Barbershops to check out during Saigon’s reopening


There are many ways to reinvent your look and turn a few heads, from getting into shape to putting on never-before-seen tailored clothes. However, the fastest and easiest way to get a brand new look is to get a new hairstyle. 

Whether you’re looking for a classic shave for a clean look, an elegant pompadour to impress your date, or a pampering facial session to unwind after a long working week, these Saigon barbershops have got you covered.

Due to the Covid-19 situation in Saigon, please contact the local barbershops in advance to make appointments or health declarations before checking in.


1. Đông Tây Barbershop – well-versed in African hairstyles



Image credit: Đông Tây Barbershop

From fade haircuts for a modern vibe to flat top haircuts for a clean, fresh look, Đông Tây Barbershop does it all. However, the shop’s strengths lie in its African hairstyling, such as dreadlocks, buzz cuts, and burst fade mohawks that not all Saigon barbershops can pull off. 


Image credit: Đông Tây Barbershop

Due to its versatility, the shop is popular among both local and foreign customers, from adults to children.

The shop has a compact space and unique decor featuring exposed brick, with a vibrant ambience like that of a local barbershop in Brooklyn.


Image credit: Đông Tây Barbershop

Don’t hesitate to bring your kids here for a trim too – the shop also has a special seat in the shape of a sports car for children to keep them entertained while having their hair cut. 

While the shop has plenty of outlets across the city, it also has a bus where it often hosts mobile haircut sessions every once in a while. 


Image credit: Đông Tây Barbershop

Nguyễn Hoài Thanh, the brand’s founder, often pays it forward by giving cheap or free haircuts to students and homeless people. 

Address: Multiple locations in District 10, District 3, and Phú Nhuận District. View location list here.
Telephone: 0972 730 732
Opening hours: 8.30AM-8.30PM, Daily

Website


2. House of Barbaard – includes a bar downstairs



Image credit: House of Barbaard (Ho Chi Minh City)

Jazz things up at House of Babaard, which provides a good selection of cocktails and tipsy drinks to keep customers entertained while waiting their turn. Here, you can await your refreshing shave while downing a martini.

Boasting 1920s-themed decor with elegant teal walls and old-fashioned glossy furniture for a luxurious ambience, House of Barbaard looks straight out of the Great Gatsby movie.  


Image credit: House of Barbaard (Ho Chi Minh City)

The barbershop has a swanky wine bar downstairs called Ministry of Men, where you can pamper yourself with a glass of wine and tasty tapas while watching an acoustic music performance.  

Address: 12/4B Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai, Đa Kao Ward, District 1
Telephone: 028 7772 7737
Opening hours: 9AM-10PM, Daily

Website


3. BarberShop Vũ Trí – featuring tattoo hair styles



Tattoo hairstyle
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To truly stand out from the crowd, a dyed graphic buzzcut resembling an artwork on your scalp is a smart pick. Since this kind of haircut is not easy to nail, it’s important that you find barbers with good mastery of this style. 


Singer Ngô Kiến Huy at Barbershop Vu Tri
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Over the years, Barbershop Vũ Trí has established a reputation as one place in the city for slick shaves and dyed buzz cuts that start from VND50,000 (~USD2.20).


Image credit: Barbershop Vũ Trí

Address: Multiple locations in District 3, District 8, District 6, and Gò Vấp District. View location list here.
Telephone: 052 318 6168
Opening hours: 9AM-7PM, Daily

Website


4. Le Barbier de Saigon – contemporary European hairstyling techniques



Image credit: Le Barbier de Saigon

Because of its European hairdressing styles and a good selection of hair and facial services, Le Barbier De Saigon is particularly popular among expats in District 2. 

Aside from basic services such as haircuts and beard trimming (from VND250,000, ~USD10.83), customers can also opt for a 1-hour facial treatment (VND500,000,~USD21.65) for skin moisturization and hydration. 

While capes inspired by the French flag and barbers wearing newsboy caps give Le Barbier De Saigon a sense of old-school French style, the shop’s simple interior design adds a contemporary touch. 


Famous choreographer John Huy Tran after his slicked-back ‘do
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Le Barbier de Saigon

The barbershop is also known to offer trendy cuts, wavy pomps for a glossy style, and tousled and messy haircuts for an edgy, youthful look.  


Image credit: Le Barbier de Saigon

Address: 8C Nguyễn Bá Huân, Thảo Điền Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City
Telephone: 0938 737 845
Opening hours: 10AM-7PM, Daily

Website


5. Woodland Barbershop – bilingual staff



Image credit: Woodland Barbershop

Featuring bilingual staff who can communicate fluently in English, Woodland Barbershop is a good place for expats who want more than just a basic haircut and shave. 


Image credit: Woodland Barbershop

You can tell the staff the hairstyle that you want and discuss the nitty-gritty of hairdressing with them.  

Woodland Barbershop offers a list of affordable services such as haircuts with washing and styling (VND100,000, ~USD4.40), wet shaves (VND50,000, ~USD2.20), and hair dyeing (VND300,000-VND699,000, ~USD13.18-USD30.76). 

Address: 29 Lê Cao Lãng, Phú Thạnh Ward, Tân Phú District, Ho Chi Minh City
Telephone: 0909 444 303
Opening hours: 10AM-8PM, Daily

Website


6. NGỐ Barbershop – affordable and modern haircuts 



Image credit: NGỐ barbershop

A hidden gem in District 5, NGỐ Barbershop offers a solid range of modern hairstyling options that start around the VND70,000 (~USD3.08) mark, a reasonable price for a haircut these days. 


Image credit: NGỐ barbershop

You know this barbershop is legit because it is always buzzing with young people coming here for edgy and youthful non-traditional haircuts.  

Be it a classic shave or a trendy premlock that requires remarkable barber techniques, the barbers are more than happy to consult you on a cut that suits your look and personal style. 

NGỐ barbershop has a compact yet chic space, featuring dim lights, earth-toned furniture, and retro-themed ornaments. 

Address: 70 Lê Hoàng Phái, Ward 17, Gò Vấp District, Ho Chi Minh City
Telephone: 032 651 5117
Opening hours: 9.30AM-8PM, Daily

Website


7. A Xúc – cheap haircut amid retro setting



In the collage: HK actors Raymond Lam, Chow Yun-Fat, Joe Ma, Nicholas Tse, and Bowie Lam.
Image credit: Cholon Downtown


For a cheap haircut amid a decades-old setting reminiscent of the 1990s,
A Xúc Barber Shop is your best bet. 

A Xúc Barbershop is located on the 2nd floor of An Bình Apartment Building in District 5 and completely hidden in plain sight. After over 10 years of operation, this barbershop is extremely popular among the Chợ Lớn community. 


Image credit: Cholon Downtown

Boasting a humble and vintage appearance, the shop houses antique barber tools, one mirror, and a collage of 90’s Hong Kong celebrities that you can have the barber style your hair after. 

For a wet haircut, customers have to pay only VND15,000 (~USD0.64), a relatively low price that’s hard to come by for a haircut in Saigon. 

Address: An Bình Apartment Building, 122 An Bình, Ward 5, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City


6. OGiconic Barber House – plenty of promotions


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Those who crave freebies on top of good hair can check out OGiconic Barber House, where you’ll find plenty of promotions. 

Among the gifts offered here include a shampoo bottle for every combo of a basic shave plus a curling, dyeing, or pomading service, a take-home pomade for a group of 3 people, as well as hair brushes for those checking in to the shop. 

Image credit: OGiconic Barber House

OGiconic Barber House offers various hair styling and facial services costing from VND130,000 to VND500,000 (~USD5.63-USD21.65), including a wet cut and finish, hair repair treatment, curling, dyeing, shampooing, beard trim, and hot towel shave. 

Boasting a roomy space, plenty of seats, and complimentary drinks, OGiconic Barber House lets customers wait for their turn comfortably when it packs a full house. 

Address: 

  • 1 Pasteur, Nguyễn Thái Bình Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • 602/45B Điện Biên Phủ, Ward 22, Bình Thạnh District, Ho Chi Minh City

Telephone: 033 285 6485
Opening hours: 9AM-8PM, Daily

Website


Saigon barbershops


Now that Saigon has allowed barbershops and hair salons to reopen, it’s time to give yourself a pampering treatment after 4 months of styling your own hair. 

Because your haircut structures your face, it can help your face look slimmer, younger, or more mature – and goes a long way when making that first impression on others. 

Whether you’re looking for a classy slicked-back look or a modern edgy undercut, these Saigon barbershops have the inspiration and hairdressing techniques to give you that fresh and timeless look you’re craving.

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Cover image adapted from: NGỐ barbershop, House of Barbaard (Ho Chi Minh City), and BarberShop Vũ Trí

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