The Dandy Gent Launches ‘100 Free Cuts’ Student Barber Programme

Keen to continue an ongoing home-grown pool of Dandy talent, founder, Shane O’Shaughnessy has launched a new scheme to give his student barbers a strong grounding and introduction to quality barbering ‘on the job’.
From Tuesday 13th October both Irongate and Nottingham branches of The Dandy Gent will be offering a limited number of free haircuts to the public, carried out by its students. This is an additional stage of learning serving as forerunner to the current Apprenticeship period where a small fee is charged for services by students who have successfully reached a standard approved by Shane.
The first Student Barber is 25 year old Dean (pictured below) who volunteered to help out at the Irongate branch in 2019 – in return for some valuable training. Whilst volunteering Dean was on a part-time NVQ intermediate barbering course earning his level 2.5 qualification.
    
“I’m thrilled to get this opportunity with Shane and the team. I’ve built up a lot of confidence in the shop over the past few months, but am eager to gain much more experience before I feel ready to go to the next level.” Said Dean.
Proving that student barbers come in all shapes, sizes – and ages, Sarah (aged considerably older than Dean!!), Manager of the Nottingham branch and Marketing Manager for The Dandy Gent, is also eager to build on her new-found knowledge following an intensive educational programme at Nottingham’s renowned Sid Sottung Academy.  Sarah has worked in and around The Dandy Gent’s three barber shops building the brand for some 4 years now – and has certainly got the barbering bug following her post-lockdown ‘epiphany’.
Said Shane “The key to success for any barbershop is its people. We want to keep our students engaged and help them hone their skills and techniques quickly and confidently whilst learning to fit into our organisation and develop their talents to our high standards. Importantly too, the scheme helps us to provide a quality service to those who are struggling financially at this time.” Said Shane. “Our students will be monitored all the way and all haircuts will be inspected before clients leave our shops, to ensure they leave having had a professional service and with a great looking haircut or beard trim.”
Continued Dean, “Having someone you look up to on hand to check and advise during the service really helps give you confidence to work freely – I’m looking forward to giving a good service and just getting better and better. I hope customers will get behind us and trust us with their hair. We will take longer than a fully qualified barber – but we will never let them leave unhappy.”
Currently The Dandy Gent has one apprentice in its team, Tate O’Shaughnessy (pictured top), who is still in his first year in the role. Prior to Tate, Shane has educated successful Dandy barbers Lauren Pell, Stu Parker and Shaun Hoolan, through the apprenticeship scheme.
“It’s a great feeling to see absolute beginners of all ages taking up barbering and then earning a decent living at it.” Said Shane. “We’ll be advertising the new free student barber cuts and Tate’s apprentice service wherever possible now and hope local people will help us to invest in them. We also have our latest recruit, Erin in the early stages of training at Irongate too. All in all I’m pretty confident we now have four strong new Dandy Gent barbers in the making.” He concluded.
Anyone interested in a free student haircut or beard trim can book Dean at the Irongate, Derby branch or Sarah at the Nottingham branch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays via TheDandyGent.nearcut.com. Apprentice cuts and beard trims are available with Tate for £5 per service Monday to Saturday via the app too.

Movember ‘Beard-Off’ Challenge for Dandy Barber Stu

The Dandy Gent traditional barbershops are getting behind The Movember Foundation’s annual event in support of men’s mental health awareness this year with weekly donations, free services for Mo Bros and a unique ’12-styles-in-1’  sponsored beard removal challenge!

Nottingham-based Dandy Barber, Stu Parker, has committed to have his beloved beard shaved off after eight years in the making for men’s health charities. The ‘dreaded deed’ will be performed by Dandy Gent owner and Master Barber, Shane O’Shaughnessy.

A succession of traditional and classic styles such as: the Monarch, French Fork, Perennial, Ducktail, Imperial and Pencil moustache will be created in a carefully choreographed plan to eventually leave Stu clean-shaven.

The challenge was originally planned to be taken on  in front of a small crowd of friends and followers, but due to social restrictions will now be performed over live stream on Facebook.

Throughout ‘Movember’ each of the 3 Dandy Gent barbershops will be donating a percentage of their Monday takings to the charity and providing free services, such as beard and mo shaves and grooming, to clients participating in Movember fundraising activity.

“Being aware of mental health issues, however big or small, is important to all barbers providing an authentically traditional service to men.” explains Dandy Gent founder and owner, Shane O’Shaughnessy. “Being a sympathetic or objective ear to clients over worries or more emotion-led issues has always been a big part of our job as barbers. Many men don’t talk to friends or family about their problems or anxieties, but will happily open up to us.”

Stu came up with the idea for the ‘beard-off’ challenge following the recent lockdown and the impact on him and some of his male friends through isolation.

Said Stu “2019 saw the UK suicide rates soar to its highest level since 2000 – with 4,303 male suicides compared to 1,388 females – and I’m pretty sure this will have increased still further due to recent isolation. Research does suggest that too many men are keeping their feelings to themselves and struggling in silence.” Continued Stu. “By supporting Movember, myself and The Dandy Gent team aim to highlight this issue and all of the great work done by Movember and the charities it supports.”

If anyone would like to donate to Stu’s ‘beard-off’ fundraiser, you can do so here.
Clients thinking of growing or shaving in aid of Movember can talk to their barber about free shave and grooming services – as well as promotion – to help them achieve their fundraising goals.

Lee makes a fresh start at The Dandy Gent

Local barber and barbering tutor, Lee Stuart-William, has joined The Dandy Gent’s Nuns Street team as he re-boots his career in barbering post-lockdown.
Lee has enjoyed a 16 year-long career in barbering – starting at Vidal Sassoon in Nottingham in his teens. Following his apprenticeship at Sassoon’s, and a short spell in a salon in Chesterfield, Lee moved southward and spent many years working in high-end salons in and around London. Since returning to the Midlands Lee took up residency in another Derby barbershop providing his high level barbering service and training a number of up-and-coming barbers too – including The Dandy Gent’s popular Barber, Callum.
“I’ve always loved barbering – and I’ve really enjoyed passing on my skills to others keen to learn,” said Lee. “But I am ready to take on a new challenge by starting afresh in a new shop. During the lockdown, like many others I imagine, I started to look inwardly and think more about where I was at in life.  I decided I would like to work myself into a stronger financial position whilst creating some more free time to enjoy another passion of mine – photography.” He explained.
Lee moved in to Nuns Street in September bringing with him a strong client base accumulated over his many years in the business. “I’m very grateful to have built up a strong following over the years, and look forward to building up many more new clients and friends whilst with The Dandy Gent.” He said.
Lee is initially available Tuesday to Saturday and is a welcome member of the team, offering all of the services on the existing Dandy Gent menu – plus hair wash and style for those who want it. To book an appointment with Lee or any of the team, visit www.thedandygent.nearcut.com

Shaun takes a break to ‘go Wild’

Barber and Manager of the Nuns Street branch of The Dandy Gent, Shaun Hoolan, is stepping aside from his full-time role in the shop to set up his latest venture as proprietor of Wild Clothing in Nottingham.

This exciting move for vintage-lover Shaun is something of a dream come true as Wild founder, Robin Pounder, hands over the reins of his 37 year-old vintage and new clothing ‘mecca’ on Monday 24th August.

The move signals the start of a new era for Shaun and the busy Nuns Street barbershop – with an extension to the shop and three new barbers joining the Dandy Gent team.

On 1st September, Lee will join Craig, Callum and Charlie, bringing with him 18 years of barbering experience. In addition to Lee, there are two Junior Barbers working out of the new extension to the shop; Dave and Matt.

The Dandy Gent will introduce Lee, Dave and Matt to clients and supporters soon – and they will all be available to book in the coming days and weeks. In the mean time, everyone at The Dandy Gent wishes Shaun the very best of luck at Wild Clothing.

“Shaun will be missed in the shop.” Says The Dandy Gent Owner and founder, Shane O’Shaughnessy. “But he won’t be far away and we can see some exciting links between Wild and The Dandy Gent going forward. We all wish him the very best and look forward to having him back at the chair soon.”

Shaun will be back at the Dandy Gent chair in the near future, once his new venture is up and settled.

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.