Timothy Tye
Barbers in Penang

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Most men in Penang still get their hair cut at barbers, particularly Indian barbers. Even as stylish hair dressing salons open in major shopping malls, Indian barbers continue their trade, offering hair cuts at just a fraction of the price of the more upscale establishments. Indian barbers appear to monopolise the trade, and the majority of barber shops in Penang are run by Indian male barbers. Many of these barbers have been operating for many decades, passing their trade from one generation to another, or from mentors to apprentices. On this page I am listing down the Indian barbers that I have come across.

Indian barbers can be found all over Penang. By default they do not operate with a shop name, though they may have an unsignaged registration name. The majority don't have a phone either - do you expect your barber to take a call half way through a cut? As they depend mainly on walk-in customers, many do not even give a name to their shops; they simply post a signage saying "Kedai Gunting Rambut" meaning "barber shop". It is worth noting that barbers often spell the word "salon" as "saloon". This has become so common that "saloon" is now an accepted word for "salon".

Barbers with Individual Page

Huang Koong Barber Shop
JJ Hair Saloon, Jalan Gurdwara
Smart Talk Hair Styles, Western Road
Brothers Hair Dressing Saloon, Bayan Lepas
Kedai Gunting Rambut Great Everest

Barbers with Group Listing

Gaya Ratna Hair Cut Centre, Bayan Lepas
Main Road
11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang

This is a branch of the barber located in Farlim.

Kedai Gunting Rambut Gaya Ratna, Bayan LepasKedai Gunting Rambut Gaya Ratna, Bayan Lepas (4 February, 2013)

Kedai Gunting Rambut K.S.T. Global Sdn Bhd
Lebuh Nipah 1
11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang

Kedai Gunting Rambut K.S.T. GlobalKedai Gunting Rambut K.S.T. Global (31 January, 2014)

Classic Studio Hair Salon & Photo
1-G-6 Lebuh Nipah 1
11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang
Phone: 04 643 8721

Classic Hair Saloon & PhotoClassic Hair Saloon & Photo (31 January, 2014)

Hair Dressing Saloon, Dato Kramat
Dato Kramat Road
George Town, Penang

Dato Kramat Road barberDato Kramat Road barber (22 February, 2014)

Cheah Beng Soon Hair Saloon
40, Ground Floor, Lebuh Sungai Pinang 1
11600 Jelutong, Penang

Cheah Beng Soon Hair SaloonCheah Beng Soon Hair Saloon (13 January, 2014)

P. Siva Enterprise Hair Saloon
Macallum Street Ghaut
10300 George Town, Penang

P. Siva Enterprise Hair Saloon, Macallum Street GhautP. Siva Enterprise Hair Saloon, Macallum Street Ghaut (25 January, 2013)

Kedai Gunting Rambut Smart Enterprise
Main Road, Kongsi
11000 Balik Pulau, Penang

Kedai Gunting Rambut Smart Enterprise, Balik PulauKedai Gunting Rambut Smart Enterprise, Balik Pulau (2 February, 2013)

Kedai Gunting Rambut Sri Mun
29 Main Road, Balik Pulau Village Area
11000 Balik Pulau, Penang

Kedai Gunting Rambut Sri Mun, Balik PulauKedai Gunting Rambut Sri Mun, Balik Pulau (2 February, 2013)

Kedai Gunting Rambut Central
26 Simpang Empat, Genting
11000 Balik Pulau

Kedai Gunting Rambut CentralKedai Gunting Rambut Central (2 February, 2013)

Kimberley Street Chinese Barber
Kimberley Street
George Town, Penang
This is one of the few old-style Chinese barbers left in Penang.

Kimberley Street Chinese barberKimberley Street Chinese barber (18 May, 2013)

Paya Terubong Barber
Jalan Paya Terubong
11060 Paya Terubong, Penang

Paya Terubong BarberPaya Terubong Barber (23 March, 2013)

Evergreen Hair Dressing Salon
(near Jalan Bukit Gambir junction with Jalan Tun Dr Awang)
Sungai Nibong Kecil

Evergreen Hair Dressing SalonEvergreen Hair Dressing Salon (30 January, 2013)

Magazine Road Barber Shop
(across the road from Komtar)

Magazine Road barber shop (29 September, 2012)

Kedah Road Indian Barber Shop

Kedah Road Indian Barber (29 September, 2012)

University Heights Indian Barber Shop
51-G-01 Jalan Sungai Dua
11700 Gelugor, Penang

University Heights Barber Shop, Sungai Dua (23 September, 2012)

Viva Hair Cut
77-M-14 Jalan Sungai Dua
11700 Gelugor, Penang
Phone: 012 427 2673

Viva Hair Cut is not an Indian barber, but non-Indian barbers are so rare that I have to add it to this category, for now at least.

Viva Hair Cut, Sungai Dua (23 September, 2012)

BJ Complex Indian Barber is nameless Indian barber shop occupying a shoplot outside Bukit Jambul Complex facing the bus stop.

BJ Complex Indian Barber (17 September, 2012)

Gaya Ratna Hair Cut Centre, Farlim is an Indian barber along the Jalan Angsana service road in Farlim (Bandar Baru Air Itam)

Gaya Ratna Hair Cut Centre, Jalan Angsana, Farlim (15 September, 2012)

Along Pitt Street itself is another Indian barber , a short distance from the back entrance of the Arulmigu Maha Mariamman Temple. Here's a photo of it below.

Pitt Street Indian Barber (15 September 2012)

Here's an Indian barber shop at the junction of Pitt Street and Chulia Street, at the fringes of Little India.

The Indian Barber at the junction of Pitt and Chulia Streets (15 September 2012)

This is the Indian Barber Shop along Jalan Batu Maung.

Batu Maung Indian Barber (15 September, 2012)

Within Little India is perhaps the best known Indian Barber. New Light Hair Dressing Salon has even been depicted in an accurately rendered diorama.

New Light Hair Dressing Salon, George Town, Penang (30 June, 2012)

In Sungai Dua, Brothers Hair Salon is another major Indian barber. It often has a huge battalion of barbers waiting outside the front door for customers.

Brothers Hair SalonBrothers Hair Salon (30 June 2012)

Brothers Hair Cut, Sungai Dua (23 September, 2012)

At Krystal Square, along Jalan Bukit Gambir, is a newly opened Indian barber, presently without a signboard. So I'll just call it the Krystal Square Indian Barber . It is manned by two or three barbers.

Krystal Square Indian BarberKrystal Square Indian Barber (6 September 2012)

There's also an Indian barber in Jelutong. The shop is in the same row as Maybank and Ambank, next to Kean Aun Hoe Medical Hall. Above it is Akademi Ilmu Tuition Centre. I'll call it the Jelutong Indian Barber .

Jelutong Indian Barber (9 September, 2012)

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