It takes guts to sit down in Dwayne’s polished leather barbershop chair – you have to be somewhat of an exhibitionist. If you were to take a cursory glance over the back room that serves as a barbershop, you probably wouldn’t think too much of it. It checks all the right boxes: an array of tools mellowing in Barbicide, the wafting of aftershave through the air, the drumbeat of easy conversation. But Dwayne’s operation isn’t your typical barbershop. It’s a one-chair-show nestled in the back of one of the best menswear stores in Boston,Ball & Buck. If you’re brave enough to grab a seat there, you’re going to be subject to a few curious eyes wondering what the hell you’re doing getting your hair cut in the back of a clothing store.
However, if you can power through the initial awkwardness, you’re in for the best men’s haircut in Boston. With his entry level cut clocking in at a surprisingly reasonable $38, Dwayne is a master of the hairstyle of the moment: short on the sides, with a little more to work with on the top. His signature cut is what he calls the “Buckwild.” As he describes it, it’s a combination of a classically inspired side-part and a more urban-inspired drop fade. The resulting style is aggressively short on the sides with a beautiful fade reaching high and tight to a drastic side-part at the top. It’s not strictly classic, but it’s also not so out there that you can’t get away with it around most offices.
From the initial cut you can get creative with wet shaves and hot towels, but the prices increase to the point where it is almost prohibitive. Nevertheless, the next time you’re perusing the shops on Newbury Street, swing down to Ball & Buck and slide into the polished leather chair – you won’t regret it.