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SO WHO’S ON OUR HIT LIST OF MELBOURNE’S BEST BARBER SHOPS?
A haircut can really make or break a man, Listers. If it’s a beard trim we’re talking about, it’s even more essential to get your grooming right. With men’s fashion concerns becoming as hot a topic as those of the ladies, and Movember a mere three months away, we’ve tracked down Melbourne’s best barbers for nailing a look that’s about more than just a short back and sides. Without further ado, here are the best barbers in Melbourne for a sleek new do.
Melbourne barbers Kings Domain recently hit the headlines when Cristiano Ronaldo dropped into its Collins Street premises for a trim, accompanied by half of the Real Madrid squad (that’s, like, $1.6 billion worth of left and right feet). The original South Yarra parlour run by the same team is one of our favourite Melbourne barber shops on the southside for a fresh new haircut and a traditional shave. As well as being masters of the traditional methods—expect old-school barbers chairs, steaming hot towels, cut-throat razors, and heaps of products that haven’t changed formulation in years—Kings Domain is a one-stop shop for a full grooming refresh. Hey, if it’s good enough for soccer’s finest, it’s good enough for us!
Tucked down a laneway and inside the Kelvin Club, Men+co is our pick of the Melbourne CBD barbers for a clean, sharp restyle or tidy-up that comes with all the added extras you could dream of. From styling tips to a shoe-shine service, straight blade shaves to classic cuts, the Men+co grooming boutique oozes class and sophistication, making for an enjoyable man-per (pamper + men, gettit?) sesh. With busy dudes in mind, none of the single services take more than 30 minutes here (unless you let them know that you’ve got the time), and with a stock of the latest Mr Smith products, which just so happen to be made in Melbourne, you can grab a finishing product to go too. Sorted.
The Bearded Man
Coffee, music and style. Prahran barbers The Bearded Man serves up the holy trinity in its awesome space on Chapel Street, which serves as a barber shop, a coffee hatch (pouring delicious Industry Beans coffee alongside epic scrolls to keep peckish dudes from getting hangry), and a DJ booth, all in one. The latest addition to Melbourne’s men’s grooming scene, The Bearded Man is open seven days a week for shaves, beard and moustache trims, restyles, and tutorials in traditional shaving techniques. One of the coolest Melbourne barber shops we’ve been to this year, folks.
If you’re a man who’s all about minimal precision, Morris Motley in Cremorne is the only place you should be hitting up for grooming manspiration. Owned and managed by Rob Mason, the stunning Melbourne barber shop focuses on haircuts that complement each customer’s unique bone structure. Which all sounds like a load of pompous fluff until you see how good the guys walking out of this place actually look. The Melbourne barbers has also recently started producing its own haircare products, which include a gentle cleansing oil and a matte styling balm. Book your appointment here while you can, Listers. We predict great things!
Somewhat of a relic on Melbourne’s ever-changing Gertrude Street, Dr Follicles is a no-nonsense barber that delivers top-notch haircuts for bargain prices every day except Mondays. The venue itself is dotted with antique-looking artworks, manly knickknacks, and a taxidermy boar, giving this Melbourne barber shop a homely vibe where anything goes. Not only will you walk out of Dr Follicles with a fresh new look, you’ll also be invited to enjoy a Coopers while you kick back and let the scissor maestros do their thing. One of the best barbers in Fitzroy for a fade that’s perfect every time.
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Image credit: Kings Domain, Men+Co, The Bearded Man, Morris Motley, Morris Motley, Dr Follicles – all by SImon Shiff for The Urban List except for Morris Motley, by Nick West for The Urban List