The best barbers in Wagga

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New to town or wanting to switch it up? Here is our list of Wagga’s best barbers. Image: Supplied

Finding a great barber, one that you know, love, and trust, can be a lifelong search. As one of the most crucial relationships one can make, finding a barber that is best for you can be tricky.

While a quick cut may at first appear simple, the reality is that great barbers have countless hours of experience under their scissor belts. Skilled in every facial follicle, a great barber grooms locks with ease.

From traditional cuts and skin fades through to hot towel shaves and beautiful beards, these barbers do it all. They know just how to address every hair type, along with the products and advice to help you do so at home.

Now with good grooming comes a lot of responsibility. Not only will these trusty teams tame your tresses; they will do so over a good yarn while spoiling you rotten.

Looking for a first-rate barber in Wagga? Well, wait no more. Grab your keys, snatch your wallet and head to one of the Riverina’s best.

What makes a great barber?

Great barbers do more than simply style hair. These blade wielding afficionados treat each service like a work of art. Meticulous and bang on brief, here is what we think separates the best barbers from the rest:

  • Skilled. Great barbers are masterfully skilled. Through a combination of education, training, and experience, their technical ability is head and shoulders above the rest. In addition to working the shop floor, skilled barbers are often busy training the next generation. Be it on site, or as external educators themselves, these barbers possess skills worth passing on.
  • Consistent. There is much to be said for consistency when it comes to hair. And, as frequency goes, some of us visit a barber over 25 times a year or more. Despite the regularity of service, great barbers produce consistent results week in – week out. They understand their client’s needs and tailor services in accordance with their preferences.
  • Ahead of the curve. Great barbers are one step ahead of the curve. They have a finger on the pulse and across all the up-and-coming trends. While classic cuts are service mainstays, innovations in techniques, tools, and products, drive changes make a world of difference. If you are looking for new solutions or simply wish to try something new seek an innovative barber.
  • Comrades. Today’s barber shops offer more than ever before. Not only do they take care of business; they are also a place to relax and unwind. The best barbers treat their clientele as if they were their one and only guest. They are attentive and engaging, with a sense of camaraderie that is infectious.
  • Convenient. Ultimately your chosen barber needs to fit within your lifestyle. When it comes to convenience there is much to consider. Naturally, they offer the services you desire and deliver these with value. They are also open where and when you need them, be it after work, on weekends, or early in the morning. Great barbers are also mindful of short wait times, and swift service to help their clients get on with their day.

The best barbers in Wagga

Region Riverina has combed through online reviews and recommendations to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Wagga series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on Region Riverina and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

The Paper Street Social Club

Established and co-owned by Ben Malcolm and Tom Dyde in 2014, The Paper Street Social Club has grown to be a local barbering institution. Serving up the coldest styles in gentlemen’s barbering and custom women’s hair, their inclusive approach is what sets them apart.

Located on Gurwood Street in downtown Wagga Wagga, they provide a range of extensive hair services, products, and more. Open Tuesday to Saturday and by appointment only they are a great choice.

Jamie Way shared this on Google, “A Paper St. appointment is always a fantastic experience…. Ben and Tommi are always friendly and welcoming, offering drinks upon arrival and engaging in conversation. Highly recommended, whether it's your first time or your fiftieth.”

The Ironclad Barber

The Ironclad Barber was founded in 2015 with a vision to create a refined yet masculine barbering experience right here in the Riverina. With over 25 years’ experience, owner Kevin hosts clients in a brand-new purpose-built shopfront designed with old school service and charm in mind.

Offering traditional hot towel cutthroat or face shaves, beard trims, and haircuts, they offer a premium experience for clients. Whether it’s a regular service or for a special occasion, there is no better way than to unwind with The Ironclad Barber.

As Jakes states on Google, “Kev at ironclad, you're a true gentleman. Always accommodating and on for a chat, the shop has a modern but true barber shop vibe. Great service and prices, I won't book anywhere else!”

Ross C’s Barber Shop

A classical barber with a difference, Ross C’s Barber Shop is one of the region’s most highly reviewed and recommended. While paying homage to the timeless tradition of barbering, they bring it hurling forward at the forefront of fashion.

Offering a comprehensive range of hair art, face shaves, and fades, they have earnt a reputation for their Samurai precision cuts. Catering to men of all seasons their clientele includes the young, and the young at heart.

Gavin Comtesse had this to say on Google, “What an insanely cool place to go and get a proper hair cut! Really fun and cool atmosphere…. The lads doing the cuts are bang on and the vibe is amazing…. Wagga is truly lucky to have this quality of male grooming establishment available.”

Looking for a little more? Perhaps our article on the best hair salons in Wagga has what you need.

Your experience with barbers in Wagga

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the barbers listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes a barber shave different to shaving myself at home?

A barber shave is considered by many to be a milestone experience for a man. Barbers have honed their skills to give this experience with trained hands and can often share their expertise on a shaving routine to suit your personal needs. Plus, nothing beats the camaraderie and the chance to kick back and relax at a barber shop as someone gives you a relaxing shave.

What is a fade?

Varying from the classic “short back and sides”, a fade is a hairstyle whereby the hair on the sides is cut in graduated lengths from top to bottom. This gives the appearance that the hair “fades” away to skin moving towards the nape of the neck.

Are barber shops for men only?

Barbers are trained to create hairstyles traditionally regarded as “men’s haircuts''. This means barber shops generally offer styles for men and facial hair shaving. Other services such as hair colouring tend to be limited or not offered at all.

How much does a barber haircut cost?

Barbers can charge as little as $10 for a buzz cut or $100-plus for a full style haircut and experience. The price you pay for your service reflects not just the type of service you are receiving but also the experience of your barber and the shop's reputation. Some barbers may even provide service add-ons such as a complimentary beer or whisky.

Should I wash my hair before visiting a barber?

It is generally recommended that you wash your hair between 12 and 24 hours before your cut. Barbers do prefer you arrive with clean hair as it makes it easier to style and cut.

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