With season 4 of Peaky Blinders about to hit our TV screens and take over our lives again, it got us thinking about how obsessed we are with Cillian Murphy’s hair in the show. Like, borderline restraining order obsessed. So we got in touch with London/Scottish barbers Ruffians to find out how we can emulate the iconic hairstyle without getting the law involved over stealing Murphy’s luscious locks in the middle of the night.
Words by Ruffians barber Natalie Angold
- The origins of this cut are not all related to the English gentleman- in fact this original post WW1 cut is for real ruffians who did whatever it took to get ahead, using their hair and clothing to underline their status in the community separating themselves from the traditional upper class establishments.
WHAT IS IT
- Traditionally an undercut shaved with a cutthroat razor on the back and sides, keeping the weight on top. The show’s barbers however have given this a modern twist keeping the basic style but replacing the severe shaved sides with a skin fade, maintaining the essential shape but with finer finishing details.
WHO SUITS IT
- Anyone with cheekbones.
- This cut is great for disguising large foreheads and receding hairlines.
- Fine or thick hair.
- Not one for gents with round faces unfortunately.
- All ages between 16-106.
WHAT TO ASK FOR
- A Tomas Shelby (any British barber worth their weight should know what this is).
- High and tight on the sides, disconnect on top keeping or maintaining weight on top with slightly more length on the fringe.
HOW TO STYLE
Quick, easy and relaxed. Thomas Shelby is not a pomade guy, he leaves that to his brothers.
- Texturising spray is a must.
- Spray texturising lotion or sea salt into hair, from the crown – comb your hair forwards and part where it sits best for you sweeping the fringe slightly to one side. Leave to dry naturally and finish with Ruffians Matt for some natural looking hold, now as long as you have your flat cap you are good to go!