Mandarin Barber

[06/10/09] 

Uncover a whole new you at the Mandarin Barber
 
We all remember barber shops from our childhood – big men with bald spots and gorilla limbs (or in Hong Kong, perhaps Drunken Masters with big scissors), stacks of dog-eared soft porn, overflowing ashtrays and a barber chair seemingly produced by Westinghouse.

Getting your hair cut can still seem like a chore – after all, it’s a long time to sit still – but now we modern men can treat ourselves to a little luxury and place those receding hairlines in the hands of true Trichophilic experts.
 
From the colonial gentlemen’s club-style waiting area to the cutting room’s 1930s décor, it’s all about testosterone-friendly exclusivity at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong’s Mandarin Barber. Complete with TV screens in the mirrors and private audio system for good measure, the establishment is a bona fide male enclave, as any respectable barber should be, with not a single 1980s blow curl portrait in sight. Treatments include hair cuts (from HK$310), wet shaves (from HK$250), massages for the face and body, acupressure, reflexology, manicures and the signature Shanghainese pedicure. And if you fancy some alone time whilst getting a trim, you can book celebrity barber, Angel Gonzales, for an extra 30 percent. What’s more, the new Mandarin Men program means you can look your sharpest with a complete grooming session each month (memberships for three, six or 12 months available).
 
Look like you just stepped out of a Ralph Lauren poster.
 
The Mandarin Barber
www.mandarinoriental.com/hongkong
Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central, Tel: 2525-4088
Open Mon-Sat 8am – 7pm; Sun 10am – 5pm (Reservations recommended).

The Nuts & Bolts: Men are finally under focus at the Mandarin Barber, the city’s top barber shop.

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