John Barbers is the latest premium barber shop to open in the central business district of Makati City. The partners took a different approach compared to the other premium barber shops that have opened in the last year or so. “Our inspiration is the airport lounge”, says partner George Salud. “We traveled a lot and visited many barber shops to see what we wanted for John Barbers”.
Indeed, the amenities and services at John Barbers are what you can normally find at an airport lounge. In addition to cuts and shaves, you can get a manicure, pedicure, facial and massage. The massage room doubles as a nap room with a bed that can be converted from a hard bed to a soft mattress. There is also a bathroom lounge in case you need to take a shower before going on a night out.
The interiors are not your average old school barber shop. There’s plenty of black, metal and wood that harks back to the 50s and 60s – an era that also happens to be the glamorous days of commercial aviation. The barber chairs are spacious, comfortable and equipped with USB ports and sockets for charging electronic devices. Each mirror has a built-in LCD screen for watching sports or the evening news.
The people behind John Barbers assembled a team with extensive international experience. Their barbers and therapists have worked many years at barber shops and salons abroad. Some of them can even converse in various foreign languages which helps with their international clientele who come from the serviced residences in the same building and around the area.
The reading material they have is notable. There’s the usual style and grooming books but what caught my eye was their selection of foreign magazines that includes Japanese publication Men’s Ex. It’s not sold in this part of the world so it’s good to know I can browse through them here.
I decided not to try their hair cut as that can be quite subjective so I tried their other services. The manicure and pedicure were both excellent. The manicurist took her time in trimming my nails and removing the rough edges around my fingertips. The scalp treatment includes a head and upper body massage while seated in the barber’s chair. I prefer my massages in the barber chair on the soft side but those who like it hard will definitely like it.
John Barbers is a nice addition to the growing number of premium barber shops in Makati City. It’s refreshing to see a barber shop not going old school and sets itself apart by offering services you can’t find elsewhere. If you’re looking for a barber shop that goes beyond the cut and shave check out what John Barbers has to offer.