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Six Places to Get a Wet Shave in Melbourne for When You're Prepping for Movember

Fix up, look sharp, and get your month of mo growing off to a smooth start.
By Melanie Colwell
October 27, 2020
By Melanie Colwell
October 27, 2020


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Fix up, look sharp, and get your month of mo growing off to a smooth start.

It's hard to believe, but it's somehow already that time of year when blokes start sporting some pretty silly facial hair looks. It's a fun time, but it's also for a very important cause. Movember is the leading men's health charity that raises funds for mental health, suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer. And after everything this year has thrown at us, these all-too-common health issues deserve more attention than ever.

It's super easy to get involved: just register via the website or app, start collecting donations from your friends and family and then just... stop shaving your top lip on October 31. But to really ensure the new mo makes an impact and your donors get the biggest bang for their buck, you need to start with a clean slate. So, we've put together a list of top-notch barbershops around Melbourne where you can get a quality wet shave in preparation for your month of mo growing. We're talking hot towels, cut throat razors and super fancy skincare products — the whole shebang.

Update: There's still time to register for Movember but, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the barbershops mentioned here may not be able to give you a wet shave before or afterward. These businesses still need all the support they can get, so visit your local barbershop, get a haircut, and purchase a high-quality razor and shaving cream from them to sort your mo out at home instead.

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    Henry Lee Barbershop

    Who are you using as your mo-spiration this year? There are plenty of iconic staches in pop culture to choose between, from Salvador Dali’s gravity-defying look (which, by the way, was still intact 30 years after his death) to Parks and Recreation character Ron Swanson’s bushy upper lip. If you’re hoping to imitate legendary Aussie musician Nick Cave, then it seems only fitting that you get your prep done at this Collingwood store, which may or may not be named after one of his songs. For the purposes of this, we’re saying it is. Here, customers are welcomed into the shop with a cold beer from local brewery Bodriggy, and their furry friends can come too, so expect to dole out some pats with your pampering. Once you’re done, browse the selection of styling products from Fatboy, Eleven and The Groomed Man Co.

    Image: Simon Shiff. 

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    Barbers of Brunswick

    Barbers of Brunswick doesn’t do things by halves. Many barbershops offer clients a tipple with their trim, and though this spot does that too, it also has a dedicated space out the back that doubles as a lounge bar. There are worse places to wait for your appointment, that’s for sure. When your name is called, you’ll settle in to one of the vintage barber chairs in front of a brushed concrete basin and chat to your friendly barber while they work away.

    More importantly, Barbers of Brunswick is passionate about ensuring their patrons feel good both in and out of the chair. And we’re not just talking about giving them a sexy shave that’ll make them feel good about themselves — although it does that, too. But it also puts its money where its mouth is by supporting a number of charitable organisations, including Movember, via financial donations and volunteering.

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    Men's Biz

    Since everyone in your life is going to have a vested interest in your facial hair over the next few weeks, you may want to up the maintenance stakes. And Men’s Biz can certainly help you with that. The business holds prime position in the Royal Arcade in a space that dances the line between old-school and contemporary — like the retro barber chair covered with brilliant yellow leather and a full wall of aftercare products. After your hot towel shave ($50), stock up on fine quality razors and aftershave to keep things looking sharp for the rest of the month. There’s also a dicky little pocket moustache comb and sandalwood-fragranced wax set if you really want to dial up the theatrics.

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    Razor Smiths

    You know how, after you’ve just had a haircut, you’re feelin’ slick, stylish and on top of the world? Razor Smiths has just the thing to help release some of that energy and newfound confidence: a pinball machine. If that’s not enough of a reason to visit this old-school barbershop on Smith Street for your grooming needs, then the whisky cart and expertise of the barbers should seal the deal.

    Razor Smiths’ signature service is the traditional razor blade shave ($55), which, of course, will include hot towels and a mini facial. If you want to combine it with a chop off the top, you can get The Full Works — a style or clipper cut and shave — for $89.

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    Kings Domain Barbershop

    We’re not sure whether Kings Domain’s late trading hours are because it’s so popular or vice versa. We appreciate it either way. Where many other businesses close up shop when the sun goes down — or may just do one late night of trading — this Toorak Road joint stays open until 8pm on weekdays to give you a better chance of snagging an after-work spot and leaving your weekend free for fun times.

    Kings Domain is quite the small business success story. Celebrity hairdresser Joey Scandizzo and his former apprentice Aaron Chan opened this store in South Yarra in 2013 as the trend for vintage barbershops was on the rise. Now, the duo (who has picked up a few other business partners along the way) boasts five outposts across Melbourne — and sixth in Sydney. A hot towel shave will set you back $55 each. Plus, if you book via the website, you can snag 25-percent off your first service.

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    Brother Wolf Barbers St Kilda

    Did you let yourself — or, more specifically, your hair — get a little out of control in lockdown? It’s understandable. So if you have quite the (ahem) hairy situation to sort out, visiting a barbershop called Brother Wolf seems more than fitting. Pop down to this shop in St Kilda, or the original on Greville Street, Prahran, and one of the crew can get to work on your mop. This shop puts a modern spin on the old-school barbershop design, so expect plenty of indoor plants to match the palm leaf wallpaper. Hot towel shaves start from $50 here.

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To learn more about Movember, register to grow a mo or discover more ways to get involved, visit the website.

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