The Red Panther Barber Shop


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Win­dow: is a pho­to fea­ture where we take a peek into the work­ing lives of ordi­nary Sin­ga­pore­ans. Sin­ga­pore­ans whom we have often over­looked but yet tru­ly deserve recog­ni­tion for what they have done and have been doing. So every oth­er week, we will go behind the scenes to cap­ture the mag­i­cal moments of them and the tools of their trade! This week, on our maid­en fea­ture, we will bring you into Win­dow: The Red Pan­ther Bar­ber Shop!

WINDOW: The Red Panther Barber Shop

WINDOW: The Red Panther Barber Shop

Miss the nos­tal­gic feel­ing of cut­ting your hair in a Malay Bar­ber shop, where the bar­ber still uses the shav­ing blade to shape your side burns and the big fat brush filled with pow­der to remove hair from your face? Well, you can now rem­i­nisce that feel­ing again at this Bar­ber shop which has been in busi­ness for over 30 years.

WINDOW: The Red Panther Barber Shop

The Red Pan­ther Bar­ber Shop, despite sit­u­at­ed in the often over­looked Upper Seran­goon Shop­ping Cen­tre, is actu­al­ly hard to miss. Locat­ed at #03–13, you will be greet­ed by its wild­ly dec­o­rat­ed walls when you first stepped into the shop. The walls are filled with Amer­i­can car num­ber plates, traf­fic signs, movie posters and not to for­get the pic­tures of “trendy” men’s hair­styles in the 70s and 80s!

WINDOW: The Red Panther Barber Shop

Over the years, the shop has been able to estab­lish a strong cus­tomer base and busi­ness was good when we vis­it­ed the shop in a week­day after­noon! It even took awhile before its own­er, Mr Ali Bin Yusof, was able to share with us his hum­ble and yet inter­est­ing begin­ning.

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Do not be fooled by his stern appear­ance, Mr Ali is actu­al­ly a real­ly friend­ly and mild man­nered man. He had first picked up the trade when he enrolled him­self into a hair­dress­er school which spe­cial­ized in ladies’ hair­styles. He had no idea then on how to cut men’s hair­styles and it was only when his broth­er began teach­ing him the ropes that led to what he is today.

WINDOW: The Red Panther Barber Shop

WINDOW: The Red Panther Barber Shop

WINDOW: The Red Panther Barber Shop

WINDOW: The Red Panther Barber Shop

WINDOW: The Red Panther Barber Shop

The rates, like the tools of his trade, have changed lit­tle in fact they are still much cheap­er than the hair salons we have in our neigh­bour­hoods. How­ev­er, the low­er prices are prob­a­bly not the main rea­son why the shop gets so many cus­tomers. Instead, we guess it is the friend­li­ness which exudes from Mr Ali which makes his cus­tomers return. So why not, relive the expe­ri­ence again and when you do, please say “hi” to him on our behalf.

WINDOW: The Red Panther Barber Shop