MELBOURNE | Getting a haircut from your favourite barber is always a good news family story. As I child I can remember my dapper grandfather and father talking about their haircut experiences and as time went on the stories improved, the chewing gum got better, life long friendships were made and I became a part of barbershop tradition.
Circa 2015. Melbourne times, inner city lad, inner city vibe, my hair was getting out of control, I was travelling on the beloved number 19 tram and boom! A pop up barbershop appears on Sydney Road in Brunswick. Really? I should investigate. The man behind Barber Black Sheep is Gus, who is following his passions and identity and the community is better for it.
For over 1,000 years barbershops have been renowned for having multiple businesses within a business and for not being exclusive to just providing services to personal grooming. This heritage was forgotten for a while, but thanks to people like Gus, it’s making a welcome return. Here are 3 things you need to know about what’s going on.
Firstly, Barber Black Sheep is know longer a cool pop up barbershop, its here to stay.
Secondly, Gus imports Japanese men’s fashion to compliment his barbershop.
Finally, the dude and his staff know how to give customers a great haircut. In 2015, GQ Magazine Australia ranked Gus and Barber Black Sheep as one of the top 3 barbershops nationally, so you know you’re going to get treated well and walk out looking stylish.
So what is a Barber Black Sheep haircutting experience like? Moving and worthwhile. After getting haircut at Barber Black Sheep you feel content in the knowledge that life long traditions can continue. The fit out is moody and well thought out, the ambiance and conversation compelling. You can even enjoy a beer, cider or juice while getting your haircut.
With barbering, I look at the style of the person when they walk in, how they speak, and what they do. I want to give them what they want, but I want them to understand what they’re getting too, so I talk them through the haircut as I’m doing it, so they understand what I’m doing.
You can book your appointment for a haircut on Barber Black Sheep’s Facebook page and remember you can purchase cool Japanese threads from Barber Black Sheep too – Gus and his team visiting Japan regularly so you know you’re going to be on the cutting edge. If you see me in the barber chair next to you, say hi.
Barber Black Sheep
149 Sydney Road
Tue – Sat: 12:00pm to 3:00pm; 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Sun: 12:00pm to 3:00pm; 4:00pm to 6:00pm