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The best barbers and grooming shops for men in Singapore

We check out the city’s top barbershops to get a haircut, shave, trim and, err, tweeze

By Michelle Ng and Cam Khalid
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Hairdressers and barbershops have resumed basic services since May 12 to tame your mane during the circuit breaker. And by basic services, we mean basic haircuts which are to be completed within an hour. All other services such as colouring treatments will resume on June 2. However, be sure to book an appointment with the barbers as walk-in customers may be turned away. 

Whether it's a quick haircut, clean shave, or beard trim you're looking for, these shops will pamper you like a king (some even serve you a glass a whiskey while you're at it). All you got to do is sit back, relax, and come out looking sharper than before.

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Truefitt & Hill
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Truefitt & Hill

Things to do Tanjong Pagar

One may be convinced that Truefitt And Hill is the headquarters of the fictitious spy organisation from 2014’s film Kingsmen: The Secret Service. And it’s no wonder why. With its British identity at the core some 200 years ago, the high-end barbershop is reminiscent of old English refinery, indicated by the leather-clad furniture, dark wooden cabinets lined with premium men’s grooming products, and on-duty barbers armed with shears and the King’s manners. A myriad of services is offered at the barbershop, including a classic haircut ($75), and a beard trim ($50). For it is never too early to cultivate a gentleman, you may bring your little man for a haircut (from $50) as well.

Try this The Royal Cut And Hair Treatment ($115). Go beyond just a good cut to maintain your crowning glory. This treatment has your barber give your head a thorough massage so that nutrients are better absorbed into the scalp.

Grease Monkey Barber Garage
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Grease Monkey Barber Garage

If you share the sentiment that helmet hair is pretty unsexy, then let Grease Monkey Barber Garage whip your mane into shape. The barbershop has married American motorcycle culture with the art of men’s grooming, giving its two-storey abode a bike garage theme for both motor heads and…well, those looking to tame their full head of hair. Inside, you’ll noticed graphic decals adorned on walls, colourful helmets parked in a neat rows, and life-sized motorcycles in full display. But aside the two-wheeler obsession, the establishment is still a barbershop at the heart, where a range of services such as classic haircuts (from $40), hot towel shaves ($35), and even braiding sessions are offered.

Try this The Overhaul ($70) – an all-inclusive service that comprises of a full haircut, a relaxing hot shave, a thorough wash before styling your freshly-grazed mane in place with a range of Japanese-imported hair products.

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Autocutt

Health and beauty Barbers Buona Vista

No Hells Angels, but the team at this vintage motorcycle-themed barbershop will give you one hell – pardon our French – of a trim. Look no further for the perfect pompadour with a fade – it’s the signature style here, along with the crowd-favourite slick back. The barbershop also carries its house brand O’Boy hair pomade, and O’Boy moustache wax.

Try this A haircut is priced at $40 each. But that's not all – to complete the Autocutt experience, your hair will be styled with the O'Boy pomade and you will be spritzed with the barbershop's original fragrance.

Premium Barbers
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Premium Barbers

Premium Barbers is the answer for men with large pockets of free time when their beaus indulge in lengthy shopping sprees. Conveniently located in Orchard Gateway, the male salon mirrors that of a no-frills American-style barbershop, further accented in handsome monochrome colours.

Try this While you can select from the usual grooming services of hair cuts ($50), traditional shaves ($50), and beard trims ($35), Premium Barbers sets itself apart from the lot by offering spa treatments such as head massages (from $35), ear cleaning ($40), and even a detoxifying mud facial ($75). You’ll leave a new man for sure.

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DeepCuts Barber’s
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DeepCuts Barber’s

Health and beauty Barbers Outram

DeepCuts Barber’s may first pique interest with its peculiar postal code of an attic in a shophouse. But it is the barbershop’s inspiring backstory, starring founder Faz Ismail and his unwavering pursuit of men’s grooming, that deserves all your attention. From its beginnings of a makeshift stall in Yishun, the barbershop has evolved to a so much better, more polished version of what it is now. 

Try this You don't have to spend so much on men's grooming. The place offers affordable grooming services such as hair cuts at $30, hot towel shave at $25, and beard sculpting and trimming at $20.

We Need A Hero
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We Need a Hero

Things to do Tiong Bahru

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-$6,300).

Try this Chief barber Janice K consults on all haircuts ($60-$100), while other heroes tend to colour work (from $75), scalp treatment ($120), and shaves and trims ($30-$40).

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Hombre Barbers SG
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Hombre Barbers SG

Health and beauty Geylang

Getting groomed at Hombre Barbers SG is a pretty public affair. Besides the classic haircuts (from $28), it also offers unconventional hairstyles including shaping and shaving your hair into intricate designs. But when your pompadour looks this good, it won’t matter. Expect steady hands, artistic flair, and keen attention to details.

Try this Hombre Premium Cut ($42). The service includes a hair wash, face massage, cut, and styling so you can walk out of the barbershop perfectly coiffed.

The Golden Rule Barber Co
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The Golden Rule Barber Co

Health and beauty Beauty salons Rochor

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 Get yourself a standard full cut and wash (from $45), 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.

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Sultans of Shave
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Sultans of Shave

Things to do Raffles Place

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.

Try this The deluxe haircut ($55) is the most popular service, followed by the Sultan’s Shave ($65): 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. 

Jermyn Street
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Jermyn Street

Health and beauty Beauty salons Tanjong Pagar

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.

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.

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The Black Tie Barber Shop

Health and beauty Barbers Jurong West

It’s easy to spot this barbershop – especially when the barbers are sporting vests, ties and suspenders. The salon focuses on classic styles such as side parts with a fade, pompadours and executive contours. A cut is priced at $31 and a hot towel shave at $20.

Mister Moustache Barber
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Mister Moustache Barber shop

Health and beauty Barbers Outram

Located among cafés for your post-brunch grooming needs, this one-man barbershop is helmed by Victor Tan, who specialises in classic haircuts and uses hair products from local pomade brand GoldFingers. A barber cut is priced at $35 and shaves are $28-35.

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