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A few weeks back I stopped by Aveda’s Soho Barber salon and reviewed the service which you can read here. Whilst I was there I really enjoyed the products being used during the treatments, so much so that I had to get my hand’s on some of the collection to find out what they are like to use on a day-to-day basis. After some research, I got a selection of products covering haircare, scalp maintenance and hair grooming to see how Aveda’s offering for men stands up against other brands across the industry. View Post

The Male Stylist: Aveda Grooming Salon

Many of the barbers I’ve reviewed and tried have been about indulging in the treatment, taking time to appreciate the luxury of the service and ultimately being rewarded with a full grooming experience designed to relax the mind as well as sharpen up your hairstyle. However, in this world of eating lunch at your desk, rushed coffee meetings and multiple social events all planned within the same 2 hour time period, it’s not always possible to spend an 60-90 minutes in the barber if you want to fit it all in.

Fortunately, Aveda have created a quirky solution to this problem by launching a temporary pop-up store in Soho, providing express men’s grooming treatments at fair prices. A few weeks back I was in need of a haircut during lunch so stopped by for one of their “express treatments” to get a feel for the salon and find out whether this is speed over service… View Post

enlight1-50Every now and then I pick up the bravery to try a different hairstyle, though usually this ends up being a slight refinement/change from my usual cut. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to have said new haircut at the recently opened branch of Johnny’s Chop Shop in Marshall St where there has been a great deal of buzz about their innovative and edgier style of doing things. Alongside the new digs, they also have released a new product range aimed at spreading their love of grooming to the homes and bathrooms of their customers.

Today I review their salon experience and some of their new product range to assess whether they make the cut alongside other great barbers of London. View Post

Summer Fragrances The summer months are not only about sun, beer gardens and beaches but also about the fresh fragrances associated with summer flowers, chilled cocktails and the open ocean. During this period, it’s worth rejuvenating your fragrance collection and adding in some new scents that compliment the warmer temperatures and summer styles. Whether it’s something fresh and subtle for an afternoon in the sun, cool and fragrant for a clear morning or dark and seductive for an evening out, your summer colognes should not only be a reflection of the climate, but also an expression of your style.

With that in mind, I’ve put together 3 new fragrances that have recently arrived on the scene that cover a variety of different summer situation and fashions. You can also find tips on wearing colognes and how to apply them so they last longer here. View Post

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A good skincare regime is about using good quality products, a mixture of exfoliation and cleaning as well as keeping your skin hydrated. No matter your skin-type, finding a regime with this basic structure is vital to ensure your skin stays healthy and as clear as possible so finding the right products (usually the first step) is an important factor. Murdock, a brand familiar to any fan of The Male Stylist, has thrown their contribution into the fray with their Face Regime pack which possesses “the ability to transform the average man into a nurtured, refreshed and revitalised gent.”

Curious about whether the products could stand up to these lofty claims, I got my hands on a set and put it to the test over the past 3 weeks whilst facing a variety of weather including, bitterly cold winds, rain, frost and balmy spring climates. Today, I’ve put together a review of how its performed based on my usual criteria of Quality, Fragrance, Packaging, Pricing and overall impressions. So, is Murdock an essential for a gentleman who is passionate about his grooming? Or is it another mediocre offering to add to the pile? View Post