We are blessed at Ruffians to have incredible female barbering talent across all our stores. Our female barbers are forward thinking, incredibly technical, talented and a lot of fun. As part of International Women’s Day, we wanted to highlight and celebrate our female barbers, to highlight their skills and personality they bring to us. We spoke to Ruffians Marylebone’s, Stevie Warwicker, about her experiences in the barbering industry.
How long have you been with Ruffians?
Almost 2 years.
What does Ruffians mean to you?
Ruffians to me isn’t your typically barber shop, it’s well established with a great company ethic that has amazing and inspirational artists within the team. Ruffians is a family unit.
What is your favourite hairstyle to cut?
There’s no favourite, just a good head of hair please.
What has been your greatest achievement in your hairdressing career?
I’ve been pretty lucky with working on photoshoots, which is something I enjoy alongside progressing in my career and keeping a regular loyal client base at Ruffians.
What are you most excited about for the future in the industry?
How the industry will change and develop new styles and techniques, you are forever learning and bettering yourself in this industry. That’s why I enjoy it, always learning from each other and sharing.
Cut by Stevie
If you could describe yourself in 3 words, what would they be?
Loyal, funny and caring
What advice would you pass onto any women looking for a career in barbering?
I started off in the hairdressing industry for roughly 5 years, which I think has definitely helped towards my barbering. I always enjoyed cutting men’s hair but was too scared to take the plunge into becoming a full time barber because of the stigma and reputation it got until I found Ruffians. This completely changed my mind. I wish I had done it a lot sooner.
Sometimes it can work to an advantage or disadvantage being a female barber.
Advantage being when it comes to pampering us girls can up the anti 🙂 it’s not all football chat from us.
Disadvantage being some guys expect a guy when I say my name is Stevie (haha) guess that’s partly my fault, and sometimes they don’t quite understand that a girl is going to be able to cut a beard or do a fade (we like to prove them wrong, and make them walk out with a smile 🙂
I’ve had an amazing career so far, and have been very lucky in the opportunities that have come my way in both hairdressing and barbering and hoping they continue to progress and develop further. Having the opportunities to work with some great artist has made me try new things and develop skills and techniques from each of them and make my own.
My advice would be, don’t be scared of making mistakes, watch other stylists, assist, go on courses (you are forever learning) and ask questions.