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.

Thursday, June 21, 2012
A rare sit down.

A rare sit down.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Mustache: work in progress.  I give it another 6 weeks. 

Mustache: work in progress.  I give it another 6 weeks. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012
Godliness wishes it was next to cleanliness, Cleanliness rules!
I have mentioned in many past posts that I love to use MRx sanitation spray to keep pretty much anything clean.  I have received TONS of emails asking what it is and where to get it.  Here is a picture of exactly what I use.  I have been getting it at Peerless Beauty and Barber Supply.  I don’t remember how much it costs, but it is not expensive.  
This stuff is great because you can use it on combs or bushes, and even on skin as a cleanser/astringent.  It has a very clean and slightly herbal-esque fragrance and most of my customers respond in a positive way.  I can spray it on my hands or even on the nape of the guest’s neck after a quick razor. 
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Godliness wishes it was next to cleanliness, Cleanliness rules!

I have mentioned in many past posts that I love to use MRx sanitation spray to keep pretty much anything clean.  I have received TONS of emails asking what it is and where to get it.  Here is a picture of exactly what I use.  I have been getting it at Peerless Beauty and Barber Supply.  I don’t remember how much it costs, but it is not expensive.  

This stuff is great because you can use it on combs or bushes, and even on skin as a cleanser/astringent.  It has a very clean and slightly herbal-esque fragrance and most of my customers respond in a positive way.  I can spray it on my hands or even on the nape of the guest’s neck after a quick razor. 

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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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Best Shave Ever: Tip
Keep mug, brush and razor clean, dry and put away.  Especially in the bathroom.  Keeping your shave gear out of the reach of bacteria from flushing toilets etc will dramatically reduce your potential for breakouts.  Cleanliness is one of the most important factors of the perfect shave.  Clean hands, skin and hardware does much to reduce irritation and breakouts from dirt, oil and bacteria.
Next level:  Rather than using a cake or shave soap that stays for months in the bottom of your mug, find a lathering shave cream that come in a tube that you roll down.  A really great lather will have moisturizers and essential oils.  This allows you to wash and dry your brush and mug after each shave.  Be a champ and consider keeping an antiseptic spray like MRx near by to cleanse blades and handles.  I like to keep hand sanitizer handy to use on my hands immediately before a shave. 
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Best Shave Ever: Tip

Keep mug, brush and razor clean, dry and put away.  Especially in the bathroom.  Keeping your shave gear out of the reach of bacteria from flushing toilets etc will dramatically reduce your potential for breakouts.  Cleanliness is one of the most important factors of the perfect shave.  Clean hands, skin and hardware does much to reduce irritation and breakouts from dirt, oil and bacteria.

Next level:  Rather than using a cake or shave soap that stays for months in the bottom of your mug, find a lathering shave cream that come in a tube that you roll down.  A really great lather will have moisturizers and essential oils.  This allows you to wash and dry your brush and mug after each shave.  Be a champ and consider keeping an antiseptic spray like MRx near by to cleanse blades and handles.  I like to keep hand sanitizer handy to use on my hands immediately before a shave. 

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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.

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Sunday, March 18, 2012
Buster Boyd: Be Prepared
Pocket Watch
Wallet
Gum
Comb
Notebook
Business Cards

Buster Boyd: Be Prepared

  • Pocket Watch
  • Wallet
  • Gum
  • Comb
  • Notebook
  • Business Cards
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!