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The Best Barber Shops in Toronto

Spring is in the air and we’re all crawling out from hibernation. Slowly but surely, Torontonians are emerging with thoughts of patio beers and barbecues… and yes, even spring cleaning. But cleaning isn’t just raking dead leaves off the lawn and greasing up the lawn mower (if you’re lucky enough to have a lawn). If there’s anything the urban man could use this month, it’s a proper cleanup - of your face.  

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We dug deep and tallied the numbers to bring you the best barbers in the city. So take the plunge, get your face tidied up and get ready for summer.  Without further adieu, here’s our list of the best barber shops in T.O.

1. Boyd’s Barber Shop

Heading out on the town? Get a full beard trim and clean up for literally ten dollars. You can’t get a better deal for the quality of work in this city.  Donnie Boyd’s shop is located at the corner of College and Carlton. Also happens to be a great guy.

2. Blood and Bandages Barber Shop

Once nicknamed “The Cell,” Blood and Bandages was known for it’s 97 square foot location. Yet people still booked in, so clearly they’ve been doing something right. Today, Blood and Bandages lives just north of Trinity Bellwoods - and don’t worry, they’ve expanded.  

3. Crows Nest Barber

Crows Nest has six locations across Canada, but the original headquarters was born in Kensington Market. They have a great reputation as a reasonable, honest and hardworking team.


Other’s like Throne Barber Shop and The Nite Owl have great reputations in Toronto. If you think your shop deserves to be on this list, send us a message!



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Self-Care for the Urban Man

When you think about “self-care,” a woman lighting candles, filling a bath with bubbles and taking selfies might come to mind. And hey, if you like that too you do you brother - but for a lot of us, that’s not what we need to take care of ourselves.

Honestly, a lot of men don’t. We don’t take the time to reflect on our feelings. Not all of us prioritize working out. Most of us don’t eat clean, healthy food. And practically all of us don’t know where to start.

So here are four ways we can exercise self-care:

1. Learn your Burnout Signs

Burnout signs look like an inability to recharge. Sometimes you get home and you’re too tired to really form more than three sentences - and you have too many things to do to even take thirty minutes and recharge before stepping up to the rest of your life. This is a dangerous level of stress. Seriously, stop what you’re doing before you have a breakdown.

2. Find a Passion (or reignite an old one)

Have you ever heard of eustress? Eustress is beneficial stress. Like things that challenge you - training for a marathon, working towards a promotion, moving in with your girlfriend - things that should be exciting but a little stressful. Eustress helps us move forward in life. Combining passion with that drive can be very beneficial for your body, mind, and spirit. What used to make you alive? Do some of that.

3. Take Time

For some of us, that’s alone time, and other’s it’s spending time with friends. In the crazy world we live in now, we can get caught in a state of manic everything. Some of us spend every evening over drinks with friends and never take any time on our own. Others stay at home and never go out. Do the thing your mind tells you that you need.  Hang out with your kids - or take a break and do you.

4. Treat Yourself

We don’t mean Ben & Jerrys. When was the last time you gave yourself a proper head-to-chin cleanup? You don’t even need to visit the barber. Our Essentials Kit is actually on sale in honour of World Health Day. It includes Beard Butter, Beard Oil, Shampoo Bar, Conditioning Oil, Moustache Wax, a Beard Comb and Scissors.

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10 Best Beards in Geek Culture

Throughout history, beards have been markers of wealth, age, masculinity, and fashion; signifiers to characterize a person at first glance. And since Toronto’s Comic Convention is just around the corner, we can’t forget how beards play a part in good and evil. Comic-Con celebrates geek culture in a world where the ‘geek’ is often overlooked. The culture itself is as varied as the human race, celebrating genres like sci-fi, fantasy, medieval, mythical literature and comics that incorporate all of the above. If you’re headed to Comic-con this year and you’ve got yourself a beard - why not let it take front and centre?

Urban Beard has put together a list of the ten best beards in geek culture for your inspiration.

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Have a better prospect to add? Leave a comment below. We’ll see if it measures up.

The #beardsoftoronto project


Have you seen the many faces of Urban Beard? When we started this project, we knew we wanted to showcase a trend that is growing within urban centres worldwide - but more than that, we wanted to capture why. How can facial hair connect individuals around the globe? We see it all the time - the same way football fans greet each other with a nod when wearing their team colours. The way motorcyclists offer a two-fingered wave to one another when they pass on the road.

How can such a diverse group of people speak the same language?

So we hosted an experiment.

In February, Urban Beard held a Toronto wide drop-in photoshoot open to the public; well, to beards. We couldn’t have predicted how dissimilar of a group would show up. Individuals from every ethnic background, industry, and corner of the GTA. We had lumberjacks and pirates, professionals and teenagers, bartenders and construction workers - people in finance all the way to axe throwing instructors. All with one thing in common: their fur.

 

“A beard isn’t a fad.

 

It’s a lifestyle.” 

 

-Chris Edge, Founder of Urban Beard

Chris Edge, the founder of Urban Beard, initially grew a beard because he predicted the beard trend was headed our way and knew he could grow a good one. Five years later, he says “My beard really became a part of me. It’s a lifestyle. In or out of trend, I’ll be keeping mine.”

We spent the day with 75 bearded men, asking them why they grew their beards - when they first started, why this particular style, what it means to them and so on. One common theme could be extracted from the median. It wasn’t a static “thing,” it wasn’t about appearing “tough,” but for most men, it had grown into an integral part of their persona.

 

It was a conversation starter. An invitation to a pickup line. A “call to action,” to seek out other people in uncomfortable settings. Whether it started as laziness, boredom or a change, it grew into much more than that. It held power - and to harness it best, it needed guidance.

 

Once, beards symbolized wisdom and status: the transition from boy to man. But in the 1950s, that began to change. This likely started in World War 1, with the introduction of poison gas. It’s a dark topic, but a real one. Gas masks required a tight fit against your skin so beards were banned by militia around the world. Even today, beards are forbidden in the military for all individuals who are likely to see action. It created a persona - the clean shaven, chivalrous, hard working man: the American man. This image spread to the workplace, and today, many corporations require a shaved face as it is associated with elitism and professionalism.

 

This concept began to transform as businesses worked harder to find their niche. In an over saturated world where consumerism reigns, authenticity and uniqueness pushes itself to the forefront of our values. The beard is back. While trends come and go, this push to get in touch with yourself - to identify and express your character - runs far deeper than a “hipster fad.”

Matthew Kohler from The Good Men Project wrote a piece about his beard epiphany, “I felt a connection to something deeper, a movement perhaps. A movement guided by men who view the world from beneath magnificent beards.”

In a way, all of the men we talked to, enjoyed the commitment required to grow and maintain their beards. It’s 2018 and with a society working at the fastest pace in the history, everything we absorb, digest and do can feel temporary. We hold on to those things that require commitment and dedication: the gym every morning, Sunday brunch with the family - tradition, systems and routine. We grow attached. They keep us together in a world speeding by.

 

A beard is bigger than facial hair. It’s bigger than you and me. It’s greater than masculinity.


What’s your beard mean to you?

Check out some of our most noteworthy beard models on our Instagram page: @urban_beard


 

Brace Your Beard: Summer Grooming

As the summer reaches its peak and the temperatures are scorching, men who have beards can find it quite difficult to deal with their overgrown facial hair.

But gentlemen, before you reach for that safety razor, why not take a look at these tips for summer beard grooming which can make your life easier and help you maintain the beard you take so much pride in even when the temperatures are hitting the 100 degree mark:

1. Keep in mind that there have been scientific studies which have proven that your beard can protect your skin to up to 95% from the harmful UV sunshine rays, which means that not only you are better protected from skin cancer but your skin will age much slower than that of a beardless man.


2. When the heat becomes unbearable, you can help keep yourself cool by spraying some cool water on your beard. This will help keep you cool and will act as an air conditioning unit for your entire face. Keep a spray bottle with water in the fridge and freshen yourself up from time to time. You will be thankful for that manly bear of yours!

3. Make sure you wash and condition your precious beard with the proper cosmetic
products. Keep in mind that excessive washing can cause serious damage to your beard
so invest in good quality beard shampooing and conditioning products to ensure that
your beard looks healthy, clean and as attractive as ever even in the hottest of days!


4. Protect your beard from the sun. Even though your beard protects your skin from direct exposure to the UV rays, you also need to make sure that the hair on your face is
protected as well. UV rays can make your hairs brittle and weak, so find yourself a good quality hair sun block product and apply it generously on your entire beard before you head out in the sun.

5. If you spend a lot of time on the beach, surfing or enjoying the cool breeze and waves, make sure that you apply the appropriate beard balm or oil to keep your facial hair from getting all frizzy from the saltwater. Tame that beard to stay good looking even after hours of fun on the beach.


6. Take care of the skin beneath your beard. Even though your beard provides superb
protection to your face both in summer and the winter, you need to properly cleanse and nourish it on a daily basis too. Use an appropriate skin cleaning scrub or cleanser to remove any debris and grime and to keep your facial skin soft and free of inflammations and blemishes.


Further reading: Brace Your Beard: Winter Grooming Guide

7. If you feel like you cannot bear one more moment with a beard in the scorching heat,
maybe it is time to give it a trim. Go to a barber or groom your beard by yourself with an appropriate beard trimmer. Leaving 1-2 inches of hair on your face will improve the
airflow to your skin and will make your face and beard much easier to clean from the
sweat, saltwater and other residues.


8. Drink more water. The intake of water in the summer is crucial for your proper hydration and your health, but it is also essential for keeping the hairs of your beard strong and healthy as well. So, make sure you drink enough water during the day, especially when it is very hot outside.


9. Swap the musky and woodsy bear oil which you proudly wear in the colder seasons for a lighter citrus based one. It will refresh your beard and make you feel much cooler and revitalized in the hot summer days.

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