear your part, and many people prefer to wear their part contrary to the direction of their cowlick. Some guys prefer to part their hair depending on which hand they comb their hair with. If you comb your hair with your left hand, then a part on the right will feel more comfortable, and vice versa.

Health benefits

Switching up your part is also a great way to maintain the health of your hair. Changing the part can reduce the damaged or flyaway hairs at the top of your head, not only by disguising but also repairing and resting them.

Add a hard part

One way you can make a simple change to your part that can potentially have a big impact on your hairstyle is to add a hard part. The hard part has stayed a very popular and trendy hairstyle throughout 2017 and it shows no signs of waning in popularity. Achieved by shaving a clearly defined line in the scalp along the part, a hard part can really turn a tired haircut into one that looks fresh and smart.

A hard part goes well with a wide variety of hairstyles and works really well adding emphasis to a short sides, long top hairstyle. In order to keep the part looking fresh and clean you will have to visit your barber quite frequently, but if the look suits you then it is well worth it.

If you’ve been inspired to switch up your look then visit Kensington Barbers to book a session with one of our talented stylists today.

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.

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.