Gone are the days of awkward visits to the fluorescent-lit female-dominated hairdressing salon, where you often left internally cursing your hair disaster, and resorted to cutting your own locks or, heaven forbid, trying to pass with a greasy, unkempt mop. Barber beard styles.
Over the past few years we&rsquo,ve witnessed a resurgence of masculinity and thoughtful facial hair (farewell Mr. Metro-sexual), and with a vintage barbershop trend infiltrating the Coast, we welcome the notable revival of traditional barbering, catering for the next generation of style-conscious men.
Whether you&rsquo,re new to town or a local, let us guide your mane decision with our pick of eight of the best barbers on the Gold Coast.
Barber Bros and Co.
A hands down favourite among Gold Coast locals, last year Barber Bros and Co. expanded to a larger location and added a slick espresso bar when demand far exceeded original capacity. This stylish team of passionate barbers live and breathe their trade, so it&rsquo,s little wonder gents flock to this traditional full-service barber shop for beard-scaping, perfectly manicured moustaches, hot towel cut-throat shaves, and expert rockabilly and hipster hair styling. We know you won&rsquo,t knock back a complimentary JD or Corona while you&rsquo,re there, either, these are the kinda guys all other barbers aspire to. In Broadbeach? These guys now have a shopfront on Oracle Boulevard.
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They say good things come in small packages, which stands true for Coolangatta hole-in-the-wall grooming den, The Barberoy. We love the vintage-inspired interior dressed with wallpaper, pressed metal, and a gorgeous old wood floor, combined with classic full-service extras such as hot and cold towels, massage, and Turkish ear fluff singeing. And with just enough space for two clients at a time, you&rsquo,re assured of some bro love and attention from the expert owner-operator scissorhands, Clement and Matthew. Coolangatta is finally finding its cool again, largely thanks to establishments such as The Barberoy. Cheers boys!
Jase Alpen knows his way around a barber shop, having snipped and shaved his way across the Coast. For those dedicated clients wondering where he&rsquo,d snuck off to, last year Jase opened Zeppelin Barbers, a two-seat man cave within Miami salon cum gallery, The Front Yard. Expect friendly banter, slick cuts, and rock &lsquo,n&rsquo, roll theming and tunes&mdash,hence the name&mdash,plus lovely ladies in the adjacent salon for when you strut past looking your dandiest. By appointment only.
It&rsquo,s no longer a woman&rsquo,s world where only us gals are carving out hours for self-indulgence&mdash,guys, now you understand the pleasure of being primped and groomed. Another top shop among the best barbers on the Gold Coast, you&rsquo,ll love Shipwreck Barber &rsquo,s man den atmosphere where you can sip on a smooth spiced rum while the cool gents get you looking your best with clean shaves and classic cuts.
Alfred&rsquo,s Apartment Barber
So you prefer a more intimate date with your barber, with one-on-one attention and bromance-worthy convo? Fashionable men&rsquo,s clothing store, Alfred&rsquo,s Apartment is a one-stop shop in Mermaid with an adjoining diner and in-house barber. Both bookings and walk-ins are welcome and all manner of pomades are on sale to keep your mane in check. When you&rsquo,re done, let the Neilson brothers pair your fresh do with a ballin&rsquo, new outfit. You&rsquo,ll walk out looking like a new man.
Luigi &, Sons Barbershop
Operating on the Gold Coast for a staggering 55 years, second generation barbershop Luigi &, Sons has proudly stood by and watched the renewed love for traditional barbering. With 25 years experience under his belt, this family-orientated barber is now in the capable hands of Lino who is a world-renowned ambassador for American Crew and has also developed his own man-grooming tool, the King Louis IX styling rake. What&rsquo,s really cool is hearing stories of gents who were first taken to Luigi and Lino as boys, and are now returning with their own sons to keep the man-love and grooming tradition alive. No list of best barbers on the Gold Coast would be complete without this local institution.
This joint is badass, &lsquo,cause they can not only help you out with slick fades and moustache trims in the barber shop, but Blackmarket Collective is a triple treat with an adjoining tattoo studio and a custom-printed clothing line in-store. So be warned, you might just be tempted to depart with more than a fresh new do.
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