Meet George Wilkins – Ruffians Marylebone’s Graduate Barber / Rock Star

We’re delighted to introduce George – who recently became a graduate barber at Ruffians Marylebone. George is continuing his training with Ruffians, building on the skills and technniques he’s already learned while completing his barbering qualifications. And so far George seems to be enjoying the experience:

I love everything about being a barber! I’ve met so many cool people – from everyone I met during my training, to the amazing team here at Ruffians Marylebone – which is a great social environment. I also love the creative freedom the job brings  how with every haircut you help someone to present their unique identity, whether they go for a more classic cuts or opt for something more out there.


George was brought up in south west London, a stone’s throw from Twickenham. His story goes… school, retail work, travelling, building work, started a band and now barbering here at Ruffians.

It’s been an adventure so far and long may that continue.


Outside of Ruffians, George’s band takes up most of his spare time and he has an eclectic taste in music  – everything from the blues, classic soul and Motown, rock right through to country and hip hop. 

“My all time favourite songs are Stealers Wheel ‘Stuck in the Middle with You’ and David Bowie ‘Young Americans”


In terms of hairdressing, George particularly loves cutting longer styles and is working hard to perfect his scissor skills. He is on the lookout for hair models to hone his fast-developing skills on! So if you fancy a cheaper-than-usual (£37 instead of £58) Ruffians haircut with Marylebone’s up-and-coming star barber, call the shop on 020 7935 2020 or pop in to make an appointment:

Ruffians Marylebone, 63 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 1PX

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 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 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!

Introducing the latest Ruffians recruit – new Shoreditch Barber Maxwell Oakley

We’re delighted to introduce the newest member of the Ruffians family, Shoreditch barber Maxwell Oakley, who started this week!

Kentish born Maxwell has over 9 years experience in men’s hairdressing and is a master of both classic and modern barbering styles.

”I am passionate about hairdressing and in particular the freedom it allows us to create, working with the customer to find the perfect haircut and style for them.”

Maxwell Oakley

When Maxwell’s not concentrating on making clients feel and look their best, he spends most of his time on his drum kit, either playing live shows or in the studio – it’s possible you may have seen him perform at Glastonbury or listened to his band on Radio One!

Maxwell at work at Ruffians Shoreditch.

Maxwell is available from 11-8 every day except Sundays and Wednesdays. Book an appointment at Ruffians Shoreditch online, in person or over the phone on 020 7613 2000

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 Covent Garden and Marylebone shops. If you think you’ve got what it takes, check out recruitment page and get in touch!