18 Ways You're Annoying Your Barber Without Even Realising It

They hold the key to your entire look. Best keep them onside, then

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: when it comes to style, a man's relationship with his barber is the most important relationship there is.

More than your cobbler, more than your tailor, even more than your personal trainer, the man with the scissors influences how good you look and how confident you feel.

So it pays to keep him onside, right?

Because while we all know what happens if you're unhappy with what passes between you – you nod, smile, say "looks great, thanks" through gritted teeth then go home and sulk – the actions of a pissed off barber are harder to quantify, and all the more worrying for it.

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So, to help you avoid upsetting the man with the power to ruin the 3 weeks of your life with a swipe of his blades, we asked the guys at award-winning Covent Garden barbers Ruffians to come clean on their pet hates when it comes to customers, so that you can never be 'that guy' again.


1 | Leave the barber shop after your haircut, and pop a hat on.

2 | Moan and groan as your hair is washed. Save it for the bedroom.

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3 | Fidget like a tiny child

4 | Keep bowing your head and nodding off. Then sleep talk.

5 | Taking phone calls (unless it's juicy)

6 | Say "do what you want!" – then ask for an obscure bob or something

7 | Ask what they are doing at every opportunity. Are we there yet??

8 | Look at the side of your head in the mirror after every snip.

9 | Move around in your seat. Like a child battling with a seatbelt.

10 | Deliver an accidental elbow to the nuts. Ouch.

11 | Make creepy eye contact in the mirror...... Shudder.

12 | Hold up images of haircuts you would like, with completely different hair density, texture and length to your own.

13 | Move your head around. Except when you're favourite song comes on. That's allowed.

14 | Ask us if we've got any holidays planned. Stop stealing our questions!

15 | Pretend you're a barber, by using technical terminology; but then use it incorrectly.

16 | Say "short but not too short". Hmm.

17 | Ask for a soy coconut cappucino with no froth and organic chocolate sprinkles. We only have filter coffee.



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