From classic fades to wet cut shaves, where to get a decent cut in Leeds

In need of a smartening up before the in-laws arrive for Christmas? Or simply looking to get ahead with the whole ‘New Year, New Me’ vibe? Whatever your reasoning, haircuts are important, and it’s not just women who think so.

Right across the world and especially in minority communities, barbershop culture is as much about relaxing with some good chat as it is about nailing a cool new look. If you’re looking to switch things up, here are six independent barbers to trust your locks with.

King Koby’s Chop Shop

Having opened their second Leeds store just over two years ago, the King Koby empire is growing steadily. Believers in the motto ‘mediocrity is a sin’, they pride themselves on expert advice for complete makeovers as readily as they offer a regular trim.

Fans of a classic fade should ask for Danny Jacobs, while Jodie Sykes is your go-to gal for patterns and design. There’s plenty more to come from the brand too – with their own podcast and a clothing range coming soon, theirs is a brand that offers much more than just haircuts.

3 Cloth Hall St, Leeds LS1 2HD

Lords Barbering

With over twenty years of experience in all things hair, head honcho Byron of Lord’s Barbering has seen it all. Tucked in the Grand Arcade, treat yourself to one of their luxury cut throat wet shaves, or a consultation with their ‘beard whisperer’, who’ll help you choose from various swanky oils, balms and brushes. Best of all? You can do it all with a drink in hand from their ever-growing stash of local beers and spirits.

7 Grand Arcade, Leeds LS1 6PG

Remedy Hairdressing

Still got booze on the brain? Remedy Barbers is concealed upstairs from the premier date-night spot of the same name. The salon is just as aesthetically pleasing as within the rest of the building – think exposed brick, class framed artwork and good banter from stylish and knowledgeable staff.

Walk-ins are welcome, as are those looking to seek out some more knowledge: the Remedy Barbering Academy starts at £200 per day and offers hands-on experience for eager trainees.

16 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NU

Cold Bath Chapel Allerton

Head out of town (and back in time) with a visit to Cold Bath. Opened way back in 2001, they specialise in wet shaves and various giftware for men, creating something of a retro gentlemen’s concept store. Don’t be afraid to take in a picture of your fave celeb fella for inspiration – the team is well known locally for their ability to recreate your ideal cut. 

43 Harrogate Rd, Leeds LS7 3PD

Sensation Barbers

For the best in afro haircare, Sensation Barbers have your back (and your front and sides). With a much more straightforward approach to hairstyling, expect great value for money for all the family – the team are well equipped and super-friendly even with the smallest of children. Make the most of your trip to LS7 and stop by nearby Tiesha’s Hair & Beauty for products to make your look last for longer.

160 Chapeltown Rd, Leeds LS7 4EE