We got a barber to reveal his grooming secrets

Should guys use conditioner? Hair care tip you can do at home? We got Akin’s Dan Mellor to solve all your conundrums.


April 10, 2017

Head barber at Akin, Dan Mellor, reveals his grooming secrets as the brand’s new shop opens on JBR in Dubai.

What’s your favourite fragrance?
MCMC Dude No 1. This is a handmade fragrance, from Brooklyn in NYC. I discovered this brand when we were researching New York City barbershops, prior to launching Akin.

What was your worst hair style?
I’ve experimented with almost every hair trend. Every time I travel I’m reminded of a particularity wild do I had which is the photo in my passport. 

What’s a haircare tip we can do at home?
Beard oil is full of goodness and gives nourishment to your beard and the skin follicles beneath. Lately I’ve been using beard oil in my hair and I can feel the improvement. 

What questions about your haircut should you ask your barber?
Anything you want – your barber should be one of your closest confidants. 

Should guys use conditioner?
Of course. Conditioner is good for the health and texture of hair, especially with the weather conditions in Dubai. I recommend investing in good quality shampoo and conditioner. 

What’s your favourite skincare product?
The Supreme Beard & Stubble Balm from Pomp & Co. feels great on the skin. 

What shampoo do you use?
Davines products are from Italy and contain no nasty chemicals. I wash my hair a couple of times a week.

Do you ever get a facial?
No. The closest thing I get to pampering is a hot towel shave, which is revitalising.

Do you ever get a massage?
After a busy week in the shop, I often reward myself with a massage. I enjoy a good hammam too.