Arthur, owner of Barber’s Blueprint, is interviewed on WDEL Radio.
#1.- The Hipster *THE UNDERCUT*
A disconnected haircut with contrast of long hair in the front while buzzed short on the sides.
#2.-Class President *MAD MEN HAIRCUT*
A comb over with a hard part representing a twist on a Classic look.
#3.- The Athlete *CREWCUT*
A Short modern Buzz cut with an etched design on the side.
#4.- The Prankster *FAUX HAWK*
Relatively short sides while longer on top. Styled to a point in the middle.
#5.- The Rebel *POMPADOUR*
Hair swept & rolled upwards that’s worn high over the forehead in a James Dean fashion.
***Barber’s Blueprint wishes all the NYC families a very Happy Back to School and don’t forget to stop by B.B. to send you off back in Style.
Is your Hair Beach body Ready? (MENS Summer Survival Guide) read and find out the Pro Tips from a Celebrity Barber.
What haircut is the best this summer? This summer is all about the undercut- Think maroon 5s front man Adam Levine, and Brad Pitt from Inglorious Basterds. It’s about that edgy, rockstar vibe. Clients want to feel Hip & Masculine. Whether their in the boardroom or the bedroom. It’s about having that vibe. It’s a haircut that really easily translates from work to play too. From tailored professional to edgy rocker it fits all molds. Often times your hair and your haircut speak before you do. It’s the first impression. So this summer we see a lot of Men really diggin on that cool vibe.
How often should you get a cut? Typically you should aim to get a haircut every 3-6 weeks depending on how quickly your own hair grows. Everybody is different but A lot of clients want to keep looking sharp longer and usually get a shape up in btwn haircuts every 1 1/2 weeks to make sure their haircut is looking fresh. It also maintains the integrity of the original haircut a lot better that way. Fresh is best.
What are you top beard/facial trimming tips?I love to tell ppl. That the key to mainting a well groomed beard / facial hair is upkeep. Ppl automatically think beards are easy, and it’s actually the opposite. It’s really not. In order to get that Viking bad ass look you see everywhere. Takes a lot of work. For you and your barber. It’s a collaboration. We trim it tight at the shop and your job is to do the upkeep. That means trim the beard hair daily to maintain the outlines under the chin and neck. Sides of face etc. use good grooming products. Beard oils kick ass. Invest in a good one
What products and moisturizer do you recommend and why?Well as luck would have it. We here are at Barber’s Blueprint have our own product line coming out this fall. After 20 plus years in the Men’s grooming industry. We learned a thing or two about what works and what doesn’t and packaged that up along with really clean pure ingredients into a really cool hip product for your hair and beard & with the theme of staying hip all our products are Infused with CBD of the highest purest form that is available on the market. As well as being organic and environmentally substantial because we care about the planet. So we’re pretty psyched because it’s revolutionary hair care. Our CBD hair pomade and CBD beard oil is unbelievable for hair. I mean talk about a product that will become a real staple in a Mans grooming routine. So be on the look out for that this fall- pre orders will be available exclusivly on our website & each product is Artisan crafted and hand poured. It’s a beautiful thing. Barber’s Blueprint Artisan CBD pomade and Artisan CBD oil. As far as what we recommend try to find products that are made with jojoba seed and shea butter because those are so moisturizing and good for the hair and beard. As for the moisturizer If you want to be fancy raid your girlfriends product drawer lol they got some good stuff in there, but in all seriously Kiehl’s has some great moisturizers that are not too heavy and leave your skin feeling fresh. #1 rule. Sunscreen boys and girls. Not just for the summer but winter too. Winter sun can be brutal, we have a client who climbed Everest and got wickedly burnt. And even though you may not be climbing Everest but the concrete jungle instead or the work office. The sun in the winter can still be pretty harsh & with this Summer heat Moisture & sunscreen year round. Super fluid by Kiehls is pretty good one for that. Little barber tip from a barber dad. Swipe your kids sunscreen. Their UVA UVB protected and usually super clean and not heavy for the skin becuz their made for babies. So if you have acne prone skin. There’s a tip that will change your game. Remember you and whoever you choose as your barber are in a hair relationship together. It’s true. It’s a collaborative effort. Choose wisely and have fun.
Winter Beard Care: Barber’s Blueprint
Did you know your Beard requires different types of care at different times of the year?
At home, gym and office, the heater and shower is the enemy of the resplendent beard, causing skin dryness and perhaps even the DREAD beardruff (beard dandruff). Prolonged exposure to HOT water, moisture & shampoo can also contribute to beard damage.
What can you do?
- Beard oil / Beard Balm – ask us at Barber’s Blueprint and PRIVÉ – we have this for you.
- Warm, NOT hot, showers. No/Low shampoo on your beard.
- Use natural products. Avoid Sulfates, Silicon and Foaming Agents.
- Buy a humidifier(s) for your home in winter.
- Gently comb your beard – get a good comb.
- Towel dry gently. Avoid going outside with a wet beard. Cover your beard when it’s extremely cold.
- Visit your barber more often for trims – we’ll keep it neat and clean and make sure you have no split ends.
Beard Grooming Tips:
These beard care tricks will keep your facial hair looking resplendent.
First and Foremost, Be Patient
A truly epic beard is the product of self-restraint. When you first start growing, resist the urge to trim or style, and leave it untouched for the first 4-6 weeks. This will allow the hairs to grow in evenly (some grow faster than others).
Match Your Beard to Your Face Shape
Like any wild animal, a beard should be in-tune with its surrounding environment. Consult a Master Barber at Barber’sBlueprint and choose a final style that complements your face shape. Your beard will look better, and so will you.
Wash It Regularly
This is especially important in the early stages of growth, when trapped food and skin cells can exacerbate the itchiness. Scrub your beard several times each week with a specialized cleanser.
Love Thy Beard Oil
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Nothing tames a beard like regular use of beard oil. There are many varieties to choose from, in a range of manly scents, but all of them will condition hairs to make them softer and shinier.
Learn to Train Your Beard
A regular trim will maintain your chosen shape, but it’s not the only way to keep your beard in line. A daily rubdown with a comb or beard brush will wrangle stubborn hairs, training them to grow in a downward direction.
Don’t Forget the Mustache
Unless you’ve chosen a chinstrap—and we really hope you didn’t—growing an epic beard also means growing a mustache. To keep it looking neat, trim the area around your philtrum (the area under your nose) with a pair of grooming scissors, and keep it naturally sculpted with a medium-hold wax.
You can’t build a house without bricks, and the same applies to facial hair. Your beard is made from protein and fat, but it’s also heavily reliant on Vitamins B5, B3, and B9. That means lean meats, nuts, egg yolks, milk, and plenty of leafy greens
Hot Towel Shave
Razor Shave with a Hot Towel
Razor Shave with 2 Hot Towels, Mini-Facial with a peel off mask and an ultimate facial massage.
Barber’s Blueprint is an affordable, yet luxe – Men’s barber in Soho, NYC. The team of barbers, led by Arthur, are experts in their field with years of experience. With exposed bricks, black and white crystal chandeliers, high ceiling the space is part upscale salon, part homey neighborhood barbershop. Men can stop in for a quick cut or relax and enjoy with a 45-minute old-fashion Blueprint signature shave, which uses straight razors and hot towels and a facial massage to give the closest shave imaginable.
NYC Barber, Barber’s Blueprint is located at the crossroads of Little Italy, Soho and Nolita. It is convenient to Tribeca and the Lower East Side.
By Subway, Barber’s Blueprint is within close walking distance of the 6 train (Sprint Street), the N&R (Prince Street) and the B, D and F trains (Broadway Layafette).
- Affordability: Replacement blades are more affordable than current multi-blade razors and the thinking is that their two sides extend each unit’s lifespan.
- Better Access: In many cases, the blade’s slimmer design enables improved access and removal of hair in tough-to-reach areas like under the nose and neck crevices.
- Closeness: Many feel these blades provide a closer and smoother shave than multi-blade counterparts.
Trim hair with clippers or scissors if you’re starting with a full beard. Electric clippers are best for this purpose.
Wash your face with an exfoliate facial wash. Some people like to use a hot wash cloth. The heat and moisture will help to soften your beard (if you have one) and lift up the hairs, as well as open your pores. However, be careful that the water isn’t too hot. Hot water slackens skin and pulls moisture away.
Have your shave kit ready for when you finish washing your face so you can start right away before your beard has a chance to dry and your pores have a chance to close. If you’re using a disposable razor, fill the wash basin with cold water and drop it into the sink to let it soak(hot water will only make the blade expand and be duller).
Put a few drops of shaving oil in the palm of your hand and rub it into your beard before applying the shaving cream, this will allow the razor to glide across your skin and will help to reduce razor burn.
Apply your choice of shaving cream with a shaving brush. The brush will further help to soften your beard and exfoliate your skin . It also helps to float the whiskers out away from the blades while you are shaving. If you’re short on shaving cream, gel or foam, use conditioner or specialty shaving oil. Letting the lubricant sit on your face for up to a minute can amplify its effects. Avoid using a bar of soap, as this can leave a residue on the blade, dulling the edge and eventually causing rusting even on stainless blades. At a push, you can use a liquid soap as these are formulated differently.
Pick the right blade. Your choice of blade should be made individually, but you should take into account the coarseness of your beard, the texture of your skin, your preferred shaving method, and other details. For heavy bearded men with more sensitive skin, it is generally good to use a multiple-blade razor (2,3,4,5).
Start with one side of your face and work steadily towards the other side, doing small sections at a time. This way you won’t miss anything. Use short, light, downward strokes (with the grain), keeping the flat of the blade almost parallel with the face, to remove the bulk of the hair. Use your free hand to pull your skin tight. Rinse the blade often to keep it from clogging. Swirl it around in the filled sink and tap the razor against the side of the sink to free up beard trimmings. Continue until you have shaved your entire face in a downward direction.
Rinse your face with warm water and then run your fingers over your face to find any rough areas that you may have missed. Look for missed patches near sideburns, around your mouth and close to your nostrils. Apply shaving cream and gently pass the blade over the area in a different direction (e.g. across the grain) but not directly against the grain (see Tips and Warnings). Pay special attention to hairs on your neck and jawline, which generally do not grow straight up or down, but in many different directions that simple up and down motions can miss.
Rinse your face in cool water and pat dry with a clean towel. Apply a non-alcohol shaving balm. Aloe and tea tree oil can help prevent dry skin and razor burn. However, if you are going to use Tea Tree Oil, it should be at a very low concentration, since it’s potentially irritating to freshly-shaved skin.
Soothe any nicks or small cuts after shaving by drenching your face in cold water. This will help to close up the cuts and stop bleeding, you can then apply witch hazel to soothe the cuts and prevent razor burn. Then add small pieces of moistened kitchen paper or toilet roll to the cuts that still bleed.
Buy a styptic pencil if you are susceptible to nicks and cuts. When using a styptic pencil, simply wet and gently spread across the area where the nick occurred. The material on the pencil will constrict the blood vessels near the cut and block anymore blood from coming out.
Take care of your shaving implements. Rinse and dry your equipment thoroughly, and store in a dry place. Clean equipment is less likely to introduce bacteria and infection to your open, freshly shaved pores. Change the blades as needed. A dull blade will leave