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The barnet, the mop, the mane, the thatch – whatever you’re calling it, deciding where to get your hair cut can be a conundrum.
Either you can take the Russian Roulette approach, walking into your local spot with whirling candy cane, communicating through numbers and hoping for the best.
Or you can go to the other end of the spectrum and fork out obscene amounts of money to feel like a hopeful Crufts entrant – pampered, permed and looking rather ridiculous.
The truth is, most of us are looking for a happy medium. A no-nonsense barbers, reasonably priced with good attention to detail.
Edinburgh is a city with plenty of hairdressing options – but we’ve whittled down the extensive seats across the city to a top five – all well worth a nomination as the King coiffeur.
Ruffians Barbers, West End
Ruffians’ rise to the top of Edinburgh’s high-end barbers was meteoric – within six months of setting up shop on Queensferry Street, they had bagged the Best Independent Newcomer at the British Hairdressing Awards, and the gongs have rolled in since then.
If you’re looking for a quick snip in a hurry, then choose elsewhere. But if you’ve an hour of your time to give after pay day and you’re looking for the ‘full works’ then Ruffians is hard to top.
The wooden decor is stylish, they have their own custom range of products and their customer service is at the forefront of every visit (with complimentary beer and coffee). The hot shaves and head massages are a bonus, but the main attraction is the fact that you’ll walk away with a damn fine haircut.
Prices: Haircut: £35 / Razor-shave: £35 / Beard trim: £30
23 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4QS, more info
Statement Barbers, Tollcross
All the trimmings of a high-end barbers, without the price tag or the stuffy atmosphere. Statement Barbers can often be overlooked when walking by, probably due to the Cameo next door catching your gaze with its latest film roster – but it’s a small and stylish interior should be enough to have you popping in.
The barber team are extremely friendly and once you’ve sat down in the chair once, you’re treated like a regular. Friendly vibes are accompanied by good service and the relaxed nature means you feel comfortable enough to ask for exactly what you want, instead of the usual awkward mumbling.
Prices: Haircut: £14/15 / Beard trim: £5
36 Home Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LZ, more info
Boombarbers, West End
One of the first barber shops in Edinburgh to take men’s hair out of the Dark Ages, Boombarbers has now expanded to six spots across the city and beyond.
Their original site in West End remains the number one choice, with friendly service and the all the treatments you would expect from a top end haircut, including hair washes and hot towel shaves.
Prices: Haircut: £17/£19.50 / Hot Towel Shave: £20
13 Melville Place, EH3 7PR, more info
Benjamin’s Barber Shop, New Town
Benjamin’s is a true believer in the philosophy that there’s no school quite like the old school. Their shop on Henderson Row has been doing things the old-fashioned way since 2013 and they’ve fast built a reputation for their traditional cuts.
No fancy options here – Benjamin’s Barber Shop specialises in the short back and sides with a well-groomed top. They have a fine selection of hair products and beard oils, too – to keep you looking like a ‘Dapper Dan man’ until it’s time for your next trim.
Prices: Haircut: £18 / Beard Trim: £10
68 Henderson Row, EH3 5BJ, more info
Stag Barber Co, Old Town
A new upstart with an old twist, Stag Barber Co. is tucked away off the Grassmarket, but the beautiful branding and decor should be enough to grab your attention.
Founded just under a year ago, their attention to detail is second to none and their range of Murdock London products come from one of the finest grooming ranges in the UK.
Prices: Haircut: £18/£21 / Beard trim: £5
Main image: Ruffians
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