We get the top four hairstyles from award-winning barbers Ruffians, and see how to achieve these classic looks
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Founded in Edinburgh’s West End in 2012, Ruffians Barbers is an award-winning barbershop and store, giving the best quality haircuts and cut-throat shaves. In December 2013 we opened our flagship store in London’s Covent Garden, which won Best Customer Experience in the UK within the first 8 months.
We pride ourselves on our customer service; from our personable approach, with your dedicated barber taking you through your whole service; to our integrated vacuum system ensuring no hairs stray down the neck; to our bespoke whisky and coffee bar offering a rolling calendar of seasonal tipples.
We also host pop-up shops, limited collaborations, events and photo shoots regularly, and we encourage all Ruffians to get involved.
For our first Idle Man feature we’ll be taking you through 5 popular men’s haircuts and how to go about achieving them.
Stay tuned for more features coming soon.
1. Classic Short Back and Sides, Styled 3 Ways
Modelled by Nick - AMCK Models
Styled by Tommy - Ruffians Artistic Team
Trend: this season is seeing more natural looks come into play, as the skin-fades of the summer are growing out. Clipper work is significantly reduced, and most haircuts will feature scissor-over-comb techniques, particularly noticeable around the back and sides.
Textured fringe - no product for a natural look, enhancing the textured scissoring techniques used on the top section. Styled as a fringe to go with the natural direction of the hair.
Slick back - use a water based wet look pomade and sweep back with a comb for a smarter, tighter look (Ruffians Classic Pomade is perfect for this)
Messy look - perfect for windy days - you don't have to worry about keeping this style intact. Add a Styling Paste for extra hold and volume.
2. Updated Buzzcut
Modelled by Jefferson - Schoolboy Couture
Styled by Skye - Ruffians Artistic Team
Trend: there has been a military revival both in clothes and in hair. This could be down to cinematic influence, with stars like Brad Pitt from The Fury sporting a variation on a '40s military regulation haircut, and Jake Gyllenhaal in Jarhead exhibiting a buzzcut.
Style: grade 0 on the back and sides, with a fade, gradually merging into a number 1 on the top section. Use Ruffians Rough Matt Clay to keep moisturised, and make sure you nourish the skin on the back and sides with a moisturiser.
3. The Prince Charming
Modelled by Ryan - AMCK Models
Styled by Fernando from Ruffians Artistic Team
Trend: for those with thick, straight hair, the trend of slicking back the top section is being replaced by a more natural look which falls with the natural weight of the hair
Style: rough dry/towel dry the hair and add sea-salt spray for volume and to enhance the natural wave of the hair.
4. Skin Fade with Slicked Back Top Section, Contrasted with Full Beard
Modelled by James - AMCK Models
Styled by Jason - Ruffians Artistic Team
Trend: made famous during the Summer of 2014 by the likes of Chris John Millington and Ricki Hall, this skin fade contrasting with a full beard is still popular, though the styling on top has changed slightly, continuing in the theme of having lower maintenance haircuts.
Style: a natural wet look, embracing the hair's natural wave is favoured here, rather than the stiff and set quiff that was huge in the summer. There is a low 0 fade on the back and sides maintaining the weight in the corner of the hair to provide a contrast between that and the top section.