Trust us when we say: a little grooming goes a long way. Whether you’re looking to get a bi-weekly trim, keep your beard in good nick, or pamper your skin with a facial, you’ll find everything you need at these top HK barber shops and salons.
Boasting a strong vintage flavor, Hair House Barbershop by Adam Chan has rock’n’roll charm in spades – fitting, since stylist Adam Chan is a keen musician, as well as the creator of some of Hong Kong’s sharpest cuts. Adam is a purveyor of fresh, structured ‘dos (from $320) – think pompadours, flattops, scumbag boogies, and razor fades – as well as the closest, cleanest of wet shaves (from $240).
20 D’Aguilar Street, Central, 6255-5450, www.facebook.com/hairhousebyadamchan.
Slick and savvy, Gentlemen’s Tonic brings the posh stylings of London’s Mayfair to the heart of Hong Kong. Upping the macho factor, each service is named for a famous, pioneering male – think Shackleton, Edison and Hemingway. The joint offers everything from wet shaves ($375) to bespoke haircuts ($85), but to go all out, book The Rubio ($2,100) a 165-minute package that includes a haircut, wet shave, facial, hand treatment, and Swedish massage.
42-49 Wellington Street, Central, 2525 2455, gentlemenstonic.com.
There’s nothing wrong with a little manscaping, and Nude Beautique is a professional salon that’ll tend to your hirsute needs in the most painless and effective way possible. Whether you’re looking for a little clean-up around the back and shoulders ($500) or bare it all with a manzilian ($590), this elegant salon will get it done with minimum fuss.
68-70 Wellington Street, Central, 2868 9100 (Ext 2), nudewaxing.com.hk.
The OG of Hong Kong’s swish barbershop, the Mandarin Barber is the place to go for VIP male grooming. The gentlemen’s club-style joint is decked out in marble floors, mahogany walls, and upholstered barber’s chairs, and comes with a dedicated pedicure room and VIP room. Discerning urban gents will find everything they need here, including a luxe all-out grooming pack. The Executive Escape ($1,500) is a 150-minute treatment that includes a haircut, a Mandarin shave, and a mani-pedi that will have you ready to suit up and hit the town.
5 Connaught Road Central, 2825 4088, mandarinoriental.com/hongkong.
Hidden above Cochrane Street, The Strand is a sleek, sophisticated salon boasting a dedicated men’s floor. The luxe space offers everything you’d expect, from haircuts and beard trims to wet shaves and facials, but how they do it that sets this place apart. The Signature Shave (HK$800) uses Penhalingon’s Bayolea shaving range with scented hot towels, toner, moisturiser, aftershave, and a hydrating eye mask; and patrons can opt to primp in privacy with the private room.
18 Cochrane Street, Central, 2850 7686, thestrandhk.com.
Created by hair guru Paul Gerard, Era Barbers is a retro-style barbershop with a straight-to-the-point menu that doesn’t skimp on style. Tame your mane with a cut ($550-$650), or buzz cut (from $350), then get your facial hair perfectly on point at the Era Traditional Wet Shave (HK$390). Either way, you’ll leave looking pretty sharp.
36 Pottinger Street, Central, 2577 3080, erabarbers.com.
A restful day spa chain with locations through Central, Mid-Levels, and Wan Chai, Iyara stands ready to pamper and primp the urban gent with its “Exclusively For Men” menu. In these relaxed surrounds, you can get your nails in line (from $260), keep that manly chest carpet in check via waxes (from $100), or ease the knots in your muscles (we know you work out) with a massage (from $580). If you’re looking to treat your mug to some TLC, opt for the soothing Men’s Facial with Clark’s Botanicals ($980).
27 Hollywood Road, Central, 2523 8700, iyarabeauty.com.
For old-school style, look no further than Causeway Bay’s Shanghai-style Ambassador Barber Parlour. The no-frills establishment might not have shiny veneer, but what it lacks in flash it makes up for with 50 years’ experience. Expect straightforward shaves, beard trims, crew cuts or combovers. (From $146 – extra requests come with an additional charge.)
23 Lan Fong Road, Causeway Bay, 2895 5930, Facebook page.
Above the teeming streets of Mongkok, Chuan Spa is the place to go for some man-friendly pampering. The Oriental-style spa offers a full list of escapist treatments designed specifically for guys. There’s plenty of choice, but for real indulgence, kick back with the 1.5-hour Metropolitan, which includes a back scrub, Paraffin mask, calf and foot massage, and the Chuan Man Maintenance facial. Complement your treatment with a VIP suite and jacuzzi, signature massages, or Chuan Touches, and you’re in “treat yo’ self” territory.
555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, 3552 3510, chuanspa.com.hk.
A neighborhood barbershop in a convenient location, Fox and the Barber offers a no-frills menu of luxe treatments done with the best products available. Amidst interiors blending traditional British charm with modern industrial design, you can indulge in sophisticated haircuts (from $260), wet shaves ($440) or beard trims ($260) that use luxe products from Penhalingon’s and Truefitt & Hill.
41-43 Graham Street, Central, 2405 6880, foxandthebarber.com.
A gentlemen’s club moonlighting as a barbershop, The Duke’s is an exclusive, members-only joint hidden above Wellington Street. Start with Cuban cigars and fine whiskies in the cigar lounge; if you’ve got mates in tow, head to the private area on the 8th floor where you can organize poker nights, screenings of the big game on the 65” flatscreen, or just a manly catch-up. In between, primp with Kenji, the master barber who brings more than 15 years’ experience to his cuts ($550), hot towel shaves ($350) and beard trims ($300).
60 Wellington Street, Central; 2801 6755, thedukes.com.hk.