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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.

The Ruffians team picks up the Wahl Professional Barbershop of the Year 2018 at Salon International

Ruffians wins Wahl British Barbershop of the Year 2018!

Ruffians’ Covent Garden shop has beaten stiff competition to be named Best British Barber Shop in a prestigious national competition, run by Wahl Professional!

Ruffians received the accolade yesterday at 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 Marketing and Communication Officer, Christopher 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’.

The Wahl Pro British Barber Shop of the Year award trophy, pride
The Wahl Pro British Barber Shop of the Year award trophy, pride of place in Ruffians Covent Garden shop

Wahl’s Global Artistic Director, Simon Shaw, who presented the trophy to Ruffians Covent Garden on the Wahl Professional stage at Salon International added:

‘I was delighted to hand the Wahl Barbershop of the Year trophy to Ruffians. The quality and integrity shown by Ruffians should be an inspiration to other shops on how to run their business.’

Ruffians co-founder and CEO Andrew Cannon accepts the Best British Barbershop of the year from Wahl's Simon Shaw
Ruffians co-founder and CEO Andrew Cannon accepts the Best British Barbershop of the Year award from Wahl’s Simon Shaw

Andrew Cannon, Co- founder and CEO, Ruffians – pictured above picking up the trophy from Wahl’s Simon Shaw, was ecstatic about the win:

“It feels amazing to win this award. It’s a tough one to win because there’s a lot of great competition out there. For me, this is a team award – everyone in the shop pulling together to be the best, which is what makes it so special – we really wanted to win!”

About Wahl

Wahl Clipper Corporation is an international industry leader in the manufacturing of high performance, hardworking products, designed to the highest standards for the professional beauty and barber salon trade, consumer personal care and animal grooming. Wahl currently employs 2,000 people internationally and products are available in 165 countries around the world.

For more information about Wahl and the professional hairdressing range, visit their website.