Vintage barbershop concepts are sprouting across the Emirates catering to the modern man who wants more than just a haircut and shave – one of the trailblazers of this concept was undoubtedly Chaps & Co Barbershop and I was recently invited to check out their newest branch in Dubai Design District (D3).
Ambiance: Chaps & Co’s decor takes the basic design of vintage barbershops and turns it up a whole notch to make it edgy and contemporary. The light bulb laden waiting room is what every men’s den should aspire to be with sumptuous leather couches and a game of FIFA at your disposal. The carefully-selected rock music playlist is a welcome touch while I also loved the cut-throat razers lined up around the barber chairs. Then there was the the all-black treatment room (or a mini-spa) – possibly my favorite one yet – that would put all the spas to shame, even with that questionable painting of a tiger hanging at the back.
Services: I went for a hair and beard trim ( 75 AED) and the In N Out Massage & Express Facial (345 AED).
My trim was done by the first-ever female barber in the U.A.E who took her time to get my beard lines right and was patient with my mortal fear of painful shaving cuts. She also gave me some great advice on hair and beard care including using a hot towel before a shave and using a trimmer for the area that lies above your cheekbones. After some cringe-worthy experiences at a few of Dubai’s salons, I can easily say that I was satisfied with the end result.
Next up was the massage and facial – as always, I opted for a neck, back and shoulder keeping my neck injury and desk job habits in mind. The experience was relaxing while not being sleep-inducing which made the massage a great fix right before the weekend. The therapist paid great attention to the problem areas and was receptive to my feedback too. Meanwhile, the three-step Express facial left my tired skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated as well – if you’re looking to work on skin problems such as acne or dry skins I’d recommend going for something more potent on their menu.
Highs: Stunning decor, friendly service staff, competitive prices
Lows: My only issue was the lack of unavailable parking in D3
Verdict: A sophisticated spot for any man looking for more than just a run-of-the-mill haircut and a shave
For more details, visit www.chapsandco.ae/ or call +971 4 240 6843 to make an appointment at their D3 branch