These days, Melbourne’s streets are known as much for the glorious beards that frequent them, as for their café queues and hidden laneway bars. And with this this age of fashionable facial hair, naturally comes a new breed of barbershop; where the candy-striped poles and traditional cuts of old are replaced by artisan beard oils and craft brews. Whether you’re after a general spruce-up, a cutthroat shave, or an entirely new look, here are five of the city’s hottest new-school barber shops to check out:
#1 Dr Follicles – St Kilda, Fitzroy, and Richmond
Not only does this well-loved barber shop have one of the best names in the biz, its affable team of barbers is also pretty darn handy when it comes to hipster-worthy men’s cuts. At each of the Melbourne stores, expect a soundtrack of ripper tunes, a healthy dose of kitsch, and an icy cold Coopers brew to enjoy while you await your turn in the chair.
#2 Smith St Barber – Fitzroy
Your mugs in excellent hands at the Smith St Barber, where the specialist men’s services run from cut-throat shaves, to fades, and everything in between. The retro-inspired Fitzroy space is endlessly comfy, you’ll score a coldie while you wait, and each of the team has notched up at least a decade on the tools. Fun tunes and a primo cut or trim, without any of that hipster nonsense.
#3 Kings Domain Barber Shop – South Yarra, Prahran, and CBD
If anyone’s going to help you uncover the dashing gentleman within, it’s the talented team of guys and gals at Kings Domain. Each of the smartly-appointed Melbourne outposts offer a full gamut of men’s cuts; from a $20 quick-fix tapered clip, to the $90 Royal Treatment, which’ll see you strolling out with a vintage shave and supremo cut. Arrive early and kick off the experience with a beverage.
#4 Captains of Industry – CBD
One of the first to jump aboard the new-wave barber shop ship, Captains of Industry has been smartening up hirsute Melburnians for over seven years. A café, menswear retail space, and barber shop, all in one, this laneway gem nods to the dapper sensibilities of eras past. Here, ditch the faddish styling, in favour of a classic cut, done well.
#5 Men + Co. – CBD and St Kilda Road
For a schmick haircut or shave that won’t mess with your hectic schedule, try Men + Co, where all single services clock in at under 30 minutes. Here, experts can tame those locks into a classic or contemporary ‘do, or sharpen up your chin game with an old-school hot towel and straight blade shave. You can even load up on tips, tricks, and some luxe new products for home.
Image source: Klaus and Fritz, The Veda House, The Urban List, Kings Domain.