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After a little TLC, gentlemen?

It’s Father’s Day on Sunday – so we spoke to stylish digital editor, Remi Akande about the very best places for men’s grooming in Manchester and London, for dads, or just because.

MANCHESTER

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VUDU Cuts

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Up north we like to do things properly, so I’m letting you into a little secret here. The newest and best barbers in Manchester have arrived. Spreading rapidly in popularity through good old-fashioned word-of-mouth, Vudu has well and truly taken over the Manchester grooming game, since bursting onto the scene less than 12-months ago.

Infamous for the detail and care they take in cutting hair, Vudu make sure that you leave feeling like a new man. Led by two skilled magicians with the clippers, Chaddy and Jerelle, Vudu Cuts was founded out of frustration over how the industry operated. They believed barbers lacked organisation, were slow and often paid no attention to what their clients really wanted – and so, Vudu was born.

The pandemic has not stopped the rise of this Ancoats-located powerhouse, Vudu is quickly establishing itself as a must visit spot for essential men’s grooming. One of the first to offer a unique game-changing subscription service (where you pay upfront for multiple services), they make getting a haircut convenient and a little cheaper. Their gold subscriptions, £80 gets you unlimited cuts in a month, plus one home service. Or start with a one-off session, just £20. Vudu really brings the barbershop experience to life with huge amounts of energy and passion. Visit once and you’ll be hooked on the Vudu vibes.

Primark Beauty Studio by Rawr Express & Primark x Mills Barbers

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Primark’s new Beauty Studio, operated by Rawr covers over 1,000 sq ft, and offers head-to-toe beauty treatments in a boutique environment, with prices starting at just £3. Whilst there is lots for the ladies, the gents are not forgotten. You can grab a quick express facial in 30 minutes which is perfect for a lunch break or to kill some time and reduce that agonising wait while your partner is browsing every, single, rail…

But wait, there’s more…alongside the beauty studio, Primark have welcomed The MILLS x Primark barbershop, which brings high quality hairdressing, with the studio fronted by session hairdresser Joe Mills. It offers slick cuts, wet shaves and facials giving shoppers access to high-quality, first-class hairdressing and barbering in an innovative and fashion-forward environment. The only bargains to be had aren’t just clothes in this store, discover a unique high quality men’s grooming experience and still keep your pennies in your pocket.

SkinHQ

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Discreetly located on St John Street in the Castlefield district of Manchester City Centre you’ll find SkinHQ, a newly renovated clinic that specialises in all things skin.

This private aesthetic clinic only uses state of the art equipment to ensure that you’ll receive the very best results, delivered by professional and friendly therapists.

SkinHQ has a carefully selected team of professionals with the required experience, care, and in-depth understanding of laser physics and skin treatments needed to ensure safe, effective treatments and optimum results.

You can enjoy everything from a Hydrafacial (highly recommend) all the way to more discreet aesthetic treatments. Confidentiality and quality are always upheld here.

LONDON

Adam Grooming Atelier, Harrods

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Brand new and exclusive to Harrods, Adam Grooming Atelier offers an elevated men’s grooming experience. Escape, replenish and emerge nurtured and groomed for city life with this absolute gem located in one of the world’s most iconic department stores.

Adam Grooming Atelier embraces the history of the Istanbul barber shop, celebrating this craftsmanship. Like the earliest artisans, Adam’s talented barbers have acquired their expertise through years of experience and apprenticeship, from the roots of the Turkish and Roman barbering traditions.

You can tell Adam’s have truly refined and developed a range of services for their customers, from a wet shave to beard reshaping, hot-towel press to a head-and-neck massage and beard trim, through to the modern cuts and hairstyles everything here is of the highest quality.

After visiting here you can’t help but feel refreshed and invigorated by a personalised experience. A must visit.

Truefitt & Hill

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Welcome to the oldest traditional barbershop in the world. Perfumers & Purveyors of gentleman’s grooming since 1805, Truefitt & Hill know a thing or two about service. Royal Warrant holders to the late HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, the Truefitt & Hill Ultimate Grooming Experience is an experience not to be missed.

Recognised as the finest traditional gentlemen’s barber & perfumer in London, Truefitt & Hill has provided discerning gentlemen with the finest grooming services for over 200 years.

From shoe-shining to massages this place has it all and let me tell you, you’re in the best hands in the business when you visit here.

The standout T&H service comprises of pre-treatment consultation and analysis of the client’s haircare, skincare and shaving routine to ensure excellent results, followed by a Haircut & Shampoo, Traditional Hot Towel Wet Shave, Manicure and Facial Treatment. Perfect for any gent who wants or needs to feel his absolute best this Father’s Day.

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Acqua Di Parma Barbiere Shop, Selfridges Oxford Street

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Bringing the art of the Italian shave to London’s Selfridges, Acqua di Parma’s Barbiere is an oasis of calm for gentlemen on the move like me.

Back in the day, across the shores, a visit to the Barbiere (Italian for barber shop) was once a ritual for gentlemen of all ages and served as an opportunity to gather one’s thoughts, look smart and catch up on local news. He could expect his barber to greet him with a hot towel, followed by a wet shave, rounded off of course by a spritz of fresh cologne. He might even be offered an espresso. Well now you can have it too.

Destined to become the reference point in the UK for all admirers of Acqua di Parma, Barbiere is the place where London’s sophisticated gents can not only experience the unique and authentic ritual of a traditional Italian shave but also discover the ADP brand’s entire universe from Bergamotto Di Calabria to Colonia Oud. Walls clad in Canaletto walnut are punctuated with dynamic leather-finishes in radiant Parma yellow, bringing a touch of Italian class to the cosmopolitan halls of Selfridges.

Once in the chairs manned by Acqua di Parma’s expert barbers, the Barbiere’s services are split into three categories: shave, hair and facials.

Every detail is designed to enhance, an art that has been handed down through the generations, and one that has become a trademark of all Italian men. Today, this tradition still feels like a rite of passage, evoking the evanescent moment of intimacy between father and son and perfect for this time of year.

About the author

Remi Akande is a Digital Creator who spends his time between Manchester and London.

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