I'm usually terrified of visiting a new barber but I was in a foreign country and my hair was getting out of control. The answer to permanent bed-head came after noticing one of my peers was rocking a great new cut. I followed him down the street to Bailey's and felt a bit more comfortable once I saw the great prices (ask for the student discount!) and the caged bird singing away. The barber was mostly quiet, a trait I look for, but did fast and excellent work. If you are unsure of where to get a haircut, look no further.
Newington is certainly not short of hairdressers. There are a number of salons, particularly along the main thoroughfare of South Clerk Street / Clerk Street / Nicholson Street. There are a few barbers dotted around, and Bailey's Barber Shop is, in my opinion, a cut above the rest.
I first discovered Bailey's in the first year of my degree, while I was living in the Newington area of town. They quickly established themselves as my barber of choice. There was rarely a wait for a haircut, and I often went by on my way into lectures. The barbers themselves were chatty, and always gave me the haircut that I wanted. This, combined with the ideal location, meant that I continued to come back here for the first couple of years of my degree before I moved to the other side of town.
Prices are reasonable, with a student discount available. For someone like me, whose hair grows at a fair rate, using a salon would not be cost-effective. Bailey's Barber Shop provided me with a great haircut each time, and I would highly recommend them.
Getting a cheap haircut can prove a surprisingly horrendous ordeal for the gentleman sporting a casual fringe... With seemingly hundreds to choose from in Newington, it can be a bit hit or miss when you decide it is time to get the mop back under control. After a harrowing experience at the hands of one hairdresser located further Nicholson Street, I decided to give Bailey's a try after my flatmate appeared sporting a buzz cut that suited him.
I entered with the usual fear surmounting within. After a short wait, I was invited to the embrace of the formidable black chair and asked what I wanted. The barber clearly sensed my doubt, and kindly suggested a length of cut he thought would look good. I agreed and was pleasantly surprised with the result. The service was great, avoiding the horrible small talk that usually occurs, the barber simply got on with the job and I was out of there within 10 minutes. Job done.
The price, although not the cheapest I've, was very reasonable at £7 for a student cut. I certainly will return when the hair starts encroaching on my vision yet again...
For me, this is the only barber shop in town.
As any other long-haired dudes will only too readily verify, hairdressers, as a rule, will destroy your luscious locks. Ask them to take an inch, and that's what they'll leave you with, putting your glasses back on to be greeted by the image of that kid from Busted; oh wait, it's just me, except with some crazy 'fashionable' do. Damn you!
At Bailey's you can totally rely on these guys; they'll do just what you ask them to, leave you with the haircut you requested and they also have some great banter going.
Thank you, Bailey's!
Excellent place, would definitely come back here again. The guys really listen to you, you can have a friendly conversation and the prices are reasonable. Top marks.
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