Finding a worthy hairdresser or barber to entrust your locks into can be complicated even without a language and a culture barrier
We often resort to screenshots of the style we want or shots from a few angles of our last good cut in order to communicate our desired effect to the hairstylist.
People have been known to scope out good places by watching the stylist work and their results for a bit before committing. Asking the stylist for photos of their work can also be a good way to judge someone’s handiwork (or have a little scroll on their WeChat profile).
We are pretty fortunate that fashion-conscious Chengdu has a wealth of options at many price ranges, from neighbourhood spots where the basic xi-jian–chui (wash, cut, dry) service runs 20-50RMB to luxury salons that charge several hundred yuan per visit.
Appointments at neighbourhood spots are usually not taken as customers are cared for on a first-come-first-served basis, so it pays to time visits to a popular salon during off hours. Higher-end salons usually have a sliding scale where services by less experienced stylists come at a bargain and the most experienced stylists come at a premium.
You can also expect dye or perm services to cost quite a bit more than the basic cut. Several salons offer memberships or cards that can shave a good percentage off your bill; if you find a good place that you intend to visit regularly, this is usually well worth it.
Below are a few good places in town to get you started
Partners Paris 法国沙龙
(Formely “Lain Guy Paris French Hair Salon”)
Haircut and style runs from 80RMB. Haircare, coloration, and perms, and VIP cards available.
Address: No. 9-17 Tongzilin South Road, Wuhou District 武侯区桐梓林南路9-17号
NYC Color Studio specializes in one on one hair consultations.
With almost a decade of experience in cutting hair in the US, NYC Color Studio offers colors, cutting, styling to women, who have a wide verity of hair types. She is an expert colorist, doing western style balayage and highlights.
Address: Wuhou District, Renmin Road, Section 2, No. 21. Shouhang Xincheng, Unit 2 Building 2, 11F, 1102
武侯区二环路2段21号 (棕南妇科医院后面). 首航欣程 2栋1单元1102
Social Club by Golden Standard 黄金标准
Not only a barbershop, but also a place where you can have a drink and hang out with friends.
“A social club for everyone to relax at! This is more than a barbershop – with entertainment equipment such as a ps5, 150 inch screen, projector with Playstation and a bar, Social Club is a place to really wind down! A barbershop that provides all kinds of services to help men to create a better, healthier individual image, including customized haircut, hair skincare, styling, shaving, skincare, hair tattoo and body tattoo, etc.”
Opening Hours: 10am-9pm
Address: No.81 East Huaxing St. Jingjiang District 锦江区华兴东街81号
Hair Code 芭曲发廊
Tai Koo Li 8, Middle Shamao St.中纱帽街8号远洋太古里
24,B1/F, Galleria, 99 1st Shenghe Rd. 盛和一路99号凯丹B1楼24
5/F, Shihao Plaza, 998 2nd Tianfu St. 天府二街998号世豪广场5F
S Sense Salon 意念造型
A cut and style will run around 200RMB at this fashion forward brand with a few locations around town; look for groupons for their newer locations. The Lan Kwai Fong branch has a foreigner barber (Daniel Tsachev) with over 20 years experience. RMB 288 for classic cut, RMB 388 for special design.
Address: Jinjiang District, Lan Kwai Fong, Building 4, No.4 锦江区锦官驿街1号水锦界4栋4号
Toni & Guy Essensuals
Needing no introduction, Toni&Guy have multiple salons around Chengdu.
338, B Block 3F, MIX City, 8 Shuangqing Road, Chenghua District 双庆路8号成都万象城B馆3层L338号商铺
and other shops around town.
Expect to pay around 100RMB for a haircut at this salon chain.
Huaxiba, Hongmen Street 6-10, Wuhou District 武侯区黉门街6号附10号(华西店)
and other shops around Chengdu
Opening Hours: 10am-10pm
Address: 人民南路四段三号来福士广场3005 号 No.3005 Raffles City, No 3 the 4th Section Renminnan Road
Average price: 150RMB
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am – 10:30pm
Address: No. 17 GanGuiShu Street, Jinjiang District 锦江区干槐树街17号