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

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?

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

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

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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Laser Hair Removal FAQ

Laser Hair Removal FAQ

Laser Hair Removal FAQ

Who is it for?

We can effectively treat all skin types for a reduction in hair growth as long as the hair colour is darker than the skin and the client is over 18 years of age.The treatment is perfect for anybody that requires hair reduction on an unwanted area.

What does it do?

The light picks up the colour (melanin) in the bulb/hair and destroys the root of the hair to reduce hair growth in unwanted areas. You can expect to receive a long term 85% reduction in the entire hair growth.

How long does it take?

We usually suggest 3 to 6 treatments for hair removal.Treatments are carried out every 4-6 weeks for the face and 6-8 weeks for the body.

What happens in between treatments?

In between each session you will have a fall out phase; this is usually 1-3 weeks after a session.The hair sheds away and you are left with a smooth finish. A couple of weeks later the hair begins to re grow, it becomes softer, finer and is reduced by around 20% of the entire growth each time.

How does the treatment feel?

The general feeling is a short, sharp heat for a split second on the skin. The sensation is quite mild, especially when compared with waxing.

Is there any after care?

We recommend that you avoid heat treatments including hot baths, saunas, and steam rooms for 24-48 hours.You MUST avoid the sun and sun beds for 30 days before and after treatments.Factor 30+ must be worn to reduce this risk. Fake tanning products can be used 2 weeks either side of a treatment but must be completely removed before the next session.

How do I start?

Firstly you must book an appointment with the clinic for a consultation; these are usually free of charge. The therapist will go through a few medical questionnaires with you to see if you are eligible for the treatment. Following this, she will explain to you in full detail what the treatment entails and answer any questions for you. A patch test on the area will then be carried out to check for any skin sensitivity to light treatments. This will also give you a chance to experience the sensation of the light on your skin so that you know what to expect when coming in for your first treatment.

Anything else?

The hair must only be shaved during the treatments. No plucking, waxing, bleaching, threading or Immac creams are allowed. We cannot treat any area which has been exposed to the sun within 30 days of the treatment and cannot treat you if you are going into the sun 30 following the treatment.SPF 30+ MUST be worn on the area before and after treatments.

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Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

Often forgotten about in the sea of face wash’s, ‘men’s’ moisturisers and the dreaded soap or shower gel option, (a big no no!). Exfoliation is a hugely useful tool to utilise when looking after you skin.

Exfoliation is recognised as one of the most effective treatments to address a variety of concerns with the skin. Not only does exfoliation give a deeper cleanse, it helps to even out the texture of the skin acting as a brightener by sloughing off dead skin cells.

Desquamation; the skin’s natural process of shedding dead skin cells is also stimulated by regular exfoliation making it a great tool for anti aging.

There are two types of exfoliation action that can be applied to the skin. Products that work in a physical way such as a scrub, or products that are chemical based and dissolve the joining structures between the dead skin cells.

The most effective is the latter as it gives an even result (affecting all surface cells) and can also gain entry into the skin’s pores cleaning them out.

Our favourite exfoliation product here at Drakes is Dermalogica’s DAILY MICROFOLIANT. Suitable for all; it is a gentle yet effective product that is loved throughout the industry and quickly becomes a must have for the bathroom cabinet.

Within the treatment room we can use professional only Dermalogica products in order to increase the level of exfoliation within your regular facial. We advise that this type of treatment is undertaken as a course of 5 with and interval of 1 week between each treatment to achieve maximum results.

Ask your Grooming Consultant today and Happy Exfoliating!

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Have You Had a Hard Night?

Have You Had a Hard Night?

Had a Hard Night?

It’s that time of year again. You’re social calendar is chocker; the booze, food and fun are flowing; and just upon the horizon are a collection of bank holidays for you to look upon with childish glee.

It’s Christmas boys, and we all need a few hints and tips to get us through the party season.

Here’s Drakes Survival guide written by our own party hard team:Your skin is the first thing to show your sins. Give it an instant lift by exfoliating. It takes seconds to slough away the dehydrated skin cells that are dulling your complexion. Go the extra mile by slapping a bit of moisturiser on. It’ll work wonders.

An excellent tip from Phil; (who we all know has had many a hard night) is ‘waterless shampoo’. Yes that is right, search high and low for this wonder product and it’ll be your life saver when you’re rolling into work from the night before. Lather it up like normal shampoo ‘sans water’ and towel dry. It removes all odours, leaving your hair fresh and clean.

Boost up on vitamins. Our next door neighbours at Moosh Cafe blend up some fab detox juices and smoothies. If you can’t head down and pick one up ginger, celery, cucumber and lemon are fantastic at cleansing the system. Give it a go before you head into autopilot and pick up that coffee.

A tried and tested and personal fave of Rachel’s: Whack your specs on. It hides a multitude of sins. And if you don’t have trusty specs; eye drops!

Realistically you’re a little hung over; coordination isn’t great and your boss doesn’t want to greet you first thing the day after the night before with patches of tissue all over your face. Grow it out. Embrace the beard. Who knows, someone at the office party may have a thing for the woodsman look.

Now, you have a couple of options to battle the heavy duty dark circles ever intensifying as the season rolls on. Firstly you could invest in an eye cream. The girls have been using this trick for years and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t either. It rehydrates crepey skin, stimulates circulation and if you invest in a good one it won’t just be a quick fix you will get long lasting anti aging results. Dermalogica’s Ultracalming Eye Serum is a great product to beat all the signs of a late night.

The second option comes from our lovely Jennie who assure us this is an old age German wives tale that works! Grab a cold teaspoon, (preferably that has been sitting in the freezer) and pop it on your under eye for a few seconds. It apparently ‘brightens and tightens’ which sounds pretty good to us!

Lastly. Get a good hair cut boys! If you’re looking sharp when you go to party, it’s definitely going to increase your chances of looking half decent the next day!

So that is our guide to surviving the party season. You now have the tricks of the trade, (or tricks of the partiers) to help you glide through to New Years Day. And to help you on your way, come and grab a beer with your cut.

Merry Christmas from us!
Drakes of London

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Wedding Planning

Wedding Planning

Wedding Planning

Wedding season is upon us Gents. Whether you’re a groom, groomsman, or you just want to be the best guest at the bash; we have the tips to get you looking on top form for the big day.


  • The key to looking fresh faced is preparation. Facials are progressive, and to get the best out of them you need to start at least 12-8 weeks before the big day.
  • Dermalogica’s AGE SMART FACIAL is an intensive facial perfect for instant results, smoothing the skin and evening out skin tone.
  • If you’re looking for a quick fix and don’t have the time to give for a full hour facial the 30 minute EXPRESS FACIAL includes steam, exfoliation, blackhead removal and mask.

Things to Consider

  • We would always advise that you get your last facial at least 4 days before the big day allowing the skin to normalise.
  • Your face is not the only thing that needs to look tip top. A MANICURE for the hands is a must for those wedding ring shots.
  • And while you’re at it, consider your beach feet for your honeymoon. Get them smartened up with a PEDICURE.

Happy Wedding Day!
Drakes of London

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Shaving Pains

Shaving Pains

Shaving Pains

Unfortunately some people are more prone to suffering than others (afro Caribbean skin for example) however there are some simple steps you can take to get the closest possible shave and least irritation:

  • Shave after the shower not before – the steam helps too raise the hairs away from the face.
  • Exfoliate the face – using a scrub before shaving will help to remove excess dirt and away from the ace and leave the skin ideally prepped for the shave.
  • Use a shaving brush – again this will help to raise the hair away from the face allowing the razor to do its work better.
  • Use a shaving cream rather than a foam and this will get closer to the skin rather sit on top.
  • Shave with grain – wherever possible, however everyone’s hair grows differently so follow the hair direction with your fingers first. If you do need to shave again shave across rather against the grain but ensure you re-lather!
  • Finish the shave – apply cold water to the face to close up the pores and use a balm to protect the fresh exposed skin – do not use an aftershave which contains alcohol which is why it stings.
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