London Collections Men is a biannual showcase that takes place every January and June and celebrates the creative and commercial importance of the British menswear industry.
As it’s January and the men’s collection concluded last week, it seems appropriate for us to focus on men this week, particularly the ever-growing beauty industry for men.
Whether you’ve committed to Dry January, Veganuary, or you’ve just been bombarded with posts and adverts on how to better yourself physically in 2016, we’ve decided to narrow down a list of simple hacks and grooming tips for men with absolutely no restrictions or huge leaps of faith.
Achieve The Perfect Cut
Business insider recently published a list with the terminology men should use to get the haircut they desire. Click here to see the original article, otherwise see below for the general pointers on the appropriate jargon to use at the barber.
- Specify length in inches (1 inch, 1 1/2 inches, etc.).
- Know the specific number of the clippers you want your barber to use. If unsure, ask your barber to start with a longer setting and progressively get shorter until you find a style you like.
- For men with longer hair
– for a neat and professional do: “keep the hair off the collar”
– for more movement and dimension ask for: “a layered cut”
– for hair that gets gradually longer toward the top of your head: “a tapered cut”.
- For men with thick hair who want it more manageable:”add some texture to the top”.
- You can either ask for a tapered (natural) neckline or a squared (block) neckline in the back. A tapered neckline will follow your natural hairline, while a block hairline cuts straight across.
Mask Early Signs Of Hair Loss
Now, of course, we can’t assume that all readers will have a full head of hair. Many people think hair loss is a problem for older men and even fewer older women, and although this is true to the extent that, as you age, your rate of hair growth slows – hair falling out and thinning hair can affect men and women at any age.
Below are some statistics on hair loss from Toppik.
The list below from Daily Express shows that men fear losing their hair more than they fear losing their jobs. The article also showed that over one in ten men even admit to losing sleep over the issue of hair loss and the worry of going bald.
SOLUTION: Toppik hair building fibers, available to buy from Boots from just £10 to £30 mimic the hair follicles and hide any patches of thinning hair or baldness. The results are phenomenal, and although it’s not a long term solution – it is cheap, it works and it can be done in the mornings quicker than it takes you to brush your teeth! Unfortunately, the only long term options of hair-revival, whether it’s taking minoxidil daily or a hair transplant – will cost you an arm and a leg. Click here to see a video of the fibers working.
The Perfect Shave
Whether you’re going shorter, longer, or giving side-burns a go, please give the hairs on your face some TLC too!
- Shave with the grain. Shaving against the grain pulls the hair up and away from the face, resulting in nicks and ingrown hairs.
- Condition and moisturise. Stubble and facial hair nick moisture away from skin underneath, leading to facial dryness and beard dandruff. So make sure not to neglect your skin, and to keep it hydrated with beard balm and conditioning oil.
RED ANCHOR is a line catered specifically to top quality gents care. All products are made and refined using natural oils and extracts, including active ingredients which produce the most effective and desired results. Their website even has shaving tips so you can get it just right.
With Valentine’s Day less than a month away, you can now get your hands on Red Anchor Supply Company’s Valentine’s Day gift sets. These include The Gents Essential Shave Set (£27), The Gents Essential Beard Care Set (£37) and The Red Anchor Wash Room Set (£21). Available online. P.S. Talking Valentine’s – watch out for our Valentine’s giveaway next month!