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

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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

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