Compiled by Alexandra Venison and Mohammad Hazem Rezq
At the region’s top barbershops, you’ll find a decidedly masculine space offering so much more than your usual cut and style.
Chaps & Co
Al Bateen Marina, Abu Dhabi
Chaps & Co believes in a no-nonsense approach. That’s not to say you won’t receive “one of the best grooming experiences of your life,” the most common piece of feedback they hear from their clients. Inspired by a quintessential British barbershop – think leather chairs, brass hardware, and barbers suited and booted – here, clean haircuts and straight razor shaves are championed. Chapsandco.ae
Must do Speak up – your barber is ready to give you the exact style you want, down to the last hair.
PDL Coffee Co. & Barbershop
Al Safa, Dubai
Described as a modern-day man cave, PDL has at its heart a love for cycling. Developed by three Emi- rati entrepreneurs, the space comprises a speciality coffee shop, barbershop, and spa, where plush leather sofas make it the perfect hangout post-ride. PDL has more than 50 services on offer, including private mani/pedi stations with your own TV con- nected to Netflix. You can also stock up on cycling gear and grooming products. Pdl-dubai.com
Must do Recover from your morning cycle or workout with the air relax recovery boots on offer.
Jazz Lounge Spa
Hili, Al Ain
The Jazz Lounge offers a how-to in themed experiences. Yes, its walls might feature iconic musicians and there is even a floor mural of piano keys, but the vibe remains undeniably masculine. Its latest branch is no exception. Soulful background music relaxes your mind the second you enter the building. With one of the most comprehensive menus in the region, this is your one-stop shop for treatments ranging from hair and beard styling
to waxing, nail care, facials, and massages. Jazzloungespa.com
Must do The Royal Moroccan bath experience.
Phil & Joe
Walking past Phil & Joe, you can’t help but peer in the window. Filled with vintage curiosities, it looks like a barbershop of the past. Plush leather chairs await, with a black and white checkered floor clashing against the beige-stoned walls. Offering up one of the best services in town, Phil
& Joe also hosts a concept store stocked with exclusive brands. Find Apot Care, Solomon’s Beard, Illesteva, and Numero 10. Philandjoebarbers.com
Must do Taking inspiration from your barber and trying out a moustache.
Palm Strip Mall, Dubai
Unison Barber is the definition of understated cool. Funk, soul, and rare grooves fill the space, which features concrete walls, sleek details, and green foliage. The name – which refers to the mutual agreement between barber and client – extends to the products they use and sell, which are all free of silicone, colorants, and mineral oil. Unisonbarber.com
Must do Stocking up on Aesop and Sachajuan products.
Originally published in the fall/winter 2019 issue of Vogue Man Arabia