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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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Spring has sprung! Liberty’s opening hours are extending!

With warmer weather and lighter evenings on the horizon (we hope!) our Liberty shop is extending their opening hours of service until 8:30pm Monday to Friday from the 23rd of April until the 30th August.

That means that you’ll be able to book in for a fresh trim before you hit the beer garden this summer or a last minute tidy up before you head off on your summer travels! No matter what – we’ve got you covered!

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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.