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How to Match Your Hair and Beard

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

You may think the only option you have when styling your hair and beard together is whether or not to actually have a beard.

We don’t think this is the case…

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Beards come in and out of style, however, what doesn’t change is the many ways to style them. Don’t be fooled into thinking you have to be clean-shaven to suit your hair, it’s likely there’s a beard style for everyone! So how do you match your hair and beard?

You don’t have to focus on one before the other. If you’ve got a great head of hair, don’t let it go to waste because you’d like a beard. That goes both ways, if you have thinning hair, don’t feel like you can’t focus on a beard. You can choose facial hairstyle that will draw attention away from your hair, therefore tying in you hair and beard.

matching your hair and beard

If you have brown hair and your beard starts growing in ginger, don’t panic! If you have grey hair and your beard grows in dark, you’re lucky! Some people spend thousands of pounds a year trying to replicate what you can do naturally. However, problems can arise if you’ve already dyed your hair, like dark roots emerging through bleaching, or a peroxide job looking mousy ginger. There are certain colour situations that won’t work too well. Avoid dying dark hair a lighter colour, and try to match your head hair to your beard hair, if you’re using artificial colouring, unless you’re making a statement of course.

matching your hair and beard

When it comes to different styles, marching your hair and beard can follow stricter rules.

If you’re partial to a buzz cut, a bit of stubble or a very short beard is a good way to give a bit more something to the look, and to bring out the more rugged, military quality of the cut. Growing out a full beard could run the risk of making you look a little bit like an egghead.

matching your hair and beard

Short, cropped hair is more suited to a business environment. Clean-shaven is the usual go to look for cropped hair; however, a little stubble shouldn’t be too offensive.

matching your hair and beard

Medium length hair looks great with a lot of texture added in. You have more options with your facial hair. Anything can work here from a clean-shaven face to a long beard. But, try and match your hair and beard. If you have quite unruly hair, have a neat, well-groomed beard. This will make you look more put together and prevent you looking disheveled.

matching your hair and beard

If you’re blessed enough in the hair department to have long flowing hair you’ll probably want a bit of facial hair. Unless you have a very chiseled jaw, we recommend at least a short beard. Otherwise, you could end up looking a bit more feminine.

matching your hair and beard

If your barber offers a beard service, you may be able to ask them for advice. Or, you could use our listing website www.defactosalons.com and find the perfect place to sort out your barnet and your beard!

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Winter Hair Care for Men

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

You’re all wrapped up. You’ve got your tacky Christmas jumpers out (we hope!) and you’re all set for the winter period. But, is your hair ready? It’s time for some tips on winter hair care for men!

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While the cold does have a part to play in the state of your hair during the winter months, it’s not the main player. Your lifestyle mistakes and sins come to the surface when it’s cold. So if you’re finding your hair hard to manage during the most wonderful time of the year, it’s probably due to things well within your limits to change. So, if you’re ready to change your ways, here are our top tips on winter hair care for men.

Try not to stress.

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It’s common knowledge that we’re more prone to feel stressed out during colder, darker months when you can’t even remember what sun on your skin feels like. But freak out about the freeze and you’ll trigger a whole host of hair-raising problems, including dandruff, scalp itchiness and greasiness. Try managing your stress levels with activities such as yoga, Pilates, Mindfulness or light exercise

Changes in temperature.

Tip on winter hair care for men number two is… calm down with the heat! Whether you’re a straightener, a blow-dryer or you enjoy a steamy shower, you need to do it within reason. Hair is more likely to frizz in the winter due to movement between different temperatures, like walking from heated buildings into the chilly outdoors. Avoid straightening your hair as this will only expose it to more frizz-causing extreme temperatures. Resist the temptation to stew yourself in the shower. Going from one extreme to the other is only going to dry out your hair and you want to lock in moisture.

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Try to avoid hats.

We know your beanie looks cool and it keeps your head cosy but it’s a no no for winter hair. Wearing them too much can make your hair greasy and your scalp sweaty and itchy. If you insist on wearing one, you can spray a little dry shampoo through the roots to reinvigorate your hat hair.

Eat balanced.

We’re not going to sit here and pretend that we don’t indulge over the Christmas period. But, seasonal changes to diet can pose problems. During winter, you’re more likely to have worse eating habits than in the summer – if you’re anything like us, your winter diet is more carb-rich but light on fresh fruit and veg, you’re much more partial to a takeaway and, with party season in full swing, you find it hard to say no to a pint. Your hair could suffer if you are not getting nutrient-rich foods on a regular basis. Make sure you get as many of your five-a-day as possible. The selection box will still be there tomorrow.

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We hope your barnet doesn’t suffer too much this winter. However, if things start getting a bit hairy, head back here and revise our tips on winter hair care for men!

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How to Lengthen Your Haircut’s Lifespan

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

If you have been to your barber fairly recently and you’re starting to have to deal with the growth but it’s not quite long enough to go back then we have some tips for your on how to make your new haircut last longer!

It can be frustrating, especially if you’re one of those people who’s hair grows like wildfire, when your style starts waning and your hair gets longer. There are some simple ways to combat it.

How can you make your haircut last longer?

How can you make your haircut last longer?

Use the Right Products
The best products to keep unkempt hair in check are clays, particularly ones with a strong hold and matte finish. Use a five pence-sized amount, rub through your palms to spread evenly then run your hands through damp or dry hair to shape. Anything weaker and the added weight of longer hair will bring down your morning style by lunch. Another reason to lean towards dry products like clays over waxes, creams and gels is that the longer your hair is, the more product you’ll need. Therefore you’re more at risk of having hair look greasy by the end of the day. Switch to a stronger product as your hair grows – you’ll need less of it and the added hold will stop your style flattening and looking lank.
If you struggle to stop your hair looking greasy by the end of the day, try a product that’ll soak up the excess – like a dry shampoo.

Using the right product is essential

Using the right product is essential

Trim it if you know how
If you do feel brave enough to cut your own hair, handle with care. You wouldn’t be the first to enter a barbers in need of a salvage mission.
There are however a few rules of thumb for at-home clipper use. Don’t go over the curvature of your head, this would affect the blending of the hair, follow the same principle at the back as at the sides – you don’t want to cut up into the crown.
Go too high and you’ll ruin barber-standard blending that connects the back and sides to the top. Leave that to the professionals. Please.

If you have clippers you can try tidying it up at the back if you're brave enough

If you have clippers you can try tidying it up at the back if you’re brave enough

 

Keep Your Hair Dryer on Standby
The longer your hair grows, the longer you can go without washing it (provided you don’t use too much product). This is because the grease produced on your scalp has a longer distance to go.
Washing less can help you avoid dealing with the unruly fluff caused by everyday shampooing as your hair grows out. Blow-drying longer, unwashed hair can keep it in style.

Scissors at the Ready
Trimming the top is, again, not for the fainthearted. But if you’re brave enough to take on scissors, then stick to thinning out the hair. Snip into the hair vertically, so you don’t affect the shape of the cut.
You’re basically taking the weight out of the hair. It provides a short-term effect of making it look more textured that’s particularly effective with longer hair. Just make sure you keep a steady hand on the tiller. We would recommend you avoid this and leave it to your barber though.

You can try trimming with scissors

You can try trimming with scissors

We hope these tips will have helped you style your growing hair, however, if you are thinking of trimming it we would advise caution. It may seem like a good idea to do a DIY job while you’re hair grows but if you don’t know how to do it or aren’t prepared for less than perfect results you may want to leave it to your barber. That way he doesn’t have to try and correct your mistakes.

 

If you don’t know who we are, we’re Defacto Salons, a UK based listing website. We’ll help you find the perfect salon close to you! All you have to do is go to our homepage HERE and type in your location or the name of a salon and we’ll find it for you!

If you’re a business and you want to get involved with us you can contact our social media guru by email at natalie@defacto.email or you can call our offices on 0141 4189659 or 0141 3336535. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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Counselling From Your Barber: The Lion’s Barber Collective

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Barbers are coming together to prevent male suicide.

The Lions Barber Collective Logo

The Lion’s Barber Collective Logo

Barber Tom Chapman has set up a collective of professionals to raise awareness for this issue.

It all started when, Torquay based, Tom Chapman lost his close friend to suicide last year, after that he decided to launch The Lion’s Barber Collective. Suicide is known to be the biggest killer of men under 45 in Britain and they want to kick the stigma of speaking out about how you may be feeling.

The collective was launched in September 2015 and it coincided with World Suicide Prevention Day. It’s made up of 30 barbers from all over Europe who have a passion for the prevention of male suicide and want to raise more awareness for mental health. They want to use their platform to provide a counselling service through barbers, they hope this will allow men to talk with their barber about their problems more openly and in an environment that they are comfortable in. They’ve named the initiative BarberTalk.

Tom Chapman

Tom Chapman

In an interview with Huffington Post last year, Tom Chapman said:

“We already have the trust of our clients and we are in a unique position that we must morally take advantage of – so we can help our clients and provide a safe place to talk,”
“Over time we can smash the taboo and make it okay for men to share their emotions with one another.”

Working with his business partner, Pat, Chapman set up the BarberTalk training programme. This will teach barbers how to identify men who need help, talk to them, listen and advise them. Clients with depression or other mental illnesses will have a safe place and a way to talk about their issues.

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Torquay footballer Angus MacDonald visiting The Lion Barber Collective

Chapman went on to say:

“We know that barbers do not have the time or official training to become councillors,”
“But they will be able to be that first step and point people in the right direction.”

Over 1600 people commit suicide each year and in the UK someone takes their life every 120 minutes. The majority of these people are men. Its important that people discuss their mental health and this collective is important for giving men a place to do just that.

You can watch a video created by Channel 4 about the collective below. In it, Paul Richardson explains his own struggle with depression and how The Lion’s Barber Collective helped him.

If you don’t know who we are, we’re Defacto Salons, a UK based listing website. We’ll help you find the perfect salon close to you! All you have to do is go to our homepage HERE and type in your location or the name of a salon and we’ll find it for you!

If you’re a business and you want to get involved with us you can contact our social media guru by email at natalie@defacto.email or you can call our offices on 0141 4189620 or 0141 41896270. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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Five Facial Hair Mistakes

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Facial hair has been in, in a big way for a while now and it doesn’t seem to be going away. So if you have a beard, want a beard or you’re growing a beard. You need to know about what you should be doing with it.

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These are our 5 Facial Hair Mistakes, come on over and build your beard knowledge.

Its Not Going to Happen

nobody wants a Bieber beard

nobody wants a Bieber beard

Not every man is capable of growing a Gandalf beard, you might only get as far as stubble and you might not even get that far. Your facial hair might be patchy and growing a full beard just might not be what you’re capable of but you can always experiment with different looks and styles to implement what you can grow. Remember when Justin Bieber grew that horrid thing? Nobody wants that.

Not Trimming/Letting it Grow TOO Long

Bad beards can actually happen to good people

Bad beards can actually happen to good people

Even if you’re trying to grow a lumberjack beard, you still need to make sure it grows out nicely. Letting your beard just grow aimlessly will leave you with straggly ends and that doesn’t look good, it just looks lazy. If you’re facial hair looks course and unruly, it’s unlikely you’re going to have a long luscious beard without a great deal of TLC.

Over-shaving

shaving too much could ruin your look

shaving too much could ruin your look

Similarly, over grooming will be an issue as well. Having a nice beard with a good shape does wonders for those lacking a strong defined jawline. But if your shave it too much its going to end up looking a bit more comical than well groomed. Shave off as little at your cheek as you can while still maintaining a straight line and make sure you don’t have a neck beard. Although shaving right up under your chin to the jawline isn’t advised either.

Using Beard Oil

Beard oil might not always be key to a good beard

Beard oil might not always be key to a good beard

Both using it too early and not using it at all. A woman wouldn’t neglect to condition the ends of her long hair and you should feel the same way about your beard. With a long beard, not using beard oil will leave you with scraggly ends and beard dandruff. Yes that’s a thing. It’ll smooth the skin and condition the hair. If you’ve only got stubble or a very short beard then all you need is a good moisturiser, the oil will too much for your skin and cause whiteheads.

Not Looking After the Equipment

keeping your tools clean is important

keeping your tools clean is important

For sure when you have an outstanding beard you’ll need good tools. Trimmers and razors are, obviously, key to perfection in this area. Be sure to keep all your tools clean, trapped hairs and unsterilized equipment will lead to germs and eventual skin issues if you. Clean out any stray hairs and invest in a good disinfectant for clippers. For example, this WAHL Spray for around £10.

All in all you should be proud of your beard and treat it with respect, you’ll look better and feel better for it!
If you don’t know who we are, we’re Defacto Salons, a UK based listing website. We’ll help you find the perfect salon close to you! All you have to do is go to our homepage HERE and type in your location or the name of a salon and we’ll find it for you!

If you’re a business and you want to get involved with us you can contact our social media guru by email at natalie@defacto.email or you can call our offices on 0141 4189620 or 0141 41896270. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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Barbers Against Hunger!

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

A great turn out for the Barbers Against Hunger event in Glasgow yesterday.

All the barbers had matching t-shirts for the event

All the barbers had matching t-shirts for the event (middle: Andrew Middleton)

Organised by Thomas McGovern, Barbers Against Hunger was aiming to raise food donations for the Glasgow South West food banks.

They did just that! After a great turn out at the barbers against hunger event, from both interested people to industry professionals, they managed to get bags full of food they were able to donate for Glasgow. The event was announced as a ‘master-barbering workshop’ and it was just that. 10 barbers from across Scotland showed up with their own models to demonstrate trade (and their own) skills and show the audience how they achieve their sharp cuts. All while Thomas McGovern kept the crowd entertained and updated about what was happening onstage.

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Hazel Marley and Heather Atkinson with their models. Photo by Yvonne Taylor

The barbers cutting onstage were Graham Jack (educator at the Scottish Barbering School), Jimi Mac (owner of Urban Funk), Heather Atkinson (stylist at Barber & Groom), Ayden McCloysky (stylist at U Concept), Leah Duffin (owner of Pulse Barber), Andrew Middleton (stylist at Men International), Marie Friel (manager at Men International), Tommy Taylor (stylist at Brother Mens), Dale Forrest (founder of the Ayrshire Barbers Collective) and Hazel Marley (director at the Scottish Barbering School). They all showed different cuts of their own choosing on their models.

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Leah Duffin and Aydon McCloysky with their models and Thomas McGovern. Photo by Yvonne Taylor

The event was held in the gorgeous Trades Hall of Glasgow (of which we wrote a brief history on in our account of the history of barbering ‘Bloody Barbers!’) yesterday afternoon. People crowded round the stage to watch the stylists cut and listen to their methods. When we managed to wrangle the incredibly busy Thomas and talk to him about the event he said why he thinks events like this are important:
“They’re important because the escalation of food banks is growing year on year and the dependency for people using food banks is growing. We put this event together so we could use our skills to get much needed food to the food banks, the barbering and hairdressing industries are known as being very giving and we wanted people to get food instead of donations. This is so that people are purchasing food for people they don’t know and the donations are going straight to the source and to the food banks.”

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donations for the food bank

He went on to say:

“Absolutely delighted with the turn out, we’ve got 10 barbers on stage and a packed audience, we’re so happy with the event and we’re hoping to run with it.”

The event was organised by Hairstylists Against Hunger who frequently do charity work for food banks. You can view their Facebook profile HERE. 

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Fathers Day Ideas to Make His Day

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Father’s day is looming, it’s a chance for you to prove that your dad raising you was a good decision.

Not really, but it is nice to make an effort on that one day a year that’s just for him and for you to show your dad you care.

Whether your buying it for your dad or you’re a partner with a young child, so you have to buy something and “pretend” its from your child. We’ve got some ideas for you.

L'Occitane Shaving Collection

L’Occitane Shaving Collection

A Fancy (or even not that fancy) shaving kit
It’s a luxuary for a man to have a luxurious shave and having a set in the house to give that feeling might be a pretty good idea!
You can get a pricier one like the Deluxe L’Occitan Collection – £120 

NotonTheHighstreet shaving kit

NotonTheHighstreet shaving kit

Or one like this, from Not On The High Street  for £35

VR Headsets are an exciting gift

VR Headsets are an exciting gift

A Virtual Reality Headset
We know this one seems ridiculous, but, they aren’t all that expensive. Whether you get what you pay for or not, you are sure to find one in your price range. There’s a Samsung one at £80 and a more affordable option on The Hut at £29.99.

who doesnt love a belt?

who doesnt love a belt?

A good belt.
Men need belts, a good belt is a good thing to have, so if your dad’s belt is looking a little shabby why not invest in a good new one for him?

try giving him a barbering experience

try giving him a barbering experience

An Experience
By this we mean a day at a good barbershop of his choosing. Going to a barbershop now isn’t always just getting your hair buzzed and sent on your way. Now you can go, relax, have a beer, a wet shave and the perfect cut. That’s essentially a pamper day for men so give that a thought this father’s day. You can find a great list of barbers on our listing website HERE.

Watches are a mans best friend

Watches are a mans best friend

A watch
Now if you’re thinking of really splashing the cash, a watch might be a nice thing. Time pieces are impressive and beautiful pieces of artistry. If you want to give your dad something special, and you’ve got money to burn, go for a watch!

Tom Ford Cologne

Tom Ford Cologne

Nice cologne
A good scent makes an impression, does your dad or partner have a favourite? Repurchase it for him! If they don’t then try something you want or like, that you think they’ll want to wear too.

Brewdog Punk IPA homebrew kit

Brewdog Punk IPA homebrew kit

A brewing kit
If your dad is a big beer fan then why not give him the joy of making his own this father’s day. A lot of beer and ale companies produce their own home brewing kits. Like this Brewdog homebrew kit for £40! 

try a trimmer

try a trimmer

A good new razor or trimmer
Has your dad got some impressive dad style facial hair? Maybe he wants to give a moustache look a go? Getting him a decent facial trimmer or razor would help him on his way!

subscription boxes are becoming more popular

subscription boxes are becoming more popular

A subscription box
From beer to pants to food, you can get so many things in subscription boxes these days. Companies like Flavourly (food and drink) and Lootcrate (geeky gifts) will send you our monthly boxes full of stuff that your dad will love.

maybe an day out would be a good gift this fathers day

maybe an day out would be a good gift this fathers day

A day out
It could be a day out with his friends, a day out with you or a day out with his partner, or even just a day out to himself. You can find daily deals on websites like itison or groupon if you’re a little strapped for cash. If youre not, you can always just shop around for what you think your dad will want!

We hope that we’ve helped you source a great father’s day gift. Send us a message or leave us a comment if we have, we’d love to know! Go celebrate with your old man!

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House Martin Stole My Boyfriend

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

I’m Natalie and I’m going to review Glasgow’s House Martin Barbers even though I’m not a man and I did not get my hair cut there, I sent my boyfriend instead!

When Conor needed a haircut I knew we were going to end up in House Martin.

I’ve banged on and on about their interior and their promise of a unique experience for months after seeing them featured on Defacto Salons listing website. Spoiler alert: House Martin definitely delivers on their promises.

This is Conor and I

This is Conor and I

Conor has really thick, stubborn, ginger hair that always gets handled and forced into a slick back when he attends his usual hairdresser so he was ready for a change and I’m really nosey so I wanted to come along and review it in one of the Defacto blogs.

We went at 6pm on a Wednesday night so it was nice and quiet for me to prowl around and stick my nose in things, a common hobby of mine. We were greeted by Jamie, he was really welcoming and made my boyfriends day by getting him a beer and made my day by getting me a lot of water, because it just so happened to be the warmest day of the year.

I rearranged the table to take this

I rearranged the table to take this

Shop owner Stephen Martin would be cutting Conor’s hair. Before owning House Martin Barbers Stephen was head barber at Murdock London, which is one of the most prestigious barbers in the country. He spoke about naming the shop and getting his hair cut himself:

“I met a girl in London who done our graphic design and I had to come up with a name and my family are barbers, I wanted something fairly short but fairly classic and my surname is Martin so that’s how we got it”

“I’ve not had my hair cut in 4 weeks, you’d think working in a barber shop it’d be easy but… [he laughs]”

Outside House Martin

Outside House Martin

The shop itself is tucked under a waxing salon on Bath Street, but you can’t miss the classy black and gold sign, it’s a hint at the interior that you’re about to experience. The inside of the shop has clearly been well thought of. It’s very much a gentleman’s club. It boasts old leather barber chairs and borderline hunting lodge decoration. Faux taxidermy, leather armchairs and a little burner in the far left as you walk in. Jamie gave me a tour while Conor was getting his consultation. Not only do they have gorgeous interior and a whiskey bar, they even have a secret poker room inside a bank vault! You couldn’t get much more niche really and I loved it.

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House Martin’s waiting area

Jamie is evidently very happy to be at House Martin, saying:

“My job is focusing on hospitality so coffees, whisky and gin, beer as well. I think what House Martin has above other barbers is hospitality and aesthetics it’s beautiful in here.”

Stephens work station

One of the work stations

The barbers in the shop have individual work stations and you can see that in the fact that they have all their tools set up ready to work with in their own way. Tuning into Conor’s consultation I was made aware of the fact that he was going ahead with his original haircut idea. Game of Thrones fans tune in…

Now, Conor wanted to go for a textured look, and what I mean by that is that he mentioned that he wanted textured hair as many times in the one sentence as he could. He decided to take a photo of Ramsay Bolton as his hair inspo… Yes really. To be fair he has lovely hair.

The whiskey and gin section of the shop

The whiskey and gin section of the shop

Obviously this spurred a full on Game of Thrones chat, in which I got Stephen to reveal his favourite characters:

“Tyrion, although it comes and goes, it used to be Arya but I don’t like her most recent story line. I used to like Stannis and Tywin because I thought they were more captivating, they’re really good actors. Brienne is great and I like Bronn. I’ve cut Sam’s (Natalie Note: the actor, John Bradley, who plays Samwell Tarley in the show) beard before! That’s what he’s like in real life I promise you! That was about 2 years ago.”

Stephen and Conor bonding over beer and GoT

Stephen and Conor bonding over beer and GoT

He washed Conor’s hair and began scissor cutting, when I asked if they worked primarily with scissors he said:

“We like to have a good consultation at the start and we will do our best to get the client exactly what they want. Whether that’s clipper work or scissor work, we use what will be best for the cut they want.”

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It’s clear they do focus entirely on what the client will want, during the consultation time. Stephen fully explained what they could and couldn’t do, due to Conor’s hair, and went on to explain how he would do it. Right down to the product application. The attention to detail and the hospitality in House Martin is truly outstanding. He showed Conor how to maintain the look; he made sure he knew how to dry his hair, how to style it and what kinds of products to use. Multiple different clipper heads were used to make sure that the back of Conor’s head had the exact fading and attention was paid to every minute detail. He also used a little hoover on his head to remove all the excess hair and I was truly quite jealous, looked really relaxing.

House Martin Pin

House Martin Pin

Stephen styled Conor’s hair and even gave him a spritz of aftershave for the road! It was at this point I noticed that they all wear small pins on their clothes, of the bird featured on the House Martin logo. Stephen confirmed that these were their uniforms and that’s a really unique way to tie you staff together in my opinion. We were also given a little tour of a secret room they found once that was filled with old bank documents, haircuts and history!

The poker room inside the bank vault

The poker room inside the bank vault

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Now obviously I loved the whole atmosphere but I didn’t my hair done. Conor got the exact textured look that he was looking for and since going he’s been continually chuffed with it every morning. He looks at it in the mirror a lot. Here’s what he had to say about his time at House Martin:

“I was gonna give up hope on getting a haircut that actually felt like mine. I was treated like an individual; it was cut differently than any other time. The conversation flowed, the place is gorgeous, you’re made to feel so at home that I didn’t want to leave. What a smashin’ place I’m 100% going back!”

Conor's hair before

Conor’s hair before

Conor's hair after

Conor’s hair after

So there you have it! The place looks amazing, the staff are fantastic and their haircuts are even better. If you’re looking for a totally unique experience then you should seriously give House Martin a try!

Contact them HERE 

Men United are supporting Defacto’s Men United campaign. Its in aid of prostate cancer and is a great deal in benefitting your business and raising awareness for an important cause. If you’re interested you can find out more HERE

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Barbers Against Hunger Event Approaches

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Barbers Against Hunger Logo

Barbers Against Hunger Logo

Barbers Against Hunger gears up for food bank event.

Hairstylists Against Hunger has set up the Barbers Against Hunger event, and like all their work, it aims to gather donations for the Glasgow SE food bank.

Hairstylists Against Hunger’s sole purpose is to inform people and raise awareness about the how many people are now dependent on food banks in the UK and Ireland. Now they are holding Barbers Against Hunger to further that quest.

Glasgow SE food bank logo

Glasgow SE food bank logo

The Glasgow SE food bank is a project ran by the Trussell Trust, this is a network that aims to aid churches and local organisations in bringing food banks to the UK. Currently they have set up 400 in their network. Barber’s Against Hunger have made this food bank their focus and have scheduled the event for the 27th of June.

The event will run between 1pm and 4pm in the Trades Hall of Glasgow (84 Glassford Steet). The Trades Hall of Glasgow is an iconic place for barbering as the barbering profession was recognised as a craft in Glasgow here. Defacto covered this and the gruesome history of barbering in THIS BLOG.

Food bank offerings

Food bank offerings

There will be no cost to the event, Barbers Against Hunger only ask that you bring food to donate to the cause. They have provided a list of preferred foods:

• Milk (UHT/Powdered)
• Sugar (500g)
• Fruit juice (carton)
• Soup
• Pasta Sauces
• Sponge Pudding
• Cereals
• Rice Pudding (tinned)
• Tea bags/instant coffee
• Instant mash potato
• Rice/pasta
• Tinned meat/fish
• Tinned veg
• Tinned fruit
• Jam
• Biscuits/snack bar

It will feature a host of stylists and barbers showing off their skills on stage. Barbers Against Hunger want the event to be open to all skill levels and interests. Either way they hope you learn something, the current barbers and stylists taking part in the event are:

• Tommy Taylor stylist at Brother Mens
• Dale Forest founder of the Ayrshire Barbers Collective
• Hazel Marley the Director of The Scottish Barbering School

More will follow in their footsteps!

Trades Hall of Glasgow

Trades Hall of Glasgow

You can reserve a place for Barbers Against Hunger by booking tickets HERE , emailing them at info@scottishbarberingschool.com or calling them on 07500828199.

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Men United

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

MHFED99

Ignoring prostate cancer won’t beat it. So this is where you get to take action!

Here are some facts:

  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men.
  • Over 47,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year – that’s 130 men every day.
  • Every hour one man dies from prostate cancer – that’s more than 10,800 men every year.
  • 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime.
  • Over 330,000 men are living with and after prostate cancer.
  • Awareness is our greatest challenge and during the month of June, Defacto will be promoting and supporting the charity Prostate Cancer UK. We want to help you to help them.

Defacto’s website, www.defactosalons.com is an incredible marketing tool for barbers and salons across the UK. It brings in new customers for you….good quality, loyal customers who are not chasing a daily deal.

We normally charge £235 per year to be featured on our website, but we are offering our featured listing (only for June 2016) for only £99 + VAT to anyone willing to support Prostate Cancer UK.

The charity will send you an information pack so you can keep this in your waiting area. We will donate £20 for every subscription received (the rest will be spent advertising and promoting your business over the next 12 months).

Use the promo code: MHFED99 and click on Premium on our sign up page HERE 

Everyone benefits from this. Your customers are more aware of prostate cancer so they will be around for longer. Participating salons and barbers across the UK will get better results from more new customers on your chairs. Prostate Cancer UK will have more money to research and develop a cure for this hideous cancer.

We have a full support team, ready to help you every step of the way. You can contact them by email barbers@defacto.email or by phone on 0141 333 6535. Let’s make a difference today!

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