It was a bit of a struggle for me to find a nice barber/hair stylist when I first moved to Singapore. If I could only transplant my barber from Astor Hair Place in Downtown NYC, who by the way cut for the likes of Daddy Yankee... If you don't know who that is, clearly you are not in the know. :P Yes, I had a rockstar hairstylist in my previous life...
I bounced around the Novena hair saloons for almost three months until I stumbled upon Monsoon and my current hairstylist, Kenny. I had some really bad experiences with some of the shops. Some would charge SGD40-60 bucks for a mere 10 to 15 min cutting session which always left me asking, "that's it?"
Fast forward to Monsoon. A SGD50 haircut, typically with a Senior Stylist, will get you an amazing scalp massage while seated in your chair plus a 20-30min haircut. The quality of the haircut is personal preference, but in my opinion Kenny can definitely cut hair. He's also a great conversationalist as well and I continue to learn a lot about Singapore/Chinese culture during the sessions. Caucasians also frequent the place, so if you are one of those folks who wonder whether these guys can cut non-Asian hair, I would say give these guys a shot. You never know....
i've been a happy regular at their bukit timah plaza branch for the longest time.
since moving out of that area, i've been looking for a stylist nearer my current location.
my first encounter here was not ideal.
i didn't like the stylist.
since then i've tried another guy, teddy cheah, a leading stylist and have been happy again.
the shampoo aunty, today, was very meticulous and professional.
carefully massaging my scalp in the best way possible.
no nails digging into my scalp and no water left in my ears.
she quietly allowed me to chillax and enjoy the icy cool shampoo on a sweaty, hot day.
teddy also has good bedside manners.
neither talkative nor inquisitive.
again i managed to snooze away whilst he cut.
my only brief to him was no fringe falling over my eyes.
this outlet is the flagship store and patronized by many celebrities too.