Earlier this month, the Ruffians Edinburgh team had the pleasure of styling the hair of the male models who took part in the annual Edinburgh Charity Fashion Show (ECFS). The show this year was all about creating an immersive experience, incorporating taste, smell and touch into the runway and Dan, Robyn and Laura had a blast being a part of such an important event. This year, ECFS was raising money for the mental health charity, Penumbra, which helps adults and young people across Scotland battling with poor mental health, offering a wide range of services which promote recovery and give hope to those in need.
Here at Ruffians, we’re all about looking and feeling good and believe in the importance of self-care when it comes to mental health, thats why we were thrilled to be a part of this special cause in raising money for Penumbra. Dan, Robyn and Laura were on hand to deliver expert styling and to also give out a few tips and tricks backstage for the models and designers alike.
For the past two years, the ECFS has been a huge success, raising nearly £35,000 in 2017 and 2018 for various charities. Dan, Robyn and Laura were all excited to get stuck in, from skin fades to longer cuts, the team left no hairstyle untouched for this collaboration of fashion, music and art.
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Lee-Ann from our Edinburgh shop is up next in the hot seat. We found out what it’s like working in the original Ruffians shop.
What do you think makes Ruffians special?
With Ruffians it’s definitely prestige plus a relaxed and friendly atmosphere that makes it special. It’s somewhere gents can come and have an epic salon experience with highly trained barbers, that’s what makes us stand out amongst the others!
What’s the Ruffians hair product you can’t live without?
I really couldn’t live without the styling paste! It’s my go to product and my clients love it!
You work in Ruffians Edinburgh. Where’s your favorite place to eat/ drink nearby?
That’s a tough one as there are so many great places in the West End but I’d have to say KYLO Steakhouse. It’s so close to work and I do love a good steak and it’s reasonably priced too!
Tell us a bit about how you got into barbering?
I originally trained as a hairdresser but fancied crossing over into barbering as I found the environment to be more fun and relaxing, also because it was vastly becoming more and more trendy. I was living in Glasgow at the time and passed a barbershop with a sign in the window, so I popped in for a chat and the rest is history! I absolutely love the industry and working for Ruffians really is just so much fun. Every day is a an adventure!
If you could cut the hair of a celebrity who would it be?
That’s an easy one! Jason Momoa, he has incredibly beautiful hair, but have the first aid kit at the ready because I’d probably cut my finger off or pass out from the excitement!
How do you stay inspired to be the best barber you can be?
Social media is the obvious one as there is just so much content from all around the world but I also find inspiration from my colleagues. They all have different styles and techniques so it keeps me on my toes. Everyone is willing to advise and help each other so it’s easy to pick up hints and tips to constantly develop myself.
If I was to give you £1000 to spend in one shop which one would you choose and why?
It has to be Harvey Nichols! Arm candy is my weakness, so I would invest it in a beautiful handbag. A good bag lasts a lifetime so it’s more like an investment!
You can invite 3 celebrities (dead or alive) to a dinner party who would you choose?
Gordon Ramsey – he can cook the dinner.
Rebel Wilson – she’s hilarious and would keep the chat going.
Jason Mamoa – the eye candy.
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 love the simple things, so I would:
Get a nice haircut and colour
Get a really good massage to fix the knots from cutting all that hair.
Go to the gym (especially making sure I use the sauna and jacuzzi) and then finish off with a tanning session!
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