You can't go just anywhere for a haircut.

You have to find the perfect spot, before you can truly call it "your" barber shop. It has to be close enough to drive to quickly, and must have the right atmosphere inside. It has to either offer walk-in or appointment-based cuts, depending on what you prefer.

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And, most importantly, when you exit the chair and reach for your wallet, you have to like what you see in the mirror!

It's hard to find the "perfect" place, but we're doing our best to help the right place choose you. We combed through Yelp, reading ratings and reviews of barber shops in and around Albany, and compiled some of the highest-rated barber shops in the area.

Here are the barber shops worth visiting, and what patrons are saying about them.

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