Grooms-to-be: we know that the spotlight's always on the bride but that's no excuse why you shouldn't channel your most impeccably-groomed self on your wedding day. So man up and get yourselves to these top men's grooming spots in Singapore – barbers, facials, and more – pronto!
Truefitt & Hill
Charles Dickens, Cary Grant, Sir Winston Churchill, and Frank Sinatra - Truefitt & Hill’s star-studded clientele reads like a veritable list of Who’s Who. One thing’s for sure, you’ll definitely be in good company at this 200-year old British establishment. Outfitted like an ultra-exclusive gentlemen’s club (crystal chandeliers, club chairs, and dark wood paneling – naturally), Truefitt & Hill offers haircuts, mani/pedis, massages and waxing treatments. But we suggest you stick with what these guys are really renowned for – the traditional wet shave. Once you try that, there’s really no going back to your dinky ol’ Gillette razor.
Truefitt & Hill, 9 Ann Siang Road and #01-61 Capitol Piazza.
Sultans of Shave
The guys at Sultans of Shave take their craft very seriously: sleek surroundings, fancy tools – heck, they even trained in London under the tutelage of England’s finest barbers. Consider us impressed. For gentlemen looking to undergo the ultimate grooming experience, lay back and surrender to The Sultan’s Experience, a relaxing, seven-step(!) shaving process followed by a haircut. Now that’s what we call the royal treatment.
Sultans of Shave, 11 North Canal Road, #02-01, Singapore 048824, p. 6222 0201. Open Mon-Fri 1030am-9pm, Sat 11am-6pm.
We Need a Hero
From the folks who gave us Strip, Browhaus, and a slew of cool F&B establishments, comes a male grooming parlour that ranks high on the so-hip-it-hurts scale. If man-scaping is a high priority for you, We Need A Hero has all the solutions for hair removal – waxing, threading, tweezing, and IPL. Also on their extensive roster of services are haircuts and pampering shaves.
We Need a Hero, 57 Eng Hoon Street, #01-86, p. 6222 5590. Open Mon-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-8pm.
Inspired by the illustrious London address, which is home to renowned mens' tailors, barbers, and shirt makers, Jermyn Street on Amoy Street is Singapore's version of a high-end barber with the ambience of an exclusive gentleman's club. With prices starting from $20 for an express manicure, Jermyn Street's range of services pays homage to its British heritage with snappy names like The Dapper Duke (shampoo, condition, haircut) and The Dashing Baron (beard grooming).
Jermyn Street, 108 Amoy Street, Singapore 069928, p. 6220 4010. Open Mon-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 10am-8pm
Hounds of the Baskervilles
With its old-timey Victorian vibe, Hounds of the Baskervilles looks like a scene straight out of a Sherlock Holmes thriller. But instead of puzzling murders, what you’ll get here is the traditional barbershop experience of the bygones. The hot towel shaves and full-faced grooming services are a treat to be had but if you need even more incentive to check this place out, Hounds of the Baskervilles is also a tattoo joint – perfect if you’re ever so inclined to get the ultimate head-to-toe makeover.
Hounds of the Baskervilles, 24 Bali Lane, Singapore 189860, p. 6299 1197. Open Mon-Sat 11am-10pm.
A Few Good Men
You're only as good as your last haircut – which is why you'll want to make an appointment with this hip men's grooming spot. Established in 2014 by the folks behind The Redundant Shop, A Few Good Men offers haircuts, hair styling, hot towel shaves, and facial hair grooming in a funky, tricked-out space (spot the tongue-in-cheek portraits of Obama, Churchill, and the Dalai Lama hanging on the walls) and at value-for-money prices.
A Few Good Men, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-51 Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596, p. 8276 2679. Open daily 1130am-8.30pm.
Grease Monkey Barber Garage
Prepare yourself for tattoos, testosterone, and whole lotta 'tude at this biker garage-themed barbershop. Bringing the American motorcycle culture to the sidewalks of Mayo Street, Grease Monkey is a cool two-story space joint where customers can ogle at the bevy of shiny monster bikes while getting a cut and shave.
Grease Monkey Barber Garage, 15 Mayo Street, Singapore 208312, p. 8717 1515
No frills, no gimmicks or fancy tricks: Premium Barbers holds the accolade of being Singapore's first-ever barbershop. Fusing old-school techniques (haircuts, wet shaves, etc...) with modern trappings like hair colouring, mani pedi, and foot reflexology services, Premium Barbers is the ultimate relaxation spot for the lads. Oh, and did we forget to mention that they also have a fully-stocked bar, where you can knock back a bottle of ice-cold brew while getting primped and pampered?
Premium Barbers, #01-07 International Building and #04-12 orchardgateway.
Luxurious spa experiences aren’t just for the fairer sex anymore – the lads can get in on the action too. Urban Homme takes and pampering to a whole new level with indulgent treatments like the After Sun skin and body therapy and the Golfer’s Special Foot Spa – the perfect gift for dads on Fathers’ Day. And yes, if your man has trouble shifting the beer gut, Urban Homme’s got that covered too with a range of slimming treatments.
Urban Homme, various outlets. See website for details.