In the centre alone, you can take your pick between the salon for Leeds Academy For Hairdressing & Barbering The Barbers, the slick multi-city operations Barber Barber and Doc Barnet, the high standard cutters above their own classy bar Remedy, the cool barbers with the coolest dog Boris & Co., the passionate and proud Al Barber, the vibrant and edgy King Koby’s Chop Shop, the rock & roll excellence of Blackheart & Co., the social hub that is Blue Collar Barbering, and the stylish and skilled Lord’s Barbering.
This pleasing trend has made its way to Leeds’ suburbs too, at Cold Bath Men’s Hairdressers, who make their own shampoo in Chapel Allerton, E Street Barber Co. and Union Barbers, both keeping it fresh in Hyde Park, W2 Barber Shop, a duo with decades of experience in Oakwood, Infinity Barbers, incorporating tattoos too in Woodhouse, Lion & Co., bringing fades and scissor work in Horsforth, The Gentleman’s Barber, adding affordable sophistication in Kirkstall, Philip Nicholas, providing bespoke cuts and coffee in Pudsey, and The End Gents Hair, creating cool vibes in Headingley.
At all of the above, you’ll find stylish interior and relaxed moods. At some, game consoles or pool can be played, and beers may be offered. It helps the conversation flow, or makes the silence tolerable; for after all, few men are competent at the barber chair chat: Work? Holiday? Family? Football? Erm… can you add any more to my repertoire?
But most importantly, you’ll find the skill and care of the authentic barbers that these new chops on the block are emulating. Cut throat shaves are perfected, and requested styles are understood beyond ‘the same but shorter’ and ‘short back and sides’. Although, let’s be honest, that’s all most of us can think to ask for anyway, but the endless possibilities are nice. It’s about time the chaps caught up to the chains, and with these barbershop quartets singing from same hymn sheet, boy have they done so.