REVIEW – Esq Barbers, Bruntsfield

Edinburgh Spotlight Recommended!

Esq Barbers

Esq Barbers

You’d think you couldn’t go wrong with a razor buzz-cut, but I’ve visited several (unnamed) barbers in Edinburgh who are living proof of the fact that you can. Lopsided sideburns, uneven lines on the back of my neck, missed tufty bits that made me look like a cross between Batman & Krusty the Clown – yes, cutting hair is a skill.

I used to live in Bruntsfield, and visited Esq Barbers since it opened in 2003. It’s clean, stylish and reasonably-priced, but the thing that makes it stand out is the cheerful, chatty manner of the owner, Kenny. A well-connected people person, Kenny’s got a story about everything, and is bound to have a ‘friend of a friend’ who he can put you in touch with if you’re on the lookout for something.

The quality of the hair cutting is equally high. Kenny and an assistant, who helps out on busy days, take time and care over your cut, making sure you’re happy with it before they finish. The usual range of Fudge and American Crew products are used for styling and I’ve never seen anyone have a haircut here who’s left unhappy – or, unless they’ve specifically asked, looking like Krusty…

ESQ is small, with four chairs and is very popular with locals and pupils from the nearby schools, so you’re encouraged to book on 0131 228 2024.

The best compliment I can give it – and the reason for the ‘recommended’ rating – is that I moved out of the area years ago, and after having tried several barbers in different parts of town, I now make a point of returning here every time I need a cut.

Disabled access: Yes, the shop is on the ground floor with easy access from the pavement.

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