Come Sunday, it’s Shavember - time for all those mighty MOvember charity moustaches to be whisked away.
Once December 1 dawns, men can resort to being smoothies and Meadowhall’s man haven, Barber Barber, has staff razor-ready.
The men’s hair and shave salon will be staging a shave-off party that day, giving 20 ‘tache chaps a complimentary shave in aid of Movember and presenting the winner of the Meadowhall Facebook page’s best mo competition with their king of shaves, the £40, 40-minute, luxurious Le Grande.
“We’ve been encouraging customers to join in the charity campaign via our website and the day should be a lot of fun. We’re expecting to see ‘taches of all shapes, sizes and hues,” says Phil Evans, a city hairdresser for 22 years who came up with the idea of the men-only salon.
“The male grooming market is booming, men are far more demanding about their haircuts and Meadowhall seemed the ideal location,” says Phil, who already owns unisex salon Blow at Virgin Active in Millhouses.
“We are open as late as the centre is, so there are loads of after-work appointments, and there’s free parking. At weekends, we get men coming in for a cut or a shave while their partners cruise the shops.”
Haircuts cost from £10 to £25 (Fifties quiffed styles are a speciality, as my husband can now vouch) and shaves from £10 stubble, goatee and beard trims to the £20 Ladies’ Fave - a 20-minute cut-throat shave designed to leave men’s faces kissably-smooth, and that luxurious 40-minute version, which begins with the entire face being wrapped in hot towels to soften and raise the stubble, followed by a massage with facial oil, shaving cream applied with a badger hair brush and not one, but two wet shaves. “Staff have been trained by a shaving expert from a male-grooming emporium in London and will skilfully remove every last whisker,” says Phil. “The double shave sees the razor shave firstly in the direction of the hair’s growth, then against it to remove that very last trace of stubble.”
Star readers will receive £5 off any Barber Barber hair or shave service on December 1.
* See the Barber Barber Le Grande shave being carried out with our video at www.thestar.co.uk