Experience with Goodman Barber Shop
Goodman Barber Shop reached out to me a few weeks ago. They were kind enough to offer me a hair cut but I must say my experience at Goodman Barber shop was well beyond my expectation.
It was my first barber experience in Hong Kong. Now you should know that I always have problems with hair cut in general. My hair, especially the left side and around the whorl, is quite “stubborn”. I’d always have hair sticking out around that area no matter what products I use or what kind of hair cut I get. I couldn’t seem to tame it. It’s not easy for me to get a satisfactory hair cut.
I went there on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Goodman Barber shop is located inside the Mirador Mansion in in Tsim Sha Tsui. If you’re not familiar with the hood, that area of Tsim Sha Tsui is full of tailors and vintage camera shops. Rumor has it that half the tailors in Hong Kong are in this Mansion.
The fact that Goodman Barber shop purposely picked this location definitely adds a classy yet hipster-ish vibe to it. A hidden gem for people with good taste, if you will.
Upon arrival, master Sam greeted me and gave me a quick rundown of what he’d do. Three minutes into chatting with him, it became clear that he was knowledgeable and seriously passionate about his business.
He wet my hair and began studying it. I particularly liked the fact that he took extra time analyzing my hair and face shape instead of jumping right into it. He had a selection of photographs on the wall showcasing the different kinds of cut. I found that made communication much easier. So often we talk about the style we are looking for without making sure that the hair stylist or barber really “gets“ it. I’m sure we all have nightmare hair cut stories because of miscommunication.
But this is not one of those stories. In fact, this is one of the best experience I’ve ever had. Master Sam clearly knows how to transform men’s hair to complement their face shape. My hair style is quite simple and typical - “short on the two side” and “longer” at the top. Needless to say I wasn’t familiar with all the vocabuloaries but Sam was happy to explain them - high fade, pompadour, etc. The experience felt more than just a hair cut.
It felt like I was getting the full, real barber experience, learning about its history and culture and how it inspired Sam to become a barber.
It also felt like Sam was personalizing the hair style to fit me instead of replicating a certain look on me. His attention to details is admirable. He smoothed out the edges/“corners” of the high fade, for instance, to make the look more approachable - which I’m all for. The nuances make all the differences.
An hour went by and here was the final look:
Sam finished off with some hair tonic and pomade. He even gave me some tips on styling my hair. I never knew you don’t always need hair spray - simply a good pomade would do.
Through chatting with him, Sam also revealed that he first started a pomade business a few years ago. Pomade wasn’t exactly affordable in Hong Kong. Dissatisfied with the price, Sam took it upon himself and collaborated with premium brands such as Morgan’s Pomade and Pomp & Co to make it more accessible to pomade lovers in Hong Kong.
If you’re looking for a barber shop, I highly recommend Goodman Barber Shop. It is a one of kind experience. Hidden in the Mirador Mansion in Tsim Sha Tsui, the Goodman Barber Shop is almost like a mini getaway from the busy streets of Hong Kong.
Sam is obviously skillful in what he does but it is his passion that gives him a winning personality.