It’s not always easy finding a good barber who knows how to deal with Afro-Caribbean hair. Your best bet is to head to one of London’s best black hair barbers to find a barber who specialises in fades, patterns, and other popular styles for Afro-Caribbean and textured hair.
1. Hair Force 1
Hair Force 1 was first established in Dagenham in 2009 and a second branch opened in Ilford after the huge success of the original. Hair Force 1 barbers pride themselves on skilfully styling hair of any nationality and cuts on offer include fade, shape up, shave, Mohican, and pattern or design. Prices are amazingly affordable at only £3.50 for a shape up, or £5.50 for a 45-minute pattern shave session.
54 London Rd, Romford RM7 9QX
Open 10am – 7pm Monday to Saturday, and Closed on Sunday
2. Starboy Barbers
For examples of Starboy Barbers previous cuts, head to their Instagram, which showcases a huge variety of cuts and styles on different hair types and textures. Bookings can be made for £5 extra. All the usual styles include fades, patterns, and Mohawks are on offer.
256 Kilburn High Rd, London NW6 2BY
Open 10am – 9pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am – 6pm on Sunday
The founder of F4Fade was part of the West London barbering community for 14 years before setting up his own business. His reputation has attracted celebrity clients including R&B stars, actors, and dancers. Prices start at £18 for a basic cut and a design and cut is £25. Texturising and colouring treatments are also available.
12 Leeland Rd, London W13 9HH
Open 9am – 7.30pm Monday to Thursday, 9am – 8pm Friday to Saturday, and 10am – 4pm on Sunday
4. Slider Cuts
Barber Mark Maciver, AKA Slider, started out his career as a rapper before moving into barbering and has over ten years experience in cutting hair professionally. Celebrity clients have included basketball player Lebron James, MC Dizzee Rascal, comedian Richard Blackwood, and actor Reggie Yates. Adult haircuts start at £20 and patterns cost an additional £6.
206 Hornsey Rd, London N7 7LL
Open 10am – 6pm Tuesday to Thursday, 9.30am – 7pm Friday, 7am – 6pm Saturday, and closed on Sunday and Monday
RXB specialises in fades, styling, beards, and scissor cuts for all ethnicities and hair textures. The swanky looking barbershop offers free wi-fi and complementary beverages and staff are professional, welcoming, and friendly. Prices start at £10 for a shape up and a pattern is £25.
80 Brixton Rd, London SW9 6BH
Open 9.30am – 7.30pm Monday to Thursday, 9.30am – 9pm Friday to Saturday, and 11am – 6pm Sunday
6. 5ive at Hype Coiffure Battersea
Hype Coiffure is an award-winning Afro hair salon that’s been operating out of South London since 1995. 5ive is a freelance stylist highly regarded in the industry who boasts celebrity clients and works on some of the biggest black hair and beauty shows. He’s also the senior stylist at Hype. Men’s haircuts start at £30.
186 Lavender Hill, Battersea, London SW11 5TQ
Open 9.30am – 6pm Monday to Tuesday, 9.30am- 8pm Wednesday to Friday, 9am – 5.30pm Saturday, and 10am – 4pm Sunday
7. Darth Faderz
This Star Wars themed barbers in Dagenham offers “the sickest fade in the galaxy” with cuts starting at just £10. They specialise in Afro-Caribbean, European, and Asian cuts and are happy to recreate any cuts or styles on request.
600 Longbridge Rd, Dagenham RM8 2AJ
Open 10am – 7pm Monday to Thursday, 9.30am – 8pm Friday to Saturday, and 10am – 6pm Sunday
8. Headline Barbers
This appointment-only West London barber specialises in Afro and European hair. Prices start at £6 for a shape up, £15 for a basic haircut, and £5 extra for a pattern. Additional services such as hair relaxer, dye, facial waxing and hot towel are also available.
489 Yeading Lane, Northolt UB5 6LN
Open 9am – 6pm Monday to Wednesday, 9am – 9pm Thursday to Friday, 9am – 7pm Saturday, and closed on Sunday
9. Nikky at Slick Rick’s Barber Shop
Slick Rick’s is one of the most entertaining barbers in London, as you’ll not only get a great haircut, but also be treated to dance routines and get to see Nikky’s trademark creative patterns and cartoon designs in action.
219 Camberwell Rd, Camberwell, London, SE5 0HG
Open 9am – 11pm Monday to Saturday, closed on Sunday
10. Diligence Barbers
The team at Diligence all have at least 15 years experience and the barbershop is professionally ran and friendly. Specialities include fades, patterns, cutting, and shaping.
111 Broadway, London W13 0SR
Open 7am – 7pm Monday to Saturday, and 12 – 6pm Sunday