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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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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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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.