Jacks of London confirmed as best barber in UK after historic win

Jacks of London has been confirmed as the UK’s top barber after winning the ultimate accolade, Male Grooming Salon of the Year, at the prestigious British Hairdressing Business Awards, hosted by the doyenne of the grooming industry, the 135-year-old Hairdressers Journal.

Official barber to the Aegon Tennis Tournament and personal male grooming specialist to scores of the UK’s top sports people, Jacks of London has built a formidable business reputation over the past 23 years. It’s a major contributor to the booming barbering industry that feeds into the £7 billion UK grooming market. Few newcomers have been able to match the service provided at Jacks, which has over the years grown stronger and stronger through experience and investment in the skill of its team.

At the huge event hosted by comedian Rob Beckett in central London on 11th September, HJ’s executive director, Jayne Lewis-Orr, called Jacks of London’s win ‘truly well-deserved’

Male grooming is enjoying a real boom period, but that means it can be harder than ever to stand out and be noticed,’ said Jayne. ‘For businesses to do well and prove their point of difference, they have to be a cut above – which all of the finalists in this category really are. A truly well-deserved win for Jacks of London, who are consistently expanding, innovating and moving the male grooming industry forward.

The energy that drives Jacks, with stores in London and the South East, comes from its prime focus on clients, providing an extensive range of services in addition to brilliant barbering, plus seven-day, extended opening hours, so its highly trained barbers are on hand whenever it suits clients.

Jacks of London founder and MD Sue Whitehead, who was there with some of her team to collect the award, said: ‘This is an amazing win for our team, who work so hard to be the best they can. Our clients always come first, and that constantly drives us all to innovate, to lead in trends and technique, to mix the traditional with the new and deliver it all in a truly man-friendly space.


8 things that will definitely happen in Fresher's Week

You meet 1,000 people but remember no names.  You’ll sign up to absolutely everything at fresher’s fair for all the freebies. Even Harry Potter’s Quidditch Society.  No fresher's week is a fresher's week without a bit of fancy dress – no doubt you’ll be dressing as a school girl/boy

Snakebites will most DEFINITELY be the best thing that you discover. Getting in from nights out at 7am when you have a lecture at 9am more times than you’d think, so be sure to have your SOS hair styling essentials at all times…

Pasta and pizza will be your only source of food – doesn’t sound too bad though, right?  You will pretty much spend all your student loan in the first week – it is going to happen.  Attendance the day after student night is probably not going to happen…

Whether you have just strolled in from a night out and have a 9am lecture or whether your hair is long, short, curly, natural or straight and you need some effortless styles to give it attitude… Fudge Urban has your back!

Give your hair a natural texture with Matte Head Master RRP £6.99. This convenient spray formula allows you to direct the product exactly where you want it – perfect for those Monday morning rushes to your lectures. Use together with Matte Wax RRP £6.99 for added hold.

Still in last nights clothes because you didn’t go back to your halls? Own the ‘walk of shame’ with this 24 hour lasting gel. Hold Up Ice Freezing Styling Gel RRP £4.99 provides the support and flexibility to give your hair supercharged staying power with a hi-shine finish – no matter what you are, or were, doing.

This Rough Up Sea Salt RRP £6.99 is the perfect man tool for achieving your inner surfer style. Minimal effort, providing a raw textured feel leaving you with natural tousled waves. Simply spritz onto damp hair, scrunching until you achieve your desired look.


Can this potent new pill help prevent hair loss in men and women?

The hair loss treatment market is worth an estimated £2 billion, and that figure is set to double over the next three to five years. The latest statistics show that up to six in ten men will suffer from some form of hair loss by the time they reach the age of 40. It is little surprise to see an increasing amount of men investing heavily in treatments for baldness.

You can find a wide variety of hair loss treatments that vary in different forms. The most common forms include topical solutions such as serums and shampoos, as well as supplements and even hair transplantation surgery.  Seeking an effective solution for male pattern baldness can be tricky, especially when you need to consider your budget and your lifestyle.

Hair health supplements have become hugely popular with men and women battling alopecia and thinning hair.  Many men turn to natural hair supplements as a safe alternative to the FDA approved pill, Finasteride (AKA Propecia), in order to avoid the risks of harsh side-effects.  Hair supplements seem to lead the way in performance, and they are now becoming more affordable in an ever growing market place.

What are the leading hair supplements?

Some of the leading hair supplements on the market include Nutrafol, TRX2, Viviscal, and HR23+. Results will vary with each individual, and all supplements will have their pros and cons in most cases. However, with the competitiveness of the sector, one supplement in particular seems to be standing out from the pack and gaining some promising reviews from male and female users.  HR23+, developed in 2014 and officially brought to market in 2015, is the fastest growing supplement of its kind in the UK and throughout Europe.  But just what is this popular pill and how effective can it be for preventing hair fall and promoting hair growth?

What is HR23+

HR23+ hair health supplement is an oral hair growth pill that is made from 23 key active ingredients that can help prevent hair loss and thinning hair. This supplement is safe and free of any side-effects. This latest scientific breakthrough formula contains the popular anti-hair loss ingredient – Saw Palmetto.  Functional tests prove that Saw Palmetto can inhibit the formation of DHT.  The 23 key ingredients in this supplement are: Retinol, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Thiamine HCL, Riboflavin, Vitamins B-1 & B-2, Nicotinic Amide, Folic Acid, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Zinc, Copper, Choline, Cyclohexane, Para-Aminobenzoic Acid (PABA), L-Cysteine, Silicon Dioxide, Dimethyl Sulfone (MSM), Ginkgo Biloba, Saw Palmetto, Pygeum Africanum, Green Tea, Grape Seed. 

How does HR23+ actually work? 

This carefully considered formula caters for the production of tyrosine, which is important in the maintenance of hair strands and the cells of hair follicles. Vitamin E helps build capillaries and improves the blood flow to the scalp, thus encouraging healthy hair growth, combined with the addition of the B vitamin, inositol, which can speed the rate of hair growth along with other B vitamins that stimulate the process for many of us who are deficient in this nutrient, especially vegans and vegetarians. The hair and nail growth agent, biotin, compliments the DHT-blocking property, saw palmetto - a key combination designed to reduce the pattern of hair fall and increase the rate of hair growth.

Vitamin B5 can effectively get vital nutrients to the hair follicle; strengthening it and improving its function. The key combination of choline and inositol work together to form lecithin, a lipid that is needed to form hair cells. Choline helps increase the effectiveness of inositol to protect hair follicle membranes. Silicon dioxide and ginkgo biloba are excellent ingredients that help increase blood circulation, which can stimulate blood flow to the scalp and encourage the growth and maintenance of hair cells. Dimethyl Sulphone has become a popular supplement for the overall function of hair follicles.  Although HR23+ is not a cure for baldness, if treated early, this winning supplement can provide an effective solution for men who are concerned about their hair.

Who should use HR23+?

HR23+ should be used by male or female suffers of early stages of hair loss (Norwood Scale 2-4). Users of this supplement tend to be men aged 21-50 and women 40-50.

What can I realistically expect from taking HR23+?

HR23+ is specifically designed to treat people that suffer from early stages of pattern baldness. Taking these tablets can increase your chances of preventing alopecia and in some cases can generate new hair cells. Results will vary with each individual, but if you tackle hair loss at an early stage then HR23+ can at least slow down the process and extend your period with a full head of hair.

Going by the ingredients and the early reviews of HR23+, this supplement should definitely be considered for sufferers of early stages of hair loss and thinning hair. This supplement has the potential to slow down the rate of hair fall, giving you better peace of mind and an increase in confidence.

HR23+ sells at a RRP of £49.90 per bottle (one month supply), which is about right for a premium hair loss treatment.  For best results, take HR23+ for a minimum period of three months and see how you get on.  A good way to judge the effectiveness of this tablet is to analyse the amount of hair you find on your pillow each morning, or in the shower.

Please visit the official HR23+ website for more information: www.HairRestoration23.com
You can also purchase HR23+ at Your Next Remedy.

Main ingredients: Saw Palmetto Extract, Green Tea Extract, Choline, Vitamins B, Biotin.
Specification: 120 capsules/bottle, 30 days supply.
Usage and dosage: 4 capsules per day | Shelf time: 24 months
Storage: Sealed, keep in shady, cool and dry conditions.


YouTube sensation, Christian Guzman, has created an energy drink with minimal calories, 200mg of caffeine, a resealable lid, and a taste that will make you re-evaluate what an energy drink could and should taste like.

That said, he's taken this product one step further by successfully creating the most premium bottle on the energy drink market.  Priced slightly higher than its competitiors, UpEnergy is contained in a premium bottle made out of a completely reusable, dishwasher safe, BPA-free, Grade-A aluminium material.

The combination of this formula and a reusable bottle gives Guzman full confidence in his product. They also offer 100% of your money back if you do not like the flavour. 

What does it taste like? 

UpEnergy tastes and looks almost identical to the already popular silver Monster energy drink, with the exception of a slight aftertaste, perhaps. UpEnergy contains very similar ingredients to the Monster drink, which leads us to believe that this is where they got their base idea from. 

Is UpEnergy worth almost twice the price of your standard Monster energy drink? We think not. But it could be worth purchasing UpEnergy at least once, as the bottle is reusable, and you'll be bagging yourself a decent product, effectively.


If you didn't know already, the month of August is designated as National Hair Loss Awareness Month. This four week slot is purely dedicated to the hair loss community.

How can National Hair Loss Awareness Month benefit you?

If you suffer from baldness and thinning hair, then this is the time of year for you. During the next four weeks, you'll find some special offers on treatments, products and services that all relate to hair loss, and you will also find plenty of information on the subject. Hair Loss Awareness Month is the perfect time to get all the information and advice you need to tackle hair loss safely and effectively.   

Key Hair Loss Awareness Month trends on social media:



The art of vlogging is here to stay, and one of the most popular topics of interest in the vlogging world is health and fitness. So, we take a look at four of the biggest male health and fitness vloggers who are taking the world of YouTube by storm.

Steve Cook 

Age: 32 | Weight: 14st | Height: 6ft | Nationality: American | YouTube Subscribers: 800k 

Steve Cook (Pictured above) is an American IFBB professional physique competitor. He came 5th at the 2014 and 8th in the 2013 Mr. Olympia physique showdown competition. Since starting his self-titled YouTube channel, Steve Cook has gone from strength to strength, making him one of the most respected names in the health and fitness industry.

Cook's YouTube channel takes you on a day-to-day journey of his life, with diet plans, fitness goals, training advice, and some general hanging out time with friends and family.

Christian Guzman

Age: 24 | Weight: 13.5st | Height: 5'11" | Nationality: American | YouTube Subscribers: 750k

Christian Guzman has risen to the top of his game and become a highly recognized fitness personality. He’s also built a successful clothing line company, started a personal training business, and become an inspiration for people the world over. You'll occasionally see him hanging out with the likes of Steve Cook on his self titled YouTube channel. It's also interesting to see Guzman preparing for competitions and events. 

Bradley Martyn

Age: 28 | Weight: 17st | Height: 6'3" | Nationality: American | YouTube Subscribers: 1.1m

Bradley Martyn is an American social media star, physique competitor, and fitness guru. He runs a popular video channel, along with several other social media profiles. Through these sites, he shares his training, dieting, and supplementation advice – with a mission to help his followers get “awesome and lean.”

Joel Corry

Age: 28 | Weight: 13.5st | Height: 5'10" | Nationality: British | YouTube Subscribers: 12k

You may remember Joel Corry from the British reality TV show, Geordie Shore, but we're glad to know he has developed his career hugely since those crazy days. Corry is now a serious men's body competitor, as well as a respected music DJ. Corry's YouTube channel offers an interesting insight into his bodybuilding, diet, social life and DJing. Definitely worth a visit.


Providing you with a more exciting alternative to plain 'chicken and rice', here, we go through a simple diet plan that'll help get you lean and shredded in no time at all.

As we stated in our previous article, you really don't need to spend money on gym memberships to get into shape. You don't need to be a fan of sport either. All you need is to set aside some time for your workouts and make sure you are eating the right foods.

If you're looking to get that desirable Brad Pitt from (Fight Club) athletic but muscular physique, then follow our simple diet plan that, along with a good workout routine, to help get you shredded in a matter of weeks! In this third part of our guide, we recommend this diet plan... 


A small tub of low fat cottage cheese, with a handful of unsalted nuts (almonds or cashews are good), and a banana.  
The cottage cheese and nuts both provide your body with a good amount of protein, essential for muscle recovery and gain. A banana will boost your energy levels and make you feel full.


Set yourself up for the afternoon with a portion of skinless chicken (one breast) and a salad. Also have half an avocado or cucumber.  You'll get plenty of protein with the chicken, and lots of excellent fat-free fillers with the salad.  The avocado provides your body with good, healthy fats.

Mid afternoon snack

Consider a tablespoon of peanut butter with a green apple. Peanut butter has good fats in it as well as a high amount of protein - just be sure to pick a sugar-free one.  The apple will give you a sweet hit, without any bad sugars. 


A lean tuna fillet with sweet potatoes, green beans and broccoli. This meal should be eaten after your workout, ideally, and with plenty of clean protein in the fish and the broccoli.  The sweet potatoes are slow releasing carbs, excellent if you're trying to lose weight. 


It's always a good idea to have a little snack before going to bed, in order to keep your metabolism ticking over.  A low fat natural Greek yoghurt with some protein powder mixed in would make an excellent supper. 

Remember to keep your meals small and simple, eat regularly throughout the day, and stay off white bread and sugar in particular.