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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.