Monday, June 25, 2012

Buster A. Boyd enjoying a smoke from the Peterson Pipe of the Year 2007, packed with vanilla spice from the Tinder Box.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Subtle Shave tips:
I felt like compiling a list of the more subtle lessons that I have been learning with regards to straight razor shaving.  If nothing else, I look forward to referring back to much of this information for my own benefit at a later date.  I hope it can be helpful to a few others as well.
1) Hand Sanitizer- Besides the obvious application for clean hands, hand sanitizer is essential for eliminating the irritation of your guests face.  The alcohol in the sanitizer will help to break-down YOUR natural skin oils that, when forced into a guest’s pores when applying product to their face, can be a significant source of irritation.  I apply and re-apply 6-12 times during a shave.
2) New Blades-  Depending completely on the type of handle and blades you are using, don’t be stingy with your blades.  As it stands right now, I am using the Dovo Shavette and derby blades.  I have made a goal to use at least 4 (often times 6) fresh blades on each shave.  This has really helped me to recognize the characteristic and feel of the blade and the sensation (good or bad) that it is creating for my guest.  Sometimes, a blade just doesn’t feel right even if it’s brand new.  Especially in sensitive areas like the mustache, throw it out.  For a few extra pennies, get a new blade and keep the standard high.
3) The Trinity of a good shave- I have really started to believe that once you have your skills down, as long as the guest’s face is CLEAN, WARM and LUBRICATED, you can do almost anything you need to do to the skin without destroying it.  If any one of these factors begins lacking, address it.  Throw on as many hot towels as it takes or re-apply shave lather as often as is needed.  I may use around 6-10 towels on a shave and I re-apply product around 5 times to the various areas I shave as I come to them.
4) Toners- Astringents are the standard I know, but they are often harsh and aggressive.  Immediately following a shave, the face should be regarded almost as an open wound (of course this is a bit dramatic). It must be healed, soothed and protected. A TONER, especially an alcohol free one, is the first thing that should be used post-shave to restore pH balance and prepare the skin to receive moisture from a balm or lotion. 
Obviously, there is much more to an incredible shave, but these are just a few thoughts that have been with me recently.
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Subtle Shave tips:

I felt like compiling a list of the more subtle lessons that I have been learning with regards to straight razor shaving.  If nothing else, I look forward to referring back to much of this information for my own benefit at a later date.  I hope it can be helpful to a few others as well.

1) Hand Sanitizer- Besides the obvious application for clean hands, hand sanitizer is essential for eliminating the irritation of your guests face.  The alcohol in the sanitizer will help to break-down YOUR natural skin oils that, when forced into a guest’s pores when applying product to their face, can be a significant source of irritation.  I apply and re-apply 6-12 times during a shave.

2) New Blades-  Depending completely on the type of handle and blades you are using, don’t be stingy with your blades.  As it stands right now, I am using the Dovo Shavette and derby blades.  I have made a goal to use at least 4 (often times 6) fresh blades on each shave.  This has really helped me to recognize the characteristic and feel of the blade and the sensation (good or bad) that it is creating for my guest.  Sometimes, a blade just doesn’t feel right even if it’s brand new.  Especially in sensitive areas like the mustache, throw it out.  For a few extra pennies, get a new blade and keep the standard high.

3) The Trinity of a good shave- I have really started to believe that once you have your skills down, as long as the guest’s face is CLEAN, WARM and LUBRICATED, you can do almost anything you need to do to the skin without destroying it.  If any one of these factors begins lacking, address it.  Throw on as many hot towels as it takes or re-apply shave lather as often as is needed.  I may use around 6-10 towels on a shave and I re-apply product around 5 times to the various areas I shave as I come to them.

4) Toners- Astringents are the standard I know, but they are often harsh and aggressive.  Immediately following a shave, the face should be regarded almost as an open wound (of course this is a bit dramatic). It must be healed, soothed and protected. A TONER, especially an alcohol free one, is the first thing that should be used post-shave to restore pH balance and prepare the skin to receive moisture from a balm or lotion. 

Obviously, there is much more to an incredible shave, but these are just a few thoughts that have been with me recently.

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Barber Tip:  Rather than talc, I have been using Jack Black’s organic Lavender and Green Tea powder for the dusting of the neck. 
In case you are not in the practice of applying powder to your guest, it is perfect right after a shampoo, haircut or shave.  It helps to absorb any excess moisture, provides silky smooth skin under the collar and of course it adds a memorable fragrance that is clean and calming. 
In case you are not sure what to call these types of brushes for the sake of searching online, they are most commonly referred to as neck dusters. 
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Barber Tip:  Rather than talc, I have been using Jack Black’s organic Lavender and Green Tea powder for the dusting of the neck. 

In case you are not in the practice of applying powder to your guest, it is perfect right after a shampoo, haircut or shave.  It helps to absorb any excess moisture, provides silky smooth skin under the collar and of course it adds a memorable fragrance that is clean and calming. 

In case you are not sure what to call these types of brushes for the sake of searching online, they are most commonly referred to as neck dusters.

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Hot Towel Shave Demo performed by Fernando Petty in the Barber Lab at The Absinthe Parlour with Buster A. Boyd. 

And they say that barbering is a “dying art.”  Haha.

Bespoke Barbers in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
Buster Boyd: Wardrobe

Buster Boyd: Wardrobe

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Haha, sorry it took me so long to post this!  Here you go everyone:  A close-up picture of my knuckles.  I can’t believe that some of you guys even noticed I had knuckle tattoos.  Enjoy!

Haha, sorry it took me so long to post this!  Here you go everyone:  A close-up picture of my knuckles.  I can’t believe that some of you guys even noticed I had knuckle tattoos.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Buster Boyd: On beards and facial hair.

Facial Hair is like make-up for the stylish and distinguished gentleman.

Buster Boyd: Wardobe
Cap by Burton
Vest by Utah Woolen Mills
Jacket by Banana Republic British Wool Collection
Cole Haan Leather Shoes
Just like sharp scissors, sharp razors and sharp skills… a sharp wardrobe keeps me inspired, motivated and helps be become a better barber.

Buster Boyd: Wardobe

  • Cap by Burton
  • Vest by Utah Woolen Mills
  • Jacket by Banana Republic British Wool Collection
  • Cole Haan Leather Shoes

Just like sharp scissors, sharp razors and sharp skills… a sharp wardrobe keeps me inspired, motivated and helps be become a better barber.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Maintaining my heavy metal helps me to become a better barber.

Oster Titan Clippers. 

My Oster Titans just recently started to get really hot right in the middle of the grip underneath my thumb and forefingers.  Thanks to this video, I added a spot of oil into the ball bearing hole and they are right as rain.

Buster Boyd: Wardrobe

  • Gstar Raw Denim Jeans
  • Cole Haan Shoes
  • Utah Woolen Mills Vest
  • Thrift Store Shirt
  • Grandfather’s Necktie
  • Banana Republic Linen Suit Jacket
Gritty

Gritty