If you’re planning to have your hair cut and styled, and have enough cash to spare for a little luxury, our advice: skip your trusty kanto barbero for now. We believe that you deserve to treat yourself from time to time, and that crowning glory of yours needs as much grooming and pampering as possible, too. So go ahead, head over to that seemingly sosyal barbershop, and splurge. No one will judge you.
There’s no proven study or scientific explanation if the price of a haircut yields better results. But undoubtedly, the feeling of having your ass and back on a comfy chair, with wide mirrors to stare at, and A-plus service can make any customer feel like a king.
Here’s a list of some of the best barbershops—in terms of service, interiors, and price—if you’re planning to indulge. Pick your city, and you’re good to go!
1) If you’re from Makati City…
What makes it special: The recently launched Bench Barbers in Glorietta is simultaneously old school and modern—they have those trademark barber chairs, antique signs, and of course, precise and tailored haircuts (with a modern twist) to complement the sleek ambiance.
But what really makes Bench Barbers special is the fact that their barbers are trained by world-renowned Filipino-American stylist Mark Bustos, who became popular for his free haircuts for the homeless in New York. You are sure that you’re in great hands, thanks to Mark’s impressive taste.
Services offered: Hair cutting, shaving, beard grooming, manscaping, nail cleaning, massaging, and more.
Price range: Haircuts start at P350
Bench Barbers is located at the 2/F of Glorietta 4, Makati
2) If you’re from Mandaluyong City…
What makes it special: Lar’s Republic is the go-to barber of some of your favorite PBA players such as Topex Robinson, Cyrus Baguio, Sonny Thoss, Calvin Abueva, Vic Manuel, and more. With 15 years of self-taught experience, and tons of elite athletes knocking on his shop’s door from day to night, Lars definitely knows what he’s doing. Need proof? Just check the hashtag #LarsKnowsHair on Instagram.
Services offered: Hair cutting, shaving, hair coloring, and more.
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Lar’s Republic is located at Barangka Drive, Mandaluyong City
3) If you’re from Quezon City…
What makes it special: Located right smack in the middle of Cubao's bustling streets, Talas Manileño is the place to be if you want to achieve a handsome cut that screams “classy.” If you want to have that pompadour haircut a la Elvis Presley or James Dean, then Talas Manileño has got you covered, as they are known to specialize in this particular style. Plus, there’s a free drink of your choice, too (craft beer, whiskey, or brewed coffee) for the ultimate pampering experience. Trivia: Jericho Rosales is a part-owner!
Services offered: Hair cutting, shaving, massaging, hair coloring, and more.
Price range: Haircuts start at P280
Talas Manileño is located at Cubao Expo, Cubao City
4) If you’re from Taguig City…
What makes it special: Titan is a hoops fanatic’s playground. If you’re planning to go shoe- and jersey-shopping (or window shopping), or itching to watch a basketball game, but badly need a cut as well, then Titan is your Mecca. Customers can come by the shop, run into the occasional baller, and chat up fellow basketball aficionados. And don’t underestimate their skills. You'll be leaving their joint with playah-like swag.
Services offered: Hair cutting, shaving, massaging, hair coloring, hair treatment, and more.
Price range: Haircuts start at P200
Titan is located at #12 Two Parkade, Ground Floor. 30th Street, The Fort BGC, Taguig City
5) If you’re from Pasig City…
Felipe and Sons
What makes it special: They have hot towels to soothe your aching muscles, a rinse set to your preferred temperature, and a massage to relieve you of the day’s pressure. Of course, expect the haircut to be as slick as the place, with your hair styled with ample pomade to finish. Whether you're a hip-hop fan or a classic rock junkie, their taste in music will have you relaxed and ready for pampering.
Services offered: Hair cutting, shaving, beard grooming, massaging, facial, hair spa, and more.
Price range: Haircuts start at P360
Felipe and Sons is located at El Pueblo Real de Manila, J. Vargas Ave. cor. ADB Ave., Ortigas, Pasig City