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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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Are You Shaving Properly?
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
If you’re a man who likes to have a clean-shaven face, shaving your face in the morning is more of a ritual than a joy.
You get it done as fast as you can and then you’re out the door. It goes without saying that this isn’t the optimal way to go about it. A lot of men end up with irritation or five o’clock shadows. This could be to do with their skin in general but it also is highly likely that they are shaving wrong. Are you?
Do you prep properly?
One of the main causes of irritation when shaving is hacking away while your hairs are too stiff and bristly. Cold water isn’t going to do the job. You need warmer water to soften the hairs and make them less resistant to shaving. Getting the full works at a barbershop with a hot towel treatment is an option for a reason. Heat and moisture is great for shaving. At home, replicate this by shaving when you’ve just got out of the shower. Brady also recommends using a light exfoliator to remove unnecessary oil and dead skin to soften your burgeoning beard before you cut it back.
Do you shave against the grain?
It feels like a closer shave, there’s no doubt about that. But, there’s also no doubt its irritating your skin. Shaving this way is more likely to create lumps and bumps, potentially leading to ingrown hairs. Which are awful! Shaving with a manual razor is best done alone the growth of the hair.
Do you have the right tools?
The average razor is will have at least three, if not five blades stuffed into each cartridge. But the slim gaps between these blades can clog with stiffer hairs, resulting in a less efficient shave as new hairs pile on top of older ones. Multiple blades are easier to use and usually come on a flexible body, making it even easier to shave.
However, opting for an older blade may give you a better shave if youre willing to put the time in. Old-school double-edge safety razors and cutthroat straight razors have a single edge, these won’t clog and a pack of 10 blades can be picked up for as little as a pound. They can cause irritation if you’re not skilled in shaving with them but they are worth the time and effort for a smoother shave.
Do you take care of your skin after?
Once you’ve finished shaving and you’re all dried off, running straight for the door is not advisable. Your pores are open and exposed. Your skin has just had blades dragged across it. It’s a one-way ticket to irritation, shaving rashes and other skin problems. Post-shave balm or some moisturiser should be applied to the skin after shaving to seal everything up and hydrate the skin.
Do you have any tips? Are you a professional and want to highlight other things we may have missed? Let us know!
Men’s Hair Products and the Mistake You Make With Them
Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
You may think you’ve nailed you hair routine but you might make making mistakes with those men’s hair products.
Having shorter hair can be a nightmare to style. You wake up with it in all kinds of directions and you have to spend your morning taming it. However, unfortunately you might be doing it all wrong. We’re here to tell you what men’s hair products you should be using and how you could be using them wrong.
Are you over using product?
You’ll have heard the phrase ‘less is more’. When it comes to men’s hair products, that’s certainly the case. Short hair needs less products and if you’re using a good quality one you should know that. The secret to knowing when enough’s enough? The product should be completely dispersed once you’ve rubbed it between your palms. If you can still see it on your hands, you’ve used too much. If your hair feels thick and heavy, you’ve used too much. Using less will make your products last longer too…
Make the most of your products.
There are probably almost as many men’s hair products as there are women’s ones. You could be over-purchasing or over-saturating your hair with them. Quality hair products – from pastes to oils – can be used in plenty of other ways than what’s detailed on their packaging. Try using a paste, not only as a finishing product, but also as a pre-styler when mixed with water. You could also try conditioning your hair with some beard oil if it looks a little dry. Be sure to rinse it out properly though.
Are you using men’s hair products that are water-soluble?
Petroleum-based products take about three washes to get off your hands and out of your hair. Therefore, it looks like grease more than gloss. It’s agreed that water based products are the better of the two and nowadays they aren’t hard to come by.
Different hair needs different things.
Not all hair colours match with the products you may be using on them. Lighter hair is a lot more course than darker hair. You should be using products to suit that. Men with lighter hair (light brown/blonde/red) would suit a dry/matte finish. Whereas dark-haired men generally look better with a product that emphasises their hair’s natural shine. Be sure to get products to suit your hairs density.
Longer hair needs different styling.
Whether it needs a cut or you’ve deliberately grown it out, you cant keep styling it like it’s short. The longer the hair gets, the more susceptible it is to looking limp and lifeless. You’ll have to shampoo and condition your hair regularly – perhaps more regularly than you did when it was short. Use lighter products to style to avoid your hair getting weighed down.
If there’s anything you need to correct, we hope you’ve picked up on it! If you enjoy articles from us telling you what you need to change you can head over and have a look at our blog on Men’s Grooming Mistakes or Facial Hair Mistakes.
Autumn/Winter Styling Ideas for Men
Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
We all know summer has well and truly ended. The first of October is at the end of the week and nights have gotten significantly longer. So, what seasonal style moves should you be making with your hair? We’re going to dish out some A/W styling ideas for men.
In the UK when we enter a new season, we’re made well and truly aware of it. It’s gotten colder and wind and rain is becoming more frequent. Your hair has to be ready for that. You need to have styling ideas in your back pocket for every season…
Number 1 – Slick is Sleeker
Something a little smarter may be more apt for A/W. Overall styling ideas for men in these seasons veer towards tailored coats and smarter boots. Opting for a slicker look will match this vibe a lot better. Pomades, a side parting and a pompadour are more likely to hold in the autumnal winds and rain. Should you get caught in it. So that it’s not too formal, focus on texture and body on the top. You don’t want it plastered to your head.
Number 2 – Practice with Pastes
When the weather changes, it’s a good idea to move away from the natural finishes created by texturising dusts. Or the textured volume created by salt sprays. Why not try a paste or a cream instead. Running it through your hair from the root and styling your hair. Since its also hat season, pastes offer you the ability to restyle it throughout the day. Although, it isn’t suitable for finer hair.
Number 3 – Shift the Stubble
Not in the sense of getting rid of it. But instead, in the sense of mixing it up. Beards are still incredibly popular. With winter approaching beards are a good way to keep your face just a little bit warmer. If you haven’t already got one, grow one! If you have, take care of it. Use moisturiser or beard oil to keep the hair and the skin underneath hydrated. Beard dandruff isn’t one of our styling ideas.
Number 4 – Twin the Times
While early autumn lends itself to a new, exciting style, make sure you don’t go overboard with a look that you can’t handle. Go for something manageable. You can go for a short back and sides, with a nicer taper – and keep the top textured, but neat. Stylish but easy to maintain in the unruly weather.
Number 5 – Suit your Style
Don’t be that guy who wants a simple messy haircut and beard, though he works in the city and wears a pinstripe suit every day. Instead, take your overall look into consideration. Don’t mix too many trends. Get a hairstyle that suits your lifestyle. Not the lifestyle you wish you had.
We hope these styling ideas are useful for you during the current seasonal change. Are you going to be switching up your look? If so what kind of look are you going for? Let us know!
Accessorising the Modern Man
Monday, September 26th, 2016
There are so many options for accessories when it comes to women. What about accessorising for the modern man?
We know the two obvious ones, which we’ll get out of the way first, man-bags and watches. But, are there other options for men to style their outfit? Are there more options than the two well-known staples? We think so.
Briefcases have been out for a while. They’re difficult to carry and not as cool as they used to be. The era of the man-bag has been reigning for a while now. A man-bag is a great way of accessorising an outfit. It’s practical too, it’ll hold all the stuff you need for your working day and it looks great too.
Watches have always been a key component in mens accessorising. However, now its arguable that look is coming before name. a rising name in the watch world is MVMT. Incredibly stylish looking watches with an affordable price tag. They look the part but don’t cost it. A more casual, versatile watch is becoming more desirable over the flashy big brand names. We kind of prefer that.
The wrong belt can ruin an outfit. So ensuring that you’ve got the right one on with the right outfit is key. Leather belts are always the winners in our eyes. They never go out of style and they compliment what you’re wearing. They key to wearing leather is to match it with the other leather you’re wearing. Brown leather shoes with a brown leather belt. It’s a simple way of remembering what you should wear but it’s also fool proof.
It seems that vintage and retro styles of glasses are back in. Ray-Ban clubmasters and thick rimmed frames are mostly what we’ve been seeing right now. A good way to stand out from the crowd is to go for some statement eyewear. However, you have to be sure that you pick the right frames for your face shape. You can see which style of glasses you should be accessorising with HERE.
This is a bit of a different one. Most luxury runway looks stay there. They’re too expensive. Too impractical. They’re the kind of thing that looks good in fashion mags, then like hell in the street. However, we think that neckties are something that could work on men with certain styles. They add a little individuality, something that can be a bit harder to come by in mens fashion. If you think you could rock a necktie we fully support you!
Is there anything we’ve missed? Do you think guys should bring back accessorising with leather wristbands or shark-tooth necklaces? Let us know by commenting!
Can You Pull Off Peroxide Blonde?
Friday, September 23rd, 2016
Slowly but surely men with peroxide blonde hair and becoming more and more common…
Celebs and footballers alike are trying stints with peroxide blonde locks and we’re still not fully sure how we feel about it. However, do you think you could pull it off?
The first to give it a go was Welsh footballer Aaron Ramsey. Something he later apologised to parents for after influencing young Wales fans to follow his lead. Lionel Messi soon followed with his own peroxide blonde do.
Where has it come from?
It wasn’t the footballers that started the trend, however. It was pops finest, Justin Bieber and Zayn Malik who reintroduced peroxide blond to the scene. Although, they made the wise decision to blend it with darker roots. This achieves an overall more stylish look. It’s a small part in a larger 90s revival we’re sure you’ve noticed is happening. But, would you suit peroxide blonde?
Where to do it?
Do not DIY this one! Bleach is a serious business. Doing it by yourself opens you up to all kinds of mishaps. Bleaching your hair happens in a two-stage process. Firstly the bleach on your hair, which, if left too long, can painfully burn your scalp. And then the adding of purple toner to enhance blonde colouring – without this you’ll end up ginger. Not strawberry blonde. No matter how many times you say so. Get it done professionally. Please.
Expect to pay £70-£100 for a full head of colour. This is depending on how dark your current hair is. And make sure they first give you a skin test to see if you react to the bleach.
Looking after it.
Obviously bleaching your hair is going to do some damage. Youll need a strengthening shampoo to stop your hair feeling course and dry. If you feel like it, you can even let your hair grow some roots before blending them into the peroxide blonde and follow in the steps of the more stylish pop crowd.
In conclusion if you can pull it off, go for it! If you have doubts, don’t. You cant quickly restore the damage bleaching does to your hair and you wont want to have to try if you make a mistake.
Are you thinking of bleaching your hair? Let us know!
Going Grey Gracefully
Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
Going grey can seem like your worst nightmare. It’s a sign of age. But, we think you can still make it work…
You don’t need to compromise your style or looks when you start going grey. You can adapt and change and know how to make it work. We’re going to help you in the process of going grey gracefully.
Why do some men grey earlier than others?
Some men seem to keep a dark head of hair until well into their fifties, but others find themselves going grey much earlier. Of course, the answer may be out of a bottle, but what’s the prime mover behind the early-grey mechanism?
Hair goes grey when the pigment responsible for the hair’s colour stops forming in the hair shaft. For men, it can happen earlier than youd think. Some men go grey in their twenties and some in their sixties. It just depends.
But despite your body’s quirks, lifestyle also plays a part: although a predilection for early greying can be inherited, it can equally be caused by stress or malnutrition, which prevent your body from producing vital chemicals including the pigment melanin.
Will a healthy lifestyle prevent it?
For a time. Yes. Eating healthy and exercising will improve any kind of ageing function in your body. However, if you have the gene for it, it’s going to happen. B-vitamins, selenium and iodine rich foods are said to help slow down the ageing process. That would include going grey.
How can you showcase your grey hair?
So you’ve decided that youre going grey so you may as well embrace it. How do you make it work? What haircuts will work best with it? Longer length layers is one of the best haircuts for greying hair. For the man that’s beginning to turn silver but still short of being fully white, careful layering can blend grey and dark hair seamlessly, offering a touch of maturity. Mixing in the greys and ensuring evenly chopped layers gives you that salt and pepper look that we hear some ladies (and men!) love.
How do you take care of it?
Whether you decide to stick with your grey or not, it will take more maintenance. Grey hair doesn’t hold moisture the way other hair colours so do. So, you will have to invest in a good conditioner to make your hair look the part. Also, try a growth promoting conditioner, grey hair is sometimes the step before no hair.
Whether or not you relish the idea of becoming a silver fox and going grey, we hope these tips will help you rock your new mature colour.
5 Grooming Mistakes Made by Men: Skin Special
Thursday, June 30th, 2016
It’s okay to make mistakes everyone does it. When it comes to grooming mistakes, your skin is involved and we would advise a little more caution…
Obviously not everyone knows what their skin needs; you might not even know if you’ve got combination skin or oily skin. Finding that out and changing your routine accordingly might do wonders if you’re having skin issues. However, there are other things that might be affecting your skin without you even knowing. Defacto are here to give you 5 things that you might be doing wrong and how to change them.
No not if you’re using it on your body, regular soap shouldn’t be used on your face, its acidic and you’re alkaline. A lot of you probably don’t do this but to the few that do, using regular soap on your skin will be drying it out, soaking up the moisture and making it tight and potentially flaky. Using a gentle cleanser will clean your skin and not remove all the natural oils. Using a good moisturiser after cleansing is also recommended.
Messing with ingrown hairs
Ingrown facial hairs look like spots and you might try and pop them but messing with them will make them worse. The way to remove an ingrown hair is using tweezers to gently pull the hair out from under the skin, don’t pull it out as this will just set the hair deeper into the follicle. To prevent them don’t pick at them when you see them and try exfoliating before you shave as this will remove dead skin and create a smoother softer base to shave on. This Keihls Facial Fuel aims to minimise the risk of ingrown hairs.
You’ve forgotten you’re older
The way you ate when you were a teenager isn’t how you should eat now. Sure, pig out every now and then when you want to but regular healthy eating, drinking of water and facial cleansing goes a long way to getting you the skin you want. Also avoid sleeping in your hair product, it’ll clog the pores around your hairline and bring you out in more spots. Showering before you go to bed to get the product out is highly recommended.
Steamy showers are great and theory and even in practice, until you reap what you sow. Overly hot showers dry the skin and encourage rosacea, a skin condition that develops as a bumpy red rash and looks similar to acne; it’s also aggravated by fragrance and alcohol. To avoid this use a redness reducing cleanser that is alcohol and fragrance free.
Not enough protection
Holidays aren’t the only time you should slather in sun cream. The suns UV rays cause ageing no matter what country you’re in. a lot of female make up and beauty products contain SPF and a good variety of men’s ones do too. You can invest in a good sun defense moisturiser that wont leave you with that thick and heavy sun cream feeling for day to day wear.
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Tips for Grooms To Be
Friday, June 10th, 2016
On the lead up to the biggest day of a couples life, most people focus on the bride, not the groom. So Defacto are here to offer Tips for Grooms: A Top 10 list of things you should think about before the big day.
Your wedding day is the biggest day of your life no matter whether you’re a man or a woman and no doubt men want to look good too.
Everyone knows that male grooming has become more of a thing of late, which is nice because men look better. So, what should you be thinking about, Tips for Grooms has got your back.
Have a good skin routine on the lead up.
Taking a little more attention on cleansing your face will have a big impact. Focusing on keeping your skin clean on the lead up will keep blemishes at bay. Stress is a big problem when you’re skin conscious and that certainly doesn’t help on the lead up to your wedding day so try preventing it by cleansing your skin at least daily.
Trim your facial hair regularly.
If you like having facial hair but it’s a little unruly, you should trim it in the shape you like once a week on the lead up. This will establish a clean shape that’ll be easier to maintain. It’ll also make you look a lot better groomed.
Get a hair cut a week before.
Getting a haircut a week before is advised. If you get a good cut, after a week it’ll be in its prime, it will still look cleanly cut but will be a lot more pleasing to the eye. Your barber or stylist might always say “it’ll grow into the style” and they do mean it.
Be health conscious.
Healthy food and water will have an affect on you inside and out. You’ll feel better and your skin will look better for it too. A healthy body is a healthy mind.
Try grooming your brows.
We doubt you’ll want heavily groomed, arched eyebrows but a monobrow doesn’t look good either. So, having a professional pluck, wax or thread away excess hairs to give you a nice natural shape isn’t anything to look down on.
Get a dazzling smile.
Marriage is one of the reasons a lot of people visit the dentist and why should you too? Whether you want them straightened or whitened, a trip to your dentist could lead to massive improvements. You can also focus on routine brushing with whitening toothpaste or whitening strips to achieve a whiter smile.
Focus on a classic style.
You want your wedding photos to look good in every decade, so, your suit and hair should lean towards a more classic style. Classic Hollywood icons are a good place to start; neat side partings and slick backs never go out of style. Neither do well tailored wedding suits.
Visit your barber.
Though not for a haircut, a lot of barbers now offer wet shaves with straight razors, going for a group shave with your groomsmen might be a good idea. Although discussing it with your barber of choice when would be best for you to shave might be a good idea. Not all men have the same shaving regime.
Take time on your hands.
Your bride to be isn’t going to want to be holding dry, rough hands when she’s dancing with you. So swallow any masculinity that’s stopping you from getting a manicure and go and get one done. Well-kept hands are always noticed, so are unkempt ones.
Invest in good products.
If you are planning to take on advice from this then investing in good products should be one of them. A lot of time with grooming products what you pay for you get. Invest in good cleansers, aftershave, styling products and a good suit. Everyone will notice but most importantly you will notice.
All in all, it’s always good to take pride in your appearance. Good luck for the big day!
4 Mens Hairstyles for Spring/Summer 2016
Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
We’re now well into spring and on the way to summer, so why not revamp your style to suit the season?
It seems like women get the majority of the attention when it comes to summer style, particularly in the hair department, but Defacto are here to bring you some new ideas for your spring/summer barnet.
Male grooming is more important than ever and so it should be! So, take pride in your appearance and have a look at our 4 suggestions for your next hair appointment.
The days of the slicked quiff are over, now its all about texture and volume. You’ll want to have a good bit of length at the top, with the use of point cutting to create the texture and ensure you keep a bit more length at the fringe to create the actual quiff.
A no. 4 on the back and sides is recommended but if you’re looking for a more dramatic cut you will want to maybe go a little shorter.
To style it try putting hair putty or hair paste into towel dried hair. For extra volume and hold you can try your hand at salt spray, a great product for creating texture.
This is a messy style with a lot of texture and is ideal for those with short-mid length hair. This style suits most face shapes but the more defined and angular your bone structure is then the shorter you can go at the back and sides to highlight your features.
You can style it by applying a very small amount (around the size of a pea) to towel dried hair before blow-drying the remaining moisture. Try a matte paste to show off your natural texture. Use products that have a firm hold but don’t dry hard, you don’t want to loose flexibility and movement from the hair.
Longer hair on men has been a growing trend for a while now. Especially with the recent man bun trend. Long hair looks best with full facial hair or a bit of stubble and is most suited to men with masculine faces.
Keep in mind that long hair takes patience (around 8 to 12 months of no length cutting). Product wise its best to just let the hair fall in its natural state. The less product, the better. Just be sure to invest in a good quality conditioner.
A classy haircut that never really goes out of style. It’s versatile in the way that it suits both a working and a social life if you’re in a serious business setting. Hair on the side can be clippered to around an inch long, with at least four inches on the top to make sure the slicked style will stay in place.
To style it, run a comb through wet hair to set it in a natural parting. Then apply gel or pomade to set the style in place.
Do you think you’ll try something new or stick with your old favourite do?
If you do want to try something new, find a salon local to you with our listing website HERE.