I know we’re paraphrasing C+C Music Factory but with Valentines Day falling right in the middle of awards season it is really easy to develop crushes, hair crushes that is.
Ruffians Creative Director Denis Robinson has been keeping a watchful eye on red carpet footage from London to LA. so here are a few heads of hair that are making him swoon this Valentines Day.
Richard Madden at the BAFTAs
Is this guy a living audition for James Bond or what?
This suave Pompadour has all the makings of an old school MI6 agent, paired with a well cut tux Richard is the epitome of a dapper man on Sundays annual film awards roll out.
We usually see the pomp with a sharp fade around the back and sides but this softer scissor version yells elegance. And the naturally greying streak through the quiff shows a man who is comfortable with who he is.
Ask For: a soft pomp all scissors. A great barber will always rise to the challenge of giving you the extra care and attention it takes to get a great scissor finish.
To Style: use some of the SachaJuan volume cream (can be bought from all of our Ruffians shops) rubbed throughout the hair before blow drying. Carefully part the hair cleanly on your chosen side, dry the crown and sides flat and sleek then concentrate of getting the lift at the front.
Finish with either styling paste for fine to mid thickness hair, and go with pomade for a sleeker look on very thick hair.
Pro Hack: only dry your hair 85%, focussing on the areas that need most control, namely the sides and quiffed area. Leaving the hair slightly damp before applying finishing product means that as the hair settles into fully dry it will dry sculpted into place and hold for the duration.
Mahershala Ali at the Golden Globes
Best supporting actor nominee could support the male grooming industry single handedly with this super sharp fade. He is definitely committed to looking good as this style needs dedication keeping it en pointe.
Ask For: a high and tight fade with some texture on top.
To Style: if your hair is any kinds of curly then squeeze dry with towel, never rough dry. Then apply your product of choice and allow to settle into it self. Once dry fluff it up a little with your hands for some flexibility .
Pro Hack: if you haven’t got time to have a full fade as often as you’d like, pop in for a 15 min line up around the edges.
Shawn Mendes at the Grammys
So, musicians do tend to be a little more relaxed than the actors on the red carpet, and Shawn’s natural approach is definitely as fresh as his smile.
Increasingly, we are seeing guys making the most of their natural movement and keeping the style looking effortless.
Ask For: a classically scissor graduated haircut with the length left on top.
To Style: after washing allow to sit and rest for a while naturally drying before you do anything. Then apply some salt spray and diffuse dry without touching the hair too much. Once dry, dishevel with hands and leave it alone.
Pro Hack: try and avoid washing your hair very frequently. However a condition and rinse on the non washing days will give your hair more sheen and bounce.
Ricky Martin at the Golden Globes
Being a father certainly suits Ricky.
His looked has evolved so much in recent years and the sharp hair sharp beard combo is a great look on him.
Ask For: clipper fade, the choice with this one is as always based on your personal preference. So you can go right down to skin if thats your thing. Beards should be well maintained and a good rule of thumb is have a quick beard tidy in between haircut visits.
To Style: being a shorter hairstyle it will mostly look after itself and won’t need much doing. For texture and hold mix Ruffians styling paste with L’Oreal super dust and apply to dry hair pushing it into shape
Pro Hack: rub a drop or two of tea tree oil into the skin under the beard, this will soothe the skin and the action of massaging into that area helps to remove dead skin cells and prevent beard-druff
Henry Golding at the SAG awards
I don’t know if he’s crazy but he sure looks rich in this golden tux and well coiffed hair. It’s been quite the journey for him moving from TV presenter to Hollywood actor. But with being a recently new arrival on the scene is sure standing out.
Ask For: a classic graduated haircut with a cheeky nape taper. This can also be updated with a blowout around the sideburns lending a sharper look to the overall results .
To Style: you can’t beat some SachaJuan Ocean Mist styling spray for the volume required here. Apply to roots only and then dry hair away form your head using fingers and dryer, finger styling gives a more relaxed look than using a brush. Finish by applying SachaJuan Fibre paste in a very small quantity mainly through the lengths and ends.
Pro Hack: to revive tired looking hair without going to the bother of completely washing and styling, spray some hair spray onto the palms of your hands and run them through your hair concentrating on the roots, this will give you some lift and life to a tired barnet.