April 2018 – La Barberia de Gràcia

I feel better today

A few days ago, we had the opportunity to live an experience of those that leave a mark very deep inside. That day, I felt better person. It all started last December when we carried out a solidarity campaign dedicated to raising funds for prostate cancer research. The money obtained from the services of shaving and beard grooming was entirely allocated to the Prostate Cancer Research Unit of the Vall d’Hebron Research Institute. And a few days ago, we were lucky to be able to visit the laboratories of this unit at the hands of some of the most important medical eminences of the hospital.

I was impressed: the passion, the desire, the implication that those scientists transmitted. It was incredible to hear how they explained the current state of some of their research, although I must admit that many of the technicalities used escaped my knowledge. However, they knew how to send us their message and let us share their concerns and achievements, the challenges they face, their passionate dedication, the hopeful results, the naturalness and the closeness through their gestures and words … absolutely incredible.

I had the feeling of “being very small next to very big people” that is changing the course, which makes the difference in terms of research in our country. Despite not having the resources they really need, they manage as they can to continue, with tenacity and audacity, their work that, finally, affects the common good of the whole of our society, even clearer, affects our lives. ..

That day I went to sleep conscious of a reality that surrounds us, a reality that we sometimes forget. I was aware of what we can contribute, each one, from our place, our work, our personal power. I could not help but smile at the thought that I contributed a little bit of that day, having had the opportunity to collaborate with this group of scientists and doctors who are fighting so that we are all a little healthier and can enjoy a better quality of life.

Just as I have decided to collaborate with them by contributing to the collection of a specific service of the barbershop for a month, anyone can do it, in their own way. It is only a question of interest and of realizing that we are all involved. Each contribution, however small, is received with an excessive illusion; it allows them to move forward and continue to believe in a life project, by making what we so far still believe impossible.

I have loved, even if only for a moment and with a modest amount, feeling that I am part of this community. And that really represents a good for society. I encourage you all to live an experience like this, for our health, for everyone’s.

How to take great care of the beard

Bearding is fashionable, but not in any way. Beards are weared clean and arranged, and although it does not require complex care, it does require specific products. We have to bear in mind that the hair of the beard has different characteristics than the hair of the head, and therefore it needs different products, treatments and attentions.

In the shower it is advisable to use a specific shampoo for beards, with which we will lather well. Once out of the shower it is best to dry it with the towel or the dryer, in the case of long beards. At this moment we are going to apply the second product: a serum, which will give us shine and softness.

The specific serums for beards have nourishing properties for the skin and not only for the beard, unlike the oils, it is for this reason that we prefer them.

Once the serum is applied, we comb the beard well so that the product is well distributed, ideally with a boar bristle brush.

Finally, we can apply a styling product, known as Beard Balm, which will give us fixation, highly recommended especially for those beards with a certain length that want to keep well groomed all day.

If you follow these steps, you will wear a beard of envy, although remember that, whatever your beard, it is best to go through the barber shop periodically to get it fixed.