If you’ve never come across singer/songwriter Matt Alber I do suggest you look him up. I’ve seen him perform live three or four times and, big softie that I am, have never ended a performance of his end-of-relationship tear-jerker End of The World with a dry eye. I’m featuring the video here because it reminds me of my recent hols (I managed to catch him in concert whilst in Provincetown and then bumped into him in a bar one night) and because it’s set in a barber shop so there’s a (very) tenuous grooming link. I will warn you, though, it ends with a fleeting same sex kiss, so if you’re easily offended, watch to the end to feel the rush that comes with outrage. Or try getting out a little more.
Wherever I travel in the world I always like to check out local grooming emporiums to see what products they stock, discover what’s selling like hotcakes and get the lowdown on local trends. So whilst in Provincetown last week I popped into Kiss and Makeup and had a chat with the very lovely (and very tall!) Gerard and Evette who work there.
A delightful little shop selling skincare, haircare and cosmetics for men and women it has some great male grooming ranges on offer including Billy Jealousy, Ursa Major, Malin+Goetz, Kyoku and personal favourites like Lab Series, Menaji and even Brit brand Taylor of Old Bond Street.
Given that Provincetown was packed with hirsute men for its annual Bear Week, however, the products flying off the shelves were – as you might expect – the beard oils. I’ve never actually had my beard massaged before but Gerard gave me a thorough introduction into how to use the Woodsman Beard Oil they stock and I must say, it was one of the best impromptu ‘treatments’ I’ve ever had (if you’ve never had a conditioning beard massage I thoroughly recommend it).
But anyway, Kiss and Makeup is such a fantastic little shop I said I’d give them a mention when I got back home so if you’re ever in P’Town do check them out.