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About me

Hey people, Gareth Barlow here. Been a hairdresser for 7 years, fully trained and qualified. I use this blog to share useful info for hairdressers in training. I also have a passion for health and fitness, so use this blog to share info on how to get fit in your city. I hope you find what I have to share useful. These are real passions of mine, so I hope you share my interest, and enjoy my blog. Thanks for looking guys.

Hair Grooming for Men

There is a notion that men care less about their hair than women. That is not true. There is an art when it comes to the world of male grooming, especially when it comes to hair.  Hair care can be a great way to cover up male hair loss. There are a variety of procedures that men use when it comes to hair care.

Hair Cuts

Chances are you’ll have a trusted barber or stylist who knows how to style your hair. There is a process when it comes to getting your hair cut. You’ll talk to your barber about the style that you want to achieve. He or she will expertly snip parts of your hair to achieve your desired style. Final touches will be added using a razor blade, whether it be to get a cleaner finish or add some styles to an undercut.

When the whole process is done, some hair products such as gel or wax may be added to style your hair.


A man can do a lot with a simple razor blade, shaving cream, and after shave. When your beard or mustache get too long and untamable, you can shave it off for a clean and dashing look. Add shaving cream first so your face is well-lubricated to avoid razor cuts and burns. Next, comes the shaving itself which could be done in just a few seconds depending on the amount you’re shaving off. Last, comes the aftershave to clean your open pores.

There are many processes when it comes to male grooming and hair care. All these are used to achieve a handsome look that will turn heads your way whenever you’re out for a day or night of fun.

Keeping healthy in London – Some tips and choices

London is a highly cosmopolitan megapolis, with a variety of attractions, and things to do and enjoy. If you are living and working in London, what will keep you healthy and in top form, the year round, will be your keen awareness of how things work in the city, and your knowledge of the system in UK. A large part of staying healthy is avoidance of mistakes, and not being gullible – while taking advantage of the opportunities that can boost your lifestyle.

Whatever be your income bracket, you have access to a GP (doctor), under the NHS system in UK. Choosing the right GP, and getting registered in the NHS system, should be your first priority if you are new to London. Boots and Superdrug are the two largest health/beauty retailers in UK, with branches all over London; these stores will provide for all your daily health and hygiene care, and it is to your benefit to get membership/discount cards at these stores.

A huge part of staying healthy is managing your budget, especially true in London, where things can be frightfully expensive. Always be aware of the deals on offer, groupons are very popular in London – combine a visit to a spa, massage parlour, dining place, hairdresser, waxing salon, with your friend, and save on costs. Fitness First is a hugely popular private gym and health club, you can’t miss them in London – take advantage of their best membership deals.

Eating right and reducing stress are not just important for long term health; an healthy lifestyle is also the key ingredient to beauty, good skin complexion, and luxuriant hair. Pret A Manger (the organic and healthy version of McDonald’s), is just one of the many choices you have in London to grab a healthy sandwich. Planet Organic, along with a host of independent retailers, will likewise offer you an array of options to shop healthy in London.

There are no foolproof ways to practice a healthy lifestyle in London. Staying healthy is a continuous and ongoing affair, one careless step (a bad choice of food, a sexual dalliance), can make you fall sick or infected. But in London, you will always find the best options for recovery and renewal. The system may seem complicated at first, but the city will spoil you for choice and variety, and with time, you will gain knowledge of the best options available – stay aware and keep your mind/heart open!