The Carioca’s Guide to Grooming

1. Gentleman’s Tonic
Mayfair, London

Their philosophy? Providing the “perfect antidote to the stresses and strains of modern life”. Their high-trained staff aim to give you a unique experience in a private, sumptuous environment. The salon is at once up-to-date and pleasantly traditional. For men who prefer a classic, groomed look delivered with contemporary flair.


2. 1847 for men
Various locations, Dubai

Grooming lounges for the jet-set executive, dotted in strategic locations around Dubai. The name, 1847, is taken from the year of the invention of the safety razor: a revolutionary development in men’s personal grooming routines. With dedicated attention to the male experience, the facilities have the feeling of a gentleman’s club, that happens to offer excellent barbering and grooming services.


3. Sultans of Shave

So dedicated to perfection are the team behind Sultans of Shave that they took themselves to London to learn their craft. From frequenting some the city’s best barbers to working in them, they gained experience that has allowed them to hone every part of the grooming process to flawlessness. The experience is typically British: discreet, sleek, with a striking attention to detail.

4. Mandarin Oriental Barber
Hong Kong

For stately refined luxury head to the barber at the Mandarin Oriental. With original mid-century interiors, the Mandarin Oriental projects a comforting image of tradition, history, and well-established savoir-faire. This location is as ideal as the traditionalist seeking the perfect haircut as the modern man willing to splash out on a facial, massage, or mani-pedi.


5. La Clé du Barbier

Tucked away in the Latin quarter of Paris, this traditional New York-style barber shop is imbued with classic gallic cool. It’s the ultimate address for the man who owns who more than one beard oil, balm, or conditioner. Precision is key and head barber Alex Boulom is nothing if not detail-oriented. If that’s not a good enough reason, the salon is also rumoured to be frequented by Riccardo Tisci.