Ruffians has beaten off fierce competition to be named Best British Barber Shop – for the second year in a row!
Ruffians won the prestigious national competition, run by Wahl Professional, and the team was presented with the trophyat Salon International, the annual marquee event of the global professional hairdressing industry, held at London’s Excel Centre.
Despite being up against some of the biggest names in the industry, Ruffians managed to take home the trophy. Wahl Professional’s Chris Barleycorn, said ‘The Wahl Barbershop of the Year is a hugely coveted award, as the calibre of shops that are entered every year is so high. The judges consider every aspect of the business: quality of hairdressing, customer experience, interior and branding’.
Wahl’s Global Artistic Director, Simon Shaw, who presented the award to Ruffians on the Wahl Professional stage at Salon International added: ‘I was delighted to hand the Wahl Barbershop of the Year trophy to Ruffians for the second time. The quality and integrity shown by Ruffians should be an inspiration to other shops on how to run their business.’
To win once felt good, to win again the very next year feels absolutely amazing! Our shop teams work so hard and this is such a great reward for their tireless efforts. Would I be pushing my luck if I said I wanted to make it a hat-trick next year?!
Andrew Cannon, Co- founder and MD, Ruffians
Want to see what all the fuss is about? Book yourself an appointment with our award-winning team at Ruffians Marylebone online, in person or over the phone on 020 7935 2020.
As we get older, the cells responsible for the pigment in our hair follicles, called melanin, begin to die, the melanin in our hair is produced less and so, hair loses it’s colour and turns grey.
Contrary to what many think, you can go grey at any age and for a few different reasons. Grey hair is an inherited trait, so chances are, if one of your parents went grey at an early age, you might too. Your diet and hormone levels can also affect the rate at which your hair greys, as well as stress, but ultimately – the predisposition to going grey later in life is genetic and more often than not, unavoidable.
How Do I Combat It?
We caught TJ from our Shoreditch shop in between haircuts for a quick chat and to ask him about the best ways to embrace, combat and style your grey locks. He’s very much of the belief that men should embrace it when they start going grey, “don’t get caught in the vicious cycle of dying your hair every six weeks!” he says “once you start you can’t really stop, if it works for George Clooney it can work for you!”
TJ also filled us in on the best haircuts and ways to style grey hair: “usually, when men start going grey, it begins where your hair meets your beard, on your sideburns and around your ears, so if you want this to be a little less noticeable, the shorter you have your hair, the better. Keeping your hair tight to your head will disguise that salt and pepper colour – keeping you looking and feeling young.”
“If you’ve gone grey all over and are still wanting it to be less noticeable, you can use a sea salt spray, some hair powder or dust to give your barnet a bit of texture on top” he notes “make sure to stay away from any wet look products or ones with a shiny finish, these will bring the colour out and highlight the grey hair instead”. We recommend using the Ruffians Rough Matt Clay to give you a nice matt finish.
On the other hand, we think grey hair, when styled right, can look refined and smart. (See Philip Schofield). So, why hide away from your natural look? Besides, some people pay lots of money to have their hair dyed silver, white and grey. Consider yourself lucky that you’ve got it naturally!
Still stuck on ideas? Why not book an appointment with Tj or any of our talented barbers across our five shops for the best haircuts, advice and conversation in the industry!
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?
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.
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