In Bali, the barbershop trend has really boomed in recent months. Perhaps out of a real demand for a ‘grooming’ destination that doesn’t threaten a man’s masculinity- who knows! Nevertheless, men, the era of ‘wellness only being for women’ has shifted finally, now we can all enjoy the spoils of a day treatment that has us feeling and looking fantastic. Whether you’re after a slick haircut or close shave, or perhaps even a manicure (emphasis on the ‘man’), here are some brilliant barbershops and male-grooming hotspots to check out whilst you’re on the island.
Barber of Bali
Nestled comfortably at the fringe of Seminyak, sat above the ever-popular Shampoo Lounge and Spa, The Barber of Bali awaits to host you and your friends for an authentic barbershop experience. Now, what does this entail exactly? Owner Desmond Koval explains that a real barbershop is about more than just a hair cut; it’s about really kicking back, enjoying some male banter and perhaps sipping a beer or a scotch on the rocks at the same time!
This is exactly what you’ll get when you walk into the Barber of Bali. There’s a full rack of whiskey, a box of cigars and the beers are getting cool in the fridge. Old school rock is playing in the background and there’s a real buzz about the place. This isn’t to say the hair cut doesn’t matter, it really does. The Barber of Bali offers all the classic old school cuts, as well as a professional cut-throat shave. Their barbers speak English well, so you’ll get just the cut you want!
However, services go beyond all this; they also offer athletic massages, gentleman’s facials, sport mani-pedi’s, reflexology and even full waxing services. All the services you’d expect from a salon and spa, but with a real fun, male ambience. Guys, think ‘man cave’ meets ‘male grooming’; ladies, think ‘husband day-care’.
Jl. Basangkasa 8 X, Seminyak
0851 01439 867 | www.balibarber.com
If you’re after a seriously fashionable haircut, you’ll be pleased to hear that the AWAY SPA in W Retreat and Spa Bali has opened its salon doors to 21st century man.
Whilst you await your stylist, you will be invited to enjoy free health drinks, snacks and some gaseous relaxation from their oxygen masks in their cosmic-styled waiting area. Soon, and perhaps begrudgingly as you are separated from your ‘oxygen-high’, your stylist will lead you into the “Hair and Nail” room. Here, you will be treated to an invigorating hair wash before getting your hair cut and styled. Your stylist is no novice; with W often playing host to big stars (men and women), the stylists have managed to please the hair-demands of the rich and famous. Whilst you’re getting your hair done, you will be given some free snacks and health drinks to enjoy.
After your treatment, AWAY SPA welcomes you to enjoy their locker facilities; a bubbling Jacuzzi, steam room and plunge pool are at your disposal. Then, why not order up a cold brew or cocktail at CHILL, the spas internal bar!
W Retreat and Spa, Jl. Petitenget, Seminyak
(0361) 4738 106 | www.whotels.com
Dorsey’s Barbershop at Deus
Found amidst the creative-community meets surfer-lifestyle of the Canggu area, the unique vintage style of Dorsey’s Barbershop fits in perfectly. Settled on the second floor of an antique Javanese joglo in the back of Deus Café, the feel and ambience in Dorsey’s is one you won’t find anywhere else. You get a strong ‘grunge’ atmosphere as you walk in, with cool black and white photos on the wall, antique memorabilia and even a tattoo chair, where visiting tattoo artists get their ink on whilst the barbers are cutting hair just opposite.
The guys at Dorsey’s offer classic barbershop cuts and shaves, they really know their stuff and are familiar with all the appropriate barber lingo too. A unique aspect here is that you will sit looking away from the mirror, then the barbers will talk to you at length to get a feel of what you’re after. Then, you’re left to leave the end result in their trusting scissor-hands; no complaints thus far, so they must be doing something right!
Go in and get the full treatment, a ‘Haircut and Str8 Razor Shave’ grants you a free beer or whiskey – now that’s one way to enjoy a day at the barber.
Deus Ex Machina, Jl. Batu Mejan, Canggu
Text By Edward Speirs