Meet Ian Fallon, frustrated actor and Ruffians Edinburgh’s resident photographer, he has been cutting hair for 18 years – presumably since he was three or something; he’s tried his hand at other creative endeavours, so you may have caught him in a show or two, but he always comes back to ensuring the men of Edinburgh are always looking sharp. He has a particular interest in natural, undone hair and – think beyond the abs on a Hollister campaign and to those all-American, beachy hairstyles. In contrast, he’s also a fan of the traditional 1940s pompadour style.
You work in Ruffians Edinburgh. What’s your favourite thing about the area?
The people locally. There are a lot offices in the area filled with stressed men who see Ruffians as a sanctuary and who also typically don’t have their hair too short, so it suits my style of cutting. My fellow Ruffians are superior to me in the fade department, but I love a longer cut. Also, I love a man in a suit.
Where should Ruffians open its next shop and why?
Melbourne, Australia. It’s my hometown and it’s super-cool.
Who is your all-time hair icon?
Redken Global Creative Director, Guido Palau. I personally couldn’t keep up in the world of session styling and being a creative director, but I love watching backstage videos of Guido working. He is a sculptor that uses hair as his medium.
How do you stay inspired to be the best barber you can be?
My clients are my directors, I just suggest solutions for their hair issues. Sometimes I make up names for their cuts that will stick in their heads – and mine – so when they ask for it, I know exactly what they want. Also, I love the idea of them telling their mates the names of their hair cuts! Some of them are a little cheeky, I won’t give you any examples right now!
Getting a haircut is a great way of taking some time for self-care. How do you like to treat yourself to some ‘me time’?
I like slow jogs. We have some fantastic walking and cycle paths around my part of Edinburgh. I also like walking while listening to audio books however, I recently leant that’s not the best idea when something devastating happens in the story. Literally doubled over, holding my stomach crying because of ‘Song of Achilles’ by Madeline Miller in the middle of a cycle path.
If I was going to give you five thousand pounds to spend in one shop, which one would you choose?
Alas, the shop I could have easily spent £5K was the Taschen Book Store in New York but it has closed. I love big hard cover books and also the mystery of how much a book is worth. You could spend £7 on a book or £1,300 on a book and they could both be the same size. It’s so decadent!
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