A close shave

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 October, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 October, 2009, 12:00am

We asked a few of the men in our office what it would take for them to pick up a copy of GLOW. Predictably enough, features with 'scantily clad women' was the top response, but it was followed by 'an old-fashioned barber's shave'.

While there is little we can do with the first choice, we found a few places that still offer old-school shaves, complete with hot towels, lots of lather and a few slaps of aftershave.

There is something comforting and familiar about the simple, no-frills surroundings of a local barber. One such place is the Ambassador Barber Parlour in Causeway Bay. Shaves are done in traditional Shanghai style and are priced at HK$96. Soap is first applied to the face, then a hot, dry towel is placed over the face for about 15 minutes to help the soap soften the facial hair. Once the towel is removed, a new layer of soap is applied for the shave itself. The treatment ends with an application of soothing Pond's Cold Cream.

The parlour is on the third floor of 23 Lan Fong Road. Press '2' in the lift.

For those looking for a truly luxurious experience, there's no better place than the Mandarin Barber (pictured below). Inspired by 1930s Shanghai, the barber offers a traditional shave along with some delightful little touches on the side. The Mandarin Shave (HK$340/60min) begins with a hot aromatherapy towel wrap to open up the pores, followed by a traditional wet shave that finishes with a cold aromatherapy towel wrap to invigorate and awaken the skin. Then a facial massage with unscented after-shave balm is provided, with cool lavender water pads on the eyelids, and the experience is wrapped up with a cold towel to the face to refresh the skin.