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The best barber shops in Melbourne

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Finding the right barber can be a lifelong search — ask any man who’s had too much or not enough of his locks cavalierly lopped off and stepped out onto the street disaffected. Thankfully, there are experts in this area who excel in getting the discerning man’s ‘do’ just right. Here, some of Melbourne’s best barbers are recommended.

1. Barber Black Sheep!

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The motto of Barber Black Sheep is fittingly “old craft, new ways,” and as one can gather from that statement, they’re experts in grooming the modern man from head to throat, offering haircuts, beard trims and shaping for longer beards, plus wet switchblade shaves for your throat and indeed your head. They also sell recycled designer Japanese menswear, handpicked in Japan by their discerning team.

2. Morris Motley

A modern barbershop in Richmond, Morris Motley is run by Rob Mason, who calls himself a “bespoke barber,” and rightly so. Rob combines ten years of perfecting men’s cuts with a facial mapping technique — he creates a custom style for every client based on the exact angles of their face. When visiting Morris Motley, ensure that you set aside a bit of extra time for facial analysis. It’s worthwhile, considering you’ll get the most precise and flattering cut of your life. Richmond

3. Captains of Industry

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Captains of Industry is at once a café, shoemaker and barber shop. Their head barber Sam Fordyce operates under the credo ‘classic men’s grooming never goes out of style’. Apparently, neither does a good range of services, with clients offered everything from simple, traditional haircuts and straight razor shaves, to breakfast and lunch, to grooming products, to bespoke shoes and Welfe jewellery. What more could one ask for?   

4. The Bearded Man

The Bearded Man is modern men’s barbershop with wide-ranging appeal. Fantastic coffee or a beer is on the house when you arrive, and there’s often a DJ playing tracks or a visiting artist displaying works. They offer wet shaves, beard trims, head shaves, and a contemporary cut, and once a week there’s a ladies’ hairdresser available in case you’d like to bring along a friend to soak up the atmosphere. Prahran


5. King’s Domain

The barbers at King’s Domain, located on Collins Street and in South Yarra, endeavour to show their clients that they’re in good hands. It’s standard that all men who enter their doors receive a hair and scalp consultation, which is very welcome news for those who take great pride in their mane and are looking for a superior cut with top advice. The interior of the South Yarra space is equally carefully thought out, with French oak timber and marble counter tops inspired by one of their barber’s tour of the barbershops of South America. South Yarra

6. Wildilocks

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There comes a time in some daring men’s lives when they’d like to try something completely unexpected. While not a barber, Wildilocks’ Victoria Street space is the place for those men looking to experiment with wildly unique hairstyles. They specialize in undercuts, shaved patterns, extensions, dreadlocks, and bright colours, for men (and women) looking to let their freak flag fly.


7. Men+Co

An all-around barber space that meets a variety of wants and needs, Men+Co offers great cuts in record time, with most sessions lasting just 30 minutes. They’re perfect for popping in for a quick tidy-up during lunch breaks or on one’s way to a date, if you’re fortunate enough to be near their St Kilda Road, Melbourne Place or Collins Street locations. The offer contemporary and classic haircuts, clipper cuts and straight blade shaves for the man on the run. Melbourne CBD


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