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Ruffians guide to growing out your hair

Growing your hair may seem like a straightforward process but most of the time, it isn’t as simple as just leaving it alone and letting it grow as long as possible. The journey to having long luscious locks is a long one that takes work and a lot of patience to achieve the results that you want, so that’s why barber Robyn from our Edinburgh shop is here to give you the tricks of the trade and to make your hair growth journey as pain free as possible. 

Regular trims are a must

One of the most important things to remember when growing out your hair is that having regular trims is the key to maintaining a healthy mane. These regular cuts prevent breakage and split ends, therefore keeping hair looking fuller and healthier – promoting strength and growth. At the start of your hair growing process I recommend coming in for a tidy up every 6-8 weeks to keep your hair style manageable and healthy. Once your hair is well on it’s way to growing out you can reduce your visits to once every three or four months. 

Patience is key

As much as we’d love it to – our hair doesn’t grow overnight. it’s a long process and at some point or another you’ll probably find yourself in that weird in-between phase. Your hair isn’t quite long but it isn’t quite short so you feel yourself looking scruffy and in need of a groom. Instead of reaching for those clippers and giving up completely, a good thing to do is to ask your barber to recommend some products to help give your hair some style. I always go for something light that won’t weigh hair down – a sea salt spray or texturising dust. Just to see you through to your desired length and to make you feel a little more in control of your locks.

Don’t over wash

Another key trick is to stop washing your hair every morning with shampoo, this strips the hair of it’s natural oils and can lead to dry and brittle ends. Instead, try using shampoo every second or third day this therefore is much gentler on your hair and allows for the natural oils to lock in moisture and prevent damage.

In order to achieve your perfect haircut – it is important that you look at images of medium length styles to help you on your journey as well as having the end goal image in your head. That way, you can work with your barber to stay on track and  set yourself short term achievable goals. So, every time you leave the barbershop you feel like you’re well on your way – this tip makes growing hair so much easier and more fun.

End game

Although it’s important to keep an open mind about your aims, it’s a good idea to at least have a little bit of an idea about what you’re aiming for long term and the ultimate goal can also be great for the barber advising you on your mid-term shape ups. That way you both stay on the same track.

When you finally arrive at where you want to be, ensure you give your mane some real TLC. A good shampoo will do the trick – we recommend using a hydrating shampoo that will keep the ends of your hair soft and silky. Without the proper care, your hair may end up rebelling, forcing you to chop it all off anyway and undoing all your hard work. And let’s face it, no one wants to have to start from the beginning again.

If you’re looking to start your hair growth journey click here to book an appointment with Robyn in Edinburgh, or any of our barbers across our five shops.

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Meet the Ruffians #5: Creative Director Denis Robinson

For the fifth instalment in our Meet the Ruffians series we had a chat to Creative Director and Ruffians Liberty team member, Denis Robinson. With over 35 years experience in cutting hair and an eye for up and coming men’s fashion, he’s the go to man for all your grooming needs.

What’s the difference between a £15 and £55 haircut?

Attention to detail, and a desire to do the best possible job for the person in the chair. When doing a £15 haircut the focus is on doing as many as possible to increase your commission rather than ensuring that your client leaves your chair completely satisfied.

Tell us about your most memorable day at Ruffians so far.

Most memorable and scary was the day I was promoted to Creative Director, the position has really taken me out of my comfort zone and I have definitely had to learn on the job, the role is all about growing the visibility of the brand and creating opportunities for the team. The CD role is traditionally held by the person whose name is above the door so it’s quite a big responsibility to do this job.

Where do you think Ruffians should open its next shop and why?

London Bridge, as an area it really does have it all, commerce, residents, social activities and has truly turned into a go to destination.

What’s going to be the next big thing in men’s hair/ grooming?

I keep getting guys asking me to help grow their hair longer, I love it, coming from a hairdresser background it helps me keep my scissor work on point. The precision of fading is wonderful but sometimes its nice to build a more relaxed silhouette

If you could cut any celebrity’s hair, who would it be?

Jake Gyllenhaal (I don’t need to explain why)

How do you stay inspired to be the best barber you can be?

I always think that my clients deserve the best. Whether I’ve cut their hair for years or it’s their first time in the chair. I need to stay fresh, so consultations every time are what matter the most to me. You have to be open to change.

Whose personal style do you most admire?

Too many to narrow down to just one, but any guy who is brave enough to express themselves in the way that they want to rather than wearing what is ‘on trend’ just for the sake of fitting in.

Do you like to cook?

Yes when I have guests to prepare food for.

What’s your signature dish?

Slow cooked Vodka Chilli, the vodka gives it a real kick, just be careful not to spike your best friend who happens to be in recovery. (the heat thank god burns the alcohol off) and if you do spike him don’t tell him.

You’re marooned on a beautiful desert island. You’re allowed to wish for three items from home – what would they be?

My camera so I could record the adventure, my kindle with all the books I said that I would go back to when I had the peace and quiet to concentrate on them to do them justice. And third wouldn’t be from my home but the spiked best friend’s (see previous question) dog, Gadget, as I would need some company and he for sure is the best company ever.

To book in with Denis or any of the team at Ruffians Liberty click here and to read about when Denis and the team took Ruffians state-side click here.

Ruffians Education programme for barbers and hairdressers begins with Advanced Fade Training

We’re incredibly excited to announce the launch of the Ruffians Education programme – a series of one-day training courses delivered by our top men’s stylists – designed to help barbers and hairdressers advance their cutting and shaving skills.

The Ruffians Education team has long been delivering world-class training internally to Ruffians’ new recruits and we’re always being asked if we offer training courses to barbers and hairdressers externally. So, we decided to make it happen and we couldn’t be more excited to get started!

Over the next couple of months our team of educators will roll out the first three one day courses – including a cut-throat razor shaving masterclass and a course especially designed to help hairdressers make the move in to barbering. But first up is the Advanced Fade course, led by Ruffians’ educator and all-round barbering superstar, Richard Tucker.

On Sunday March 17th we will host our very first Advanced Fade Course at Ruffians Marylebone, in the heart of central London. So, if you are a barber or hairdresser looking to up your fade game and want to learn from one of the best faders in the business, check out the flier below with all the information about the day.

We’ll be announcing details about the next two courses in the coming weeks – so watch this space!

If you’re interested in joining the Advanced Fade Course or would like to be the first to hear about upcoming Ruffians Education courses including the From Hairdresser to Barber training and Advanced Shave Masterclass get in touch with us at courses@ruffians.co.uk. Don’t see what you like? Then get in touch to tell us what training programs you’d like to see developed by Ruffians next! We’re always open to suggestions!

View and download a copy of the Advanced Fade Course flier.
Ready to book your place? You can pay for it here on the Ruffians store.

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Get The Look: Shawn Mendes

Calvin Klein’s newest model and singing superstar Shawn Mendes is at all of the music awards and is the name on everyone’s lips. So here’s what Naomi, who works in our Marylebone shop, had to say about getting the look.

Shawn Mendes has been photographed sporting a longer and more natural style that, for me as a barber, I’m finding a lot of my clientele moving on to from skin fades and shorter cuts so I thought I’d give some tips on what to ask your barber if you’re looking to transition to something longer, more natural and that requires less maintenance. These kind of cuts allow for the ability to style with or without product and this haircut is smart and professional but carries an undone edge with it.

For those looking to emulate Shawn’s style, I would recommend that you ask your barber for an all scissor cut, something with texture and versatility, natural and low maintenance. This may seem quite vague but as professionals we are able to create an image in our minds of what you’re looking for. Showing pictures to your barber is always a great idea, although I would say only use this as a guide to help explain as there are many different elements to consider to ensure that a style is suitable for you. For example, face shape, hair type and texture, so it’s important that you work with your barber to adapt and make sure you get the most out of your haircut. I would also suggest asking your barber for tips on how to style and maintain your new haircut so that it’s manageable in between appointments, otherwise, without the correct styling and products it can defeat the object of a good haircut.

This style is great for hair that has a lot of body, it works especially well with curly hair and if you’re aiming for low maintenance as it can be air dried without much product at all. This isn’t to say that anyone with super straight hair can’t have this style, but it would need a little more attention and time to style therefore eliminating the low maintenance aspect of the cut. Consultation is key in my opinion, before we even touch your hair it is important for both you and your barber to ask each other questions so that you’ve got a clear understanding of what will be achieved by the end of the appointment and that you walk out feeling brand new.

If you do want a bit of styling, it’s super simple! I recommend our Marine Salt Spray in towel dried hair to encourage the movement and then to let it dry naturally (no heat) creating the undone, beachy textured look. Alternatively, if you were to want something slicker and more professional looking, a great way to achieve that would be to add a small amount of our Hair Cream to damp hair. Then with a hairdryer and a paddle or vent brush, direct the hair away from the face and brush backwards until dry. After this, finish off with some of our Styling Paste to give hold and natural shine to the hair.

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To book a haircut with Naomi or any of her colleagues click here or pop into the Marylebone shop. 

Our new Ruffians product range is available to purchase from all five of our shops, or can be bought from our online store. Want to let the experts sort your hair and give you the lowdown on the best products for styling it? Book an appointment now.

Barber: Naomi (Marylebone)

Editor: James Hooker (@jamesalexanderbarber)

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Ruffians Top 3 Tips to Combat Thinning Hair

Thinning hair, receding hairlines, bald spots. The sound of it makes us shudder and the mere thought of having to part ways with our beloved hair is the stuff of nightmares. However,  it is something that two thirds of men will have experienced by the time they’re 35 and when the big 5-0 rolls around, 85 percent of men will see have seen a significant amount of hair loss.

So, we thought we’d put together these tips and tricks to help combat thinning hair and battle that pesky receding hairline.

  • What’s the most important thing to bear in mind when styling thinning hair?

When the hair starts to thin out, use volumising products that swell and thicken the remaining hair-shaft prior to blowdrying. Products like the SachaJuan Ocean Mist salt spray can be a big help, this product coats the hair and gives it the illusion of thickness and helps with controlling finer hair by adding texture. Dry finish styling products are best for fixing, something like the Ruffians Rough Matt Clay works well as it doesn’t weigh the hair down. Oily products tend to separate and clump the hair together, making the scalp more visible whereas matte look products adhere to the hair and fix with little movement.

 

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  • Is there a particular cut and/or style that works well for men receding at the temples? What is it, and why?

This all depends on the levels of recession and how brave the man feels about embracing it. If you are happy to embrace and show it off then a swept back pompadour is a great classic that works with the hairline to create a dramatic and modern style. Alternatively a short rounded crop can look very effective, keep the central peak shorter than the rest with slightly longer hair over the recession to give some camouflage.

  • Is there a particular cut and/or style that works well for men thinning at the sides and crown? What is it, and why?

A great barber will always recommend a style based on the density of your hair, but also face shape. With this in mind approach your consultation with an open mind and be ready for change. The mistake a lot of men make most when the hair starts to thin is try to hold on to the style they’ve had previously, when they had a full head of hair, everyone needs to adapt their hairstyle based on where they are rather than where they were or where they’d like to be. The general rule is to keep the hair short, a buzz or crew cut usually looks best for thinning hair on the crown or at the sides. Another option, if you’re feeling really daring, is to go clean shaven. A lot of men find that when their hair begins to thin on top, their beards gain a new lease of life and start to look fuller and thicker. The completely bald and bearded look could be the way forward!

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To book in with one of our experienced barbers across any of our 5 shops click here or to browse our selection of products click here

Stuck for last minute Christmas gift ideas for him? Look no further than Ruffians!

We all know the feeling, Christmas looms ever closer and there’s just one or two more gifts that you’ve been putting off buying because he (and it usually is a he!) is just so tricky to buy for. Maybe he buys himself everything he wants. Maybe you’ve tried buying clothes but you can tell from his reaction on Christmas morning that you just didn’t get it quite right. The jumper that gets politely worn on Christmas day and then never sees the light of day again. It can be tricky, right? Well, not to add any undue pressure but Thursday 20th December (IE TOMORROW is the last recommended postage day for first class deliveries to the UK!

But at Ruffians, we think we can help and we’ll tell you why. Just ask yourself: who on earth doesn’t like a good pampering? And when it comes to that sort of thing, we’ve got products and services to suit every type of guy and every type of budget. So look no further and worry no more!

Gifts £10 or under

Ruffians products have all been specially engineered for men and we pride ourselves on using the finest ingredients. Our barbers all use Ruffians styling and grooming products as part of the service they offer our customers every day and our range has been recommended everywhere from GQ to Men’s Health. What’s more, is that we a number of luxurious products starting at £10 and under including….

Sandalwood Shave Gel (£8) and Daily Facial scrub (£10) both essential to any man’s daily routine.

Ruffians Pomade (£10) for guys who like a slick, high-shine finish to their hair. 

Gifts £30 or under

Ruffians Styling Paste, Pomade and Rough Matt Clay. are recommended by our barbers and the grooming press alike

We have lots more lovely Ruffians products for well under £30, including our famous Styling Paste. Our barbers swear by it and a quick straw poll found that they use it on over three quarters of haircuts because it’s just so versatile and suitable for so many hair types. Not to mention that the results it delivers; easy, invisible, no-fuss styling is what so many guys look for in their hairstyles right now.

Also priced at £15 is our Rough Matt Clay – this is the styling product you want if he likes his hair looking thick, textured and messy – and our Facial Moisturiser, which is a lovely way to pamper yourself every morning and is designed to protect against dryness, and invigorate and nourish skin.

Being able to treat yourself at home is one thing, but honestly, nothing beats a service in one of our sophisticated yet laid-back and down-to-earth grooming spaces across our locations in London and Edinburgh. Here’s a selection of what’s available under £30:

Ruffians Signature Facial (£15) begins with a full consultation to understand his current skincare regime, whilst examining skin sensitivity. An exfoliating facial scrub invigorates before a soothing and relaxing hot towel treatment. An upper body and head massage will help ease away his cares, while a hydrating facial moisturiser refreshes and nourishes the skin.

Our Quick Beard Tidy (£15) is for guys looking to achieve an even beard and sharp look in double quick time. Our barbers will trim, shape and edge your beard, finish and treat it with Ruffians organic Argan oil, before styling it to your exact specifications.

Matthew Heckel, barber at Ruffians in Liberty performs the hot towel treatment part of our Signature Facial
Matthew Heckel, barber at Ruffians in Liberty performs the hot towel treatment part of our Signature Facial

Gifts £100 or under

Ruffians Gift Cards are available in multiples of £20, £30, £40 and £55 and can be redeemed in all Ruffians locations for both services and the purchase of products.

Haircuts (£55)

Our haircuts come with a full consultation as standard – taking into consideration lifestyle, face shape and hair type – to ensure he leaves with a style he loves. A refreshing shampoo and conditioning treatment with an invigorating scalp massage before the cut, finishing and styling will ensure he leaves feeling as good as he looks.

Traditional Cut Throat Razor Shave (£55)

Our highly skilled barbers carry out a personalised skin consultation to understand his current shaving regime, whilst examining the direction of growth, density of stubble, and skin sensitivity. A hot towel treatment and Ruffians’ signature facial clears pores and softens the hair ahead of an expert shave and the smoothest possible finish. We also offer Cut Throat Shave Masterclasses – he’ll get the full experience as detailed above, plus training from our most experienced barbers on how to achieve the same great results at home.

Gifts £100 or over

Haircut and beard tidy with razor work: for guys with hair and a beard this is the ultimate treat: having a great new cut and having the beard conditioned, shaped, edged and trimmed to suit.

Stunning Muhle shaving kits: for guys who prefer a wet shave at home, we sell a range of Muhle shaving soaps, razors, brushes and shaving kits.

What’s available in store?

All Ruffians shops include a retail store selling gift cards, Ruffians grooming products and a selection of great gift ideas including Muhle shaving kits and guest styling products from luxurious brands such as Sacha Juan, Le Labo and more. All of our shops are open until 3pm on Christmas Eve for those really last minute gifts and treats! Find your nearest Ruffians location.

Meet the Ruffians #3: Linda from Covent Garden

Next up in the Meet the Ruffians series is Linda from our Covent Garden shop. Her energy is overflowing and her passion for cutting hair is out of this world (much like her love for Sci-Fi films), so, we sat down for a chat to find out what makes her tick.

How long have you worked for Ruffians?

So, at the end of this month it’s going to have been a year.

What do you think the best thing is about being a Ruffians barber?

One of the best things is definitely being able to work in Covent Garden – I love this shop so much. Everything happens in Covent Garden, it’s such a famous part of London. The good thing is that there isn’t a specific clientele. We have tourists, locals, people who work around here, people who live around here. You never know who’s going to open and walk through that door.

What makes Ruffians special?

Oh, my word. Everything that I’ve said before! Ruffians is just on another level. It’s a higher standard that we work to. We offer more than just a haircut, it’s about the whole experience.

What inspired you to get into barbering?

This is going to be the most bizarre answer ever. But have you ever been sat on the bus and you look at the back of someone’s neck? You just sit there and think oh I could really fix that. I could really give him a great taper. That happens to me all the time and I want to shout, “does anyone have cordless clippers here?” That’s the reason really, I used to find myself looking at men’s hair and thinking, “I could fix that”, so now I do.

If you could cut any celebrity’s hair – who’s hair would you like to cut?

Oh wow. I think a huge challenge would be Bradley Cooper. He has a nice wave to his hair, sometimes he wears product, sometimes he doesn’t. I’d love to just get my hands on that.

Who is your all time hair icon?

Can I say Sergio Ramos? Every single haircut he has had for the past two seasons has been brilliant. I want to meet his barber. It’s quite interesting actually, he always goes a little bit further and a little bit more adventurous every time. I don’t support Real Madrid though so I sound like a traitor. I support Tottenham and Barcelona but I can’t really think of any iconic hairstyles that the players have. Maybe Dele Alli with the lines but I’m not too keen on the blonde he has going on at the minute.

What is your favourite film?

Oh jeez, you know, I’m crazy about films. I talk about films nearly eight hours a day with my clients. Just one? I would go for Ex-Machina. I love Sci-Fi, Fantasy, whatever will take me away from here. No drama. No drama please. What have the other guys said? Oh, actually I really love Goodfellas and Resevoir Dogs. Tarantino films are incredible. It’s the soundtrack that can make the film for me.

Do you like to cook? What is your favourite thing to cook?

Marrows! I love cooking! 80% of what I talk to my clients about is movies and 20% is food. Marrow is just a versatile vegetable! Cook them, fry them, do whatever you want with them. make soup. We need to bring marrows back to the kitchen. Forget avocados!

Describe Ruffians in three words

Sophisticated. (But still very much down to earth, anyone can feel at home here). Family. (We care. It’s easy to find your place and to fit right in). Modern. (We like to keep in with the current trends and styles)

 

Book an appointment with Linda or the team at Covent Garden

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Six hair quirks and how to fix them

No one is safe from bad hair days every once in a while. Whether it’s your side part that just won’t stay down or your thinning patch on top, here are some tips and tricks to help combat the most irritating of hair problems.

Cowlick
What is it?

Well, the name comes from the way that cows actually lick their young in circular motions, giving them a sort of spiral pattern in their fur. For humans, cowlicks appear when the growth direction of the hair forms against the spiral pattern, creating an uneven hairline and proving to be a bit of an annoyance.

How do I combat it?

The best way to combat a cowlick is by choosing the right hairstyle which will embrace the natural direction of the hair. This depends on where your cowlick is, so it’s best to visit a qualified barber who will be able to tell you with their trained eye what to look out for.

Thinning hair
What is it?

Up to 70% of men will experience male pattern baldness in their lifetime. Simply put, a hormone in your body called Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) affects the size and efficiency of the hair follicles, causing them to close up and prevent the hair from coming through. DHT is made from testosterone by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. DHT is found in skin, hair follicles, and the prostate and the sensitivity of hair follicles to DHT is what causes hair loss.

 How do I combat it?

Similarly to cowlicks, the best thing to do is find a style that works for you. For thinning hair on the crown of your head, try a slicked back style – short back and sides with length on the top and slicked back with product to cover your crown. Styling products can be a great help in creating the illusion of thicker hair – volume powders and stylings pastes will help to keep your hair in place all day and hide those problem areas.

Temporal recession
What is it?

Widow’s peak mean anything to you? The Dracula style temporal recession is one indicator of male pattern baldness but it can certainly be managed.

How do I combat it?

A buzz or tight crew cut helps to create a softer look as it reduces the level of contrast between your head and hair – the shorter your hair is, the easier it is to create the illusion of an even hairline.

Unruly side-parting
 What is it?

That bit of hair that always sticks out when you’re trying to make it STAY DOWN for a nice smart side-parting.

How do I combat it?

First, make sure you have found your natural parting, and check that the lengths between the sides and the top section are even. If that’s all good, then you will need to use heat to give the sticky-out bit more flexibility. Wet the hair, use a dryer on a high heat and brush in the correct direction to get rid of any kinks

Overgrown crown
What is it?

That annoying bit at the top of your head which always seems to grow a bit quicker than the rest of your hair, making it tricky to sweep your hair back, but also making it look like a flock of seagulls when you push your head forward into a fringe.

How do I combat it?

If you are growing out the front section of your hair, for example, ask the barber to leave it longer there and gradually go down to a shorter length at the crown, so when straight, the silhouette will slope down front to back.

Uneven facial hair
What is it?

Hair high up on the cheeks, low neck hair or high chest hair?! These awkward bits of facial hair can turn a smart and neat look into something too scruffy and unruly.

How do I combat it?

Be aware of the angles of your face and use your bone structure to guide the lines where your facial hair should be. For example, if you have a few stray hairs above your cheek bones, get rid of them, so the face looks more angular. However, if you have a significant amount of hair above the cheekbones, don’t shave it all off, just shape the lines of the hair growth so they are at least running parallel to your cheekbones. This is the same with neck hair vs. jawline.

Ruffians offer a full range of services and expert advice to help you combat those pesky hair problems. You can book online now with one of our expert barbers across any of our five locations

All of our styling and haircare products are available to purchase online or in any of our stores.

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Meet the Ruffians #2: Tommy the manager of our Shoreditch shop

No one is cooler than Ruffians Shoreditch manager, Tommy Cunliffe. He’s the go to man for fresh trims and great chat. So, we caught up with Tommy to learn more about his experience working at Ruffians and to find out a little bit more about Shoreditch’s very own golden boy.

How long have you worked for Ruffians?

4 years, but it feels like 4 months. The magic thing with this company is that you never feel like you’re doing the same thing day in day out. The clients and my team make the job for me, I love coming to work and making the most of the people around me.

Who is your favourite Ruffians colleague and why?

My assistant manager, Richard. I don’t know if I’m allowed to have favourites though. Don’t tell anyone. But in all honesty, Richard has taught me so much and for that I am forever indebted to him. He’s such a talented barber and getting to work alongside him is one of the best parts of the job. That extends to my life outside barbering as well, in more ways than one, I am a better man because of my friendship with Richard.

 Tell us about your best day at Ruffians

My best day at Ruffians was the day I won Creative Head magazine’s 2015 Rising Star award.  I was so proud of getting it and to have been able to share it with the Ruffians gang made it all the more special. It was such a sick day!

 And your worst day at Ruffians?

My worst day at Ruffians was the day after I won Creative Head magazine’s 2015 Rising Star award. I’ll say no more.

Which hair trend from the last few years makes you cringe?

Topknot. No contest. I had one as well.

What do you look for in a good barber?

Being manager of the store, I have to look for more than just technique and ability. I look for someone who is going to be able to connect with their clients along with the rest of the team. The most important things for me are personality and confidence. It’s all about the good vibes.

Who is your all time hair icon?

The go to is Becks but is that a bit too predictable? – He became known for his range of different hairstyles, and it really does takes confidence to pull off some of those early 2000s looks, doesn’t it? Then on the other end of the spectrum is Lenny Kravitz, he’s got that one hairstyle that’s just so essential to his overall look. He knows what works and he sticks with it.

How do you stay inspired to be the best barber you can be?

As much as I love looking at the trends in editorials or at fashion week to become a better barber my greatest inspiration are the people around me. The barbers on my team inspire me all the time. Not only that, but working in such an upbeat and trendy area like Shoreditch where I’m around so many different styles and characters always helps to keep me inspired.

Describe your personal style

Black. White. Grey.

What’s the last song you played on Spotify/ iTunes?

I’m So Into You by Aaliyah – I’ve always been an RnB boy at heart. Can’t beat it.

You can invite 3 celebrities (dead or alive) to a dinner party. Who would you choose?

Rihanna, hairdressing legend Vidal Sassoon and Watford football captain Troy Deeney. Right, I’ve got this whole dinner planned out. So, in my head we’re in Tobago. For starters we’re having prawn cocktail, but not just prawn cocktail, I want the fanciest mixed seafood prawn cocktail starter you can think of. Main, that’s easy, fried chicken. For desert, I’ll be honest with you I’m not a big sweets person but I reckon we’d have a big-share Dairy Milk oreo bar for the table. Imagine that. Rihanna Sassoon, Deeney and I all munching on a dairy milk big-share.

What’s your idea of the perfect day off?

Right, ripple it on from my ideal celebrity dinner party the night before. Rihanna would make me a full English breakfast but then she would have to leave to go to the studio so I’d have the rest of the day to myself. So, we’re still in Tobago, I’d leave my room and I would then walk no more than 5 paces to sit on Pirate’s bay. (The most beautiful beach I went to a few years ago). I’d want 2 hours of complete and utter chill, just time to myself. I reckon then, at the 2 hour point (2 hours is enough time with my own thoughts) the barbecue gets fired up and all the people that I love and all the people that love them would be there. The tunes and the food would be banging.

Who is the coolest person you’ve ever met?

Good question – My brother Miles. He is the coolest person for sure.

Describe Ruffians in three words

Personality. Care. Love

Book an appointment with Tommy or the team at Shoreditch

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Meet the Ruffians #1: Nick the barber from our Marylebone shop

Every month or so, we’d love to introduce you to one of the stylists from our shops in Covent Garden, Shoreditch, Marylebone, Liberty and Edinburgh. Find out what it’s like to work for Ruffians, learn what makes them tick and check out some of their brilliant work cutting hair for our customers. First up: Nick Campbell from Ruffians Marylebone. Over to him.

When did you decide you wanted to cut men’s hair?

I started out as a chef – I guess I’ve always liked working with my hands! Working in a kitchen you’d rarely interact with customers and I was looking for more of that personal connection in my work. I’ve always been interested in fashion and grooming trends, so about three years ago I decided to make the move and I’ve not looked back.

What do you look for in a good barber?

A good barber for me wants to understand his clients needs above anything else. It’s so important to build relationships with clients and I think that’s something a lot of barbers overlook – for many it’s about the cuts they want to give rather than what the client needs or wants but for me it begins and ends with the customer.

What’s the one hair product you couldn’t live without?

My go-to product for almost every hairstyle is a grooming cream. It’ll help you get your hair under control and get the look you and want and it lasts all day long. My favourite one has to be Bumble and Bumble Grooming Creme. It’s nice and light, not too sticky and helps me achieve results my clients love.

What does your ideal day off look like?

When  I’m not cutting hair my day I love to practice yoga somewhere outside. There’s some fantastic Mysore classes in London – and a ton of amazing outdoor spaces to go and practice what you’ve learned. If I’m not on the yoga mat i will often head to east London to catch up with friends for a drink or coffee.

Where are you going on holiday this year?

I’m off to Croatia today for the Hospitality drum and bass festival, there’s a great lineup of DJs, pretty much guaranteed great weather, right on the beach. Bliss. Also, I’ve never been to Edinburgh and I’d love to pay a visit to our colleagues in the Ruffians shop there and experience all the amazing culture the city has to offer.

Describe Ruffians in three words.

Premium, Professional, Prestigious.

Book an appointment with Nick or the team at Marylebone

Want to learn more about working at Ruffians? We’re currently looking for men’s stylists at our Covent Garden, Shoreditch and Liberty shops. Visit our recruitment pages or drop us a line on careers@ruffians.co.uk with any questions you might have.