By: Richard Lenton
When you first move to Singapore, finding a decent barber is a daunting business. For the more thrifty of chaps, the temptation to chance your arm at a cheap, neon-lit salon must be overwhelming – especially when a haircut can cost as little as $1. Yes, it’s true. At New Station Beauty & Hair at Bedok Central, you can ‘enjoy’ a trim for the same price as a bus ride. You might want to say a silent prayer before the scissors are wielded though.
If you’re happy to pay more than a solitary dollar for a decent quality haircut, here are EX magazine’s top 5 men’s salons
Kobayashi Hair Design (Far East Plaza)
Another salon that prides itself on its service. Kobayashi is reasonably priced at just $28, and even though the majority of their clientele are Southeast Asian, the stylists are just as comfortable with expats. The place always seems to be packed with attractive young ladies as well, which is never a bad thing.
+65 6737 4463
Visage (Delfi Orchard)
All-round pro Dominic trained in London and has been cutting men’s hair with a unique scissor technique for over 25 years. Rather than using clippers, he cuts the hair manually to create a natural look that still looks great when it’s growing out in style. Haircuts start at $50, but it’s worth it for the relaxing rub and knowledge that your ‘do will still look sharp in a few weeks.
+65 6733 0933
Hair Partners (Bishan)
It stands to reason that you get more for your money the further away from the CBD you go, and Hair Partners is well worth the trip up the North/South Line to Bishan. Located among a parade of shops near Junction 8, owner Agnes is their standout hairdresser. A snip (pardon the pun) at around $24. Oh, and there’s a decent Thai restaurant called Mata Thai just around the corner.
+ 65 6354 2241
Kenaris (Wheelock Place)
Not the easiest of salons to find as it lies in the midst of Orchard, but the head massages make it a place well worth discovering. The staff take great care to provide a decent experience, there’s a real buzz around the place and the service is great – bury your head in a magazine and quietly sip your coffee while the stylists get to work.
+65 6333 8209
Creative Hairworkz (The Sail, MBFC)
The senior stylist is a diminutive, eccentric, well-travelled Japanese chap who tends to wear sunglasses and a hat indoors. But don’t let that put you off – he knows what he’s doing. In a building renowned for big business and high pressure, Creative Hairworkz is a pleasant little sanctuary to get away from it all.
+65 6338 2202
Urban Hair (Tangs, Orchard Road)
Urban Hair’s biggest draw is without doubt their stylist Jonathan Wee. Always immaculately coiffured, Jonathan is a man of few words, but he’s a complete perfectionist with a pair of scissors in his hand. Even when he’s juggling more than one customer at once, his attention to detail is top class.
+65 6737 7813