The Best Barbers in Canberra

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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: Supplied.

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.

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
The Gentleman's Barber Gungahlin

The Gentleman's Barber Gungahlin

Gentleman’s Barber Gungahlin has been working to redefine what the customer service experience of a barbershop is since 2019, and with their unique atmosphere and strong community presence, they are well on their way to doing so.

By mixing the look of a traditional barbershop with a modern aesthetic, offering complimentary beverages to all customers, and giving discounts for local business owners and employees of local businesses, The Gentleman’s Barber are very passionate about what they do.

The most popular offering at The Gentleman’s Barber is the fade, and the barbers, with multiple years of experience between them, are skilled in all types of fades, buzz cuts, beard trims, and dynamic styling and hair art.

Yusuf Farhadi writes in their Google review, “Popped in for a haircut, first thing you notice is how kind they are upon entry. Peter who cut my hair was a terrific barber, well experienced and knew what he was doing and listened very well. So happy with my haircut, will be back again.”

107A Anthony Rolfe Avenue
Gungahlin ACT 2912

The Barbershop Canberra

If you’re after an affordable and quick appointment, The Barbershop is the place for you. Their services are straightforward, including buzz cuts, men’s styling, beard trims and hot towel shaves, all for less than $100. The Barbershop has two convenient locations in the city centre and are open seven days a week.

Facebook user Danny Supple had this to say about their experience at The Barbershop, Awesome staff. Relaxed environment, always fast and perfect cut.”

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. They offer coffee on arrival, lively and friendly service, and can cater to any preference of style be it old-school or ultra-modern. With a range of services including haircuts, beard treatments and hot towel shaves, Barbers Inc. can take care of all of your grooming essentials.

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.”

Martino's Hair and Grooming for Men

Established in 1989, Martino’s Hair and Grooming for Men is a modern-day barbershop that does classic to modern styles, all in a relaxed and stylish atmosphere. They use only the highest quality products on their clients and offer a range of services other than the standard haircut and beard treatments, including scalp analysis and dermabrasion, face treatments, and colour and highlights.

As Nigel Webster writes in their Facebook review, “Professional, friendly and competent hairdressing business that has an excellent customer service ethos.”

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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8 Responses to The Best Barbers in Canberra
Ben Appleton Ben Appleton 11:27 pm 21 Jul 20

Controversial! Missing my favourite by far - Tommy Tonga from United Barbershop Canberra!

Cj De Ramos Cj De Ramos 11:10 pm 21 Jul 20

Yo where’s kimmy at

Matt Donnelly Matt Donnelly 9:52 pm 21 Jul 20

True Australian barber shop tradition requires that an old bloke loosely related to the proprietor sit in a corner and read the paper all day.

No old bloke = no authenticity.

Hipsters take note.

Marc Edwards Marc Edwards 9:35 pm 21 Jul 20

Dom’s in Dickson, they have been around for at least 40 years plus, reasonably priced and do a great cut.

Kate Smith Kate Smith 7:37 pm 21 Jul 20

Martinos

Andrew Brien Andrew Brien 7:01 pm 21 Jul 20

Coastal Barber in Batemans Bay is #1 James is a top gun

Josh Tozer Josh Tozer 4:29 pm 21 Jul 20

Danny from Barbers inc is one of the best Barbers around, I have been using him for 13 years and he's never not impressed me with how good he is

canberrascout canberrascout 3:40 pm 06 Nov 19

Fyshwick Hair Repair 41 Tennant St, Fyshwick ACT 2609 Good old fashioned cuts… Handy for cuts in Fyshwick. Shuts about 4pm..

Also that one in the new Kingston shops arcade going from the Durham Pub corner of green square out to Highgate Lane. I got my hair cut there and a hairdresser friend said it was a great cut asking where I got it because he wanted his cut there. The salon is on the newly renovated Highgate Lane side. Not easy to find it. The Asian Owner cut my hair there, Apparently had a salon elsewhere in Kingston for many years and moved there about a year ago or more. Sorry I cannot find a reference on google maps etc…

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