Shave and save - how to scrub up and trim costs

Talianna, in Central, is one of the oldest barbershops in Hong Kong, and offers a shave and a haircut for HK$400 - or just HK$200 for each. Photo: Thomas Yau

Two things men can count on to scrub up well are a shave and the haircut - but the rise in men's grooming has seen many stores turn what used to be a daily ritual into sheer extravagance. So where can a man get a shave and a trim that won't break the bank?

Monday, 8 April, 2013, 3:09am

Grow your own way

You'd have to be a fashion recluse to be unaware of the hair-icane that has taken men's grooming by storm. Pick up any recent men's magazine and you will find superheroes Andrew 'Spider-man' Garfield, Christian 'Batman' Bale or Michael 'Prometheus' Fassbender gracing the covers with a bit of scruff and fuzz.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm

Barefaced chic

The art of shaving has a long history, and although many traditional makers of shaving products are stuck in their tired, tried-and-tested methods, one new brand is hoping to (literally) change the face of the modern man.

4 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Feather Forecast

Steven Tyler, one of the judges on American Idol, could be credited for spearheading the hottest trend of the summer. Ditto for actresses Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Hilary Duff, who have sported slender, coloured feathers in their hair, igniting a fashion fad that started in Los Angeles, and is now spreading across America - and beyond.

8 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Volunteer rewarded for top-level service

Her skill may be better than many hairdressers and barbers in the city, but Vivian Tam Sau-kuen's customers do not pay a cent for their snips.

In fact, Tam hasn't charged anyone for a haircut for 18 years. She is the leader of a volunteer hairdressing and barbering team which provides free services to hospital patients, the elderly and those with mental illness.

8 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

A close shave

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'.

19 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Italian hairdresser parts company with star stylist and goes it alone

In February, CitySeen spoke to newly arrived Italian hairstylist Lorena Severi, who followed her husband to Hong Kong for business and found herself working at one of the salons run by star stylist Kim Robinson. Now the tai-tai turned hairdresser has left Robinson's salon and is running two franchised salons.

11 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

It can be hair-raising at times

Julian Cheng Chong-kwan, senior education manager at Toni & Guy Academy, takes pride in creativity and finds joy in training talented young hairdressers

I have been working in the hairdressing business since I was 18. Apart from work in salons, I also do styling for fashion shows, commercial photo shoots and movies.

25 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Shifting sector aims to be a cut above the rest

Hong Kong boasts numerous creative stylists, but salons lack proper management and a structured training system

25 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Parting such sweet sorrow for barbershop quintet after 45 years

Barbers at the only old-style Shanghainese salon in Central hung up their scissors and put away their razors yesterday after 45 years of service, leaving loyal customers fretting about where to go next.

The five staff at the Shanghai New Man Wah Hair-Dressing Company, all over 70, spent their last day sprucing up more than 30 clients.

26 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Trial therapy: Mandarin shave

What is it?

A twist on the classic barbershop formula for gentlemen that combines straight razor shave with therapeutic touches, leaving the face soothed as well as smooth.

What's the atmosphere like?

18 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Curls are the in thing this autumn, says 'grandfather' of salons

According to star hair stylist Kim Robinson, curls are in this autumn.

The veteran mane man made this pontification while speaking on behalf of a new line of Kerastase hair products called Oleo-Curl on Thursday night at the Park Lane Hotel.

Yet, even as he predicted big hair's return, his own signature locks have been trimmed to a short simple cut.

3 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Make the cut

THERE'S NO DOUBT a new hairstyle can boost your spirits. Compliments from friends flow like champagne and your confidence soars. But what do you do when a trip to the hair salon has the opposite effect?

12 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

'Sultan of scissors' returns with top cutters

The Sheraton Hotel is being overrun by Aussie stylists again. Queensland hair salon mogul Stefan Ackerie is back in town with 140 of his hairstylists for a beauty show and training session this morning in the Tsim Sha Tsui hotel.

3 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Never out of style

TELLING A CLIENT that she is not going to look like Catherine Zeta-Jones is tough. But that is what hairstylists have to do every day when they receive requests to deliver the impossible.

25 Mar 2006 - 12:00am