Over the last couple of decades, barbershops in Bangkok have been lost in the rise of cutting-edge salons. But just like people’s nostalgic pull to old-school vinyl, a vintage haircut harks back to the good old days. And today, men’s barbershops have made a big comeback.
Three Brothers Barber Shop, located in the Metro Mall at Chatuchak MRT station, offers vintage-inspired haircuts and rockabilly hairdos. The shop is filled with the atmosphere of Thailand’s old barber shophouse, masculine and no-frills. With their welcoming and friendly personalities, the three co-founders (brothers, naturally) quickly gained popularity among college students and young adults, but they also have made an impression on older generations—the rare trifecta. Grab some imported pomades from the shop before leaving, as well. The price for a cut starts at B450. Check out facebook.com/ThreeBrothersBarberShop for more information.
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. The price for a cut starts at B500. Visit facebook.com/tewsbarber to find inspiration for your next hairstyle.
Another highly popular vintage barbershop, Black Amber is located in a small alley between Thong Lo Soi 5 and 7. With its industrial style décor, you’ll feel like you’ve been thrust into a scene from The Great Gatsby (the book, not the movie). Black Amber allows customers to drink while having a haircut. Rum, whiskey, you name it. But this isn’t just a place to get a new ’do. Other services, such as hot towel shaves and beard trimming, are available, as well. Prices start from B700. To see more, go to facebook.com/blackamberbarber.
For those who prefer the luxe life, Bangkok’s first branch of the finest traditional gentlemen’s barbershop from England, Truefitt & Hill located in Central Embassy, offers a superior grooming experience with quality product and services. This old-school barbershop is decorated in Old English style with grainy black and white photographs hanging on walls covered with equally grayscale paper that’s complemented by sturdy wooden furniture. The Royal Haircut starts at B1100—pricy for a men’s haircut, but worth it, considering the attention each follicle gets. Other men’s grooming services include a shave and shape, head spa, facial hair grooming, and even a shoe shine. To read more about the shop, check out truefittandhillthailand.com.
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. Visit neversaycutzbarber.com to see some of these items.
By Pongphop Songsiriarcha