Doc Guthrie’s, Shanghai’s very first vintage barbershop, offers classic haircuts, straight-razor shaves, and you can even get yourself inked up here. Shanghaiist went to the barbershop on Kangding Lu in Jing’an to give ourselves a new look.
The sign on the door as you enter the barbershop reads, “Doc Guthrie’s Barber Shop – making men.” It’s a place where a man can have a haircut, get his beard trimmed and sip on a fine whisky while he waits. Dynamic 1950s Belmont salon chairs, stainless steel sinks and photographs of macho icons on the walls remind us of our place in the history of men.
Dylan Byrne, the owner (also the man behind Shanghai Tattoo), offers a range of whiskeys and beers to go with the experience. The Irishman is particularly fond of Teeling Irish whiskey, a small-batch whiskey from an independent distillery in Dublin.
British stylist Anna Elliot is a dab hand with the razor, but it was Ricky, the man, who looked after us. We’re still chuffed with his work and for 298 RMB it’s about the same price as you would pay for a respected stylist in any other city. You can also purchase imported professional styling products to aid you in maintaining the retro look.
Everything at Doc Guthrie’s is period, from the decor to the styling products and the cut-throat razors used for shaving. Men have been using straight razors since the 17th century and the skill was once a major part of any barber college’s curriculum. These days it’s become a dying art and Doc Guthrie’s is one of few, if not the only barbershop in Shanghai that specializes in the service.
The barbershop standard haircut is a short back and sides with a neat trim on top, which can be styled into a smart hairdo with minimal fuss. It’s finished off with a sharp line razored into where the parting should be, and leaves you looking pretty much like the guy on the sign on the door minus the physique.
This month Doc Guthrie’s has been supporting Movember by styling slick moustaches out of bushy beards and donating the proceeds to the men’s health charity. On Sunday, November 29, it’s bringing together all the things it loves in one place for “Movember’s Magnificent Manly Moustache Market” with classic cars, bikes, barbers, tattoos, live bands, pop-up restaurants, menswear and a moustache competition.
If like us you’ve been too afraid to go for a haircut since you came to Shanghai then go to Doc Guthrie’s for the gentlemen’s treatment and drink down a glass of whiskey to calm your nerves. I showed the barber a picture of Elvis and came out feeling like King Creole.
Watch the time-lapse video of our experience in the chair:
Posted by Doc Guthrie's Barber Shop on Wednesday, 18 November 2015
When: 12 PM – 8 PM (Tuesday – Friday) 10 AM – 6 PM (Weekend)
Where: 873 Kangding lu, near Yanping lu, Jing’an // 静安区，康定路873号，近延平路