The best barbers in Canberra

Aras, senior barber at Truefitt & Hill Canberra, one of Canberra’s most recommended barber shops.

Aras, senior barber at Truefitt & Hill Canberra, one of Canberra’s most recommended barber shops. Photo: Region Media.

Cutting and styling men’s hair might seem simple. But the reality is that a skilled barber has thousands of hours of training and experience under their belt.

They’re familiar with the latest trends and classic cuts. They’ve memorised exactly how to cut and style the hair of their regular clientele. And they ask the right questions to ensure every client leaves looking and feeling great (remember that descriptions like “short back and sides” can mean very different things to different people).

Whether you’re fed up of having bad hair days, or are new to Canberra and in need of a barber, we’re here to help.

In this article, we’ll share our top picks for barbers in the Canberra region. Let’s get started.

What makes a great a barber?

Not all barbers or barbershops are created equal. To find a barber that you’ll want to visit again and again, keep the following in mind.

  • Experience and confidence. A good barber has the experience to cut and style your hair how you want it. A great barber has the confidence to tell you if your requested style might not work for your face and features, and will attempt to guide you towards something more flattering. If your barber looks and acts confident when you meet them for the first time, take it as a positive sign.
  • Convenience. While in-demand barbers can be busy, it shouldn’t be impossible to get an appointment. Some barbers even let you book online for maximum convenience.
  • Personal style and grooming. The best barbers care about their personal appearance – after all, they’re a walking advertisement for their own business. Look for a barber who is well-groomed and well-presented. Attention to detail in personal appearance often translates to attention to detail in cutting and styling hair.
  • Clean and tidy. A clean and tidy barbershop isn’t just good for hygiene. It’s also a sign that the business cares about presentation. If the floors are covered in hair, and the shop is a mess, it’s reasonable to wonder if that lack of care will also apply to your haircut.
  • Reasonably priced. Some barbershops charge an arm and a leg for the full haircutting and styling experience. Make sure you find a barber that is within your budget.

The best barbers in Canberra

Riotact’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on Riotact and maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.

The Elite Barbershop

The Elite Barbershop

The Elite Barbershop is a family run business that specialises in all aspects of barbering. Master barber Steve has close to three decades of experience offering cuts, shaves and beard trims. He is creative, efficient and proactive in providing clients with advice on a style that will suit.

Conveniently located in Fyshwick, The Elite Barbershop is a traditional, walk-in style shop. No appointment is needed. The Elite Barbershop operates a first-in, best-dressed system. Haircuts are typically $35. Some discounts apply once Steve has looked at a client’s current cut.

The Elite Barbershop offers a fun and lively atmosphere that needs to be experienced.  Decor features jerseys of sporting legends who frequent the shop.

Bahjat Alirani wrote on Google, “Steve has been cutting hair for more than 20 years and it definitely shows. Great experience for a decent price … It wasn’t a long wait, and the haircut only took 15 to 20 minutes.”

Unit 9 / 64 Wollongong Street
Fyshwick ACT 2609
Truefitt & Hill Canberra

Truefitt & Hill Canberra

If you’re a discerning gentleman looking for the royal barbershop treatment, it’s hard to go past Truefitt & Hill in the CBD. As the world’s oldest barbershop (it was established in London in 1805 and now has stores all over the world), its clientele has included Great Britain’s monarchs, as well as other royalty, politicians and dignitaries.

At Truefitt & Hill, you can enjoy a haircut and shave by an experienced barber, plus a range of skincare treatments, in a luxurious, comfortable and private atmosphere. Leather chairs and wooden cabinetry lend a warm sophistication to each cut and shave.

Truefitt & Hill Canberra stocks a retail range of carefully crafted hair and skincare products, colognes, shaving and leather accessories. With over 200 years of research and customer feedback contributing to ongoing product development, Truefitt & Hill knows sophistication and practicality better than anyone.

Truefitt & Hill welcomes phone and walk-in appointments.

As David Sheard writes on Google, “Without doubt the best place for a men’s haircut. Nothing is rushed and the service is outstanding. The excellent scotch I get presented with each haircut is just the added bonus. If you want to ensure you get a great haircut and a great experience in the process then you can’t go past Truefitt & Hill Canberra.”

Click here to book online now.

4B/21 Genge Street
Canberra City ACT 2601

Men's Biz

Men’s Biz in the Monaro Mall does cuts, washes, skin fades, kids haircuts, grey coverage, hot towel shaves, brow threading and head massages. It also sells a huge range of men’s skincare products ranging from fragrance and grooming to shaving and skincare.

Facebook reviewer Jeff said: “These guys have the real gear and staff that know how to use it and are more than happy to share.”

Phatheads Barbershop

Located in Kambah, Phatheads Barbershop offers a wide range of hair styling and beard care services and products. It specialises in modern, classic hair and beard maintenance. Phatheads Barbershop also does hair art.

On Google, Joel Suryawanshi wrote, “Got a beard trim and can’t fault it. Better than the best in Canberra. Was quick and efficient and understood what I wanted and didn’t have to pay an arm and a leg for the trim.”

Fanaeian’s Hair and Styling

Fanaeian’s Hair and Styling, located on Lonsdale Street in trendy Braddon, specialises in men’s grooming and styling. Services include beard colour, beard trim, haircut, hot towel shave and a luxury full service. Fanaeians also provide haircuts for children. Gift cards available and can be purchased online.

On Google, Mark MacInnes wrote, “Best barber in the game. Super professional, talented and I always leave looking and feeling good. Definitely worth every cent …”

Barbers Inc.

With a team of industry-qualified barbers headed up by one of Canberra’s longest running barbers, and almost 30 years of experience between them, Barbers Inc promises to deliver crisp and striking cuts to all of their customers. Located in Barton, they offer coffee on arrival, lively and friendly service, and can cater to any preference of style be it old-school or ultra-modern.

As Google reviewer Simon Beer writes, “The boys here are the best always get what you ask for, great conversation and good coffee. Best barbers in town. Get amongst it go treat yourself.”

36th Chamber

36th Chamber in Gunghalin specialises in men’s haircuts and styling. Services include classic cuts and the latest trends. Clients leave looking and feeling great. Bookings are taken through Instagram.

On Google, Kunal Jana wrote, “Jeremy and the team are exceptionally good at what they do, with particularly great attention to detail”, which makes all the difference when getting a fade or technical haircut.”

If you’re looking for more information or hair styling, why not check out our article on the best hair salons in Canberra.

Your experience with barbers in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Where do you get your hair cut in Canberra? Share your answer in the comments section below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes a barber shave different to shaving myself at home?
A barber shave is considered by many to be a milestone experience for a man. Barbers have honed their skills to give this experience with trained hands and can often share their expertise on a shaving routine to suit your personal needs. Plus, nothing beats the camaraderie and the chance to kick back and relax at a barbershop as someone gives you a relaxing shave.
What is a fade?
A fade is a hairstyle, variating from the classic “short back and sides”, where the hair on the sides is cut in graduated lengths from top to bottom. This gives the appearance that the hair “fades” away to skin moving towards the nape of the neck.
Are barber shops for men only?
Barbers are trained to cut hairstyles traditionally regarded as “men’s haircuts.” This means barber shops generally offer styles for men and facial hair shaving. Other services such as hair colouring tend to be limited or not offered at all.
How much does a barber haircut cost?
Barbers can charge as little as $10.00 for a buzz cut or $100.00+ for a full style haircut and experience. The price you pay for your service reflects not just the type of service you are getting but also the experience of your barber and the barbershop's reputation. Some barber shops may even provide add ons with their services like a complimentary beer or whisky.
Should I wash my hair before visiting a barber?
It is generally recommended to wash your hair between 12 and 24 hours before getting your haircut. Barbers do prefer you arrive for your haircut with clean hair as it makes it easier for them to style and cut your hair.

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55 Responses to The best barbers in Canberra
Susan Boljkovac Susan Boljkovac 2:04 am 23 Oct 21

The barber brothers in the Canberra tradies club are the only way to go run by two brothers thanks guys

Casey Samara Casey Samara 7:33 am 22 Oct 21

The elite barber shop in Fyshwick! My boys and hubby love going there. They know hair and facial hair, they do a fabulous job on the cuts, very friendly staff, complimentary drinks (beer, juice, soft drink) and a pool table!

Damien Parsons Damien Parsons 11:45 pm 21 Oct 21

Joe Musolino and Tony Nesci - Martino's Hair and Grooming. Est. Over 20yrs and absolute gentlemen!!

Sarah Emmerson Sarah Emmerson 10:26 pm 21 Oct 21

Dirty Chops

Stacey Donnelly Stacey Donnelly 10:55 pm 20 Oct 21

Jinna’s…Vish the barber @ Cook Shops.

Lochie Pino Lochie Pino 10:27 pm 20 Oct 21

Callum Lightbody would put you in top 8 maybe

Corinne Slater Corinne Slater 2:17 pm 20 Oct 21

The Barter Barber

Sam Don Barber

Ashley Thomson Ashley Thomson 12:10 am 20 Oct 21

I believe a price range would be handy under this topic to give people an idea. These cuts can vary a lot. No I'm not a barber.

Flick Andison Flick Andison 11:53 pm 19 Oct 21

The Barter Barber

Sam Don Barber

Mo Bo Mo Bo 11:46 pm 19 Oct 21

Curtin Barber Shop.

Mike Lawson Mike Lawson 11:39 pm 19 Oct 21

The Locker Room. Dan's big on men's mental health as well as being an awesome barber and an all round good bloke.

Ryan Dunbar Ryan Dunbar 8:34 pm 19 Oct 21

The LOCKER ROOM Barbershop hands down. No one makes you feel more welcome than Dan. It’s like walking into a second home and the cuts are A grade ✌🏻

Doug Alex Doug Alex 7:48 pm 19 Oct 21

Does there have to be four of them and be able to sing really good ? 😀

Nicole Thomson Nicole Thomson 7:41 pm 19 Oct 21

Giovanni @ revelation manuka

Bailey Boljkovac Bailey Boljkovac 7:28 pm 19 Oct 21

36th chamber in gungahlin is the go

Lauren Peris Lauren Peris 7:11 pm 19 Oct 21

The Locker Room Barbershop, Narrabundah. Supporting men’s mental health, a safe space for the guys, the best kids cuts in town and the fit out is super cool too!

Luke Ward Luke Ward 6:37 pm 19 Oct 21

The LOCKER ROOM Barbershop


Andrew O'Brien Andrew O'Brien 5:59 pm 19 Oct 21

The Gungahlin barber. Peter Nap McCabe

James Murphy James Murphy 5:43 pm 19 Oct 21

Old Amaroo barbers, now now Ngunnawal Barber.

All the grades of chop available

    Alex Shaughnessy Alex Shaughnessy 6:30 pm 19 Oct 21

    James Murphy Ben Robinson Amaroo clippers

    Ben Robinson Ben Robinson 6:32 pm 19 Oct 21

    Alex Shaughnessy yeah James Murphy get the name right

    James Murphy James Murphy 6:55 pm 19 Oct 21

    Alex Shaughnessy thought it rolled off the tongue funny. The past is the past ngunnawal axe man are the future

D Jay Nemo D Jay Nemo 2:49 pm 19 Oct 21

Phatheads barbershop

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