Barbershops are increasingly big business – but don’t take our word for it, just look around at the myriad of spaces opening and flourishing on seemingly every corner. Code Black is the latest addition to this landscape, opening in Melbourne’s Albert Park this month.

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Operated by Michael Piastrino who also runs the successful Ibiza hair salon nearby, Code Black provides that salon’s male counterpart. The space is comprised of concrete floors, old school-style barber chairs and a selection of beverages – also, in deference to its name, its 60 per cent furnished in black, by Michael’s estimations. This effervescent vibe has already attracted a strong clientele, which includes AFL players, reality TV stars and even former Mafia Boss Michael Franzese.

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“Ibiza has been such a success for me, but I really wanted to create a cool Barbershop for the men of Melbourne that wasn’t too traditional yet where they’ll have great personalized service, the highest quality haircuts, moustache trims and beard tidies, and cut throat, hot towel shaves,” Michael shared.

The salon boasts some notable points of difference, most significantly, its excellent team, headed by Michael, and otherwise made up of Senior Barbers, Nikola Stacey, who specialises in precision cuts and hot towel shaves, and Ashan Gambage, who boasts superior skin tight fades and fashion-centric styling.

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The salon also offers the personally-crafted Alphonse & CO grooming range, created by Michael and Ibiza Hair Technical Director Adrian Rotolo, which includes 50 products that cater for both men and women.

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“We pride ourselves on our customer service,” Michael said. “From our personable approach, and your dedicated barber taking you through your whole service; to our integrated vacuum system ensuring no hair strays down the neck; to our whisky and coffee bar offering a rolling calendar of seasonal tipples.”

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We wonder how Melbourne’s boys clubs ever got along without it.

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