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Adam Chan, Hair House Barbershop by Adam Chan Hip beard styles.

I became a hairstylist in 2000 and opened up my first barbershop in 2012. Colour highlights and perms pollute the planet and I really wanted to make a change, so I thought a men’s cut and shave spot would be a great way to do that. I’ve also always loved being in barbershops like the one my old man used to go to every couple of weeks — a clean fade and shave, the smell of pomades and bay rum are some of my favourite things in life.

What’s the most common mistake you see men make with grooming?

Many guys have problems using pomade. You really need to apply it as close to the roots as possible (but not touching the scalp), and make sure it touches every single hair. That way your pomp will stand for the whole day.

Depends on your hair texture. I love a classic, vintage worker look — a skin fade with greasy, slick top would stand out sharply with a thick winter coat.

Always use a proper comb according to the thickness of your hair.

Hair House Barbershop by Adam Chan, 18/F, Ho Lee Commercial Building, 38-44 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 6255 5450, www.facebook.com/hairhousebyadamchan

I started cutting mine and my business partner’s hair when we first came to Hong Kong [to open a wine distribution company] because of the lack of barbers that could give a proper skin bald fade. I would then offer haircuts to my wine clients, and I found myself enjoying cutting hair more after each cut. That’s when I knew I should give barbering a proper go.

What’s the most common mistake you see men make with grooming?

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Aftercare — it’s just as important as shaving because it keeps your skin pristine. After you shave, the skin is at its most vulnerable because the top layer of the epidermis is gone and the pores are open. This is when you should wash your face with cold water and apply an aftershave lotion or balm to prevent bumps, irritation, or ingrowns.

A mid-bald fade with the top long enough to either style it as a combover or a pompadour.

Leave room for mistakes. This means you’ll take a bit longer but the end result will be more precise.

I was always fascinated by the family barber. I managed to convince him to join his barbershop at age 13 — I was trained in the Italian traditions of barbering after school, and by the time I was 16 I was part of his team.

What’s the most common mistake you see men make with grooming?

A lot of guys don’t understand good skincare and the benefits this has for maintaining the best conditions for shaving and achieving great results. Also, growing a beard and not having it groomed or maintained properly, so shape and definition is lost and uneven.

The hipster phase of bushy beards and larger, exaggerated shapes are being taken to a much cleaner, sharper look — now, it’s all about creating suitable outlines for face shapes and partnering this with a haircut to get a complete look.

Use a pre-shave oil and a hot towel or water to open the pores before shaving.

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The Strand, 1-5/F, 18 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2850 7686, www.thestrandhk.com

How did you decide to become a barber?

I started cutting hair for my friends as something fun to do when I was around 15 or 16, and that’s how I cultivated my interest in being a professional barber.

A medium-length, well-groomed hairstyle to give a suave look, with a full, well-trimmed beard.

What’s the most common mistake that guys make when they groom?

Making the cheek line and neck line uneven on both sides.

One classic piece of grooming advice.

Before you shave at home, warm your face with a hot towel for two minutes, then put some moisturiser and pre-shave oil to soften your beard and help the razor glide more easily.

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The Mandarin Barber, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2825 4088, www.mandarinoriental.com

I was a hairdresser in London for a number of years, but I felt uninspired by the work I was doing. I decided to re-train at the London School of Barbering as I was inspired by the creative work I was seeing by talented barbers around the world.

What’s the most common mistake you see men make with grooming?

Most of the men I see use the wrong products for their hair type and for the style they want to achieve.

A heavy, textured pomp with sharp back and sides. It’s easy to maintain and it can be both a classic style and, alternatively, messy for the weekend.

Maintenance of your beard — it’s important to look after your facial hair. Brushing, washing and refreshing are all important to look smart and well groomed.

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