Best barbers and barbershops in Singapore for a perfect shave: Grease Monkey Barber Garage, The Panic Room, and DeepCuts Barber's amongst many others

Best barbers and barbershops in Singapore for a perfect shave: Grease Monkey Barber Garage, The Panic Room, and DeepCuts Barber's amongst many others

Manners maketh man

Text: Yong Le Man Emily Heng

Image: Instagram | @thepanicroom_sg
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Once upon a time in Hollywood (and in large swathes of the world, really), male grooming was limited to razors, shaving creams, and 3-in-1 face washes. A topic rarely touched upon, it comes as no surprise that society soon began to regard male beautification practices as non-existent or vaguely Neanderthal. Thankfully, it is a sentiment that has petered out in recent times, a phenomenon credited to prominent forces within pop culture. We're talking the cast of Queer Eye, Billy Porter, and even Harry Styles, all of whom are pretty as a picture and flaunt it with aplomb. With members of the XY chromosome growing more aesthetically-attuned than ever — it's as good time as any to drop a list of the barbershops in Singapore to hit up should you be seeking a spiffy shave and trim. Below, the ones that made the cut. Heh.

Grease Monkey Barber Garage

Established in 2016, this community favourite has been serving clean fades and sleek haircuts down at 15 Mayo Street. Boasting an interior and vibe reminiscent of a classy barbershop in Harlem, their exceptional team of barbers offer a wide array of services — anything from hair tattoos to beard sculpting. If the slew of five star reviews on their Facebook page still leave you unconvinced, we recommend booking an appointment with them at your earliest convenience.

The Panic Room

Don't let their name scare you; it's never an anxious time when you leave your hair in the good hands of The Panic Room's team. Located at 311A Geylang Road, these guys are always up for a good time as evidenced from their satire-laden Instagram page. Aside from a lengthy list of services, they also have a whole myriad of barber and hair supplies for sale. Prices begin from $40.

Truefitt & Hill @ Ann Siang

If you want to know what it feels like to be a cast member in Peaky Blinders, this is a good first step. Their outlet at Ann Siang replicates the interior of Old England with leather chairs and parquet floors. The crown jewel when it comes to bespoke barber services, Truefitt & Hill has been in the men's grooming business since 1805. With over 200 years of experience under their belt, a dapper appearance is practically guaranteed.

DeepCuts Barber's

Faiz Ismail — affectionately known by his large base of clientele as Dr. Faz — has been running DeepCuts since late 2013 . Serving the community one haircut at a time in their humble abode down at Kampong Bahru, Dr. Faz and his cast are sure to treat your hair and/or beard to a good time. You are warned, do make an appointment at their website should you be needing a trim — the Doc doesn't entertain walk-ins.

Rogue & Beyond

A premium contemporary men's hair studio located in Telok Ayer, this spacious and sleek hair studio provides nothing but the best of hair grooming services since 2017. Boasting tutelage under the reknown Vidal Sassoon, every consultation begins with a study of your features and personal style before they execute specially-tailored cuts. Their services are in high-demand, so be sure to make an appointment if you do want to experience their magic for yourself.

The Golden Rule Barber Co.

You might have heard of this illustrious barbershop. The company first made headlines when they were contacted by Argentinian football stars in 2017 to give them haircuts. Founders of The Golden Rule Barber Co., Ianto Sani and Jay Anudin, said it was the "craziest VIP house call ever." The duo — along with their trusty team of barbers — now demonstrate their expertise at 66A Race Course Road through a comprehensive range of services featuring all manner of shaves, cuts, and dye jobs. Prices begin from $30.

Sultans of Shave

Arguably one of Singapore's most recognised barber service, the SoS is dedicated to providing first-rate service in every aspect, from types of cuts and shaves available to the stable of products sold. The deluge of rave reviews on their Facebook page is evidence enough, but if you remain unconvinced, make an appointment at one of their four outlets to experience the magic for yourself.

Acidic Chop Shop

You'll be excused for mistaking Acidic Chop Shop for a tattoo or high-street clothing joint upon first glance. The exposed brick walls, Thrasher logos, and fire-engine red drawers spotted on premises would mislead just about anyone into thinking this is prime hypebeast territory — until you spot the arsenal of razors, scissors, and dryers. Prices start at $21 for a beard trim and go up to $29 for a hot towel shave.

Will I Shave

Established in 2015, Will I Shave — a clever play on head barber, William's, name — offers all manners of hair shaving, shaping, and styling services for men. Specialising in custom cuts and trims, they also offer a variety of grooming goods from indie-darlings Proraso and Selvedge Grooming.

We Need A Hero

Why stop at a shave and a haircut? For those looking to get all their grooming needs sorted stat, drop by We Need A Hero which offers everything from brow threading to body waxing. You can also expect an extensive line-up of hair care and body care picks ranging from luxe (Edwin Jagger) to wallet-friendly (Kent).