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Grooming

MOVEMBER: Gillette open “The Best A Mo Can Get” barbershop for Mo Bros

By Gerald Lynch on November 5th, 2012

We’re five days into Movember 2012, the charity campaign that sees blokes growing a moustache to raise awareness of the dangers of prostate cancer. If you’re taking part, but have ended up with a tache more like Basil Brush’s tail than a finely groomed Errol Flynn number, you’ll be pleased to hear that Gillette are opening up a unique pop-up shop to cater for all your facial fluff needs.

The Best A Mo Can Get barbershop in London will offer free tache-touch-ups over the course of the month, with pro barbers on hand to offer tips and tricks for the best Mo maintenance,  as well as complimentary drinks and luxury hot towel shaving experiences.

Decked out like a 1940s members club, complete with leather furnishings and games rooms, we’re predicting plenty of Dick Dastardly tache twiddling to take place.“As part of our commitment to Movembers cause we wanted to provide Mo Bros with a gentlemanly space for their Movember experience,” said  Jared Regan, Gillette Brand Manager.

“Mo Bros are the advocates of such an important cause so by offering them free touch ups for their Mos we hope to encourage more people than ever to get involved.  Together with Movember and our Gillette consumers across the UK, we’re going to change the face of men’s health, one Mo at a time!”

Gillette will be doing their part to fight prostate cancer during the Movember campaign too, aiming to donate £100,000 to the cause through sales of their Movember stamped products.

If you’d like to visit Gillette’s The Best A Mo Can Get barbershop, head down to 10 Newburgh Street in London, just off of Carnaby Street. It’ll be open to all members of the public on 8 November to coincide with the shopping district’s Christmas lights being switched on, as well as a late-night opening on November 22nd. There will also be a number of events including intimate DJ sets, cocktail nights and whiskey tasting sessions across the month. Check www.facebook.com/GilletteUK for more details.


features, Grooming, News

GOOD BEARD, BAD BEARD: Is facial hair sexy?

By Gerald Lynch on March 14th, 2012

Razors at the ready folks; a new scientific study claims to have proven that your chin chaff is about as attractive as draping a mangy cat over your face and then combing yesterday’s porridge through it.

OK, so that may be a tad extreme, but there’s a fair amount of research backing up the anti-beard brigade this time. Haven’t we spent the last few years following in the footsteps of bands like Kings of Leon and Fleet Foxes with a “back to nature” look? What else goes with the wardrobe full of plaid shirts and hunting accessories we’ve all been collecting for the last half a decade?

Without going too deep into the specifics of the Behavioural Ecology journal, which has re-ignited the debate, cultivating all that fur seems to have been for naught. The journal’s researchers asked 127 New Zealand females and 100 ladies of Polynesian decent from Samoa for their opinions on the facial hair of 10 men each from their own race (apparently the island of Samoa hasn’t been all that westernised over the years, and produces good subjects in terms of those who haven’t been too influenced by western media views on beauty). Though the Samoan test subjects were more forgiving, on the whole, the study showed that beards are out.

The conclusions drawn were, as you’d expect, a hodge-podge of evolutionary theory (there was mention of the importance of lions’ manes at one point!), finding that, on the whole, beards merely “augment perceptions of men’s age, social status, and aggressiveness, but not attractiveness”.

On the totally non-scientific filpside however, having a chat with my female friends suggested that the blokes used as bearded/non-bearded examples in the study weren’t exactly Brad Pitt to begin with, which may go some way towards explaining why so few found the guys attractive in the first place.

Which compelled us to do a short study of our own. Called “Good Beard, Bad Beard” we’ve pulled together a handful of celebrities who, for better or worse, have donned or dashed facial hair over the course of their careers.

Scroll down for our verdict on their beardy looks!

Sir Ian McKellan

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He’s Gandalf, man! That’s ALL GOOD BEARD.

 



Grooming

Mr Taylor’s Moustache Wax gives you the gentlemanly finishing touch

By admin on January 29th, 2009

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At a recent friend’s birthday one of the presents which got the most attention was Mr Taylor’s Moustache Wax.

The friend in question does indeed sport a ‘stache and the wax helps him keep it in shape with the merest hint of a handlebar curve at the sides. It also comes in various colours to add a little oopmh to your facial furniture and costs just £5.95 which is a great price for a gentleman’s grooming classic. A great product which if you have facial hair you probably never knew you needed, but once tried will become indispensable.



Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities, Video

More animation with Common and Pharrell

By Jonathan Smith on August 28th, 2008

Another animated music video from another hip-hop fashionisto. This time it’s Common featuring Pharrell with a minimal video for “Announcement”. The animation comes with many an outfit change for the two rappers and many a b-girl for them to rap around, plus check out Common’s beard, it’s the business.



Grooming, Heroes and Celebrities

Tropic Thunder facial hair special: because style doesn’t begin and end with your clothes

By Jonathan Smith on August 12th, 2008

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Clothes wise it was slim pickings at the premier of Tropic Thunder, the new Ben Stiller vehicle in which Robert Downey Jr. blacks up. What? Yeah I know, you thought you had seen the last of that when the Black and White Minstrels was cancelled for being incredibly racist but then BAM! RDJ blind sides you and its 40 years ago all over again. But seriously the only really mention worthy outfit was Justin Theroux who came dressed as a Blues Brother, so instead I’m going to take you through the facial hair highs and lows of the event, because style doesn’t just begin and end with your clothes.

Jump through to see some fine male plumage.

[Images: Rex Features]

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Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities

Sting takes one step forward and one step back.

By Jonathan Smith on August 5th, 2008

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Old men should have beards, as soon as you hit 40, along with pipe smoking and walking with a cane, it’s your god given obligation. Which was why I was so impressed to see Sting‘s facial hair from his gig this weekend in New York.

However after Sting had very quickly and in one fell swoop shot up in my estimation, he rocketed right back down with a almighty bump. I am, of course, talking about that skin tight long sleeve top that the ex Police-man was sporting. No matter how age defyingly ripped you are, a 56 year old man should never wear skin tight anything. What’s wrong with a bit of tweed?

What do you think? Name your best dressed old men, bearded or not.

[Image: Rex Features]



Accessories

Beard mask will shield your shame

By admin on May 27th, 2008

beardwear beard cover.jpgBeing a woman I’ve never had to cope with beard angst, moustache angst maybe, but I totally feel for you if you have a smooth babysoft chin and crave manly face fur.

Which is why I’ve unearthed this beard cover to hide your shame (39 EUR). It’s the brainchild of Aamu Song and Johan Olin, two Finns who make a variety of exciting things. I think it doubles up as a nifty tan template, wear it all summer for an oddball tan line which will detract from your bald visage.

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