Yes, going to your local barbers for a £5 trim might be the easy option, but this is 2020 – and you deserve better.
Words: Andrew Riley & Becky Weaver
Shows like Queer Eye are helping to popularise the idea that men deserve to spend more time, care, and effort on their grooming habits. Resident expert Jonathan Van Ness has helped countless men with their hairstyles and skincare routine, but you can get equally brilliant advice from local, award-winning barbers here in Birmingham.
Not long ago, finding a decent salon in Birmingham proved difficult. But in the past few decades, countless new shops have opened in the heart of the city, providing the local community with personal, tailored services to cater to all hair and skin types. Take a look at our favourites below.
Harris Gibbs is run by duo Chris and Alex, whose impressive portfolio of work – which includes styling models at London Fashion Week – ensures that you’ll get a premium haircut every time. Staff offer very attentive service, including a detailed consultation and advice on how to take care of your hair after you leave the salon. Find out more about Harris Gibbs here.
In 2016, Barberology was awarded the prestigious ‘Barbershop of the Year’ prize at the UK’s premiere Barber Awards. Since taking home the top gong from the Oscars of the barber world, they have gone from strength to strength, and continue to provide some of the best haircare services in the country. The staff are trained in Italian-style techniques and a standard service can include a tailored consultation, all served with a refreshing cold beer. Click here for more information.
There’s no doubt that this is the most beautiful salon in Birmingham: the Edwardian courtyard dates back to the 1900s and the 17 foot high ceilings are surrounded by 100 panes of glass, letting in plenty of natural light.
The barbers have studied hairstyles from the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and so on, providing them with expert knowledge of past, present, and future styles. What’s more, there’s signed pop art by the likes of David Bowie that decorates the room. Most importantly, however, they will shape your hair so that it grows back perfectly over time – and, of course, it looks great on the day, too. Click here to book in and find out more.
The Gentleman Barbers
Visiting your barber doesn’t just have to be about hair. The Gentleman Barbers provides great haircuts, but it also offers facials, too. Skincare should be a vital part of your routine – and what better way to start than with a facial perfectly suited to your skin type? This salon may be relatively new on the block, having opened a couple of years back, but they have 60 years of experience between them. Find out more here.
The Barber House
Hit TV-show Peaky Blinders featured this barbers onscreen, but don’t let its Hollywood credentials be the only draw. Having served customers since 1995, the barbers know one or two things about good grooming. Included in a shave is steam preparation, hot towels, soothing soaps, and moisturisers, taking your beard-care to the next level. They also offer bespoke haircuts, no matter your style, and if this wasn’t enough there’s even a shoe shining service! Click here to find out more.
Owner James Farr has had a lot of attention since opening his salon, situated in Birmingham’s iconic Jewellery Quarter. After seeing his brother’s salon in Redditch, he fell in love and decided to open a salon of his own, so started training aged 30 after years of working in car factories. The salon provides a brilliant service in a salon adorned with weird and quirky objects. Click here for more information.
A trip to the barber doesn’t have to be an in-and-out-in-10-minutes job. The ‘Full Goodlife Service’ lasts for 60 minutes and includes a haircut, cut throat shave, and facial. Situated in the heart of the Great Western Arcade, Goodlife is the best place to relax, unwind, and let a dedicated professional take the best care of your grooming, so you don’t have to. Click here for more information.
Tucked away in Piccadilly Arcade, Shepherds has been offering luxurious cuts and shaves to the gents in Birmingham since it opened its doors. Led by David Sturgeon – with over a decade’s experience to his name – Shepherds offers everything from old-fashioned wet shaves to beard trims and stylish cuts using signature products made with natural ingredients. And you can even sit back and relax with a beer or whisky as the skilled barbers transform your look. Click here to find out more.
Pall Mall Barbers
Leading the way in men’s grooming since 1896, Pall Mall Barbers knows what it means to deliver fantastic customer service. With a collection of prestigious awards, this barbers currently has six stores in London, one in New York, and opened its venue in the Mailbox in 2019. Whether you’re looking for a hair cut, beard trim or wet shave, Pall Mall’s barbers have been trained to deliver spectacular services, finished with its range of professional styling products. Click here for more information.
The Barbershop Project
Run by James Bushell, The Barbershop Project brings the very latest in men’s grooming to the luxurious Harvey Nichols store at the Mailbox. With a skilled team that has been providing the highest level of cuts and colours, The Barbershop Project offers everything from bespoke fades and beard trims to children’s cuts. Click here for more details.
After opening on Temple Street back in 2006, Everyman Barbers has become a popular grooming spot in the city for gents to get a fresh trim. With an aim to offer quality over quantity, this barbers is filled with highly skilled stylists that will provide you with a cut that will go above and beyond your expectations. This shop offers a range of services including authentic cuts, cut throat shaves, beard trims and colouring in the heart of the city centre. Click here to find out more.