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Cut and dry: The best Manchester barbers

6 months ago

Updated for Autumn 2023

It seems like there’s a barber on almost every street in Manchester nowadays so how are you going to choose which one to let loose on your locks, or fine-tune your beard?

We’ve gathered together ten places that come highly recommended for delivering a pristine cut and an all-round pleasant experience.  From quiffs to fades to colour to curtains, these guys can handle it all. Take a seat, have a beer and let them work their magic.

 

  • Inside Notjust barbers in the Northern Quarter, Manchester, one of Manchester's best barbers
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    Notjust

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    Manchester barbers Notjust were named one of the top 10 in the UK by the Guardian thanks to their up-to-the-minute styling and understated creativity.

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    Close Male Grooming NQ

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    Close Male Grooming NQ is small but perfectly formed for a barber. It has an attitude and an energy that makes going for a trim seem like hanging out. No wonder the original barbershop on Great Ancoats Street has since been joined by other outposts. Find Close on Bridge St, Whitworth St, Blackfriars and Castlefield as well as slightly further afield in Chorlton, Altrincham and West Didsbury.

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  • A man getting his hair cut at Flanagans Barbers Manchester - a barber shop in Manchester city centre.
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    Flanagans Barbers Manchester

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    Family-run Flanagans Barbers has been grooming Manchester’s gents for nearly 30 years – and now has branches in Didsbury, Altrincham, Wilmslow and Media City.

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  • Traditional barber chair at Jersey Street Social Club - a barbers in Manchester, Ancoats.
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    Jersey Street Social Club

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    If you like to have something to look at (other than yourself) while you’re at the barbers, the eclectic, retro decor of Jersey Street Social Club will fit the bill.

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  • A man at London School of Barbering: Manchester having a fade cut.
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    London School of Barbering: Manchester

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    The London School of Barbering: Manchester is the northern outpost of this well-renowned academy for barbers-to-be. As well as their barbering courses, which cater for beginners up to master barbers, they also offer haircuts for a bargain price.

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  • The sign outside Palace Barbers Unisex Hairdressing in Afflecks - a hair salon in Manchester city centre
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    Palace Barbers at Afflecks

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    Palace Barbers, or to give it its full title, Palace Barbers Unisex Hairdressing at Afflecks, is much-loved by Mancunians for many reasons. One of them being Steve, the Debbie Harry-obsessed owner who runs the place.

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  • Barber at RPB barbers in Manchester, Northern Quarter.
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    RPB Tib Street

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    With a fridge full of Asahi beers and a varied clientele that includes footballers, NQ hipsters and members of the Manchester underworld, RPB on Tib Street is the place to go if you want a barbering experience that’s a level above your average 15-minute Saturday morning trim.

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  • Barbers at work at King Street Grooming - a recommended barber shop in Manchester city centre.
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    King Street Grooming

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    Where does a guy go when he wants a full-on glow-up, the kind normally only reserved for the fairer sex? We suggest he start at King Street Grooming – a barbers and ‘bro-tox’ spa that takes advantage of all the recent advances in aesthetics treatments and tailors them for a mainly male clientele.

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  • Urban Gent Hairdressing, a recommended barbers in Manchester city centre.
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    Urban Gent Hairdressing

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    This barbers on Back Bridge Street has been sharpening the looks of Mancunians for over a decade now. Urban Gent Hairdressing counts Andy Burnham amongst its Instagram followers, and have you ever seen him having a bad hair day? Nope.

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  • Manchester City Centre

    The Dalton Street Salon

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    Three things we like about the Dalton Street Salon: the people, the prices and the cuts. It’s not easy to find a good, easy-access hairdressers and barbers in Manchester city centre that doesn’t charge over-the-odds, but this is one.

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