Posts Tagged ‘facial hair’

Grooming, News

Gear up for Movember with new Gillette Fusion ProGlide Styler

By Gerald Lynch on October 1st, 2012

 

With the annual prostate cancer ‘Movember’ moustache-growing fundraiser kicking off in just under a month, it’s time to start looking at some new products to keep your extraneous facial hair in line. Today we’ve got the Gillette Fusion ProGlider Styler to show you, a 3-in-1 styling tool “based on performance driven design.”

Offering a precision edging blade, it’ll let you sculpt sharp hair lines, with an ergonomic grip that’ll prevent your line from slipping when you’re perfecting that Craig David chin strap.

With blades said to be thinner than a surgeons scalpel, you’ll be able to get the closest shave this side of a cut-throat, too.

“Our deep understanding of men and our strong design and engineering heritage enabled us to recognise an opportunity to better meet the complex needs of men who style their facial hair,” said  Dr. Kristina Vanoosthuyze, Scientific Communications Manager for Gillette.

“We combined two powerful and proven technologies to help men achieve their individual style with ease.”

Both the Gillette Fusion ProGlide Styler and Fusion ProGlide Clear Shave Gel are available in shops now. You’re looking at around £20 for the Fusion ProGlide Styler and £3.99 for the Fusion ProGlide Clear Shave Gel.

Key features are as follows:

  • Weight: 92g (including cartridge and battery), 83g trimmer-only
  • Length: 13.8cm; Handle width: 1.2cm; Head width: 4cm
  • Silver Chrome handle with blue accents and a black elastomer that surrounds the handle
  • Power source: one AA battery
  • Waterproof
  • 3 comb attachments for trimming to 2mm, 4mm and 6mm hair-length
  • Power Trimmer Door which opens easily to rinse trimmer (including under tap water)
  • Stylish Base and Holder that conveniently stores all three combs, the Fusion ProGlide™ attachment and the Braun Trimmer

 Over the next few weeks Brandish are going to be getting you all prepped for the annual “Movember” moustache-growing charity fundraiser, digging out the best products, gadgets and tips from leading grooming industry members to make maintaining your ‘tache as easy as possible. Keep checking back for more Movember updates, and good luck!



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!

Thom Yorke - GOOD BEARD

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Sporting as many looks as the musical styles he’s dabbled with, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke has what we affectionately refer to as a “quirky” face. We far prefer his more recent beardy looks than his young peroxide blonde locks, with the facial hair unusually giving him both a more refined look during interviews and even more eccentricity on stage. He’s got a ponytail though right now, and that’s just not acceptable. The Karma Police will be knocking on his door for that travesty pretty soon we’d imagine.

 



Heroes and Celebrities

Moustaches are here to stay!

By Colin Chapman on January 5th, 2009

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Facial hair, like formal dressing, shows no signs of losing fashion popularity anytime soon. There’s been a definite move though from full beard (though I don’t see those disappearing either) to statment moustache. What started out as a novelty item worn only by the genuine fashion freak or professional showman has started to edge towards the mainstream. In terms of the former, Issue 2 of Buck magazine featured Frederick Blood-Royale from the New York band Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man (and ex-beau of Peaches Geldoff) resplendently moustachioed. On a less extreme tip, Jude Law has kept his Sherlock Holmes tache post shoot, even on hols with Sadie, and looks great with it. Key to success are careful grooming and taking inspiration from past eras when a stylish, well shaped ‘tache madeth the man.

Source: L, Buck magazine, issue 2, R, dailymail.co.uk



Entertainment, Heroes and Celebrities

Darius is Gone With The Wind, Literally…

By Will Reid on June 3rd, 2008

darius.jpgAnd before I start I should probably apologise for that awful Daily Mail-used pun.

It is true though; Darius Danesh, the ‘Colourblind’ pop sensation, is said to be distraught this week as the cancellation of his latest venture (a musical adaptation of ‘Gone With The Wind’) is made public. The show has only managed to put on 79 performances and despite being an off-putting 3 hours and 15 minutes long, I am convinced that Danesh’s look is to blame. A thin moustache and pair of Noddy Holder-sideburns hardly attract the fashionably-inclined.

After all, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom” gets to wear a mask that mirrors the work of Comme des Garcons, Luella Bartley and even Gareth Pugh!

(Image: Getty)




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