4RAU Barber Shop

The ironically named 4RAU Barber Shop in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 10 draws inspiration from 1920s and 1930s American culture

words & photos: MATTHEW COWAN

 

Another barber shop in Ho Chi Minh City inspired by 1920s and 1930s American culture is 4RAU just a short ride from Pham Ngu Lao Street — Ho Chi Minh City’s rowdy backpacker district.

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Don’t let that it’s in District 10 turn you off, it’s right on the border of District 3 and is in an easy to find location. 4RAU — rau means beard in Vietnamese — is extremely popular with the young hipsters of Saigon — none of whom, somewhat ironically, can actually grow a beard.

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On Sundays, expect to see the back wall lined with clients patiently waiting their turn in the barber’s chair. These photos were taken on Christmas Eve, so the lads were keen for a trim to impress their lady on what is traditionally date night in Vietnam. 

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There are at least eight barbers working at any given time daily from 10am to 8pm offering a cut and style for just VND60,000 — no wonder they do on average 200 cuts per day.

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The staff here are ultra-friendly and look as though they take great pride in the sculptures they create. The atmosphere and decor finds a happy medium somewhere between Brothers and Liem barber shops and is definitely another place worth checking out.

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4RAU is at 634 Dien Bien Phu, District 10, HCMC and is open daily from 10am to 8pm. For more info, go to facebook.com/4raushop

Matthew Cowan

Matt has been living in Vietnam since 2010. Previously the Managing Editor of Word Vietnam — an English language online and print magazine covering just about everything in Vietnam — he's now digging up stories that men living in Southeast Asia might find remotely interesting.

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