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Get the Look: Festive Season 2019

The festive season is upon us! Presents need to be bought and wrapped, parties need to be attended and your hair needs to look on point. Here at Ruffians, we aim to have you looking good all year round and our barbers have put together a style guide to help you look your best this Christmas and New Year!

You’re joking…

What did the bald guy say when he got a comb for Christmas?

“I’ll never PART with it!”

Why did Frosty not have to go to the barbers?

Because he had ‘sNOw hair’!

Why did Santa’s hair look such a mess on Christmas morning?

Because of the RAIN-deer!

Ok, ok, no more Chritsmas cracker jokes! Let’s get to the point, this is your Get the Look: Festive Season 2019. Whether it’s the office Christmas party or New Years Eve fireworks, we have the top tips for getting your hair looking festively-good for the upcoming party season!

We’ve asked one of our newest barbers Keri at Ruffians Soho-Liberty to give us the lowdown on three key hair looks that will truly make you stand out from the crowd.

Meticulously Messy

If you’re going for the messy but stylish look this Christmas, here’s how to do it. Barber Keri suggests, this is a look for all- a messy textured look that works on any hair length.

Wash the hair with Ruffians Original Shampoo and towel dry until damp to the touch. Spray a healthy amount (6 or more squirts) of Ruffians Marine Spray over the damp hair- working it into the roots with your fingers. 

Keri explains, for the best results, blow dry roughly in all directions. This isn’t a neat style, go wild with your hairdryer, breaking the hair up with your fingers. 

The Ruffians Marine Spray will give a great texture, creating that meticulously messy look. To finish the style, use Ruffians Hair Powder to add density and hold. Tap the powder throughout the hair, close to the roots. The amount you use will depend on the hold you want to achieve- the more you use, the stronger the hold.

Now go crazy- ruffle the hair in all directions, activating the Ruffians Hair Powder and creating that messy textured look.

Keri adds, if your hair is on the fluffy or dry side, take a peas-sized amount of Ruffians Matt Clay in the palm of your hand. Vigorously warm the clay between your hands and then rub through the hair from root to tip, break the hair up with your fingers, pinching it into the desired look. She explains that the clay will take the fluffy edge off the look, adding more definition. 

Subtly Suave

Fancy a sleeker, more sophisticated look this winter? Keri has the how to for this look.  

This is a subtly suave look, best for mid length, longer hair. Firstly, wash the hair with Ruffians Original Shampoo and condition with Ruffians Original Conditioner

Towel dry the hair. Take your Ruffians Hair Cream and portion a pea-sized amount into your palm. Rub the cream between your hands and work it thoroughly through the hair, applying it from the roots to the ends. 

Now, Keri says you have two options, if you’re in a rush, brush/ comb the hair into the desired shape- parting the hair on the side of your preference and leave the hair to dry naturally. If you have time to spare, get the hairdryer out, directing the hair on the sides and top backwards, away from the face. Once dry, take a fingertip worth of Ruffian Styling Paste rubbing it vigorously between the palms of your hands. Really work the product throughout the hair, again working it from the root to the tip. 

Finally, for a sleeker look, use a brush/ comb to style as desired. For a more natural look, push and shape with your hands and fingers. To fix into place, finish with a strong hold hairspray, to fix into place!

Sickeningly Slick

Our barber says, you can achieve this style with most lengths of hair, longer hair will obviously push back easier than shorter lengths.

Wash the hair with Ruffians Original Shampoo and then lightly towel dry, leaving the hair damp. Keri suggests, this is a wet look so product will be added to the hair while it is wet. Ruffians Styling Paste can be used, taking a fingertip amount and working it between the palms of the hands. Rub the product thoroughly through the damp hair, pushing it backwards with your fingers, brush or comb. Using your fingers will give you a natural texture, whereas the brush or comb will give a sleeker maintained hold. 

The 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: Keri Nobbs (@keri_barberxstylist)

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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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 Editorial // New City Slicker

Back in March, we organised our first editorial shoot, conceived and created fully by and for our Ruffians Team in Covent Garden. We’ve just finished editing and sorting out our second one.

Here’s the reason we do this. We want to show you guys the creative minds that our barbers have. It’s a common misconception that barber shops are merely chop-shops, where you go in messy and come out a bit tidier. At Ruffians, we want to show you that we have the technical capabilities of established stylists, the creativity of rising stars and the desire to push ourselves in the hair industry as well as in customer service.

All photographs here were taken by the talented Edvard Kristiansen.

 

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Who will it suit? This more laid back style can work for anyone with a bit of thickness and texture on top. How do you style it at home: Rub Ruffians Rough Matt Clay evenly throughout your hands, and work into the roots. Separate the hair for added texture.

See the rest of the images below: Photography – Edvard Kristiansen Hair – Joe Parker @ Ruffians Covent Garden Styling – Fran @ Ruffians Covent Garden Model – Sigge

 

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Credits: Suit – Hardy Amies Shirt – Oliver Sweeney Shoes – Oliver Sweeney Bag – Oliver Sweeney

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Credits: Suit – Model’s Own Shirt – DKNY Shoes – Oliver Sweeney

For this editorial, we spoke to member of our Covent Garden Art Team Joe Parker. For him, he wanted the shoot to be stripped back – something simple, powerful and with a story; nothing pretentious or ‘hipster’. So, we found model Sigge who had the perfect look for Joe’s new ‘City Slicker’ haircut, and placed him in some sharp suits in Canary Wharf.

The two hairstyles reflect two different characters Sigge is playing – the first is a smart, wide-eyed businessman-to-be, awed by the huge towers of London’s financial district but exuding confidence and style. The second has finished his day at the office – ruffled his hair up and relaxed his attire to fit in with the more casual setting after work.

The Haircut: It’s a classic cut, much like a short back and sides. The cut is entirely scissored (no clipper work) and tapered on the back and sides. While more eccentric vintage/retro inspired looks have become somewhat of a trend this season, Joe wanted to achieve a style that would be timeless and functional.

Who will it suit? This looks better for people in a more corporate work setting. It’s better for straighter hair; the same smoothness will be far more difficult to achieve with curly hair.

How do you style it at home: Blowdry Ruffians Styling Paste into damp hair with a brush – no need for a wet look pomade in this look; the Styling Paste will have stronger hold throughout the course of the day. Finish with hairspray.