These ain't your typical pampering spots

A look at vintage-inspired barbershop A Few Good Men and the late-night facials at Imperial Night Beauty Secret Spa & Facial 

1. A Few Good Men

A Few Good Men

At the rate hipster barbershops are popping up all over the island, we wonder if normal hair salons are going out of business. A Few Good Men is the latest so-old-school-it’s-cool male grooming establishment on the block, run by the folks behind The Redundant Shop, which hawks too-cool-for-school lifestyle knick-knacks next door.

Unlike the other barbershops located in buzzier hipster haunts like Tiong Bahru and Ann Siang Hill, this chop shop holds court in quieter (though also rapidly-gentrifying, thanks to an increasing number of cafés) Everton Park, which still has that comforting, heartland vibe. Forget about going to see and be seen — the place has just one full-time barber at the moment (another one will soon be joining), so you’re likely to be the only hipster getting a haircut in the cosy space, which boasts classic barbershop chairs, walls decked with vintage artwork and reggae music emanating from a vintage radio set.

Slowly and calmly, resident barber Fa’at clips away, making small talk, letting time slip by. It is so relaxing, I don’t realise 45 minutes has already passed. Think of this as a brief respite from the hustle and bustle, and the opposite of those 10-minute, wham-bam-thank-you-man haircuts.

Their prices are friendly too — a haircut is $25 to $35 (compared to as much as $85 at some other hipster barbershops) and comes with a relaxing head massage; a traditional basic shave is $20. Imported hair grooming and shaving products such as pomade, moisturisers and razors are also sold here. Make an appointment, clear your schedule, and enjoy your haircut like a gentleman of leisure.

A Few Good Men is at #01-20A, Bk 5 Everton Park. Call 9085-8920 for appointments.

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