Girls, are your fellas starting to look unkempt with all that fuzz? We’ve rounded up the best dude destinations to get your boys out of their hairy situation.
Gone are the days where a cheap haircut below your HDB block feels more than adequate. Local lads now source for intricate grooming services, ranging from specific shaves to meticulous care for their bushy beards. Hip barbershops have grown into a culture that our boys are more than willing to latch on to, the industry booming with potential customers doubling by the day. If you’re wondering what all the barbershop frenzy is about, have a read on our 10 of our local faves.Neighbourhood BarberShop
Located at Changi Road, Neighbourhood BarberShop looks very much like any ordinary salon with its clean decor and fully white walls. Well, until you see their Star Wars posters hung up proudly on the walls, that is. Ogle at the characters while you sit through a gentlemen’s version of a haircut and shave, done by the small team of barbers who are ardent about the craft. Interested patrons are advised to make advanced bookings though, because walk-in customers are granted sessions strictly based on availability.
Neighbourhood Barbershop, 228 Changi Road, Singapore 419741, (+65) 8192 2006, www.facebook.com/neighbourhoodbarbershop
Hounds of the Baskervilles
Tagged as one of the best in the business, the satisfying experience at Hounds of the Baskervilles begins the moment you enter. Step foot into this joint at Bali Lane and you’ll be greeted by vibes much like the set of a Sherlock Holmes movie. Have barbers in dapper suits attend to you, ones who aren’t only up for haircuts and facial grooming services, but are open to tattooing sessions too. In short, you pretty much walk in unkempt and unshaven, but exit looking sharp, sleek, and maybe even sporting fresh ink.
Hounds of Baskervilles, 24 Bali Lane, Singapore 189860, (+65) 6299 1197, www.facebook.com/HoundsOfTheBaskervilles
For luxe lovers we suggest you visit this space. The place features a swanky interior occupied by lush furniture, exuding vibes of a premium gentlemen’s club. Besides the usual hot towel shaves and sleek haircuts, Jermyn Street offers medi-pedi services as well as brow grooming. For dudes wildly enthusiastic about hairstyle maintenance, ask staff about their Royal Packages while you’re there, for a full fledged treatment by more senior members of the team.
Jermyn Street, 108 Amoy Street, Singapore 069928, (+65) 6220 4010, www.jermynstreet.com.sg
The Panic Room
Another favourite, The Panic Room, has all the makings of a homely barbershop. While other local options seem bent on polished interior, this quaint little collective has no regrets showing off a more quirky side. Containing old-school decorations and walls heavily plastered in stickers, The Panic Room’s rich personality is overflowing. But that’s why this place is magical, because it feels so genuine customers can truly relax while they get their haircuts and shaves.
The Panic Room, 311A Geylang Road, Singapore 389350, (+65) 8228 9063, www.thepanicroom.com.sg
We’ve heard waves of patrons rave about the quality of Premium Barbers’ services. Apparently, assessments are made before they even begin working on your hair, and we figure with such a meticulous first step the team must be dead serious about the craft. You can expect lengthier processes when you pop by for a haircut, because their barbers ensure no stray hair is out of place. Besides the typical cuts and washes, Premium Barbers offer massages and shoeshine services too.
Premium Barbers, 360 Orchard Road, International Building, #01-07, Singapore 238869, (+65) 6735 0107, www.facebook.com/Premium-Barbers
The Golden Rule Barber Co.
The Golden Rule Barber Co. seems out to conquer all bases, offering even beard sculpting and styling services on top of the usual cut and shave options. They’re currently even passing on their expertise, hosting basic workshops catering to both the theoretical and practical aspects of the craft. Perched on the shop’s walls are a handful of guitars, the team’s way of pledging their undying love for music. Band tees displayed are also up for sale, in a bid to help our local music heroes raise funds.
Sultans of Shave
At Sultans of Shave they’re not just selling you grooming services, they’re selling you an entire lifestyle package. Everything looks impeccably lavish, the vicinity dressed in an overwhelming sense of luxe. Even before you get to the barber’s chair, you’re greeted by a reception offering drinks, surrounded by upscale decor. The services available are pretty straightforward, the menu consisting of wet shaves and haircuts of a more typical approach. It’s a tad pricier but if you love the environment you might as well pay for it.
Sultans of Shave, 11 North Canal Road,#02-01 Singapore 048824, (+65) 6222 0201, www.sultansofshave.com
Truefitt & Hill
Decked in vintage tiled flooring and old-school photos framed along their walls, Truefitt & Hill is truly a throwback to barbershops of the 60s albeit with a more modernised touch. Their services don’t come cheap, but the wide variety in which they offer makes up for it. Apart from the typical cuts and shaves, the menu consists of kids cuts, face massages, waxing and even manicure services. If you’ve got an occasion that requires thorough grooming services, this may be your perfect one-stop solution.
Truefitt & Hill, 9 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069690, (+65) 6223 5263, www.truefittandhill.com.sg
DeepCuts mainly adopt a no frills attitude concerning hair, and they’re big on customer service. Housed in an attic along Kampong Bahru Road, the tight team was formed out of homegrown barbers with an undying passion for what they do. The place isn’t as lavishly decorated as some barbershops, but our take on it is that sometimes, where there is less frills, it’s better. Equipped with an extremely strong skill set, the down to earth lads at DeepCuts make for great barbers as well as conversational partners.
We Need A Hero
Definitely the most vibrant barbershop of the lot, We Need A Hero isn’t afraid to bare their personality all over the walls, with colours seeping into every inch of the space. A cheerful sight for customers, we’re sure the experience will prove to be a jovial one as you sit perched on a bright yellow chair and have professionals work on your hair. Labelling themselves a triple threat, We Need A Haro excels in barber, brow and waxing services.
We Need A Hero, 57 Eng Hoon Street, Singapore 160057, (+65) 6222 5590 www.weneedahero.sg
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