Finding worthy hands to entrust your locks into can be a complicated process even without a language and culture barrier
We often have to resort to bringing a photo of the style we want or headshots from a few angles of our last good cut in order to communicate our desired effect to the stylist.
People have been known to scope out good places by watching the work in action and the 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.
We are pretty fortunate in 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 (children) – 480RMB. Haircare, coloration, and perms, and VIP cards available.
Address: Chengdu 118 East Zijing Rd. 成都市高新区紫荆东路118号
Tom Hair Salon 汤姆造型
English speaking, haircuts start from 35RMB.
Address: Jinxiu Road, Jinxiu Jie No. 9 (the street across the corner from Peter’s Tex Mex, close to The Beer Nest 1) 锦绣路锦绣街9号(棕北国际门口附近)
Chengdu Afro Beauty Salon and Barbershop
If you’re black finding someone who knows what to do with your hair in China can be a bit of a nightmare. Alas, fear not. Chengdu’s Afro Beauty Salon and Barbershop are on hand to meet your needs.
Address: No. 1217, 68 North Road, Kehua 非洲风情编发 科华北路68号1217
Tel: Mark 13980804965 , Bill 156-0821-1001
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 Hairdressing
Needing no introduction, Toni&Guy have mutiple salons around Chengdu.
512, 5F, Yanlord Landmark, Sect. 2, 1 South Renmin Rd., 人民南路2段1号仁恒置地广场5楼512单元
No. 19, 2nd Ring Road West, Renhe Spring Mall 3F B Area (close to Guanghua Village) 二环路西二段19号仁和春天百货3楼B区 (近光华村)
Shuijin Jie (behind Lan Kwai Fong) Building 4, No 4 锦官驿街1号水锦界4栋4号
Show Salon 示造型
This is a very good value place; 68RMB will get you a new do, but specials and groupons are often available.
Address: East 1st Ring Road, Section 5, No. 87, YangGuangXin Mall F3 一环路东五段87号阳光新业中心3楼
Expect to pay around 100 for a haircut at this salon chain.
Tianfu Middle Road No. 1, Century City, South Entrance of Exhibition Center (close to Hongqi supermarket) 高新区天府大道中段1号新会展中心南门 (近红旗超市)
No. 35 of Tongzilin West Road 紫荆西路35号
Haircut and style runs from 100RMB-300RMB; memberships are available. Spa services are also offered.
Zijing South Rd No. 5209 (close to Shanghai Garden) 紫荆南路52号附9号(近上海花园)
No. 1700 North Tianfu Avenue, Exhibition Center Exit N1 天府大道北段1700号新世纪环球购物中心N1出口旁
Florie Studio 桃子
French style beauty salon offering Highlighting and Colouring, Perms. Waxing and massages also available.
Address: Ocean Tai Koo Li, next to Hugo Boss Store 锦江区大慈寺太古里商场boss店旁