About Us

Our service is second-to-none, the quality of our barbers and the unique relaxed experience is consistently gaining us plaudits and 5 star ratings at all three of our shops. Meanwhile, our ever-expanding range of handmade grooming products continues to be THE choice of barbers and customers across the UK and beyond.

Our Story

At the age of just 10 years old, Shane O'Shaughnessy began his barber apprenticeship under his beloved grandad, David Keithley (top left). No matter how gruelling his day on the docks, David provided evening barbering services for his co-orkers, friends & family and made time to mix up his own recipe hair treatments and oils to keep it affordable - with young Shane watching keenly on. By just 13 years of age, Shane too was cutting hair.

After a successful career in the IT world, Shane, at the age of 36, decided to go back to his boyhood roots, and rekindle his love affair with hair. After a highly successful back-to-school style apprenticeship, Shane set up and ran a mixed salon on Peel Street in Derby, then several years later, took over a small well-established barbershop on Nuns Street in 2007 - working with friend and renowned local barber Craig Evans.

Shane and Craig developed an infectious chemistry, which in turn created the perfect ambience, it seemed, for gents seeking a traditional barbershop experience. Bookings increased as the duo's reputation grew and business was booming.

In 2011 Shane's thoughts turned to the hair tonics and oils his grandad used to blend, and he and his wife Sherri dusted down his old apothecary notebook and set about another ambitious project.  After a year or so of developmental work, in 2012 Shane & Sherri launched The Dandy Gent - a brand new range of high-end grooming products.

The products were immediately lauded by professionals and customers - the branding giving it the edge over much of the competition. Shane soon decided to rebrand his Nuns Street shop inline with the products - and The Dandy Gent Traditional Barbershop was born.

Today, Shane has two shops in Derby - his original Nuns Street branch and his flagship shop in the Cathedral Quarter of Derby City Centre on Irongate. The third shop - based in neighbouring city, Nottingham - has recently outgrown its first location and in January 2022 moved to the highly desirable part of the city - Hockley.

Our Products

All of our products are…
· Sodium Laurel Sulphate (SLS)-free
· Allergen-free
· Safety tested and approved

Most of our products are...
· Vegan friendly - with the exception of Moustache Wax and Beard Balm which contain beeswax.

We recycle...
We promote fine style and gentlemanly living – including actively encouraging you to recycle our packaging. We offer 10% off all Dandy Gent products when you present a returned container at the time of purchase and wherever possible we will re-use it. We always recycle our waste too.