Archive for January, 2009

Be the first to try Gillette’s new Shave Care range

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

I’ve just received an invitation to try the new Gillette’s shave care range. If you are interested about this offer, try your change to win the ultimate shaving experience

Be the first to try Gillette's new Shave Care range

Be the first to try Gillette's new Shave Care range

Hairdressers/hairstylists versus barbers

Monday, January 19th, 2009

A hairdresser is a universal term referring to someone whose occupation is to cut or style hair in order to change or maintain a person’s image. This is achieved using a combination of hair colouring, haircutting and hair texture techniques.

Some barbers prefer to see themselves as hairdressers or hairstylists. There is a common misbelief that barbers do not perform any service other than hair cutting and that cosmetologists perform all coloring and perms. In fact, barbers can cut hair, trim beards, color, perm, provide facials and shave. They are also licensed to work with artificial hair replacement products (toupées, etc).

Meet the barber

Meet the barber

Many working stylists are legally barbers. There is some professional rivalry between barbers and cosmetologists, both of which are licensed and regulated. At one time, both groups were allowed to cut hair, but only barbers were allowed to shave or trim beards: this required mastering the arcane technique of using a straight razor. Today, barbers and stylists may be found working side by side in establishments known as male salons. Male salons have afforded the barber the opportunity to remain traditional in all aspects of the term, yet also progressively contemporary as fashion and trends evolve. In male salons, hairstylists and barbers seek to accommodate the modern male hairstyle trends by employing traditional hair styling and straight razor shaves with modern practices such as texturizing techniques and color.

The President’s Barber

Monday, January 19th, 2009

The President’s Barber (Hyojadong Ibalsa) is a 2004 South Korean film directed by Lim Chan-sang. It follows a barber, his wife, and their only son through four decades of tumultuous Korean history.

The President's Barber

The President's Barber

Much as in Forrest Gump, we see important moments in South Korean history through the eyes of the titular barber, who is drafted to be the official barber of President Park Chung-hee. The role of the barber is played by Song Kang-ho and Moon So-ri plays his wife.

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Obama haircut

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

It is believed to be the first in the world. Kwame Boyce-Deacon, 14, is a big fan of Obama and wanted his face clipped and shaved into the back of his head.

Teenager has face of Barack Obama shaved into his hair

Teenager has face of Barack Obama shaved into his hair

Obama is the first black President of America and I’m the first black model of Obama in Leicester – which is special for me. I don’t know anyone else who could draw that well, let alone with a blade on the head” he said. The haircut is amazing. All my friends are impressed as they know no one else has this. I’ve become a bit of a celebrity.

Truefitt & Hill Ultimate Comfort Pre-shave Oil

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Truefitt & Hill Ultimate Comfort Pre-shave Oil - £14.65

Truefitt & Hill Ultimate Comfort Pre-shave Oil - £14.65

Another great shaving oil to help your shaving habits: Truefitt & Hill Ultimate Comfort Pre-shave Oil. This enlivening citrus pre-shave oil assists razor glide whilst giving protection from cuts, imparting essential hydration and conditioning the skin. Contains Tangerine, Grapefruit and Bergamot oils to energise and refresh; Avocado and Safflower oils to condition the skin; Kukui oil to enhances razor glide; Cucumber and Meadowfoam oils to soothe; Coconut and Sunflower oils to hydrate, as well as Vitamin E an excellent antioxidant. Designed to provide a closer, more comfortable shave whilst helping to eliminate nicks and razor bumps. Not heavy like some pre-shave oils so it will not clog pores. Suitable for heavy beards and sensitive skin.

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What you need to know about Facial Hair

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Facial hair is a secondary sex characteristic in human males. Many men start developing facial hair in the later years of puberty, approximately between 13-18 years old and most men don’t finish developing a fully adult beard until their early 20s or even later. This can vary, however, and males as young as 11 have been known to develop facial hair that require routine shaving. Further, many women also have some facial hair, especially after menopause, though typically much less than men.

Male pogonotrophy (the growing of facial hair; i.e, beardedness) is often culturally associated with wisdom and virility. Many men style their facial hair into beards, moustaches, goatees or sideburns. However, many others completely shave their facial hair. The term whiskers used when referring to human facial hair indicates the hair on the chin and cheeks. Abraham Lincoln was said to have grown a beard because an 11-year-old girl named Grace Bedell wrote to him, saying that he would look better with one.

Women typically have little hair on their faces, apart from eyebrows and the vellus hair that covers most of their bodies. However, in some cases women have noticeable facial hair growth. Excessive hairiness (especially facially) is known as hirsutism, and is usually an indication of abnormal hormonal variation. In contemporary western culture, almost all women shave, tweeze or otherwise depilate facial hair which does appear, as there is considerable social stigma associated with facial hair in women. Freak shows and circuses once displayed (usually fake)

Razors through history

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Razors have been a part of human invention since the dawn of time and while the basic social implications associated with human hair removal have changed very little, the tools used in the grooming technique have advanced greatly.

Prehistoric razor

Prehistoric razor

Since prehistoric times, men and women have been removing hair from their bodies. The history of razors and shaving dates all the way back to 30,000 B.C. Many of the earliest forms of hair removal were related to other body modification rituals, including piercing and body art. For many primitive tribes, hair removal could be seen as a form of tribal status and wealth. Nowadays, hair removal has become much more a part of vanity grooming, with various social stigmas being attached to different types of hair removal.
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Electric Pre-Shave Solution

Friday, January 9th, 2009

I have been contacted by a lot of people regarding the post about the best practice for shaving with an electric shaver, to recommend a pre-shave lotion. Well,I looked around, and I’ve found the Anthony Logistics Electric Pre-Shave Solution (118ml).

Anthony Electric Pre-Shave Solution 118ml - £11.70

Anthony Electric Pre-Shave Solution 118ml - £11.70

Makes electric shaving a breeze! Loaded with all natural ingredients for a superior shave. Emollients create slip for a smoother surface with less drag and pull. Kola nut oil protects and guards the skin against friction and irritation. Chamomile soothes and heals the skin.

- Reduces irritation, dryness and stinging
- Protects and helps reduce razor burn
- Good for all skins and all beard types

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The Art of Shaving Fusion Chrome Manual Razor

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

The Art of Shaving has launched a new razor: The Art of Shaving Fusion Chrome Manual Razor. The Fusion Chrome Manual Razor is perfectly balanced and weighted to feel like a natural extension of your hand, maximising stability and control. The sleek, contemporary handle is an ideal combination of ergonomics and innovative design, handcrafted in polished chrome, with black lacquered accents and a micro-textured grip surface.

The Art of Shaving Fusion Chrome Manual Razor - £83.15

The Art of Shaving Fusion Chrome Manual Razor - £83.15

Gillette Fusion is a revolutionary Shaving System with advanced technology on both the front and back of a single shaving cartridge. On the front, 5 power glide blades are spaced closer together to help you reduce friction, with less irritation and more comfort. On the back a Precision Trimmer blade allows you to trim sideburns easily, shave under the nose and shape facial hair.

Merkur Stainless Platinum Safety Razor Blades

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

It’s been a while since I bought new blades for my safety razor. I like the Merkur razor blades as they are made of stainless platinum, providing a great shave and stay sharp longer than other brands.

Stainless Platinum Safety Razor Blades 10 Pack - £3.85

Stainless Platinum Safety Razor Blades 10 Pack - £3.85

I’ve found this interesting price (£3.85) for these Merkur Stainless Platinum Safety Razor Blades, individually wrapped and come housed in a plastic safety dispenser.

Remember to have a look at the history of the safety razor, and the best shaving brushes at low price.


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