Every year, when I return home for the summer, it’s always a struggle to find a barber shop that can do a simple proper line up. And it’s not a surprise if you end up on this article for having the same problem as I did. We can’t leave our readers with nappy hair, so we’ve compiled a list of barbershops. We picked these places because we believe the skill and the vision that each of them carries.
Liem Barber Shop
Arriving at Liem Barber Shop, you’ll be bombarded with tattoos, piercings, and Dickies jumpsuits. Now you’re confused and find yourself at a Mexican-American neighborhood in the 60s. But actually you’re at the most unique barber shop in Saigon, where the owner Liem has a strong and unmatched passion for cutting hair in the Chicano lifestyle. Two years ago, he decided to realize these passions and open Liem Barber Shop. Today, when you mention the name Liem Barbershop, there’s a good chance that at least one person from your group of friends has visited or seen them on social media.
No matter what time it is on the day, you’ll see a long line of customers waiting for their cut. Everyone that comes in will take a number and wait until the number gets called. If you are looking for a classic comb over, a clean fade or a combination of classic comb over fade, this is the right place for you. At first glance, the barbers may look intimidating with their tattoos and piercings but they are extremely friendly and professional. Because of the uniqueness in style of the shop, the barbers are required to be passionate with the art.
Location: 79 Nguyen Son Ha, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
Saigon Clippers Barbershop
Located in District 10, Saigon Clippers is your classic barbershop. It doesn’t carry a street or gangster style like Liem Barbershop. Instead, it represents a vintage vibe with a brick wall and dark wood fixtures. With the mission of bringing you the authentic experience of a barbershop, the barbers will take his time to cut your hair despite any long lines waiting. This is the art of barbershop, where money isn’t the main focus and customer satisfaction is put above all else. If you’re looking for a slick design with your undercut, the barbers here are exceptionally good at it. The customers come to Saigon Clippers are from all races and demographics, you can run into a college student, a kid and his dad or an expat looking for a fresh cut.
Location: 690/23 Le Hong Phong, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City
Previously, we’ve already covered Hurricane Barber. Different from the two listed above, this barbershop has a different concept. Only run by two barbers, Hurricane Barber has a laidback-yet-personal atmosphere. The concept of Hurricane reminds you of an old-fashioned chaired barber on the streets of Vietnam. Bi, the owner has a deep passion with the craft, and there’s no second thought when you come to him for a cut. The idea of opening a barbershop came to him a few years ago when he was struggling to find a perfect place for an undercut. Bi and his partner decided to create a place with a vision of “doing it right”. With the Vietnamese traditional concept combined with Western cutting style, Hurricane Barbershop attract a large youth crowd in Saigon.
Location: 2nd Floor 135 Bui Vien Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Le Barbier de Saigon
Located in District 2, Le Barbier de Saigon is a vintage barbershop that is dedicated to men’s lifestyle. The barbershop offers traditional and modern methods in men’s grooming including hair, skin, beard and mustache care. Le Barbier de Saigon takes the term barbershop by its literal meaning because it operates as a barber and a shop. To make sure their customers stay fresh from head to toe, they also run a small retail section with a selection of the trendiest men’s clothes and accessories from European boutiques.
Location: 53a Nguyen Dang Giai, Thao Dien, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City
Brothers – Boutique Men’s Salon
Recently opened on Dong Khoi Street in Saigon, Brothers is the definition of a gentlemen’s club. The space is created for like-minded men who share similar passions. They can come here, enjoy a hearty glass of rum and chat with each other while getting a cut from a skillful barber. The name Brothers is starting to make sense based on their vision, quoted from their Facebook page: “The friendship of Brothers has the characteristics found in that of comrades and in general between people who are like each other, is as much as they belong more to each other and start with a love for each other from their very birth, and in as much as those born to the same family. Our family crest incorporated in our logo signifies the importance of brotherhood.”
Unlike the rest of the barbershops on the list, this place defines itself as a salon. Their mission is to help men feel and look their best by combining signature haircuts, personalized consultations, traditional shave and spa service. Their service ranges from haircuts, shaves to manicure and pedicure for men.
Location: 157 Dong Khoi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
4Rau Barber Shop
Aside from Liem Barbershop and Saigon Clippers, 4Rau Baber Shop is one of the most popular barbershops in Saigon. The owner is former actor Ha Hien who played a role in Bui Doi Cho Lon. The movie created a bang in the Vietnamese film industry in 2013. After several film projects, he decided to postpone his acting career and follow his passion for cutting hair. After months of learning and practicing the craft, Ha Hien decided to open his own barbershop and it has become a commonplace for many people including actors. Because of his own difficult upbringing as a child, Ha Hien opened the shop with the mission of helping disadvantaged youth.
4Rau Barber Shop carries a vintage vibe, featuring fixtures like a brick wall, classic barber chairs, the mirrors, the clippers, to the straight razors. There are around a couple hundreds visits daily at the shop; so if you’re planning to get fresh, we recommend making an appointment or coming earlier in the day.
Location: 634 Dien Bien Phu, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City