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!

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.