Barbering’s new-found popularity, and an appreciation for traditional grooming products, has seen the revival of hair tonics … a product that’s been associated with old-school barbering for more than a century. For a while, they’ve been overlooked for more modern alternatives … but they’re back. And for good reason.
These no-gimmick, energising elixirs help to reinvigorate the scalp, provide vigour and freshness, promote a natural shine and offer a light hold to help set and define simple styles. They help to protect your hair from heat during blow-dry styling and, when massaged intensely into the scalp, help to condition and moisturise the hair while stimulating circulation. The effects of this pampering session are sleek and healthy locks, less dandruff, and repaired split ends. The light hold created by these luscious liquids also makes hair easier to work with for professionals and can create the vital foundation needed to build extravagant hairstyles.
The Bluebeards Revenge Hair Tonics, available in the brand’s iconic Classic and Cuban scents, also grant their users with hair that smells irresistible … the classic has a sweet, modern, barbershop-inspired fragrance, the Cuban packs a punchy exotic scent – the perfect combo of British barbering and Caribbean cheer. R310 from Sorbet MAN stores.
Optiphi Body Curve Cleanse and Shave offers improved shaving comfort while also cleansing the skin. Love a double-use product!
R350 from optiphi.com
Longmarket Barber Hair Wax is a conditioning and sculpting wax for hair and beard. R99.95 from Woolworths.
Montblanc Legend Eau de Parfum is the reinterpretation of the Montblanc Legend fragrance. Elegant and sophisticated, it’s all bergamot and violet, jasmine and geranium, with base notes of moss, and wood. From R1299, from Truworths, Edgars, Foschini, Dis-Chem and Clicks.
Jules Dedet, the renowned street artist, is the aptly chosen face of this new Jimmy Choo Urban Hero fragrance – a nod to the confident, mysterious man with a hint of rebellion. It gives off intense woody notes, think grey amber and leather accord, which mix with warm black pepper and sensual rosewood, and fresh lemon caviar. From R1299, at Truworths, Edgars, Foschini, Dis-Chem, Clicks.
What is it with men’s products? They’re all easy-to-use, multipurpose, two-in-one … we should take lessons. The Glow Man is a two-in-one (obviously) body wash and peeling glove. Oh. And it has an ergonomic shape. Because … boys! R199 from Woolies.
Bentley Momentum Unlimited is as lush as the sleek interior of a Bentley motorcar! The first rev is a burst of bracing grapefruit and tart green apple, with the citrusy brightness of cardamom. As it reaches cruising altitude, the heart notes take a new direction, with the wood and leather notes inspired by the luxurious interior of Bentley cars. After that, it’s all skin musks and ambroxan, a quintessentially masculine ambery note. You’ll find it at Truworths and Dis-Chem, for R1499.
Compiled by: KYM ARGO