WAHL – The Innovators of Beard Trimming Technology

Today I'm going to wax lyrical about Wahl, the pioneers and trailblazers of hair clippers and beard trimmers. This year they celebrate 100 years of successfully innovating beard trimming technology, so I'm taking a moment to doth my proverbial hat to Leo Wahl, who in 1919, created the first electric hair clipper, revolutionising the way we sculpt our beards and facial hair today. 

Leo Wahl was to beard trimmers, what Dr Emmet Brown was to time travel. I think that analogy works better in my head. I digress. 

As many of you know I'm a patron of Ruffians barbers, (free plug) and like to maintain the upkeep of my beard and hair by visiting them on a fortnightly basis. It has not gone unnoticed by this Lifestyle Blogger that the barbers in Ruffians whom I consider to be connoisseurs, swear by the Wahl products

There is no greater endorsement in my mind for a hair clipper or beard trimmer than when you find your respected barber eulogising about its merits. 

How often should I go to the barber? 

The reason why I go to the barber so frequently, is because it's important for me to feel good about myself. My face is my business card. It needs to impress. I also feel really awesome after a good visit to the barbers. 

Do you ever get that? You feel like a million bucks when you get a trim, you want to take 1000 pictures, you want to send them all to your ex-girlfriend and say, 'look at me now woman!' 

It was not a surprise to me when I read Wahl’s recent study that shows 81% of men feel most confident in the two-week period after a haircut and/or beard trim, but 70% still leave it for over a month between trims.

This means that up to half of some men’s life is spent feeling less positive than he could do, all while a simple solution is close to hand. Drop me a comment in the box below if you'd like to read the rest of that study, I'll forward it on. 

Simon Shaw, Global Artistic Director at Wahl, said: “From the survey results, it is clear to see the affect that maintained personal grooming can have on positive life situations and a man’s overall wellbeing. At Wahl, we have been at the centre of men’s grooming for the past 100 years and have seen the impact that our products have had on people’s happiness after a new haircut, beard trim or in between cuts. We look forward to more of these moments over the next 100 years.”

I'm also a flagbearer for Wahl, using their products in my own home. I still have and use the first one I ever had - it works exactly the same today as it did back as new. I also use one that is waterproof in the shower and a cool vacuum one that collects the hair as you shave! 

So you get the idea, I love Wahl. They're awesome, that's why they've been around for 100 years and still continue to be on the vanguard of beard trimming technology and innovation. Do yourself a favour and get one for yourself, get one for your Dad while you're at it. (Father's Day plug, nudge nudge). 

I've done some Vlogs over on my YouTube channel about male grooming, but when it comes to hair and beard trimming, you should go straight to the top and head to www.wahl.co.uk for the latest grooming tips straight from the barbershop.

To celebrate its 100 Year Anniversary, Wahl is giving you and a friend the chance to win a trip to Chicago – where the brand began. You can find details on how the enter here

*This paid sponsored post was created in collaboration with Wahl UK & Ruffians.

Award Winning Hair Care by Kell Skött in Notting Hill

When I was a wee little lad and being 2 months premature, I didn't really have any hair until I was about 2 years old, furthermore I was around 5 before I had my first haircut! Most of my primary school years my hair was left au-natural with the curls taking over and the cut in hair-cut was seemingly left off. During secondary school, I had two styles. The first was to brush my hair back with as much gel as possible and the other being a tin-tin like quiff...class! Then came the dark-ages of my 20's where I just used to get a short back and sides with a number 5 on top too. Short and no character at all, I just wanted to cut off the curls. This is a time where a haircut for me was to go to the nearest hairdressers, it didn't matter who cut my hair and it only cost £5, not a care in the world. I then had a transition period of my late 20's where I started to grow my hair out, although I still didn't like my curls, so that caused me to straighten them. Finally in my 30's where I'm confident in my look and realise what works for me, I've learnt to love my natural curls. I usually keep the back and sides quite short but keep the top at a medium length...I no longer straighten my hair although I've learnt that a quick blow dry keeps the curl shape and allows me to manipulate my hair into style that I want.

It is important to pick the right hair salon and hairdresser for your hair and when you find one stick with them. Kell Skött is a hair salon you can trust, award winning with exceptional staff. Kell Scött are situated in Notting Hill in a picturesque mews, so it's not like a typical high-street hairdressers that you'll walk past and walk-in...you have to be in-the-know and now you know! I booked myself in for a haircut and luxury treatment for dry irritating scalp. 

When I arrived at this beautiful, salon I met Paul who is the salon co-ordinator, who welcomed me...but my attention was immediately taken by the dog!!! SOLD, I'm coming back regardless of the haircut (which was amazing by the way)! 

Miles is one of the salon's principal stylists who was going to cut my hair for the day...he listened to exactly what I wanted in my haircut and cut it incredibly. You know some stylists just cut, cut and cut some more until you have no hair left - not here, they listen to your requirements and have the skills to deliver to your needs. 

The final member of staff who helped make my experience amazing was Isabell who gave THE best head massage ever whilst shampooing and conditioning my hair. She also treated me to a coffee and brownie, which are two of my favourite things! After my haircut was finished by Miles, Isabell started on my scalp treatment which soothed my scalp immediately.

However I have to save the best staff member until last, although I'm ashamed that I cant remember his name...the dog. What a beautiful friendly dog whose lucky day it was because I still have some liver treats in my pocket from walking my dog earlier in the morning! I think after treating him, we bonded...pals for life!

All in all, an incredible experience and I would like to extend my thanks to Kell Scött, Paul and the team for making this experience. Some hair salons feel very small and cramped and you feel that everyone is listening to your conversations which can feel quite intimidating. At Kell Scött the salon is spacious and hand-on-heart the most relaxed and welcomed that I have ever been when visiting a hair salon. The location, salon, staff and the dog all pitched in to make me want to come back again and again.




Much needed Grooming with Pall Mall Barbers

Men's grooming is one of the largest growing sectors in the UK currently, along with tattoo cover-ups, craft beers and London-Dry gins - supposedly! Which is why I headed over to Pall Mall Barbers to get a haircut, beard trim and beard shaping. Shaving is always something I normally do stark bolluck naked at home in a poorly lit bathroom so as you can imagine, I never really do my beard justice or give it the treatment that it deserves. Having someone look at your beard (stubble in my case) and shape it based on how the facial hairs grows and your face structure can transform your look.

Pall Ball Barbers are in 4 locations around London - Fitzrovia, Bishopsgate, Trafalgar Square and Westminster, which was the one that I personally visited. My barber was Dil who has been cutting hair and throats (not literally) since he was 17 years old...I'm in good hands! 

My Barber Dil was friendly and extremely knowledgable and listened to what I wanted in a haircut, which is incredibly important trait in a barber. I feel that barbers need to totally understand your style, your lifestyle and your personality to be able to cut your hair appropriately. 

The style of haircut I was given was a modern pompadour, which suits my wire-like mane! One the sides we went for a 0.5 grade.

Haircut done and it was time for my beard shaping, which I was very nervous about - as although my beard isn't in great shape and has a few patches in it...I'm very protective over how it is trimmed. I normally like the hair grow how it wishes and trim it with my clippers to the same length to keep it quite natural. So having straight lines and a perfect beard trim is quite different to what I normal look like.

Most peoples facial hair grows at different lengths and in different directions which is why having someone professional care for it makes all the difference as it is very hard (impossible) to replicate at home what a barber can create.

The shave started with a pre-shave exfoliate, followed by a trim, then the hot towel treatment - which makes you look ridiculous (see above) but was the most relaxing minute ever! Following on with the razored beard shaping and finally a soothing post-shave treatment.

So there you have the final look, what do you think? You too can book yourself in for a spot of men's grooming here...go on treat yourself.