It appears young Melbournian men in their 20s and 30s have been lured back to the old-fashion barber shop, complete with vinyl barber’s chairs, mirrored dressers, kitsch wallpaper and paintings of topless women.

The trend has been registered throughout town: in the genuine unpretentious barber shops inherited from the retiring grandpa, as well as in the refurbished retro-style barber shops with a twist.

As Chris Stevenson, 28, who manages Dr Follicles Barber Shop in Fitzroy. Melbourne puts it “A lot of men are uncomfortable at a salon and they don’t want to pay a lot of money for a haircut. Here you get a cold beer, good music and a good haircut for $25.”

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