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Hong Kong’s best barbershops

Whether you need a trim or a completely new look, here's where to get the best haircuts for men in Hong Kong

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Time Out Hong Kong
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When beard oil became a thing, it was officially the end of men pretending to not care about personal grooming. These days in Hong Kong, posh barbers are no longer solely the preserve of old-fashioned tycoons or bearded hipsters – high-end grooming is increasingly popular among the men on the street. Whether you’re looking for a surgically precise neckline – a la Craig David – or some hardcore skincare, Hong Kong has wholeheartedly embraced the trend. So, if you’re looking to go from Baghdad to top lad, here are some of the best barbershops around. By Sam Sinha

RECOMMENDED: You’ll be wanting to hit up the town to break in your fresh new look. Check out one of Hong Kong’s best bars afterwards, then move on to one of Lan Kwai Fong's best clubs.

Hong Kong's best barbershops

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Located on Wyndham Street, Attire House is something of an all-in-one gentleman’s experience replete with a tailor, barbershop and cigar divan. If you’ve got a few quid in your pocket you could easily spend a day here reinventing yourself. The barbershop offers an incredibly robust range of services, many utilising products by HERR (an incredibly swank South Korean operation), including a haircut ($550), colouring ($1,400), scalp treatment ($900) and even a hangover treatment ($400).

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Whisky, tobacco, sports and a barber. The Duke’s is the male bunker, a huge three-storey monument to testosterone where you can drink, smoke and get a quality trim. There’s a solid range of services on offer with haircuts starting at $300 and beard maintenance costing the same.

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A sense of old-school British barbershop tradition permeates Fox and the Barber's approach while the minimalist interior helps brings it into the 21st century. The use of top of the line products by Penhaligon’s and Truefitt & Hill elevate the relative simplicity of the services (and the prices). Said services are split into ‘Hair’ and ‘Face’ and include options like the Re-style ($680) for longer haired gentleman, a wet cut and finish ($580), beard trim with shaping ($280) and a classic shave ($440). 

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With nifty treatments named after some top lads like Edison and Hemingway, this London import has been hugely popular ever since coming to Hong Kong nearly a decade ago. The services include a dizzying selection of hair, beard, face, hand and scalp treatments, that start from around the $300 mark. A simple clipper cut will set you back $350.

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  • Tsim Sha Tsui

A hidden gem in Tsim Sha Tsui (and a new location in Mong Kok), Goodman Barbershop was built on community and giving men confidence through its services. The interior is tastefully retro with wood accents and rich leather chairs. The professional and skilled barbers are there to guide you to a cut that suits your look, personal style and lifestyle. This modest barbershop focuses on the classic barber techniques and they do it well. Ensuring that guests leave with a style that is easy-to-maintain, they take care of the finer things in life so that you don't have to. 

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  • Central

Moving away from the traditional western-style of male grooming prevalent in Hong Kong, Hair House owner Adam Chan reverentially pays homage to the history of Shanghainese barbers – Hong Kong’s arbiters of cool in a bygone era. Through the original branch in Central and a subsequent opening in Wan Chai, Chan has established a reputation for himself as one of the best in the city when it comes to shaves, trims and fades. A 45-minute haircut costs a very competitive $340.

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Despite having a frankly ridiculous(ly good) name and sporting products on its shelves like Cool Grease, this super sleek barbers, which has branches in Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay and TST, takes male grooming very seriously. Handsome offers a small list of services that it does very well – haircuts ($380), wet shaves ($380), beard trims ($280 with a blade, $180 without) and a simple cut and trim ($480). Not too fussy and extremely thorough.

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  • Kwun Tong

With cuts starting at $350, Neighbor Barbershop offers some of the most reasonably priced cuts in the city. This humble neighbourhood hangout is located in Kwun Tong’s central business area, with a second location in Prince Edward as well. The founders bring clients the best of both worlds by preserving the tradition of old school Hong Kong barbershops while also integrating contemporary European and American hairdressing techniques. Their vision is not only to provide professional service but to create a social environment where meaningful relationships can be formed amongst customers and barbers. The shop even has a communal outdoor area where you can enjoy complimentary beverages from the fridge with your fellow neighbours, evoking the warmness of local barbershops of the past. For hours of operation, to book in and to learn more, head over to their website and give them a follow on their official Facebook and Instagram.

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Housed within the Mandarin Oriental, this is the OG for high-end male grooming in Hong Kong, having employed only the very best since opening in 1963. There’s a distinct sense of old-world opulence here that extends to the VIP courtesy that everyone receives. Of course, the haircuts (starting from $460) and other treatments are top-drawer, but be sure to try the legendary Shanghainese Pedicure (from $880), renowned for its ability to turn ghastly feet into works of art. 

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A collab between Era Barber and Selvedge Grooming, there’s a lean and mean service menu here. For hair: cut and finish ($450), all over buzz cut ($250), buzz cut with skin fade ($350). Beard services include a trim and shape ($250-$330) and a simple wet shave ($350). The design of the place is extremely contemporary and that extends to the kinds of styles they offer. Check out the FB page if you need some inspiration. 

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  • Central

This surprisingly large (for Central) temple to male grooming mixes old-school barbershop techniques with a stylish modern interior and attitude. Hardwood cabinetry, aquamarine tiled floor and vintage hues honour the Shanghainese barbers of old Hong Kong. You’ll be sure of a sharp look with cuts starting at $380 and top-notch cosmetics from $180.

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  • Ma Tau Kok

This genius combo of barbershop and tattoo parlour is the ideal one-stop-shop for the discerning yet edgy gentleman. Bringing back rockabilly vibes and pompadour hair-dos to the 852, The 59 Tattoo and Barber Shop is a ’50s motorcycle club-inspired store that does everything from rockin’ haircuts to tattoos. There’s no other tattoo parlour quite like it. Cuts start at $400 with ink from $1000 and they continue into the wee hours so it’s perfect for the night owls among you.

Maybe they’ll let you join after your trim

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