The Promise This “curated concept store” doesn’t just offer to trim your unsightly facial hair. Instead, it promises you a “beard tune-up”. Yes, streetwear style on the walls and old-school hip-hop on the stereo tell you Akin, hidden inside the Burj Al Salam tower, is an unashamed hipster hangout. But unlike other such barbers, the trendy setting – stark black tiling, polished concrete and exposed ceiling pipes – doesn’t feel forced.
Step by Step After choosing our complimentary coffee, we’re ushered into the chair and asked what we want by barber Tahre. Our vague, non-committal “not too long, not too short” answer for both hair and beard is met with polite silence before our barber gets to work, quickly and expertly. Enough time for a brief chat about sport, music and film passes and we’re out of the chair with a cut that is exactly what our previously indecisive self would have wanted.
The Result Both hair and beard look neat, without looking like we just emerged from the barber’s chair.
Pros A quick and efficient experience by a friendly barber in a relaxing setting.
Cons Pricier than all but the most expensive Dubai barbershops. Dhs215 (haircut and beard tune-up). Akin Barber & Shop