Grooming Essentials Top Tips For The Stylish Gentleman From The Dandy Gent Derby

Fine grooming is not a luxury afforded only by the rich and famous – it’s an essential for any man wishing to be the best he can, whatever the size of his ego or pocket. It’s well known that being happy with the way you look has a huge impact on your confidence, positively affecting the way you interact with others – and the way others behave towards you. “The introduction of a few basic grooming habits to your daily and weekly regime could change your life.” Says Shane O’Shaughnessy, owner of Derby’s renowned traditional barbershops and grooming products manufacturer – The Dandy Gent.

DAILY DO’S

After your morning wash, thorough teeth brush – electric toothbrush recommended – and nail check, for length and cleanliness, go through this daily procedure::

A superior shave

If you shave, fully or partially, invest in a good weighty razor and quality blades. Always use shaving oil to soften the skin and hair, and then a quality shaving cream or soap. Using the right products and equipment will stop dryness, redness, rashes and burning – guaranteed. If you prefer the electric shave route for speed – always use product to top and tail this speedy procedure. Shave oil first, rehydration gel afterwards!

Facial-fuzz once-over

Whether you’re clean-shaven or whiskered – check your face, neck, ears, nose and throat for any fuzz, strays and hair growth that’s blurring your lines. Pluck, shave or trim as needed – ask your barber if you’re unsure.

Inspect your eyebrows – you should have two! Pluck any stray hairs that cross, or creep towards, the bridge of your nose, or those that stray to far away from the main brows. Bushy brows may need thinning – ask your barber to help when you next visit!

Moisturising Magic

Whatever time of year UV rays are damaging to your skin. Invest in a good light moisturiser with a Sun Protection Factor of 15. Use sparingly whenever your skin feels dry – always on a clean face.

Drink plenty of water throughout the day too – it’s moisturising from the inside out AND helping your digestive system..

Feed the Beard

If you’re a bearded gent, be sure to respect your whiskers and provide them with nourishment – the type that hasn’t fallen off of your fork!  Massage in a few drops of beard oil to soften your hair and – if you choose The Dandy Gent Beard Oil – reduce redness and inflammation of your skin around the follicle. Comb through regularly to keep your beard manageable and tidy.

Hair Styling

If your hairstyle demands a little extra texture, shine or hold there are plenty of products on the market. The Dandy Gent barbershops use the best of the best and provides you with choices and options to try out with your cut. Whether a gel pomade, matt paste or cream is your preference we recommend use in moderation first and a trial run before a big night out! Soften the product between your palms before smoothing into the hair.

Wash the Day Away

Be sure to wash away the grime of the day before retiring to bed – your face, hair and skin has been collecting pollutants, and goodness knows what else, for at least 12 hours . Use an alcohol-free face wash and rinse off well before patting dry with a clean towel.

For the bearded gent, use a beard shampoo that’s gentle and moisturising for a regular deep-clean feeling without stripping your natural oils.

WEEKLY WINS

Skin Detox

It’s likely that you’ve over-indulged in some way at the weekend – so Monday is a good day to strip away the dead and dehydrated skin It’s well known that being happy with the way you look has a huge impact on your confidence, positively affecting the way you interact with others – and the way others behave towards you. “The introduction of a few basic grooming habits to your daily and weekly regime could change your life.” Says Shane O’Shaughnessy, owner of Derby’s renowned traditional barbershops and grooming products manufacturer – The Dandy Gent. aftermath with an exfoliant, then re-hydrate with product – and make every effort to enjoy a regular intake of water – 2 litres per day is generally recommended on an average day.

Traditional Shave

Once you have experienced the deep-cleansing, fresh sensation of a truly close wet shave – we know you’ll be hooked. Do this at home, or go to a quality barbershop that treats you to the sharpest shave possible, hot and cold towel treatment – the works! If a weekly professional becomes a little too much cost – try monthly and pick up tips to hone your skills in the meantime. Your barber will be happy to advise.

A MONTHLY MUST!

Restyle, trim or tidy

Hair growth does vary, but we advise that you visit your barbershop at least once a month (and why wouldn’t we!). If you’re growing your hair – that’s no excuse. Without exception you will need a tidy every month to keep healthy growth on track and a good look throughout. If you have a short, sharp style, a weekly or two-weekly trim is by no means uncommon. A simple rule of thumb – if you notice you need a trim, then so will everyone else!

For more information on The Dandy Gent, its two Derby barbershops and range of Derby-made traditional grooming products, visit www.thedandygent.co.uk