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Top Barbershops of Canberra

Samara Gentle

With the Canberra men’s grooming industry expanding at an astronomical rate – due partly to the proliferation of hipsters with longer locks and the popularity of facial hair and beards – barbershops are becoming not just necessary but very chic. Here’s a round up of some of the best in town for the discerning Canberra gentleman.

Groomed (City)

Chair is great – barrels serve many purposes – gramophone pipes gentlemanly music throughout.

Nestled in the chic Ori building on Lonsdale Street, Groomed was reviewed by the original HisCanberra, Drew Baker earlier this year. He had this to say:

“Attention to detail is everywhere … the original barber seats that were brought down from Queensland, the use of copper and wood barrels, the herringbone floor.

I am pretty sure the whole point of this [visit] was a cut, which happened with remarkable efficiency and speed. [Steve, the barber] asked what I wanted, I told him, he said “no problems”. I asked if he had any suggestions to improve ‘my look’ to which he responded pretty bluntly “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Nice, I like an honest man. End result was spot on.

Turns out from our conversation that not everyone loves [Steve’s] honesty, he told me about some guy who brought in a photo and asked for a similar cut. Steve said the cut in the photo looked looked like Kim Jong-un and told the client he’d look like an idiot. I didn’t ask how that client relationship panned out.

There were a few great touches … the tissue paper around my neck to protect my white business shirt – the clean blade shave around the neck – the choice of several top notch after shaves – and the company of a few good men throughout.”

the essentials 

What: Groomed
Where: Ori Building, Lonsdale Street

Cock and Crown (Southside)

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The Cock and Crown has been on the scene for a little while now and I booked the boyfriend in to give them a run through back in September last year.

He describes the barber as ‘Man Friendly’, cricket on the radio, tools on the bench and lots of manly movie posters on the wall. He likened the salon to something a tradie would like.

It has a completely relaxed vibe, with a beer offered within 2 minutes of walking through the doors. The blokes that run Cock and Crown (Tim & Craig) are very down to earth as to what a man wants from a barbershop – quick, comfortable and affordable.

They got a big thumbs up from the boyfriend and are now his regular barbershop for those two monthly appointments!

the essentials

What: The Cock and Crown Barbershop
Where: Level 2 Woden Centre, Woden

The Barbershop, Braddon (City)

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I’m told by my male friends that this is the place to go if you want a Lonsdale Street via Brooklyn kind of hair cut. The square footage might be limited but the Braddon factor puts The Barbershop squarely on the map for anyone wanting some banter from well dressed barbers with their cut. My friends with beards also swear by their trims.

From what I’ve seen of their work, the craftsmanship matches the rest of The Hamlet – quirky, unique and on point and if their Instagram is anything to go by, they cut everyone’s hair from babies to distinguished older gents.

the essentials 

What: The Barbershop, Braddon
Where: The Hamlet, Lonsdale Street, Braddon

JB The Gentleman’s Barber (Belconnen)

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JB The Gentleman’s Barber is very new to the scene only opening their doors in Belconnen back in mid December last year.

My boyfriend is easily persuaded so I asked him to check them out for an appointment and report back. After his visit he felt very suave and business like.

JB The Gentleman’s Barber gives you the vibe that if Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby were around, this is where they would hang out on weekends.

This barbershop is suited to the corporate man, looking to feel the luxury that is a barbershop appointment.

the essentials 

What: JB The Gentleman’s Barber
Where: Ground Floor Unit 6, Sentinel Apartments, 39 Benjamin Way, Belconnen

Barbero (City)

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There’s a masculine, retro feel to Barbero, who specialise in ‘fades’ – that sexy, slicked-back-with-short-sides look that’s so popular at the moment (see picture above).

Barbero use an extensive collection of products from Old Spice and Uppercut so they can show you exactly what you need to use to achieve your perfect hairstyle.

the essentials

What: Barbero
Where: Shop 5 Bailey’s Corner Arcade, Civic

The Barber Shop

Craig Meggs in the chair at QT Canberra's The Barber Shop. Photo: QT Canberra.

Craig Meggs in the chair at QT Canberra’s The Barber Shop. Photo: QT Canberra.

Step back in time as you sink into our antique barber chairs in preparation for a traditional haircut or straight-edged razor shave.  The services offered by The Barber Shop spans classic cuts to rockabilly transformations.

The Don: a straight-edged razor shave completed with a cold towel, moisturiser and splash of aftershave is hugely popular, giving blokes Don Draper smooth in just 20 minutes.

What: The Barbershop
Where: QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit, Canberra


Samara Gentle

Samara is a Canberra based freelance makeup artist who specialises in bridal and event makeup but loves the creativity of fashion and editorial. She has a passion for sharing her pro knowledge and seeing other women embrace makeup to help share their personal style. More about the Author

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