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!

Ruffians is looking for talented barbers/ men’s hairdressers to join our teams in our London and Edinburgh shops

Are you a talented hairdresser looking to make the move in to barbering? Maybe you’re an accomplished barber who wishes they simply had more time to dedicate to customers and offer a more relaxed, quality service? We might just have the opportunity you’re looking for!

We’re looking for people to join our team at four of our central London locations – Covent Garden ( 2018 Wahl Professional’s Best British Barbershop of the year ) and Soho-Liberty. We’re also recruiting for a talented barber/hairdresser (or a recent grad with great potential) for our Edinburgh store.

Ruffians is a multi-award-winning barber shop and men’s grooming brand. Our focus is 100% on our customers, delivering a premium service, original products and a proper experience. This is your opportunity to join one of the UK’s leading barbers, helping us to advance the men’s grooming revolution!

Whether you’ve got 25 years of experience cutting men’s hair under your belt, or you’ve only just received your NVQ2, we are interested in seeing your potential to work at Ruffians. Our team is comprised of enthusiastic, friendly and fun barbers – we don’t take on any egos!

If you’re passionate about hair, if you love to socialise and if you’ve got a naughty glint in your eye – then send over your CV to careers@ruffians.co.uk with a few words about why you’d be great for our team.

We recruit any level of experience, and everyone we hire will go through the same Ruffians training, to ensure a fully standardised service for our customers.

Meet the Ruffians #12: It’s Derek Shortall, from our Covent Garden shop

Meet Derek Shortall. Barber at our Covent Garden shop. Derek hails from Dublin but has been living and working in London since 2011. He loves a fade, tapers and doing creative scissor cuts. We picked six questions out of our… let’s say hat, to help you get to know Derek…

What makes Ruffians special? 

Ruffians, for me, is the perfect balance of prestige with no pretension. What really makes it though, is the team… their talent and passion for their craft is really inspiring! 

You work in Ruffians CGN. Where’s your favourite place to eat nearby?

As much as I love working in Covent Garden, the food options are ruining my beach body hopes haha. I’m oddly really repetitive with food. I’ll pick one place and eat there every day until I absolutely can’t stand it anymore!

Derek Shortall at work in Ruffians Covent Garden

Who is your all-time hair icon?

Sooo many! Love the classics… Brando, Dean etc but aesthetically I really love 80s looks too…. Think more David Bowie than Pat Sharp though. 

What’s going to be the next big thing in men’s hair?

As much as I love to fade, I’m really enjoying the softer scissor looks that are coming through , wherever I can combine the two, that’s ideal for me.

If I was going to give you a thousand pounds to spend in one shop, which one would you choose?

Anyone that knows me would say the honest answer would either be hundreds of ASOS parcels arriving at the shop… or maybe a clear out of the local Tesco’s Jaffa Cake stock!

Getting a haircut is a great way of taking some time for self-care. How do you like to treat yourself to some ‘me time’?

Me time …. Light some candles, run a bath, play some Marvin Gaye… and eat all those Jaffa Cakes! Seriously though, putting the clippers away and being with family or friends. Sure, alone time is great but it doesn’t beat company.  


To book an appointment with Derek or any of our talented Covent Garden barbers, click here.

Ruffians Shoreditch barber Callum McDonald has been shortlisted for Creative Head Magazine's IT LIST rising star award.

Ruffians Shoreditch barber Callum McDonald shortlisted for Creative Head’s It List Rising Star award!

Creative Head Magazine’s The It List shines a spotlight on the brightest, most ambitious and creative new British and Irish hairdressing talents aged 30 and under. Callum McDonald from Ruffians’ Shoreditch shop has proved he has a brilliant future in the industry, having earned a much sought-after place on the 2019 shortlist. And we couldn’t be more delighted for him!

Callum is one of five finalists in THE RISING STAR category, and will be joining a star-studded, 700-strong guest list at The It List Grand Final in September to discover if he will take home the title. Taking place at London’s Printworks – the atmospheric space that once delivered the Metro and Evening Standard newspapers to London –  and hosted by actor and comedian Aisling Bea, the It List Grand Final is considered the coolest event in the hairdressing industry calendar.

After learning about his inclusion on the shortlist, Callum said: ‘I can’t actually believe that I have been judged by the industry best. They have picked me and four others as one to watch in the hair game under 30.., to me that makes me feel that I have achieved my goal regardless if I win on the night or not. This wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Ruffians family – particularly Creative Director Denis Robinson and my manager, Tommy Cunliffe. I can’t thank them enough for their support.’

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Cal works his magic on a guest at the launch of the Wahl AquaBlade clippers, hosted by Ruffians Shoreditch last year

Ruffians Shoreditch is no stranger to the IT List – shop manager and all-round Ruffians legend Tommy Cunliffe was nominated for and won the Rising Star award back in 2015. A move that he says changed his life – speaking after the news was released yesterday, Tommy said: ‘Creative Head have put an awful lot of smiles on an awful lot of faces in the shop today! We couldn’t be more delighted for Callum to get this nomination – it’s very well deserved’.

Callum and Tommy celebrate another Ruffians award success - winning the Wahl Barbershop of the Year trophy in 2018
Callum and Tommy celebrate another Ruffians award success – winning the Wahl Barbershop of the Year trophy in 2018

Just 18 months ago Callum was working in a high-flying sales career but couldn’t escape the feeling that something was missing. So he left the security of his job and risked it all to train as a barber. After graduating from the London School of Barbering he wrote a letter to Tommy at Ruffians Shoreditch explaining how much working for Ruffians would mean to him – Tommy loved it and gave Cal a job and the rest is history. Cal has honed his craft brilliantly – trained by Tommy and mentor Richard Tucker – and after a lot of hard work and dedication has now been named one of the most exciting ‘ones to watch’ in the industry. We couldn’t be more proud of him… watch this space to find out he gets on in September!

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Meet The Ruffians #9: Operations Manager, Sam

Introducing, Ruffians Operations Manager and self titled “Wolf of Wigmore Street”, Sam. Having started as a barber in Marylebone, Sam climbed the Ruffians ladder and now oversees the management of all five of our shops whilst also still cutting hair three days a week! Here’s what he had to say about his time at Ruffians.

How long have you worked for Ruffians?
For 3 years now – I started as a barber at Marylebone, then manager of Marylebone and now I’m the group operations manager of the company.  

What’s the best thing about being a Ruffians barber? 
Working in a store where every member of staff brings something different to the table from personalities to talent and I am fortunate enough to call many of them friends

Describe Ruffians in three words
Passionate, Meticulous, Exciting 

Tell us about your most memorable day at Ruffians 
I always love the Friday before everyone leaves for Christmas – we have a full team, everyone’s firing out Christmas specials, the customers have the ultimate Friday feeling, the shops fizzing and I get to work with everyone!

What inspired you to get into barbering?
I’ll be honest, I went into hairdressing originally because it was a room full of girls, I was 15 years old so that was my main focus. I realised soon after that I actually quite liked cutting hair luckily but preferred the technicalities of men’s hair, I wanted to cut all my friends hair. I also have a strong case of verbal diarrhea so can’t stop myself talking all day so I definitely needed a career that this could work for. I wanted to go to work with a smile and leave with one! Couldn’t have gone better to be honest – I’m a firm believer in the idea that, if you don’t like your job, don’t do it. 

Who is your all time hair icon? 
All of the rolling stones. They’ve had it all and even at their ripe ages they’ve got some serious pelt. 

If you could get your work featured in any magazine, which would it be? 
GQ – I grew up reading it, taking advice and trying to look cool. I know it’s a place many people go to for all their questions and info on all things men’s fashion! 

If you could cut any celebrity’s hair, who would it be? 
I’d like to give Boris Johnson a good trim. The guy needs some serious help and maybe I could chill him out abit. 

How do you stay inspired to be the best barber you can be? 
The people around me! I also like to go on at least one course a year which doesn’t have to be men’s hair. I’ve learnt some amazing techniques from hairdressing courses too. I also am fortunate enough to know my clients really well, I want to deliver the best cut every time. 

What’s your idea of the perfect day off? 
Wake up – bacon and sausage sarnie, then I’d walk down to the pub have a pint in the sun and probably stroke someone’s doggo. At this point I’d be pretty snoozy, so, head back –  have a nap probably after watching some Border force Australia. In the evening, meet some friends for dinner, something BBQ related. Inevitably give myself meat sweats and head home. I’d wake up the next day hangover free – obviously. 

Do you have any tattoos? Which is your favourite and why? 
I’ve got quite a few – I don’t really have favourites but if I had to pick it’d be the tiger on my knee  – it does have 3 eyes for some reason which I became aware of after the fact, but it works – although I certainly won’t be getting the other knee done for a while.

Getting a haircut is a great way of taking some time for self-care. How do you like to treat yourself to some ‘me time’? 
I like to take a long walk, I like to look around me, clear my head and listen to music. I love walking through London. 

What’s your favourite song of all time and why? 
Lucky Man by The Verve. It reminds me of a lot of great memories and great people – I also like to think that I’m incredibly lucky, right place right time kind of guy.

To book in with Sam or any of the talented barbers across our five shops, click here

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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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Ruffians How To: Styling Paste

Our styling paste is one of the most versatile and popular hair products we sell and we’re constantly being asked for advice on how to use it and what works best. So we’ve put together a guide to getting the very most out of the Ruffians Styling Paste.

What makes our styling paste so great?

Made from Brazilian carnauba wax and citrus extract, our styling paste’s concentrated conditioning agents and natural waxes protect against dryness and brittle hair and provide a medium shine to the hair shaft.

Easy to distribute throughout the hair, this product helps you to mold and shape your hair into your desired style. Suitable for both short and long hair lengths, the Ruffians styling paste should be your go to for looking suave in the city.

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How should I use it?

Our styling paste works wonders for textured and effortless looks. Think – David Beckham’s textured quiff or a beachy surfer look. With our styling paste, the lightweight and malleable nature of it means that you can apply it to your hair and style one way and then change it up throughout the day.

STEP ONE: Depending on what look you’re going for – our paste can be applied to wet or dry hair. Apply to dry hair for a messy but styled look and to give your locks a bit of texture. Apply to wet hair for more of a hold – not quite the slicked back look our pomade will give you, but a styled ‘do nonetheless.

STEP TWO: Towel dry hair to get rid of most of the moisture and use a hairdryer to blast over the entirety of the hair. Once the hair is 80% dry, use a brush and nozzle on the hairdryer to blow dry the hair backwards, ensuring that the cuticles lay flat.

STEP THREE: Take a pea sized amount and rub together in the palm of your hands. Work the product through the entirety of your hair – making sure you get an even distribution from front to back.

STEP FOUR: For maximum texture and a messier look, let the product do the styling for you, just use your fingers to get your desired part and to decide where you want the hair to sit.

Our Styling Paste is available to purchase from all five of our shops, or can be bought from our online store.

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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

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The Ruffians Guide to Self Care

Life in the city can be hectic and fast moving. We rarely get a minute to even think, let alone about ourselves. So, between cramming yourself onto the central line at rush hour or making sure you’re fully prepped for that big meeting at work. It’s important to take time for yourself every once in a while and that’s why we’ve put together a few ways for you to show yourself some love.

  • Visit the barbershop

We may be biased, but we’re firm believers in the idea that looking good can sometimes equal feeling good. A trip to see your barber can give you an hour or so away from busy schedules to just sit and have a good chat – if you’re feeling really indulgent you could also treat yourself to a Ruffians Facial! You’ll leave feeling like a new man.

  • Treat yourself to a coffee

It’s the small things in life that matter, right? So why not take 10 minutes of your day to stop for a coffee and watch the world go by. London is scattered with great coffee shops that serve even greater coffee. Give Origin Coffee Roasters near our Shoreditch shop on Rivington Street a try!

  • Go for a stroll

Fresh air does wonders for the soul – or so they say! Living in London is great for so many things, but up there on that list are the many beautiful parks scattered across the city. Especially, now that we’re approaching Springtime and warmer weather (fingers crossed), you can spend a day off having a wander – maybe even take a picnic?

  • Get a good nights sleep

Sleep is for the weak? We think not. Getting enough sleep is vital to looking after yourself and making sure you’re on top form each day. It’s recommended that you get at least between 7 and 9 hours sleep in order to feel fully rested and to prevent those pesky dark circles.

  • Catch up with friends and family

Making time for the people you love can be something that is easily forgotten but vital to keeping yourself happy and healthy. Even if it’s just a quick phone call or catch up drink after work, making time for your most important people will do wonders for your well-being!

To treat yourself to a pamper sesh – book in with any of our talented stylists in one of our five shops by clicking here

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Ruffians How To: Classic Pomade

Whether its the slick wet look you’re going for or a slightly messier finish – pomade works for most hair types and styles. Ours is water-based and lightweight, making it easy to use for a range of different looks, with coconut oil to smooth out and increase hair manageability and ginger and vetiver root extracts to act as natural antiseptics and conditioning agents, the Ruffians Classic Pomade goes in easy and washes out even easier. So, to help with some of your styling needs – we’ve put together these tips and tricks for using our pomade.

Pomade vs. Gel: What’s the difference?

“I’m going for a wet look, so why not just use gel?” – here’s why not: gel creates a harder, more crunchy look that often times doesn’t last the entire day. the reason our pomade is water-based is to allow for a bit of movement when applied to the hair. That way you still get that polished wet look, without the hardness that comes with using gel.

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How should I use it?

Our Classic Pomade is perfect for achieving that sharp, professional slicked back look. Think – Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby. This long tapered cut works well when styled with a pomade to achieve a clean swept back look.

STEP 1: After washing, towel dry your hair and apply a pea sized amount, rub together in your palms and apply evenly throughout the hair.

TOP TIP: Many people make the mistake of working product from the front to back – this can leave you with an uneven product distribution, making the front very heavy and giving you less hold towards the back. Make sure you work the product through the entirety of your hair, massage it in as if it were shampoo to get the best coverage.

STEP TWO: Blow dry the hair backwards using a vent brush and a nozzle so that the cuticles lay flat

STEP THREE: Use your hands (for a messier look) or a comb (for a sleeker look) to finish and add a little bit more pomade for that sleek look. 

Our Classic Pomade is available to buy across all of our shops, alternatively, it can be purchased from our online store.

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Ruffians at the Edinburgh Charity Fashion Show

Earlier this month, the Ruffians Edinburgh team had the pleasure of styling the hair of the male models who took part in the annual Edinburgh Charity Fashion Show (ECFS). The show this year was all about creating an immersive experience, incorporating taste, smell and touch into the runway and Dan, Robyn and Laura had a blast being a part of such an important event. This year, ECFS was raising money for the mental health charity, Penumbra, which helps adults and young people across Scotland battling with poor mental health, offering a wide range of services which promote recovery and give hope to those in need.

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Here at Ruffians, we’re all about looking and feeling good and believe in the importance of self-care when it comes to mental health, thats why we were thrilled to be a part of this special cause in raising money for Penumbra. Dan, Robyn and Laura were on hand to deliver expert styling and to also give out a few tips and tricks backstage for the models and designers alike.

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For the past two years, the ECFS has been a huge success, raising nearly £35,000 in 2017 and 2018 for various charities. Dan, Robyn and Laura were all excited to get stuck in, from skin fades to longer cuts, the team left no hairstyle untouched for this collaboration of fashion, music and art.

To check out the Edinburgh team or to book in with any of our talented barbers across our five shops click here

Meet the Ruffians #6: Lee-Ann from Ruffians Edinburgh

Lee-Ann from our Edinburgh shop is up next in the hot seat. We found out what it’s like working in the original Ruffians shop.

What do you think makes Ruffians special?

With Ruffians it’s definitely prestige plus a relaxed and friendly atmosphere that makes it special. It’s somewhere gents can come and have an epic salon experience with highly trained barbers, that’s what makes us stand out amongst the others!

What’s the Ruffians hair product you can’t live without?

I really couldn’t live without the styling paste! It’s my go to product and my clients love it!

You work in Ruffians Edinburgh. Where’s your favorite place to eat/ drink nearby?

That’s a tough one as there are so many great places in the West End but I’d have to say KYLO Steakhouse. It’s so close to work and I do love a good steak and it’s reasonably priced too!

Tell us a bit about how you got into barbering?

I originally trained as a hairdresser but fancied crossing over into barbering as I found the environment to be more fun and relaxing, also because it was vastly becoming more and more trendy. I was living in Glasgow at the time and passed a barbershop with a sign in the window, so I popped in for a chat and the rest is history! I absolutely love the industry and working for Ruffians really is just so much fun. Every day is a an adventure!

If you could cut the hair of a celebrity who would it be?

 That’s an easy one! Jason Momoa, he has incredibly beautiful hair, but have the first aid kit at the ready because I’d probably cut my finger off or pass out from the excitement!

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

 Social media is the obvious one as there is just so much content from all around the world but I also find inspiration from my colleagues. They all have different styles and techniques so it keeps me on my toes. Everyone is willing to advise and help each other so it’s easy to pick up hints and tips to constantly develop myself.

 If I was to give you £1000 to spend in one shop which one would you choose and why?

 It has to be Harvey Nichols! Arm candy is my weakness, so I would invest it in a beautiful handbag. A good bag lasts a lifetime so it’s more like an investment!

You can invite 3 celebrities (dead or alive) to a dinner party who would you choose?

 Gordon Ramsey – he can cook the dinner.

Rebel Wilson – she’s hilarious and would keep the chat going.

Jason Mamoa – the eye candy.

 Getting a haircut is a great way of taking some time for self-care. How do you like to treat yourself to some ‘me time’?

I love the simple things, so I would:

Get a nice haircut and colour

Get a really good massage to fix the knots from cutting all that hair.

Go to the gym (especially making sure I use the sauna and jacuzzi) and then finish off with a tanning session!

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Lee-Ann and the Edinburgh girls

To book in with Lee-Ann or any of the Ruffians Edinburgh team, click here.