Regal wrist-wear and timely apparel

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CROWNARCH

In 2016, Crownarch the International watch brand set out its vision based on one key principle; to fuse quality and luxury with affordability. Above all, Crownarch believe it is their duty to make their customers feel a sense of pride as they wear their timepiece.

OBSESSED, OVER THE DETAILS

Driven by detail and obsessed with image, Crownarch capture the  audience with their visual story-telling. Throughout the journey, the customer is taken through an experience, where  you see the watches in the surroundings of supercars, yachts and everything opulent. Subtly, Crownarch has aligned its brand with a certain lifestyle that its core customers aspire too; whilst still focusing on providing quality and value.

Crownarch introduces Chrono series as the first in its collection. These eye- catching pieces are presented in five colours, each possessing their own personality and style. They are charismatically individual, suited to both the sharply dressed city man as well as the hip and trendy college student.

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The watches feature, detailed sunray dials, coupled with handsome sleek and slender hands. The dials, available in ocean blue, silver, dark steel and black gracefully reflect light, a true feature finish, that makes for pleasurable viewing.

The most distinctive feature of the watch is its Milanese mesh strap. Available in a black, silver and rose gold finish, it has been designed with purpose and intent of solving two key areas of concern amongst wearers; that of comfort and durability.

The cross-hatch design is a pleasant alternative to the conventional leather and metal styles, making the experience of adjustment just as pleasurable as wearing the timepiece itself. The clever design of this strap allows for effortless application and removal, with just one simple adjustment. Wrist markings and the catching of arm hairs are also a thing of the past.

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Crownarch offer Free worldwide delivery / Free returns / a glossy wooden box with every purchase and all for £145.00.

Crownarch Mens Watches offer 5 Unique designs for the Modern Gent – Each watch has it’s own story. Find out more at crownarch.com.

How to maximize beard growth

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This goes down as the most asked beard question going (especially online): “How can I make my beard grow fuller, thicker and faster?”

Well, there’s some good news and bad news. The good news? You can influence the growth of your beard. The bad news? Probably not to the state you would like.

See, the bulk of your beard potential comes down to your age (certainly as you pass through your teenage years), your genetics (might be worth checking out ancestor’s pictures to see how you might fair up) as well as your testosterone levels (which also has an influence on you losing the hair sitting on your head).

So what are some of the things you can to help with growing a beard:

Nutrition

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Like you’ve heard time and time before.

Eating right and getting the nutrition your body (and consequently your beard) needs to stay healthy is a must for making sure your beard grows to its full potential. Follow a diet that’s based on making sure your beard gets exactly what it needs.

Many beardsman take it a step further and take beard supplements to make sure they get everything they need – if that’s a route you want to go down, make sure to fully commit to some research surrounding the product beforehand. Generally, the best route is to always get what you need from what you’re eating.

Exercise

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Again, not overly surprising.

From lifting weights to losing weight, both can impact on your testosterone levels that as we said above can influence the quality of your beard growth.

Exercising in general will help to improve the circulation of blood of that is carrying the
supplied nutrition (you just sorted out above) more efficiently to your hair follicles. Plus,
exercise is shown to reduce stress which prohibits and causes your hormone levels to suffer – in turn reducing your maximum beard growth potential.

It might be even be worth getting into a routine of meditating daily to help deal with stress. Be you didn’t you think meditation would be on the cards for improving beard growth, did you?

Sleep

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Make sure you are getting enough Z’s.

A study conducted back in 1987 looked at the relation between sleep and beard growth. We don’t have to go into the details, however cutting back on your much needed sleep – harms the rate of your potential beard growth.
Aiming for around 7-8 hours a night should see you right.

Now other than radical treatments such as hormone therapy and facial hair transplants, all this will only get your beard so far (basically living a healthy lifestyle).

That said, it’s only half the equation. Since, that’s what can be internally, there are things you can do from an external standpoint too, that can help the beard appear fuller.

Mainly in the of goods specially formulated to help out your beard as well as an alternative styling products too.

Beard Oil

Now, if there’s any one beard product you want to be using, it’s beard oil. It’s a multi purpose styling agent that takes cares of helping to moisturise your beard, provide external nutrition and keeps the foundation of your beard (i.e your skin) fresh too.

Apply daily and you will be giving your beard the perfect habitat for a healthier (and in turn likely to be thicker beard). When you are using it though, apply it in a massaging motion – this can help to stimulate additional hair growth.

Brush

Particularly a boar bristle brush, as soon as your beard is long enough (around an inch or so) you will want to start regularly (about once a day) to brush through your beard.

This helps in quite a few ways: first it helps to separate the hairs so they don’t clump together (in turn making your beard look fuller), spreads sebum (the natural oil that resides on your face) to ensure your beard remains hydrated and well maintained (to avoid breakages and split ends from occurring).

Remember that, alternative styling product, it’s a little unorthodox but it’s worth a go. Try some hair clay on your beard.

Why hair clay?

Unlike the other hair styling products, this one tends contains a rather special ingredient.
Namely, bentonite clay. Not only does it help keep your hairs healthy – what it is particularly great at doing, is helping to add body to hair strands and makes your hair appear thicker.

Use it as a finisher and it will help to give you texture, create a matte effect and help to shape up your beard into place too. Tame down the flyways and bring it back into the bulk of your beard.

Introducing: 17 London

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17 London is a brand new streetwear brand based in the UK. Its style draws on influences from both the past and present as well as social media culture.

The brand provides high quality garments at accessible prices to young millenials, allowing wearers to express themselves while wearing the brand.

Established by a creative collective, 17 London will be collaborating with up and coming, as well as established artists and designers to create exciting injection ranges to compliment its current range of dark monochromatic and graphic t-shirts, tracksuits and caps.

The attention to detail and quality put into each garment mean 17 London will suit any wardrobe for easy wearing with no boundaries.

The brand is available online and is launching in a number of high street retailers in the coming months. Already worn by some of the UK’s leading musicians as well as sports stars from the likes of Tottenham Hotspurs and Arsenal FC, 17 London aims to leave a major imprint on the streetwear market and fashion industry as a whole, this year and beyond.

17 London is available now from 17london.co.uk and is coming soon to a number of high street retailers.

Already gaining notability across social media and in some social circles, we tip the brand to be a hit in the last  half of 2017.

Pre-launch, take an exclusive look at their range below.

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Keep up to date with the brand via 17 London.

The Best Damn Guide: Men’s Underwear

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It’s a shame we can’t all look like David Gandy, Tom Hardy or Christiano Rolando (unfortunately the list is endless) in our pants. But in reality we can all feel good in the underwear providing we have consideration of fit, material and quality – which are all more important than the brand name on the band.

So ditch your saggy, over-priced Calvin Klein’s (probably bought from TK Maxx) and start thinking about what’s right for you and your chap…

To help you on your way, we reached out to a handful of industry experts to compile these essential rules on style, fabric and maintenance.

How To Pick An Underwear Style

Of all the seminal moments in a man’s life – graduations, weddings, the first curled fist of your child around your little finger – none means more than the first time he chooses his own underwear.

But what worked for prepubescent you isn’t your best choice now. Your body’s changed. Your needs have changed. Somewhere there’s a fit that’s more snug. More supportive. More flattering.

Men’s Briefs: This is the traditional Y front. It’s not for everyone but it offers great support and a neat fit. Particularly good for men with large thighs.

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Men’s Trunks: These are a newer style and offer the simplest silhouette, ideal for wearing under slim-fit trousers. They sit perfectly on the hip, a little lower than other styles, and are short in the leg, cutting across mid-thigh, which make them best for men with slimmer legs.

Take care with ‘hipster’ styles, warn the experts at M&S; they sit low, so work best with tucked in shirts. Or you risk an intimate breeze every time you bend down.

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Men’s Boxer Shorts: Traditional boxer shorts offer maximum coverage, comfort and breathability but can often bunch and ride up so do not work well with slim trousers. Our boxers offer a modern, tailored cut that is much more flattering and works well with slimmer legwear. This new approach means they complement any body shape, being both flattering and extremely comfortable.

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Men’s Boxer Briefs: These are a hybrid between the traditional boxer short and the trunk – they sit on the waist and are slightly longer in the leg. Universally flattering and versatile, they’re the go-to option for most. Particularly good for those with fuller buttocks.

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Why Your Underwear Fabric Matters

Three things matter in your most intimate wear: comfort, support and breathability. Pants brands have long defaulted to cotton and jersey, which provide all three. But textile innovation offers the modern man new ways to keep himself cool and dry. These new fabrics are often sustainable, breathable and even heat-sensitive.

Cotton: An old classic. This is a brilliant fibre for underwear. It’s naturally breathable, soft and hypoallergenic.

Jersey: It’s soft and lightweight with a natural stretch, making it the perfect choice for guys on the move. Opt for a stretch style, with higher elastic content for added support if you spend your weekends exercising as opposed to relaxing.

Silk: It’s a classic choice, but silk is quickly disappearing from the underwear market. And for good reason. Although it offers incredible lightness and breathability, it’s a delicate fabric that doesn’t benefit from wash and wear and damages easily.

Mesh: The go-to material for sports-oriented underwear, mesh is light and breathable. Some brands go more specific and use heat-sensitive mesh fabric that helps disperse body heat and leaves your pants feeling cool to the touch – even after a bout of cardio.

The Best Places To Buy Your Underwear…

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Online stores like Deadgoodundies.com (DGU) have several advantages for men seeking something new or different. Online retailers offer far more choice in terms of brands, cuts and colours than stores, and you can shop in total privacy (DGU ships completely plain parcels too).

DGU founder Adam Davies says: “We constantly update our stock, every week and sometimes daily in peak season, so there’s always something new to see. But we also stock many classics and repeatable favourites from the best international brands, plus swimwear for men, year round. Men’s underwear has developed enormously in recent years, using yarns like modal or bamboo and creating ergonomic designs that can boost or just cool your boys. The main criteria for anyone shopping for men’s undies are of course comfort and looks, but there are many more considerations before you find the perfect pair – price, shape, fabric, sizing, pouch capacity, waistband depth and brand visibility to name a few. Plus I am always available to answer questions for customers before they buy.”

Real men should look to specialists such as Deadgoodundies.com because they stock more than 20 brands, with more arriving this year, they ship to over 80 countries and stock everything from minimalist thongs via briefs, trunks and boxers to meggings, bodies and loungewear, swimmers, socks, tees and tops. Several of their collections, or the extent of the range DGU sells, are unique in the UK.

For a readers and friends overseas, another great online store, producing wholesome and very comfortable underwear is Tani USA. Tani’s singular mission is to set a new standard in underwear, aiming to create the worlds best and most comfortable undergarments. If you feel compelled to try a new style or need some extra support, we recommend you head over to their website straight away. (Tani Trunks pictured above).

Luxury

Ignore the ads. Fashion brands tend to steer toward cuts and materials which flatter the likes of Justin Bieber, not you.

Athletic

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If you’ve ever tried to run in baggy boxers, we sympathise. Athletic underwear comes with special requirements – it has to keep you in place and be breathable enough to cope with sweaty gym sessions. Try a jock-strap or an purpose made athletic pant, it’ll do you a world of good! A good place to visit for jock straps that will be perfect to your sporting needs is Jock Up!

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The Other ‘Underwear’ You Need To Know

These days, underwear is about more than just pants. Here’s everything else you should slip between skin and clothes.

Undershirt

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This isn’t necessary all the time, but an undershirt prevents sweat stains and means your actual shirts need washing less so last longer.

Go for a V-neck – few things kill your look like a crew neck behind an open collar – in breathable cotton. Look for tight fits in light grey – it’s less visible under a white shirt than white. Vests also create visible lines on your shoulders, so stick to tees.

Socks

White socks are streetwear’s current obsession, but if you’re not in a hoodie, stick to classic black or navy. Your socks should be long enough to show no skin when you cross your legs, unless you’re after mankles. In which case, Primark’s invisible socks let you flash yours without stinking out your shoes. Try visiting the London Sock Company for some pretty neat socks.

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Lounge Wear

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Instead of running between the shower, the bedroom and darting across the landing with your crown jewels on show for everyone (the postman doesn’t want to see that), consider a dressing gown. Bown of London have a variety of British made, quality and masculine dressing gowns.

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 How To Keep Your Underwear Looking Good

You’re not Bridget Jones (you have a bit too much between your legs for that), so you’ve no excuse for grey, saggy pants.

Wash: Obviously never mix whites with greys, off-whites or colours as they will lose their sheen. Temperature is key too – a hotter wash does more damage to the fabric, so stick to 30 degrees and, if possible, use a gentle wash cycle. Silk, because of its delicacy, should always be hand-washed.

Dry: Drying your underwear flat means they keep their shape better. Due to their delicate nature, it’s best to avoid a dryer.

Storage: If you’re keen to go the extra mile you can fold your underwear in tissue paper to preserve the fabric and keep it neat and unwrinkled. Another tip is to store garments with lavender or cedar wood – the scent will deter moths.

So there you have it – we constantly reiterate that your underwear is so important chaps. Get what’s right for your shape AND size. For more ideas on style, cut, fit and support, shop here.

We recently carried out a survey of 100 men to find out which underwear is preferred by us blokes! We found that top spot goes to Boxer-Briefs, closely followed by briefs.

Boxer shorts and Jock straps bought up the rear, if you pardon the pun, offering varied support is clearly our issue!

So there you have it…our ultimate guide to men’s underwear!

highstreetgent.com publish regular men’s underwear articles with tips, tricks and reviews. If you have an underwear brand you would like to feature, or would like to find out more information, please contact dan@highstreetgent.com.

Stylish commuting. On ya bike!

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London brand Vel-Oh has been on the British bike scene since early 2014, but is only now getting the full recognition it deserves for the high quality products it produces.

The three in one Worker Bag from lifestyle brand Vel-Oh was originally created for those commuting by bicycle and incorporated four key elements, waterproof, lightweight, stylish and versatile. Those elements have helped make it popular as an everyday bag, perfect for the office and just great as a weekend or flight bag.

The Worker has adjustable cotton webbing straps allowing it to be used as a back pack, tote bag or regular carry bag. A capacity of 30 litres gives plenty of space and side poppers keep the bag looking neat. There are two side bottle pockets and a padded 15 inch laptop pouch.

Made from high quality heavyweight 100% waxed cotton from British Millerain, to keep the contents dry while super strong magnets on the top and front pouch ensure that those contents are safe and sound. There is a leather front pouch pocket with an easy access pocket carrying an embossed Vel-oh logo as well as a large embossed leather back panel.

The bags are the ingenious idea of husband and wife team Zulfi and Greta, two urban cyclists. As commuters they noticed that cycling bags were either aesthetically challenged and practical or vice versa. They started discussing why this was and how they could create the best of both worlds. They spent the next nine months working on a symbiotic approach to this problem and creating a product that the cyclist would find both practical and desirable.

Zulfi and Greta’s goal is to bring form, function and style to the cycle to work commuter, with the emphasis on all of their products now being handmade by the two wherever they are.

Vel-Oh (my god…) they’re good

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The Vel-Oh three-in-one Worker Bag does a great job of combining function and style and exceed themselves in achieving a chic urban vibe.

The symbiotic approach that the company has taken to create a product that can keep up with the needs of a city cyclist, makes you feel like you’re buying a product from a company that truly understands your needs.

Vel-Oh‘s new collection comes from the team going back to the drawing board and taking inspiration from the two key fundamentals of Vel-Oh. Form & Function. A range of bags that Vel-Oh feel is right for the cycle inspired market. These new styles have a sleek look that wouldn’t feel out of place in the office,but have the practicality of being able to cycle to work with. Revisiting how you carry locks, lights and your personal belongings and have incorporated these into our new range, the brand is definitely worth a look if you’re on your bike every morning.

If you want a bag that is made for cycling, but don’t want to lose any of the stylishness of a cool day bag, this is the look for you.

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Why you need a shirt subscription & how to start

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You can get subscriptions for just about everything these days. Razors, pet toys, beauty products, wine accessories, bow ties, snacks, and more. So with so many options, why would someone look at Christian Benedict, a men’s shirt subscription service as something they want, or need? Well, the benefits of getting some simple, stylish, fresh clean shirts posted through your door are vast, and hopefully we can convince you to take the plunge into a world that’s more convenient, more reliable, more stylish, and where you’ll have more money in your pocket to spend on other cool stuff.

#1 MEN NEED NEW SHIRTS MORE THAN THEY’D LIKE TO ADMIT

Face it guys, you probably need new shirts more than you think. Whether you wear your shirt on their own, layered with a blazer or sweater, or even as an undershirt — they simply don’t last forever. Your shirts eventually get pit stains, or maybe food on ’em, or in some cases they simply lose their shape over time. And guys simply don’t know how to say goodbye, well that and we’re also a tad lazy, which leads to wearing shirts we shouldn’t any more. By getting a shipment of shirts every 30, 60 or 90 days you eliminate awkward shirt moments forever. Crisp, new shirts will leave you walking out the door with confidence. Confidence breeds success, and face it — the ladies love confident successful men.

So first things first, head over to Christian Benedict.

When you arrive you’ll see a clean cut website that’s easy to use, with prompts to take you through the process of your signing up to your spanking new subscription service. Once you’ve decided how often you’d like to receive a new shirt under the “ ” tab, you’ll then get to pick your first shirt!

There you will find…

Three shirts are available that are 100% cotton; Light Blue Button Cuff Shirt, White Button Cuff Shirt, Pink Button Cuff Shirt. (it’s not too confusing or tricky).

Once you’ve chosen your first one, you don’t have to stick to it for the duration of your subscription! Around two weeks before you’re due another shirt, Christian Benedict will send an e-mail showing you the entire range. Within that e-mail you’ll be able to pick another shirt by clicking on the appropriate image.

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#2 A SHIRT THAT FITS RIGHT IS HARD TO FIND CONSISTENTLY

Finding a shirt that fits great is just not easy. For instance, you may find some nice regular fit shirts one month at Topman, or H&M that you think have saved your world. You love them. You wear ’em to work, or out with your girlfriend on a Friday night. One day you start to realize that the sleeves are shorter, it’s a little tighter (and you haven’t even eaten bad this month), and for all intents and purposes it’s a completely different shirt. It is basically an alien shirt. So, here is the beauty of custom fit. At Christian Benedict it’s easy.

In this step of the subscription process, take your measurements and know what you need – it’ll take the hassle out of everything.

Using the drop down menus to enter your measurements is fairly simple – it also acts as a guide to know if you’re along the right lines if it’s your first time measuring. You can change the measurements anytime once your signed in and if you’re not happy, let Christian Benedict know, they want to get this right for you. (There’s a friendly no questions asked returns policy – you can return it for free).

Don’t panic if you do not know your measurements, the size guides will help you achieve that perfect fitting shirt and are really easy to follow to discover your measurements. Discovering your fit is the general size of the shirt and will determine how closely the material hugs your torso.

Christian Benedict generous fit is their ‘Regular’, whilst they call their medium ‘Slim Fit’. ‘Extra Slim’ size is their smallest size.

#3 SIMPLE SHIRTS NEVER GO OUT OF STYLE

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A simple shirt is easy to dress up or dress down and well worth having in your wardrobe.

After punching in your measurements, you’ll need to hit your details into the system. Your name and surname, whilst providing an email address and a password to set up a profile on the Christian Benedict website. Once you have completed all the stages you will be ready to receive your brand new shirt, there’s no commitment so you can cancel any time and you only pay around the time that you receive each shirt.

The whole process is really simple and visually easy to follow. Put it this way, it saves you having to visit town and get pissed off with all the shoppers walking slowly!

#4 SUBSCRIBING TO FRESH CLEAN SHIRTS IS FULLY FLEXIBLE!

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Your package arrives with speed and is packaged safely and securely, inside includes:

  1. a 100% cotton formal shirt;
  2. a small gift (these change monthly);
  3. an insert detailing our referral program;
  4. an insert and pre-paid address label relating to the returns process;
  5. and a gift box.

Now that we’ve given you a few of the keys as to why Christian Benedict’s shirt subscription service is so great for guys, we’ll give you the most important reasons to become part of the CB Shirt club.

You know what you’re getting, the size is tailored to you (so the fit will be impeccable), you know when you’re getting your shirt, the service is time saving and fully flexible (i.e. can be cancelled whenever) AND you don’t have to leave the house to know that you’re going to look great at every opportunity.

So there you have it. Sure, you can fire up your monthly subscription to artisan cheese if that’s your thing, or relish in opening up a box filled with carefully curated grill tools or something, but what good will those things be when you’re dressed like a slob in your stained, 3-year old shirt?

A shirt subscription from Christian Benedict is not only a nice to have, for most men it should be a necessity.

For more information regarding Christian Benedict please visit here. Or alternatively drop us a comment or a message and we’ll point you in the right direction!

The Ultimate Guide to Shaver Options: Which Shaver is the Manliest?

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You will spend about 45 days of your life shaving. That’s 1 092 hours or 65 520 minutes of dragging a blade across your face and watching your beard go down the drain. The latest trend of full beards have picked up quite a bit in the last while. But many men are still clean shaven, either because they don’t like hair sprouting from their face or their employer would frown upon the bushy look.

The Manliest Shaving Method

Since the creation of the first disposable razor and thereafter the electric shaver, lots of men have opted for the convenience of these fancy inventions. But lately men are realizing that it’s not all about buying the cheapest foam and throwaway razor blades.

A lot of men are rediscovering the pleasures of an old-school wet shave with a straight blade razor or safety razors. Add a bit of fancy soap and a cool shaving brush, and you’ve got your very own barbershop at home! The Economist has reported that sales of disposable razors are falling. This includes prominent brands such as Schick and Gillette.

After a while shaving might start feeling like a schlep, a daily chore you are obliged to do. But when you remember that it’s your manly privilege to make hair sprout from your chin, you’ll start looking at shaving a bit differently again. Your daily shaving routine can be a moment of self-indulgence each morning or evening. Take a moment out of your busy daily routine to deliberately slow down and take care of yourself.

There is just something about the traditional straight razor that makes you feel like a real man. They are also sometimes called a “cutthroat” razor, living on the edge of getting it right or slicing your throat open. When you’re done, admiring your clean cut face, it’s a great moment of satisfaction.

You could also opt for a safety razor, which is a little bit less dangerous. You can pop in a fresh blade every few weeks. Both straight and safety razors are much more environmentally-friendly. There’s no plastic involved. And both razor types will give you a closer shave than any electric shaver ever could.

Selecting Your Gear

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The following are a few items that will make your straight or safety razor experience more pleasant. The razor, a scuttle and a brush. You can decide whether you want to use shaving soap or just stick with shaving cream from a can. And don’t forget the aftershave to keep the germs away after using an open blade on your face.

The scuttle is also called a “lather bowl”. It basically looks like a flat cup. This one is very important if you will be using soap, you can whip up a lather storm with your brush in it.

Next the shaving brush. Don’t go for the cheapest option you can find. Rather look for a badger or horsehair brush that will last you a lifetime if you look after it properly. You want a brush with a lot of hair packed close together to assist with the lathering process as well as applying the foam to your face.

The sharpening strop is important if you decide to use the straight blade razor. When do you need to sharpen the blade? When it starts pulling your hair out, instead of cutting it.

The debate of shaving soap vs. shaving cream is in the end a personal choice. But if you want to stick with the full-on traditional shaving experience, try investing in a good soap.

And then, selecting the actual razor. The following are a few options, including complete kits with all the gear you need to start experiencing the traditional shaving method.

BOG Shave Ready Straight Razor

A classic straight razor with modern appeal. This is a high quality razor that will offer you the best shave of your life! With the 4” stainless-steel blade you will be able to quickly tame your beard. The blade folds into the handle for convenient storage inside the tin carry case or safely in your bathroom cabinet. You also get a luxurious velvet bag to neatly fit into your suitcase when travelling.

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Parker SRB Straight Edge Barber Razor

A professional grade stainless steel blade that is much stronger than cheaper aluminum. The snap/lock blade holder guarantees you insert the blades securely. Five Shark stainless steel half-blades are included with purchase. These are designed to fit in perfectly in straight edge razors. The end of the blade has a rounded tip to minimize cuts.

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KingOfHearts™ Classic Barber Beard Shaver

Everything you need to start your traditional shaving experience! The shaver has a classic wooden handle with the straight 6″ stainless steel blade fitting tightly into it. This whole kit has a great vintage feel to it. The synthetic bristle brush will outlast your trial and error lathering attempts. The straight razor sharpening strap is made of split leather that will help you maintain an impeccably sharp razor at all times.

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GBS 5 Piece Shaving Set

The set includes a stainless steel barber straight edge shaver and leather case, a badger-hair chrome brush and chrome stand and a chrome shave soap bowl. You also receive 25 free blades plus a GBS soap.  With this razor you can save money on expensive cartridge refills. The razor will not rust or tarnish. The stand is great for drying your brush properly after use.

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Be a Man, Put a Naked Blade against Your Skin

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So, are you brave enough to switch to the traditional shaving method? Or are you too scared you might slice an artery and bleed out while trying to prove your manliness?
Once you’ve experienced the glorious feeling of an ultra-close shave, you won’t go back to any other method. In the beginning you might cut yourself a few times, but once you’ve got the hang of it, you will agree that using a straight edge razor is truly the manliest shaving method of them all.

This article was contributed by Andries from manomics/shaving. Manomics.com is a men’s lifestyle site that focuses on topics such as grooming, health and fitness.

How to style a classic side-parted haircut

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The pompadour is a classic men’s haircut that refuses to go out of fashion. It has been reinvented time and time again and continues to remain amongst the most popular choices in barber shops all over the world.

Originally named after Madame de Pompadour, who was King Louis XV’s mistress, the classic pomp was made most famous in the 1960s by the King of Rock himself, Elvis Presley. Today, the pomp has many modern variations and has been worn by key celebrity influencers such as Brad Pitt, Jon Hamm, Zac Efron, and David Beckham to name but a few.

To celebrate this classic slicked-back look, The Bluebeards Revenge has teamed up with industry-leading barber Tom Chapman. The Devon-based barber owns Tom Chapman Hair Design in Torquay, and is the proud founder of the Lions Barber Collective charity.

Below, Tom has given expert tips on how you can create the perfect pomp in the comfort of your own home. A word of warning; if you combine his tips with our video, you can expect some serious hair envy from those around you!

It all starts at the barbers

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To create the perfect side-parted pomp, you’ll need your hair styled a certain way. A typical pompadour features short sides, a short back, and longer hair on top that’s swept upwards. Ask your barber for a tapered cut with plenty of length on top and you can’t go wrong. For a more comprehensive example of what to ask your barber for, watch this barber to barber video.

At home

Start by washing your hair in warm water to make sure any previous hair products are removed. Then, rough dry your hair with a towel and apply The Bluebeards Revenge Matt Paste as a pre-styling agent.

A side-parted pompadour does require some maintenance, so you will need to invest in a hair dryer if you don’t already have one. Trust me, it’s worth the investment.

Blow-dry your hair and use The Bluebeards Revenge Quiff Roller to add volume to the pomp. Getting the best results from a quiff roller requires some practice, especially if you’re wielding a hair dryer with your other hand. It’s all about gently twizzling the brush through your locks and guiding the hair backwards to give the pompadour its iconic slicked-back look. Don’t forget to use a comb to exaggerate your natural side-parting for a bolder finish too.

Finally, finish the look by applying The Bluebeards Revenge Pomade. Take a small amount of this water-based, high-shine product and rub it between your palms and finger tips, then slick it through your hair from front to back. Use a comb to create a tight and tidy style, or just rough it up a little with your hands for a more rugged look.

And there you have it – a modern take on a classic men’s hairstyle that’s suitable for both the office and a night on the town. Enjoy!

Take a look at our previous article with The Bluebeards Revenge and Tom Chapman where we look at the hottest hair styles for 2017, here.

 

6 Signs You Really Need a Break From Work

Businessman Working Summer Beach Relaxation with Laptop

It feels like a life time since the last time you had a holiday, it was yonks back! The weather is still pretty glum, with a bit of blue-sky breaking now and again, but you’re fed up, right?

Are you sitting at your desk dreaming about a weekend in Barcelona or at least 4 weeks’ minimum in the Maldives? However, just wanting a tan and cocktails aren’t the only reasons to pack up and have a break.

A study from University College in London found that overworking can lead to a 33% higher risk of having a stroke, and a 13% increased risk of a heart attack. Taking a holiday doesn’t make you a bad worker though and will actually make you a better worker as you can return re-energized and therefore better able to tackle challenges and stress. Here are six signs that you really need a break from work.

1. You keep messing everything up

You send emails to the wrong people, your spreadsheets are complete chaos and you’ve spilt your coffee over several others desks. If you’re finding yourself making constant mistakes, it’s because your brain is in overtime and you’re too stressed to focus on small tasks. It’s time for a rest before you break a leg or even worse, your company laptop.

2. What does enthusiastic mean anymore?

You never used to mind getting up for work and enjoyed a challenge every day, but now you just don’t care and you couldn’t be less enthusiastic even if you tried. It’s because you haven’t had some me time in god knows how long right? Chances are, by taking some time off, you’ll find that enthusiasm about your career again and start putting the effort in again.

3. What even is sleep?!

You can’t remember the last time that you had a full night’s sleep and you’re up all hours of the night worrying about work. It’s time to book a few minutes off before you turn into a zombie! Not enough sleep is bad for your health and will have a knock on effect on the rest of your life, don’t risk turning those around you against you because of your grouchy sleepy moments and ditch the desk.

Man frustrated at work ready for a holiday

4. Everyone is so annoying

You’re usually the funniest one in the office, but you’re just finding everyone really annoying recently and you’ve lost your sense of humour at work. Not only will this make you lose friends at work, you’re not being yourself and chances are, your boss will notice this, especially if it’s making you a bad worker and incorporative with other team members.

5. You’ve lost your social life

You’ve actually become so obsessed with work that you’ve forgotten how to live life outside of it. You forgot all about your gran’s birthday and the drinks at the pub with your mates on Friday evening because you were still in the office at 10pm. If you can’t think about anything other than work, you’re going to drive yourself and those around you crazy because you’re so self-absorbed.

6. You look a complete mess

Even if you’re not always looking your best, you look even worse than what you normally do because the lack of sleep and life in general is having such an effect on you that you look super miserable all the time, your hair isn’t brushed and your eye bags suggest you’ve been in punched a few times the previous night. You need some fresh air and time to rejuvenate as well as catching up on your sleep and go somewhere where you can fully relax and switch off from work mode.

So, before you dive into a pool of despair, we suggest you plan a weekend break or a get-away so you have something to look forward too! So if you think about it, taking a holiday is actually GOOD for your career. Just keep in mind that you should always give plenty of notice before taking time off and prepare any work or necessary cover ahead of time, so that your boss is not left in the lurch when you’re gone.

What we really want as Valentine’s Day gifts

It’s all well and good when Valentine’s Day comes, if you’re in a relationship that is, but more often than not, there’s a bit of stroppy behavior when we receive a naff gift.

We have to go through the turmoil of seeing everyone we know getting engaged on Social Media, but is that really the best gift…engagement? It’s so cliche! Put that ring box away, don’t be disappointed when you’ve not been proposed too, and think of a thoughtful gift you’d like to receive or give to your other half!

As chaps, we’re a little lazy when it comes to buying what we like to call ‘the essentials’, so we’ll be truly made up and may even drop the ‘L’ bomb if you get us something we’re unlikely to buy for ourselves.

So in brief, here’s some quick ‘one-glance’ ideas, (ladies take note) of what we really want to be opening on Valentine’s Day, and you don’t have to spend a fortune….

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