Ruffians wins the Best British Barbershop trophy for second year in a row

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 trophy 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 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’.

This is the second year in a row that Ruffians has taken home the Barbershop of the Year trophy. In 2018 the title was won by Ruffians flagship shop at Covent Garden. This year it was Ruffians’ Marylebone shop that was secret-shopped for the award, bringing Ruffians out on top again!


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.

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.”

Ryan

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!)”

Ryan

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 #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