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Traveling With Black Hair: Finding A Barber Abroad

You had so much to do before your flight, but you still made it to the barbershop in time for your appointment with the barber you’ve been seeing for the past 7 years. Problem is, as usual, he’s late, and you’re not willing to miss your flight for this cut. You also can’t go to any barber in the shop because cheating on your barber is worse than cheating on your mate. Don’t worry, it’s not cheating if you’re in another country.

And now, you have no idea where to go in this foreign land.

Too often, my traveling friends will hit me up asking about barbershops here, there, and always in countries where Black men rarely see other Black men with nice cuts, so the hope of asking “who cut you” is slim. And trust me, you don’t want to ask anyone other than a Black man or a Black woman with a dope fade, because no one else understands or knows the intricacies of your hair.

Here is a list of Barbershops I’ve been working on for a short while, hoping it came in handy one day. These are locations where it’s been proven difficult to find a barber for our hair. Disclaimer: I can’t vouch for the barbers inside these shops, as some may be new. So use your better judgment.


LONDON:

Starboy Barber
256 Kilburn High Road
London NW6 2BY

Hair Force One
134 Cranbrook Road
London IG1 4LZ

Slick Rick’s Barbers
219 Camberwell Road
London SE5 0HG

PARIS:

235th BarberStreet
30 Rue Tandou
Paris, France 75019

AMSTERDAM & ROTTERDAM:

Barbershop Qlippers
Willem Schoutenstraat 53
1057 DM Amsterdam

J&A Kappers
Benthuizerstraat 68b
3036 Ck Rotterdam

MONTREAL:

Improved Kuts Barber Shop
1475 rue Mcdonald, St Laurent.
Montreal

T’Shan’s Barber Shop
5567 Cote des Neiges Rd,
Montreal

JEWLZ Barbershop
6773 Cote-Des-Neiges
Montreal

King Kuts
1206 Drummond
Montreal

BERLIN:

Martin’s Afro Style Shop
Potsdamerstr. 189
Berlin

Ebony & Ivory
Potsdamer str. 158
10783 Berlin

HONG KONG:

The Duke’s Man Cave
60 Wellington St, Central
Hong Kong

BANGKOK:

Never Say Cutz
Sukhumvit 51
Bangkok

MANILA:

HeavyHands Barbershop
2nd st. corner Concepcion Aguila, San Miguel
Manila

TOKYO:

Shop Brooklyn Tokyo
6 Chome-23-13 Jingūmae
Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0001

OKINAWA:

Chop Shop
Email For Appointment and Address: abarbernamekeye@gmail.com

TEL AVIV:

The Barberia
Rehov Dizengoff 130
Tel Aviv

This list will continue to grow as I discover new shops and new barbers and take suggestions from you. If you have a barbershop you’d like to add, send us the information at: PassportReq@Gmail.com

Darnell Lamont Walker, a self-professed traveling foodie, has been found sitting at tables eating baby goat sweetbreads, drinking tequila, and laughing loudly with strangers. The writer, filmmaker, artist, and sometimes photographer puts happiness above all.