Stepping off Ann Siang Road into Truefitt & Hill’s barbershop felt like being transported straight into a gentleman’s club in London complete with barber’s chair.
Admittedly, I was feeling a little anxious; I’m a newbie to wet shaves but when the man with the knife told me he came with over 30 years’ experience I began to relax.
First came the hot towel to open the pores, then some oils to soften the stubble, followed by the shaving cream. In the end I barely felt the blade and pretty soon the whole cream and shave process had been repeated three times to ensure total removal and smoothness.
More cream was applied and that was followed with a cold towel to close the pores and finished off with a massage and a light balm. The whole thing took about 30 minutes and while it’s not something you’d do every week, it’s a nice, very traditional and not too non-metrosexual treat. A traditional wet shave at Truefitt & Hill costs $60.