Exclusive: Remington aim to Hoover up competition with new Vacuum Beard & Grooming Kit

Remington_Vacuum Beard and Grooming Kit TrimmerHaving sported a beard for over a decade now I like to think I know a thing or two about facial hair. In that time I have also tried just about every beard and stubble trimmer on the market with, it must be said, varying degrees of success.

One of the major problems with trimmers, of course, is that they have a nasty habit of creating an almighty mess in your bathroom or bedroom (on numerous occasions I’ve had to root out a sink plunger to unblock my bathroom washbasin after a quick trim).

Thankfully, Remington have solved this rather annoying problem with their brand new Vacuum Beard & Grooming Kit.  What I like about it is that as well as allowing you to shape your beard to a range of different lengths it also has a detailing trimmer for creating clean, crisp lines and a special foil shaving head which allows you to shave areas like the cheeks and neck where you might not want any beardage.

What elevates it above many other trimmers, however, is its built-in vacuum chamber. This allows those pesky beard clippings to be Hoovered up and stored away as you trim so they don’t litter your bathroom sink or bedroom floor. It also takes them away from your face, removing the need to wash immediately after trimming. What’s more, the chamber’s easy to empty and there’s no loss of suction as it fills either.

If one of things that’s currently putting you off growing a beard is the mess, the The Remington Vacuum Beard & Grooming Kit may well be a real game changer.

Available exclusively at Boots and on boots.com priced £54.99.

EXCLUSIVE: new report reveals the truth about facial hair

MAN WITH BEARDIn grooming terms, 2013 has been all about one thing: the beard. In fact, so huge has the trend for facial hair been that it has prompted Remington to analyse the chins, cheeks and upper lips of 470 infulential men culled from a whole series of independent lists  – like Forbes’ Highest Paid Sportsmen one –  to create a kind of “Facial Hair Index”. From actors, musicians and sporting heroes to academics, magazine editors and leading businessmen, no man escaped their scrutiny (don’t you just love the fact people actually get paid to do that kind of stuff?) and what they discovered is fascinating…

FACT: More men have a beard than don’t. 

For sure, it’s a close call but 54% of the men looked at for the report had a beard or at least some designer stubble. Smoothies, you’re in the minority!

FACT: Beards are favoured by cool, creative types (except magazine editors).

According to the report three quarters of leading actors and 70% of musicians have sported a beard in the last year. The vast majority of magazine editors and authors, however, are clean shaven. In fact, 80% of them are. Mark Twain and Earnest Hemingway must be turning in their graves.

FACT: Sportsmen think facial hair is a winner.

A whopping 80% of our sporting heroes have, er, ‘sported’ stubble or a beard in the last 12 months. Bad news for companies wanting to promote their razor blades with a tennis/football/F1 star huh?

CTk21Qm3JvMFA2RujoQ11NLEVpFamJPDqxYc8IH20AUFACT: Beards still don’t mean business.

Despite the popularity of facial hair, being clean shaven is still seen as the ‘professional option’ with 76% of CEOs preferring to be clean shaven.

FACT: The richer you are the more likely you are to be clean shaven.  

70% of the billionaires or millionaires analysed were clean shaven. They can afford the razors clearly. And probably people to shave them.

FACT:  Beards aren’t seen as the intelligent option. 

There was a time when no self-respecting professor or corduroy-clad university lecturer would be seen dead without a beard. How times have changed. These days 73% of leading professors are clean shaven. What’s more, 63% of men with the highest IQs also shun the face fungus.

So what does all this mean? Well, I guess it reinforces what many suspect about facial hair: that even though it’s been this year’s most popular fashion accessory it’s still very much the preserve of hispsters, creative types and (though the survey doesn’t mention it it) burly gay ‘bears’.

Much to my dismay, as a facial hair fan, it also shows that beards are still regarded with considerable suspicion. The fact that academia and business shun them re-inforces the idea that men who sport beards aren’t serious or dynamic (though clearly facial hair hasn’t held Sirs Sugar and Branson back). But hey, don’t despair if you have a beard, goatee or ‘tache – one thing the study does highlight is that beards are still fantastically cool.

The Remington Touch Control Hair Clipper: great hairstyles at the touch of a button

Touch ClipperAs someone who’s been cutting his own hair for about 15 years now (I gave up any pretence of needing a hairdresser after a friend told me “baldness is really trendy these days – just accept it”) I need no instructions about how to use a set of hairclippers. But the new Remington Touch Control Hairclipper is so easy to use that neither will you, even if you’re a newbie to home cutting.

The world’s first hair clipper for men with touch-screen technology it allows you to adjust the length of blades in at the touch of a button and by the tiniest of increments (from 0.4mm to 42mm) meaning you don’t just get a good cut you get a truly bespoke one.

Its versatility means you can buzz cut, trim, blend, taper or create the perfect cut for you. It’s perfect for people like me who simply whizz over their heads to keep their hair at a manageable length but is also great for guys with longer hair who want to maintain their style between visits to the barber or, for that matter, for ones who want to create their own unique styles.

REM2It also features self-sharpening Titanium coated blades, USB charging and a Pro-Power Motor to speed the whole process up and can be used on wet or dry hair. And unlike some clippers, you can lock the length setting so you don’t have any cutting accidents mid trim (something I must confess I’ve been a victim of in the past).

A couple of tips to get the most out of your clipper:

1. Keep it charged (sounds obvious but helps!).

2. Dispense with the guard altogether to remove annoying neck hair and to tidy up the nape of the neck.

3. For a professional-looking blended finish begin cutting with the comb guard flat against the head, move it upwards against the grain and flick it outwards aways from the hair as you do so.

REMINGTON TOUCH CONTROL HAIR CLIPPERThe Remington HC5950 Touch Control Titanium Hair Clipper is available from Boots with a RRP of £69.99. You can also buy it from the Remington site where you can get a third off the normal price if you enter the voucher code  TCSAVE. Happy clipping!

 

Grooming Guru Essentials: The Remington Touch Control Beard Trimmer

Nobody knows more about beards than me. I’ve had one (if you can call my patchy approximation of one a beard) for over ten years now – co-incidentally ever since the hair on my head parted company with my scalp. And what I don’t know about beard trimmers ain’t worth knowing. I’ve tried them all, and the one I use myself is a trusty old Remington MB320C (snappy name huh?). It’s robust, easy to use and, crucially, manages to get into those difficult-to-trim places like under our nose. I’ve had other trimmers that break, snag or simply can’t manage to do the job properly but this one is great.

But now there’s a new kid on the block – the Remington Touch Control trimmer – the world’s first beard trimmer to feature a touch screen control technology. Given how everything is touch control these days I suppose it was inevitable that trimmers would be too.

So how does it rate? Well, it’s a sexy old thing, certainly much slicker than my old model and the big advantage is that the touch control allows for precision length control (unlike the 1 – 7 settings of old). In fact, you can move it in tiny 0.1mm increments, allowing you a whopping 175 length options and making it pretty much the ultimate in bespoke beardage.

What’s more (and this is a massive plus as anyone who’s ever used a beard trimmer will know) there’s a locking function which means the settings won’t accidentally alter mid-shave. You can even vary the speed of the shave and it can also be powered via your computer’s USB. More importantly, it delivers a great trim so I think the Grooming Guru can confidently declare Remington ‘Best for Beards’!

The Remington Touch Control is available from all leading retailers priced £59.99

Grooming Guru Essentials are the products I genuinely love and have used as part of my own routine.

New Remington Connector – plug and play perfection

As someone who’s sported a beard (well, a close approximation of a beard)  for over five years now I can safely say if there’s one thing I do know all about it’s beard trimmers. Trust me, I’ve tried them all.  From dinky little ones to big, stubble-munching muthas. And I’m always left disappointed.

The last one I used (the Philips Turbovac) nearly drove me to wet shaving such was its inadequacy (it’s big as a house, doesn’t suck and can’t get to those tricky bits under your hooter).

So, it is with much delight that I can tell you that the new Remington Connector is quite brilliant.

Not only does it power through facial hair, giving nice and even results, it manages to reach those awkward bits and – most gloriously of all – you can actually charge it up via your computer’s USB port. One day all grooming gadgets will be like this.

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Beauty Magazine announces male grooming awards shortlist

Beauty magazin Awards logo.ai [Converted]One of my favourite awards ceremonies of the year is the Beauty Magazine Awards. That’s not just because, as one of the shortlising judges I get to go to the swanky bash they have (last year I was on the same table as Eighties icon Tony Hadley!) it’s also because these awards are primarily voted on by the people who are often underestimated and unappreciated – the men and women who help advise customers on the products in shops, chemists and department stores the length and breadth of the land. They’re the ones as the coal face of the industry and I have a huge amount of admiration for these unsung heroes.

Anyway, this month’s copy of the magazine reveals the nominees and the male categories are packed with class acts, with Lab Series, Clinique, Remington, Nivea For Men, Gillette and American Crew all strong contenders (the latter is hoping to scoop a Classic Product Award with it’s Fiber styling aid after  winning a Men’s Health Grooming Award for Best Hair  Product just a few weeks ago). This year’s event is held at the London Aquarium on November 11th and as ever I’m looking forward to getting my best togs out for the big night. I expect Tony will be busy this year though – something to do with the small matter of a Spandau Ballet reunion….

For more info on the awards and to see a full list of the lucky nominees  go to www.beauty-magazine.co.uk