Faction Barbershop: A Great Barber Shop in Dublin

Besides bars and restaurants, there are a number of quality barber shops around the Temple Bar area, like Faction Barbershop. Faction Barbershop is one of these standout examples of Dublin’s barbering scene. Defining itself as “a concept space”, Faction Barbershop is a place where all types of people are welcome for a quality haircut, garnering it a great reputation within the Irish barber community.

Faction Barbershop – History

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Established in 2019, Faction Barbershop is the result of two friends with a passion for hair styling, Rob Flynn and Aaron Kiely. They decided to start up their business because the art of barbering appealed more to them than going straight into the corporate world. Rob finished a Level 7 degree in media, not necessarily wanting to go straight into media. In Aaron’s case, he didn’t know what he wanted to do after the Leaving Cert exams, but he did know he wanted to go into barbering.

Their shared interests and mutual passion ultimately led them to founding Faction Barbershop, finding its home on Crow Street in Temple Bar below All City. What makes this barber shop “a concept space” is the way the staff’s sociable and outgoing approach to their customers, exposed piping, decorative plants, and halogen lighting merged together to form its unique character. Faction Barbershop also connects with their community through events such as their recent collaboration with Dublin fashion brand Emporium titled “Fabrics of the City”, inspired “by a mutual appreciation of the community and culture” supporting the two businesses.

Faction Barbershop – Haircuts

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How Faction Barbershop approaches haircuts is a key selling point to their brand. This is because they accept everyone regardless of their gender identity as one of their main selling points. They treat long hair with scissor cuts usually (shown above), and shorter hair with fade cuts (shown below), although the barbers on site are open to all hairstyle ideas from their clients. 

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Faction Barbershop has four barbers to choose from to get the cut of your choice, whether it’s long or short. Both Rob and Aaron not only own the shop, but also are two of the barbers you can choose to get your hair cut with. Customers also have the option of choosing either Ross Jackson or Joe Cleary to have a cut from too. It is advisable to book in advance to have the barber you want though, as slots tend to fill up quickly.

Faction Barbershop – All City

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Another part of the barber shop is a spray paint/underground record shop called All City. This can be found above Faction Barbershop before you go downstairs to it. Opened in 2001, this shop has a record selection which specialises in house, techno, drum and bass, bass, and also DJ gear as well. In addition, All City offers a specialised selection of spray paint colours from the brand Montana Colours (as its exclusive distributor), including markers and sketching products for urban artists.

Not only does Faction Barbershop give its surrounding community great cuts, it offers clients so much more. Its emphasis on being “a concept space”, versatility in the hairstyles created, and upstairs All City underground record/spray paint shop give this barber shop an experience to remember. Booking your cut today is one of the best things you can do for your hair, if it needs to be cut.

Address: 3/4 Crow St, Temple Bar, Dublin, D02 F884

Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday: 10am – 7pm

Saturday: 10am – 5pm

Sunday: Closed

Matthew Lehane
Matthew Lehane

An upcoming MA graduate in New Media and Digital Culture in Utrecht University, with a BA in English, Media and Cultural Studies from IADT, and a QQI Level 5 qualification in Arts, Culture, and History from DFEI. The topics written (and edited) to date for Babylon Radio range from film, tourism, and photography, with a broader range to come during this internship and in future work.

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