Just because you’re setting up camp in a (probably) muddy and (definitely) bathroom-free field doesn’t mean you have to admit defeat in the battle to look your best. We’ve enlisted an ally to help your efforts. Let grooming expert and founder of luxury barbers Man Made London, Dan Gregory, provide the ammunition that stops your style from going AWOL.
Prepare The Battlefield
Good prep is vital for getting out the other side unscathed. Visit your barber the day before the festival. “You’ll get a closer shave than you could ever do yourself at home, giving you an extra day or two until any new growth is visible,” says Gregory. “You’ll also experience less skin irritation.” Because you can’t enjoy the headliner if you’re scratching ingrown hairs.
Look After Your Troops
Ducking between sweaty tent and rain-lashed fields means rasping bristles. “The Soft Goat is a one-of-a-kind product that reduces the sharpness of your stubble, so itchiness is never a problem,” says Gregory. Just buff away razor ends for scruff that won’t irritate your skin. Or anyone else’s. Available at thesoftgoat.com, priced $11.99.
Use Lightweight Infantry
Come rain or shine, heavy styling products soon raise the white flag. So ditch wax unless you’re doing Danny Zuko on fancy dress day. “Use something that doesn’t leave a residue, such as Man Made London No.1 Texture Salt Spray,” says Gregory. “You can shake out a light product and style again in the morning.” And enjoy being the only guy whose hair doesn’t melt in the dance tent. Available at Man Made London, priced £15.95.
Outflank Dry Skin
Moisturiser ensures you don’t bring late nights home with you. “Kyoku’s contains natural, hydrating ingredients such as bamboo, avocado oil, green tea leaf, aloe vera, and vitamin E,” says Gregory. “It also has SPF 15 to protect from sun damage. Which means you don’t have to waste valuable beer space with another bottle of lotion.” Available at Amazon, priced £19.99.
Fortify Your Lips
Hydration won’t just outgun hangovers. “Having enough water also keeps skin and hair looking and feeling their best,” says Gregory. “It will even help keep your breath fresh and body odour from causing a stink. It’s called the elixir of life for a reason.” Give your lips an extra helping hand by bringing an SPF lip salve like this one from the chaps at MenScience. Just in case. Available at Mankind, priced £11.50.
Get A Helping Hand
Hand sanitiser is essential unless you want hepatitis compounding your Monday morning come down. But it since they’re alcoholic, they leave skin drier than a Larry David joke. “Go for Man’s Best Friend,” says Gregory. “It doesn’t smell like hospitals, moisturises, and kills 99 per cent of germs.” The perfect back-to-back-to-back. Available at MAD Beauty, priced £2.99.
If cleanliness is next to godliness, most festival goers are headed straight to hell. But don’t stress if the shower supply lines have been cut. Hippy Club Dry Shampoo breaks down oil and freshens hair, so you can be at almost your best in a single spray. Available at The Hippy Club, priced £9.95.
Operation Face & Body
A weekend away from plumbing is no excuse to forgo basic hygiene. First, freshen up your face with Avene Eau Thermale Thermal Water Spray. As well as scrubbing off grime, you’ll clear away last night’s cocktails. Dry shower gel is a thing now, too. A once over with Temple Spa Take A Grip and people will be following you to find the nonexistent shower cubicles.