What’s Their Secret?

Step up your game with these products, approved by some of Denver’s finest barbers.

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Baxter of California Super Close Shave Formula, $22
“This product softens whiskers and has a clean feel, yet doesn’t coat the skin with a fragrance.” —Al Urbanowski

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American Crew Molding Clay, $18
“This diverse product works great in groomed styles as well as textured cuts. It’s high-hold, medium- shine, and has a clean natural fragrance.” —Al Urbanowski

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Aveda Men Pure-Formance Thickening Paste, $25
“We recommend this product for a few reasons: It gives a great look, smells earthy, but above all it’s natural.” —Semion Kikirov

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El Patron Black Seed Beard Oil, $21
“Men really like this one. Shaving oil gives a smooth shave while beard oil completes the experience. It is very dry in Colorado, and the beard oil keeps the skin moist; otherwise, men develop red spots on their skin.” —Semion Kikirov

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Reuzel Grooming Tonic, starts at $7
“I use this for anything! It can be a pre-blow dry agent that leaves a nice natural hold, or even an after-product applied for a light hairspray-like hold. It works for everything and smells super bomb.” —Gabriel Maestas

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Layrite Matte Cream, starts at $9
“Layrite makes great overall products, but this one seems to work for everyone. I think nowadays, people are leaning more towards a hold that is dry but still firm enough to get you through the day. This does exactly that. It’s low shine and can work for any hairstyle.” —Gabriel Maestas

 


 

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Gabriel Maestas, who works at Denver’s Bellwether barbershop, recently took first place at AJ’s All-American Barber Showcase for a kid’s pompadour haircut.

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Al Urbanowski, founder and owner of Al’s Barbershop on Larimer Square, has been cutting and styling hair for more than 30 years.

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Semion Kikirov is a fourth-generation barber who opened up his own barbershop, Semion— Barbershop for All, in 2011.

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