Gone are the days that a simple short-back-and-sides will do the trick. Today’s modern man wants so much more from his local barber shop. From beards to moustaches, restyles to buzz cuts, men’s grooming is big business and the competition out there is tough.
To make sure you stay a cut above the rest, we’ve rounded up some of the best barbers in London, Edinburgh, and Cardiff that have been raising the bar on beards and barnets.
The popular Turkish style barber chain now has an impressive 11 branches spread out across the capital to help with all your grooming needs. While you can simply drop in for a cut, Ted’s real selling point is its “by appointment only” option for those looking for something a little more indulgent. The session takes an hour and ends with an elaborate ear hair burning and hot towel treatment. Worth going just to see the magic of your ears going up in flames.
In 2012 Chris Ward opened his flagship store in Shoreditch and just three short years later occupied his second residence in Holborn. Simple, clean and unfussy, Huckle The Barber only employs those with at least five years' cutting experience so you know you’re in the hands of the best. Clients receive a complimentary drink as part of the service including whiskeys or craft ales if they so fancy. And as a novel addition, the Shoreditch branch also holds a regular stand up night called "Cut Throat Comedy".
The "London Born & Bled" barbers now has five stores across the capital (Mayfair, Spitalfields, Canary Wharf, Bow Lane, and Brick Lane) offering both basic and premium services. Those who fancy the ultimate indulgence should go for the "Royal Ripper" where, after a cut and shave, you are treated to a face mask, eye mask, threading, a hot towel treatment and a massage to finish. So rest assured, the only thing getting the chop here is your hair.
Truefitt & Hill was founded in 1805, making it the oldest barbers in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records. So for those who like their trim with a side of history, look no further than the St James Street parlour. Given they’ve been around for more than 200 years, these guys know what they’re doing – offering both affordable trims and indulgent grooming experiences. Fittingly furnished with wood panelling and leather chairs, this is a grown up grooming session you won’t forget.
Starting out at Green Court in 2010, Joe Mills’ barber shop proved to be so popular that it had to move to its current larger location on Peter’s Street in 2014. The bright and light premises boasts eight seats and offers some of the best male grooming treatments on the market – all at affordable prices. For those who pride themselves on their facial hair, this is the place for you. No moustache trim or beard shaping is ever too big or small for these guys.
Now this is how to barber in 2018. Ruffians offer a service that is more akin to an experience. From its bespoke coffees and whisky bar to complimentary iPad use while waiting your turn, these guys have thought of everything. And yes, we mean everything – they even have an integrated vacuum system to stop loose hairs itching down the back of your neck. As for what’s on offer, pretty much everything is on the cards. From cut throat shaves to perfectly trimmed hair, the staff’s skills are closer to that of artists. Oh, and they’ve just opened a London branch, too.
What’s the best way for a guy to pass the time when waiting to get his haircut? Well, Skin & Anchor seem to know the answer: give him a PlayStation. This simple but effective ploy sums up the relaxed and laid back atmosphere of S&A – but don’t be fooled, these guys mean business, offering a full range of services including blow dries, wet shaves and moustache styling. Those who have an aversion to video games or just hate waiting around can jump the queue by booking an appointment online.
As its name would suggest, haircuts from here are designed to make an impact. Whether you're after a new look, head shave, a simple cut or a beard trim, Statement has your back. You’re also guaranteed to have a blast - a quick look at the price list and you’ll see it includes ‘coffee and great banter’ free of charge, of course. Prices are also extremely competitive with the most expensive option still getting you change from a £20.
Opening its doors in 2015, Jones the Barber prides itself on being a "high quality barber shop that appeals to men of all ages". Found in the Castle Arcade, Jones may be relatively new but the old school aesthetic of the shop certainly belongs to the glory days of barbers past. From old phones hanging on the wall to framed beard guides, this is certainly an authentic barber – right down to the pricing. Adult cuts start at £10 while the "Dad & Lad" service costs just £15.
Found on historic Churchill Way in Cardiff’s busy city centre, Bentley & Co have been in the business for nearly thirty years. With a wealth of experience under their belts, Bentley’s guarantee a great experience with treatments including a varied selection of shaves such as hot towel and beard maintenance. They also offer a bespoke wedding party service making you and your mates go from groomsmen to well-groomed men.
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