Mike Makes Master Barber

The Dandy Gent barber Mike Bowler has reached another milestone in his career – attaining the revered status of Master Barber from 3rd August 2020.

Working alongside The Dandy Gent owner, founder and Master Barber, Shane O’Shaughnessy, Mike has flourished and his client following just keeps on growing.

Mike started barbering at an established shop in Derby in 2005 ‘almost by accident’ but quickly fell in love with it. In 2017 Mike joined The Dandy Gent just in time for the opening of its second, ‘flagship’ shop, in the Cathedral Quarter of Derby.

“I’ve learned a lot since joining the Dandy Gent team, it’s a great vibe and I’m working alongside amazing barbers who share my love of the job – and a good laugh.” Says Mike.

“Mike brought with him a wealth of experience, knowledge, creativity and an incredible passion for barbering.” Said Shane. “He is a valuable member of an outstanding barbering team and has contributed greatly in the development of fresh young talent working their way through the ranks.”

“It is a pleasure to reward him with the accolade Master Barber – very well earned.” He concluded.

Mike, aka @mgbbarber is resident at The Dandy Gent’s Irongate branch Tuesday to Saturday – bookings taken via www.thedandygent.nearcut.com – be warned, you have to book early to get a slot with Mike.

Mike’s regular clients have been informed of a small price increase befitting a Master Barber – via the shop’s booking App. Don’t forget to register yourself and opt in to ensure you receive news and updates from The Dandy Gent.

The Dandy Gent concedes to COVID Surcharge

Following its healthy return to business on 4th July, and record numbers of clients through its doors, The Dandy Gent has had to review the costs of ongoing safety supplies and add a £1 surcharge to all client visits from 20th July.

The Derby & Nottingham-based barbershop group has reached out to all clients to notify them of the additional charge due to the rising costs of supplies and the ongoing need for additional necessities such as masks, disposable gowns, disinfectants and sanitisers.

“We’ve delivered over 1700 hair and beard services across our three shops since re-opening and thank every one of our clients for returning to us, having patience when needed and adhering to our House Rules.” Said Shane O’Shaughnessy, founder and owner of The Dandy Gent.

He continued “We’d hoped not to have to put our prices up when people least need it, however, this virus is clearly not going away quickly and PPE suppliers are hiking the costs which is starting to affect our costs.”

“Despite industry recommendations for a greater surcharge are keeping ours to £1 per visit – starting Monday 20th July. This will cover the additional expense sufficiently – and be removed as soon as the COVID-19 measures are able to relax safely.”

Staff at all three branches extend their apologies for the measure.

Welcome Back! House Rules: IMPORTANT UPDATE

The Dandy Gent team is delighted to welcome you and all of our patrons back through our doors from Saturday.

We have previously sent out details of some new ‘House Rules’, which still apply:

Since issuing this notice, we have had more clarification from Government, so can now share with you all of the more pertinent points together below.

Please…

  • Only enter the shop at the time of your appointment – not early.
  • Wait outside until that time, observing social distancing.
  • Sanitise on entry and before exit – everything is provided for you.
  • Observe 2M social distancing at all times in the shop – with the exception of your barber, naturally!
  • Wear a mask at all times – following instructions from your barber during your service. For optimum effect – masks should be removed for a beard trim!*
  • Please touch nothing – but your own possessions! Keep your possessions about your person, or at your feet on the floor.
  • Ask a member of staff if you would like to test or look at products closely.
  • Pay by contactless card where possible.
  • Toilets will only be available where we have capacity to clean to the required standard – so please do not rely on these being open at all times. If you require urgent access, we will make a toilet available to you.
  • Apologies – facial shaving is not permitted at the moment.

We thank you for taking the time to read this AND for doing your bit for us and the nation!

See you soon,

The Dandy Gent team!

*PPE – Government states that all barbers must wear a visor only. The wearing of masks and face coverings is our own policy, designed to give added protection and peace of mind to all clients, staff and ensure the shop stays open. This decision will be reviewed regularly and you will be updated when this changes.

Read our Risk Assessment FULL RISK ASSESSMENT in re-opening COVID-19 secure.

COVID 19 UPDATE: Dandy Shops plan for 4th July Re-opening!

We’re doing our bit – please do yours!

All three Dandy Gent barbershops will be opening on Saturday 4th July, with extended hours and a few new house-rules!

BOOK NOW – secure an early slot

Victory is Sweet
We are, of course, delighted that the war on COVID is allowing reduced restrictions, but as you all know continued vigilance is required.

Victory is in sight, but it can be quickly snatched away from us if we are not ‘alert’ to cleanliness and social distancing.  This in mind we have set a list of ‘House Rules’ that we need you to follow whilst in our shops.  These are detailed further down, but first, let us tell you what we are doing to help you…

We’re doing our bit:
Following are changes to our usual service, in place to keep us all safe and our shop open: Continue reading COVID 19 UPDATE: Dandy Shops plan for 4th July Re-opening!

Dandy competition to cure ‘lockdown barbershop blues’

Midlands barbershop group, The Dandy Gent, has set a challenge for its clients to inject a little self-mockery and lighthearted banter into the Covid-19 lockdown.

Shane, founder and owner of The Dandy Gent, is inviting clients to send in a picture of their currently grown-out hair or whiskers (or both) for inclusion into a lockdown ‘barbershop blues’ photo album that will be available for all to see on its group Facebook page.

Leading by example, Shane and Dandy Gent barbers; Shaun, Mike and Stu, have, somewhat reluctantly, submitted their own pictures for the promotion to kick things off.

“We’re getting messages, comments and texts coming over every day from friends and clients desperately missing their regular trims and cuts – laughing at themselves and each other. We thought this bit of more widespread barbershop buffoonery would be fun.”

There is a reward for the five most popular pictures posted up in the album – each will receive a free post-lockdown ‘urgent VIP’ appointment with the barber of their choice and £20 to spend on Dandy Gent traditional grooming products.

“Let’s see how many pictures we can get, then when we’re back to business, we can post up some more ‘before & after’ pictures too.”

Add your ‘barbershop blues’ pictures to the Facebook Album by sending them to any of the Dandy Gent team by 5pm on 8th May, via:

  • Facebook Messenger on any of the groups’ 4 pages (Irongate, Nuns Street, Nottingham & the group page: facebook.com/thedandygent)
  • Instagram @thedandygent #dandylockdown
  • email to; info@thedandygent.co.uk
  • personal text to your barber if you already have their number.

All pictures will be posted here daily.

 

Terms:  Submission of your photograph will be taken as permission to post it online on all of The Dandy Gent’s social media channels and website for promo purposes only.  All submissions will be posted in one Facebook photo album and the five winners selected from the most popular (likes and comments). The Dandy Gent team reserves the right to overrule any ‘votes’, for any reason deemed fair by Shane O’Shaughnessy. Prizes are non-transferrable. Bribary, in the form of cash in unmarked notes, will be accepted.

All Dandy Gent shops to offer extended hours on re-opening

Following the lockdown due to COVID-19, Dandy Gent boss Shane O’Shaughnessy has announced that all three shops will open for additional days and hours to get clients ‘back to their best’ as soon as possible.

Each of the 11 Dandy barbers will consider additional times they are able to work for more hours than usual to tackle outgrown hair – as well as the inevitable deluge of ‘DIY rescues’ on the hair and whiskers of frustrated isolators.

The times and days will vary, shop to shop, with Irongate, Derby and Nottingham shops pledging Sunday opening for at least the first month back.

“We are still unsure of when we can get back to our core business, of course,” said owner and founder of The Dandy Gent, Shane. “But when we do return it will be with additional infection control measures as needed – and for additional hours of business wherever we possibly can.”

New opening times and additional barber days will be released at the time of the re-opening announcement, with the three shops’ booking App currently set to re-take bookings on 1st June. This date is not fixed, but subject to further restriction announcements from our Government in the coming days and weeks.

The Dandy Gent’s online shop remains open for business as usual, offering an extensive range of handmade traditional grooming products and accessories to help keep locks conditioned and prepped for their first post-lockdown appointment.

For further information and developments, follow The Dandy Gent on Instagram (@thedandygent) or Facebook – or email the team; info@thedandygent.co.uk.

 

 

 

Surviving a Crisis II – The Wet Shave

Enjoy The Dandy Gent traditional shaving experience in your own home!

We cannot promise you the charming and witty banter usually on tap as you indulge yourself with us, however, we can assure you of a welcome and unrivalled interlude of self-indulgence and self-satisfying sophistication.

Step 1 – Setting the Scene
First, Claim a sizeable section of your time & residence as temporarily ’out of bounds’ to your female companions. carefully set out the required utensils & products* in an orderly manner, turn on your most rousing music & prepare yourself for time spent entirely on yourself.
*You will need: a quality razor, shaving cream (& a mug) or shaving soap (in its own tin), a shaving brush, hot & cold towels, aftershave – & optional; exfoliant, shave oil, & rehydration gel.

Step 2 – Deep Cleanse
i) Soak a small towel or flannel in hand-hot water, wring out & place on your face for around ONE minute. This will open your pores ahead of deep cleansing. ii) Massage The Dandy Gent Exfoliant into your wet skin in a circular motion throroughly. iii) Wash the natural peach kernels from your face – do not overly trouble yourself with removing the excess soap. iv) Rub a small amount of The Dandy Gent Shave Oil (around the size of a five pence piece) in your hands, then rub into your neck & face. v) Repeat stage 2.i) with the hot towel or flannel, this will help the oil soak into your skin and soften it ahead of the shave.

Step 3 – The Shave
i) Soak your shaving brush in warm water. This will absorb the water into the brush, make the lathering process easier & more successful. a Badger hair brush provides optimum absorption & is by far the best choice of shaving brush! ii) Put a dollop of The Dandy Gent Lime Shaving Cream into a mug & lather it up. if you are using our Lime Shaving Soap, put your soaked brush directly into the tin to lather. iii) Work the lather until the volume swells and the cream stiffens to form peaks when you lift the brush in the lather iv) ‘load the brush’ & spread the creamy Lather onto your face & neck, working the lather as you apply. if you are dehydrated through lack of water intake the cream will soak into the skin more quickly. v) Use a quality razor – one of sturdy construction, with a fresh, reputable brand of blade. carry out a first pass over your face, chin & neck – drawing in the direction of the hair‘s growth. then a second pass, this time against the hair’s growth. vi) when the shave is completed to your satisfaction, rinse off any excess shaving cream or soap thoroughly with tepid water. vii) Apply a hot towel or flannel to the face for 30 seconds to open the pores.

Step 4 – Post-Shave
i) Massage a small amount of The Dandy Gent Post-Shave Hydration Gel into the face until fully absorbed. ii) Apply a cold towel or flannel (soak in cold water with ice cubes for optimum effect) or splash cold water on the face. The cold temperature will close your pores and stop any spot bleeding that may have occurred. iii) Pour or spray The Dandy Gent Splash/aftershave into your hands, rub together & smooth over the face & neck for both its antibacterial qualities & its exquisite fragrance. optional: try one of our most alluring colognes to pep up your allure a few hours past your shave.

Step 5 – The Emergence
Once your shave is complete, enjoy a long lingering gaze into your gaper. feel your smoothness & take pleasure in your more youthful appearance before emerging with pride & self-assurance.

You sir, are now a credit to all men!

All of our products can be purchased online during the current lockdown and beyond!

A Dandy Gentleman’s Guide to Surviving a Crisis – Whiskers and Hair

During these times of uncertainty, we feel the need to impart a little advice to our fine fellows on the management of your temporarily unfettered whiskers and hair. Hereafter are some pointers for sure survival:

i. Firstly, ensure you uphold the highest standards of hygiene, befitting a gentleman of standing. That is to say, continue to groom yourself daily to the same high standards as you would in readiness of, say, calling on your betrothed or visiting your local call-house.

ii. Whilst your barber is unavailable to keep your whiskers & hair ship-shape, avoid the temptation to trim oneself. This point is further accentuated with a plea for you to NEVER allow your companion or fore-bearer to approach you with scissors, clippers or any basin-shaped object.

iii. During isolation, your hair will grow and you will, alas, achieve little more than to retain its cleanliness & conditioning – you must hold fast with great determination! A term of experimentation with ones traditional coiffure may be  in order – alternatively the purchase of an attractive new chapeau or two might be a well-advised option.

iv. Your whiskers, on the other hand, will enjoy a period of natural proliferation. This should be embraced as an opportunity to nurture a fuller and healthier beard & moustache. A regime of deliberate care and nourishing should ensue.

v. Cleansing and feeding your whiskers, unhindered by pollution, junk food and frothed coffee will result in a thicker, fuller beard and moustache – the perfect blank canvas for your astounding new whiskers once any crisis is averted.

vi. In order to maximise your time in isolation, always cleanse your whiskers & hair without stripping them of natural oils – use only a gentle, natural cleansing soap and shampoo. The Dandy Gent, manufacturers and purveyors of fine-grooming products offers the best beard & hair shampoo for any working man and gentleman.

vii. Once cleansed, apply a modest amount of The Dandy Gent Beard Oil onto your fingers and draw through your whiskers. You have seven heavenly fragrances to choose between. (Note: careful appraisal of the odours and benefits daily, will help while away some more time during any lengthy confinement too!)

viii. Shape your flourishing growth, now slightly heavier with Oil, and feel each and every whisker plump and your face sparkle with renewed verve.

ix. Remember, Nutrition is crucial to all hair growth. Partake in meals of oysters, eggs, grains, oily fish and spinach more than ever to ensure your growth is healthy and volumous.

x. Throughout the crisis, contemplate your next barbershop consultation. Consider your hair & beard styling options during growth and to aid focus for the duration of isolation – regularly envisage your re-emergence into society to an abundance of adulation and appreciation.

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This infernal virus…

With great sadness, we have had to close trading until further notice at our three Dandy Gent barber shops.

We, along with many other small businesses, are at the mercy of this infernal virus and counting the hours, days and weeks until we are back serving our loyal clients and friends with the best cuts, shaves, trims and products in the UK.

You can still, of course, purchase our products online – and we do encourage you to keep your hair and whiskers healthy in readiness of your next visit.

We recommend you follow us on Facebook  to keep abreast of current news and updates – and will update this page as and when we have news to impart.

Valentine’s promo helps gents find true love

This February a selection of The Dandy Gent beard and shave products will be reduced by 20%  –  to help more fine to fellows realise love during the season of true romance.

All beard oils – of which there are 7 exquisite fragrances, colognes, aftershaves, shave cream, shave oil, exfoliant and rehydrating gel are all on offer.

“We hope that this will give discerning gents on a budget, the opportunity to win the girl, or guy, with fine grooming and our incredibly alluring fragrances.” Said Shane O’Shaughnessy, founder and owner of The Dandy Gent.