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Jul 22, 2017
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Most men would agree that barbershops are more than just places you go to for haircuts. Similar to how the salon often serves as a woman’s retreat for good-natured gossip, mani-pedis, and quality skin and haircare, the barbershop is where men can sit back and relax, talk shop with like-minded individuals, and even enjoy a cup of joe or a cool beer—all while getting pampered and styled into the gentlemen they're meant to be.

While the corner barbershops of our youth, with their straightforward in-and-out services and P40-treats still remain, there are also new players in the game. These younger barbershops, bigger and arguably better, have evolved with the times and offer much more than just the basic haircut—just with a costlier pricetag, of course.

But a solid ‘do doesn’t have to break the bank. Check out these underrated barbershops that offer A+ service at friendly, mid-range prices:

1) Slick Barbers Co.

Like the name suggests, the fellas over at Slick Barbers Co. are all about making you look as slick as possible. Anyone who walks out of there with one of their signature high fade pompadours will surely attest to that.

But well-executed classic cuts aren’t the only thing you can expect. Camaraderie seems to be the name of the game at Slick Barbers Co. Formerly a pop-up barbershop, it’s now carved out its own permanent place in a corner of Makati. The loyal following it amassed before settling down has since turned into a tight-knit community that exists within (and beyond) the shop’s four corners.

Price: Haircuts start at P250

Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 2PM to 10PM

Location: 3919 Yague St. cor South Ave. Makati

2) The Elephant’s Nook Barbershop

Looking for a classy joint that will make you look dapper as hell but won't make your wallet weep? Then EN is where you should book your next haircut.

Not only will you enjoy the cozy ambiance of EN, the barbers all know their stuff and the service they provide is without fault. You’re definitely in safe hands, so don’t hesitate to nap away your time in the chair. Rest assured, you’ll wake up to good-looking ‘do. If you’d rather stay awake and talk with the friendly staff, go ahead—there might just be a cool bottle of beer in store for you.

Price: Haircuts start at P250

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Operating Hours: Mondays to Sundays, 10AM to 9PM

Location: Ground Floor, 8101 Pearl Plaza, Pearl Drive, Brgy. San Antonio, Ortigas Center, Pasig

3) Bond St. Social

Down south of the Metro, there lies Bond St. Social, a throwback barbershop that’s devoted to grooming worthy of a true gentleman. The name itself is a nod to the oldest barbershop in the world, Truefitt & Hill, which used to stand on Old Bond Street in London; at the same time, it’s a promise to keep up to the standards of its namesake.

The cutting floor of Bond St. Social is manned by experienced barbers who are more than ready to provide you with a sleek, classic ‘do. They’re a very versatile set, so don’t hesitate to collaborate with them to create a unique hairstyle that will suit you perfectly. If you’ve got the extra cash, check out their selection of grooming products, too, so you can make the most of the high-quality haircut you’ll undoubtedly walk out of the shop wearing.

Price: Haircuts start at P280

Operating Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 12PM to 9PM; Friday to Monday, 10AM to 9PM

Location: 59 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes, Parañaque

4) HEAVYHANDS Barbershop

Brought to you by two of the three founders of Slick Brothers Co., HEAVYHANDS is a trueblue barbershop that delivers classic haircuts of the same high standard as that of their rival sister.

Unlike other new barbershops of the 2010’s, which seem to put a large focus growing a brand, HEAVYHANDS is pretty straightforward with their craft and presentation: it’s the place to go for a good haircut (and good music, you know, if you enjoy that sort of thing) done with ‘quality and dignity.’

Price: Haircuts start at P250

Operating Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 1PM to 8PM; Saturday to Sunday, 11AM to 6PM

Location: Concepcion Aguila St. Mendiola, Manila

5) OLD School Barbershop

Happy with going to a kantong barbero but looking for a little bit more in terms of service and ambiance? Check out OLD School Barbershop in Manila, which doles out, and we quote, “quality, badass haircuts with pomade for P50.” No wonder there’s always a waiting line of customers reaching all the way out of the shop!

OLD School also knows to put their money where their mouth is: if you’re not satisfied with your haircut, then it’s free of charge! If that doesn’t speak of confidence in their barbers’ skills, we don’t know what does.

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Price: Haircuts at P50

Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday, 7AM to 9PM

Location: 1989 Pedro Gil St. cor Eden Sta Ana, Manila.

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