The men don’t necessarily have it better when it comes to grooming. From types of aftershave to beard trims that’ll suit your face shape, here’s a round-up of the best pit stops for all your cutting, shaving, tweezing and waxing needs
Valentine’s Day (and the Lunar New Year) is already peeking around the corner, and you’ve already booked a romantic staycation, bought the perfect gift and even made reservations for two at Singapore’s finest dining spots. Now all that’s left is to prep yourself. Contrary to popular belief, grooming isn’t just related to just your hair and beard. There are the eyebrows and nether regions to consider too. And if you shudder at the mere mention of the term ‘manscaping’, it’s time to stop. This is the 21st century, and the word is here to stay. And, like it or not, women appreciate a well-groomed man just as much as you appreciate a well-groomed woman.
With all that said, you don’t have to jump into the deep end straightaway. Start slow, and expand your comfort zone bit by bit. Understand what you want, what you’re comfortable with, and then consider what you’d like done. And remember, there’s no need for a reason to groom, especially if you’re giving yourself some TLC.
The actual Jermyn Street in London is home to many British menswear retailers like Alfred Dunhill, T.M. Lewin and Church’s, where one can purchase pomades and fragrances and cut a dash with bespoke tailoring, handmade shoes and other artisan-crafted accessories. The street has since gained reputation of being a mecca for the dapper chaps looking to refresh and update their gentlemanly ensemble and necessities.
In Singapore, Jermyn Street is not a street, but a single shop located on Amoy Street. Led by head barber Steve Chapman, it offers an array of quintessential grooming services such as haircuts, beard shaves, and trims you can experience in under an hour, all while you savour a dram on the house.
108 Amoy Street
Tel: +65 6220 4010
When it comes to your crown jewels, it’s best to go with one of Strip’s no-frills, speedy hair removal services. Booking an appointment is easy; just choose from the list of available treatments and you’ll be shuttled off to a private treatment booth by one of its experienced “waxperts.” You don’t have to worry (much) about pain either. While the experience is definitely no walk in the park, Strip’s proprietary Berry Chocolate and Strawberry Virgin waxes were born from a customised formula that’s targeted at reducing pain levels and tackling sensitive areas to minimise discomfort.
Sultans of Shave
If you are around the Central Business District, you can expect quality cuts and shaves at any of Sultans of Shave’s three locations. Each of its barbers undergoes training (with annual refresher courses) with Dunhill’s former master barber Jay Anaya – a testament to the barbershop’s dedication in providing its customers with only the best. The brand also offers special packages for weddings and even a Welcome Back package for frequent flyers.
Update: Sultans of Shave have just opened a fourth outlet at Jewel Changi Airport. The five-seater (inclusive of one private room) outlet is a little cosier than you might be used to at Sultans of Shave, but it does make clever use of the available 600 sq ft space and is fit for, well, a sultan. Customers sit around a central ‘fountain’ and while getting their hair rinsed, peer up at a vaulted ceiling inspired by Ottoman palaces. In addition to its usual services, Sultans of Shave is also introducing a male scalp treatment programme that touts dandruff and hair loss prevention.
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Truefitt & Hill Singapore
Originally established in London in 1805, Truefitt & Hill Singapore has provided hair services for Britain’s royal family and famous politicians and celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Winston Churchill, Charles Dickens, and John Wayne. For the truest Kingman treatment, opt for the Royal Cut. Here, you’ll receive a traditional hot towel wet shave, and your mane will be tamed and styled by one of the salon’s top stylists. Struggling with hangnails or a painful ingrown toenail? Truefitt & Hill Singapore also has in-house mani and pedi services to keep your nails trimmed and buffed to perfection.
We Need A Hero (WNAH)
This one-stop shop is the place to go for all things hair-related, from top to toe. Not only can you get slick James Dean-esque pompadours and beard trims, WNAH also offers colouring services, scalp treatments, massages and even facials for those looking to pamper themselves. The grooming central also has an in-house body barberess (that’s a female barber for you) that deals with unibrows and unwanted body hair, saving you the trouble of making an additional stop to a waxing parlour.
We Need a Hero
57 Eng Hoon Street
Tel: +65 6222 5590