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From 12-year-old Saturday boy to British Master Barber




Twenty-five years ago, Michael Willis took on a Saturday job at his grandfather’s business, Wiggies Barber Shop. Now the 37-year-old owns the business and has earned a British Master Barber accolade.

Michael, who qualified to become a barber as soon as he turned 16, has inherited his love of the profession from his grandfather, James Wigmore.

“I remember my grandad coming home late in the evenings. He had this barber smell about him that I cannot forget,” he said. “When I smell that same smell on my own clothes it reminds me of him.”

Michael Willis presents his British Master Barbers plaque in his Sawbridgeworth shop (44524807)
Michael Willis presents his British Master Barbers plaque in his Sawbridgeworth shop (44524807)

James started running Wiggies in 1984 after taking over from his brother John, who established the business in 1982. In 2018, James retired and Michael took the helm at the Duckling Lane shop.

Michael has worked as a demonstrator with Denman International and appeared at numerous global hair shows, but is now focused on expanding his family business.

“I have channelled my energy to rebranding my business rather than jetting about,” he said.



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