Mike Bowler boosts leading barbershop team in Derby

Renowned Derby barber, Mike Bowler, has joined the team at the region’s leading barbershop, The Dandy Gent, ahead of its second shop opening in the award-winning Cathedral Quarter of Derby city centre.

Mike has been cutting gents’ hair in Derby for 12 years, following his apprenticeship at the age of 17 years-old.

“You could say I fell into barbering after school, when an apprenticeship came up at the Derby salon, Kieran Mullin.” Explains Mike. “I quickly picked up the skills and techniques – I guess this was because I really enjoyed it.”

Mike took on an advanced apprenticeship and, a few years into his 12 years of continued learning at the chair, Mike became a trainer and assessor himself.

Family man, Mike joins The Dandy Gent following a couple of meetings with owner, founder and Master Barber, Shane O’Shaughnessy, and is looking forward to helping to launch its second shop on Irongate in Derby.

“I’ve loved working at Kieran Mullin, but it’s time for me to take on a fresh challenge.  The Dandy Gent has a reputation for pushing boundaries and is really going places – I’m looking forward to getting to know the team better and growing in stature with them all.”

Mike will be working alongside Shane and is keen to continue learning from the Master. “I have vast experience, and have lots of customers who will go nowhere else,” Continues Mike. “but we can all keep learning, and I’m sure Shane will have a few tricks and techniques up his sleeve to pass on.”

First on the learning agenda for Mike, will be the art of the traditional wet shave, a speciality at The Dandy Gent.

“I’m delighted to welcome Mike to the team.” Says Shane. “He’s a great team fit, and an exceptional standard of barber.”

29 year-old Mike will be one of an initial team of three at the Irongate branch of The Dandy Gent, working alongside Shane and recently appointed Junior Barber, Lauren Pell.

The Dandy Gent’s original Nuns Street branch continues to serve its vast amount of clients on the outskirts of Derby, with Senior barber, Craig and Junior Barbers; Charlie and Shaun at the chairs-whilst Shane’s wife, Sherri has taken over the management of The Dandy Gent’s manufactory, producing its range of 17 traditional male grooming products.


Derby Barber to open second shop in City

Derby’s oldest traditional barber shop, The Dandy Gent, is adding a second shop to its portfolio to accommodate massive demand and create a higher profile in the fashionable Cathedral Quarter of the city centre.

Owner, barber and master apothecary, Shane O’Shaughnessy, has been building the Dandy Gent brand for over three years now, and feels the time is right to open a larger ‘flagship’ barbershop in the award-winning shopping area of the city.

Employment of three new barbers, and the relocation of some existing staff, will be required to service the two shops in Shane’s home city from March.

“There’s a lot of work to be done to ready the new shop structurally,” Said Shane, “but we are on top of it, and all very excited.”

“The new Irongate shop is much bigger than our shop on Nuns Street, so we can accommodate many more customers, provide a much more relaxed experience – AND have lots of fun with the decor.”

The shop will include a retail area to display The Dandy Gent’s own renowned range of male grooming products, made at its Derby-based manufactory, as well as some of the World’s most popular niche men’s hair products.

The family business, managed by Shane and his wife Sherri, has been operating its Nuns Street barbershop and producing grooming products since 2013, with Shane plying his trade as barber and apothecary since the age of 12 years old.

“We’ll be announcing an opening date soon, so we encourage gents from Derby and beyond to keep their eyes on our Facebook page for regular updates.”

Cooking Up a New Shave Cream

Master Apothecary, Shane O’Shaughnessy, has been in the Dandy ‘kitchen’ experimenting with new ingredients for his already superior Shaving Cream!

The differences are subtle, but the new recipe shaving cream is a brand new incarnation since Shane ‘stripped back and rebuilt’ his 5 year old Lime Shaving Cream recipe.

“This new formula quickly produces an even creamier lather than before, to give a closer, smoother shave.” Says Shane.

Any purchases of Lime Shaving Cream will now be from the first ‘new recipe’ batch, so order yours here and judge for yourself.

“We know our customers will be delighted” continued Shane, “At the moment we’re sticking to our popular zesty lime fragrance – but I have got an interesting second fragrance in mind for launch soon – watch this space.”

Jo joins the Macmillan Brave Shavers in Derby

Derby Barbershop, The Dandy Gent, had its first Macmillan Brave Shaver in the shop this month, following its open offer to provide free head shaves to anyone undertaking the latest Macmillan Cancer Support fund raising challenge.

44 year old Jo Hackett, from Nottinghamshire, decided to raise money for Macmillan having had both her mother and father diagnosed with Cancer in recent years. Jo knows of the excellent work done by Macmillan and was inspired by the idea of a head shave.

“I will never run a marathon, or anything like that,” explains Jo.”So I’m delighted to do anything else that I can. The shave seems quite extreme, but I wanted to do something bold to raise as much money as I could.”

Jo raised over £250 taking part in Brave the Shave, by collecting sponsorship from friends, family and colleagues.

“The new style will take a bit of getting used to, but its not been a shock – and it actually feels nice!” she concluded.

The Dandy Gent Barbershop invites anyone wishing to follow Jo’s example to call in or telephone to make an appointment for a consultation followed by a free shave.

Dandy Gent Supports ‘Brave The Shave’

The Dandy Gent Barber Shop is providing free consultation and head shave to anyone taking part in Macmillan Cancer Support’s Brave The Shave campaign this Summer.

The campaign helps fundraisers to collect money for Macmillan by taking part in a sponsored head shave. Macmillan provides all of the tools to help ‘brave shavers’ to gain sponsors and promote their activity.

The Dandy Gent founder Shane O’Shaughnessy has clipped many fundraiser’s locks at no cost in the past, so was delighted to offer this service on a larger scale.

“Macmillan is a charity that we know and respect.” Said Shane. “We have four high quality barbers at The Dandy Gent, and are more than happy to provide this free service for people who are so committed to the cause that they will change their look so dramatically for others.”

Shane and his team will provide the free consultation at whatever stage it’s needed, followed by a free head shave and post-shave treatments from its own range of products. All those taking part will receive a badge and a free ‘I’m a brave shaver’ wristband as a souvenir.

Cut hair will be kept in one piece, where possible, should brave shavers wish to donate their hair to charities that provide wigs for cancer sufferers (such as The Little Princess Trust).

Macmillan states that, in addition to providing much needed funding, by ‘braving the shave’ you’ll be standing proudly alongside men, women and children with cancer.

The charity has recently invested in development of specialists to advise and support those coping with cancer treatment. Strength in Style Consultants help those with cancer to deal with the emotional and practical issues around hair loss and thinning during treatment.

If you are taking part in Brave The Shave, or are thinking about it, talk to Shane at The Dandy Gent on Nuns Street in Derby for a chat or to book your free appointment. Telephone: 01332 381327, or click here.


Bennetts hosts pop-up barbershop

Bennetts Department Store is playing host to Derby’s finest traditional barber, Shane O’Shaughnessy, this Saturday, as he takes up residence for a trial pop-up event offering appointments for haircuts, traditional shaves and beard grooming.

Claimed to be the oldest department store in the World, Bennetts, Irongate teamed up with Derby-based barbershop and manufacturer of traditional male grooming products, The Dandy Gent, in December 2015 and the partnership is going from strength to strength.

 The Dandy Gent’s full product line is currently exclusively available offline at Bennetts, a proud supporter of local businesses.

 “Bringing The Dandy Gent to Bennetts was an instant fit,” Said Azra Anthony, Costmetics Department Manager at Bennetts.

 “Made right here in the city centre, The Dandy Gent products are quality made traditional recipes that hark back to the days when Bennetts was just starting up in the early 18th century.”

 Still a relative newcomer to the scene, The Dandy Gent barbershop on Nuns Street, Derby, has built up an outstanding reputation for traditional haircuts and wet shaving, as well as a growing following of its expanding range of handmade traditional grooming products, such as beard oils, shaving soaps and its exclusive Macassar Oil – victorian hair and beard treatment.

 “We’re delighted with sales of our products via our website, and especially those made at Bennetts.” Said Shane O’Shaughnessy, owner and founder of The Dandy Gent.  “The store has a discerning customer-base, so we take it as a great compliment that we are achieving so many sales – including many repeat customers.”


 “We hope that by holding this pop-up barbershop within Bennetts, we will help to introduce our products – and the art of grooming – to an even greater number of gents currently missing out on the vast amount lifestyle benefits.”

 Appointments are expected to go fast, so anyone interested in a dandy makeover this Saturday is advised to do so by visiting The Dandy Gent website www.thedandygent.co.uk, or calling: 01332 381327.


Investment leads to price reduction

Derby-based manufacturer of traditional recipe grooming products for men, The Dandy Gent, has announced it will be passing on savings made by recent investments, via a price reduction on around 30% of its growing portfolio.

Investment in a larger manufactory and new equipment has resulted in a series of production savings, which owner, Shane O’Shaughnessy, is delighted to pass on.

“It’s tough setting up a small business, but we’re doing well now and have reduced our manufacturing overheads considerably over recent months.” explains Shane.

“We have a great relationship with many of our clients through the barbershop – and know that money is still scarce out there.  We are now in a position to lower some of our prices – so that’s exactly what we’ve done!”  He concluded.

Shane is owner and Master Barber at The Dandy Gent in Nuns Street, Derby, and creates the recipes for the range of The Dandy Gent grooming products.  His wife, Sherri produces all of the products by hand and ships all of the orders received via their online emporium.


Products affected by the price cut include The Dandy Gent’s popular Shaving CreamShaving Oil, Moustache Wax and Traditional Splash – aftershave and beard fragrance.

The Dandy Gent Launches New Batch of New Products.

The Dandy Gent founder and owner, Shane O’Shaughnessy – “Delighted to pass on savings.”

Charlie makes a move to men’s styling

24 year-old hairdresser, Charlie Constable, has made the jump from styling shiny long locks, to picking up the clippers and enriching the lives of dandy gents galore in Derby.

Charlie, who previously worked at a popular city centre mixed salon, has been barbering for many years, but is relishing the totally new experience of working solely on men’s hair in Derby’s renowned traditional barbershop, The Dandy Gent.


“I’m loving it here working with the guys,” says Charlie.

“It’s a completely different environment and I’m quickly learning that traditional barbershop customers want something different in their hair cutting experience, to the male customers who go to a mixed salon.”

“Barbershop clients are still extremely particular about their look and the service they receive, but they do also enjoy the relaxed environment, sometimes near the knuckle banter and the speed of service.” She explains.

“There feels to be a much greater knowledge and understanding of the man himself – as well as his hair and the style he’s looking for!”

Shane O’Shaughnessy, Master Barber and owner of The Dandy Gent has hired Charlie to help with the growing demand at the Nuns Street barbershop, and eventually help free him up to play a more hands on role in the manufacturing side of the business.

As well as personally re-styling around 100 gents a week in the shop, Shane develops and manages the manufacture of The Dandy Gent range of male grooming products including beard and shave oil, traditional splash, shaving soap and Victorian Macassar Oil – all available to buy in the shop and on The Dandy Gent’s online emporium.

Charlie will be working at The Dandy Gent every Monday and Tuesday initially, with a view to adding Wednesdays as demand increases.

“We’re all really happy to have Charlie working with us,” says Shane, “she adds a bit of sparkle and a new dimension to the place – now gents who prefer to have their hair cut by women can be catered for – and no problem with the environment either – Charlie can banter with the best of them!”

To book your appointment with Charlie, Shane, Craig or Austin, visit our online booking site or call us: 01332 381327.

Growth of the Dandy in Derby

With a reported one third of men recently admitting to spending at least 30 minutes a day on their personal appearance, the continued surge in the popularity of male grooming is proving a positive force in the growth of Derby business, The Dandy Gent.

The three-year-old business, comprising a traditional barber shop and grooming products manufacture, continues to thrive, building an envied reputation for wet shaves, hair cutting, beard styling – and for its unique collection of traditionally made products such as beard oil, moustache wax and shaving cream.

This month, owner, apothecary and Master Barber, Shane O’Shaughnessy, is looking to employ another apprentice, is developing an exciting new product line for The Dandy Gent’s traditional grooming range – and is adding enhancements and new services to his barber shop offering.


“Reports of national trends in male grooming popularity are confirmed by the rising number of customers we see in the shop – and the increase in month-on-month sales of our products.” Explains Shane.

“We’ve got to make sure that we keep ahead of the game at this stage in the sector’s growth, by constantly reviewing the needs of local gents – and giving them more for their money wherever possible.” He continued.

“Following the recent graduation of Austin, our first apprentice barber, we will be looking to hire a new apprentice to make sure we can cope with demand in the shop mid-term – and protect the longer-term growth of our manufacturing side.”

In a bid to continually develop its services, The Dandy Gent will soon be complementing its hair cutting service by providing traditional neck strips – to protect the shirt – and a cutthroat neckline tidy as standard.

In addition to the enhancement of services there will be a new ‘Luxury Beard Re-style’ service available – which includes hot towel treatment, beard oil and a cutthroat edge tidy.

If you would like any further information on The Dandy Gent, please visit: http://www.thedandygent.co.uk

*Source: Euoromonitor International

Austin comes of age

The Dandy Gent’s first apprentice, Austin Roots, is celebrating a new chapter in his life at the chair, as he sheds the title ‘apprentice’ and takes on the new mantle ‘Junior Barber’.

Austin spent a year at Derby College gaining his NVQ2 in barbering and arrived at the popular traditional Derby barbershop fully qualified.

Owner – and something of a local barbering legend – Shane O’Shaughnessy, continued Austin’s apprenticeship ‘on the job’ for an extra year to ensure he was working to a standard befitting The Dandy Gent clientele.

“Austin is doing very well, we have 100% confidence in him.” Says Shane. “He’s been cutting and styling hair to a very high standard for a few months now, so its time to acknowledge it.”

From 8th April, and at the age of 20, Austin will officially be The Dandy Gent’s Junior Barber, his charge increasing from £5 to £8 per cut. He is still studying Advanced Barbering at Nottingham College, and regularly receives great praise by his clients for his work.


“I get great feedback from the guys who’s hair I’m cutting,” said Austin. “That has always inspired me to get better and better, and really feels good to hear.

I look forward to being here for many years to come, and growing with the business. I’m proud to be a Dandy Gent barber.” He concluded.

Austin’s advancement has created an opening for another apprentice barber to join the ranks, with Shane currently in talks with Derby College to find another suitable candidate.

The arrival of a fourth member of the Dandy Gent team will support the continued growth of the Derby business as demand for its barbershop services – and the manufacture of its own traditional male grooming products – continues to escalate.

If you would like any further information on The Dandy Gent barbershop or traditional grooming products, please visit its website.