I am such a late bloomer when it comes to styling myself. I’ve been keeping the same haircut style since university days and it’s only recently that I’ve decided to really experiment and veer away from my regular trim-layer hair style. I only go to a salon 3-4 times a year because I don’t think that I’m really forced to and I’m able to keep myself neat-looking so I really don’t mind. Also, not that I’m trying to find value with what I’m paying for because I think that’s the standard fee I have to pay even when I look around elsewhere but it’s overall the same experience so I really don’t get excited at all. Only when I dye my hair, I guess. So anyway, we had a Client presentation in Salcedo area so we decided to grab a beer after while brainstorming about fashion and lifestyle when we touched the topic about men’s grooming. That’s when my friend introduced Back Alley and Felipe & Sons, which are both new to me. I mean, you can’t blame me because I’ve been keeping the same hairstyle and stylist for years. So going back, he showed me reviews and how these barbershops give you a totally different experience when getting a haircut. So I asked our other friend what haircut would best fit me without losing the “respectable” part and she told me “Fade” would look good on me. If you are new to this term, here’s how it look:

AJ San Pedro - Fade haircut peg



I found the style really interesting and initially thought it would not fit me but since I got a recommendation and under the influence of alcohol too, I got some extra courage to try it. It’s something I never get to have even I give my hair stylist the authority do whatever he think would fit me. So after our short session, I decided I would like to have one so I made my way towards Felipe & Sons.

Note: Felipe & Sons is located at Mezzanine area of LPL Mansion and can only be accessed at the back  so you have to take San Agustin Street.

AJ San Pedro - Felipe & Sons

I went there without any expectations or anything but to just get a haircut. When I went it, it took me to a place like I’ve never been before. It felt like I’m in an episode of Mad Men set where gentlemen get their haircut and bring that dapper factor. I had to ask myself how could I not know this place? Am I that old-fashioned? Ha ha!

Aaron James San Pedro
My casual style look for the longest time before I decided to experiment with my hair style a little.
AJ San Pedro
My usual two-months-after-haircut office look. Well, my look too when I’m on vacation.
My usual after haircut office look
My usual after haircut office look


So after my haircut, this is how I look now:

Aaron James San Pedro - side view
My new “fade” hair style look with the help of friends from Felipe & Sons
Not sure if the first after-my-new-haircut photo was clear enough to see the details so here's another side view angle.
Not sure if the first after-my-new-haircut photo was clear enough to see the details so here’s another side view angle.

Impression: The interior and its overall look really got me. It’s spacious, totally different from how regular salon or barber shop would set it up. I mean, the moment you set your foot in, it’s already going to bring you a classic yet modern vibe. Barbers are in their uniforms, all dapper-looking. And you’d know they’re experts too when you consult them about hairstyles, products to use, and even style guides. In addition, they’re all friendly too.

Assessment: Payment for the service is worth it. The overall experience is more than enough to justify the rate. Actually, I’m willing to pay more but I’d rather give it as a tip to my barber. It’s a barbershop for guys but if you’re not, you’re welcome too. I’ve seen photos on Instagram from ladies so I don’t there’s really an issue. Just don’t expect for rebond or curling. Again, it’s a barbershop. I didn’t make a reservation when I went there so I had to wait longer so I would make sure to call and book an appointment next time.  (Contact them at: +632.949.7703)

Photo credits: Felipe & Sons
Photo credits: Felipe & Sons

What else to try: They offer a really cool massage, which I’d like to try next time. Also maybe get an old-fashioned whiskey to try for some thug life moment. Yes, you can have a drink while getting a haircut! Definitely a place to be!

As to my overall customer experience, I definitely would be back. Thanks, Erwin for introducing Felipe & Sons!

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