If your image of a barber still evokes the picture of the friendly neighbourhood uncle – it’s about time you venture out a little.
Aside from an impressive selection of spiffy barbershops that have set up businesses here in recent years, Singapore has also got some pretty cool millennial and Gen-Z barbers: they’re young and passionate about what they do, with a snazzy sense of style and include a handful of female practitioners too.
They’ve also got a keen sense of understanding about the trade, and explain that the experience of visiting a barber isn’t like going to your regular hair stylist.
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“A barber has a set of rules to follow and specific services that we offer such as haircuts, beard sculpting and hot towel shaves,” says Faz Ismail, founder of DeepCuts barbershop at Kampong Bahru Road. “Hairdressers’ services can go down a long list, and usually they tend to be more ‘creative’ and less textbook.”
“The overall haircut from a barber is usually sharper and cleaner, and the haircut by a hairdresser is softer and more moveable,” adds Alif Sianipar, a barber apprentice at Telok Ayer Street establishment, Rogue and Beyond.
And no – visiting a barber isn’t just for men.
“There are women who visit barber shops. Those who come usually have hair above the shoulders or shorter,” says Sianipar.
Here are the young barbers to sit up and take notice of.