Karen can be a tiny place until you start looking for a barbershop; with most of the establishments hidden and out of sight. As anyone who’s ever tried to get a cut will tell you, they are far between and hard to find. Which is why we have taken to the streets to track down and expose Karen chop shops so you’ll never have to settle for a bad haircut ever again simply because you didn’t know where to go?

" The relationship between a man and his barber is that of utmost trust and respect. If you can trust a man with a blade to your throat, you could trust him with anything else "

And as you will come to discover, these barbershops offer much more than your ordinary barbers; anything from a classic cut, color or simple shave to manicures, pedicures, manscaping and massage.

Here are Karen's Top Barbershops in 2022

  • Castro's mancave
  • Carrey's Barbershop & Spa
  • Extreme Styling Studio
  • Beauty Kuche
  • Shaz Vintage Barbershop
  • Shimmers Barbershop

1. Castro's Mancave

Castro's Mancave

Mancave is one of the names spearheading Karen’s barber shop revolution of recent years, giving rise to a new age of male grooming in the process and helping men to take pride in their appearances once again. Complete with a pool table reception and complementary drinks on offer as you wait for your turn in line.

Unlike most barbershops which also feature other services like massage, nails and salon, they are entire focused on barbering which means their entire focus is you and the array of bladed implements they have at their disposal. They are located at Karen Landmark near crossroads

2. Carrey's Barbershop & Spa

carrey's Barbershop

If the free Wi-Fi, free drinks and friendly chatter aren’t enough to get you through the door of Carrey's, then the supreme cuts surely will be. Tucked away on the 1st Floor of Heri Plaza at Kabwagi stage, Carrey’s is not just a barbershop but also offers a wide array of grooming treatments designed to refine from head to toe. The charming and intimate space is the perfect location to sit back and be thoroughly pampered. It also has a raw authenticity about it that a lot of modern barber shops lack, which is what makes it one of the best in Karen.

3. Extreme Styling Studio

Extreme Styling Studio Barbershop

This Karen mainstay has been open and running since 2005. In that time it’s earned several royal warrants that have seen its barbers cutting the hair of thousands of Karenites, as well as respected figures like.

For more than 15 years, the skilled barbers have been doing their bit to keep the art of cutting and shaving alive in Karen evidenced by their need to open a second branch at The Hub Mall, in addition to the first outlet at Galleria Mall, to keep up with the demand.

Barbershops in Karen, Nairobi
Carrey's Spa Karen
Shimmers Nail & Barbershop Karen

4. Beauty Kuche

The name is derived from a German word ‘Kuche’ meaning Kitchen. Beauty Kuche is a haven for gentlemen who like their haircuts timeless and classic. Wait for your turn in the barber seat flicking through chunky coffee table mags, or browsing through a library of magazines before getting between a classic cut. Here you’ll be able to enjoy a relaxing hot towel massage, one of the closest shaves you’ll ever experience

The clientele here is more mature than at your ordinary barbershop, and the cuts they excel at match the audience – neat and elegant, perfect for those who live in the boardroom.

5. Shaz Vintage Barbershop

Shaz Vintage Barbershopr

Walking into a wood-paneled splendor of Shaz Vintage Barbershop, you can be excused for thinking you just entered an upmarket gentleman’s club. This establishment is known for its friendly customer service.

There’s no pretence, gimmicks or fuss to be found here – just skilful barbering, solid cuts and good conversation. So sit back, enjoy a drink of your choice and let your stylist get to work, safe in the knowledge that when you strut back out of that door, you’ll be a new man.

6. Shimmers Barbershop

Shimmers Barbershop

Walking into a wood-paneled splendor of Shaz Vintage Barbershop, you can be excused for thinking you just entered an upmarket gentleman’s club. This establishment is known for its friendly customer service.

There’s no pretence, gimmicks or fuss to be found here – just skilful barbering, solid cuts and good conversation. So sit back, enjoy a drink of your choice and let your stylist get to work, safe in the knowledge that when you strut back out of that door, you’ll be a new man.