Welcome to the coolest men’s grooming salon in Dubai
The verdict: Chaps and Co oozes British class. I’m not talking about that high and mighty variation, no, I’m talking about that Liam Gallagher, Alex Turner spunk that is effortlessly cool. The hip, ultra-modern barbers’ newest venue located on the mezzanine floor of Building Six in the swanky d3 maintains that British gentlemen’s club vibe while allowing for just enough playfulness. The posh dark décor, leather sofas and trademark stag head brings out the majesty of the gentleman’s world while the cutthroat razors adorning the wall, PS4-equipped at screen TV and the company name spelt out in lightbulbs, all act as a nod to the fact that men never really grow up.
From the moment you enter, the lounge-like setting has you hooked. So much so that when the staff – who look sharp enough to cover fashion magazines – come to politely ask you what beverage you’d like, you half-expect them to hand you a menu because you’d like a serving of fish and chips to pair with said beverage. Truth be told though; all these add-ons are just frills if the haircut doesn’t match the incredibly high standards. Luckily, it does. My allotted barber was chatty and offered up consultation as well as a layman’s walk-through of what he was doing to my hair: keratin treatment plus a skin fade undercut to complement the half-ponytail topped with a facial massage. Life’s good.
By the time I was done, not a strand of hair was out of place. But here’s the problem: I could not sit still while getting my haircut. Just when I was ready to comply to my barber’s wishes, the wireless Marshall stereo in the corner would play another indie rock ballad that the EDM-loving millennials of today would never truly appreciate. At one point my barber and I took a breather just to lip-sync and subtly play air guitars as Arctic Monkeys’ I Bet That You Look Good On The Dance Floor boomed through the speakers. Men never really grow up.
Need to know: A standard cut starts at Dhs115. Visit chapsandco.ae or call +971 4 240 6843