Noticed all of the old-school barbers popping up around the city? It's time to raise your grooming game, gents
We think we can all agree there’s a happy middle ground between Neanderthal and taking the metrosexual grooming a tad too far. These days, a real gentleman is well turned out: no straggly beards, no unkempt hairdos… Think you need to lift your game? Read on for our pick of the top men’s barbers and grooming spots in the city…
If you’re all for the top-notch services at Sultan of Shave, you’re sure to visit its sister brand. Taking a spot in Holland V, the newly-opened Sultans is an affordable alternative with fuss-free but quality haircuts and shaves. Take our word for it – our boys from the Honeycombers team paid a visit and they’ve been raving about their suave cuts ever since:
“Whenever I get a cut, I always show photos of my preferred style, and the barber totally nailed it. The detailed cutting, trimming and shaving along with washing and styling is definitely worth the price.”
– Lord Acuña
“They did a great job with my uncontrollably messy hair. It was a complete experience from the trimming and washing to the final touches and most importantly the service. I’ll definitely go again in the future.”
– Hylman Suwandi
Sultan, Holland Piazza, 3 Lorong Liput, #B1-05 Singapore 277725
This hidden spot inside Upper Serangoon shopping mall is a little off the beaten track but worth the visit. Step into nostalgia as the barbers give you an authentic cut just like those old-school Malay barber shops. Oh, and did we mention it’s just 10 bucks? It’s no wonder there’s a queue on busy days. Don’t be disheartened though – spend your time picking your new look from one of the 80s men’s hairstyle posters on the wall or geek over vintage car number plates and random memorabilia.
Red Panther, 756 Upper Serangoon Rd, #03-13, Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre, Singapore 534626, call 6286 0003 to make an appointment
Visit Singapore’s last streetside barber…
He’s been giving haircuts for 55 years and calls the back alley of Telok Ayer his barbershop. No plush seats and extravagant shavers here – a single chair, mirror, table, basic tools and a hearty chat with Mr Lee is all you’ll need for a haircut unlike any other. Do yourselves a favour and pay a visit to the last streetside barber in the city. Trust us, you won’t regret one bit of it.
Mr Lee is located behind Moosehead along Telok Ayer Street and he usually opens from 10.30am-4pm from Mon-Fri and 10.30am-3pm on Sat. To make an appointment, call him at 97712146.
Tux Barbers Inc.
Want to rock the pompadour? Get your mop pruned and pouffed at Tux Barbers Inc.: a new, old school style barbershop in East Coast Road. You’ll be sure to leave all your stresses at the door here: the cosy, wooden interiors, warm lighting and silver service is sure to lift your mood.
Tux Barbers Inc., 63 East Coast road #01-01, Singapore 428776
Boasting rave reviews and loyal customers, YanCutsHair in Peninsula Excelsior started when the owner, Sophian Tahir, decided to open a barbershop after years of experience of barbering in National Service and later, for his friends. Sophian prides himself on his attention to details for haircuts, and it shows with his customers who keep on returning. The store also feels less like a shop but more like a hangout spot for sci-fi geeks with Star Wars memorabilia adorning the space.
YanCutsHair, 5 Coleman Street, Peninsula Excelsior, #B1-13, Singapore 179805
We Need a Hero
From the folks who gave us Strip, Browhaus, and a slew of cool F&B establishments, comes a male grooming parlour that ranks high on the so-hip-it-hurts scale. If manscaping is a high priority for you (take it from us, Neanderthal is not a turn on), We Need A Hero! has all the solutions for hair removal – waxing, threading, tweezing, and IPL. Also on their extensive roster of services are haircuts and pampering shaves. For those, look no further than Jayden – his stellar skills are second to none. Check out this review of a boyzilian wax… if you dare.
We Need a Hero,#01-86, 57 Eng Hoon Street, Singapore 160057
Sultans of Shave
The guys at Sultans of Shave take their craft very seriously: sleek surroundings, fancy tools – heck, they even trained in London under the tutelage of England’s finest barbers. Consider us impressed. For gentlemen looking to undergo the ultimate grooming experience, lay back and surrender to The Sultan’s Experience, a seven-step (!) shaving process followed by a haircut. That’s what we call the royal treatment.
Sultans of Shave, #02-01, 11 North Canal Road, Singapore 048824
If you want to look like a Wall Street banker, this is your joint. Barber 25 prides itself on delivering dapper haircuts for professionals and businessmen. Services include cuts, shaves, scalp treatment, nail care and–get this–even shoe shining. From the moment you step into this seriously cosy enclave, Art Director Nico and Master Stylist Naoko will take care of you and ensure you leave impeccably groomed.
Barber 25, 6A Shenton Way #03-16 OUE Downtown Gallery 2 Singapore 068815
Empire of Steel
Empire of Steel was founded by Sean Ong after 10 years of experience in the hairdressing industry. He and team have only one goal: to give you a mean haircut that will have even the kopitiam auntie ogling you. From start to finish, expect to have your hair and beard treated with utmost care and respect. Scalp treatment services are also offered and the best part is after all the pampering, you get a complimentary glass of whisky. Talk about an experience!
Empire of Steel, 220 River Valley Road, Singapore 238278 and 6 Shenton Way #03-19, OUE Downtown 2, Singapore 068809
Fancy having your hair cut in a vintage setting? Autocutt’s space is fitted out with rare World War bikes and vintage automobile signs. It’s not just about the sick decor though, this business is renowned for its nifty cuts and shaves. Autocutt also has its own original fragrance, which is lightly skimmed on your face after the cut. Smell good, look good!
Autocutt, 47 Tanglin Halt Rd #01-313 Singapore 141047 and 68 Yio Chu Kang Road, Singapore 545569
Might of Many
The centrally-located Might of Many is a draw for busy CBD types who would want to squeeze in a haircut during a weekday lunch; best to make an appointment first before dropping by. Might of Many provides the classic grooming services – from a half shave to a basic cut with hot towel service. What could be better than getting a hot towel shave or cut during lunchtime, and then returning back to the work grind all refreshed – and looking sharper for that afternoon meeting?
Might of Many, 120A Telok Ayer Street, #02-120A, Singapore 68589
Truefitt & Hill
Charles Dickens, Cary Grant, Sir Winston Churchill, and Frank Sinatra – Truefitt & Hill’s star-studded clientele reads like a veritable list of Who’s Who. One thing’s for sure, you’ll definitely be in good company at this 200-year old British establishment, which made its way to Singapore. Outfitted like an ultra-exclusive gentlemen’s club (crystal chandeliers, club chairs, and dark wood paneling – naturally), Truefitt & Hill offers haircuts, mani/pedis, massages and waxing treatments. But we suggest you stick with what these guys are really renowned for – the traditional wet shave. Once you try that, there’s really no going back to your dinky ol’ Gillette razor.
Truefitt & Hill, 9 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069690 and 15 Stamford Rd, 01-61, Singapore 178906
The Panic Room
Now an edgy barbershop in Singapore that can offer spiffy hair-dos and good shaving, The Panic Room first started out as a small web store selling pomades. The Panic Room still carries a wide range of them (including cool brands such as Lockhart’s, Shear Revival and The Bluebeards Revenge) online and at its physical outlet. Other than pomades, they also offer moustache wax, beard oil and slick grooming products. And if you’re making your way down for a cut and shave, don’t forget to also try its hair tattoo service!
The Panic Room, 311A Geylang Road Lorong 17, Singapore 389350
LA Barbershop boasts a vintage vibe with some modern twists: we’re into the interesting ornaments and eclectic collection of posters on the brick walls. You’ll find a full range of services for an affordable price, including ear candling (yes you heard that right; it’s actually kind of therapeutic). There’s also a secret sink, but that’s for you to experience. This is an intimate space, so make a reservation to avoid disappointment.
LA Barbershop, outlets in Velocity, Vivo City, Jurong Point and Plaza Singapura
The Black Tie Barber Shop
Located all the way in Jurong West, this shop brings the classic barber experience to the HDB heartlands – complete with barbers dressed in dapper suits. Clients range from kids to senior citizens (who get the best deals), and of course, the gentleman going in for his regular haircut and hot towel shave.
The Black Tie Barber Shop, 456 Jurong West Street 41, #01-748, Singapore 640456
Grease Monkey Barber Garage
Prepare yourself for tattoos, testosterone, and whole lotta ‘tude at this biker garage-themed barbershop. Bringing the American motorcycle culture to the sidewalks of Mayo Street, Grease Monkey is a cool two-storey joint where customers can ogle at the bevy of shiny monster bikes while getting a cut and shave.
Grease Monkey Barber Garage, 15 Mayo Street, Singapore 208312
If your beard needs a trim or you’re after some sharp shading, the dapper gents at Jermyn Street will sort you out. Part of the gentlemen’s barber shop renaissance, Jermyn Street brings to mind exclusive gentlemen’s clubs. Adding to the appeal is a complimentary dram of liquor or a cup of freshly brewed coffee while their talented barbers snip your mane into shape. This one’s a fave at Honeycombers.
Jermyn Street, 108 Amoy Street, Singapore 069928
Full-length windows, abundant natural light, concrete flooring – the industrial interiors of Changi Road’s Hombre Barberblade is one of the best-looking salons around. Services here include the usual cut and style, shave, additional hot towel service and also hair tattoos if you’re feeling a bit adventurous. Hombre Barberblade also has an ongoing academy for aspiring barbers to pick up the skills while training under a crew of experienced barbers.
Hombre Barberblade, 228 Changi Road, #01-04, Singapore 419741
Rogue and Beyond
Walking into Rogue and Beyond is like walking into a celebrity’s dressing room – discreet, well furnished and next level. Joel is the man behind the scissors and works solo, so you can expect a very personalised cut. Each session starts with a consultation: Joel will study your facial features and advise you on the best style possible. This is the place to go if you want to come out looking like a young Leonardo Dicaprio.
Rogue and Beyond, 147A Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068606
No frills, no gimmicks or fancy tricks – Premium Barbers is a no-nonsense barbershop that gets the job done (and done well, might we add). Its non-descript decor (or lack of ) makes it look like a typical hair salon, but ignore all that and focus instead on what Premium Barbers excels in – affordable haircuts and shaves done with meticulous attention to detail. They also offer head massages and shoe shining to add to your American barbershop experience. What’s more? Its orchardgateway outlet is Singapore’s first ever barber shop concept store that features old school barbering, the modern Spa treatment and a hip bar!
Premium Barbers, 2 locations at orchardgateway and Wheelock Place
The Golden Rule Barber Co.
Aside from being experts at handsome haircuts, The Golden Rule Barber Co. is also your go-to place for tools of the trade such as pomades and handmade Kent combs. Pomades sold in-store include their very own TGR Strong Hold water-soluble pomade, TGR Firm Hold water-soluble pomade, as well as TGR Matt Paste pomade. They’ve also opened a new outlet at the quaint (and our absolute fave) The Great Madras hotel.
The Golden Rule Barber Co., 66A Race Course Road, Level 2, Singapore 218570; 28 Madras Street, The Great Madras, Singapore 208422
Deep Cuts Barber
Tucked within an attic of a shophouse along Kampong Bahru Road, DeepCuts Barber is definitely one of Singapore’s coolest barbershops that offers tip-top men grooming services (think dapper haircuts, hot towel shave and even full beard sculpting!) at affordable prices. Patrons can expect a stylish makeover by these passionate homegrown barbers. By appointment only!
Deep Cuts Barber, 61 Kampong Bahru Road Singapore 169368
The ‘A’ Street barber shop
It won’t surprise anyone that the Kampong Glam district is home to two hipster barbers, with one of them being The ‘A’ Street barber shop in Haji Lane. Men (and boys) of all ages head here for a fresh cut. It’s easy to see why it’s always got snaking queues – the light, unfussy environment is always filled with busy banter from customers and skilled barbers who deliver cuts with military precision. Take it from us: the wait won’t feel long at all with Toby the resident ginger floof by your side.
The ‘A’ Street barber shop, 53A Haji Lane, Singapore 189246
These days, a gentrified residential enclave simply isn’t complete without a vintage-styled barber in its midst. Here, grooming-savvy lads can get their fix of fresh fades and dapper undercuts. Feel like you deserve a spot of pampering? Pop in for a clean, relaxing shave and stock up on new grooming must-haves, including beard oil and pomade.
Mister Moustache Barber Shop, Block 5, Everton Park, #01-20, Singapore 080005
The Gentlemen Society
The other barber in Kampong Glam, The Gentlemen Society was made for lads who love nothing more than the “simple pleasures of hot towel shave and cut and wash”. Mahogany and ebony-clad interiors beckon you into its old-timey space. Check in for a chop by the bearded barbers, or lay back for a smooth shave and shear.
The Gentlemen Society, 12 Baghdad Street, Singapore 199669
This swanky, mahogany-clad barbershop is conveniently located in Suntec City Mall – perfect if you’ve only got time to squeeze in a lunchtime appointment. Haircuts ($50) include your usual wash, blow dry, style and massage, but if you’ve got to have your man tresses trimmed and treated every two weeks, come in 14 to 16 days after your last cut for $10 off.
Splice barbershop, 3 Temasek Boulevard #01-487 (Near Tower 1), Singapore 038983
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