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Where is the Cheapest Men's Haircut in Sydney?

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by glenop (subscribe)
So much to little time to see it all.
Published July 27th 2012

I used to get my haircut at a unisex salon. Not by a barber but by a hair 'artist'. And I used to pay $35.00 for this haircut, although it wasn't just a haircut of course, I was paying for an experience.

There were music videos playing the latest hits. There were the young apprentices walking around dressed in black who were sporting freaky, brightly coloured skew-whiff hairstyles asking me 'how are you today?' and offering me a cappuccino or a macchiato. I fondly recall the long soothing head massages and shampoo. Then there was Mr. Dependable, my reliable hairdresser or hair 'artist'. He really cared for me and how my hair looked. He would ask what I was up to and shared his thoughts about life, the universe and everything. Maybe an hour after I arrived, my experience was over. We said our goodbyes and I happily booked in for my next session.

Oh, how things have changed. Nowadays my haircuts are a very different experience. Well, it's not an experience, it's a haircut. Nowadays, there are no music videos, no scary looking apprentices, drinks or massages. I'm usually in and out in 10 minutes including waiting time. Nowadays, I just get a haircut.

After making the extraordinarily difficult decision to separate from my long term hairdresser, I wasted no time looking for another. Now, older and wiser, I was seeking a different experience. I was looking for a quick hit, I was after satisfaction. A good, quick satisfying haircut. I soon found another world. A world where I could not only save money, but I could also save 50 minutes or so. 50 minutes and 20 odd dollars to reinvest somewhere else in my life.

Nowadays, I don't pay anymore than $12.00 in Liverpool. Sometimes only $10.00. On a sojourn to Parramatta, I discovered a whole row of men's barbers on George Street all charging $8.00. I didn't get a lot of conversation in English, but I did get a damn good haircut.

And then I hit on hairdresser heaven, or so I thought. In Merrylands, opposite the railway station, I fell upon my newest bestest friend who charged nothing for a haircut and a mere $7.00 for a compulsory conversation. But alas, on my most recent visit, the place had undergone a major renovation and OMG, now charges $8.00.

So apart from shaving your own head, if anyone knows anywhere in Sydney where a man can get a good cut for under $8.00, please share it with your Weekendnotes buddies.

Cheap Cuts.
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I also pay $10.00 in Tongabbie. The other day (jokingly) I told my barber he should charge me less due to the fact I am practically bold. He replied by saying he should in fact charge more for search fees.
I suppose one cheeky question deserves a cheeky answer.
by enriquito2005 (score: 1|49) 3958 days ago
I'm the laziest shopper, and if a cheap barber does not fall from the sky into my out-stretched arms, I'll walk into the first one I find and join the queue. My last haircut (albeit in Brisbahe cbd) was $22, but it was warm in there on a freezing cold day, so I consider I paid some carbon tax. The one before was in Wynyard station - $17 - during a weekday lunchtime, seen in good time. Not a bad haircut too. There must be a hundreds of barbers around the cbd - I expect there to be none in the single digits - poor buggers have to pay the rent after all - but who has cuts for $15 or less?
by andrew c (score: 0|2) 3965 days ago
That's great, and like you I go for a haircut. There are two places at Central station that both charge $10, one in the tunnel and one on the walkway to the street and I've never had to wait more then 5 minutes before I'm in a chair and 10 minutes later I'm out on the street again.
by jayboy (score: 1|68) 3956 days ago
style plus 649 george street $10
by jrick (score: 0|2) 3956 days ago
I just past this the other day..cant believe it wasnt more popular!
by glenop (score: 2|827) 3951 days ago
Hurstville $6 in Diment way. Very busy and quick. Many more around for $8 in same area.
by 1nerd (score: 2|113) 3631 days ago
Ashfield, $8 mens barber street shop - towards Summer Hill on Liverpool Road
by Anne Dignam (score: 2|870) 3599 days ago
Babylon Barber Shop - 119/289 Sussex Street, Sydney
by villa (score: 0|2) 3584 days ago
Hurstville, Sydney $12 Gloria Hair Style, Rose St Hurstville. Good cut, good place.
by Sid.B (score: 0|2) 168 days ago

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