WINTER HAIRCARE HOLY TRINITIES
By Chris Sayer, 3 February 2018
Your bathroom shelf: a colourful spectrum of hair tinctures, mousses, oils, clays, creams and waxes, that have now solidified into a disc of impenetrable concrete. But are they the right products for your ‘do? We asked Denis Robinson, Creative Director of award-winning barbershops Ruffians, to streamline the gear you need for AW17/18’s most popular looks down to just three essentials…
‘Many think a buzz cut is a low-maintenance style when actually, to keep it looking sharp, it needs more work than a mid-length cut. The most important thing is not scrimping on shampoo — with so much of your scalp on show, you need something of high quality to keep it well conditioned and looking healthy, and this TONI&GUY Deep Clean Shampoo is a great choice.
After washing, massage a scalp tonic into your skin to remove dead skin cells and the build-up of oils, which will help promote healthier hair growth. And instead of a third product, I recommend weekly visits to your barber to keep it looking sharp.’
‘Guys are moving away from the harder fade to a softer, more economical one that doesn’t require frequent cuts to keep it short. A fade with a loose pompadour is a great look right now, thanks to its dishevelled yet classic feel.
Adding salt spray to a wet pomp before drying it thoroughly into your hair with a dryer, and arranging with your fingers, will enhance the natural feel. Or, for something more dramatic with more lift, reach for a volumising hair powder. If you’re after a sleeker, shinier matinee idol look, crack out the water-based pomade and comb in a hard parting.’
‘It’s not all blades and fades this winter – we’re also seeing a movement towards polished scissor cuts. With this ‘do, the hair needs to be freshened up every day, so use a gentle shampoo like the men-ü Daily Refresh.
Mid-length soft shag
‘This is another look that’s going to put clipper companies out of business. If you simply want to enhance the movement of your mid-length look, apply a little hair mousse and allow to dry naturally, then run your hands through it to loosen it up.
Or, for a more groomed look, dampen your hair and work in a little styling paste then sweep back off the face. Oh, and you’ll need to keep your locks fresh and free from build-up with a high content shampoo like this Shea Moisture one.’
Long, thick, grown-out hair
‘Big hair needs a lot of grooming to keep it under control. That much hair restricts the amount of oxygen that can get to the scalp, so cleanse it well with a detoxifying shampoo like this Triumph & Disaster one. Next, use a moisturising treatment like the intensive Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Masque.
Or, if you fancy tying it back and wearing it sleek like David Beckham, apply some Baxter of California Grooming Cream to dry hair and tie off in a ponytail. Never tie long hair back when it’s wet, though – hair stretches when wet and contracts when dry, so if it dries in a ponytail, it may break.’