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Top Tips for Handling Greasy Hair

Sunday, May 29th, 2016


Greasy Hair can be a nightmare

Greasy Hair can be a nightmare

Everyone gets greasy hair, especially around summer time where the weather is getting warmer. We have some causes and some home remedies lined up for you to hopefully help you avoid greasy hair!

It can be a struggle having to get up and was your hair every. Single. Morning. If youre a full time worker, you probably rely on dry shampoo to be your saviour every second day. However, there are some nifty home remedies so you don’t break the bank but battle the grease!

Greasy hair is obviously caused by excess oil in your scalp, but what day to day situations could be causing this over production? Aside from the obvious increase in temperature.

Stress can have a massive impact on greasy hair

Stress can have a massive impact on greasy hair

Stress and Hormones can have a massive impact on your scalp, if youre on birth control like the pill this will have an affect also. The change in your hormone levels can encourage excess sebum production, leaving you with excess oil on your skin and scalp. This may also lead to breakouts so its worth keeping an eye on.

The wrong shampoo can make your hair greasier

The wrong shampoo can make your hair greasier

The wrong shampoo and over using shampoo can cause a lot of issues with your scalps oil production, so be sure youre using the right one! Your hairdresser may be able to help you find the right one for you. Also using serums for shine in you hair can actually just add oil you don’t need to your hair! Conditoner through the ends of the hair might be all you need.

Last but not least, you might be touching your hair too much! The oil in your hands will be transferring directly into your scalp so try and not touch it once its all styled… though we know that’s hard!

Rectifying oily hair is easier than you think and you might not need to be buying expensive shampoos and treatments to do it.

Aloe Vera's natural properties might help

Aloe Vera’s natural properties might help

Aloe Vera is natures catch all treatment for so many ailments, its an antioxident and a cleanser than can remove excess oils. Applying aloe vera and letting it sit for a while before rinsing with warm water could be a solution. Apple Cider Vingegar has similar properties for this, mixing it with water as a hair rinse. Using this rinse three times a week should do a lot to fight this issue.

Egg yolks are surprisingly useful

Egg yolks are surprisingly useful

Egg yolks provide the scalp with healthy cholesterol and nutrients that encourage healthy hair. It also gives the hair healthy oils that work to reduce the excretions of more oil. All you have to do is separate the yolk from the egg white and apply on damp hair. Leave it for fifteen minutes and later rinse with warm water.

maintaining a healthy diet will combat hair grease

maintaining a healthy diet will combat hair grease

Maintaining a healthy diet and staying hydrated with water is also a key component to having a healthy body in all senses, avoiding greasy foods and focusing on nutritious food will offer you a great improvement both mentally and physically.

We hope this helped and that you find something you’re keen to try!

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5 Product’s Everyone’s Talking About: May

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Make up is so fast moving. There are new collections out constantly and we just can’t keep up sometimes!

However, from Kylie’s new liquid lips to budget concealers, we’re going to mention a few beauty products that have been making a splash this week!

We are going to quickly discuss 5 make up pieces that have been getting talked about this week, hopefully you’ll find something you desire in the collection…

Kylie’s Lip Kit in the colour Majesty

Kylie modelling Majesty

Kylie modelling Majesty

This one was obviously going to be here. Kylies lip kits are notoriously good, with matte and metallic lipsticks as well as lip-glosses. Everyone wants one of these. However, fans were keen to see a black lip in the range and Kylie obliged. She debuted the shade on Snapchat, showing off the matte, yet metallic nature of the kit. It even had blue undertones! Needless to say it might not be a day-to-day shade but we want it nonetheless.

Barry M Illuminating Strobe Cream

Barry M Illuminating Strobe Cream

Barry M Illuminating Strobe Cream

Yes, yes we know, there is a new highlighter every other day that you NEED to try. It comes in two shades to suit lighter and darker skin tones and its only £4.99 as well so that’s a massive plus! It’s handy and small and applies like a soft sheeny finish. It’s everything you could want and we suggest you give it a go!

Urban Decay’s Vice Collection

Ruby Rose, the face of Urban Decay's Vice Collection

Ruby Rose, the face of Urban Decay’s Vice Collection

As you may know Urban Decay pulled all their lipsticks to release a new collection. This is the vice collection, fronted by Ruby Rose. Vice will feature all of the current UD shades, as well as a few discontinued colours, some limited-edition beauties and a few newbie’s in a whole range of finishes (six, to be exact): Mega Matte, Comfort Matte, Cream, Metalized, Sheer, and Sheer Shimmer. It’s going to be the biggest lipstick launch ever and we cannot wait. The also aim to be really nourishing for your lips with vitamin C, aloe, avocado oil, and babassu oil. Each one will be £15.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

Its hard to get an amazing concealer for an amazing price, before it was all about the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer as a money saving dupe for higher priced brands. Now the Fit Me concealer has stepped in. described as being a long lasting, non-cakey and blendable. Big name beauty bloggers and even make up artists have been talking about their love for this concealer and at £5.99 it’s a good buy too.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

Everyone loves Too Faced palettes with their super blendable pigments and their gorgeous packaging but the Sweet Peach Palette has been getting a lot of love. It has super summery shades, as well as darker ones, and obviously it smells of peaches! Everyone has been raving about it and for good reason! Price – roughly £33

We hope we’ve influenced your next make up splurge if you don’t already have these products in mind!

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Men Are Using Fake Tan Now!

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Who doesn't want a beach bronzed body?

Who doesn’t want a beach bronzed body?

Everyone wants that healthy summer glow whether they’re going on holiday or not. Even men.

In this day and age of male grooming, now they’re throwing their archaic ideas of insecure masculinity aside and getting in on the self-tan action!

Hollywood stars and male celebs have been fake baking for eons, not everyone walking the Oscars red carpet is going to look beach bronzed from the get go. So, why not fake it?

Mark Wahlberg indulging in a spray tan

Mark Wahlberg indulging in a spray tan

Don’t be embarrassed if you’ve been eyeing your girlfriends fake tan and wondering if you should give it a go. Although you can use medium and dark tans, maybe gradual tan might be more your pace. This is a lighter tanning option that you can build on each day and not risk it going wrong with a heavy application. You will want a self tanner that will blend well, absorb quickly, last long and not get caught up in your hair that is denser than women’s. If you’re considering it, here are some options for fake tan that might help you get that beach body glow.

Shiseido Self Tanner

Shiseido Self Tanner

• Shiseido Men Moisturising self tanner (£24) – self-tan for the face, absorbs and spreads well. Takes a while to develop so overuse may result in over bronzing.

he-shi Gradual Tan

he-shi Gradual Tan

• He-Shi Day-to-Day Gradual Tan (£14.99) – great for building light bronzed complexion for those with fair skin. Anti-ageing and moisturising. Can use all over the body including the face and suitable for all skin types.

Make Believe Gradual Tan

Make Believe Gradual Tan

• Make Believe Gradual Self Tan (£4/5) – Very affordable product to build a light tan. Aiming to give you a streak free bronze glow.

St Tropez Tanning Mousse

St Tropez Tanning Mousse

• St Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse (Roughly £25) – easy to apply with a streak free finish and a darker colour. Mousse is good for men, as it doesn’t get clumped up in the hairs.

Your can even use your fake tan to create or accentuate definition in your abs. tense your muscles and use a self-tanner to highlight the muscles. You can have a look at the St Moriz website to find out how to achieve that HERE.

Men have been using fake tan to create abs

Men have been using fake tan to create abs

Be sure to use a tanning mitt as it aids in the spreading of the formula and apply it in fine layers to ensure you don’t create streaks. If you need tips on how to achieve the maximum base and application of your fake tan you can read our Top Ten Tanning Tips article HERE.

So what do you think, will you be trying some fake tan this summer?

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Men United

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016


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, 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 or by phone on 0141 333 6535. Let’s make a difference today!

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Bloody Barbers!

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016


Barbers may be branching out a bit more these days but you wont believe what barbers used to do!

The barbering business is growing day by day at the minute. With barbers aiming for a much more relaxing and personalised experience, as opposed to the quick 15 minute meeting with the clippers that some men may be used to.

Barbershops like Glasgow’s House Martin Barbers and Manchester’s RPB boast a more time consuming and individual experience. Complete with an in house coffee shop and bar. Organisations are springing up across the country like the Men’s Hair Federation (MHFED) and The Outlaw Barber Collective to teach and explore the ever-expanding world of barbering.

Although the barbering world seems like its expanding now, what barbers used to in the day to day running of their business may shock you.

Trades House Glasgow

Trades House Glasgow

Starting in Defacto’s hometown, The Trades House of Glasgow, recognises 14 different trades under its name and barbering is one of them. The Trades House of Glasgow was created in a time of reform of Glasgow’s local government in 1605 and at that time the electorate was basically divided into two groups, the Merchants and the Craftsmen. Barbering is recognised under craft and the Glasgow craft has the motto of: “Munda hæc vigebat diebus Josephi patriarchæ Jacobi filii, Aegypti præfecti”, which translates into English as “This elegant art flourished in the days of Joseph, son of Jacob the patriarch, Governor of Egypt”. Incorporation of the Chirurgeons and Barbers was the original name, until surgeons fell out of the recognised crafts and trades and it became the Incorporation of Barbers.

However, its believed that a form of barbering dates back long ago where primitive tribesmen would have their hair cut by their medicine men and priests. Earlier tribes were of the belief that good and bad spirits entered your body through your hair and could only be expelled by a haircut. Over time different tribes developed different hairstyles and the ‘barbers’ became chief figures in the community. Early razor blades can be found dating back to the Bronze Age.

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Ancient Egyptians were also superstitious about hair and their priests were ‘de-haired’ every few days, as shown in their monuments and papyrus. Some men were shaved before meeting Pharaohs as they were seen to have a ‘dirty face’. Romans and Greeks saw the barbers as a place to socialise and remove facial hair that set them apart from commoners, but moving into the Middle Ages we see the bloody history that barbering grew from. No we don’t mean Sweeny Todd style stuff.

In the Middle Ages barbers didn’t only cut hair and shave beards, they also pulled your teeth, dressed your wounds and performed simple operations. Barber Surgeons were highly sought after, until 1492 when surgeons decided to have their own guild. However, in 1308 the world’s oldest barbering organisation was created. Founded in England and still know in London as the ‘Worshipful Company of Barbers’.

Henry VIII and the barber surgeons

Henry VIII and the barber surgeons

King Henry VIII merged the guilds again in 1540 as the ‘United Barber-Surgeons Company’ and until the late 18th century, they performed a variety of services: they lanced abscesses, set bone fractures, picked lice from hair and they even pulled rotten teeth. One of the corner stones of the barber-surgeon’s duties was bloodletting or phlebotomy. In the past there were many reasons why people were drained of their blood. One of the main reasons was the belief that blood was the product of food. When you ate, the food was digested in the stomach and then processed in the liver, where it was turned into blood. Sometimes, a person would produce an excess of blood, which led to a stream of illnesses such as fevers, headaches, even apoplexy.


Physicians believed that bloodletting was beneath them and therefore referred patients to barbers to have their bloodletting carried out and like any business they had to advertise. They did this by displaying bowls of patient’s congealed blood on the windowsills of their shops (until it was banned). After the first method of advertising was banned they turned to what we know now, the barber pole. The barber’s pole relates to the rod that the patient gripped to make their veins bulge, therefore making it an easier task to slice them open. A brass ball at the top symbolised the basin that collected the blood. The pole’s red and white stripes represent the bloodied bandages, which would be washed and hung to dry on the rod outside the shop. The bandages would twist in the wind, forming the familiar spiral pattern we see on the barber poles of today. Although some poles also include blue stripes which is heavily debated.

V0019646 A barber's shop, Alresford. Coloured reproduction of an aqua

Some believe that the blue stripes relate to veins, but, medical historian Lindsey Fitzharris says otherwise. Along with Henry VIII realigning the guilds, in the same year it was required that they must distinguish their businesses, barbers were prevented from proceeding with surgeries and where limited to teeth pulling and bloodletting. Therefore, blue and white poles meant that you were going to a barber and a red and white pole meant you were going to a surgeon. Red, blue and white poles are mainly found in the United States and its likely that is has more to do with the countries flag rather than this English statute.




So there you have it! The bloody past of barbering, though we are glad that we do any kinds of medical and dental treatments where they should be done nowadays, it’s still pretty interesting!



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Why Sleeping in Your Makeup is Ruining Your Skin

Monday, May 23rd, 2016


We’ve all been there, in situations where removing your make up is a task you cant be bothered with.

However, there are a lot of reasons why sleeping in your make up is a bad idea!

It might be after a long night out or you’re just too tired, everyone who wears make up has probably slept in it at one point or another. Sleeping in your makeup might be what’s stopping your skin from being perfect!

Snoozing in a full face prevents the skin from regenerating naturally during the night, this will cause redness, uneven skin tone and even dryness, and sleeping in your foundation, particularly oil based ones, can end up causing acne.


Eyes are a particular fear, as eye make up can clog hair follicles and oil glands with bacteria, causing inflammation or sty’s that may need medical attention, and particles entering your eye can cause corneal abrasions. Leaving on your mascara while you sleep can also rip out eyelash hairs.


Waxy lip products can cause chapped lips and your lipstick smearing across you face might be clogging your pores and causing blackheads. You might be accelerating the process of aging as free radicals cling to your make up during the day and sleeping with your make up on means prolonged exposure and a more likely chance that your wrinkles will appear sooner.

So be sure that you’re washing you face and cleaning out all the build up of dirt from the day!


Here are some washing tips that might improve your skin:

• Keep in mind that everyone has different skin so there will never be a miracle face wash that removes all imperfections. You should always keep it simple when it comes to face wash, it should take away dirt, germs, excess oil but not affect the necessary oils and moisture that your skin possesses.
• Don’t be too obsessed with washing your skin, if you haven’t put anything on it that day, skipping your cleanser wont be that big a deal.
• Don’t exfoliate your facial skin too much; once or twice a week is enough.
• Pat your face dry. Use a gentle clean cloth to pat off excess moisture.
• Ready your skin for winter. Colder climates mean we spend more time indoor and taking hotter showers. This can dry your skin, so don’t over cleanse and use an appropriate mosituriser.
• Be gentle with your eyes! They are more sensitive and the skin around them is more delicate and thin. Use a gentle make up remover and don’t be too aggressive with scrubbing off product.

Go forth and get better skin!

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Microblading: What is it?

Friday, May 20th, 2016


Microblading is the new way to get perfect eyebrows.

Eyebrows are arguably the most important facial feature, no matter how you like them; arched and feathered or straight and bold.

If you’re not satisfied with the ones you have, there are so many ways to update them (some of which we have covered here), including brow gel, pencils, and even tattooing. But now there’s a very natural option that delivers semi-permanent results. You’ve maybe heard of microblading before. Unlike the sometimes Sharpie-like effects of permanent makeup, microblading is more of fake solution done in strokes that look just like real hairs.

Jade Trapanotto, founder of Beyond the Brows says:

“It puts the finest hairs back into eyebrows producing the best definition and dimension possible”,
“It originated in Asia and is also known as brow embroidery. It’s a fantastic treatment for anyone looking to improve or enhance the appearance of their eyebrows.”

Microblading before and after

Microblading before and after

The main difference is that a manual pen-like tool with tiny needles is used instead of a permanent makeup machine, so the strokes aren’t blurry. If you’re still not sure how the technique differs from tattooing, keep listening. During the microblading process a special microblading pen is used to draw on individual strokes one by one. It’s an extremely meticulous process that takes around two hours to complete.

Since the results will last for up to three years before beginning to fade it’s good to know that the technicians pay so much attention to detail. The first hour the shape is drawn in with removable pencil. That’s the longest part and the most important step. During this time, the best customized shape for every client is chosen. Professional microbladers advise clients to be cautious of places that claim to complete the process in one hour. This is not a rushed procedure and it cannot be done in an hour. Anaesthetic will be applied to the area to avoid discomfort, although the procedure shouldn’t be painful.

One of the best parts of this technique is that your brows are good to go immediately after application. Professionals, however, recommend a follow-up one-month after your appointment. The healing process is different for everyone, and it takes between 25 and 30 days. After a month it is recommended a client should have a 40-minute touch-up. After they have been done there is little to no maintenance. They will not rub off and they won’t smudge. Microblading typically costs around $700 to $800, so £480 to £550 here in the UK, but it will give you prefect brows every morning.

Information revised from Instyle and Marie Claire

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Ross Parlane, best barber in Manchester?

Friday, May 20th, 2016


Forever seeking out the best barbers in Britain, Defacto spoke with Ross Parlane owner of RPB, a barbershop in the Northern Quarter of Manchester.

We wanted to know why he chose barbering, where he sees the industry going and, of course, who would play him in a movie.

First off, how does it feel to be named one of the best barbers in Manchester by ‘Manchester Confidential’?

“This is actually our second post that we’ve been featured in. we’ve been open for 8 months now and already we’ve been placed pretty high up in lists and also we’ve been named by another magazine so for us to be featured within 8 months of opening and trading is pretty amazing. We’re a pretty unique barbershop in Manchester, our cuts aren’t just a standard barber cut, its not just cuts and skin fades, we specialise in long hair as well. We’re not just all about short hair, we also allow women in, ladies with shorter hair like to come in feel like they’re getting a proper sharp cut. When they go to a ladies salon and they feel like they’re not getting a short enough cut, women want to feel that sharpness as well, just as much as men do.”

Ross working on a client

Ross working on a client

I had a look on your Instagram and I saw that you, referring back to your work with women as well, done a patterned undercut on a girl with really long hair.

“I’d never actually done something like that before, a lady contacted me and said that she wanted to donate her undercut to a kids charity, The Little Princess Trust. For me it was pretty special and she had the sickest hair I’ve ever seen and we did an undercut and put a lotus design into it. For me it’s quite a nice thing to give to charity as well and it was nice for a woman to want to come and see us in the barbershop. We took it down to a one and that’s quite tight from a lady and she’s been back so from that we’ve got a customer.”

What actually inspired you to get into barbering?

“I was a ladies hairdresser first to be honest; I worked with ladies hair for years. A guy called Neil Atkinson was my trainer at Mahogany and he showed me everything, short hair and long hair and he’s got me where I am now, one of the best in the hairdressing industry and was like a second dad to me when I left home and moved to Manchester. About two and a half years ago I realised that all my customers were men. Like Football manager David Moyes and a few players from Manchester United Manchester city, and one on loan at Celtic, I still cut David Moyes hair now and I felt like I had to specialise in doing men’s hairdressing and barbering. I moved to a barbershop in Manchester about two and a half years ago and about a year ago I decided to open my own barbershop. Were getting quite a lot of footballers here as well, some good names in football, it’s all about expanding and being the best you can be.”

David Moyes visiting the shop

David Moyes visiting the shop

Obviously your dads Scottish and he has a background in football (Derek Parlane, Rangers and Scotland, for those wondering), are you into football and if so if you had the chance to be Team Captain of Rangers or win barber of the year what one would you choose?

“I’m a massive football fan, Rangers and City, yeah. Wearing a number 9 jersey for Rangers would be a dream for me. Both equal for me though, there’s so many amazing barbers out there now but I’m still young I’m only 27 so you never know what the next 5 years will bring. I feel like I’m really quite young, especially having my own shop and business, such a great industry to be in.”

What’s your favourite kind of style to work with?

“For me my favourite style varies on the client. Not everyone will suit having a skin fade, not everyone will suit having a crop. You’ve got to look at the client’s lifestyle and face shape. The slick back was a big thing last year but right now I’m enjoying the crop. Textured or blunt, it’s a big style in Manchester at the moment.”

"slick or crop" from RPB instagram

“slick or crop” from RPB instagram

The style of your shop, the interior is sort of industrial but minimalist, did you come up with that yourself?

“Yeah I designed it all myself, me and my friend Mark Turnpenny, he’s an electrician we spent 5 weeks kitting the shop ourselves, stripping it back to an industrial feel with the raw ceiling and the retro chairs. We’ve also added some old vintage style furniture in our reception area, we have an old school bench at our bar and then we have a 1920s old hospital bed side tables and sections for our drawers. We imported them from Slovakia, we’ve got an industrial yet vintage feel, and I’m not really a big fan of the old school retro barbershop thing so this is what inspired me.”

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Like you said you’ve got a bar and a little coffee shop, why is that?

“We’re the only licensed barbershop in Manchester, we’ve got a full alcohol licensed. We’ve had companies like Jamieson’s and Guinness who supply us with large selections of lager. It was amazing PR for them and we were giving them all out to our clients and we recently had a rum company called Old J come and set up the bar and had a guy doing drinks for us at the bar. Yeah it’s a totally different vibe to any other barbershop. It’s quite a cool thing being a fully licensed barbershop. We want to be different we spend a lot of time doing the cuts, at least 45 minutes and you want to reach the kind of service they’re after really. I have a fantastic team, I have a young 19 year old who works with me and he’s going to be amazing, I have a young lad who works on a Saturday and I’m training him up once a week and I’ve got my eye on him as a rising star and a special mention to Dan Burgess who is amazing and a great right hand man.”

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You’re obviously working with some up and coming talent, so where do you see barbering heading in the future?

“Every Tuesday night, every week I spend time training the boys up; I put what I learn into what I teach them. I don’t want to be that guy who doesn’t spread the knowledge and they’re soaking it up like a sponge really. For me the thing I want to apply to barbering and the thing I think is quite important is that scissor cutting is still in there. I think a lot of people are getting skin fades now and for me how long is a skin fade going to last? So for me what I’m trying to teach my lads is that the art is in the scissor cutting so I want the boys to understand that its not all about picking up a clipper. For me long hair is going to come back again and people who are just picking up clippers in college are going to be lost and confused. So for me my apprentice wont be picking up clippers until I feel that he is confident enough.”

from RPB Instagram

from RPB Instagram

If they made a movie about your life, who would play you?

“Leonardo DiCaprio… Nah I’m only joking! Eh I quite like the guy who was a main actor in skins… I can’t remember his name. He’s been in quite a lot. I quite like him to be honest. He’s a great British talent and I think he’s a great actor. I like him.” (Interviewers note: The actor is called Jack O’Connell, we got there in the end!)

Jack O'Connell

Jack O’Connell

If you won the lottery tomorrow, how would it change your life?

“It wouldn’t change my life at all I’d still keep doing what I’m doing, I’d just go on more holidays. I’ll always be barbering; I’ll never stop doing what I love.”

You can visit Ross’s website HERE!

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Three Men Try Women’s Beauty Treatments… and Hate It

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

The men in question

The men in question

Men were sent to a salon to experience what women go through for beauty.

Although they may claim that nothing can feel worse than a kick downstairs, apparently experiencing women’s day to day beauty treatments can end up being just ‘a little too much’. The poor souls.

Buzzfeed India sent three men down to a salon to have a go at a few pretty standard beauty treatments. Yes these treatments can be a little uncomfortable but really nothing to squirm over. They had a wax, their brow’s threaded, and then finished with a mani and a pedi. An average salon day, yes? Not for them.

Thankfully, Buzzfeed videoed the whole thing for our enjoyment. To begin with the guys are boasting about their high pain thresholds, this will be nothing to them, they all seem pretty confident about tackling this task head on. This bravado didn’t last all that long.

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One of the men related the experience of waxing to feeling like a chicken being plucked. Another couldn’t believe that the beauty therapist was putting them through the pain that they were experiencing. He said:

“This lady looks so nice, but she’s straight up savage!”

Another man commented after having his arms waxed:

‘I’m discovering new body parts. I didn’t even know this thing [points to the back of arm] even existed, or had any nerve endings. This has actually been a journey to self discovery”

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Then they moved onto threading, a practice that splits people down the middle, some quite enjoy the feeling and some liken it to hell on earth. The latter was the feeling for these guys. One of them said:

“I feel like someone is peeling off thin strips of my skin”

Whilst the other had gone past the point of words…

“I’m unable to process thoughts right now. All I can think, is pain, pain, pain, pluck. Pain pain pain pain, pluck.”

At the end of the video the guys felt that the experience had brought them closer together as friends:

“After you’ve been through such turmoil and such a painful experience it’s extremely unifying.”

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If you want to watch the video you can watch it here!

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The Herald Look Awards 2016

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Defacto Salons Table

Defacto Salons Table – Photo by Kirsty Anderson

For the second year The Herald’s Look Awards have come and gone.

It was a night full of fun, food and deserving winners! From all the wonderful nominees, successful business were chosen and even some commendations were awarded and we’re going to tell you all about it.

The night was hosted once again at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow City Centre. It began with a champagne reception, a photo op, and a chance to grab some freebies from Fake Bake and OSMO, before everyone was ushered into the event hall. The room was lit in pinks and purples with towering table decoration and a fantastic lit up LOOK sign on the stage.

Photo by Kirsty Anderson

Photo by Kirsty Anderson

‘The One Show’ reporter Jean Johansson hosted the night, and everyone got up for a dance during the Soul Kings entertainment. The awards began with Expert Make up Artist of the Year, which was won by Lynsey C Reilly. Then Bon Vivant and Sleeping Beauty Salon won Small and Large Beauty Salon of the Year –Sponsored by Beautiful Brows and Lashes Professional. Sleeping Beauty Salon is one of our listed salons, and is a small privately owned chain of 4 salons in Scotland offering a wide range of beauty, holistic and nail services. They are based in Inverness and offer evening appointments.

photo by Kirsty Anderson

photo by Kirsty Anderson

Polish Nail and Beauty won Nail Technician of the Year and Spa at Blysthwood Square lifted the trophy for Spa of the Year. ReNu Skin Clinic won medical Aesthetician of the Year – Sponsored by The Edinburgh Clinic and Best Independent Nurse Prescriber was awarded to Jackie Partridge BSc (DERM) RGN NIP of dermalclinic. Another category sponsored by Beautiful Brows & Lashes Professional was Cosmetic Clinic of the Year, won by Face and Body Medical Cosmetics.

The first commendation went to Laura Courtie Hair for Wedding Stylist of the Year, which was won by Pin Up Hair Glasgow. Charlie Taylor won two categories on the night, Hair Stylist of the Year and Defacto’s Large Salon of the Year. Charlie Taylor is one of the UK’s foremost hairdressers and a lifetime member of the British Hairdressing Hall of Fame and has won Scottish Hairdresser of the Year three times. Another envirofriendly salon nominated for Defacto Large Salon of the Year was Andersons Hair, this award winning salon is the premier location to experience the Davines brand. They are proud to be the only Davines exclusive hair salon in Glasgow and use natural ingrediants to help you achieve your dream do.

Defacto Hair Salon of the year (Large) Charlie Taylor Hair and Beauty  (Photo by Kirsty Anderson)

Defacto Hair Salon of the year (Large) Charlie Taylor Hair and Beauty
(Photo by Kirsty Anderson)

Macs Glasgow is an envirofriendly salon, located in the heart of Glasgow West End, and has been implementing the use of Easilocks to win Hair Extension Specialist, with a commendation going to Natalie McIlroy Hair. Our other sponsored category Defacto Small Salon of the Year went to Westend Hair. Found on Great Western Road, Westend Hair is Scotland’s prime destination for professional Aveda Hair care and colour.

Defacto Hair Salon of the year (small) Westend Hair  (Photo by Kirsty Anderson)

Defacto Hair Salon of the year (small) Westend Hair
(Photo by Kirsty Anderson)

Best Barbers – Sponsored by Men’s Hairdressing Federation went to House Martin Barbers with a commendation awarded to Davie The Barbers. House Martin Barbers is a place for the modern gentleman, boasting a complimentary coffee shop and bar, this place is somewhere for a man looking for a very luxurious environment.

Best Use of Social Media – Sponsored by Fake Bake went to BLOW and Best Start Up – Sponsored by City of Glasgow College went to The Singing Barber: Gentleman’s Club. With a commendation going to ONYX Salon. Ash Hairdressing won Marketing Campaign of the Year and we handed our Innovation in Technology Award over to Barclay Wolf Hair Extensions (you can read more about Barclay Wolf HERE).

Innovation in Technology award winner Barclay Wolf Hair extensions  (Photo by Kirsty Anderson)

Innovation in Technology award winner Barclay Wolf Hair extensions
(Photo by Kirsty Anderson)

City of Glasgow College accepted the award for Training Institution of the Year, Linton & Mac became the Ones to Watch and rounding the ceremony off Annmarie Fraser of the NHS Hospital Salon was awarded Outstanding Contribution of the Year – Sponsored by Phorest.

After the awards everyone was free to let their hair down and have dance the night away! Our director Marcus Macleod said:

“It’s been a fantastic night, truly amazing to see all these people and businesses being honoured for their contributions to the industry and who doesn’t love to get dressed up and to have a good time.”

Here’s to another wonderful year at the Look Awards, we’re counting down to next year already!

The Defacto team and guests (Photo by Kirsty Anderson)

The Defacto team and guests
(Photo by Kirsty Anderson)

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