Introducing Ruffians Marylebone’s Newest Recruit: Barber Ryan Hirst

We’re delighted to introduce the latest recruit at Ruffians Marylebone – barber Ryan Hirst. In Ryan’s own words, he’s a bit late bloomer when it comes to barbering, having previously spent 8 years working as a recruitment consultant before deciding to take the plunge and follow his passion for men’s hairdressing. Ryan has been a qualified barber for just over two years and hasn’t looked back since:

“I’ve been working within a popular chain of barbers based in the north. Their integrity and commitment to what they do was really inspiring and that’s something I’ve tried to emulate throughout my career. I think that’s why Ruffians is such a good fit for me.”

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Ryan says that he wanted to be a barber for as long as he can remember, and has always been fascinated by what the right cut or style can do for a person, not just their aesthetics but their confidence and for them as a person.

One of his favourite aspects of barbering is the relationship with his clients: providing them with a quality service and a great cut but creating a safe space to open up, have a chat and a good laugh.


“I would say my accent is a solid mix of Mel B and Jon Snow (the Game of Thrones one, not the news presenter!)”

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Ryan is originally from Leeds, but lived in York for the last 12 years before moving down to for the job with Ruffians and to move in with his partner. And he is excited to see what London life has in store…

In his spare time, Ryan is a big music fan and spends a lot of time going to gigs and shows – “although arguably my music taste is completely questionable! I’m a sucker for anything 80s/90s and early 00’s”.

Welcome to Ruffians, Ryan!

Ryan is available to book at Ruffians Marylebone every day except Wednesdays and Sundays. Book an appointment at Ruffians Marylebone online, in person or over the phone on 020 7935 2020.

New Barbers wanted!

We’re always on the lookout for the brightest and best hairdressing talent and we are actively looking for new barbers for our Edinburgh, Covent Garden, Soho-Liberty and Shoreditch shops . If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a Ruffians barber, check out recruitment page and get in touch!

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Meet the Ruffians #8: Michele who works in Covent Garden

If you couldn’t tell by now, the people who make up our Ruffians team come from all different backgrounds and walks of life. We like to think this is what makes us so special. Up next in our Meet the Ruffians series is Michele from our Covent Garden shop. When he’s not barbering you’ll find him riding his skateboard and listening to punk rock. When at work? He’s the go to man for classic cuts and taper fades.

How long have you worked for Ruffians?

I have worked at Ruffians since the 1st of September 2017 – so all in all, that makes it 1 year, 7 months and 10 days

Tell us about your most memorable day at Ruffians

The Christmas party was a grand ol’ time, was great to see all the shops together, mingling and having fun. The awards ceremony was great, seeing everyone support each other, in victory and defeat.

When did you decide you wanted to cut men’s hair?

I got into barbering through my girlfriend, she’s a hairdresser and she used to cut my hair. I used to sit and think “This looks fun! I can do this!”, so I did!

If you could cut any celebrity’s hair, who would it be?

Bart Simpson

What’s the last song you played on Spotify/ iTunes

Concubine by Converge

Do you have any tattoos? Which is your favourite and why?

I have many tattoos all over. My personal favourite is the sunset dude on my bicep. It reminds me of being home

Here’s a video of Michele doing his thing:

To book in with Michele or any of the other talented barbers at Ruffians Covent Garden, click here.

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Meet the Ruffians #7: Andy from Covent Garden

Our very own ambitions Scotsman down south! Andy works in our Covent Garden shop and makes sure we stay true to our Scottish roots. With a flair for creativity and a background working in art and textiles, it’s no wonder he’s next in our Meet the Ruffians series!

How long have you worked for Ruffians?

I’ve been here for about 8 months now

What’s the best thing about being a Ruffians barber?

Working for a brand that understands that every client is unique. We’re not your average shop – we can tailor to that uniqueness and make sure we give you the best possible haircut.

Describe Ruffians in three words

Unique, professional & creative

When did you decide you wanted to cut men’s hair?

I decided to start cutting gents hair 6 years ago after quite a career change. Since then, I’ve worked with many respected companies and salons before starting with Ruffians.

What’s the best thing about being a barber?

Being able to interact with different people all day, getting to know what their needs are and making them feel more confident in themselves!

If you could cut any celebrity’s hair, who would it be?

Harry Styles – those locks are just so luscious

Describe your personal style

Contemporary

What’s the last song you played on Spotify/ iTunes

Curtis Mayfield – Pusherman – give it a listen!

How do you stay inspired to be the best barber you can be?

I work on my own personal goals and try and push my skill set, consistently looking at the other artists within the industry to be inspired and seeing how I can make myself better. I love to be creative, so staying in touch with artistic and contemporary projects help my mind to keep ticking.

To book in with Andy and the team in Covent Garden, click here