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Sly's Barber Shop

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138 Reviews

138 Reviews

Josh H


Wow. New in town and this was the closest barber to my apartment. Walked in, got seated immediately and got a haircut in ten minutes. In and out and it was a great fade. He had no problem w me asking to do more in certain spots. Sign said like $13 for a haircut, didnt even ask just gave him the $20. Well worth the time and quality.

paul t


I came over from ireland and was worried about where to get my hair cut. I saw slys was the best barber on google so i went there. He gave me a great haircut, very fast service. He fully earned my five stars

Carlos J


I got a fast, inexpensive, simple high and tight fade. Friendly service. Cash only.

Malik O


Very nice to meet islanders. Fun conversation and excellent haircut.

Ryan L


Yup. Just as everyone else has described, Sly is funny and professional. Great, quick haircut for an awesome price--$15 total--he definitely earns his business.

I'd also like to point out that as of my writing this review, Sly has earned a full 5 stars from everyone, not 4.9 as Google indicates. The system can't even handle how good he is!

Armand B


The man is talented. He can multitask i.e. look at the TV or have a conversation without jeopardizing your haircut by lack of concentration and the result is always great! Would put 6 stars if I could.

John K


Great barbershop if you are looking for an up-to-date cut. Sly knows how to cut hair and does so for a great price. Very welcoming guy too. I was searching for a barber for a few months, and now I have definitely found the one I will keep going back to!

Marc N


Great shop, great service

Xavier B


Stopped in today on my lunch hour. New to the area and needed to find a barber who can cut my hair the way I like as I am very picky when it comes to my hair cut.

When I entered the shop there were already some other people there waiting on who I am assuming was

Sly. He greeted me with a warm hello and informed us all sitting and waiting that he had help on the way.

Sly did not cut my hair another gentleman with a thick Jamaican accent who by the way was equally as warm.

I was super pleased with my haircut and ironically this was in spite of the fact that he cut it so quick. The finality was impressive. I almost didn't want to ask how much the hair cut was he deserved the twenty five dollars I paid my previous barber.

I will definitely be going back. I found myself a new barber.

Ryan C


Friendly, professional, and just as good or better than folks downtown who will charge triple the price. Will be back every month. Highly recommend!

Chris S


Consistently good cut, laid back vibe, and really friendly guys

Mickey M


Sly's is great: comfortable atmosphere, welcoming, and efficient. The prices are great too. Highly recommend!

Nicole G


New here seen all the great reviews. .and now experience why. Sly A Awesome. I definitely will be coming back!! He is very skilled and talented! Look no more go there! you wont be Disappointed.

Dianne M


I took my 9 yr old boy there for a haircut. I told Sly I just wanted it a little shorter. He buzz cut it. He copied the exact haircut he gave to two boys before my son. My boy now looks 10 yrs older. I will not go back there. He clearly did not listen to me and did whatever he wanted.

Eric F


Best barber shop in the area. The prices and haircuts are great; the barber is talented and quick.

Daneley A


Great Barber. Sly is very skill and professional. Cut are quick and effecient. Nice welcome vibe. Your search should stop here...

Rohan J


I called in to see if there was a wait and was assured that there wasn't. When I got there, (about 3 minutes after I called) the place was packed. The guy told me "everyone just got here" and "you'll be next". I waited for five people to get served before me. It seems like everyone else knew the Barber, so he was just serving his friends first. This is an extremely dishonest business.

Kimberly C


I am new to the area and was looking for a barber for my 3-year-old son. I was not disappointed! His friendly disposition was just icing on the cake!

Timothy M


I've been cutting here since I moved to Cambridge. These guys are super chill and do good work.

Conrad W


Local place and welcoming atmosphere.

I don't live nearby so I'm not a regular, but they took their time to perfect my cut. These guys definitely know their stuff. Best haircut I can remember. Hope to find an excuse to come back!

Jonathan R


Sly gave me a great haircut for a fair price. The folks in the shop were kind and eager to chat. I recommend it.

FYI, it's cash-only

Boris D


Great local shop. Always feel happy with my haircut and experience from here.

James J


Probably the best black barbershop in cambridge. Sly is quick, quality, and affordable. There's a reason he has lines on Saturday mornings

Andres D


Sly is legit. He's really good at what he does.

Conor G


I haven't gotten a hair cut from anyone but Sly in two years. Great hair cut, reasonable price, and he's usually got some awesome music playing.

Matthew S


Fast, fine cuts from friendly folks.

Sawyer K


The haircut was uneven and he didn't do a good job. He started cutting before I even finished

Giving my request.

William M


Fantastic Experience. I'm new to the Boston area and desparately needed a hair cut. They close at 6:30pm and I walked in the door at 5:45pm and the small place was packed, with at least 6 or 7 guys in front of me in line. As I sat and waited several more people came in and left saying they'd come back another day.

Sly and his compadre Mike were doing the hair cuts. They were pleasant and funny and fast. Whipping out quality haircuts quickly. They were really friendly and respectful with everybody who walked in the door.

Mike cut my hair. He did the cut in 20min. Listened to my requests and any particular things I wanted, was really patient and understanding with me as I asked him to tweak things. My hair turned out great, 4 days later and I am still really pleased with it. For $15 this place is definitely my new go-to barber for my stay in Boston. Highly Recommend.

Neil C


I went here because it was cheaper than most places around. Sly cut my hair unevenly, leaving 4 inches on top on the left side of my head, and 2 inches on the right side, so I can only part it one way. Maybe this is a fashion statement, but I didn't ask for it neither did he tell me he was doing it. He also was watching somehow simultaneously listening to headphones in one ear, cutting my hair, and watching Boss Baby on the DVD player in the shop, sometimes taking breaks to watch scenes. I gave it an extra star because Boss Baby was a funny movie.

Christos D


Usually crowded, the shop has fast turnaround, a friendly atmosphere, great prices and decent haircuts. Perfectly happy with the result!

Amir A


They usually do not follow any of your instructions. They just do an okay job.



Worst haircut I got within the last couple of years, mainly due to the fact that Sly didn't listen. Moreover, he was on the phone the whole time, so no wonder he was "distracted". Nice guy though.

Alexander H


I stopped in for a cut on a Saturday morning just after they opened. I was seated immediately and got an attentive 20 minute cut. The barber double checked multiple times to make sure that he was cutting my hair the right way. Overall I had a great experience!

rohan s


I just wish I could upload a pic of my haircut but I don't have the courage to do so.

I had particularly asked him not to make my hair short and but he failed in doing so. I asked him to use scissors and he literally chopped off a huge part of my hair and that left me puzzled. Eventually the haircut ended with a '0' size on my left side and a '4' on my right side. When I pointed out that my hair is uneven, he just said that its what I had asked for. On further discussion, he started getting really rude with heated up comments and I was really not sure how I should respond to such language. (I noticed there are others who have shared similar experiences here)

It's one thing to commit a mistake and a totally different thing to not accept it and turn violent against your customer when they point out your fault.

This haircut has been a nightmare for me. I would rather cut my hair with a 'lawn mower' than go to this guy ever again.

Chirag S


Sly my man gets it. Good haircuts each time

Israel S


Definitely a place worth trying out. Great value for its quality. Sly is great black barber, but an ok hair stylist for other hair. It's a bit out of the way to venture out to, but the neighborhood is calm and quiet. Gets a little distracted when friends/family roll by.

Maurice K


Great haircuts, especially for kinky hair. Does great work for adults, but also kids. My son had his first haircut here.

Chris G


Speed of service was what wowed me the most. Be sure to bring cash. Less than a 5 min stroll from work for me. Hope to do business again.

Aaron M


Sly is fine until he starts talking on the phone. Then "half an inch off the top" quickly becomes two inches and your hair is gone.

Leslie C


Sly and Mike give amazing haircuts; they are great with my kids and maintain a family friendly environment. Would definitely recommend for all races/ethnicities.

Ali D


Very quick and cheap. My boyfriend looked FINE after coming here. I'd drink his bath water. They did one side of his beard different than the other though. They aren't very detailed oriented. Two guys working usually and they are both nice.

Geo D


Cut and cleanup ..... perfect.

Great barbers with great personalities!

Rozanne M


Great place! Sly is very talented and can cut all types of hair and for women too!

I had fairly long 4C natural hair (past shoulder length) when I went and he gave me a great Afro cut. Watch out, though because he cut a little more than I'd have liked but it looks so good that I'd definitely go back next time. You should definitely go with your hair stretched and combed though. Otherwise you'd be stuck combing it front of everyone.

Iñigo L


The best barber shop in Cambridge. Unbeatable price and outstanding quality.

Brando E


The guy with the scar on his beard stole 40$ from a group hair cut KNOW YOUR MONEY OR HE WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE!! How ever the guy with the tattoo on his arms he is the best choice

Cesar L


The mishandling of receipts and lack of proper receipt slips resulted in the loss of $40.00! They also left hair in the back because they were rushing.. another friends taper fade was messed up because they were talking on the phone. **Go to Barber masters in Saugus instead and ask for Lex**



Cambridge local -- I've been coming here for years. Once you walk in you feel welcomed accompanied with plenty of seating. Very nice atmosphere inside and well decorated; there is usually some kind of movie playing or casual banter to keep you occupied.

As for the haircut, VERY good and DETAILED -- just tell them what you want and they'll do it. They're not in the business of guessing what people want; they're far too busy for that. I always go in and get a nice skin (zero/bald) fade with it a little long on top and it's always done to the T. Very quick and deliberate, as long as there is not a line, which generally moves pretty quickly.

I recommend this place to everyone including people that do not live in Cambridge. For $15 a cut it is unheard of and also unparalleled with the quality of haircut you can get -- especially for the area! Sly has been like family and always taking care of me and my fresh cut. I would give a 6 out of 5 if I could.

Ryan B


One of the greatest barbers in the NATION .SLY...the man.

he is the man behind the action.I enjoy every time when i go there.

Nick W


Whenever I'm in town, I visit Sly's - best deal in town and the nicest guy.

Darian B


Here from Houston working. Sly very cool cat. Very professional and has skills wit those clippers. Very satisfied customer. I highly recommend him if you're in the area

A.R. K


Place is Family Friendly and affordable highly recommend going there

Bek B


If i could give no stars i would. The clippers were old and he rushed my cut to the point my line up was uneven and pushed back. His confidence doesnt match up w his work. He was rough w the clippers to the point i thought he cut me. Its not even a mediocre place. If u want perfection in a haircut i suggest that you go somewhere else. The ppl that gave this place 5 stars mustve just went for buzz cuts. I couldve done a better job doing my own hair.

Lebo M


Very well priced for quality cut. Also when the shops busy there is plenty of entertainment with movies or good chatter. Would definitely recommend.

Review R


I wish I could give zero stars. I went here for a nice trim. Sly told me he would be using 4 clippers, but ended up using 1. After he took the clippers to my hair (starting on the side), he then began to blame me for not telling him he was using the wrong clippers. How was I supposed to know? I even showed him a photo of how I wanted the trim beforehand. Yet, he still managed to just do whatever he wanted. I was beyond disappointed. My hair take a while to grow, so now I am stuck with a butchered, uneven haircut. He even had the nerve to roll his eyes when I wouldn't give him a tip!! I wouldn't recommend going here unless you are a regular. He seems to only want to do the sly HE wants, and not what you actually ask for. He doesn't admit his mistakes (hence, the trying to blame a customer), and he still expects a tip. This is the worst haircut I have ever experienced, especially since he explicitly told me one thing and did another.

Antonio L


"Follow the old haircut" gives you an extreme makeover with way more hair gone then asked/consented for. Inspecting my hair back at home, I was shocked how technically poor the hair was cut: strands being either left out long or too much taken away on other areas. One reason for this might have been due to the barber being on the phone throughout the haircut! Should I have said something? After these results, probably yes. But, when you enter a shop, you do this in good faith that a professional will be able to give you a good cut and if he feels it doesn't impair his skills, chat with you or even on the phone. Very disappointed, especially after the stellar reviews on average. If you look closely though, you'll find the occasional 1-2 star review - which are mostly identical with my experience.

Omar A


Waiting in line does not exist here. If his pals arrive, they will be served before like when I waited for 35 minutes even though I arrived before 2 of his friends. I also told him to get a Fade haircut, ut he shaved all of my head (number 2).

Imran A


great service every single time. Get the exactly cut I had on mind and look the way I wanna be. Sly is the best in the central sq area. Keep up the good work!

Mema N


Sly works with everyone. No matter what. He works with children with special needs with pure skills and patience. His talent is greatly appreciated. 😊🤗

Abeo C.



Needed a new barber that was more accessible to where I live. It's always an uneasy process looking for someone to take over doing your hair LOL but I'm this and 79 more

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