Like its Sherlock Holmes novel namesake, this groom room is dark, mysterious and intriguing. It boasts a Victorian gentlemen’s club vibe juxtaposed with studio lights and brooding green walls plastered with stills from classic films such as Goodfellas and Casablanca. Whether you’re looking for old-school hairstyles or just hoping to keep it tight, Hounds’ quartet of barbers will grant your wishes. It’s strictly cut and shave only – no wash – so waiting time is kept pretty short. It’s a good thing, since Hounds only takes walkins, even on days when guest barbers from around the world make appearances. A cut is priced at $40 while a hot towel shave is $35.
News producer Wong Woon Shin got a hair cut and a hot towel shave by barber Freddy McLeod.
Woon Shin says: ‘I asked for a neat, professional look – without looking too obiang – and Freddy definitely delivered this. The cut was executed in a delicate, precise fashion – it was clear he knew his stuff. The face and head massage after the shave was a wonderful touch to round off the experience.’
Getting groomed at Hombre Barberblade is a pretty public affair. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows on multiple sides allow natural sunlight – and the prying eyes of passers-by – to stream in. But when your pompadour looks this good, it won’t matter. Besides the standard cut, shave and trim services, the team of six barbers, led by head barber Ezzy, offers hair tattoos (from $15), too – steady hands, artistic flair and keen attention to details included.
Try this Classic full cut ($32). The service includes a hair wash, face massage, cut and styling so you can walk out of the barbershop perfectly coiffed. To complete the grooming experience, a house brand pomade is in production and will be available soon.
Spa Esprit Group’s male grooming institution makes good on its superhero name with masculine finishes in its contemporary space. The barbershop offers free coffee and tea from its F&B siblings Tiong Bahru Bakery and Forty Hands, and even a shot of whisky to calm your nerves before your Boyzilian wax ($22-$2,600). Chief barber Janice K consults on all haircuts ($55$85), while other heroes tend to colour work (from $75), hair treatments ($70-$180), and shaves and trims ($15-$65).
Time Out Singapore’s intern, JJ Luo, got his brows and upper lips threaded, and his hair cut by ‘body barberess’ Adinah Bte Ayob and senior barber Jayden Tay, respectively.
JJ says: ‘I was presented a list of complimentary drinks, which is a welcoming touch I’ve not experienced elsewhere. Adina explained each step of the threading procedure while Jayden recommended a few hairstyles, with photo references, that would work with my hair texture. The results speak for themselves.’
What started as one shop and three barbers in 2014 has expanded to three outlets with 19 barbers and 14 chairs, led by director Yanto Sani and head barber Jiji Rasif. The quirky barbershops are decorated with a musical twist: electric guitars and framed photos of legendary bands hang proudly on the white walls. The barbers here offer a variety of men’s haircuts – not just the traditional ‘gentlemen’s haircut’ – with colouring and washing services available only at the Race Course outlet.
Try this standard full cut (from $38) and beard sculpting ($38). The Golden Rule Barber Co uses its house brand TGR pomades ($20-$28), which come in three varieties – Stronghold, Firm Hold and Matte – that cater to different hair needs. Other TGR merch on offer includes straight razors, zip hoodies, pullovers, tees and trucker caps.
The unassuming entrance of Sultans of Shave’s North Canal outlet opens to a spacious shop space jazzed up with navy blue walls, dark wood accents and gold trimmings fit for royalty. Inspired by classic British barbershops, founder Lewis Lim and his team of six offer shaves and haircuts. The deluxe haircut ($48) is the most popular service, followed by the Sultan’s Shave ($60): a shave and an express facial to freshen up. Expect premium products from brands such as American Crew, Baxter of California and Byrd Hairdo for washing and styling, as well as lavender- and lemongrass-scented hot and cold towels for the shaves.
PR executive Subeer Dutt had his beard trimmed by barber Justin Ho.
Subeer says: ‘I usually keep a full beard and I was looking to get it professionally shaped. The shave was very smooth with little pull and hardly any sting – definitely one of the best shaves I’ve had. The hot and cold towels really did make a difference to the experience, too.’
This shophouse barbershop borrows its name from the historic Jermyn Street in London, which is known for its gentlemen shops dedicated to British artistry and craftsmanship. Some have even served British royalty for centuries. Not that this local version’s all serious and sombre. Its interiors are bright – almost art gallery-like – and supplemented with red chesterfield sofas and natural sunlight streaming in from a glass-walled courtyard.
A team of five, led by Steve Chapman, is in charge of all the grooming tricks. For early risers looking to fuel and sharpen up before heading to work, Jermyn Street’s Breakfast Club, on Wednesdays at 7am, doles out locally roasted coffee and pastries from Shop Wonderland (for free!) with any treatment.
Try this Dapper Duke ($65). This wash, cut and style is Jermyn Street’s most popular service. (Fun fact: each treatment is named after the ranks of the British nobility system to reflect the royal connections of Jermyn Street.) A speedier service, sans wash, is the Rakish Marquess ($55) – just come without products in your mane. Signature shaves and beard trims, which include cleansing, exfoliation and toning, are priced at $70 and $35 to $50, respectively.