‘High Maintenance? I shower once a day and check for food crumbs in my beard… twice weekly!’
What’s not to love about Ryan Burns? Handsome and downright funny, whether he’s catching rays at the beach or being the face of Ermenegildo Zegna Uomo he makes sure to do it all with his trademark sense of humour. Here at The Grooming Guide we caught up with our favorite Californian, to talk DIY and trimming the dog as well as good grooming and growing old gracefully. Ryan we salute you!
So you’re a sought after model and Models.com picked you as one of their top ‘Money Guys’. Are you high maintenance?
If I’m a sought after model it’s because I’m old and they need a veteran presence, someone to show the younger kids how to put one foot in front of the other. It’s a very difficult task, years of training, sweat and tears, oh the tears! As for being high maintenance, I’m not really sure. If showering once a day, occasionally brushing my hair and checking for food crumbs in my beard at least twice a week is high maintenance, then yes, I am. When it comes to grooming, I don’t use many products anymore. My basic products are Lab Series Active Body Wash, Root Power Restorative Shampoo, and of course a bit of my Lab Series Daily Moisture Defence Lotion, to help while I am out in the sun often.
Your hair is a big part of your look, so do you cut it yourself?
The only time in my life I cut my own hair was when I was 13. I had hair about the same length as I do now; I decided I wanted to have a flat-top like the guys in the army. So I took the electric clippers used to cut the dogs hair and proceeded to shave my head, when all said and done, I cried for an entire day. And every day after that for the next month, my sisters would sing out loud “Boys Don’t Cry” by The Cure.
In terms of your look the ‘all American guy’ we remember for 2010 seems to have given way to a mature and refined gentleman. Was this a personal decision?
The only difference from 2010 to now is that, now I can actually grow a beard. Growing the beard and hair was a mutual decision between myself and my agent, Sam Doerfler. Without his knowledge, professionalism and complete understanding and love for fashion, I would have been phased out of this industry a long time ago.
You are the face of Ermenegildo Zegna Uomo. What does that fragrance represent to you?
I’m fortunate to be a part of the Zegna Family and have worked for them on and off over my 16 year career. But a few years ago, I was chosen to be the face of the brand and represent its strong family values. Being the face of the new UOMO fragrance really is the icing on the cake, but being a model, I’m not allowed to eat cake, or even talk about it…I’m so hungry right now.
Are you a Bath or Shower man? What products do you use in there?
I am definitely a shower guy, and always love to use my UOMO Hair & Body Wash…
How do you take care of yourself on the days you aren’t working?
In this industry you never know when or where you’ll be at any given day. My schedule is pretty hectic at times on such short notice so it makes it a little difficult to plan things or have a consistent schedule. My fiancé and I just recently finished building a home, obviously with an architect and contractor, god forbid I break a nail and show up to work with man hands. I tend to do a lot of outdoor activities such as surfing, hiking, driving race cars and indoor activities like yoga and ju-jitsu. The biggest part of my job is staying in shape, so my free time equates to maintaining my physique.
Tell us one surprising fact about you
Every day I wake up and thank my lucky stars for the life I have and the opportunity I’ve been given so I never forget how truly lucky I am. That may or may not surprise you, but this will….. All of my pictures are photo shopped. I know, I know, it’s hard to believe, but it’s true. This face has been digitally altered more times than Joan Rivers in real life.