Who suits a moustache? 

Harry Lynn, Barber at Chaps Marina branch answers some questions on the Moustache.

Who suits a moustache?
The moustache is a very masculine look and will suit most men that take time over their appearance as it needs to be well maintained. Generally having a 'tache is looked at as a mature choice of style as it complements the more classic and iconic traditional hairstyles such as: the quiff, side part, pompador or slick back look.

What are your top tips for growing a moustache?
Growing facial hair is all about maintenance. Unfortunately, facial hair grows in different directions so it is more about keeping it in shape rather than keeping it all at one length. Moustache wax/ balms are excellent when growing a 'tache to keep things in place!

You also need to make sure you look after the skin underneath the tache area as it can easily dry out and will slow down the growth of the hair above. Do this by shampoo and conditioning when washing and also use a moisturiser on the area around the moustache.

Most importantly be realistic about the time it will take to grow the moustache. You have to go through the itchy stage and at some points it may not look to great whilst growing. Just be persistent until it is the length you desire.

When should someone come to see their barber?
Whether it's a beard trim, haircut or hot towel shave. Keeping yourself well groomed will mean visiting your barber regularly. Dependant on the look you go for will alter the time between visits to your barber.

Typically those that have a longer scissor trim will visit their barber once every 4 to 6 weeks. A more close cut with clipper work and styling should be maintained with your barber atleast every 3 to 4 weeks. Or for those that like it to look a consistent length should visit every 2 weeks. With modern barbering, skin fades have become very popular and to keep that short sharp look you should visit your barber every 7-10 days.

When it comes to maintaining your beard or 'tache you should visit your barber between every 10-14 days. As i said previously it is about maintaining the shape so don't attempt trimming it yourself.

Tell us about the Different shapes of moustache? 
There are many different shapes of moustache. The more popular ones being the handle bar, pencil and commander/imperial 'tache. Dependant on the length of your moustache you can make different shapes with it using a wax. I personally prefer the small moustache shapes if you don't have the beard to go with it!

What is the best way to style a moustache?
Dependant on the length of the moustache will change how you go about styling it, if you want to keep in short then a simple moustache balm will keep it in place and control any hairs that want to stick out in different directions. A small fine tooth comb will allow you to get all of the hairs with this. If you are having your moustache longer and twiddling the ends up then blow drying it will really help. Using a strong 'tache wax should hold it in place but  Sometimes I spray a little hair spray aswel to make sure the hold lasts all day. Another tip is to brush it everyday from the centre to the left and from the centre to the right this will help you separate the hairs into their proper direction.

Name some things you should have in your moustache kit?

  1. Beard shampoo and conditioner to keep it healthy and clean of any food that mat have got caught in there!

  2. A fine tooth comb to brush it with as you can really get all the hairs with this rather than a bigger brush.

  3. Moustache wax to keep those bigger beard styles in place.

  4. Moisturiser to stop the skin underneath the hair from getting dry. Otherwise it will become itchy and uncomfortable.

Check out my instagram page @harrylynnofficial and you can visit me ar the Chaps & Co Marina Branch #KeepItHandsome

JLT - Closed 5th- 10th August

We're Upgrading our Appearance
(and adding a 6th barber station)

As we reach the height of Summer,  expect a few Chaps barbers taking a well-earned break and for us to carry out some maintenance works at our maiden branch in Jumeirah Lake Towers

JLT barbers will be available at Marina or d3 branches between 5th and 10th August

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Is Permed hair for men, on the way back?!

For those guys who are looking to experiment with their hair and get in on the recent curly hair trends, this one’s for you. The man perm is making a comeback, and before you roll your eyes and write us off completely, we’re here to convince you that it’s decidedly much less ’80s reminiscent than expected. This modern version of the man perm incorporates style and texture for a look that gives you perfectly on-trend curly results.

Are you one of the brave souls considering trying out the man perm? Read on, to see how you should go about it

Decide on the Kind of Curls

The first thing you need to do is decide what kind of curls you want. Do you want loose relaxed curly locks, or do you wish to get very curly hair to sport an afro look? 

Go to a an expert (we have one at Chaps d3)

Go to a stylist to get the right curls. Once you have decided the style, describe it to the stylist. Relaxed curls are a good choice, as they give a sexy messy hairdo look. The stylist will use thicker rods to style your hair into loose curls. For very curly style, the stylist will use thinner rods. To get perms, you need medium length hair so that hair can be placed around rods, if you don't have enough long hair for perming, then use a curling hair serum on wet hair, and tousle your hair to get softer curls.

Getting Layers

Before perming your hair, get some layered hairstyle cut in your hair, as getting layers will add more to your style. Get the hair in the front cut into shorter length, so some curly locks fall on your forehead and bring attention to your attention. Then, get few layers near the back hair. Remember that the hair needs to be cut into layers before it is permed.

Styling and Caring

Perms contain some harsh chemicals, so you need to use them sparingly. After you get the process done, do not wash your hair for 24 hours at least. This lets the hair perms to develop and also makes them last for a couple of months. Use shampoos and conditioners, which help to deeply moisturize the hair. Use a thick tooth comb to comb your hair every morning. You can also use an anti-frizz curling hair serum on wet hair, and then tousle your hair. Serum will help in frizzy management and add more to the style.

Going Back to Straight Hair

If you don't like the permed hair look, then you can always go back to the stylist and get your hair straightening done. However, you need to wait a few weeks before the services to allow the hair to normalize. A good stylist will be able to straighten your permed hair, with the right hair products and minimize the damage to the hair.

So, use the tips above to find the right kind of perms for you, and visit a stylist to get a cool looking curly hairstyle, which suits you.

Book online - Available at our d3 branch


Esquire's 'How to leave the barbershop happy' Blogpost

Nothing spells regret like walking out of the barbershop with a great cut but not the one you expected. But just because you're not chopping your own locks doesn't mean you can't maximize your chances of getting exactly what you wanted. You can (and should) strategize before your next trip.
*Trust us—an action plan before is much better than after when it comes to taking a blade to your mane. Read on for three ways to set yourself up for the perfect cut

1. Bring a Reference (or Two)

Don't be afraid of bringing a photo along of your favorite hair model celebrity. An example is the best way to articulate to your stylist (and yourself) what you're looking for in a cut. "Clients always apologize, thinking that it'll somehow offend us or limit our creativity but in reality, it's a more efficient way to communicate a vision and it allows the barber to 'get down to business,'

2. Have Realistic Expectations

Even the best barber can't whip up a David Beckham mane out of thin air. Your cut goals should stay within reason. "A good barber will know how to adapt a style to your face and your hair type, but you have to respect reality. If you have thinning hair, a barber can create the impression of fullness and provide products to fatten up your locks, but you aren't going to leave with more hair than you came in with.

3. Ask Questions—and Take Notes

Men always complain about not being able to recreate the look they got from the barber when they try it themselves. There's a simple solution to this—pay attention during your cut. If anyone's an expert on your hair, it's your barber. Take note of what products or heat tools they use, and ask about their process and at-home tips.

Esquire Magazine 2017



Booking & Payments Update

As we continue to refine our processes to enhance your experience.
Chaps & Co are very excited to share our new online booking platform with cashless payment feature. 

When booking online, you'll now need to securely add card info to your profile. It's all safely encrypted with PCI compliance, which means we never see your card details.

At the time of booking, you won't be charged! 
After your appointment, you seamlessly pay at the push of a button. 

You're all set! Let's book your next appointment online.

A few 'tips' to keep in mind... for your barber

1. Show up early, expect a wait. 

On barbershop etiquette: a man’s haircut takes time. A man’s haircut is important. And therefore, a man should not be perceivably sore if their barber is behind schedule. Likewise: show up early. Respect their schedule.

2. Loyalists are top:

When you find a barber, follow him (or her) to the ends of the earth. But how do you find one and when do you know? Referrals are the easiest. We’ve been here. We cannot recommend these guys enough. And remember, you’re not looking for a conversationalist, you’re looking for an exceptional cut. Keepers always have a great memory. If they understand your hair by the second visit (i.e., growth patterns, the way it falls), and the cut is noticeably better than the first, you’re well on your way.

3. Be overly descriptive. 

“Just a little off the top.” “Uh, clean me up.” “Whatever you want. Something simple.” These are things no barber wants to hear. Get personal. Tell ‘em what you don’t like and ask how they can fix it. Ask them if there’s a term for that. And do not be abashed by bringing a picture. Ten out of ten barbers say it really does help.

4. Tip well. Tip always. 

Goes without saying. Standard is AED20. Anything more, they’ll remember you and take note.