For most of my life, I’ve been going to unisex salons that reek of mousse and perms. Every single time i visited those salons, i always left with a haircut that could be called passable at best. On top of that, i’d always feel out of place. I’d just walk in, sit there silently, while the person who cut my hair, handed me my share of mediocrity for the remainder of the month for me to live with.
So much so for committing the travesty of going to a salon and not a barbershop.
So when TrueFitt&Hill gave us a buzz asking us to drop by and review their services, we at ADE decided to look in on the lush royal treatments they had to offer and take on the herculean task of ferreting out the difference between a salon and ‘the barbershop’
Firstly, I have to admit, the sheer thought of visiting a barbershop that has been such a reigning pioneer in the field of luxury barbering was empowering to say the least.
Because trust me on this, glancing at Truefitt’s appointment books is like reading entries from a ‘Who’s Who’ of distinguished society.
Their glorious clientele includes the likes of Charles Dickens, William M Thackeray, Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde, Beau Brummell, Alfred Hitchcock, Laurence Olivier, Danny Kaye, as well as the celebrated John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Stewart Granger, Fred Astaire and Cary Grant.
As I set foot in the swanky yet regal premises of Truefitt & Hill, Khar I was engulfed by this strong sense of masculinity that the place exuded of.
I must add that seeing the barbers wearing their crisp white shirts, impeccable waistcoats and ties was a refreshing sight indeed.
I then, went on to indulge in the array of services their endearing team had to offer.
Below are my detailed reviews to each of their opulent services with some pictures of the visit.
The Royal HairCut
The procedure began with a personal consultation session. The head barber assessed my hair structure and movement before suggesting an apt hairstyle.The ritual commenced with the shampooing followed by a ‘towel dry’, setting the hair right, allowing the head barber to give me an immaculate haircut. Followed by a light uplifting head massage, the hair is shampooed,rinsed and conditioned. He then sculpted my hair to give it a definitive style.
If pressed on time, you can go in for the ‘Classic Haircut’ instead of the Royal version. It skips the massage and is a cheaper alternative.
The Royal Shave
For starters, well, you haven’t lived until you’ve experienced the pleasures of a great shave at an authentic barbershop like this one.
Here’s how it went for me.
I reclined in the plush old school barber chair inside the Royal Suite. The royal procedure started with the barber wrapping my face with hot towels followed through by exfoliating my face with a scrub. Subsequently a light aromatic pre shave oil was applied to make the beard soft. Hot towels were incessantly used throughout the process to open the pores. Then, using their in house shaving cream, the barber created a rich and emollient lather. He then took a piece of razor sharp metal and shaped my beard for the closest.
(P.S : Allowing another man to hold a razor to your neck is a good way to remind yourself that you’re alive.)
This lavish experience heightens when the royal shave concludes with a super relaxing facial massage and the application of a selection of 10 aftershave balms/lotions.
Royal Manicure & Pedicure
It is a fallacy that taking care of oneself, getting a manicure or having a spa-day is feminine or “high-maintenance”. The erroneousness of this belief is of epic proportions. Well there is nothing wrong in keeping your finger and toe nails neat and clean.
The service began with a consultation and cleansing of the hand and foot skin type followed by cut and file.
They used the infamous ‘body icing and bath snow’ technique to soften my hands and feet. I was then made to dip them into water bowls which had a blend of various essential oils followed by cleansing with body wash and shower sherbet to remove dirt, dead skin and tan. Post the cleaning process, a hydrating clay mask was applied to my hands and feet. The soothing effect of the mask is definitely the highlight of the treatment.
The mask was then gently washed off and Iwas treated to an extremely relaxing hand and foot massage.
The offering includes a full line of shaving, fragrance, hair and bath products to provide a daily grooming solution for men.
Below are some of my personal favourites:
- Ultimate Comfort Aftershave
- Trafalgar bath and shower gel
- Invigorating bath and body scrub
- Crafton Cologne
If you plan on visiting one of the branches of TrueFitt and Hill, I personally recommend that you come in at a time where you can block out a couple of hours to actually relish the luxurious services they have to offer.
It’s a great activity to do with your father or son. Men need traditions that can help bond. Many men have been going to the same barber all their life and have introduced their sons to the same chair and the same barber. What a great way to bond with the men in your life!
When you walk out of TrueFitt & Hill with a sharp haircut and a newfound jawline, you can’t help but feel a bit of manly swagger creep into your step. So next time you spot that familiar red and white striped pole, stop in. You’ll be glad you did!
Photography Credits: The Grey Dot