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The best men’s grooming salons in Essex!

Want to find a new, luxury salon? Exquisite spoke to men’s salons in Essex to find out why they are the best around as well as asking for those all-important summer grooming tips…

Mitchell’s Barbers

Mitchell’s Barbers excels in demonstrating a traditional barbershop atmosphere but with a modern twist. The company has four branches located in Brentwood, Chelmsford, Hornchurch and Buckhurst Hill. We spoke to the Chelmsford branch manager, Adam Palmer, to find out the business strives to provide a gentleman experience.

What makes Mitchell’s Barbers the best place for men’s grooming in Essex?

‘While many barbers have opted to run an appointment based system, Mitchell’s Barbers maintain a service that is dedicated to providing the customer what they want, regardless of time. No queues, no appointments, we are incredibly efficient at what we do. Additionally, we are experts at producing timeless hairstyles at affordable pricing. Our tier pricing system ensures that customers are paying a fair amount of money for the service.’

Can you give our readers any summer grooming tips?

‘We recommend a short, smart haircut. Fades are very popular currently and we can understand why with this heat! We are hoping to introduce our own product range soon and expand the business into other areas of Essex.'

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Visit Mitchell's Barbers for more information.

T: 01277 262927 (Brentwood)

T: 01245 356986 (Chelmsford)

T: 01708 473238 (Hornchurch)

T: 020 8505 5074 (Buckfast Hill)

Hudson & Sons

Hudson and Sons are focused on delivering quality without compromises. The company, founded in Rayleigh, has been trading for over 30 years and has recently opened a new branch in Leigh-on-Sea. We spoke to the owner, Mark Hudson, to find out why his barbers are so special.

What makes Hudson and Sons the best place for men’s grooming in Essex?

‘Our attention to detail. Hudson and Son’s is founded upon providing men with quality finishes instead of generating a huge income. We ensure that our customer is fully satisfied with the service, before leaving. Our prices have not risen in 5 years. It is a family-run business and we are proud to have so many regular customers.'

Can you give our readers any summer grooming tips?

‘Our motto is to create, cut and maintain. Especially in the hot weather, we highly recommend men to maintain a short haircut to reduce the likelihood of scalp irritation from perspiration. Also, it is incredibly important to use the right product - for body and hair. We use the best products so that our customers receive a quality finish.’

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 Visit Hudson and Sons for more information.

T: 01268 742222

Alfie Allen

Alfie Allen is a thriving, popular men’s salon based in Colchester. The company prides itself on providing luxury products and services to all its clients. Defined as bespoke and innovative, we spoke to the manager, Alfie, about his grooming establishment.

What makes Alfie Allen the best place for men’s grooming in Essex?

'Our drive for client satisfaction. Alfie Allen uses a wide range of high-end products in order to tailor our customer’s experience. We do not charge extraordinary prices with a wash-cut-finish priced at £20. Our current income is increasing the likelihood of another Alfie Allen store opening up elsewhere in Essex in the future.'

Can you give our readers any summer grooming tips?

‘The product that customers use is important. We recommend that customers purchase products from men’s salons as they offer quality products as opposed to those found in mainstream retail stores. Salon products tend to be water-based products and therefore are more consumer friendly.’

Visit Alfie Allen for more information.

T: 01206 621079

David Beckham launches new grooming brand

The highly anticipated David Beckham grooming brand has been unveiled… After sustaining 13 successful years with a men’s fragrance range, David Beckham is now set to launch HOUSE 99, his first global grooming brand. The launch of Beckham’s next project has been highly anticipated; featuring a complete collection of 21 innovative products to conquer every style ambition, it will provide all the tools needed to experiment with in order to express your own evolving style and unique identity. In collaboration with L’Oréal Luxe, the HOUSE 99 brand takes a holistic approach to grooming, merging British barbershop culture and style with hair, skin, beard and tattoo creativity to build a home for every man’s next look. This new grooming brand will launch in the UK, exclusively at Harvey Nichols, on February 1st 2018, and will roll out to other British retailers, and in 19 countries, from March 1st 2018. As one of the world’s most famous style icons, David Beckham continues to challenge the notion of what it means to be “masculine”. Notoriously experimenting and reinventing his own image, the East London-born footballer, historically made caring about your style and changing your look acceptable amongst men. He inspired a generation and redefined ‘male culture’ – not just in the UK but across the world. The new grooming range includes a ‘Seriously Groomed Beard & Hair Balm’, a ‘Smooth Back Shaping Pomade’, a ‘Greater Look Face Moisturizer’, and a ‘Bold Statement Tattoo Body Moisturizer’.

Grooming News – V76 Inspiration

After a successful UK launch last year, grooming brand V76 have gone from strength to strength, creating better and more sophisticated products for the growing grooming market. The US brand are now one of the most sort-after grooming brands in the world, working with some of the world’s greatest salons and building an A-list client base in New York, with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Daniel Day Lewis, Bill Clinton and Al Pacino all favoring the high quality grooming products. Taking a modern approach to formulations, ingredients and performance, the V76 range captures every element of men’s grooming. Most recently, V76 inspired the hairstyle sported by Daniel Day Lewis (pictured) in the Oscar nominated film,<i>Phantom Thread</i>. Founder of grooming brand V76, Vaughn Acord calls this cut a “low Hollywood taper”, which means it’s a low taper cut with some lived-in texture. Acord told GQ: “The high taper cuts that have been popular recently have a lot of length or heavy overlay on top,” he explained for context, “but this cut sits low, so there is fullness and balance to the sides and back. The hair is meant to be swept back, as if it melts that way.” At the heart of grooming brand V76 are four distinct categories: Well Groomed, Boldly Barbered, Face Forward and Gifted Man, each one distinguished to celebrate the diversity of men’s grooming and promote the idea that, “It has never been more OK to care about how you look.” Acord says, “V76 by Vaughn is a full men’s grooming line, empowering guys everywhere to look their best. When we do, we feel better, we perform better. Being part of this strong global awareness and factoring in my lifetime of experience helps understanding of the growing men’s market, and the vision of our brand.”

Award-winning grooming brand men-ü have released their new range

Men’s grooming brand, men-ü is the latest male orientated product range to storm the market. Men-ü are a revolutionary line of high performance, ultra concentrate products and believe that a little goes a long way! They dedicate their time shaping the perfect formula that uses the finest ingredients. All of their products fit neatly in the hand and into a man’s lifestyle, bathroom, sports or travel bag. Their brand new products focus on styling hair professionally and conveniently, and also address the issue of loss of hair. Losing your hair can be a major worry for men of all ages and a sensitive issue to talk about. Lloyd Hughes, Creative Director of male grooming brand men-ü and a multi salon owner comments on how to help thinning hair with the right cut, styling product and washing your hair. “Speak to your hair stylist about a strong, tall, lean and masculine cut with a square shape. This will take the focus away from the lack of density in the upper regions” says Lloyd. The key is keep your top layers at no more than 3 inches in length to keep in line with the strong masculine shape created through the sides. Lloyd notes that “products such as traditional pomades will weigh the hair down and flatten to your head, again exposing more scalp than we would like, as well as losing that strong masculine shape.” It’s important to invest time in researching a product that works for you and not buying a one size fits all product off the shelf. The men-ü hair product LIQUIFFLEX liquefies in the hand, enabling even distribution, coating and swelling each hair strand. The result is a fuller shape that shows the good side of the hair you have and not highlighting the areas where you have less Shampoo and conditioner is often overlooked in a men’s grooming routine but can have a huge impact on thinning hair. Hair washing is essential to stronger and healthier hair growth. In a nutshell, it’s all about the scalp. Lloyd explains that “the sebaceous glands beneath the scalp secrete oil onto the surface, denying the hair shaft a clean healthy environment to grow and flourish. The hair shaft becomes weaker, eventually snapping off, in technical terms this is known as shedding.” Use a quality shampoo such as the men-ü daily refresh shampoo and daily moisturising conditioner developed and designed to specifically combat the issues that directly affect men.

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