Which Hairstyles Are Currently Trending In The UK?

Time was, men’s hairstyles could sometimes be considered a bit… well… boring. That may sound like sacrilege coming from a barbershop, but it is an unavoidable fact that men’s hairstyles were more conservative.

Time was, men’s hairstyles could sometimes be considered a bit… well… boring. That may sound like sacrilege coming from a barbershop, but it is an unavoidable fact that men’s hairstyles were more conservative. Luckily, that hasn’t been the case for a while, and today men seem to have more options than ever when it comes to styling the hair on their head.

We think the fact that nowadays, men are able to be a lot more expressive and diverse with their hairstyle is a great thing. Just take a look at some of the most popular haircuts right now to see what we are talking about:

Buzzcuts

Buzzcuts have been seeing resurgence in popularity over the past couple of years that currently shows no sign of slowing down. It is easy to see why buzzcuts are becoming popular again, as they are a versatile cut that looks great on a lot of people, and also require a minimum amount of upkeep.

An additional way to give your buzzcut a bit of variety and edge is to dye it a more unusual colour. Popular shades include bleached blond and even pastel pinks, greens and blues.

Bleached hair

In fact, regardless of if you have a buzzcut or not, brightly coloured hair is becoming more and more popular of late. One of the most common colours we see regardless of cut is bleached hair, as this can help to give a haircut a more lived in look, especially if you have a short back and sides cut where the top is bleached but the rest is left darker.

Longer hair

On the opposite end of the spectrum from buzzcuts, longer hairstyles have also been seeing a reurgance in popularity lately, as evidenced on celebrities like Jared Leto and Brad Pitt. This isn’t to say that men are going full Rapunzel these days. Instead a popular style is shoulder length hair that is kept neat and slicked back using pomade.

Messy looks

A lot of men recently seem to be opting for a messier, almost “bed head” style for cuts that have more length and layers to them. Be warned though, that while these looks may appear to be spontaneous, there is often actually a lot of work that has to go in behind the scenes to make it appear so effortless.

Facial hair

While it doesn’t seem like the recent trend for beards is going away any time soon, there are some changes with how men are wearing their facial hair. Though full on, lumberjack beards are still a common sight, a lot of men are instead opting for more restrained, shorter beards that are sharper with more shape. Additionally, designer stubble is becoming a more common sight once again, though this is quite a high maintenance style to maintain, especially if you prefer a barber take cair of your facial hair.

If this list has left you feeling out of date, visit Kensington Barbers if you feel like your hair could use some skilled attention.

What Is The Best Way To Clean And Look After My Beard?

It is fair to say that, when many of us decided to grow a beard for the first time, we assumed that we could simply stop shaving, and that nature would take care of the rest.

It is fair to say that, when many of us decided to grow a beard for the first time, we assumed that we could simply stop shaving, and that nature would take care of the rest.

In reality, growing and maintaining a beard that looks and feels healthy actually takes quite a bit more work than that.

Here at Kensington Barbers, we are dedicated to making sure that all your beards are cared for as best as they can, so we’ve compiled a list of everything you need to do to clean and look after your beard properly:

Use a special beard shampoo

If you think there is no difference between the shampoo you use on your hair, and the shampoo you should use on your beard, let us tell you now: you’re wrong.

Using a specially formulated beard shampoo is vital in keeping your beard clean and tidy. By using a beard shampoo, you make sure it is designed for its use and won’t do any damage to your facial hair, something which cannot be guaranteed with regular shampoos.

Washing your beard with shampoo no more than a couple of times a week should be enough to help keep it healthy.

Embrace beard oil

Using beard oil after you shower is a great way to give your beard a healthy looking sheen. Beard oil works by moisturizing, hydrating and nurturing your beard as well as the skin underneath it. Not only that, but beard oil can also help to style your beard, helping to tame the wild beast growing on your face.

Remember to always go for natural oil that doesn’t contain any silicone, as this may make your beard look shiny but doesn’t actually offer you any benefits.

Comb after washing

Combing your beard should become second nature to you, and should be an activity that you repeat every day. Combing your beard straight after it has been washed will make sure that you have the easiest time of doing it.

When it comes to the type of comb or brush you use, ones made of metal or wood are recommended over plastic ones.

Combing your beard helps it stay tidy and can also help it grow out into the direction you want.

Trim regularly

Nobody’s beard is going to grow out perfectly straight away. This is why it is important that you trim your beard, cheek and neckline, to help keep your beard in check and keep it growing in the style you prefer.

Visit a barber

It is important to put yourself in the hands of a professional every now and again. This is why we recommended that you periodically let your barber trim and service your beard. Not only will a skilled barber be able to give your beard a fresher, sharper look than you’d be able to achieve by yourself at home, but they can also give you more advice with regards to how grow the kind of beard you want.

Why You Should Be Conditioning Your Hair

Let’s be honest, when it comes to looking after your hair, most of you reading this probably don’t put as much effort into it as you ideally would. With only so many hours in a day, concessions have to be made somewhere.

Let’s be honest, when it comes to looking after your hair, most of you reading this probably don’t put as much effort into it as you ideally would. With only so many hours in a day, concessions have to be made somewhere.

Now, maybe it has something to do with being a dedicated barbershop, but we think that skimping on your hair regime is a mistake we cannot allow you to go on making.

At the very least, we’re here to tell you why you shouldn’t stop at shampooing, and why you should be conditioning your hair.

The first clue to why you should be conditioning your hair is in the name: conditioner. Conditioner adds nutrients into your hair, improving its condition.

If, at the moment, you just shampoo your hair every day, you should really consider starting to condition as well. This is because, although shampoo does work well cleaning your hair, over time it strips more and more natural oils and nutrients out of your hair. Further factors like brushing and drying your hair, and exposing to outside elements, serve to further damage your hair and deplete its protective oils and nutrients.

This can lead to your hair looking dull, lifeless and damaged, and this is where conditioner comes into play.  If you were to look at your hair under the microscope, it will look like it is covered in interlocking scales or flakes. These flakes are actually dead skin cells that lock together to form a cuticle layer, which protects the more fragile strands of hair within. When your hair gets damaged, these scales won’t be laying tightly against each other, exposing the fragile inner strands to damage and leaving your hair looking frayed and damaged.

All conditioners contain small amounts of catatonic surfactants and acids, and it is this acid which encourages the flakes to lay flat and tight against each other, once again protecting your hair and leaving it looking glossier and healthier.

When it comes to how often you should condition, the answer can vary from a few times a week to every day, depending on your hair. If, for example you find that you hair is naturally quite thin, or tends to get greasy fairly easily, then you should condition your hair once every other or once every three days. If, however, your hair is of the thicket variety, then feel free to condition every time you shower.

When you’re shopping for conditioner, you should always look for ones that contain mainly – preferably only – natural ingredients. These may cost more money, but there is a simple reason for that: they work better. Try to avoid 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner bottles as well, as what you gain in convenience you tend to lose in quality.

So, if you think your hair is in need of some TLC, just reach for that bottle of conditioner, or, if it needs that extra bit of attention, pop in to Kensington Barbers today!

How Have Beards Gotten To Be So Popular?

So, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’re sure to have noticed one fashion trend for men that almost every man in the country has hopped on board with: beards!

So, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’re sure to have noticed one fashion trend for men that almost every man in the country has hopped on board with: beards!

Yes, from hipster beards to designer stubble, it seems that if you walk down a busy high street, you’ll probably see a lot more men with some form of facial hair than you will men who are completely clean shaven.

So, how did this all happen? Well, there of course always have been men who have worn their beard with pride whether it is viewed as trendy or not, but we’re talking about the cultural trend for facial hair.

It is also important to note that the current trend for beards and facial hair is really nothing new. All fashion trends are cyclical in nature, and as time goes by trends come and go time and again.

The last time beards saw a cultural boom in popularity was probably in the 1960s and early 1970s, thanks to the influence of the Beatles growing beards and later the rise of hippie counterculture.

Of course, if you go right back to the beginning of human civilization, beards were much more functional, if not crucial to our survival, as they helped us keep warm when the weather turned cold, in the dark days before central heating or scarves had been invented.

Like all great mysteries in life, nobody knows exactly why and when the current trend for facial hair began, but everyone has their own theories. Whilst most can agree that facial hair started becoming more and more common from about 2010 onwards, some attribute this to the influence of Hollywood celebrities who ditched the razor like George Clooney or Brad Pitt, others site “the rise of the hipsters” and their penchant for ironically oversized or over sculpted beards.

Whatever the root, beards soon became a trendy then, like most upward trends, it’s influence steadily grew as more and more men grew beards, until the facial hair boom was tipped to have reached “peak saturation” in 2013.

When most trends reach a level of peak saturation, it’s just a short time later that they take a steep dive back into obscurity, as beards did in the 1970s the last time they were so trendy.

However, the popularity of beards didn’t waver, and as 2018 continues forward there are no signs yet that anything has changed.

Does this mean beards will simply continue to maintain such a high level of popularity for the rest of time? Most definitely not. At some point in the future, being cleanly shaven will once again become “the done thing,” though there will still be those of us who choose to keep rocking our beard, no matter what.

So, whether you want to go for a completely clean shaven look, or are just after a trim and a neatening up, stop by Kensington Barbers and let one of our beard experts look after you.

Why You Should Let A Barber Trim Your Facial Hair

Here at Kensington Barbers, we are passionate about the artistry and the history of the barber shop.

Here at Kensington Barbers, we are passionate about the artistry and the history of the barber shop.

One thing we have noticed, however, is that while more and more men are happily spending extra time and money to make sure they get a high quality haircut, the number of men happy to let a barber look after their facial hair is considerably smaller.

This seems like a massive mistake to us. Most of you would never cut the hair on top of your head yourself, instead trusting in the skill of a professional – so why should you trwat your facial hair differently?

But before we tell you why you should be letting your barber trim your facial hair, let’s first take a quick look at the long history of barbershops.

At the height of the barbershop’s popularity from the late 19th to the early 20th century, they were more than just places to get your hair cut. Barbershops were places men would visit to socialise with one and other, rivalling the popularity of pubs and taverns.

Just think about how many times you’ve seen barbershops used in films and TV shows as a place for men to bond or repair damaged relationships.

Nowadays, we are also starting to see some of that same social aspect work its way back into barbers, as more and more shops are adding features like coffee makers, miniature sweet shops and even micro golf in some extreme cases.

So, here’s why you should definitely consider letting a barber trim your facial hair the next time you are getting a haircut:

Get a professional’s input

As we’ve already said, a professional is always going to do a better job than an untrained layman. So, having a barber trim your facial hair means you will get a professional, clean cut to a degree that you could never achieve by yourself at home.

Keep up to date with styles

If you always trim your facial hair yourself, it can be easy to fall into a pattern and always cut your hair the same way, time after time, for years on end. One benefit of the social nature of barbershops is that you are able to interact with others and see what different styles are popular at the moment. You’ll also be more open to trying new styles of facial hair you wouldn’t know how to style by yourself.

Avoid the mess

Anyone who has tried to shave or trim a decent sized beard in their own bathroom knows one thing for sure: it makes a giant mess. Hair clogs up your razor and your sink and no matter how tidy you try to be, stray hairs seem to make their way onto every surface in the room, and you’ll find yourself cleaning them away for days afterwards.

All of this hassle is avoided by visiting a professional to get your beard trimmed. Not only will your face look great, you’ll avoid having to perform any clean up.

Treat. Yo. Self.

At the end of the day, one of the best reasons to let a barber look after your facial hair is just to do it as a treat for yourself. You deserve a little pampering and luxury, after all.

So, if we’ve inspired you, why not come on down to Kensington Barbers for a haircut and a shave today!

Trimming And Styling For Christmas

As Christmas quickly approaches, many of you may be considering visiting the barbers for a quick trim and styling so that you are looking your best for all the festivities to come. If you are feeling this way, then you aren’t alone, as Christmas Eve is, in fact, one of the most popular days of the year for men to visit their barbers.

As Christmas quickly approaches, many of you may be considering visiting the barbers for a quick trim and styling so that you are looking your best for all the festivities to come. If you are feeling this way, then you aren’t alone, as Christmas Eve is, in fact, one of the most popular days of the year for men to visit their barbers.

So, if you are looking to switch up your style, have a look at our top tips for how to spruce up your look for the Christmas period:

For many of us, the Christmas period brings with it the need to spruce up for a classy Christmas event. Whether you have to go to a fancy office party or new year’s eve event, or you just want to look your best to impress visiting relatives and want a black tie hairstyle to match, then there are several little touches you can make to your hair that are as classic as they are stylish.

Firstly, consider getting a trim just to freshen up your look. Particularly if you haven’t been for a haircut in a while, then this is a great way to make yourself look smarter without having to make any drastic changes.

To give your hair a sharp and tidy look, ask your barber to give you a hard part. Hard parts can be great way to add definition to a short sides and long top cut, and can make almost any haircut look refreshingly modern.

Festive beards

If you are a guy with a pronounced beard looking to make a big splash at any parties you attend this season, then we have a few festive choices that might be right up your street.

The glitter beard: This one is fairly self-explanatory; simply coat your beard in beard oil, then glitter of any colour – though red and green seem particularly festive – and voila! You’ve got yourself a festive style that can be seen from miles away. Just be prepared to find glitter on all your belongings for a good long while afterwards.

The light up beard: Have you ever been told you light up any room you walk into? Try out this festive look and you soon will be!  Simply thread a set of Christmas lights through your beard to achieve this far out festive look. The most important thing to remember for this look is to find the kind of lights that don’t heat up – very important if you don’t want your beard to catch fire.

The Christmas tree beard: If attaching lights to your beard seems like a bit of a crazy thing to do, instead consider attaching decorations like small baubles and candy canes to your facial hair using bobby pins to create a miniature Christmas tree you can take anywhere you go. To go the extra mile, you can even tint your beard green to give it that extra realistic Christmas tree look.

You may have seen these types of festive beards now and again over the past couple of years, but they’ve been tipped to make a big impression this year.

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.