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Best Barber Shops in San Francisco, CA

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored San Francisco Barber Shops on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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2737 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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Yelp
4.0 (393)
Google
4.0 (92)
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5.0 (5)

Why choose this provider?

20th Salon & Barber is a barbershop that serves clients in San Francisco. The business offers a wide range of services, such as haircuts, line-ups, beard trims, and fades. Its team of experienced barbers also offers modern traditional side parts and pompadours. This family-owned shop has partnered with several local businesses and artists in the community to promote their brands. The shop is owned by Franz Jeremy Burge't, who is committed to keeping pace with the industry's latest trends.

  • Shave
  • Color / Dye

1528 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133

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5.0 (464)
Google
4.0 (382)
Facebook
5.0 (49)

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Public Barber Salon specializes in haircuts, hair extensions, and colors. Its North Beach location is based in San Fransisco. Hair services offered include buzz cuts, pixies, bobs, bang trim, and smoothing treatment. The shop's color artists customize and hand paint colors and dimensional highlights according to the customer's preferences. For hair extensions, it uses Hotheads' real Remy human hair and tape. Public Barber Salon also carries a selection of KEVIN.MURPHY men's grooming products, including shampoos, conditioners, colors, treatments, and styling products, which are available online.

1118 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

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5.0 (137)
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4.0 (60)

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Locals Barbershop is a locally owned business serving customers in San Francisco. It offers a traditional men's haircut, buzzcut with fade, simple buzzcut, beard trim, and traditional shave. Each of its haircuts comes with shampoos or conditioners, hot towels, and finishing grooming products. The business also handles trending hairstyles and various merchandise. In addition, Locals Barbershop has partnered with the local elementary and middle schools, and the All In San Francisco organization. According to testimonials, its customers are satisfied with its services and are repeat clients.

  • Shave
  • Beard Trimming

2639 24th St, SF, CA 94110-3579
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Yelp
4.0 (153)
Google
4.0 (96)

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The Shop Barbershop is a family-operated business that has been providing services across the San Francisco metro since 2009. It specializes in men's traditional haircuts, tapers, fades, classic shear cuts, beard trims, and line-ups. It offers hot towel straight razor shaves, and pomade hair products and hairstyles. The Shop Barbershop accepts walk-ins and appointments and welcomes clients from all walks of life. One of the barbers, Hugo, was praised for his clean cuts and steady hand.

  • Shave
  • Beard Trimming
  • Kid's Cuts

1000 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
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4.0 (118)
Yelp
4.0 (103)
Facebook
5.0 (9)

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Chicago 2 Barbershop serves San Francisco customers who require a new hairstyle. Its barbers are trained and experienced in pulling off various styles, including edge-up, crispy gold cut, fades, and trims. Some of its specialists also perform grooming, facial massage, and facial masks. In addition, straight razor shaves are offered as well. Chicago 2 Barbershop has been serving individuals and families in the community since 1997. One client said that she has been going to this shop for over 10 years.

  • Kid's Cuts

351 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

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4.5 (254)

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J.P. Kempt Barber Social is a barbershop operating in the San Franciso area. This business provides services such as haircuts, hair shaves, beard trims, and facials. Its team handles haircuts of any length and also accommodates kids from 6 to 12 years old. J.P. Kempt Barber Social has been recognized as the Best Barbershop of San Francisco by the San Francisco Magazine back in 2015. Its owner, Shorty Maniace, has also been featured in GQ magazine.

422 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

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Google
4.0 (104)
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4.0 (95)
Facebook
5.0 (12)

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Louie's Barbershop is a salon that provides haircutting and pampering services to clients in San Francisco. Opening in 1931, the shop provides a classic barbershop vibe and atmosphere. Its team of barbers offers traditional, modern, and personalized hair cuts, single blade buzz cuts, as well as senior hair cuts. It also offers full head shaves with an electric shaver, straight razor shaves, neck clean-ups, and beard trimming. Louie's Barbershop was one of the pioneer businesses in the Castro District.

  • Beard Trimming

1018 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
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4.7 (154)
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4.7 (118)
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4.6 (37)

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Metropolitan Barbershop is a classic barbershop that serves clients in San Francisco. It specializes in various men's haircuts that include tapers, fades, side parts, pompadours, classic cuts, and crew cuts. Haircuts are inclusive of straight razor neck shave with a single-bladed straight razor and hot towel treatment using pre-shave oils and hot lather. Buzz cuts consist of one clipper length all around with a round or square neckline. It also offers beard trims which involve shaping and lining of the beard.

  • Shave
  • Beard Trimming
  • Kid's Cuts

2030 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
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4.0 (179)
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4.0 (113)
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5.0 (10)

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Established in 2017, The Barbershop is a salon for men that offers hair and beard care services for adults and kids based in San Francisco and the surrounding locations. The barbershop's founder and new generation stylist, Savy Ho, completed her training at the Aveda Flagship Institute. She possesses skills in traditional barbering techniques and aims to deliver contemporary styles in men's haircuts and fashion. The shop comprises a team of barbers who provide haircut, beard trim, and straight razor shave services.

  • Color / Dye
  • Kid's Cuts

Compare our Top Barber Shops

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
20th Salon & Barber
2737 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Public Barber Salon
1528 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
Locals Barbershop
1118 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
The Shop Barbershop
2639 24th St, SF, CA 94110-3579
Chicago 2 Barbershop
1000 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
J.P. Kempt Barber Social
351 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
Louie's Barbershop
422 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
Metropolitan Barbershop
1018 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
The Barbershop
2030 Union Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

FAQs

  • Introduction

    Barbers primarily provide grooming services for men. That includes hairstyling, hair cuts, shaves, and beard trims. Some barbers also offer additional services, such as skin care treatments and eyebrow grooming. While barbers mostly work with men, some do offer limited services for women, as well. 

    When searching for the right barber, it's a good idea to check reviews online and look for someone you feel you can trust. Make sure the barber you select takes time to understand what it is you want when you get your hair cut or beard trim.
  • What is the best way to describe to your barber the haircut that you wish?

    If you have something specific in mind, it's always best to bring photographs for inspiration. That being said, keep in mind that every person's hair is different, so in some cases, it can be difficult to replicate inspiration photos exactly. If you can't find a photo, be as descriptive as you can by providing information about the length you want and the style you'd like to achieve.

  • What to expect when you go to a barber for the first time?

    When you visit the barber, you can expect to spend the first few minutes discussing your services. If you're there for a haircut, your barber will likely ask you questions about the desired outcome. After, your hair is washed or wetted, and then your barber will begin to cut using either scissors or clippers. At the end of the cut, most barbers take time to dry and style before taking payment.

  • What is the difference between a hairstylist and a barber?

    Barbers are most often trained to provide cuts and other services for men's hair and shorter hairstyles. They often work with clippers over scissors. On the other hand, hairstylists most often work with long hair and use a variety of scissors, clippers, and styling tools.

  • Do you tip barbers?

    It is customary to tip barbers when they provide good service. Tips range from about 15% to 20%, but of course, most barbers appreciate tips in any amount. If you feel that your barber did an exceptionally great job, it's acceptable to leave a tip that's higher than 20%.

  • What kind of men\'s haircuts are available?

    There are plenty of haircuts for men of varying lengths, and each style is best suited to different hair types. Men who are unsure of what they want should take time to research styles prior to booking an appointment with the barber. Some of the most popular haircuts include the pompadour, textured crop top fade, and faux hawk fade.

  • What is the barber\'s paradox?

    The barber's paradox is a puzzle, also known as Russell's paradox, about a town in which all residents must be clean-shaven. In this town, the barber is one who shaves all those, and only those, who don't shave themselves. In the paradox, it's assumed that everyone is male, the barber must be shaved, and townspeople may only shave themselves, not the barber. The question in this paradox is, who shaves the barber?