A fine hairdo makes a fine BYRD

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Okay, let’s get this straight… so there really is a Pomade out there that caters to the surfing lifestyle. Why a pomade if you are going to be going into the ocean anyway? Whats the point..? Read more from this interview we had with owner Chase of BYRD Hairdo products.

1. Where are you located?

We originated in Newport Beach but are now based out of Culver City, CA

2. When did you start this business?

November 2012

3. When did you realize that this is what you wanted to pursue?

Being from Newport, the hub of surf culture, I grew up surfing as an amateur and now professionally with Quicksilver. You could presume that a surfer starting a men’s hair care line with nothing to do in the cosmetics industry is obscure. Having your own look and style and paying attention to your appearance were traits bred in me. In the early stages of high school my friend introduced me to Murray’s and I was hooked on pomades ever since. I feel like things just fell into place after that. Between my surfing career and business, I keep myself busy. It’s a pretty rad thing when work doesn’t really feel like work.

4. Describe a few steps you took to make this happen.

There was never a pomade I loved that catered to my everyday surfing lifestyle being in & out of the ocean. Murray’s take weeks to wash out and all others would sting my eyes and fluff my hair. I wanted a great all around pomade that I could throw in, go surf and come out with the same salty slick. I started making home batches of pomade with melted down beeswax and essential oils in crock pot. After all those failed, I researched a team of chemists to work with on the first Byrd pomade samples. After some months of testing, the idea realized and BYRD Hairdo Products was born.

5. How would you deal with a customer who didn’t know what they wanted?

The Byrd customer is confident in their style but if they were having trouble deciding on a product, we’d point them in the right direction.

6. What are some of your accomplishments as a business?

The Byrd flock has come a long way in a year and 5 months. The latest project in the works is our addition to the pomade collection. Our Matte and Light pomades are soon to launch this summer and we are fired up about them.

7. What do you believe makes a quality product?

You can spend months perfecting details and packaging which are a huge part of positioning your product but when it comes from you, that’s what makes it special.

8. Where do you get your inspiration from?

Surf culture, fashion, traveling around the globe.

9. What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs?

Attitude is everything. There’s a quote from Benjamin Franklin I read whenever I’m in a rut. “I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. “ Maybe attempt #101 will succeed.

10. So you have a Barbershop, eh?

Yes, we have a barbershop here at our office in Culver City but its only operational during the Slick Saturday events we have.

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11. What is Slick Saturday? 

Byrds presents Slick Saturdays once a month at our creative space/ office/ barbershop/ home in Culver City. We provide fine cocktails and fresh cuts to all our friends and fans of Byrd.

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12. Where can readers find out more about you and your work? 

Website: byrdhair.com

Instagram: @byrdhair

Facebook: facebook.com/ByrdHair

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Byrd Products:

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Shop at http://www.pomades.com

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LOOK SLICK BY BYRD from Jon Hechtkopf on Vimeo.

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The Ultimate Shaving Experience For Real Men!

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Why Dreadnought? Why not!?

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1. A person that fears nothing
2. One that is among the largest and most powerful of its kind

Dreadnought is made in Great Britain for the men of USA and Canada.

1. Where are you located?

Plymouth, England.

2. When did you start this business?

June, 2012.

3. What is Dreadnought and when did you realize that this is what you wanted to pursue?

Dreadnought is a men’s grooming company that mixes age old methods with contemporary engineering. We spotted that there was a market for a new youthful brand that could attract new traditional shavers that might be put off by the more traditionalist brands on the market.

 4. Describe a few steps you took to make this happen.

A massive amount of R and D went into creating products, packaging and story – Only once we were 100% happy with this did we decide to go ahead.

5. How would you deal with a customer who didn’t know what they wanted?

Impartial advice – shaving is a complex subject with many variables, get to know the customer and see what their needs may be.

6. What are some of your accomplishments as a business?

Winner of the About.com award for Best Razor (Spartan) and Best Shaving Cream – 2012 and 2013 respectively.

 7. What do you believe makes a quality product?

Quality ingredients and an eye for detail.

8. Where do you get your inspiration from?

The Founder of Dreadnought is an ex Royal Marine and thus grooming was an essential part of everyday life – we wanted a product that was not only Manly to honor this, but also suit the needs of real men.

9. What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs?

Don’t give up after the first hurdle, or the 100th for that matter.

10. Where can readers find out more about you and your work? 

Read more about us on www.dreadnought-shaving.com

Facebook: Dreadnought Shaving

Twitter: @DreadnoughtUSA

Instagram: @dreadnoughtshaving

Shop for Dradnought product at royalshave.com

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Inspired Style: Alex Turner for GQ

alex-turner-gq-magazine-september-2013-fashion-01Pomades, 1960’s and the Greaser look is back! Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys is looking swag in his pomade look for hi feature in GQ Magazine. We are inspired by his style and lifestyle. He rocks his Pomade really well.

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Tools for a close shave with a Barber

Tools for a close shave
1. Shaving Bowl – $19.95
2. Straight Razor – $115.00
4. Shaving Cream – $30.00
5. Strop – $78.95
6. Hot Towel – $3.49
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