The relationship between a man and his barber is sacred. Since ancient times, barbers have been respected members of the community: in the Middle Ages barbers doubled as doctors and dentists, and their parlours were often a space for intellectual debate in the 19th and 20th century. When the craft was standardised in the 1920s with formal colleges, the modern barbershop culture was born. Recent years have seen a revival of the traditional methods, bringing back the grooming techniques of yore.
See also: Meet Asia's 50 most eligible bachelors
When you hand someone an open razor, you want to be confident in their ability – and luckily, Hong Kong is home to some of the finest barbers in the world. So if you’re searching out someone to give your locks a quick trim or even a manly grooming session, we recommend calling up the city’s six slickest shavers.
For an Old School Experience…
The Mandarin Barber
For the ultimate in luxury grooming, look no further than The Mandarin Barber at Mandarin Oriental. Taking care of Hong Kong’s best-groomed men since 1963, The Mandarin Barber invites you on a journey back in time to a traditional Art Deco 1930s-inspired Shanghainese barber shop, kitted out with all of the modern essentials to make your weekly trim a truly relaxing experience.
5 Connaught Road Central; tel: +852 2625 4088; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Era Barbers Hong Kong
For a back-to-basics no fuss haircut, you can’t go past Era Barbers. Opening in 2014, the shop is still relatively new to the men’s grooming scene, but the barbers has quickly established themselves as grooming experts for those in the know. Keeping the service list short and sweet, Era Barbers know what they do well and hone in the details. Kudos for being to the point.
36 Pottinger Street, Central; tel +852 2577 3080; email: email@example.com
For a Manly Pamper…
This international grooming conglomerate is the antidote to all your worries. Forget business and indulge in a pampering session to get a fresh-faced glow and luxurious locks. Whether you want a simple shave, or you fancy splashing out for The Rubio – a three-hour indulgence including a haircut, wet shave, facial, hand treatment and a neck, scalp and shoulder massage – Gentlemen’s Tonic is a place for every dapper dandy to relax, reset and refresh.
Sun Lee Building, 43-49 Wellington Street, Central; tel: +852 2525 2455; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re not a salon, they say — just a men’s grooming paradise. Head to The Strand for a quick cut, but stay for a signature shave with a hydrating eye mask. Other treatments include massages and pedicures — perfectly trimmed nails is the golden cure for stress, after all. Leave feeling fresh and fabulous, because everyone deserves a little me time.
2/F, 18 Cochrane Street, Central; tel: 2850 7686
For a Hipster Haircut…
The Duke's barber shop provides something a little different than your standard hair cut. The three-floor barber-meets-bar-meets-arcade is a man cave of boy's toys, cigar lounges and grooming salons. Enjoy a hot shave, catch the latest sport on the TV, enjoy a cigar with other like-minded men and kick back with a whisky… all in one place. It’s the Hong Kong man haven you’ve been dreaming about.
6-8/F, 60 Wellington Street, Central; tel: +852 2801 6755/2801 6766
Fox and The Barber
The new kid on the barber-block, Fox and The Barber is pretty quirky – except for its attitude to traditional, quality shaving and hair styling. Rather unusually run by a woman, owner and head barber Sarah McGlynn heads up a team of highly-skilled and detail-orientated barbers who take great pride in giving you a fresh chop in a chilled-out, stylish barber boutique.
41-43 Graham Street, Central; +852 2405 6880