Ruffians AW19 hair and grooming trend predictions: the mod-inspired mop is making a comeback

Autumn is fast approaching and you can always tell when the new season is coming as people start to smarten up their wardrobes and their hairstyle takes on more importance. We asked the teams at all of our shops to tell us which styles and trends they think will be big for the AW19 season.

The Mod-inspired mop

First up is Ruffians Marylebone where Manager and star barber Luke Davies’ prediction for the season ahead is that the mod-inspired mop is set for a long overdue return to men’s hair fashion.

With its heritage set in the 60s and after a reboot during the Britpop era, it’s been a while since we have seen these mod-ish shapes coming back in to the mainstream.

What to ask the barber for

So, what should you be talking to your barber about to get this look? Essentially, it’s a scissor taper from the nape with a steep angle to the crown. The crown is pretty short and choppy then elongated towards the forehead and heavy distressed fringe chopped in around brow level or just above for the brave.

Lots of texture is the key here. Point cut, texturised or even razor cut. This means the hair is tailored perfectly to your hair type, face shape and hair density. A truly bespoke look.

How to style it

This one needs a little more attention at home. After washing apply some thickening salt spray over the surface and dry flat pointing the dryer forward and wrapping it around the shape of your head. No need to try and get extra volume, the texturing will give you movement.

Style with a smidge of matt wax to enhance the texture and give you soft control.

Here’s a nice recent example on the Ruffians Instagram:

Ready to get your mod on? Whatever style you’re looking for, you’ll be in safe hands with Stevie, Luke and the team at Ruffians Marylebone! Book an appointment online, in person or over the phone on 020 7935 2020.

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Ruffians at the Edinburgh Charity Fashion Show

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.

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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.

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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.

To check out the Edinburgh team or to book in with any of our talented barbers across our five shops click here

Meet the Ruffians #6: Lee-Ann from Ruffians Edinburgh

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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Lee-Ann and the Edinburgh girls

To book in with Lee-Ann or any of the Ruffians Edinburgh team, click here.

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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.

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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 sea salt spray in towel dried hair to encourage the movement and then to let it dry naturally (no heat) which will create 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 with a hairdryer and a paddle or vent brush, directing the hair away from the face and brushing backwards until dry. After this, finish off with some pomade to give hold and shine to the hair.

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To book in with Naomi in Marylebone click here and to have a look at our range of products click here 

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Best men’s hairstyles from the 2019 awards season red carpets

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 

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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

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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

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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

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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 

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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.

All products mentioned are available to buy from any Ruffians shop or alternatively click here to buy online. To book in with one of our talented stylists at one of our five shops click here

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

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Argan Beard Oil – what is it, what are the benefits and how do you use it?

Whether you hold the record for the longest hipster beard in east London or are trying your hand at growing yours out, most grooming professionals recommend you use beard oil to keep those wiry chin whiskers in check. Argan is amongst the favourite beard oil options out there but what exactly is it and why should you use it?

What is argan oil?

Argan oil is extracted from the kernels of the argan tree native to northern Africa. In Morocco, argan oil has a multitude culinary of uses – from being used to dip bread for breakfast to dressing salads. For a long time, argan oil was also used by Moroccan Berber women for a range of skin and hair care purposes. However, over the last few years the secret of its many beneficial properties is out and it’s now an essential ingredient in the grooming routines of in-the-know men and women all over the world.

What are the benefits of argan oil for beards?

Where do we start? Argan oil is an excellent natural moisturiser and is often a key ingredient in products for treating acne, flakey skin and dry hair. But what are the benefits of using it on your beard?

Beard Oil nourishes your beard, making it softer and more manageable. It not only hydrates the hair, but the skin underneath it as well. When you grow a beard, the hair absorbs a lot of the natural moisture produced by your skin, and because of this, skin can start to dry out.

As we move into the winter months, going from the lovely centrally heated indoors to the cold outside is never anyone’s idea of fun and constant changes in temperature can leave your skin and hair dry and brittle, so, beard oil is the perfect way to combat this and have you feeling moisturised and hydrated in no time!

Dry and broken skin leads to beard itch and its partner in crime, beard dandruff. The dandruff is caused by excessive scratching at the dry, dead skin beneath the hair. By using beard oil, the skin beneath will be kept moisturised and stop both the itch and dandruff. Killing two birds with one stone, so to speak.

Beard hair doesn’t all grow at the same length or even in the same direction. Whether you choose to style your beard to the shape of your face or let it grow out as it pleases, argan beard oil will soften the hair, saving your beard from being dry and difficult, instead making it more supple and manageable for whatever style you choose.

Most decent beard oils are scented with essential oils, meaning your beard will smell fresh and clean all day. Harsh aftershaves can be somewhat over powering but beard oils are gently scented with a more natural fragrance. Ruffians’ own Argan Beard Oil contains a mixture of essential oils, which stimulate, moisturise and promote healthy hair growth with a zingy citrus scent. Delicious!

As beard oil nourishes your beard hair, it’ll help prevent split ends and make your hair follicles stronger. If you experience patchy beard growth, argan beard oil will promote healthy skin and can help the hair follicles to flourish and also prevents ingrown hairs.

If you suffer from sensitive skin, argan oil’s properties as a natural decongestant help to cleanse pores and airways. it can help prevent the redness and irritation that comes with harsh chemicals from shampoos or day to day environmental changes. Argan oil doesn’t interfere with sebum production and doesn’t clog pores, so it can help cleanse and nourish skin prone to breakouts underneath the beard hair. So, all in all, a win-win situation we think!

If a softer beard and clearer skin aren’t enough of a reason to use argan beard oil, it also has anti-aging properties that combat free radicals and help to keep you looking young, fresh and smelling great too! What more could you want?

How to use our Ruffians Argan Beard Oil

So now we know what beard oil actually does, we spoke to one of our barbers, Callum, from our Shoreditch shop for some top tips on how you should be using beard oil.

1. USE A FACE SCRUB TO PREPARE THE SKIN

Before anything, you need to make sure your face is clean and free from clogged pores and dead skin. In order to do this, Cal recommends using a good quality facial scrub. Wet your face and with a small amount gently exfoliate the skin using circular motions to really get that face clean and ready.

2. OPEN UP THOSE PORES

Cal’s next top tip is to use either a hot towel, steam or hot water to open up the pores on your face and to soften the beard hair. This will make it easier to work with and more effective in absorbing the beard oil later.

3. INVEST IN A BEARD BRUSH

Cal says that in order to maintain a good, solid beard shape, it is important to use a brush to smooth out those unruly hairs. Combs are not as effective as they’re sometimes not as gentle on the hair and skin underneath.

4 .DON’T USE TOO MUCH 

Cal’s number one top tip for using our beard oil is to make sure you’re not using too much. He says that is the most common mistake he sees with beard oil as it can make you look overly greasy and shiny, something we’d like to try and avoid! He recommends for tailored beards, one drop. And for those with big beards, three drops. Simply apply the drops to your (clean) hands, then evenly distribute and run through your beard from the roots.

Now for the sales-y bit

Ruffians offers a full range of treatments that will help you get your facial hair in great shape – from a luxurious 45 minute cut-throat shave to a quick beard tidy up If you’d like to book an appointment with Cal in our Shoreditch shop or any of our other expert barbers across our five shops book online now.

Ruffians zesty scented Argan Beard Oil is available from all of our shops or to buy online.

Ruffians’ essential guide to keeping your hair cool in summer

 

Summer’s here and you may have noticed that it’s been a bit of a scorcher. How long it continues for remains to be seen, but it’s also the season for those well deserved summer holidays overseas and (hopefully) some near-guaranteed sunshine, swimming and err… sangria? But all the heat, humidity and chlorine takes its toll and the majority of men’s hairstyles will need a bit more TLC than a quick wash and go in the summer months. So, If you’re keen to keep your hair looking cool through in the heat keep these top tips from our barbers in mind.

Get it cut

If you want a quick and easy way to look after your hair then you should book an appointment with Ruffians. Having less hair obviously means you’ll feel cooler, just like wearing fewer clothes will make your body feel cooler.

That said, as tempting as it might be to shave it all off, even a little hair on your head will help keep the sun off your scalp and stop sweat running into your eyes.

Don’t overload your hair with product

The hotter the weather, the more you sweat. The moisture will affect the product you put into your hair, particularly if it is water based, and can cause it to clump at the ends and lose shape. Can’t bear the idea of not styling your hair all summer? Those with short hair should opt for something dry and thick. A clay-type product like Ruffians rough clay paste can be used for a matte effect and won’t go sticky or melt in the sun.

Avoid the burn

If you are getting a buzzcut or you have fine blond hair, remember that your hair only forms a partial barrier between the sun and your scalp. Make sure you use a high SPF on your scalp (particularly if you are new to short hair).

Look after your beard

Too much heat and moisture means there’s a risk of drying out your facial hair. If you have a longer beard, remember to shampoo and condition the tips every few days, and apply a beard oil daily to keep it hydrated. If you find it is getting crusty and straggly, maybe it’s time to trim it down to a suitably shorter length.

Beware the fringe

Though fringes have increased in popularity recently, be aware that longer styles may not be ideal for the weather. The hair will carry excess moisture and transfer it to your forehead, potentially resulting in spotty, greasy skin. If this does happen, make sure you exfoliate when washing, and then moisturise – and push your hair back, so you can get some oxygen onto the forehead.

Wash (and condition) it regularly

Being outdoors more generally in the heat means you’re going to sweat more so it might be worth thinking about increasing the amount you’re washing to once a day if you don’t already.

If you’re swimming in a chlorinated pool, think about getting a detox shampoo – particularly if you have longer hair – as chlorine can really damage your hair and leave it looking like straw.

Finally, always make sure you use a good conditioner or masque after washing your hair. Give it time to work it’s magic in the shower to keep moisture locked in and stop your hair from drying out.

Want to get a summer restyle sorted? Book your appointment now.