With so many trends fighting for our attention these days, it’s hard to know what’s staying for good and what will be gone tomorrow. One thing I know for sure and have never questioned, is waxing. It’s not a fad and it’s here to stay.
Waxing has been used as a form of hair removal for thousands of years. The reason it has secured its permanent place in the beauty industry is simple – It’s safe, effective and attainable. Different hair removal techniques such as sugaring, IPL, laser hair removal etc. have become very popular in recent years as advertising and celebrity endorsements have caused consumers to have conflicting thoughts on what is best. Playing on consumers desire to have permanent lifelong results, a ‘natural’ alternative or simply to be a part of a new ‘trend.’
Steve offers men’s wet shaving at al Covo, as one of a bundle of men's grooming services that also includes trimming, waxing, facials, manicures and pedicures. How does he consider creating the best shave? He uses a traditional wet shave with a shaving brush, cut-throat blade, hot and cold flannels and an array of products to create a perfect close shave without irritation.
Here, he looks at some of the common problems with men’s shaving, then explores options for avoiding them.
Shaving can have numerous side effects, including cuts, abrasions, and irritation. Some people with curly hair have an adverse response to shaving called pseudofolliculitis barbae, or "razor bumps" due to ingrown hairs.
Many side effects can be minimized by using a fresh blade, plenty of lubrication, and avoiding pressing down with the razor, a shaving brush will also help. There are many products on the market to get rid of them, they commonly dry the affected area and some help to lift out the trapped hair(s). More...
Forget chocolates and flowers for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day - instead, YOU be the gift. Show how much you care by turning yourself into a sexy package with a bit of male grooming.
Valentine’s Day can be a source of intense pressure – when it should mean, pleasure? We tend to get overwhelmed with questions about what to do. Should I buy an expensive gift? Should I book a different restaurant? However, as with most things, keeping it simple is most definitely the way to go. So, skip over the clichéd red roses and box of heart-shaped chocolates and instead invest some money on a gift that will really make your favoured one smile…you!
So, follow my easy pre-date 10 point checklist, avoid bad grooming pitfalls and learn how to curb your errant ways and get in there stylishly my son. More...
Male intimate waxing involves the removal of selected hair from underneath the boxer shorts, front and back. It is becoming very popular across all walks of men. Not necessarily easily talked about down the pub, Steve Reeve, Southampton's finest male waxer for men, explains what many men want to know, but don't often chat about...
What is male intimate waxing?
Also known as the infamous 'back, sack and crack', Boyzilian or Brazilian waxing, plus many more names, this increasingly popular service involves the removal of hair from the groin, speedo line, penis, scrotum and buttocks. As much or as little hair can be removed as desired by the customer, with the final price adjusted accordingly.More...
Male waxing is on the up! Year on year, more men are getting to grips with their hair with professional help. Come Valentines Day, springtime, summer holidays, and party times, men want to look good, perform well at their sport, and love their body. And why not, they've usually earnt that feeling! It's like wearing a new suit, or going to the barbers,it gives you the trimmed, tidied suited and booted feel. Southampton's finest male waxer and body grooming expert Steve Reeve, explains why...
Waxing pulls out the hair at the root, rather than shaving, clippering, and depilatory creams, which instead cut the hair at the skin. A common analogy is pulling grass out at its roots, rather than mowing it. That means your smooth skin will last much longer - usually for a week or 2 on the first wax, rather than a day or so with shaving. Waxing also offers less or no itchiness and no hard rough stubble - hair re-growth is much softer and finer, sparser and weaker. More...
Waxing is one of the most popular beauty services for men. You feel cleaner, smoother and sexier, more confident and attractive, can enjoy heightened sensitivity, show off body art and muscle definition, and improve sports performance with a wax in the right area. It's like wearing a new suit, or going to the barbers,it gives you the trimmed, tidied suited and booted feel. Southampton's finest male waxer and body grooming expert Steve Reeve, explains what it's like...
If you have unwanted hair on parts of your body, whether that’s your back, legs, arms, shoulders, chest, bottom or somewhere more intimate, waxing is the ideal solution. Waxing keeps the skin hair-free for longer than shaving, is less irritable during regrowth, and new hair appears less dense and finer. More...
Many men never overcome the initial feeling of trepidation that goes hand-in-hand with booking their first professional facial in a spa or salon. After all, deep-cleansing, toning and moisturising, all have their place in banishing skin nasties and ensuring healthy, good-looking skin, but the fear of a beauty treatment and women's dominance put them off. Will they be seen as a pansy? Can they talk to their friends about it? Is it something they can do as a man? Can they talk to other men about it?
These trepidations have been turned around by the growth in men's grooming - now openly visible in the high street, on adverts, in the gym, and now in the bathroom and supermarket with dedicated men's ranges. Men's skin and hair is different to ladies, and products now are manufactured specifcally for the male thicker skin and tougher hair. Want to catch up with this trend? Want to be a modern man, looking younger and feeling fresher? Want to turn heads in the street again? Catch someones eye in the bar?
You can come into al Covo, a unique one-client suite, offering privacy, discretion, and a weath of men's products, all created by a man, and male therapist, Steve. Come into the suite and experience a treatment and learn about men's products and what they do to your skin and your hair. And if you don't have the courage still to experience it, you can bring the suite to your very own bathroom with al Covo’s Male Grooming five-step DIY facial guide. Buy your facial skin care maintenance products here if you can't yet face a men's facial at this moment in time!
Step One: Cleanse
Foaming cleansers are great for achieving a ‘deep clean’ feel. Try a product that targets oil and blocked pores. To make it even more effective either steam your face pre-cleansing or place a hot towel over the face for a few minutes to gently open the pores. Either way, this allows the cleanser to penetrate the skin, removing more impurities. The Shave Doctor or Neals Yard Remedies Organic options are available here.
Step Two: Exfoliate
Mimic the effects of microdermabrasion with a good quality exfoliant, but be careful not to pick a product containing harsh grains, which can lead to scratching and aggravation of the skin. Scrub up to gently slough away dead skin cells with my Pomegranate or Mandarin and Black Pepper Scrub.
Step Three: Tone
To tone the skin, tighten the pores, control shine (leaving skin matt) and hydrated, then a quick spritz of a toner is all that’s needed. It removes & controls excess oil that contributes to blocked pores and breakouts. It's great after shaving and helps overcome ingrown hairs.
Step Four: Facial Masks
Facial masks help to correct imbalances in the skin, so choose according to your skin type and don’t forget that you can use a mask for oily skin on the sebum-prone areas, and use another one on a different area if you have combination skin. Volcanic mud naturally draws out excess oils. Sea minerals strengthen, soften and moisturise skin. I offer Power Berry Mask, Frankincense Mask, a Rose Mask and a Chocolate Mask.
Step Five: Moisturise
Select a moisturiser based on your skin type (oily, dry or combination). Men’s skin tends to be on the oilier side, so it’s best to go for an oil-free moisturiser. Apply liberally and take a look in the mirror and bask in your newly glowing, refreshed skin. The Shave Doctor's moisturiser.
Learn, feel and see the difference a younger face can make to your standards. Catch up with the trend. Have a chat to Steve about facial skin care maintenance products or book a men's facial today!
A men's facial here includes more than that, with dedicated products designed to make you feel and look younger:
al Covo's skin maintenance treatment can incorporate:
- Geranium and Orange Scrub, Honey and Orange Scrub, or The Shave Doctor's Facial Scrub - to slough away dead skin cells to allow newer skin cells to regenerate.
- Chamomile Cleanser or Frankincense Cleanser to relax and soothe, deep clean pores, extract black heads and eliminate congestion.
- Rose Toner to cool and refresh, improve and unify skin texture to enhance appearance.
- Complex Oil Gel to soften and lubricate men's hair deep into the roots.
- Power Berry Daily Moisture for youthful skin or Rose Daily Moisture for normal skin, rich in protecting anti-oxidants.
- Orange Flower Facial Oil or Frankincense Facial Oil for essential fatty acids to nourish and soften, to leave it looking younger and healthier.
- White Tea Toning Eye Gel to moisturise and plump.
- Frankincense Intense, scientifically formulated and clinically proven to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, firm, tone and boost skin's suppleness.
- Frankincense Serum, award winning product for anti-ageing, firming, filling in fine lines and wrinkles, and boosting colour.
- Frankincense Hydrating Cream for moisture-boosting, anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids.
- White Tea Facial Mist to spritz a fine finish.
- Optional extra of one of four masks, depending on your skin condition - including Frankincense, Power Berry, Rose, or Chocolate.
Relax and enjoy exceptional Facial Skin Maintenance by Steve in Southampton. Ring or email Steve now to book.
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More WOW, Less OW!! Waxing at al Covo offers more comfort than other waxing places. Visit www.alcovo.co.uk or call Steve on 07968065885 or 02380639913 for more details. I have on my website FAQs for waxing and FAQ for intimate waxing. This blog is based in part on an article by Andy Rouillard, who taught me how to wax, used with permission.
Ripping hair out by the root is never going to be a completely painless experience, despite the nonsense that some manufacturers insist on peddling, but I follow a number of simple and cost effective steps that can be taken to reduce the associated discomfort for customers.
Let me say from the off that I have never been a fan of numbing creams or recommending painkillers to my clients, in my humble opinion they are an unnecessary faff and expense.
So let’s strip it right back to basics, and here are my tools for a little less ‘ouch’ and a little more ‘oooh’ in the treatment room.
Step 1: Timing is everything
Waxing always hurts more when tired, ill, dehydrated or hungover, which certainly makes for a pointed topic of conversation first thing on a Saturday morning. And there’s a reason I ask customers to commit to regular waxing every 4-6 weeks: not only does this catch the hair on the best cycle for longer lasting smoothness, but it’ll also hurt less as the hair starts to thin out. Bargain.
Step 2: First impressions count
The right impression instils confidence in clients and goes a long way towards helping them relax from the outset. My studio is welcoming and warm, non-clinical, plays calming music, relaxes the mind and allows me to concentrate only on you. More...
Too often, we forget to love ourselves because we are too focused on other people, on our goals, and everything else we care about the most. But did you know that self-love is the root foundation of all the relationships we build with other people? If we don’t have it, we really don’t have the love to give at all.
al Covo offers prestigious massage, waxing and well-being treatments in Southampton, including meditations, stretching, reflexology, reiki, body wraps and weight loss plans. Visit www.alcovo.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Steve on 07698065885 or 02380639913 for more details. The philosophy is easy...Relax and love your body...and here's why!
Competition fuels Self-Criticism
Do you always feel the need to outperform others? There’s nothing wrong in competition. Being competitive is a trait that is critical to survival. But too much sense of competition makes us more self-critical. According to Kristin Neff, associate professor of Human Development and Culture at the University of Texas and pioneer of research on self-compassion, when our self-worth depends on our need to outscore others, we tend to become more anxious and insecure. So when challenges come and we fail, we become much more miserable. Self-criticism therefore hinders us from being successful and being loved – two of our ultimate dreams. More...
With winter temperatures now here, it can sometimes feel a bit difficult to keep a happy positive and ecstatic feeling to life. Maybe going to and from work in the dark, freezing bitter wind chill, snow blocking the roads, Christmas shopping needing to be done, it can all get a bit much.
How can you look after yourself? How can you beat those winter blues? How can you achieve a sense of inner happiness that will last you through these months?
Tip 1 – Active Meditation. A really good way to prevent a drop in mood and to help blow away those dark and depressive feelings is Active Meditation. These meditations are an excellent way to keep your mood up and keep you in touch with awareness. I personally recommend the Chakra Breathing Meditation, Garden Visualisation Meditation or the Shabazna. Visit www.alcovo.co.uk to see what I offer here with me, or you can buy a CD to take away on your own from my Shop!
Tip 2 – Meet some people. It’s time to spread your arms and embrace those less fortunate than you. Shine on and brighten the lives of others. Give some! More...