From the late 1800s right up until the 1970s, the barbershop was always the go-to place for men, serving as a quiet sanctuary where tired workers could lie back, get a hair cut, and be pampered. The modern revival of the barbershop sees good ol’ fashioned techniques with a 21st-century twist. From the messy locks of the rakish James Dean to the classic slick-back on Ryan ‘Mr. Perfect’ Gosling, there’s no hairstyle too difficult when it comes to these cool barbers for the stylish man.
Truefitt and Hill
When it comes to heritage and prestige, nothing beats Truefitt & Hill, which has been providing discerning gentlemen with the finest in grooming services and products for over two centuries (we’re not kidding). Established in 1805, they are the world’s oldest barbershop and hold Royal Warrants to The Duke of Edinburgh, and even once managed the locks of Winston Churchill. Inside their handsome wood-adorned space, enjoy a luxurious Traditional Hot Towel Wet Shave ($60) or take it even further with The Ultimate Shaving Experience, which includes a deep relaxing face massage ($80).
And let’s not forget their Invigorating Face Mask ($150), set to cleanse, moisturise, and rejuvenate your skin to its peak – because when it comes to leaving you pampered, these guys do not hold back. Haircuts are priced from $75.
Truefitt and Hill is located at Capitol Piazza, 15 Stamford Rd, #01-61 Singapore 178906; 9 Ann Siang Rd Singapore 069690; and Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave, #B1-083/084, Singapore 018972. See here for opening hours.
Despite opening only early last year, DeepCuts’ reputation for stellar barber work and customer service has spread fast around the local barber scene. The friendly bunch of home-grown talents describe themselves as just a bunch of hardworking Singaporeans pursuing their passion for barbering and male grooming, all in their homely little attic. Dedication is their philosophy here, so you can expect the utmost care and attention. Haircuts are priced from $28.
DeepCuts is located at 85 Kampong Bahru Rd, Singapore 169380. Open Mon-Fri 2pm – 10pm, Sat-Sun 11am-10pm. By appointment only.
Sultans of Shave
Feel like royalty at Sultans of Shave, a wonderfully designed space decked out in polished, industrial-chic glory. Quintessentially traditional in its barbering techniques, the barbers here have trained in the home of the contemporary gentleman, London, so you expect a truly luxurious experience with hot towels and wet shaves. Your follicles will thank you. Remember to check out their handpicked selection of premium grooming products (American Crew, Baxter of California) on your way out. Haircuts are priced from $35.
Sultans of Shave is located at 11 North Canal Rd #02-01, Singapore 048824 and 15A Duxton Rd, Singapore 089481. Open Mon-Fri 10.30am-9pm, Sat 11am – 6pm. Closed Sun.
We Need A Hero
We Need A Hero is Singapore’s first barbershop to provide all-rounded male grooming services. Aside from the usual haircuts and shaves, the talented folks here can colour your hair, give you a facial, treat your scalp, wax your body, thread your eyebrows, and even offer head and shoulder massages! Head to the back and you’ll find the Hero’s Den, a retail concept store that carries a stunning range of grooming products (Label M, Nioxin, Malin + Goetz) as well as some men’s fashion accessories. Did we mention that they provide welcome drinks too? Haircuts are priced from $55.
We Need A Hero is located at 57 Eng Hoon St #01-86, Singapore 160057. Open Mon to Fri 11am – 9pm, Sat 10am – 9pm, Sun 10am – 8pm.
Grease Monkey Barber Garage
Dishing out the cleanest and tightest cuts here in Singapore, Grease Monkey’s all about the sleek and the manly. Don’t be intimidated by their grungy exterior and instead, head inside the two-storey structure to find a cool industrial-style space with neon lights, monster bikes, and cool vinyl barber chairs. With the sheer number of stylists on hand, slots can be booked at 15-minute intervals, or well, just walk in and wait. And darn if they don’t have style. What do we like? Their large range of amazing Japanese styling products for sale. Haircuts are priced from $34.
Grease Monkey Barber Garage is located at 15 Mayo St, Singapore 208312, p. +65 8717 1515. Open Mon-Fri 12pm – 9pm, Sat 11am – 9pm, Sun 11am – 5pm.
Top Image: Truefitt & Hill