Back by popular demand, this November sees the return of the Aveda Institute’s Men Pop-up Barbershop offering grooming services on-the-go to get you Christmas ready. From a slick hair fix and soothing head massage, an on-the-go facial refresh, or a good traditional wet shave, each treatment comes with an Aveda Christmas drink - alcoholic and non-alcoholic as the mood dictates!
Left - Lie back and think of Christmas!
Festive Grooming On Demand Service Menu Festive includes - Hair Fix 45 mins - £35 - Enjoy an Aveda stress-relieving head and shoulder massage with an intoxicating blend of essential oils, followed by a botanical scalp detox, cleanse, condition, cut and style, and in just 45 minutes it fits perfectly into your lunch break.
Smooth and Soothe 45mins - £25 - A traditional cut throat-shave using the Aveda Men natural shave and skincare system. Enjoy soothing hot towels, a rejuvenating exfoliation and a perfectly smooth close shave finish, ideal for any close encounters under the mistletoe.
Get Christmas Ready & Refresh 20mins - £20 - A combination of a rejuvenating and energising facial exfoliation, followed by natural skin therapy to hydrate, renew and recharge in just 20 minutes. A perfect pick-me-up the morning after your Christmas party - leaving no evidence of the night before.
Appointments available to book now 02077597355
Aveda Pop-up Barbershop: Wednesday 20th November 2013 - 30th November - Closed Mon,Tues & Sunday
From the latin, barba, meaning beard, the humble barber was relegated to the back streets in the noughties by our metrosexual surge to embrace our feminine side and the more ‘directional’ hairdresser. The stripey barber’s pole was replaced with smooth-as-a-baby’s-bum manscaping and too much hair product in our quest for modernity.
Left - Pankhurst London's Bentley Barber Chairs
Now, the tide has turned. The return of sharp and defined men’s hairstyles and the fashion for full beards, that require the skilled hands of the barbershop, has meant a whole raft of new openings to fulfill this new demand.
Hannah Wilcox, Director and Founder of the British Barbers Associations says “Men are walking out of the unisex, sometimes more feminine environment, of hairdressers and are walking into the barbers. They are beginning to understand that barbers have very different techniques to hairdressers to create the styles in fashion at this current time.”
Yearly events like Movember have made men think more about facial hair and the different looks they can create with it. Moustaches and beards have become a style cliché that doesn’t seem to be disappearing anytime soon. The fashion for facial hair has also pushed the reintroduction of more classic and masculine haircuts. These tightly cropped or shaved styles require more maintenance and only truly look good when freshly cut.
“Where hairdressers promote a cut every 6-8 weeks, barbers suggest every month, to maintain the shape and style of the haircut. The cost in a hairdresser's is normally a lot greater and also more time consuming and restricted to an appointment system, where as the barber shop is a lot more free flowing for those running shorter on time.” says Wilcox.
The return of the barbershop sees the end of our dalliance with the feminine and our rediscovery of traditionally groomed masculinity. When the barbershop is good there is nobody better. Here is TheChicGeek’s picks of the new openings;
Aveda Pop-Up Barbershop - Holborn
To celebrate London Collections: Men, the Aveda Institute in Holborn is launching a pop-up barbershop. Discover a haven of gentlemanly calm amid the hustle and bustle of Men’s Fashion Week. It is open to everybody. Treatments include haircuts, wet shaves and facials.
Date: Saturday 15th June – Tuesday 18th June 2013 Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm Location: The Aveda Institute Covent Garden, 174-177 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7AA
Pankhurst London - Soho
Pankhurst London have moved to a new home on Soho’s Newburgh Street, just off Carnaby Street. The Pankhurst team offers modern cuts and traditional wet shaves in an environment as elegant as the bay rum and lime scent of their eponymous products.
Right - Pankhurst London's Mad Men style Johnnie Walker whisky waiting room
Sit back on the custom-made Bentley Mulliner leather barbers’ chairs or relax in the Johnnie Walker Blue Label lounge. Meticulously designed by owner Brent Pankhurst, who previously worked as the barber at Alfred Dunhill, the new shop is a Mad Men style male sanctuary in Soho.
Pankhurst London barbershop, 10 Newburgh Street, London, W1F 7RN
Genco Male Grooming – Notting Hill
The Portobello Road salon is the 3rd Genco salon - the first is in Chiswick, the second is a concession in the CityPoint spa in Moorgate. Their approach is pretty simple. They hire really good staff, pay them well, inspire them and give them a good working environment. They then put them through a training course to sharpen up their traditional barbering skills - for example they are taught how to do fades using clippers properly, and they work hard to get their finishing skills up to precise standards. They then teach them how to do traditional shaves and beard trims.
Genco Male Grooming, 280 Portobello Rd, Notting Hill, London W10 5TE
Ted’s Grooming Room – Marylebone
The fifth of Ted Baker’s Ted’s Grooming Rooms, the Marylebone branch offers everything from a quick beard trim to ‘Ted’s Full Service’ using their own range of grooming and styling products. They also offer a Turkish shave which involves a mini flame thrower to get rid of those niggly hairs in your ears and nose.
Mr Rizzo – Covent Garden
Named after Signor Agnello Rizzo, a humble Italian whose adventurous trip to England back in the early 1940’s found him always immaculately dressed in Savile Row tailored suits and slick hair and moustache. He soon became known in London for his flare, charisma, and inimitable style – many say he became Italy’s first ever English gent, always addressed as Mr Rizzo rather than by his first name.
The team behind Mr Rizzo seek to reinterpret male grooming for the modern gentleman by championing classic British style with timeless Italian flare and creative design. The minimalistic salon design and spacious surroundings are complimented with finest Italian ceramic flooring, traditional British walnut grooming stations and dark leather upholstery. They offer everything from a tailored haircut to an invigorating hot towel shave.
4 Upper St Martins Lane, London
Sharps Barber – Fitzrovia
Under the mantra ‘Maintenance Matters’, Sharps Barber’s trademark is their vintage barber chairs, retro design and high-quality services, whilst at the same time serving barista-grade coffee. They even featured a New York style pop-up food residency last month.
Offering a relaxed environment with premium services at accessible prices, Sharps continues to provide an alternative to unisex hairdressers and budget ‘chop-shops’ under the watchful eye of Rory MacParland, a.k.a. Mister Sharps.
For quiffs, moustaches, flat tops and beards, short, long, curly or no hair at all, the Sharps Barbers have the skill and experience for any guy’s taste or style. Sharps Barber and Shop’s services include - Wash, Cut & Style, Beard & Moustache Trim, and the renowned “Sharps Shave”- a traditional 45-minute 3-hot towel 2-direction straight razor shave, guaranteed to leave any man feeling prepped and looking sharp.
9 Windmill Street, W1T 2JF
Aveda's Chakra Balancing Body Mists draw upon its Ayurvedic heritage. Formulated according to authentic Ayurvedic chakra balancing traditions, Aveda Chakras inspire healing, balance and well-being, while providing guests with an aroma journey for mind and body. These refreshing aromatic body sprays, based on the seven chakras, are formulated to balance mind and body and can be used to enhance exercise, particularly yoga and meditative practices.
Manufactured with 100% wind power. Aveda’s funding of new wind energy sources generates enough wind energy to offset 100% of the electricity used by its primary manufacturing facility, distribution facility and corporate headquarters in Blaine, MN.
TheChicGeek says "You could put all this down to hippy nonsense and roll your eyes, but, never underestimate the power of smell. Women have embraced this, and now it's time for us guys to. The next time you do any exercise or just before you get into bed, spray one of these natural fragrances to instantly relax and focus yourself. I tried Chakra 2 and 4, there are 7, 'Nourished' and 'Harmony', respectively. Each smells almost hypnotic to the point you want to take deep breaths and control your breathing. These are perfect to put you in the zone before yoga at home or maybe freshen up that stinky gym. Be prepared to go to a better place!"
The penny has finally dropped, the future isn’t orange. And while some areas of Britain are finally coming around to the idea that sun beds are a bad thing and looking deeply tanned isn’t the secret portal to beauty, other areas are carrying on regardless and opening up a Great British tanning divide.
According to research by Kantar Worldpanel, in Scotland, the number of grooming treatments bought by men has risen by three quarters, the biggest increase anywhere in Britain and a fifth of these were sessions on the sunbed. Meanwhile Welsh men combined a fondness for tanning and waxing with hair removal accounting for nearly half of all male treatments while in London men favoured massages and skin treatments over other pampering. Tanning was out of fashion in the capital, accounting for just 6% of all treatments.
Another example of London leading the way and waiting for the others to catch up? Or is this a disparity between regions that will continue to grow? Watching programmes like Geordie Shore or TOWIE and you see guys who are very much into a tanning regime. The dark, permanently tanned look goes hand-in-hand with over blown muscles, heavage revealing T-shirts and over zealous manscaping.
Charlotte Fionda, Development Director, of the The Karen Clifford Skin Cancer Charity (Skcin) & Skin Cancer UK says “With regard to trends in tanning and it potentially becoming more provincial, it is a difficult one as there are so many variables, but what we would say is that there have been a lot more awareness campaigns focussed on London (e.g. Our spoof campaign Computertan, targeting those desperate for a tan – fooling over 2m people into thinking they could get a tan from their computer screen, was advertised on the London underground and in London cabs, more so that anywhere else, event though it was a viral campaign! http://www.computertan.com). Also, there is a more cosmopolitan community in London and traditionally Brits in the north are perhaps seen as more pasty white and thus have more desire/social pressure to change the colour of their skin?? There is of course the potential that with the Eurotunnel, etc sunnier climes can be more frequently accessible to Londoners, where 'Northerners' may choose to top up their tans at the tanning salon when not able to get away??”
This new gulf isn’t simply a choice between tanned and pale. This isn’t saying everybody should be pale or try to be pale, it’s about maximising your natural colour. The colour of your skin is one of your main characteristics, along with eye and hair colour, it creates your aesthetic balance. Change one of these factors and you start to alter nature’s balance.
A survey by OnePoll for Confused.com in May 2012 found that 10% of men surveyed from London say Botox treatment is a vital part of looking good. Meanwhile, 22% of men in the West Midlands believe a fake tan is a crucial part of sprucing themselves up - the highest of any region.
Tanning expert James Read of www.thetantalist.com says “London is now all about the natural looking tan, it's about looking healthy with golden glowing skin but no one can guess what you have had done. This is called the Miami Tan , tanning inspiration from the TV show Miami Vice, where the skin was golden as if you had been away but it looked real and in keeping with your skintone, think Don Johnson and you are on the right track. Liverpool and Manchester still lead when it comes to dark tans.”
Men in London are finally realising that you need to lighten the dark areas instead of darkening everything to have great looking skin. One of the main problems skin suffers from is hyperpigmentation, the darkening of an area of skin usually caused by sun damage, inflammation or scarring from acne. Excess production of melanin causes these darker areas but there are products, ‘skin brightening’, proven to lighten these areas to give your skin a more uniform colouration.
Dr. Michael Ingrassia,Group Leader, Research and Development Worldwide, Lab Series Skincare for Men says “Men natural have more melanin in their skin, they undergo a more intense tanning process after sun exposure and retain it for a longer time than women.” Which makes skin brightening products even more important for men to combat the over exposure to sun and UV rays.
The deep, fake looking tan has become dated. It’s finding itself along with too much hair product and tattoos in the box marked ‘bad taste’. If you want to continue to look like a contestant on Take Me Out then read no further, otherwise try the products below and always use SPF:
Clinique’s Even Better range has introduced Skin Tone Correcting Lotion SPF20. Developed for combination and oily skin types, this new lightweight and oil-free formula improve skin’s tone and uniformity. Designed to combat dark spots and discolouration while also providing protection from the number one cause of hyperpigmentation.
Clinique - Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Lotion SPF20 - £35
An instant revitalizing and energising serum, enriched with youth-boosting nutrients and peptides that visibly brighten skin after only one application. OSKIA’s unique dual approach actively illuminates and firms, evens skin tone, smoothes the appearance of fine lines and protects against everyday environmental, seasonal and lifestyle damage, while also providing essential cell nutrients
Oskia - Get Up and Glow - £64.50
Lab Series Power Brightening helps to reduce current skin discolouration by brightening the skin, corrects skin by working to stop barely visible dark spots that have already formed under the skin surface from becoming more visible and helps to prevent future discolouration by helping stop dark spots from forming.
Power Brightening Water Lotion - £29
Power Brightening Serum - £46
Power Brightening Eye Balm - £28
A light day lotion that diminishes the appearance of dark spots while helping protect skin against environmental aggressors.
Aveda - Enbrightenment Brightening Correcting Lotion - £45
As Glastonbury opens its doors, here’s a quick guide to getting prepared for the festival season.
Festivals can be fun as long as you’re with the right people. Forget the music, it’s about spending quality time with your mates in the sunshine*.
Like going anywhere in this country you need an entire wardrobe - a four seasons in one day mentality of being ready for everything and hedging your bets. But this doesn’t mean you can’t look the part.
This is our brief checklist to cover all eventualities without taking the kitchen sink.
And if things do get a little too much, then drink more**.
**TheChicGeek.co.uk promotes responsible drinking!
Not only are they extremely practical, but there is something really cool about a backpack at the moment. We’re not totally sure why, but maybe its because they make you look really sporty and keep your hands free.
This one by Overboard is designed for use in a variety of situations where water may be a problem, these nylon packs are a great way of keeping everything dry. The backpack is constructed from 600D Nylon Mesh Fabric with heat welded coated seams. It seals tight with a Fold Seal system backed up with additional Velcro for extra security.
Home Sweet Home
Join the new trend in “Glamping” by getting yourself a cool tent. You'll want your lie-ins, and that's not going to happen if you're being cooked alive and the daylight is coming through. This remarkable two-person tent doesn't need pitching - simply take it out of the rucksack-style bag and it pops into shape immediately. It has a black inner tent and flysheet to keep light out, giving you a better nights sleep, whilst excellent ventilation prevents it from getting too hot. Flash Mach II Blackout Tent - £69.99
The ‘Bed’ - A sleeping bag needs to do two things; keep you warm when you first get in and then not let you get too hot that you wake up soaking wet. Get a lightweight one from Snugpak. Made in the UK.
Staying Fragrant - The Great Unwashed
Keeping clean can be an issue. You could go French style and just spray on your favourite fragrance or try these;
Solar Shower - This is worth a bash. It gets heated by the sun - lets hope there is some sun, otherwise it could be like joining the marines. £8.79 -
Aveda soap bar - One bar does all: face, hair and body. £9.30
Cuticura Hygiene Gel - Looks a bit OCD in real life but festivals are a different story. This gel kills 99.99% of germs within 15 seconds without the need for water or towels. £1.29
available from Boots
What if it rains?
Not what, when! Keep yourself dry.
Boring, but wellies work. They can be a bugger to carry and if it’s dry you’d wished you’d never brought them, but why take the risk. British manufacturer Hunter have produced a Limited Edition Hunter Festival in Aqua with optional welly pouch - £125
Pouch - £30
Church’s have produced some great raincoats courtesy of Mackintosh. Love or hate the smell, these are the best raincoats money can buy. They have a great double-breasted one in yellow. £455
And if you do get wet, use some Absorba Balls. These balls contain crystals that are specially designed to absorb moisture from almost any piece of outdoor kit. These compact balls will naturally absorb the moisture in a matter of hours without the use of any electricity, leaving your kit dry and undamaged. Leave the balls on a radiator or out in the sun to dry the next day. £16.99 www.travelwithcare.com
When it’s dry
Wear a simple wardrobe of smart basics. Try these skinny tailored trousers in a lovely aubergine colour from Topman. £35
Put these with some bashed up vintage Gucci loafers in brown or black suede as seen at the S/S 09 Victor Glemaud in New York. There is something chavvy yet cool about this look, add a signet or sovereign ring and a neat polo-shirt tucked in.
When the sun does come out
Hat - Get a hat that you can roll up and put in your pocket. It will stop you getting sunstroke, you don’t want to end up in the St.John Ambulance tent. Now, that really isn’t cool.
Paul Smith - £60
Sunglasses - These are expensive enough to be good for your eyes yet not too scary that you aren’t frightened to damage or lose them. Perfect for the day after the night before. M: UK ‘Richardson’ - £32.00 - Boots Pharmacy Nationwide 020 8974 1642
When it gets a bit nippy
Don’t leave home without
P´9110 Crank Radio
We love everything by Porsche Design and this wind-up radio is no exception. The P´9110 translates classic energy generation technology into a new form. The crank handle is used to assure the operation of the receiver which works according to the super-heterodyne principle. The radio has an additional benefit with the an integrated charger outlet and a corresponding adapter for mobile phones. The dual white LED lamps serve as an adequate light source when on the move. A siren and red flashing LEDs attract attention in case of an emergency. Dimensions: 265 mm x 131 mm x 84 mm. $350 - Available at the American online shop and they will ship to the UK. www.porsche-design.com
|We thought it would be good to give you a round up of all the best grooming products we've seen and tried this summer along with a couple of old favourites that come holiday time we'd all be lost without. Here is TheChicGeek's summer essentials;
Clinique For Men Anti-Fatigue Cooling Eye Gel
The medical grade stainless steel rollerball is perfect for hot and puffy summer eyes. The cooling ball delivers a liquid gel serum to help massage and refresh, reducing the appearance of dark circles. Warning - applying this could almost become addictive!
|Aveda Suncare Hair and Body Cleanser
Why take two bottles into the shower when Aveda's Suncare Hair and Body Cleanser has a formula containing corn-derived chelator and Babassu betaine surfactant system which gently removes chlorine, salt and product residue. The cleanser also helps to maintain and boost moisture levels in both the hair and skin with softening Tamanu oil, certified organic coconut oil and certified organic sunflower seed oil, along with a potent anti-oxidant cocktail of green tea and vitamin E.
|Givenchy Mister Radiant
This product will have you looking moisturised and glowing. It smells delicious and goes on really nicely. Non-sticky, it leaves you glistening. This is a fun product to use, massaging the beads into the skin and great before a summer evening out. Who wouldn't want to be Mister Radiant?
Stockist: 01932 233 824
Creed Original Cologne
It is pricey but you can smell the quality. The best thing we've smelt all summer. There's enough here to go crazy with.
250 mls - £375
Dermalogica - UltraCalming Mist - £26.30
Containing the UltraCalming Complex, aloe barbadensis leaf juice and lavender, this product goes on clear like water with zero fragrance and is perfect for any areas that has had too much sun or just as a cooling effect for the skin.
|Wilkinson Sword Quattro Titanium Body Trimmer
One thing the boy scouts taught us was to be prepared. This is a razor with a body trimmer at the other end. Perfect for tidying up the sideburns or a spot of last minute manscaping.
|Clinique Body Spray SPF25
We've still found nothing better. A continuous aerosol spray which has you covered in literally seconds. Gentle enough for sensitive skins it offers protection against UVA and UVB rays at a decent SPF.