HAUTE DUBAI Magazine / Style /
Surviving The Cut: in search for
the right chop shop for
the discerning man
A healthy percentage of men dread going to get their hair cut simply because they are never satisfied with the end result. They smile politely when they look in the mirror, tip respectfully, and then spend the drive home calculating how long they'll have to wait until their hair grows back out. If you leave the barbershop looking, more often than not, like a five year old that just got his first kindergarten haircut, then it's time for a change…
Tried and Tested: 1847 Emirates Towers Boulevard
Dubai has a number of places for men to be men. 1847 is definitely one of them. To start with, pressing a secret button slides the door open to the ‘grooming lounge’, Bruce Wayne style, of course.
If you beat the clock to your appointment, there’s a special lounge where you can kick back and enjoy harmonious sounds and manly reading material while you wait. Once your hairdresser is ready to see you, you will be escorted to a space that really captures the time-honoured gentleman's barbershop and its traditions, down to the smells and the vintage barber chairs.
Like in all barbershops, you would expect the stylists here to be chatty; however, they proved to be better listeners. The haircut was faultlessly executed to satisfaction despite the little effort that went into articulating the desired look.
Word for the wise: follow your haircut cut with a revitalizing Express Facial (AED 90). Clocking at 25 minutes, this facial is more like a full spa experience. Using REN skincare products, which are formulated with plant and mineral derived actives, the facial will draw out impurities and reduce the appearance of pore size and fine lines. Other perks of the facial include a private flat screen TV at each station.
Results: Classic haircut exact as to what was asked for, while skin feels purified and renewed and appears healthier and more energised.
Toni & Guy
At Toni & Guy, highly trained hairdressers, top quality products and state-of-the-art salons combine to give you an uncompromising quality of hair care.
DIFC (+971 4 330 3345)
Man/Age is a luxurious retreat for men’s grooming needs. Each service is executed in simplistic Italian ambience.
Arjaan Tower, The Souk (+971 4 437 0868)
Urban Male Lounge
Launched by NStyle International in 2006, the brand has won multiple awards since. Services encompass massages, facials, shaves and haircuts offered in a plush environment.
DIFC (800 865)
Jacques La Coupe
La Coupe is a well-regarded Middle Eastern hair and beauty chain whose expertise is behind some of the most glamorous looks of many Arab celebrities.
Dubai Mall, Gallerie la Fayette (+971 55 841 0414)
Chivalry provides a wide range of services that will leave you looking like a cavalier of modern times.
South Ridge 1, Downtown Dubai +971 4 368 9476