Attention men of Manchester!
Are you fed up getting your hair cut at one of the many stupidly trendy ‘hair salons’? Do you hark back for a traditional gentleman’s barbers with the smell of mahogany permeating the air?
I have good news, chaps, for there is a new hair establishment in town, Barber Barber. So good, they named it twice.
Specialising in rockabilly and traditional cuts for £24 as well as cut-throat shaves priced at £25, I was beside myself with excitement when I discovered that Barber Barber was to open its rather impressive looking doors.
The man to thank for bringing this wonderful new enterprise to Manchester is Johnny Shanahan, or Johnny The BaBa as is he more affectionately known.
Quite the big deal in the Emerald Isle, Mr. BaBa with a successful barbers in Limerick, he has replicated the formula and set up shop right in the heart of Manchester. Or Barton Arcade in Deansgate to be precise.
Upon entering the premises, I was warmly greeted like a long-lost friend.
Dedicating themselves to making Manchester men look rather smashing are four scissor-wielding chaps. Working alongside the aforementioned Johnny is Inky Steve and Ben who both hail from our fair city. Then there’s Mav who has had the good sense to move to Manchester especially to learn from Johnny, the master of the ten point straight razor shave.
Johnny is a colourful character, with a thick streak of roguish dandyism there for all to see. Boasting as many tattoos as he does waistcoats, his passion for traditional barbering is intoxicating. To steal a famous line from The Shining, “Here’s Johnny!”
Unfortunately, Mav wasn’t in when I visited but I had a good chinwag with Steve and Ben covering topics including facial hair and pomade. Not quite the stereotypical hairdressing chitchat about holidays.
In desperate need for a trim of the old barnet, I was soon seated on the kind of barber’s chair that you always dream of sitting in (now admit it, everybody dreams about chairs). Imported all the way from Italy, they truly are a wonder to sit one’s bottom on.
As Steve expertly transformed my long overdue side-part, I couldn’t help being mesmerised by the handsome new surroundings. Harking back to what I’d imagine to be the golden age of barbering, there was so much to take in. With comfortable seating across the length of the shop and a bar at the far side, complete with a beer pump, I must confess to finding it all rather agreeable.
There is now a new establishment in the city centre where men can turn to find solace, complete with a bar and super cuts and shaves from a skilled bunch of barbers. Did I mention the bar?
Keen to keep abreast with the latest goings-on from BarberBarber? Follow them on the Twittering Device, @BarberBarberuk
All four barbers are also on Twitter – @JohnnytheBaBa, @ScoundralMav, @inkysteve and @Benjamin_Kenobi
No appointment is necessary but a visit is vital.
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