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22 August 2012

Wayward Son: Ruffians

When Adam and I first switched rolls on the blog, I joked about giving him a 'Wayward Son' spot but we really quite enjoyed the experience so here we are again. This time I shot the photographs while Adam enjoyed a little male grooming at Edinburgh's finest barbers, Ruffians. If you are looking for a cheap and cheerful snip and shave look elsewhere because Ruffians is the real deal. This is a place for dapper chaps, a place where you just might find the Laird's son decked in Harris tweed, drinking a single malt and sporting a damned fine haircut.


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Strapping lumberjacks,whisky and pocket knives


When Ruffians asked me to come down and sample their haircut & hot shave, I was in dire need of a some male grooming. My previous haircut had grown out and my beard had become a wiry mess as a result of my electric shaver taking an unexpected plunge into the handbasin.

Before we talk about anything else, I have to mention the interior, it is a designers dream. Entirely bespoke, commissioned by Ruffians owner, Andrew Cannon and expertly executed by the most talented Scottish tradesmen. The main grooming area incorporates six Belfast sinks and accompanying grooming stations, each section has a pop up mirror, and beneath this, tools of the trade sit gleaming neatly encased in blue leather. A central vacuum system takes care of hair too here, sucking the it away rather the blowing. This could be a future must for obsessive compulsive cleanly types. Basically, if James Bond has a haircut station, it would look like this.

The blue, dove grey and citron theme features in every aspect of the barbers, from the awesome shaving chairs imported from Asia, down to their Ruffians branded facial and styling products. Quite simply, there isn't one single thing that has not been meticulously thought out.



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Ian started my consultation with a latte and a chat about my cut and shave. According to Cait, when I shave my beard off, I look like a 16 year old on a first date so I opted for a tidy up rather than a clean shave. A volcanic rock and willow bark exfoliating scrub, followed by hot and cold towels nearly lulled me to sleep. The only thing that kept me alert was fear of the cut throat razor, (its all in the name) but my worries quickly faded as I could feel the hair on my face positively tingling as the cut throat blade barely grazed my skin. I left the chair feeling like a new man!

If given the chance, my hair is prone to taking free reign or perhaps that has been the mistake of previous hairdressers… Ian took his time over getting that vital balance of cutting my hair to look like its 'just not been cut', but at the same time, neat and clean around the back and sides. Call me a tricky customer, but I think he nailed the balance of my unruly mop. I stuck to the rough matte clay to finish for a flat, ruffled look.

The Ruffians experience is about as macho as it can get when you consider this was a few hours of self indulgence. I may have experienced more creams and lotions in one afternoon that I would in the rest of the calender month, but believe me when I say that the whole thing made me think of strapping lumberjacks, motor oil, whisky and pocket knives. I can only imagine the experience would be even better on a brisk winter's day with a brewsky in hand.

Ruffians sum it up perfectly themselves, "We're going to redefine male hairdressing", and that they have done.

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Ruffians Barbers - 23 Queenferry Street, Edinburgh



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20 comments:

  1. I love this post! I'm so intrigued by the way you've described this place... it makes me almost jealous that there isn't a female version (that I know about anyway?!) Even the name is cool! And might I say the outcome of the visit looks very dapper! Suits you sir! :) x

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    1. Hey Lola,

      I know... right! I've already petitioned Ruffians for a sister salon just for girls.

      Cait x

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  2. Would love to treat my boy to this experience. He would so enjoy it!
    And as per usual with blogposts - gotta ask: where is wayward son's bag from? Very nice!

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    1. Hi Karin,

      Adam's satchel is from The Cambridge Satchel Co. It's lovely, I always try to borrow it but he rarely lets me.

      Cait x

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    2. Get yourself a Scaramanga satchel, then he'll be trying to borrow yours!

      Back on topic, I'm a very happy Ruffians customer - the treatment is just as good even if you're not writing reviews for a style blog. Turn up after 5pm and they even offer you Drambuie...

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  3. A Ruffians is seriously needed in Sheffield, my boyfriend would love any excuse to tweed up and pour a scotch whilst talking beards.

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  4. this looks great, I need one in London for my boyfriend.. x

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  5. Love the monogrammed satchel! And I wish i could afford a hairdressers in London were you get a proper coffee. One day...

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  6. My boyfriend had the best cut throat shave in Turkey last month! He wants a good place to get one over here, but unfortunately we are in Manchester and Edinburgh is a long way to go just for a shave! I'll keep my eyes peeled though!
    Georgia x

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  7. I agree with Lola; I want there to be a female version of this place!

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  8. Oh God, this is brilliant! I am so sending my hubs here, the back of his neck is positively Neanderthal.

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  9. If only there was one for girls. The place looks great, as does the final result.

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  11. I love Ruffians, they offer such fantastic products/services and in a comfortable and well designed place. Those chairs are so classic.

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  13. Great post.i like your style.amazing images.love the check shirtsecond last one.

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