Getting The Most From Your Barber

Getting The Most From Your Barber

Getting The Most From Your Barber

Getting The Most From Your Barber

A visit to the barber shop can be a troubling task, particularly if you a trying out a new place or barber for the first time.

Here are a few tips to make the experience a pleasurable one, for both you and your barber.

1. Do your research before you sit in the chair

Most barbers will be happy to give you a consultation and talk through styles that might work with your hair, but it helps if you can give them some context or parameters to work within. Do you have a corporate image to maintain? How long are you prepared to spend on styling in the morning? Are you willing to use styling products? These things will help with the decision making process.

2. Try to arrive 5 minutes before your appointment

If your shop is running an appointment system, dont be late. I know it sounds obvious but most barbers run a tight schedule. It is sometimes difficult to turn latecomers away so arriving late has a knock on effect for the rest of the day (no breaks and a late finish that evening.)

3. If you have a clear idea of the style you want to achieve, be prepared to be flexible

Knowing what look you want is a big help but it is always good to listen to the advice of a professional. Some styles work better on certain hair types and your barber should be able to guide you through this. For example, asking for a high pompador with a heavily receding hairline is clearly never going to work.

A genuine “thank you” or “good job” really does go a long way. it can be quite stressful cutting hair and sometimes we feel the pressure to perform.

4. Bring in photographs

Most barbers are quite visual in the creative process so any images of styles you like can help. A Google image search of your hair idol is all it takes to translate your needs to your stylist.

5. Always have a shampoo at the barber shop.

Coming into the barber shop with your hair already styled can be a good thing. It gives your barber an opportunity to see how you’d normally wear it everyday. With that said, expecting them to cut through styling products is a big ask, a good barber should have a variety of shampoos and conditioners and will taylor them to suit your hair needs to get a more manageable mop.

6. Visit regularly

Most barbers would recommend a haircut every four to six weeks, sometimes every 2 weeks to maintain particularly short hair. A visit to the salon with more than 8 weeks growth usually means that the style has completely grown out and will require a full restyle. This can take extra time. If it has been a long time since your last trim then ask for a longer restyle appointment.

7. Talk to us.

Being a barber means that we get to spend one on one time with a lot of people every day, it can be pretty awkward if there is total silence. Develop a rapport, ask us about our day, the weather, the weekend, or better still your hair. You get to spend some time with a hair expert so feel free to pick our brains. If you really feel like not talking, a polite way to indicate this is to bring a magazine to the chair with you. we’ll get the hint with no offence.

8. If you dont like the way the haircut is going, let us know as early as possible

Waiting until the product has been applied and then asking for “a bit more off” is a sure way to frustrate a barber. If your are not sure which direction the cut is going dont be afraid to ask. A good barber should have a clear cutting plan in his mind and should be happy to talk it through.

9. Take the advice on recommended styling products

Using the correct product is essential for you to maintain the look at home. There are many factors to consider when choosing a product and we have usually had training to help with that selection. Using whatever is in the bathroom cupboard probably wont give you the same results as us.

And finally…,

10. If we do a good job…let us know.

A genuine “thankyou” or “good job” really does go a long way. it can be quite stressful cutting hair and sometimes we feel the pressure to perform leaving a tip is a nice way to show your barber some love and appreciation but it is entirely optional.

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Waxing or Laser

Waxing or Laser


See which one is right for you

Waxing or Laser

Is mens laser hair removal or mens waxing best for you?

If you have dark hair that you would like a permanent solution to laser may be the answer.

Benefits of mens laser hair removal:

  • Works best on dark hair against lighter skin
  • Gets rid of spots and ingrown hairs
  • Evens out pigmentation
  • Less painful than waxing

The treatment is done every 6-8 weeks and you typically need 6 treatments. We offer 50% off courses at the moment so book in for your free test patch and consultation today! For more information check out our FAQ

Want a more temporary solution?

Try our super speedy mens waxing service

  • Be hair free for up to 4 weeks
  • Can book in when and as needed
  • Best treatment if planning a sun holiday
  • Becomes less painful the more frequent the waxing, read more here
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Is Your Back Ready For The Beach?

Is Your Back Ready For The Beach?

Is Your Back Ready For The Beach?

Is Your Back Ready For The Beach?

So Summer is upon us and the holidays are booked, you’ve been hitting the gym in preparation, but what about those unsightly hairs?

Time to come in and get them waxed, but some stuff to know before you do:

Leave the hair as it is – don’t trim or shave the area before your waxing appointment.For best results

DON’T do ANY of the following things for at least the first 24 hours after your treatment:

  • Fake Tan
  • Go to the beach or swim in the sea
  • Go in a chlorinated pool
  • Hang out in a Jacuzzi – (you don’t know who’s been or done what in that water)
  • Ditto for a steam bath or sauna – it’s hot in there and bacteria just LOVE hot and steamy!
  • Use any strong smelling creams or lotions

Your follicles are exposed and you are prone to infection! OR think of it like this: Would you do these things to an open sore?

Redness & Burning

This settles within a couple of hours after. If it does not, see your physician.

Antiseptic body care

Aftercare cream is VITAL for good skin after waxing! Get some Tea tree lotion from our consultants and rub it on the waxed areas after every shower….or get someone to help you with this…


Your skin will close over your follicles soon after your treatment.The hairs will start to grow again soon and will want to break through that skin. (Try our Dermalogica buffing cloth to get all over back)

You’ll have to help the little buggers with this OR you might get ingrown hairs along with those horrible red bumps and you’ll look a mess in the gym change rooms!

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Achieving The Perfect Cut-Throat Shave

Achieving The Perfect Cut-Throat Shave

Achieving The Perfect Cut-Throat Shave

Achieving The Perfect Cut-Throat Shave

Life’s full of little short cuts; the one to avoid traffic, the clip-on tie for the work dinner, and instant coffee. However, while you may not always been near a barber when you need one, you should never cut short your shave.

Here at Drakes we know a good shave. It’s what we do, it’s what we do well, but we’re here to let you in on a few secrets.
  • So, you’ve taken the plunge and decided to have a cut throat shave.
    No, no don’t be worried, in fact cut throat shaves have been the way all men during the 20th century would abdicate the facial fuzz! It was customary to visit the barber 3 times a week for a good old chin sweep.

    Here at Drakes we incorporate the spirit of the old time barber with the element of simple luxury and straightforward shaving.

    You get a great shave, and we can let you in on how,

  • First of all for cut throat shaves you’ll need to open those pores up with a hot towel.
    Then once that has done its job, you can then cleanse the skin with only the best men’s skincare products; try something like Dermologica with all its skincare qualities. Now in order to get a clean shave with no dead skin being scraped we use a skin scrub or exfoliate. This helps open the pores which in turn clears out grease, grit and dirt gets rid of those blackheads.
  • So! On to the next step.
    Wipe away all the excess scrub and grease form your dirty mug and apply a second HOT towel. This one is going to be applied with some pressure in order to gain maximum effect, don’t get too excited with the massaging motion, it’s just to gain as much hot moisture into your pores as possible. The heat from the towel actually raises the hairs and makes them softer. The desired effect thereafter with the razor is to swipe them off like butter.
  • Now we apply the shaving cream.
    I know “what’s wrong with foam?” I hear you say. Foam actually dries up the skin and doesn’t penetrate the surface, it just sits there… doing nothing. We mix up the shaving cream with hot water in a bowl and then apply it with a shaving brush. Using just the right amount of pressure and speed the brush is lifting the hair and soften it up.
  • Taking a fresh razor from the sealed pack we place a fine edged razor blade into the instrument & then begin the shave.
    Here at Drakes we shave with the grain in order to avoid skin irritation, redness, and rash. So when you’re shaving at home, you do the same. In some places that means going in the opposite direction to the rest of your growth normally this occurs on the neck.
  • Once the shave is finished use a cold towel, run under the tap for a while to close the pores and clean any excess hair off the face before applying moisturiser and a calming balm.
Good as new! So enjoy your freshly shaved face and the adoration that comes with it!
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To Wax or Not to Wax? That is the question

To Wax or Not to Wax? That is the question

To Wax or Not to Wax?

That is the question

To Wax or Not to Wax? That is the question

Let’s face it guys; Christian Grey and James Bond have not made it easier to be a ‘real man’ in the 21st century. Seemingly perfect, they have indirectly raised the standards of how a man should look and importantly, what can be considered manly things to do, when it comes to improving your looks. Indeed, women are hard to please and aim high, and of course we want to be up there with the rest of the dream team.

The issue of waxing is often a topic that often divides the talk in the locker room; is it a girly thing to do or ok when it comes to get rid of those unwanted areas of pure forest? Therefore, to all you gentlemen out there, who are wondering actually whether waxing is a no go for guys or simply just not acceptable. do not fear: It is safe to say that waxing is just not for the ladies and that hair removal for men is growing in popularity. Indeed, waxing saves you time since you do not have to shave daily, and eventually hair appears to be finer on regrowth, so you do not need to get it done as often as one might think and it helps relieve ingrown hairs caused by shaving.

Our team at Drakes of London can help you with this: we are specialised in traditional Barber and Grooming services and we are committed to provide our customers with only the very best service in the field. Whether it is just a male grooming or waxing, we are here to help you and we will work with you to provide you with only the best results possible.

We provide every client with a chat about what the treatment and waxing consist of and listens to any questions that you might have along the way and discuss the best type of treatment for you to get control of body hair in the future.

Therefore lads, forget the urban taboo of men’s waxing; our expertise and experience have shown how men very often returns to us after their first appointment, because waxing makes you feel more confident by eliminating that 5 o’clock shadow on your back.

Come to our treatment centre in Fulham, London and experience what male waxing can do for you or simply just to have a look around and get familiar with the treatment and the prices; you will soon realise that we can do wonders for you and how it will enable you to show off your hard won abs and pecs with pride!

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