Grey Hair? Don’t Care!: Advice on How to Deal with Going Grey

Why Me? Why Now?: The Science Behind It

As we get older, the cells responsible for the pigment in our hair follicles, called melanin, begin to die, the melanin in our hair is produced less and so, hair loses it’s colour and turns grey.

Contrary to what many think, you can go grey at any age and for a few different reasons. Grey hair is an inherited trait, so chances are, if one of your parents went grey at an early age, you might too. Your diet and hormone levels can also affect the rate at which your hair greys, as well as stress, but ultimately – the predisposition to going grey later in life is genetic and more often than not, unavoidable.

How Do I Combat It?

We caught TJ from our Shoreditch shop in between haircuts for a quick chat and to ask him about the best ways to embrace, combat and style your grey locks. He’s very much of the belief that men should embrace it when they start going grey, “don’t get caught in the vicious cycle of dying your hair every six weeks!” he says “once you start you can’t really stop, if it works for George Clooney it can work for you!”

TJ also filled us in on the best haircuts and ways to style grey hair: “usually, when men start going grey, it begins where your hair meets your beard, on your sideburns and around your ears, so if you want this to be a little less noticeable, the shorter you have your hair, the better. Keeping your hair tight to your head will disguise that salt and pepper colour – keeping you looking and feeling young.”

“If you’ve gone grey all over and are still wanting it to be less noticeable, you can use a sea salt spray, some hair powder or dust to give your barnet a bit of texture on top” he notes “make sure to stay away from any wet look products or ones with a shiny finish, these will bring the colour out and highlight the grey hair instead”. We recommend using the Ruffians Rough Matt Clay to give you a nice matt finish.

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On the other hand, we think grey hair, when styled right, can look refined and smart. (See Philip Schofield). So, why hide away from your natural look? Besides, some people pay lots of money to have their hair dyed silver, white and grey. Consider yourself lucky that you’ve got it naturally!

Still stuck on ideas? Why not book an appointment with Tj or any of our talented barbers across our five shops for the best haircuts, advice and conversation in the industry!

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Our Top 5 Essential Haircuts for Spring/Summer 2019

Despite the recent gale-force winds, Spring/Summer 2019 is fast approaching. With that comes a change in (hopefully) weather, fashion, trends, and that all important, ever – changing, permanent accessory, your hair. Not sure what to go for? Don’t panic, we’ve got you covered, Betty from our Liberty shop is here with 5 key looks we’ve predicted will be big for S/S this year!

The In-Between

Ever tried growing your hair but been caught in the dreaded in between phase? Well fear not gentlemen, modern gent Matthew McConaughey is leading the way. This mid length, shaggy chic style is a definite contender for the hottest hair look this S/S. Ask for a swept back, shattered shape, something that encourages the natural wave. Don’t panic if your hair lacks in the natural wave department, simply style with a curl enhancer or sea salt spray and let your locks flow. For that just out of pool look, simply tuck a strand behind the ear!

The Classic Cut

Worn by Rami Malek at the Oscars and Richard Madden at the Golden Globes, this ‘few weeks grown out’ classic cut is far from boring, and is a sure trend for S/S 2019. With a soft perimeter but structured shape, it’s a perfect, effortless companion to your tailored suit. Alternatively, scrap the side part and rock that gym chic look. Versatility is this cut’s strong point. Ask your barber for a short(ish) scissor cut, with a natural nape and versatile parting. Style with a dry texture spray and ditch the pomade for this one!

The Textured (Footballer’s) Fade

It doesn’t matter how many trendy, luscious-lock-owning celebs, influencers and damn right cool gents sport the longer styles, David Beckham proves the textured fade isn’t going anywhere for 2019. Maybe he’s been influenced by old school barbering since launching his House 99 range, or maybe he just can’t let go of that classic footballer look. Whatever it is, it works, and it’s hot. Ask for a mid-high fade, with a strong side parting, and a little length left on top; you’re going to need at least a bit of hair to put that matt wax in after all!

The Effortless One Length

The clue is in the name, introducing the beautifully simplistic one length cut. In contrast to fellow footballer David Beckham, Hector Ballerin shows us that it’s not all about being a macho-fade wearing man this S/S. Its androgynous and its amazing. If you’re lucky enough to have the length, simply ask for a trim, keeping strength through ends (wispy won’t cut it for this one) if not, stock up on your vitamins and maybe rock our in-between look in the mean time! All that hair is going to need more TLC than your standard short back and sides – invest in a nourishing hair mask and embrace that luxurious long hair.

The Barely a Buzz Cut

Buzz cuts rose to popularity in the late 19th century, with the advent of manual hair clippers. Now, don’t think this gives you an excuse to skip the barbers and start buzzing away at your own head, this Spring/Summer buzz cut requires skill. We saw music legend Alex Turner pave the way for buzz cuts last year, but this is 2019 people, things have changed. Now being worn in a more structured, sophisticated and stylish way, as proven by Creed II star, Michael B Jordan. Ask your barber for an all-over clipper cut, with a high and tight fade through the sides. Fear not if your hairline (or lack of) isn’t where it once was, the buzz cut is also the perfect option for thinning hair, reducing the contrast between your forehead and your hairline – proven all too well by Fashion Director Marc Goehring

So, if in true British style the sun fails to make an appearance this Spring and Summer season, brighten up your day with a trip to the barber shop. It’s a myth that barbers don’t like when you show us photos – it can help us! Go prepared with one of these five looks and rock the best Barnet in the pub garden. You’ll thank us later!

To book in with Betty at Liberty or any of the other barbers across our 5 shops, click here

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Ruffians How To: Styling Paste

Our styling paste is one of the most versatile and popular hair products we sell and we’re constantly being asked for advice on how to use it and what works best. So we’ve put together a guide to getting the very most out of the Ruffians Styling Paste.

What makes our styling paste so great?

Made from Brazilian carnauba wax and citrus extract, our styling paste’s concentrated conditioning agents and natural waxes protect against dryness and brittle hair and provide a medium shine to the hair shaft.

Easy to distribute throughout the hair, this product helps you to mold and shape your hair into your desired style. Suitable for both short and long hair lengths, the Ruffians styling paste should be your go to for looking suave in the city.

How should I use it?

Our styling paste works wonders for textured and effortless looks. Think – David Beckham’s textured quiff or a beachy surfer look. With our styling paste, the lightweight and malleable nature of it means that you can apply it to your hair and style one way and then change it up throughout the day.

STEP ONE: Depending on what look you’re going for – our paste can be applied to wet or dry hair. Apply to dry hair for a messy but styled look and to give your locks a bit of texture. Apply to wet hair for more of a hold – not quite the slicked back look our pomade will give you, but a styled ‘do nonetheless.

STEP TWO: Towel dry hair to get rid of most of the moisture and use a hairdryer to blast over the entirety of the hair. Once the hair is 80% dry, use a brush and nozzle on the hairdryer to blow dry the hair backwards, ensuring that the cuticles lay flat.

STEP THREE: Take a pea sized amount and rub together in the palm of your hands. Work the product through the entirety of your hair – making sure you get an even distribution from front to back.

STEP FOUR: For maximum texture and a messier look, let the product do the styling for you, just use your fingers to get your desired part and to decide where you want the hair to sit.

Our Styling Paste is available to purchase from all five of our shops, or can be bought from our online store.

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Meet the Ruffians #7: Andy from Covent Garden

Our very own ambitions Scotsman down south! Andy works in our Covent Garden shop and makes sure we stay true to our Scottish roots. With a flair for creativity and a background working in art and textiles, it’s no wonder he’s next in our Meet the Ruffians series!

How long have you worked for Ruffians?

I’ve been here for about 8 months now

What’s the best thing about being a Ruffians barber?

Working for a brand that understands that every client is unique. We’re not your average shop – we can tailor to that uniqueness and make sure we give you the best possible haircut.

Describe Ruffians in three words

Unique, professional & creative

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

I decided to start cutting gents hair 6 years ago after quite a career change. Since then, I’ve worked with many respected companies and salons before starting with Ruffians.

What’s the best thing about being a barber?

Being able to interact with different people all day, getting to know what their needs are and making them feel more confident in themselves!

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

Harry Styles – those locks are just so luscious

Describe your personal style

Contemporary

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

Curtis Mayfield – Pusherman – give it a listen!

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

I work on my own personal goals and try and push my skill set, consistently looking at the other artists within the industry to be inspired and seeing how I can make myself better. I love to be creative, so staying in touch with artistic and contemporary projects help my mind to keep ticking.

To book in with Andy and the team in Covent Garden, click here

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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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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

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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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