They say that a woman’s hair is her crowning glory, but the same could be said for men these days. Today, men are just as finicky with their hair, asking their barbers to cut it in the latest styles and applying expensive hair products to keep it in place. It’s understandable: a good hairstyle can make a man look different, and a bad one can ruin his entire look.
Most men go to their favorite barbers, the ones they’ve had since they were kids, but for men in the know, they trust only the best. And when it comes to the best barbershops, many of them are in Makati. If you’re thinking of getting a stylish haircut, we got the best barbershops for you below:
7. Back Alley Barbershop
Back Alley Barbershop respects the traditional barber experience but elevates it to higher standards through little touches, such as curated playlists (jazz, blues, rock, and house), handbrewed coffee, and craft beers. In fact, the beer options may be more than the services, like the Cut and Wash, a no-frills Quickee, and the Hungover Treatment for “gents who need a refresh.”
Address: Unit 1D, Alpha Salcedo Condominium, Bautista St. corner Sanchez Street, Salcedo Village, Makati
6. Felipe & Sons Barberdashery
Felipe & Sons may be a barbershop, but it is also a haberdashery, where men can have a suit custom-made, or buy bags, shoes, watches, and grooming products. Felipe & Sons is the kind of place where it’s hard to walk away with only one thing done. Your expectations may be to come in for a Beard Sculpting, but in reality, you’re walking out with a rocking beard and the complete set of Eight Wolves’ grooming products.
Address: Adamson Centre, LP Leviste Street, Makati City
5. Kapwa Studio
Like its name suggests, Kapwa Studios aims to create a community of like-minded men by offering workshops, photoshoots, community events, and art exhibits. Just imagine how stylish the attendees are, a collection of men who got cuts, color and styling, fades, and shaves from Kapwa’s skilled barbers.
Address: 5059-A P. Burgos Street, Makati
4. Slick Barbers Co.
Slick Barbers Co. started out as a pop-up barbershop, but then branched out into a permanent space where guests can avail of the limited selection of cuts: Pompadour, Classic Fade, Slick Back, Razor Fade, Scumbag Boogie, and mohawks. Don’t be fooled by the short list of services, each cut packs enough punch to give your look a whole new attitude. One unique thing about Slick is that their barbers are all self-taught. In fact, they don’t accept applications because they want to focus on homegrown talent. Their goal? To make you look slick.
Address: 3919 Yague Street corner South Avenue, Makati
3. John Barbers Groomers
What sets John Barbers Groomers apart from other barbershops is its commitment to luxury. The space is inspired by airport lounges, and even features a massage room that doubles as a nap room, and a bathroom lounge that has a shower. The international feel also extends to its reading materials and barbers: there are style and grooming books, and foreign style magazines like Japan’s Men’s Ex, and the barbers have international experience. Some of them even speak foreign languages! The services available are many and cover cuts, manicures and pedicures, and massages. And oh, each customer gets his own private cubicle with an in-mirror TV and a convenience panel to charge gadgets.
Address: Main Lobby at Somerset Millennium Hotel Makati, 104 Aguirre St., Legaspi Village, Makati
2. Bruno’s Barbers
Bruno’s Barbers is a legend in the barber scene. They’ve been giving stylish cuts to men since 1990, and has opened its 30th branch last 2016. Through the years, their services, products, look, and feel have changed, but Bruno’s Barbers is still offering what they offered men 26 years ago: a premium, full-service barbershop experience. They also offer something else other barbershops don’t: their own lineup of hair products called Brunolab.
Address: Ground Floor YL Holdings Building, 115 Rufino Street corner Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati
1. The Union Station Barbershop
The Union Station Barbershop offers a service that’s completely unheard of, at least for this writer: singeing. It’s supposedly the manliest way to remove hair because the barber cuts it… by running it over a flame. Their standard haircut offers singeing, so you can try it for yourself. Feeling luxurious? Go for the Union Station First-Class Grooming Experience, which comes with a cut, singeing, signature facial and head massages, hot towel shave and back massage, and a manlycure and pedicure. You read that right: a manlycure.
Address: 2nd Floor, The Link, Glorietta Complex, Makati
Get a slick hair cut anytime of the year if you live nearby. For the dapper gentleman who wants to lead a well-lived life (complete with well-coiffed hair), a wise investment is a unit at The Ellis, a condominium in the heart of Makati. Located in the exciting Salcedo neighborhood, it is minutes away from the best barbers in town. The Ellis is also home to R&R amenities like the Pause & Play Room, which has board games, foosball tables, and hammocks; and the The Town Hall, a casual space for socials, intimate galas, movie showings, acoustic sessions, or even art exhibits. It is the perfect venue to unwind, relax, and of course, show off your new haircut.
Where do you get your stylish haircut? Share it below!