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


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

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.