The Best Barber Shops in Busan

A traditional barbers sign
A traditional barber's sign | © Ian Sane / Flickr

South Korean men are generally sharply dressed and impeccably groomed – so it’s no surprise that Western-style barber shops have caught on here, providing classic styles and sharp shaves to Koreans and foreigners alike.

If you’re looking to get a haircut in Busan, there are plenty of options. Most hair salons cater to both men and women, so you can walk into pretty much any hair establishment and get a good cut, especially in popular areas such as Nampo-dong or Seomyeon. If you’re looking for some experienced barbering, however, you’re best to go to the experts. Here are the best barber shops in Busan.

1. Jacksonpama

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Jacksonpama’s hip, retro vibe is infectious. Its uniformly cool, tattooed barbers ply their trade until late into the evening, and the shop is always busy. It’s located in Jeonpo, one of Busan’s coolest districts, and it’s approximately 10 minutes’ walk from Seomyeon metro station. They use traditional barbering techniques, and are well-known for their sharp cuts.

2. Namo Barbershop

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Another great vintage-feel barbershop, Namo Barbershop is a stone’s throw from Gwangalli Beach. It’s open 365 days a year, and specialises in classic (and slightly unusual) Western cuts such as the pompadour. They take their craft very seriously, down to the pomade they use.

3. The Hair by Na

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Choi Young-Na is something of a hairdressing legend in the Busan foreigner community. He trained at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in London, speaks perfect English, and is well-known for his experience and expertise with Western hair. He caters to both men and women.

4. OKID Barbershop

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OKID Barbershop is a laid-back, unpretentious old school barber. It’s a little outside of the centre, near Busan City Hall. Its founder, Jimmy, was trained in Australia and is a fan of traditional, crisp cuts with a rock’n’roll edge. The shop has a resident cat, also called Jimmy.

5. Blue Club Beauty Salon

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Blue Club Beauty Salon is a chain of barbershops with a number of locations around Busan. They don’t normally speak much English, but the cuts are good and very cheap – expect to pay around 6,000 won (£4.15) for a haircut. If your cut isn’t anything too wild, just take a picture to show the stylist and you should be fine.

Just be careful you don’t go into a shop with double barber poles – in Korea, this signals a quite different service.

6. Two Two Hair Salon

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Two Two Hair Salon is another foreigner-friendly hair salon that does both men’s and women’s cuts. It’s in the popular beach area of Haeundae. They’re well-known for colour changes, and speak great English.

7. by here Hair Salon

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Located in Jangsan, by here is a trendy Korean hair salon. It does good cuts for men and women, and stylists have experience with Western hair and men’s styling.

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