Old school barbers are popping up all over Leeds offering gents a luxurious grooming experience that takes its inspiration from the past…
It’s not just the latest hair trends that are taking their cue from the good old days – the city’s salons are too. They’ve upped their game to give the stylish fellas of Leeds a more refined, sociable experience that will keep you coming back, whether it’s for a fade, a short back and sides or a traditional wet shave.
King Koby’s Chop Shop
King Koby is less of a hairdressers and more of a social club where you can get your haircut. The barbers who work here are all friends – and that makes it a different kind of experience with an atmosphere that’s both boisterous and down to earth. Their venues are smart too, with leather sofas, vintage furniture and unique trinkets on the walls and tables. As well as getting your ears lowered, they offer beard trimming if you want to kill two birds with one stone.
King Koby’s Chop Shop, 3 Cloth Hall Street, Corn Exchange, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HD and Central Arcade, 143 Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BR.
There’s no doubt Remedy Hairdressing is one of the best barbers in Leeds, but it’s also got a few surprises up its sleeve that really makes it stand out. The ground floor is a cool jazz bar that doubles up as the best waiting room in Leeds, with luxurious seats and dapper decor, perfect for enjoying a beer or brew. Head upstairs to their first-floor barbershop, where you can treat yourself to a haircut, a shave, or even both. Unlike most places, which will sell you products from another company, Remedy make their own hand-blended hair and grooming products, like shampoo, beard oil and aftershave.
Remedy Hairdressing, 16 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU.
E Street Barber Co.
Named after Bruce Springsteen’s backing band, the E Street Barber Co. is the go-to mens’ hairdressers on Hyde Park Corner. It’s run by Mark Jones, a local lad who learned his trade in the city before jumping out on his own – and his shop is impressive. E Street is a welcoming space, with comfy leather chairs and Mark’s love for music obvious from the pictures on the walls. It’s the perfect getaway while you get your hair cut or beard shaved.
E Street Barber Co., 11 Headingley Lane, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1BS.
With over 20 years experience of male grooming across Europe, Byron the Barber had to branch out on his own, and his home in Grand Arcade is one of the best barbershops in Leeds. From flat tops to contouring, beard trims to razor shaves, Lords’ Barbering has it all covered, and the attention to detail is second to none – it’s why Byron has become so popular, so quickly. He’s an expert on products too, so to keep your hair or beard looking barber-fresh for as long as possible – all you have to do is ask.
Lords’ Barbering, 23 Grand Arcade, Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.
Out in Chapel Allerton, Cold Bath provide a welcome skip back to yesteryear with their throwback salon. They’ve been going since 2001, so they know exactly what they’re doing, whether it’s traditional barbering, modern male hairdressing or old school beard grooming. Hang out amongst the old school barber chairs, leather sofas and patterned wallpaper while you get your ears lowered in a cool, laid-back space.
Cold Bath Barber Shop, 43 Harrogate Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 3PD.
W2 Barber Shop
With over 40 years of experience between them, Richard Wyatt and Paul Walker know their onions when it comes to male hairdressing. They work out of the W2 Barber Shop in Oakwood, offering traditional grooming for the modern gentleman. You can treat yourself to everything from a beard trim to a cut and style, all over grade or even hair patterns if that’s your bag, and rest easy in their capable hands while enjoying the smart surroundings.
W2 Barber Shop, 131 Easterly Road, Oakwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2TP.
The End Gents Hair
If you’re in need of a decent haircut in Headingley, make a beeline for The End. It’s a proper old-school barbers with an on-trend decor – think comfy leather seats, traditional mirrors and exposed brickwork. But how it looks is secondary to the service you receive. The End is home to a quality set of barbers who’ve got you covered whether you want a cut and finish, highlights or a beard trim. That’s not all, because they also offer a shoe shining service, so you can walk out of there looking completely refreshed – not bad.
The End, 10a Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AD.
AL Barber has been one of the best traditional men’s hairdressers in Leeds for nearly two decades. Owned by Wassim Al Fares, this is a laid-back shop where you can take a break from daily life and get properly looked after. You can get your hair coloured, a cut and finish or a cut throat shave. Getting hitched? Go for their Wedding Service for the complete package and look spot on for your big day.
AL Barber, 5c The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PU.
Leeds isn’t the first place to get a Doc Barnet, but the gents hairdressers on Albion Street is spreading the traditional barbershop style across the UK. It’s got the feel of a proper, old-school barbers but with modern touches that bring it bang up to date. So whether you’re after a standard cut, beard trimming, full beard shaves, on-trend styles or a crew cut, Doc Barnet will give you the best of both worlds.
Doc Barnet, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5ES.
The Gentleman’s Barber
There’s been a barber in this unit on Kirkstall Road for two decades, but it’s been given a new lease of life as The Gentleman’s Barber in recent years. Janek Makuchowski is the man behind the new image, and after 10 years in the trade, he’s opened a really rather smart barbershop. It’s filled with vintage barber paraphernalia, from the chairs to tools and signs on the walls, while the shop itself has a rustic feel with painted brick walls and wooden flooring. Treat yourself to a cut and finish, beard grade or complete shave and take it all in.
The Gentleman’s Barber, 388 Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2HG.
They have over 50 years of hairdressing and grooming experience across the team at Temple Barbershop, so whether you want a cut and finish, a beard trim or a hot towel shave, you’ll be in safe pair hands. This is a spacious, cool-as-heck shop with a stylish, retro-meets-modern decor. There’s a pool table to play while you wait and if you’re very lucky, you might even get to meet the resident shop dachshund, Frank.
Temple Barbershop, 63-65 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BB.
Opening up in 2015, BarberBarber have courted controversy for their no female policy, no matter what the circumstances. But if you can look past that, you’ll find that they pride themselves on going the extra mile for the gents they serve, from top class service to quality hairdressing and expert beard care. It’s kitted out with classic barbershop chairs, mahogany furnishings and vintage-style tools and ornaments, that really does make it a throwback.
BarberBarber, 22 Albion Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6JS.Feature image copyright Sarae Akhamal.