While women got lengthy consultations and luxurious head massages, the male hairdressing experience was largely focussed on two vertices of the iron triangle. They were fast and cheap - but not always good. "Twenty years ago, men were going to ladies salons to get a proper cut," explains Hugh McAllister, joint-owner of The Grafton Barber. There was a huge gap in the market, he adds, and he and his brother Conor set out to fill it when they opened the doors to the first Grafton Barber in 1994. Instead of the bum-on-seat factory line, the family-run barbers focused on providing a standout service. They took customers' coats from their shoulders, they served a selection of teas and coffees and they never, ever asked their clients if they were "going anywhere nice on their holidays". "Fifty per cent of hairdressing is with your mouth," laughs Hugh. "So we would have a few rules. For example, if you don't know the customer, you don't ask them what they do for a living." Hugh and Conor have … [Read more...] about Barber shop duet: Conor and Hugh McAllister’s clients include Hollywood star and presidents
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IMAGINE a diet which could make your skin look as fresh as a baby's, give you an energy boost and promised you a flatter belly... all in less than a week. Well, apparently, one such regime does exist. But it comes at a cost. The diet revolves around cutting out: gluten, wheat, dairy, sugar, alcohol, coffee and nightshade veg (potatoes, tomatoes, aubergines and peppers). So that sounds like just about everything. "Inside Out" is a five-day holistic programme that's been created by celebrity facialist Teresa Tarmey (she's responsible for Kate Moss' age-defying complexion), and model-turned-nutritionist Rosemary Graham. According to Sporteluxe, the pair creates customised diet plans for clients in a bid to "get the gut calm, so it can break down food and absorb nutrients properly", preventing any acne breakouts. "You'll feel fresh by Friday. And you do lose a few pounds, which makes everyone feel quite jolly," Ms Tarney said. So what are you supposed to eat? Well... it looks like just a … [Read more...] about The skin diet that promises to help you lose weight AND banish spots in just five days… but is it too good to be true?
Women suffer 84 bad skin days a year and spend a whopping £8,000 trying to avoid them. Skincare brand Dermalex polled 2,000 women and they identified stress as the biggest cause of it. And in a desperate bid to make bad skin better, we splash out on lotions and potions, but £600 worth of these items end up in the bin. So, to save you money, we consulted Dermalogica skin expert Lesley Corridan and dermatologist Dr Anita Sturnham for advice... Wrinkles What causes them? Permanent lines and wrinkles show changes in skin’s dermal framework. Structural fibres, known as collagen and elastic, have been reduced or damaged meaning skin loses structural integrity. Can you I get rid of them? No. But we can take steps to reduce their appearance. How should I treat them? Lesley says boosting skin regeneration make lines look less severe. Popular restructuring formulas are retinoids and peptides. Use retinol products at night to build … [Read more...] about How women waste £8,000 on 84 ‘bad skin’ days and what you can do to save money
There are few worse experiences in life than sitting in a GP waiting room, watching endless reruns of Jeremy Kyle (muted, of course), praying for the buzz of your name to whisk you away from the hellscape of other glum-looking patients and their potentially contagious problems. Whilst many of us would prefer to not have to spend our time at the local doctor’s surgery, it’s inevitable that at some point or another, our bodies will get the better of us – be it warts or the flu. But are all our visits warranted? Could they be treated in the comfort of our own home, cutting out the middleman entirely? Earlier in the year, NHS England issued a plea to the public to take their children to a pharmacist before consulting a GP. And now, new guidance from the NHS suggests we should try honey for coughs and colds before visiting a healthcare professional. Further figures show that 18 million GP appointments and 2.1 million A&E visits could have been treated at … [Read more...] about From honey to duct tape: the home health remedies that science has proven to work