Want a better-looking beard? Then give it a blow dry!

PALL MALL BARBERS

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the launch of Pall Mall Barbers‘ rather excellent and deliciously fragrant new grooming range (all the products are scented with a combination of sandalwood and clove). Anyway, whilst demonstrating the products during a ‘live’ wet shave the staff revealed some great little tips. One was about the application of aftershave balm (gently pat it onto the skin until it disappears rather than rub it in if you want to avoid sensitizing the skin) and the other was about blow drying your beard if you want it to look its best.

post-shave-balm-100ml-2I must confess, I thought I knew pretty much everything about facial hair care but even I hadn’t heard of this piece of beard wisdom before. Seemingly, the beard blow dry is an increasing part of Pall Mall Barbers’ business and with good reason. According to stylist Michael Beardsley (yep, that’s his real name!) – whose own facial fur is a fine testament to the technique – a blow dry teases out the hairs, making them look fuller and thicker, pretty much in the same way it does with the hairs on your head. To do it yourself simply need a small brush or comb, a hairdryer and the will to gently tease the hair downwards while putting the wind up it at the same time. Not only will your beard dry in a fraction of the time  after washing it’ll look miles better. Helpfully, the new grooming range includes a beard oil to keep it in tip-top condition too.

For more information about the range go to pallmallbarbers.com

Good craic?

<a href=I love discovering new and interesting skincare products. If I didn’t get excited by shave cream, turned on by moisturiser and aroused by the latest eye cream I sure as hell wouldn’t be doing the job I do. However, every now and then I stumble across a product that leaves me, not so much excited as, well, positively gobsmacked. Which brings me neatly onto R-Swash.

cache_8595952A grooming product aimed at (how can I put this?) men blighted by a ‘less than immaculately groomed groove’ it’s possibly one of the most niche bathroom accessories I’ve ever come across. Their website describes this handy cleft cleaner as the perfect gift for birthdays, Christmas or Valentine’s Day – which may be stretching the truth a teeny bit because it’s not a product one immediately associates with good will or unbridled romance. It does, however, have a certain cheeky charm. I haven’t actually tried it (I have no need thanks) but it did make me laugh and in a world where skincare can be terribly po-faced that’s not, you know, something to be sniffed at.