From undercuts to quiffs to Trumpian combovers, hair fads come and go so quickly it’s hard to keep up. We do our best to keep you appraised of the latest trends in men’s hairstyles and grooming, but for additional inspiration, Instagram is the answer.
The world’s most stylish barbers turn to Instagram to share their next-level looks and favourite products with followers thirsty for follicular eye candy. Do your face (and head) a favour by checking out the feeds of these haircutting heroes before getting your next chop.
We think you’ll agree they’re shear (sorry) perfection.
Australian barbershop Morris Motley makes Melbourne’s men look fresh from its home in trendy Collingwood. For over 10 years, founder Rob Mason has honed his skills in facial analysis and explored a mix of new and classic barbering techniques to achieve clean, masculine styles – the blueprint for his signature brand of custom men’s cutting and styling.
This spot puts the “bar” in “barbershop.” Blind Barber occupies prime real estate in Los Angeles and New York City, where it helps men #StayHandsome while treating them to refreshments from its backroom bar and cafe. Since opening their original location in Manhattan’s East Village, founders Jeff Laub, Adam Kirsch, and Josh Boyd have launched two other shops and an exclusive line of grooming products.
Just found this beautiful shot taken by @dennislodesigns on the rooftops of Hong Kong! I was holding my phone with the flashlight on in my mouth so I could see where I was cutting! Working hard on the new episode, forgot how long it takes to subtitle videos. Will be up tomorrow, nice early start on my day off to finish it all. #thenomadbarber
Miguel Gutierrez, better known as the Nomad Barber, cultivated a massive Instagram following when he began travelling the world to learn new barbering techniques. The Liverpool native has racked up some serious air miles on his global grooming tour, which he documents on a YouTube channel as well as his IG feed. His impeccable cuts also have permanent homes in London and Berlin. Check him out in action here.
Stylist and celebrity groomer Jason Schneidman credits Southern California, surfing, loud motorcycles, fast cars, and rock music legends like Jim Morrison as the inspiration behind his effortlessly cool vibe. “A man should look and feel carefree and confident,” says Jason, “in the way he dresses and the way he wears his hair. This is what makes a man genuinely sexy.”
Though he’s Phillip Lim’s favourite barber, and also counts Marc Jacobs as a client, Mark Bustos stands for something more than superficial glamour. He calls himself a “humanit-HAIR-ian” – when not manning the scissors at Three Squares Studio in NYC, he provides free cuts to the homeless and encourages others to spread positivity with his personal motto (and hashtag) “Be awesome to somebody.”
The boyzzzz on the job, holy f*** look at that beer gut when @the_bloody_butcher is standing relaxed and without a care in the world… Back to the running tracks for The Bloody Hippo… Awesome night though working with @pirate_paulus, @saifiction, @namakubitattoo and off course @jelleinmyear #gettinpiggywithit #piggypiggypiggycantyousee #sometimestheLardjusthypnotiseme #lordsofthelard #videokilledtheradiostar #psychoticnight #TheBloodyHippo
Old-school barbershop Schorem specialises in traditional haircuts and hot towel straight razor shaves (with a dash of partying, travelling, drinking, and other charming shenanigans on the side). Based in Rotterdam, the retro rock ‘n’ roll vibes of the Schorem crew have earned a cult following so devoted they went on a world tour and have thrown their own concert, called ScumBash, for the last four years.
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A few years ago I saw The Time Traveler’s Wife, and in a few scenes Eric Bana (probably spelled wrong) had a slight mullet, but I thought it looked so cool. That was the first time I saw heavy hair at the back of a men’s cut that didn’t look novelty, or goofy to me. About a year ago a client brought me a picture of Jeff Bridges from about 1984, and he had the same weight at the nape (similar to what you see on Han Solo in the first Star Wars movie). Again I loved it. On the right head, I really do love a heavy line at the nape. This was finished with @adhbrand #ADHwet
Andrew Kozak of Andrew Does Hair boasts an entire Instagram empire. On his primary account, @andrewdoeshair, Kozak features photos of freshly shorn clients. A second account, @ADHbook, features stories from behind the chair. And a third, @ADHbrand, focuses on the ADH product line. Kozak’s grooming philosophy is based in teaching his clients the nuances of their particular hair and arming them with truly tailored advice.
If you’re not turned off by words like “hair nerd,” “hairfuturist,” and “hairbros,” Sugar Skulls – aka Carlos Ramos – is the Insta account for you. Ramos aims to create wearable everyday looks with just the right amount of rocker edge. He recently closed his brick and mortar shop – the Sugar Skulls Loft in Los Angeles – but his Instagram page is still active and churning out regular men’s hairstyle inspiration.
I have never found anything as satisfying as cutting hair. You spend one on one time with another human being with the soul purpose of making them look and feel their best… there is nothing like the look on a persons face when they feel good about how they look. It’s like magic… we give people confidence and boost their sense of pride, dignity, and self esteem. These things are not the natural outcome of a perfectly executed haircut… it is the outcome of a caring heart with a desire to serve others. The work we do behind the chair comes from our hands, but the magic we do come from the heart. #worldluckiestbarber
Matty Conrad, the self-described “world’s luckiest barber,” spent 15 years as a top stylist, creative platform artist, and successful salon owner before his passion for technical haircutting drove him to enter the world of barbering. He opened his first shop in Canada in 2010 to critical acclaim and an avalanche of international press. Borrowing from both traditional barbering and modern men’s hair styling, Conrad’s unique style keeps him at the top of the men’s grooming industry in North America.