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Your guide to brilliant barbers

Guys: are you in need of a new look? Keen for some tips on maintaining a new hairstyle? Want to indulge in a complete grooming experience? From cuts and colouring to shaves, here are some of the top gents’ salons and barbers in town – plus some advice from their hair experts on what to do (and what not to do) to achieve that perfect mane.

CHEZ VOUS

Having clinched multiple awards since its opening in 1995, this salon is no newbie to the business. It’s not always easy to find a stylist who specialises in hair colouring for Caucasian men, but that’s exactly what you’ll get with Associate Salon Director Khim Toh, who has made a name for herself in this area. If you need a trim, look for Salon Director Emil Khor, former trainer and Art Director at Toni & Guy for nine years.

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TOP THREE HAIR TIPS FOR MEN:

From Chez Vous’s resident scalp expert, Serene Tan

1. If you want thick, strong and healthy hair, make sure that you take good care of your scalp, too. Deep-cleanse it once a month to prevent follicular congestion, which can lead to hair loss, oily scalp or dandruff problems.
2. Don’t apply conditioner to your scalp. It can cause serious scalp congestion!
3. Look out for early signs of hair thinning. Hair thinning can be kept under control with early intervention such as the regular use of hair tonic. Also, go for matt styling products, such as clays and pastes, which help absorb oil and instantly make the hair appear a little thicker, as compared with glossy gels or pomade.

391 Orchard Road #05-05 Ngee Ann City Podium 6732 9388 chezvoushair.com

 

EXPAT HAIR STUDIO

Founded by two expats, Jaclyn Douglas and Katherine Moss, Expat Hair Studio has become a trusted salon for many – expats and locals alike. With free Wi-Fi, tons of magazines available, and a wide variety of beverages to choose from – coffee, specialty teas and even wine – this cosy and modern space is the perfect spot to unwind while you get your hair cut (from $55). Get a fresh, trendy look from Ramie and Eason, who are the specialists for barbering and gents’ hairstyling. The salon uses the Kevin Murphy men’s range, known for being sulphatefree and cruelty-free.

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TOP THREE HAIR TIPS FOR MEN:

from Expat Hair Studio co-founder, Katherine Moss

1. Make sure the stylist listens to what you want, and also gives you ideas of what is up-to-date and what he or she thinks would suit you best.
2. Look for a salon that offers what you need. For example, if you want to colour your hair, find somewhere that specialises in this. Check out the pictures on the salon’s Facebook and Instagram pages, and ask around for recommendations.
3. Listen to what the stylist recommends you do to maintain your hairstyle. Experienced stylists should have a good knowledge of haircare products to suit you.

422 Joo Chiat Road 6444 7929 | expathairstudio.com

 

SALON KREAM

Located in Holland Village, this bright and spacious salon is a one-stop location for men’s hair and scalp needs. Salon Kream offers modern haircuts and customised services, catering mainly to Caucasian hair. Want to know more? You can drop by for a free consultation! Prices for a man’s haircut start from $68.

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TOP THREE HAIR TIPS FOR MEN:

from Salon Kream director, Eric Ang

1. It’s very important for men to use the right shampoo and haircare products (like scalp tonic), especially since they are more prone to hair loss. I recommend Bain Densité Homme (shampoo) and Densifique Homme (scalp ampoule) by Kérastase Paris; these products aim to prevent hair loss.
2. For at-home styling that lasts, first enhance your hair volume with KMS Sea Salt Spray, then mould your hair with Goldwell’s Roughman wax, and finish with a good dash of Big Finish hair spray by Goldwell.
3. Men tend to use more styling products than women do, so they may be more prone to greasy or flaky scalps. We recommend scalp treatments and hair loss prevention treatments to thoroughly cleanse the area and keep it healthy.

Lorong Mambong 24B, Holland Village 6463 3373 | facebook.com/salonkream

 

SULTANS OF SHAVE

Combine classic barbering techniques with contemporary trends and you get Sultans of Shave, a snazzy space that isn’t your run-of-the-mill hair salon. Trained in London, the barbers here offer a range of services, from haircuts (starting at $48) to shaves (from $40). For some family bonding time, try the Father and Son experience ($168), a set comprising a Deluxe Haircut for two and a Deluxe Shave.

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TOP THREE HAIR TIPS FOR MEN:

from Lewis Lim, founder of Sultans of Shave

1. When trying out a new barber, get him to explain how he plans to cut your hair and why he’s doing it that way. A well-executed haircut will enable you to easily style and maintain the look, as opposed to relying on a ton of hair product to hold it in place. This will also help manage your expectations on how the cut will look.
2. Instead of experimenting with numerous products, get your barber to recommend a product to suit your hair type and style.
3. Blow-drying can go a long way towards making styling easier, so get your barber to teach you how to do it effectively

Three outlets island-wide, including: 11 North Canal Road, #02-01 6222 0201 | sultansofshave.com

 

WE NEED A HERO

For an all-inclusive grooming affair, check out this barbershop in the hip Tiong Bahru estate. Services include everything from haircuts and colouring, to brow threading, IPL and waxing (yes, boyzilians included); this one-stop shop is the place to go if you need to spruce yourself up before an important date.

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TOP THREE HAIR TIPS FOR MEN:

from Janice K, Chief Barberess

1. Come for a consultation before deciding on a haircut.
2. Trim regularly. Depending on your hair, we recommend getting a trim every three to four weeks to keep your hairstyle in shape.
3. Don’t forget about your scalp! Get your scalp checked and treated regularly for healthier hair. Before your treatment at We Need A Hero, our barbers will scan and analyse your scalp, in order to select the best treatment for the specific condition of your scalp. For best long-term results, we recommend a professional salon scalp treatment every three months.

57 Eng Hoon Street, #01-86 6222 5590 | weneedahero.sg

 

LA BARBERSHOP

Located in Novena Square, this barbershop offers a wide array of services for men, including shaving, haircuts, massage and even ear-candling. You can customise your own experience according to your needs, and – best of all – they’re all pretty affordable! Our recommendation? Go for a premium cut ($36), then a face shave ($28), and end with a special ear-cleaning session ($20) or a relaxing head massage ($25).

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TOP THREE HAIR TIPS FOR MEN:

from store manager and barber, Tenny Ng

1. Stress affects the scalp, and this can cause hair to thin. Wash the scalp and hair thoroughly on a daily basis, concentrating on the scalp and not the ends, in order to allow the pores on the scalp to “breathe”. Avoid overlyhot showers.
2. There are many hair care products in the market that can help tackle thinning hair. LA Barbershop also carries a series of hair products that can further condition and nourish the hair.
3. The right barber should have years of experience and a good service attitude. He or she should be able to study each customer’s hair texture and face shape so as to create a hairstyle that suits him.

238 Thomson Road #02-02 Novena Square 6904 4311

 

Barbers Tokyo

Heads up, gents: enjoy professional haircutting and grooming services at Barbers Tokyo, a stylish and sleek barbershop at Robertson Walk. Started by the people behind popular Japanese salon Devonshire, this barber focuses on hair services for men. Popular options include the signature haircut ($50), which includes a cut, wash, styling and shoulder massage. If you’re out to pamper yourself, top up $40 for a relaxing scalp and hair treatment.

Tokyo Barbers

Pressed for time? Pop by for a quick shave ($40) or trim ($25). Psst… Don’t leave without checking out their chic retail space, where you’ll find haircare and grooming products to maintain your new look.

#01-26 Robertson Walk, 11 Unity Street. 6235 2638 | barberstokyo.com

 

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This article first appeared in the June 2017 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy or subscribe so you never miss an issue!

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