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The Best Barbershops in Bangkok That Make the Cut

Where to head to for the freshest of cuts in BKK
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Gents, if you are in desperate need of a decent trim to a Western standard in Bangkok, then you have come to the right place for up to date info. It can be daunting with the language barrier to get your tresses styled to your exact requirements in Thailand, but the capital is generally not as challenging as the majority of Thai villages and towns with an abundance of men’s barbershops staffed by locals who speak English to reasonable levels.

The owners of these establishments, many of which have sprung up all over the city in recent years, have mostly plumped for edgy, vintage vibes.

Black Amber

The professional barbers are able to work their magic on just about any classic gentlemen hairstyle, from slicked back, Ivy League, undercut pompadour to neat quiff, or you can ask them to recommend one that best compliments you. A cut is at B700 (an extra B100 with shampoo), while just a hair styling will cost you B300. The barbers are extremely attentive at perfecting your hairstyle, so be prepared to spend up to 45 minutes having them attend to your needs. Fancy giving your beard a little TLC? A beard styling costs B500, whereas a soothing and relaxing, hot towel shave is B600. They also have a separate area for those requiring some private “you time”, and if that isn’t enough, you will also be offered a choice of complimentary drink, either a glass of single malt or a large cup of coffee or tea. Before you leave, don’t forget to check out the Black Amber-approved beard oil and pomades available to purchase from names like Proraso, King Brown and Modern Pirate, as well as style must-haves from local brands such as sunnies from Tawat and leather wallets from Sew and Needle.

Five Prows Barber Shop

Five Prows Barber Shop is regarded as the one of the best and most popular barber shops in Bangkok, Thailand. The barbershop is located on 789 Silom 15 Alley, Silom, Bang Rak and is rated 4.7 out of 5 stars by 90 unique and verified reviewers.

Silom’s latest den of male grooming comes from a former face at Black Amber, Pongpitaya “Nuii” Charoensap.

Named for its five talented barbers, Five Prows resembles very much the standard gentlemen’s cave—wooden floors, dark walls, leather sofas—but its prices are refreshingly on the affordable side.

In fact, the whole vibe is incredibly relaxing—no guys in waistcoats here! Haircuts cost B500 while a hot towel shave is B400.

Make sure to always bring a picture of the desired haircut that you want if you are unsure about the barber or the haircut.

The Man Salon

The Man Salon is a busy salon that caters predominately for men, but they also offer beauty packages and waxing for women. It’s in a great location next to a shopping mall about two minutes from Phrom Phong BTS station.

The Man Salon is extremely efficient. The owner has five other salons in Bangkok, and they know how to run the service smoothly.

Because they’re aimed towards men, there’s no embarrassment walking in and asking for a treatment – they’ve seen it all before and have many bookings from men every day. No man wants to walk into a room full of women, all sniggering when he asks for his nut sack to be waxed. Thankfully, there’s none of that at the Man Salon, and they’re very professional. The place is usually too busy to notice a man coming in asking for waxing.

Truefitt & Hill

Bringing a slice of London to the Land of Smiles, Truefitt & Hill are a traditional gentleman’s chain in the UK who have moved overseas to bring their brand of distinguished grooming to the streets of Bangkok. The walls are beautifully decked out in pinstripe wallpaper and old sepia photos and a trip here is more of an interactive experience than just a mere haircut. The services on offer range from shaves to facials, beard trimming to shoe shining, although with the haircuts priced at 1,100 baht ($35) you might want to be selective about what service you go for!

Never Say Cutz

Though not “vintage,” and therefore the outlier in this group, this barbershop owned by rap superstar Way Thaitanium is one of the first of its kind in Bangkok—a shop that would fit right in on the streets of New York, where a guy can go to get a statement-making cut with line designs. The barbers are always at the top of the game, pulling off some cool and unique designs. Although they’re best known for shaving designs into heads, the barbers do casual cuts just as well. The original Never Say Cutz shop is in Siam Square, but the company recently expanded branches at different locations around the city. The shop also sells CDs from Thai and international hip hop artists, as well as urban, hip hop-style clothing and accessories.

Barberford

Barberford is a hi-end barber shop, located right in the city center. Noteworthy about this shop is that it’s ranked on the #3 of the list “The Swankiest Hipster Barber Shops Around the World” by WanderLuxe travel and lifestyle online magazine.

The shop is kept in an elegant 1920s mood and tone, with a feeling of luxurious vintage. Every client is served in a private room with custom-made barber chair. The services range from shaving, to hair cutting and coloring, and even nail styling.

Three Brothers Barber Shop

If you want a no-nonsense, vintage barbers who take a no-frills approach to smartening you up then Three Brothers is for you. Their specialty is creating retro hairstyles on modern men, and the clientele could be anyone from kids straight out of school all the way up to style-conscious old guys that you’d normally see chatting on the street corner.

Craftsman Barber Shop

The stylists at Craftsman will get the job done for you, whether you want a trendy haircut (B500) a hot towel shave (B500), or your beard styled (B450). The space is dressed with industrial and retro-style interiors—think black and white walls, exposed concrete floors, vintage-style barber chairs, and metal cabinets. Craftsman also carries top-rate hairstyling products from famed brands like Suavegito and JS Sloane. And if you feel like sipping on a highball while getting your new look, Craftsman also serves glasses of Jameson upon order. The venue is obviously a hit among the city’s dapper gents, judging by the opening of a second branch at The EmQuartier.

Tews

Running its business in the capital’s hub for teenagers, Siam Square, Tew’s Barber Shop has served customers with traditional style since 1994. Beyond classic haircuts, Tew’s offers many services that are not easy to find elsewhere, like shaves, eye cleaning, facial massages, ear cleaning, and manicures. You would also not be out of place here with a waxed heavily handlebar moustache. Imported men’s pomade from big names like Bona Fide, Reuzel, Layrite, and Prospectors are also available here.

Maduro Barber

At the vintage-style Rod Fai Market, we found this small two-seat barber shop run by Allan Nonnenmacher, an Australian barber with more than 15 years of experience with the scissors. His tiny store, styled with 1950s pompadour pin-ups and vintage barber chairs, offers cuts along with a hot towel to the neck, some warm Italian shaving lather and straight-blade finish at no extra cost—which we loved. Hot towels are amazing, and nothing is better than it being followed up with warm shaving lather. Allan is always on for a chat, and with the long playlist of country tunes, you’ll feel like you’ve walked into a small-town American barbershop. There’s no running water, which means no hair washing or cut-throat shaves, but at just B400 for a cut with his signature hot towel finish (B500 for a proper skin fade), there are no complaints from us. You can even pick up his own branded pomade (B380) and rum aftershave (B200) to keep yourself looking (and smelling) fresh. From Mon-Wed the store is open by appointment only. Thu-Sun walk-ins are accepted during market hours (5pm-midnight).

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