Middle Eastern men are known for their care and attention to grooming, so it should come as no surprise that there are plenty of quality salon services for men in Dubai. Heavy traffic and long working hours make life stressful, so many men find their “me-time” in a salon that offers a trendy, relaxed atmosphere with extras such as music, WiFi and coffee.
Do take advantage of the more traditional straight razor shaves. Besides offering the closest shave possible, straight razor shaves are a signature treatment in Dubai men’s salons.
Before getting a haircut, you should consult with the stylist to make sure that he understands the look you are going for. Most stylists hail from around the globe, and in Dubai you’ll find trained consultants who are really up-to-date on the latest fashion.
However, because English may not be their first language, so make sure you are clear about exactly what you want done. Interestingly, male salons in Dubai mostly employ male stylists.
There are a plethora of men’s salons in Dubai. Some are barbershops, others are salons and some are advertised as “men’s lounges.” In recent years, the beard has made a comeback among young hipsters, and barbershops are offering bespoke styles to suit this trend.
You can be assured that the Dubai health authority checks the standards of licensed salons, ensuring that all instruments are sterilized, and that technicians operate in a sanitary manner. If you aren’t sure, then ask to see how equipment is sterilized. Nobody will be offended.
Here are eight of the best men’s hair salons in Dubai.
Burj al Salem, Trade Center 1
Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubbed “The Hipster Barber” by Huntr online magazine, Akin is fast becoming the choice destination for the city’s urban creators and innovators who are looking for a cut and shave. A curated shop and barber, Akin offers cuts, beard tune-ups and straight razor shaves for a reasonable price in its stylish shop on Sheikh Zayed Road.
Dubai is no stranger to luxury salon experiences, so it is refreshing to see a New York-style barber experience, complete with great coffee from The Sum of Us, offered in smart surroundings. Open every day except Sunday, Barber Akin uses an online booking system, although walk-in appointments are accepted. Check out their very cool Instagram feed.
Jumeirah Lake Towers
04 551 6192
Offering traditional services in a modern masculine setting, Chaps and Co opened at Jumeirah Lake Towers in 2015 as a vintage-style barbershop with a twist. Its image has been modernized in recent times and the barbershop has become more popular as a place to sit, chat, relax and get a cut and shave. Chaps and Co is modeled after the British-style barbershop, and indeed, the name “chaps” implies a sophisticated and suave individual, manly yet flirtatious. The shop is open 7 days a week, and services include facial and massage treatments.
The Palm, Dubai
Gentleman’s Tonic offers male salon services in an environment that is literally a cut above the rest. Locations worldwide include Dubai, Hong Kong, New Delhi and London. In Dubai, Gentleman’s Tonic brings you the traditional barbershop experience in the iconic surroundings of Atlantis, The Palm. Its philosophy is to provide subtle, elegant and exceptional service.
The signature Royal Shave, lasting 45 minutes, includes pre-shave oil application, a facial mask and post shave acupressure massage and is designed to reduce pores and regenerate tissue.
The product range used in Gentleman’s Tonic is natural, made in the UK, and does not contain harmful chemicals or synthetics. Haircuts, beard trims and straight razor shaves are provided, as are children’s cuts.
Beach Park Plaza
Jumeirah Beach Road
04 342 7727
Beats and Cuts claim to fame is that they’ve trimmed the tresses of such celebrities as Will Smith, Shaggy, Jay Sean and more. With a funky red and black interior, cool tunes on play and an international set of stylists, Beats and Cuts ticks all the boxes when it comes to fashion and style.
Beats and Cuts offers up-to-date haircuts and awesome fades (meaning short on the side, and tapering into any length on the top). Take a look at some of their fades on their Instagram feed.
You can top up your look with a manicure, pedicure, hair treatment, massage or facial. The salon also offers waxing services. FUDGE hairstyling products and Bliss spa products are used at this salon.
Jumeirah 3, Dubai
A professional haircut in an unpretentious environment is offered by Hombre, which is Spanish for “man.” The salon offers consultation and haircuts, a selection of shaves, massage and facials. There is even an “Urban Fix,” which is basically a repair job done quickly for those who ended up with the wrong cut elsewhere. For night owls, this salon stays open until late in the evening.
Shop 12, Rawdat al Karama, Street 4A
04 3979097 / 050 1056969
Shop 3, BLD 53, al Mussala Road, Bur Dubai
04 3547574 / 056 1747574
This salon offers good value in two locations. Prices are reasonable and the menu is extensive. The Lounge Gent Salon offers the full compliment of cuts, shaves, facial and body treatments, nail services, waxing and threading.
Branch 1: Times Square Mall (near Mall of the Emirates)
Branch 2: Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC)
04 4505100 (out of UAE bookings)
Offering services that are a step above and beyond that of a simple hair cut, the Urban Male Lounge offers a gateway to a premier relaxation experience. This salon is part of the larger NStyle International.
Urban Male Lounge appeals to men who would like to relax and receive premium service while chilling to the latest music and shows on plasma television screens. Quite simply, it is an oasis for Dubai’s busy professional men.
Dubai’s gents can receive “The Cut,” and combine it with a shave, therapeutic massage, facials and hand and foot services. The package treatments at UML can be either a reward at the end of a long week, or the start to a fantastic weekend.
There are corporate packages available for team-building events hosted in-office, outside the lounge or at destinations of choice. The rewards program offers buy 5 get 1 free for services, and the two locations are convenient to business and financial centers in Dubai. You can call the 800 number to book appointments.
Fortune Executive Tower, Cluster T, Shop G04
Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT), Dubai
GQ Men’s Hair Lounge provides the usual range of cut and barber services, coloring and treatments. If you are looking for the full salon experience including massage, cut, and nail and facial treatments, it is worthwhile investing in one of the packages at the salon, which offer combined services at a highly discounted rate. GQ Men’s Hair Lounge also offers the ability to book online.