Italian Wet Shave at Gavin Ashley
26th March 2010
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Our Coffee Mornings are really rocking.... last Tuesday, 23rd March we held another Market Place, where some of the Best show their wares and sell their products.

There were cakes , jewellery, mini manicures and the star of the show must have been Gavin owner of Gavin Ashley's his and hers Salon in Churchgate street.

Not many local businessmen   have survived and continued to be at the top of their game more successfully  than  Gavin Downes.

Gavin’s salon,  Gavin Ashley in Churchgate Street, Bury St Edmunds opened it doors in 1978 and is not only one of the most well- established local hairdressers but still one of the most successful. As a respected  local figure within the industry Gavin puts this down to maintaining constantly high standards, continual staff training and offering excellent customer service.  He also believes in constantly evolving and moving with the times.  

A life-long interest  in male grooming has  now lead Gavin to acquire specialist skills in the art of Italian Wet Shaving.  Inspired by an ex-employee  Joseph Lanzante, who had set himself  up as a trainer in wet shaving and developing a range of products to support  it, Gavin became hooked and is now eager to pass on his enthusiasm  and  newly-acquired expertise.  Curently operating within his Salon but looking to set up his own training school, he is keen to teach anyone interested in learning the art, not just barbers, hairdressers and beauty therapists but anyone with a steady hand and the confidence to do it.

Said Gavin “ It is so rewarding to give someone a proper wet shave and the results are amazing, it leaves the skin looking vibrant, fresher and younger ” 

“ First the skin is exfoliated to get rid of dead cells  and a hot towel is applied to the face which softens and  prepares for shaving.  Italian shaving cream is then worked well  into the skin with a brush and then its  timeto use a cut-throat razor to achieve the closet shave imaginable.  A bracing cold towel  closes the pores, followed by a massage and lotions to complete the  whole shaving experience.  The whole face is left feeling super smooth and comfortable. “

Hot towel shaves are available at Gavin Ashely for £15.00 and are a great gift idea aswell as essential  for grooms to be,  or to feel extra special for an occasion.

Gavin Ashley are actively supporting the HAIRraising appeal, helping the industry to raise £1 million to provide new operating theatres for Gt Ormond Street Hospital for children.   Clients can add a donation to their bill or make a donation via 

For further information please contact Gavin Ashley, 28 Churchgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 1RG. Tel: 01284 754066 or email




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