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GROOMING TIPS

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…
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Buzz cut

‘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.
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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.’
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Soft fade

‘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.
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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.’
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Scissor crop

‘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.
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Then, you have the option of creating a textured style with a matte-effect clay like Hanz de Fuko Quicksand, or use Baxter of California Grooming Cream if you'd prefer a super-sleek and shiny finish.’
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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.
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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.’
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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.
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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.’

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