Still remember the distinctive red, blue and white revolving helical stripes hanging outside old-fashioned barbershops? Spinning relentlessly, they seem to be waxing lyrical about the good old days (and smells) of Brylcreem, baby powder and Good Look styling gel.
Gone are the familiar sights of the barber’s pole and large-sized posters of men in razor sharp partings and pompadours that would make any mother nod in approval. Cut back to present day, the modern barbershops resemble a gentleman’s bat cave: swanky leather chairs, dark oak wood furniture and squeaky clean concrete floors.
For starters, We Need A Hero cut above the rest. The same people behind BrowHaus and Strip, We Need A Hero also offers facials, threading, waxing and even intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments. Similarly, A Few Good Men, who affirms to be barbers and not just actors on their chic shop front, provides face massages, manicures and pedicures for male patrons. For instance, their spa pedicure comprises a foot bath, trimming and buffing of nails, exfoliation, hand massage and moisturising, which are perfect for men who prefer to pamper themselves in the company of like-minded men.
If teleporting back to old England serves as your blast from the past, consider being charmed by Truefitt and Hill. The early pioneer of the modern barbershop joints, traces its hairy history back to 1805. Do not let the higher price point jolt you out of your time travels just yet. It has been certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest barbershop in the world and the accolades do not stop there. The company has the honour of counting literary legends, celebrities, and politicians like Sir Winston Churchill, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Fred Astaire, and Frank Sinatra as regular patrons. So the services rendered would be worth every penny as you would be worked on by luminaries. Following a similar footstep in the Old English high-end barbershop style lies Jermyn Street. Hailing from London, the 4-year old brand is inspired by the rich grooming heritage of Jermyn Street, a mecca for distinct gentle-fellas for more than a century in London. Where class meets service, patrons get to slouch in the chair and enjoy a tipple before experiencing some top class barbering. Expect to get meticulous hair cuts tailored to your head shape and natural hair growth, finished with a traditional hot towel shave and precision beard trim.