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.

4 Spring trends for Men’s hair colour

4 Spring trends for Men’s hair colour

Women are no longer the only one’s who get to experiment with their hair colour. Men’s fashion is growing more and more accepted in both social and professional circles. Colouring your hair can be a fun way to express your personal style and personality. Whether you want to shock your friends with hot pink hair or add dimension to your locks with subtle highlights, the possibilities are endless. The only thing stopping you from changing it up is yourself (and maybe your boss). If you’re feeling bold, then take the plunge and try out some of these spring colour trends.
Grey/Silver tones
 
Who says you have to grow old to get striking grey hair? Bring out your inner grandpa with silver tones. Grey hair started gaining in popularity last season and has kept on growing (pun intended). Now, it’s hotter than ever with celebrities like Zayn Malik and Mark Ronson rocking it. With your hair shades of grey, you’ll be the silver fox of everybody’s dreams.
 
Pastel colours
 
Women have adopted a style referred to as ‘mermaid hair’. Well, the mermen have finally answered the call of pastels, and what more could anyone want? Pastel locks are high fashion. Pastel colours can be bold or subtle depending on your own preference. The entire message of the pastel movement is to showcase your own true self. Go pink or go blue. The options are as endless as the colours. Be as majestic and as mystifying as you desire.
 
Throwbacks
 
Styles come and go like waves of fashion. Trends seem to come in cycles with new twists added to looks each time they’re revived. So, its no surprise that a retro look of some era is constantly brought back to vogue. Right now, we’re not limited to any decade. If you want to recapture the classic look of the 50’s, or the Punk rocker of the 80’s, you can. Whatever you want—go for it. If you want to evoke the frosted-tips of your boy band fantasies, who’s to say ‘no’? Flaunt your look with confidence and transport everybody to a better time.
 
Balayage
 
Balayage is the technique of highlighting without foils in order to give your hair a more natural look. Think of an “I was on a tropical holiday” hairstyle. Balayaged hair can give your hair more depth without being over obvious, which can be perfect for professional situations or if you just want to dip your toe into the water. If you want to change up your look, but can’t go crazy, balayage is perfect. Since the look blends into your natural hair colour, it grows out beautifully. No need for touch-ups or any maintenance. Balayage is the perfect casual-meets-fashion style.

Best Barber Hairstyles If You’re Losing Your Hair

Best Barber Hairstyles If You’re Losing Your Hair


We’re the leading barber in Kensington and, as such, we see hairstyles of pretty much every shape style, colour and type. We like to think that there’s no challenge we’re not up to meeting head on, as it were, but there’s one issue which virtually every man will have to face up to at some point in their life, and that’s the loss of hair.

We’re a hair salon for men, and so we see every single type of hair loss imaginable, and we’re also witness to the desperate steps which some men take to combat this loss. We’re not talking about plugs, toupees or weaves, by the way – these are high concept ‘solutions’ to hair loss which take their proponents way beyond the reach of even the best barbers (which is what we are, did we mention it?). What we’re referring to is the kind of desperate attempt to cover a loss of hair which probably reached its peak with the kind of comb over once sported so resplendently by Sir Bobby Charlton. Solutions such as this, and other rather extreme measures (we’re looking at you, President Trump), generally do little more than call hilarious attention to the loss which they were actually intended to disguise, and the sad part is that it doesn’t have to be this way. If your locks aren’t quite as luxurious as they once were, and you don’t yet feel ready plump for the nuclear option of the total shave, then there are various approaches which can be taken, depending upon the precise nature of the problem.

If you’re losing your hair on top, but not quite so much at the front, then ask your barber to cut it in layers which rest on top of each other, creating the illusion of their being more hair than there actually is. This, allied to the fact that your actual bald spot is only going to be visible from above and behind, should allow you to keep the worst effects in check for quite some time. Rest assured, however, that there will come a point at which the loss becomes so noticeable that a full shave is the only realistic option.

A far more common form of hair loss, and one which can sneak up on men, is the receding hairline and the appearance of the ‘widow’s peak’. This is what happens when the hair at the temples recedes gradually, leaving a point of hair in the centre of the forehead. Take a look in the mirror and, if you’re a man of a certain age, there’s every chance your forehead has slowly but surely become bigger as the years roll by. Rest assured, however, there are some cuts which deal with this problem.

‘Cuts’ is the operative word here, since the best piece of advice is to resist clinging on to your longer hair and, thus, looking somewhat desperate. For the starkest version of this phenomenon, picture the last time you saw a bloke with hardly any hair on his head and a pony tail cascading down his back……

Pay us a visit and we’ll be able to advise exactly which type of cut will best suit your individual receding hairline. For some, it will be a simple short back and sides, for others the more extreme ‘undercut’, whilst Jude Law, to choose a celebrity at random, is a good example of a man who embraces his widows peak by keeping his hair a little longer all round, but still short and neat.

Maintaining Your Awesome Beard

Maintaining Your Awesome Beard


As the best barbershop in Kensington (that’s not boasting, it’s just a fact), we know everything there is to know about the hair on your head. When you visit us, you won’t just be getting a simple men’s haircut in Kensington, you’ll be getting comprehensively restyled by someone who is an artist in their own right. The days when men’s barbers offered a short back and sides and not much else are long gone. A modern hair salon for men will offer all of the grooming and styling help, advice and treatment that the smart modern gentleman could possibly ask for.

That includes knowing how to look after not just the hair on top of your head, but also the hair on your face as well. It can’t have escaped your notice that we seem to be living through something of a golden age for beards. Everyone, from the hipster behind the counter at your local coffee shop to Premiership footballers and Hollywood A-listers, seems to be taking the plunge and sporting a full set of facial topiary. Since growing a beard in the first place is generally quite simple – you basically just stop shaving – many men assume that letting nature and their hair follicles let rip and do what they will is the way to go. The danger with this approach is that you run the risk of going full Roy Keane – which is to say sporting the kind of wildly extravagant beard which creates the impression that you’ve just emerged, blinking, from several years of solitary confinement.

The experts in the best barbershop in Kensington will be able to advise you as to what type and style of beard would suit your face and hairstyle, and they will also be able to offer expert after-care tips. Just like the hair on your head, the hair sprouting from your face needs grooming and looking after, and the following are just a few of the items which you’ll need to equip yourself with when deciding to join the ranks of the bearded.

Beard Trimmer

Although the full shave may become a thing of the past, you’ll still need a top quality electric trimmer in order to maintain the shape of your beard, tidy up details such as your sideburns and the hair growing down your neck and deal with any growth which appears beyond the designated beard zone.

Beard Shampoo

Ordinary shampoo will get your beard clean, soap will get the skin underneath clean. Beard shampoo will do both, at the same time as leaving your beard softer and richly moisturised.

Beard Control

Unless you go for the close cropped Noel Edmonds look (and we’ll give it a more positive spin by pointing out that Thierry Henry, amongst others, has gone for the same option), your beard, just like the hair on your head, is going to need product to keep it under control. The right beard control will act as a styling gel at the same time as keeping your beard in top condition.

Beard Brush

The hair of your beard could get tangled and unruly just like the rest of your hair. You must have noticed, however – unless you’re particularly unlucky – that your beard hair is of a different type and texture to your head hair. That’s why it needs a different brush, a dedicated beard brush, using something like boar bristles, to keep things tidy and knot-free.

The Mullet that Caused a Court Case

The Mullet that Caused a Court Case


As the best barbershop in Kensington, we’re used to people walking out of our premises with their head held high and an extra spring in their step. That’s because, if you want a men’s haircut in Kensington which is going to make you look stylish, smart and, above all, well groomed, then our hair salon for men is the only place to visit.

We’re fully aware, however, that not all hair salon customers are quite so lucky. All too often, we’re called upon to repair the damage wreaked upon a poor individuals’ hair by a less than talented barber, and the history of men’s fashion is littered with examples of haircuts which might once have seemed stylish and daring but which, not long after the scissors and trimmers had finished their work, looked frankly little better than ridiculous.

You’ve probably got your own favourite example of a bad men’s haircut; the curly perm, the George Michael bouffant or the ‘Flock of Seagulls’ style mega-fringe. Indeed, when Donald Trump is the President elect of the USA, it seems it would be foolish to assume that, in this age of the metrosexual, bad hairstyles are a thing of the past. There is one bad cut that stands head and shoulders, almost literally, above all other, however, and that is the mullet. We can all probably think of our favourite ‘short on the top, long at the back’ merchant, and in many cases they would be a midfielder from a 1980’s football team, or perhaps Andre Agassi.

Few mullets can have been so extreme that they actually led to a court case, however, but that was recently the case for an Australian gentleman by the name of Ali Ziggi Mossimani. Mr Mossimani was photographed at an 18th birthday party in Sydney last year, sporting what can only be described as a somewhat extreme mullet. We’re not here to pass judgement, of course, and people are free to sport whatever haircut they choose, but the pictures became something of an ‘internet sensation’, prompting thousands of comments on social media and being converted into the dreaded meme. When this was reported by the media, Mr Mossimani launched a deformation claim against The Daily Mail Australia, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and the Australian Radio Network, saying that their reports of what must surely be referred to as ‘mullet-gate’ had “exposed himself to ridicule by the public”.

Did this put an end to the matter and relieve Mr Mossimani from the stress and ridicule? Unfortunately not, as it led to even more coverage in Australia and also in other countries, a phenomenon dubbed ‘the Streisand effect’ by the judge handling the case, Judge Gibson. This refers to an attempt made by Barbara Streisand in 2003 to ban publication of images of her Malibu mansion. The attempt failed, and the result was that the images became much more widely circulated than would otherwise have been the case.

Although the case, at the time of writing, is continuing, the judge has asked Mr Mossimani to amend his claim, and the moral of the story seems to be clear; if you’re going to be brave enough to sport a full blown mullet in 2016, then you’ll have to be brave enough to put up with the comments that people make. If you don’t think you can handle that, then pay a visit to the best barbers in Kensington, and we’ll sort it out for you.

How To Choose A Barber

Here at Kensington Barbers we like to think we’re the best barbershop in Kensington. Since Kensington is one of the most stylish, chic and up-market districts in London, then that makes us one of the top men’s barbers anywhere. If you pay us a visit you’ll see for yourself just how fantastic the service we offer is, and the effort we put into ensuring that every time we provide a men’s haircut in Kensington we create yet another satisfied customer.

We’re so confident of the quality we offer, in fact, that we’re willing to offer a few tips to any man out there who’s in the process of finding a new hair salon for men. Of course, we’d simply say ‘pay a visit to Kensington Barbers’. Just in case you wanted a few more details, however, here’s our considered advice on what to look for when giving someone the responsibility of dealing with your precious head of hair:

Ask Your Mates

Word of mouth is still one of the most powerful marketing tools there is, and choosing a barbers is no exception. People will be only too glad to tell you about any positive experiences they’ve had and probably even keener to detail any disasters. If you ask a mate whose hairstyle you’ve always admired then you’ll be even more likely to end up sat in the chair of a barber whose skills meet your requirements.

Customer Service

It’s not all about the cut (important though, that is). Does your barber greet you like a valued customer, shake your hand and take the time to find out exactly what it is you’re looking for? More to the point, are they willing to challenge you if they feel that the cut you’re asking for won’t be suited to your hair, head shape or face shape? The best barbers will go out of their way to make sure you get the cut you really need, and they won’t think twice about taking the time to try and persuade you.

Ambience

Take a good look at the barbershop you’re considering. Is it clean, tidy, well organised and professional looking? If the answer to all of these questions is ‘yes’, then the service you receive is likely to be equally professional and well delivered. The ideal barbers should also offer a friendly and welcoming environment, making your trip a relaxing experience as well as a stylish necessity.

Chat

Does your barber chat to you as he’s cutting your hair? We’re not thinking about small talk, or wondering whether you’ve been on holiday yet, either. Your barber should make sure you’re happy with the work he’s doing as the hair cut progresses, rather than waiting for the end of the process to hold up a mirror and make sure he hasn’t cut off more than you wanted. After all, if you say ‘yes, it’s too short’, there’s not very much even the best barber in the world will be able to do about it.

If you bear all of that in mind, then the chances are that you’ll find the ideal barber. Of course, there is an even easier way to do just that, and that’s by coming along for a trim at Kensington Barbers. We know exactly what our customers are looking for and we provide it each and every time. Put simply, we’ll give you the best men’s haircut in Kensington.