If you're about to get a fresh new fade you should only get it done from one of the best barber shops in Wellington New Zealand, as your look and style means everything.
Funnily enough it just so happens that today we will be looking into where the best places are that you can get a smooth new fade or touch up.
Whether you're after a standard mens cut or a beard trim, we've got all of your barbershop needs covered in the write-up below.
The Best Barber Shops In Wellington
1. Boar & Blade Wellington
If you’re looking for a traditional barber in Wellington, Boar & Blade’s 7-year Kiwi roots in previous owner and All Black Captain, Brendan Blake, will ensure you receive a classic experience with true class.
Hohepa Rutene is the new owner of Boar & Blade, who maintains the integrity and trusted reputation of the barber as a good friend of Blake’s.
While seeking to deliver a classic service fit for a gentleman, Boar & Blade give their cuts a modern edge, providing you with timeless style and class.
Boar & Blade make their passion public and emphasise the value in loving your craft; a sentiment mirrored by the overwhelmingly positive feedback they receive from local customers who trust in their expertise and appreciate their superior customer service.
Eddie Jones left this google review:
“Fantastic barbers. Best haircut in Wellington. The guys are super friendly and did a great job. Best to book ahead, likely to be filled up fast so by the looks of it there wasn’t much opportunity for walk-ins.”
Address: 32 Cambridge Terrace
Phone: 04 384 2984
Services: Sale of men’s self care products from Micky Day, walk-in and booking hair styling, style cuts, style cut and beard trim, skin fade, student cut, scissor cut, kids haircuts, skin fade and beard trim, beard trim and part shave, head shave, style cut and hot towel shave
2. Fresh Barber Shop
A high quality and precise cut, shave or style can be found at Fresh Barber Shop in Wellington, where their goal is to consistently deliver unparalleled and superior service through barbers with excellent skill.
At Fresh, the satisfaction of their customers is a top priority, which is supported by a trusted reputation for high quality and attentive customer service that creates a friendly and welcoming environment.
Fresh has five barbers with expert-level skill, whose recommendations, attention to detail and eye for style ensure customers are left happy with their haircuts.
Even better, Fresh is known for their reasonably priced services, ranging from $15-$65 and suiting a variety of customer’s budgets.
Fresh has it all - a trusted reputation, attention to detail, good prices and a location with easy access in the CBD. So, don’t take a chance on your haircut - visit Fresh to ensure you get a good one.
Nicolas Zach left this google review:
“Went here due to their great reputation. They took their time and delivered a great result for a good price. Would 100% come again, Danny did a good job.”
Address: 16-22 Taranaki Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011
Phone: 0210 247 0271
Services: Style cut, lux shave, zero/blade fades, buzz cut, clipper cut, beard trim, men’s product sale
3. The Godfather Barbers
Having opened their doors in 2013, The Godfather Barbers have advocated for and created a reputation founded on precision cuts and styles, loyalty and respect.
Their reputation for casual and friendly customer service stems from good-natured owner, Rod, whose status as ‘Godfather’, with over 20 years experience spanning across Japan, Brazil and New Zealand has enabled him to develop his skills and build a trusted local business.
The Godfather crew have been carefully selected for their skill and precision, alongside the particular products and services on offer.
They offer competitive prices that suit a range of budgets, ranging from $5-$60 across their full-service offerings including minor moustache trims and cut throat shaves.
For a great combination of high quality and effortless, friendly customer service, The Godfather should be at the top of your list in Wellington.
Nick O’Connell left this google review:
“I don’t even know why anyone would even think of going anywhere else to get their hair cut to be honest. Always on point, actually care a lot about their work and the banter is great.”
Address: 76 Ghuznee Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011
Phone: 04 385 7047
Services: Buzz cut, zero/skin fade, hair cut, kids services, multi clipper, beard trim and styles, cut throat shave, moustache and other small trims, beard style and half cut throat
4. Cuba Barbers 174
For both classic and modern cuts and styles, Cuba Barbers is a great option in Wellington as they offer competitive prices.
They offer a full range of services ranging from beard trims and hair washing to even layered hair cutting on long styles. With one of the best price ranges in the Wellington area, beard and hair styling can range from $5 to $50.
What’s more, their staff of 7 includes a barber with over 50 years experience, guaranteed to provide a top quality service with a friendly chat.
The best part is that Cuba Barbers has a regular Dachshund staff member, Paxton, whose company is bound to make the experience even more enjoyable.
With a doggy-ambassador, experienced crew and low prices for great styles, Cuba Barbers’ reputation for a professional yet relaxing atmosphere and excellent customer service is perfectly understandable.
Hamish McDonald left this positive google review:
“Great place for a cut. Relaxed, friendly environment full of barbers that know their stuff. Shout out to Pablo for the sharp lines and great bants! 5/5 would get trimmed again!”
Address: 174 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011
Phone: 04 384 0202
Services: Hair cuts, skin fades, buzz cuts, design styles, express freshen up, frequent flyer, long hair layered cut, hair wash, wet shave, beard trim, beard deluxe
5. Carve Barber Shop
For a traditional and personalised service, Carve Barber Shop in Wellington is the best place to go.
Their initial consultation ensures that you and your barber are in complete understanding about your hair needs and preferred style before providing a precise style and grooming.
Carve seeks to create an experience rather than a regular haircut through transporting you into a traditional Barber Shop, even providing a hot towel treatment after your booking.
Even better, Carve offers a complimentary drink with style and cut services, creating a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.
Their beard and hair style services range from $20-$50, so this unique, classic service is offered at a competitive price.
Carve even offers a Deluxe Groomsmen Package including private shop access, haircuts and styles, beard trims, facial cleansing and complimentary beverages.
Jack O’Donnell left this review on Facebook:
“Hand down the best barbers in Wellington if not NZ. The passion and diligence they instil in their young recruits is testament to how much they care about the customer and their satisfaction. Couldn't recommend more.”
Address: G2/3 Plimmer Steps
Phone: 04 473 5494
Services: New client special discount, cut and style, razor fade and style, full scissor cut and style, buzz cut, razor head shave, beard trim, hot towel shave, face cleanse, groomsmen package
What does it cost for a mens haircut?
The average price for a mens haircut these days starts at $15 for the lower priced cuts and can be as high as $30 for a more detailed cut. Places where you can book an appointment usually charge $25-$30 where as walk ins generally sit at around $15-$25.
Additional services such as beard trimming, hot towel shaving or clean cut shaving are offered by most barbershops and these all will incur an extra cost.
Hot towel shaves go for around $15, beard trims are usually an extra $10 on top of a haircut or $15 upwards if you only come in for a beard trim by itself.
Clean cut shaving services on the facial area will usually set you back around $10-$20.
Places that let you book a time slotted appointment will usually add $5 to the standard haircut price due to the convenience for you and the fact that they are setting 30 mins of set time aside just for you.
What hairstyle or haircut is best for me?
This depends on your head shape and on your own personal preferences, you can get whatever style you like! If you are unsure on what style to go with or what new style may suit you just ask your barber as they are asked this question all of the time and they are used to helping their clients with coming up with a style to suit them.
Most barbershops have display pictures hung up in their shop showcasing different styles with a picture giving you an example to see what they look like.
Some of the more common styles that men love are styles such as the crew cut, the zero fade, the blended mohawk, the classic buzz cut or the mullet which has made a comeback in recent years.
There are many additional styles and types of cuts, I suggest asking your barber which hair style may suit your face and head shape because the barber will always have some good ideas which could suit you.
Heading up to Auckland? Check out our write-up on the Best Auckland Barber Shops to see even more great barber recommendations.