Making over Edinburgh rugby stars
Our mission was to transform two wild and woolly rugby legends into gentlemen of distinction in the most challenging makeover since Holly Golightly. Actually, they scrubbed up pretty well, says Fiona Hendrie
T ake two professional rugby players, let Edinburgh’s top luxury style experts loose on them and what do you get? A transformation from butch and burly to preened and polished.
Edinburgh-based egg chasers Sam HidalgoClyne and Ben Toolis graciously allowed the team at Scottish Field to unleash upon them a team of professionals eager to take them from rough and ready rugby players to smooth and suave gentlemen. Taking the boys under their wings, our experts showed them how to take the style and grace usually reserved for the rugby pitch and apply it to their personal grooming and appearance.
The day began by getting back to basics: skin. The pair visited Chamomile Sanctuary in the city’s West End, where expert therapist Sophie Selkirk worked her magic on the boys’ skin with a Aromatic Associates Essential Rose Facial.
‘The closest I’ve ever had to a ‘treatment’ would be a massage at work,’ said Ben, ‘ which is usually far from relaxing. The facial was great though, I was nearly asleep on the table.’
Top left Scrubbing up at Ruffian’s. Above right: Vixy Rae of Stewart Christie tailors struggles to get to grips with 6ft 7in Ben. Opposite: Sam and Ben before the makeover.
It wasn’t the first visit to the beauty salon for Sam who has been for facials before with his girlfriend. ‘It might be something I start doing more often after today, my skin does look good,’ he laughed.
With skin scrubbed and faces prepped, the next stop was a visit to hipster West End barbers Ruffian’s for a haircut and shave. Manager Laura Howlett and stylist Sabrina Von Tonder got to work on the boys, with Ben getting his Grizzly Adams-style shoulder-length locks blow-dried while Sam experienced his first cut throat razor shave.
‘I’ve had long hair for a few years now and I want to keep it long so having it tidied up a bit looks good,’ said Ben. ‘I actually just used to get one of the guys at my club to cut it so today was the first time in a while that a professional has sorted it out.’
Sam’s beauty regime is much the same. ‘I shave at home and tend to do my own hair too. I