Hey fellas, looking for a great barber with mad skills, friendly environment and good value? Walk on in and meet Clapham's nicest family-owned and operated barber shop.
I've been here several times and never had a bad experience... NEVER.
Here's a few pointers: you might have to wait for a few minutes but there's a TV and of course a ton of fantastic reviews you could be reading from my fellow Yelpers to pass the time. Bring cash since its the only way you can pay... besides it saves business owners all those fees. Sit back relax, get a great cut and even a shave which I highly recommend. These guys are truly the best y'all and they'll keep you looking good!
I'd found about this barber shop from fellow Yelper Chad E, who apparently has also discovered the convenience and pleasure of getting a shave instead of doing it yourself. (I'm very lazy when it comes to shaving.)
When I entered Venus Barbers on Clapham High Street on a Wednesday morning, I was greeted by the staff and immediately asked to sit down. I explained that I was here for a shave and the friendly barber offered me a tea. (Interestingly, he then went outside the shop and got a tea from a next door café.) The shaving procedure started soon after with a face massage.
Overall I really liked the shaving experience: the staff were super friendly and I felt really comfortable. The shave itself was thorough. (In fact, felt a little bad as I presented them with quite a challenge by not having shaved for more than 4 days.) I enjoyed the face massage that preceded the shave as well as the more elaborate post-shave facial massage. The hot towel at the end also felt good.
There were a few things, however, that I feel could be improved: I would have liked the hot towel place on my face before the shave as well. (I'm not an expert, but I believe that facilitates the softening of the hair?) Also, the barber himself had hands that still smelled like cigarette smoke. (As an ex-smoker myself I know how hard it is to get rid of that smell, but the experience would've been nicer without it.)
The shave altogether came up to £13, which is more than the Turkish barbers in Dalston, but still a bargain compared to the prices that they charge in the city. Plus, the cheerfulness of the staff made me want to come back one day.
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