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.

Barbershop backs Capital One fundraiser

Nottingham barbershop, The Dandy Gent, has teamed up with Capital One in its support of mental illness support charity, Rethink.

Over the last 2 years Nottingham City’s largest employer, Capital One, has raised over £100,000 for Rethink – which equates to approximately 300,000 people benefitting locally.

New to Nottingham, barbershop The Dandy Gent is keen to work with local workers and organisations – and having met with Capital One’s Dave Richards- offered to give £2 to Rethink for every Capital One employee enjoying a service in the shop.

Dave is Capital One’s Head of Corporate Responsibility, in post to ensure the business plays its part in supporting the local community as well as its employees.

“We’re always looking for local partnerships and keen to join with other community-minded businesses like The Dandy Gent.” Said Dave.

The barbershop, based inside nearby antiques centre Hopkinson, has offered Capital One employees its standard local worker discount plus a half-price second booking in addition to providing the donation.

“This new shop echoes the community ethos that we have across all of The Dandy Gent branches,” says Nottingham Manager, Sarah. “Our two Derby shops are well known community supporters, something owner Shane O’Shaughnessy is keen to continue as the company expands.”

Having launched in August 2019, The Dandy Gent is enjoying a steady growth in business as its reputation widens in the City.

 

Barber cuts a deal with Harley Davidson in Nottingham

Nottingham’s newest barber shop, The Dandy Gent, has teamed up with the city’s largest motorcycle dealership, Robin Hood Harley Davidson, to provide big savings on haircuts, beard styling, cool clothing and bike parts!

In this ‘match made in heaven’, Robin Hood Harley Davidson will be including a half-price Dandy Gent poker chip in its motorcycle purchase packs, and The Dandy Gent will be giving away 15% off Harley parts and accessory poker chips to its customers with a taste for the world’s finest motorcycles.

The promotion will herald the start of a new relationship between the Nottingham neighbours, with plans afoot for The Dandy Gent to provide free barbering services at the dealership’s Christmas Party in support of the local Harley Owner’s Group charity – Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.

Said Ian Jennings, Manager of Robin Hood Harley Davidson, “It’s great to work with local businesses like The Dandy Gent.  Our customers often have a lot in common, so it makes sense to team up whenever we can.”

Ian is getting ready for the exclusive launch of the new Harley Davidson Electric Motorcycle before Christmas. His store will be one of only a handful in the UK to have groundbreaking machine in store for test rides.

“My name will be on the list for a test ride for sure.” said Dandy Gent founder, Shane O’Shaughnessy.  Both Shane and Nottingham Manager, Sarah are keen Harley riders and advocates of the iconic brand.

Details of the Christmas party and the launch of the new Harley Davidson Live Wire will be shared on The Dandy Gent’s Instagram and Facebook pages soon.

Pictured above; Robin Hood’s Ian Jennings (right) and Dandy Gent Barber, Stu ‘Art’ Parker roll the dice on this first joint venture.

 

Ladies of The Dandy Gent

Lauren Pell is one female in a very male dominated environment – but no complaints here, as her role is Senior Barber at one of the UK’s busiest and best traditional barber shop groups – The Dandy Gent.

Lauren started working as a barber apprentice in 2016, she served her apprenticeship directly under The Dandy Gent’s founder and owner of its three shops – Shane O’Shaughnessy, and has fast-tracked her career through sheer determination to succeed.

“I did every job before falling in love with barbering – from bar work to retail – since I started cutting hair, I’ve never looked back.”

Just 3 years from starting, and at the age of 32, Lauren is now one of The Dandy Gent’s most popular Senior Barbers, working in a team with a combined 100+ years’ experience.

“I love my work, and the team I work with,” said Lauren. “We have a lot of fun, but take our business very seriously.” She explained.

“It takes a certain character to hold my own, surrounded by these boys – but it’s all in good fun. I’m working with some very talented barbers here and there’s a lot of mutual respect that keeps the relationships healthy. “

For now, Lauren enjoys her work in one of the most successful barber shops in the UK – and that’s no idle boast.

“We are second-to-none in the East Midlands, certainly,” explains Shane. “And our consistently impressive reviews speak volumes about Lauren and the whole team. I’m very proud of them all.”

Although Lauren is one of just two female barbers in the unashamedly promoted ‘traditional’ barber shop brand, The Dandy Gent has two more ‘savvy women’ in its ranks.

Sherri O’Shaughnessy, Shane’s wife and co-founder of The Dandy Gent, who hand-makes every single item in a range of over 25 grooming products, sold through the company’s three shops, website and to trade customers worldwide – and Marketing Manager, Sarah Monsoon who has been instrumental in the growth of the brand over the last four years and now runs the latest Dandy Gent barbershop to open in Nottingham.

“Lauren, Sarah and Sherri are all shining stars at The Dandy Gent, I value every one of them very highly – but don’t tell them I said that.” Smiles Shane.

Does your hairstyle suit your face?

“A quality haircut can give you greater self-confidence, attract admiration – and bring you good fortune – It’s a fact!” 

A bold claim from Shane, who’s confident swagger shows he has utter belief in the power of the barber. “But,” he adds firmly, “It’s important to understand which style will best suit your own face, not the face of, say, a guy you saw in a magazine.”

When confronted with the question ‘what will it be today?’ Shane urges you to talk to your barber about your preferred style – or the look you want to achieve – forearmed with a little knowledge of your own.

Says Shane “Everybody has one of six common face-shapes – and you really should use your hairstyle to balance the face, frame it – or even disguise any aspect you might not be happy with.”

“If necessary, a quality barber will always talk to you about adjustments to your chosen style with your face shape in mind.

But there are still many who will give you exactly what you ask for, without question – which could be a disaster for your look.”

Identify your face shape – key features

Look at yourself in the mirror with your hair combed back off of your face. Use a bar of soap to trace the outline of your head and face on the mirror – then stand back and consider; is the shape square, triangle, round, oval, oblong or diamond?

Square
Your forehead and jawline are roughly the same width, and the angle of the jaw is sharp, with a square chin. Celebrity squares: Brad Pitt, David Beckham, James Dean and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Triangle
You have a wide forehead and cheekbones and a pointed chin. Your face can be any length. Triangular celebs: Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling.

Round
You have prominent rounded cheeks with equal width and length of your face and the angle of your jaw is soft. All-round stars: Jack Black and Elijah Wood.

Oval
You have a slightly rounded jaw and a wider forehead than jawline. The Oval face is said to resemble an egg shape. Ovalteens: George Clooney and Jude Law

Oblong
Your face is longer than it is wide with often rounded jawline. Oblong faces are longer than the oval face but more proportioned in width. Long-face legends: Ben Affleck, Kiefer Sutherland, Elvis Presley

Diamond
Narrow forehead and jawline with cheekbones the widest point. The chin is pointed. Pure diamonds: Johnny Depp and Dane Cook