It’s just a few short weeks until Grand Central opens its doors, and with it the first full Kiehls store in the city. This historic retailer started out as an apothecary over a century ago, and is now the place to go for all your skin and hair care needs. The store is expected to be a big hit with the fairer sex in the city, as well as the male populace. With everything you need to clean, condition and style, as well as shave and moisturise, Kiehls has got the style-conscious male covered. So, with the aftercare sorted, where exactly is the best place in Birmingham to sort your fade and face fuzz?
The Barber House on Colmore Row has got to be the most high-end hair joint in the city, with classic parlour settings and tie clad barbers de rigueur. Catering to all styles, The Barber House finishes every cut with a hot water wet shave to tidy up the neckline, and they’ll even singe off your ear hair in the traditional Turkish manner. For the complete experience, you can enjoy a beverage and a complimentary shoeshine along with your trim.
Barber JQ is, as the name suggests, based in Birmingham’s more serene Jewellery Quarter. By no means the flashiest, or even well known barbershop in the city, JQ is a firm favourite for those in the know. Despite the high-end industrial aesthetic, JQ prides itself on salon quality cuts and simple pricing. So what keeps people coming back? Owner James, maybe the nicest bloke in Birmingham.
Le Keux in The Custard Factory has long been the place for the ladies of Birmingham to indulge in a little retro pampering and a rockabilly coiffure, but the salon also offers a barber service, by popular demand. Le Keux Vintage Barbers offers wet cut and styling for those with a bent for vintage 50s styling, and the obligatory cutthroat wet shave. What you won’t find elsewhere in the city is Le Keux’s full head wet shave, for the ultimate skinhead finish. Le Keux also cater for Stag parties and other gatherings of manly men, offering poker lessons, a cocktail masterclass; you can even hire an American muscle car if your seriously committed to the experience.
The Gentleman Barbers in the upmarket Brindley Place development has taken the barbershop model a step further, creating a one-stop-male-grooming-shop next door to Birmingham’s renowned canals. In addition to the usual cut, style and shave services, you can request expert advice and treatment from their skincare experts, and treat yourself to a facial or colouring. In addition to the salon, there’s also a well-stocked retail environment where the image conscious gent can acquire a range of grooming products. The Gentleman Barbers is committed to doing whatever it takes to keep patrons looking as good as possible, even collaborating with Capital FM to organise a Top Knot Amnesty in an effort to rid the city of the divisive hairstyle.
Photos courtesy of Kiehls, The Barber House, Barber JQ, The Custard Factory, Le Keux Vintage Barbers & The Gentleman Barbers