Gone are the days of ruggin’ it out. The lumberjack look is so out and manscaping is so in. And even though technology has advanced enough for you to be able to groom yourself to perfection— or let good ol’ mumsie do the job, in the comfort of your own home. There’s nothing like bit of man-pering (that’s—man pampering) to get you feelin’ so fresh and so clean, clean. So, we’ve rounded up our top pics for Auckland’s best barbershops, that will leave you looking a little less Shia Lebeouf and a little more Ryan Gosling— who said pampering was best left to the ladies? Go on lads! You deserve it too.
Boar & Blade
Boar & Blade is a premium men’s grooming shop in the heart of Ponsonby Central. Headed by “Bundy the barber” Blake, who originally opened his first shop down in Wellington and after countless hours of dedication to the beard, decided to open up a second store in Auckland. This classic 1950’s Americana inspired barber shop pays homage to Bundy’s grandfather, who at the age of 17 shot and killed the boar which proudly hangs on the shop wall today. Bundy's greatest achievement to date is the release of his premium men’s grooming range, thoughtfully crafted and developed in New Zealand. “The line pays homage to this age-old tradition of men's grooming and captures the essence of the true man. The natural and beautiful environment of New Zealand is captured within the products we produce. Boar & Blade is truly timeless.”— Bundy.
Flash City Tattoo
Flash City is a walk in only double-whammy, barber shop and tattoo parlour located on Ponsonby Road! Their two handsome barbers— Tim and Jase work Tuesday through Sunday and even offer ice cold Coopers beer for their Thursday late-night sessions absolutely FREE. Can I get a whoop-whoop!? Their services are super wallet friendly AND if you’re feelin’ a little risky while you’re waiting for your shave, why don’t you take a squiz at the ever changing flash tattoos, for a complete manly-makeover….. If you’ve got the balls!
Maloney’s Barber Shop
A staple in the Auckland Barber shop scene for more than 10 years, Maloney’s Barber Shop offers an array of services from a quick buzz cut to a hot-towel shave and everything in between. Every head of hair is treated with the upmost respect and is styled to perfection by this bunch of talented lads. Walk-in appointments are offered but if it’s the ultimate barber shop experience you’re after then be sure to book in for a cut throat shave. You’ll leave feelin’ smooth, silky and road rash free and we’re sure your lady will thank you for it later!
Situated downtown in the old heritage building— Archilles house. Room 104 is the ultimate men’s grooming experience. Frequented by Auckland’s A list and businessman alike. This New York-esk loft space is home to the exclusive barber shop that is Loft 104. Where you can sit back, read a magazine, beer in hand and relax, while the talented team take care of your precious manly locks. Each booking designates enough time to go over your desired look without rushing. And their repertoire of work is constantly updated with the latest on-trend styles. So who said pampering was just for women? Go on guys, indulge yourself.
Paul Bartolo is the creative mastermind behind this little mid-city gem. After spending over 30 years in the industry, owning and working in barbershops in London, Melbourne and Auckland, Bespoke Barbershop brings together craft and style while maintaining a welcoming environment for its customers. Services range from a simple buzz cut to a full restyle and a quick beard trim to a beard reshape with a blade. Bespoke Barbershop is where “Tradition meets modern” and where “Craft meets style and equals success.”- Bespoke Barbershop.
Situated on Parnell Road, this high end barbershop and just oozes style with its classic décor. There is an air of sophistication as soon as you step through the door of this high end barbershop. And although walk ins are welcome, spots tend to fill up fast so booking is recommended. Services at the Parnell Barbershop range from a buzz cut to a more refined barber cut or if it’s more of an experience you’re after maybe you might want to try a barber cut and beard trim or a barber cut and a cut throat shave, all with a complementary beverage of course! And the thing that sets this barbershop apart from the rest is you can hire the shop out for exclusive gentlemen’s club bookings and get two of your very own barbers to tend to your manly manes. Perfect for groomsmen parties! And with kids cuts also on the menu, this barbershop is an all- round winner.
Situated on Mt Eden Road this barbershop offers quality men’s cuts at cheap as chips prices! Ranging from $18- $30 ya really can’t go wrong with that! Eden Barbers sits opposite Galbraiths Ale house, perfectly convenient for an after cut brew! AND they offer 60-minute parking for their patrons. If it’s a quick cut you’re after in your lunch break, then this is the place to visit! You'll leave looking super stylin' in no time!
Brotherhood Urban Stylists
Our final bad-ass barber is Brotherhood Urban Stylist. Based on the Shore in Takapuna, this barber shop strives to make you feel welcome and part of a “brotherhood” of sharing creativity. Specialising in both scissors and clippers, this barbershop has a service to suit every man. From a “classic brother” full-style cut with a hot towel finish, a “silver brother” colour to blend those pesky greys for a more natural look and an “executive brother” which includes a full scalp massage and a bevvy of your choice into the service. All while broadcasting the latest sports on the box…. Naturally. This barbershop is for sure a top contender on the list.
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Image credit: Boar and Blade