Grooming gadgets

One of the least appealing things about reaching middle age is the things your barber suddenly starts attacking. I was in the chair a few weeks ago and he solicitously started snipping not only the hair I intended but also a quick clip of nasal hair and inside the ears.

I have rewritten that first sentence three times to try and make myself sound better. It doesn’t work.

So I was pleased when among all the stuff Sassoon for Men is releasing lately, including a number of beard trimmer products (as people who read this blog regularly will realise I quite enjoy being clean shaven), included the Titan Series ‘hygiene trimmer’. It’s nicelty designed, not too expensive, does the job, is easily washable and unlike my last one from Boots’ own-brand range, it has a flat base so it stands up in the bathroom cabinet. I’m amazed more people don’t think of this when designing these things.

The other gadget I’ve been playing with is a clever nail clipper from StylFile, the company owned by Tom Pellereau and Lord Sugar sparked by Pellereau’s win on The Apprentice. Pellereau, you might remember, was a bit of a boffin and a very good thinker. Yes, he came up with the “emergency biscuit” when they were asked to design a biscuit but actually being prepared to throw any idea out and see if people react is a good thing.

This time he’s attacked the concept of nail clippers. They generally have parallel blades so they more or less snap the nail off, which then flies around the room. If they had a scissor motion, he’s presumably reasoned, then the nail would simply fall into the bin. And that’s what he’s done – very simple indeed and like all good inventions, obvious with hindsight.

Would I have put his face on the front of a beauty brand? I’ll pass on that, but then I wouldn’t put mine there either.


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