What am I doing reviewing a barbershop? Well, since I accompanied M to get his hair cut and spent the better part of an hour staring at the flurry of activity that is three men getting groomed simultaneously, we decided it fitting to co-write about the experience.
TALAS Manileño Barbershop was a curiosity to us, even before it opened its doors officially. As usual, we were hanging out at UVLA in Cubao X when we found out about a fancy, new barbershop in the works. Eva’s mom, “Mrs. Jackfruit”, excitedly announced that she had taken a pre-opening tour of the cozy, two-story shop owned by Pinoy actor, Jericho Rosales of HUNKS and Pangako Sa ‘Yo fame. M was particularly tickled by the idea of a full-service barbershop opening soon as he was due for a new look. (Can you tell that he’s practically more vain than I am? Tee hee hee.)
A few weeks later, M was on the “hot seat” getting the trendy fade haircut while enjoying the songs of Bob Marley in the background. According to him, “You feel so welcome once you step inside their shop. The barbers are courteous and friendly. Well-experienced barbers, not just for haircuts, but for massages, too.” The Manileño Package, for PHP 350, was spot on for him. It comes with a haircut, scalp massage, and drink of choice (Scotch Whisky, Beer, Coffee, or Juice). For those who want the basic haircut and nothing more, be prepared to shell out PHP 250.
The interior design, featuring mostly wood elements, is retro with a nod to the 50’s and 60’s. It reminds customers of the golden age of barbershops with all that pomp and gentlemanly flair. M describes it as classy and simple, with good lighting, comfortable chairs, and organized dressers. I appreciate how proper everything looks, since the last thing I need when accompanying a man-friend is to be surrounded by magazines with scantily clad women on the cover. In short, it’s masculine without looking like a man cave.
Verdict: To quote M, “I’ll definitely go back and have my hair done there. I don’t mind spending PHP 350 or even more for their service. It’s worth your money.”
Talas Manileño Barbershop
Cubao X, Cubao, Quezon City