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:  If you are one who uses neck dusting brushes or others for keeping your client clean, I suggest a splash of Bay Rum to take things to the next level. 
(I am ever mindful of the fact that in most states, neck dusters and other such brushes are technically off limits)
With that in mind, I do use an anti-septic spray by the name of MRx that kills staph, strep etc. to keep any dusters as clean as possible. 
I picked up a tip from Fernando here at the shop.  We like to use a brand new large shoe brush to keep things clean during tight clipper work, both for us as well as the guest’s comfort.  The smaller horse hair shoe brush is perfect for keeping all my clippers and trimmers hair free before I hit them with the clippercide. 
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Barber Tip:  If you are one who uses neck dusting brushes or others for keeping your client clean, I suggest a splash of Bay Rum to take things to the next level. 

(I am ever mindful of the fact that in most states, neck dusters and other such brushes are technically off limits)

With that in mind, I do use an anti-septic spray by the name of MRx that kills staph, strep etc. to keep any dusters as clean as possible. 

I picked up a tip from Fernando here at the shop.  We like to use a brand new large shoe brush to keep things clean during tight clipper work, both for us as well as the guest’s comfort.  The smaller horse hair shoe brush is perfect for keeping all my clippers and trimmers hair free before I hit them with the clippercide.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Buster Boyd Bespoke Barber (Life):  Bourbon, Cigars and Old School Jacksons.

Local Master Barber and Instructor Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The cuts don’t quit.

Don’t waste your money: education

Education is key.  No doubt.  Education does not always mean someone else telling you what to do.  Most education should come from within.  You should be educating yourself all the time. 

With that in mind, I am becoming more and more convinced that it does NOT matter which school you go to for your license.  I may be wrong, but looking back, I think you should find a reasonably priced school with a few honest people inside that you can trust and then just get to work.  Don’t waste your money on the most expensive school in town.  Some people may need that, but if you are going to be great, you will be great no matter what.  Schools sell you a dream.  Big corporate product companies have a ton to gain from that dream so they back the schools up by creating a brand of education that you will feel that you can’t live without. 

In the end it doesn’t matter.  When it’s time to get a job, your boss is looking for a few simple things: responsibility, professionalism, dependability, customer service skills, willingness to learn and grow, work ethic and great style.  If you have a passion for what we do, you will be just as ready going to an affordable school.  Nothing is worse than starting out your artistic career with monster debt and student loans for an inflated price-tag on a brand name school. 

Better yet: apprentice. (if that is an option)

Sunday, March 25, 2012 Saturday, March 24, 2012

Guest Profile: Hugh McDonald from Bon Jovi & Alice Cooper.  Buster Boyd spends some time talking with Hugh about music etc.

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.

Sunday, March 18, 2012
Bespoke Barbers should be well-read… and better yet, multilingual.

Bespoke Barbers should be well-read… and better yet, multilingual.

The Be’s of Trully Great Barbers

Great men deserve great barbers.  The barbering industry deserves great barbers.  Who will rise to the occasion?  Here are a few points that may assist along the path to greatness.

  • Be Reliable- Hold yourself to a high standard of customer service and reliability.
  • Be Educated- Add new skills and experiences to your arsenal as often as you can.
  • Be Stylish- We are in the business of attraction and appearance.
  • Be Well-Groomed- Hair, nails, skin and personal hygiene. 
  • Be Prepared- Offer advice, friendly conversation, encouragement and skill.
  • Be Inspired- Connect your actions to what you feel.  Connect style to context.
  • Be Adventurous- Try something new.  Innovate and Evolve.  Look forward.
  • Be Well-Read- Expand and refresh your personal culture.  Increase your depth.
  • Be Passionate-  It is never just a haircut.  And we are not just barbers.
  • Be an Example-  Elevate the prestige and status of our industry in word & deed.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Buster Boyd: Wardrobe

Buster Boyd: Wardrobe

Wednesday, March 14, 2012