Hair & Beauty

A Guide To Men’s Grooming In Sydney

By Marie-Antoinette Issa
28th Apr 2015

Buy now, y’all will know that snags are best reserved for Saturday Bunnings barbeques. However, metro Aussie men can still get some seriously sizzling swag with our list of Sydney’s best salons for the boys. 

Detail For Men


If the “devil’s in the details”, then it should come as no surprise that men who visit this Spring Street salon will leave looking sinfully stylish. The world’s largest men’s hair salon and medi-spa (nominated by GQ magazine as “the best place to get your hair cut”) features fella treatments from face to feet, skin rejuvenation and laser tattoo removal technology and Mad Men inspired décor in the timber decked outdoor courtyard with Don Draper approved drink included. But if you want to go into more detail, well we suggest you stop by and see for yourself.  

Sterling Hairdressing Parlour & Barber Shop 

Surry Hills

In a game of word association the term “Sterling” will probably instigate a 45 minute conversation about the English footballer of the same name (Google Raheem + Liverpool FC. He’s having a moment!). However if the EPL is not your area of expertise, you can still sound ‘on the ball’ by heading to this hipster hair haven. In fact, with a focus on vintage cuts, colours and cut-throat shaves, the only rules you need to play by at this James Dean-inspired parlour and barber shop are retro ones. 

Face of Man 


Fancy yourself a millennial Frank Sinatra? Put your freshest face forward with Sydney’s first ever male grooming lounge. Mixing a modern treatment menu including nail care, laser hair removal and facials of suitably masculine names like “Advanced Skin workout” and with the classic old-school stylings of a 20th century gentleman’s cigar lounge, you might want to take your cues from the original ruler of the rat pack and “start spreading the news”. Old blue eyes would definitely approve of this 30 year young boys’ club! 


Surry Hills

Like a coffee with your cut? Settle into the spinning chair at Cleveland’s unisex salon and leave your mane in the capable hands of main man stylist Patrick Casey. All orders –from clipping to colouring—come with a complimentary beverage from the adjoining café. And we all know you can’t spell trim without a T(ea), can you? 

The Barber Shop at spaQ 


With all due respect to Ice Cube’s classic 2002 comedy by the same name, this is the only Barber Shop that men who wish to master their mane need to know about. Located inside the SpaQ, the menu covers everything from (A)rgan Oil Fast Eddy Facials to (Z)en-inducing beard trims with a soothing hot towels and retro razors. And will leave any lad that walks out feeling like a superstar (or at the very least a really good rapper turned actor from the late 1990s).

Tan Temple 

Bondi Beach

Fulfil your patriotic obligation and perpetuate the “bronzed babe” expectation for the all the visiting tourists on the sand, by topping up your tan at “Sydney’s Five Star spraying salon.” According to this beachside business, even boys look better brown. And it’s a much more attractive accessory than those other Aussie style stereotypes featuring South Cross tattoos and speedos, right? 


Surry Hills

It’s definitely a man’s world at this stylish Surry Hills clinic geared towards grooming for the guys. Whether you’re a lad looking for a mani, massage or a little man-scaping, the oversized tables and a soundproof space make this the perfect spot to sort out all your primping problems. Yep, if you’re a metro kind of male this is most-definitely the place to get your moisturiser on. Consider it one small step for man one giant leap for mankind! 


Neutral Bay

In between frantically preparing for the Millenium Bug by stockpiling bottles of h20, and getting his groove on to the Prince anthem urging everyone to “Party like its 1999”, Lee Lawson spent the last year of the 90s establishing his North Sydney men’s salon. The noughties then saw him develop a highly-skilled staff of specialist men’s hairdressers with experience in London, Tokyo, Dublin and Sydney, as well as a reputation centred on excellence in men’s hair cutting and styling. And although the y2k disaster may have proved a false alarm, Lee treats all ‘do associated dramas seriously—Because he believes bad barbers belong in no man’s land.

The Barber Shop 


Cocktail while you cut? Don’t mind if you do. The Barber Shop is like the Beyoncé of blokes (minus the matching Destiny’s Child outfits). A triple threat that tends to your tresses/serves a tipple/and turns on a pretty good offering of tasty edible treats, this York Street salon (wait… Should that be saloon?) it is the place to eat, drink and be hairy… Or not so hairy if you decide to go for the chop!  

Image: The Barber Shop at spaQ

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