Looking for a haircut not just by any old barber, but by an artist with a strong work ethic whose attention to detail is unsurpassed? A person who will treat your hair as his canvas and leave you feeling like your haircut is a masterpiece?
Then Pedro Ruiz, proprietor of Barbology, welcomes you to his elegant, family-friendly barbershop, located in the Stick Village on Webster Square Road in Berlin. The shop opened this month.
Ruiz said Barbology is “a combination of barbering and psychology.” He knows that a great haircut can transform a man’s confidence and make him both look and feel great. Seeing a client smile after the transformation is what motivates him.
Additionally, the experience of relaxing during a haircut — whether for you that means talking about what’s going on in your life or just laying back quietly while warm towels are wrapped around your face — is therapeutic.
Ruiz began cutting hair as an adolescent in Queens, New York, watching the techniques of his own barber and duplicating them on his younger siblings and, eventually, his classmates.
Moving to Connecticut, Ruiz was hired at a barbershop where his more intricate and detailed barbering style impressed locals. He worked at that shop for 14 years, honing his craft.
Ruiz had dreams of opening his own place, however. Also, the shop he was working at was located in an area that was unsafe, due to crime.
One day a bullet ricocheted into his workplace, striking him in the head. The ordeal caused Ruiz to finally take his wife Eva’s advice to take his skills elsewhere.
Ruiz saved up and got his license so that he could open his own place and take aspiring barbers under his wing.
His hard work and talent was recognized by a manager at Nordstrom, who invited him to give haircuts at their prestigious “Suit and Tie” event in 2017.
Finally, in 2021, Barbology came to Berlin. Ruiz and his family have lived in town since 2012.
The barber, who has always valued community, said everyone has been very welcoming and supportive toward his family.
This is exactly the type of atmosphere you’ll find at Barbology: a sanctuary where you can forget about the troubles of the day while getting the best haircut of your life.