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.

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.

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.
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 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.

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.


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.


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.