Best Gent's Hairdressers

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by davidaheath, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. davidaheath

    davidaheath Well-Known Member

    So I'm creating this thread specifically today because I need a haircut right now (and the local hair and beauty place which has only just opened next to the Super Save in Loughborough Junction is closed on the Bank Holiday) but I suppose it would also be good to know where people think is the best place for a man to get a haircut in Brixton in general. I've not really seen many places that look suitable for a guy - not that I can remember anyway.

    There is George's place on Coldharbour Lane but I always wondered about it ... is it good?

    Bonus points if your suggestion is open today.
  2. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    Is that a modern chaps barber?

  3. davidaheath

    davidaheath Well-Known Member

  4. High Voltage

    High Voltage In the top 97% of Urban's most interesting posters

    Wahl Clipper set - always open, even at the most antisocial of times - first cut maybe a bit pricey (given that you quote the local hair and beauty place as being shut today) perhaps not

    Then watch the price of a hair cut tumble
  5. davidaheath

    davidaheath Well-Known Member

    I do have some of my own hair clippers already, actually.
    Unfortunately the level of skill I possess with them is limited.

    I also gave Hairy Jayne a text but she replied saying she was off on holiday today:
    I've never used Hairy Jayne before but I like the idea of someone called Hairy Jayne cutting my hair.
  6. jezg

    jezg Well-Known Member

    if you want a "hairdressers" as opposed to a barbers these guys on Atlantic Rd are good, Carlos is a top man:
  7. gabi

    gabi Banned Banned

    Yeh, George is great. Take a newspaper though as he doesnt rush things evens if theres a couple of people waiting. everyone gets the same amount of care. Usually has the football on the tadio or chat about football on...

    Peter's next to the academy is decent too, but a bit more rushed than George.
  8. mashton

    mashton Member

    palu at brixton barbers in the market (next to franca manca) is the man.
  9. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I'd second that about George, though for the older non-yuppy wanting a full service hair cut at the cheapest possible price Alfreds in Coldharbour Lane at the Camberwell end charges £7 (undercutting George by £1). Alfred trims nose hairs, eyebrows, ears etc free and without prompting by the way - maybe his claimed Transylvanian origins help with this sort of detail.
  10. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    Haircut Sir? at the junction of Brixton Water Lane and Tulse Hill still charges £4.50.
    Family business, father son and daughter. Been there 30yrs.
  11. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    It's great value.

    Like it more now the father (Andy) works Saturdays only.

    He was a very awkward conversationalist.
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  12. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    I walked past earlier and the sign said £5.00 for clipper cut and from £5.50 for 'style' cut. Still good value though.
  13. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

  14. Frumious B.

    Frumious B. Well-Known Member

    Our Little Secret on Railton Road is the best hairdresser I've ever been to.
  15. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    If you found Andy's chat tricky you should have tried talking to his brother who owned Ken's Autos on Brixton Water Lane. (Before he sold the yard for about 3million and retired to Croydon.)
  16. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    I hate to think.

    You make an inconsequential observation, Andy disagrees. You change your mind to humour him, only to find he has now switched to your original position.

    And so it goes on. Forever

    Andy is doing ok too. He owns the shop and the flats above. Plus his five-bedroom house in Bromley.
  17. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    So true! :D

    Talking to Ken was more like dealing with a tethered bee stung Rottweiler. But his bark was a lot worse than his bite. Out the back of the car yard he had an amazing unused carpentry workshop with the most incredible hardware. We used to rent it from him from time to time. Each time we asked he ranted incoherently and then gave us the keys.
  18. BoxRoom

    BoxRoom Flip.

    Went there today and they charged me 18 quid because my hair was long.


    Top price they displayed was £14 for a scissor cut.
  19. davidaheath

    davidaheath Well-Known Member

    That doesn't sound cool. Actually, I've been there twice now and I've noticed that they don't really take much time over the cut either. I get quite a short haircut and I always notice I end up with some missed hairs which are longer than the others. It's only noticeable immediately after having a shower when my hair is fluffiest, but it's definitely not very good. Both my cuts have been from the same guy, though, so I can't tell if the other guy in there would be better. Time to move on ...?
  20. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    Bit naughty if they don't have it on the price list, but £18 is probably about right for a hair cut if you're a bloke with longer hair. My fella has longish hair and he plays between £15-£20 depending on where he goes. Whereas my hair is shorter than his and I pay at least £30 :rolleyes::D
  21. fortyplus

    fortyplus smug git

    creepy name though
  22. BoxRoom

    BoxRoom Flip.

    That's a shame. I was really searching for a good barber what with me being completely rubbish about getting my hair cut and having some sort of anxiety problem about such things! I went there under the impression, thanks to recommendations here and elsewhere on the net, that it was pretty good. And I'm really not unhappy with the cut! It's good enough for me and I'm never really happy with cuts because I never have known what's good style for me. But to be charged extra because my hair was encroaching shoulder length was a bit unsettling and has set me back.
    I'm not rich in the slightest but if there was a £18 option mentioned then I'd think that was fair enough, it's not a massive chunk out of my wages and I could do without a beer, I just wish I'd known. There's a place I went to near Farringdon that cost 11 quid so I thought 14 ain't all bad. Then it went up to 18 because of length at Seville?
    I guess I'm just a bit unlucky.
  23. BoxRoom

    BoxRoom Flip.

    I really shouldn't be whining, my girlfriend pays more for her haircuts too and I can't understand it!
    (shorter hair also!)
  24. smirker

    smirker New Member

    Mate... that barber shop next to Franco Manca has closed down... and Palo gave me the best haircut I've had in years. Desperate to get hold of him, any chance you have (or know someone) who has a number for him, or know where he works now?
  25. el-ahrairah

    el-ahrairah forward communism, forward gerbils!

    Naz on the hill. great lad, decent haircut.
  26. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    Agreed. And always good for a gossip.
  27. BoxRoom

    BoxRoom Flip.

    Not in Brixton area but worth mentioning, I braved it and went for a haircut here today:
    Just off Borough High Street.
    £15. Took his time too, was brilliant. Friendly, put me at ease, offered a drink too. Trimmed my eyebrows an' all!
    I recommend heartily.
  28. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Was getting desperate today as still no sign of George's hairdressing salon re-opening following George's retirement. Work is going on - but unclear if this is refitting the barber shop or something else.
    So I took a detour this afternoon to Michael's - another Cypriot barber at 64 Loughborough Road, a few yards along from Five Ways towards Brixton Road.
    Service was quick and congenial, basic price is £7 (including eyebrow trimming!) On Saturday Michael's son is there so 2 chairs in operation.
    The only cheap local alternative to the Haircut Sir (3 Tulse Hill) probably.
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  29. thriller

    thriller Last of the world's good men Banned

    George is retiring I've heard. Used to be my hairdresser of choice until 2003 when I decided I shouldn't be giving him £7 for something I can do myself.
  30. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    SW9 Gents hairdressing news:

    1. I bumped into George (formerly of 340 Coldharbour Lane opposite the Barrier Block) yesterday in Brixton Village by the fish shop. He was pleased to have a chat. Said he was buying stuff for his son for Christmas and was on 2 weeks Christmas holiday. He's living in Cyprus permanently now. He said a bit misty-eyed that he'd carried on til retirement - nearly to 66 actually he said, but you have to stop sometime.

    2.Michaels - went past there today on spec and was pleasantly surprised to see the whirly barbers pole rotating. The shop seemed empty, but a slight young man of Eritrean appearance smoking outside told me to go in.

    It turned out that this was the barber. We had a bit of chit chat, and he seemed to need a certain amount of encouragement to do what Michael used to do on auto-pilot (sideboards, eyebrows etc). Also he seemed very committed to electric clippers. To the point where after 20 minutes I was beginning to wonder whether the scissors on the wall were purely decorative.

    Never fear, my barber gave my head almost total immersion, then took to the finger grip/scissors cutting - whatever that is called.
    Fortunately this guy considers the clippers are adequate for the neck and I was spared the cut-throat razor treatment.

    The particular part of the ritual that he missed - and I only realised when I got home - was no showing the back of the head in the mirror and asking for the approval.

    That said it was a serviceable haircut. Instead of Michael going on incessantly about the evils of Lambeth Council I was interrupted by two mobile phone calls which my barber took whilst on the job (or my haircut that is). I have slightly old-fashioned values, and although I can't say my time is precious, I do think a good barber probably ought to turn off his phone whilst with a customer.

    So for me this relaunched Michael's (which apparently belongs to the new barber's cousin who runs the Eritrean Coffee Shop next door) might be a goer, if the price stays low. But I rather fear that there has been too long a service break to keep much of the old customer base. So anyone interested might give him a try in the interest of keeping the facility going.
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