There was a time when having straight hair was everything and if you already had it, then my god I want it straighter. Curls and waves were banished, never to be seen in public. The days of straightening your hair within an inch of its life, any kink or slight hint of wave would be immediately clamped and taught a severe lesson. Once all the clamping, flattening, smoothing had sufficed, a mad dash to avoid the impending rain which, if caught would make your hair go a mixture of bent waves and a bucket load of unnecessary volume.. We've all been there. Then, like all fashion trends, straighteners suddenly became abandoned, left to sizzle away in man draws.. Along came the revolution. A spray, that could give you confidence to embrace your natural curl and wave. Something to make you believe that you too might know how it feels to wear the infamous 'surfer look'. (Oh c'mon, we've all been there. You know the guys I'm talking about as your wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or even your dog, looks on longingly at Brads, 'fresh out of the surf curls'). Applied to damp hair, teamed with a low speed and medium heat form your hairdryer, Sea Salt Spray by Dapper Dan will give you a strong matte finish, easing those curls and waves out in to the open. The only tool needed, sits at the end of your wrists. Tease that wave out by simply scrunching your hair between your fingers. Gently does it. Be careful not to over dry it. The hair will end up coarse and too dry and will become difficult to style, particularly with the product giving off a matte finish. Keep your powder dry and your dryer moving. A couple of seconds on each scrunch will suffice. Be brave, embrace those unruly curls. There are no rules.
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We are running a Facebook* based competition on our Gents Quarter page.
All you have to do is choose your side for your chance to get a free spruce up at Gents Quarter.
Winner chosen on 21st January.
Spruce up - wash, cut and finish followed by a cutthroat shave or beard maintenance.
We are even throwing in a Mr Natty’s shaving kit for the clean shaven or a beard wash/balm for the bearded so you can keep up with the new look!
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The winner will be notified by email and/or DM on Twitter/Facebook and/or letter within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered.The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
We are really pleased to say we now have a fourth full time member of the Gents Quarter team starting on wednesday the 20th. We are really excited to welcome him into the family but thought we would grill him on lifes important questions first:
1. Red or brown sauce?
2. Best football team?
A. Arsenal (we will work on that)
3. Favourite hair style?
A. Kid 'N Play
4. Best style icon?
A. Will Smith
5. Cadbury or Galaxy?
6. Favourite drink (proper)?
7. Spare time activities?
A. All types of sport and eating (cue Olly, Nick and Dan's gym membership!)
8. Favourite band?
A. J Cole
9. Can't live without...?
10. Favourite hair product
A. Matte paste
We’ve gone all weird…
We caught up with the Weird Ape guys a while ago and had a play with their watches. When they tried taking the watches we had tried on back we explained that the only way they would see them again would be over our cold dead bodies. Things got a bit awkward.
Eventually we came to an agreement. If you have been to the shop you may have spotted the guys wearing some rather dapper watches or seen said watches on display. We are now in a local partnership with Weird Ape and if you’ve seen the watches and fallen in love you can get a 10% discount with our code: GQ10
The Kolt skeleton watch (the one where you can see inside it) is £149, the Mayfair with the mesh strap is £79 and the Duke (the minimal watch with tan strap) is £69.
We’ve also just heard of some new models coming in August…..
Dan and Nick got the opportunity to go to the Barber Expo the other day. They packed their hip flasks and headed straight to the NEC Birmingham…. unfortunately the expo was in Telford.
Eventually the guys arrived.
Barber Connect is the world's largest barber exhibition #Fact. Its a great opportunity to catch up with others in the industry, share tall tales and try and bag some freebies.
You also get a chance to get a trim from your peers…
Dan managed to get in with Gio. We love the guys from Schorem and even though we already rock a pompadour we like to keep abreast with their videos...
Nick went over to Wez from the Heartbreak Club Barbershop. Another group whose work we always follow.
I think we need to start doing videos!
Preparation for fathers day can mean tens of minutes trawling through the internet to find a gift.
Precious minutes that could spent more wisely by reading our blogs. Don’t worry though because this is both a blog and your answer to father's day gift dilemmas.
We have gone through thousands of gift ideas and whittled them down to a couple ideas that are (by pure coincidence) available to order on our site.
Beard loving Dad:
Non-Beard Dad: Product Link
If you are still unsure we have a range of gift vouchers for the ultimate barber experience. Product Link