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Skill Barber – The Fade Kings of Chiang Mai

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No matter where you live, finding a good barber is like striking gold. Especially when you’re navigating the vibrant yet unfamiliar streets of Thailand. As black travelers, the quest for a barber who really ‘gets’ our hair can be a bit of a rollercoaster. Enter Skill Barber. 

Skill Barber in Chiang Mai, Thailand is kicking off our Thailand collection of black barbers. 

Chiang Mai is a city in northern home to breathtaking waterfalls, worldwide cuisine, and a steady stream of black travelers. To answer this call, Skill Barber is known for being a reliable place to get a haircut in Chiang Mai. 

Shoutout to Michael for putting Skill Barber on our radar! If you want to submit a salon or barbershop, head over to our “Submit a Shop” page.

The vibe is already set from the moment you walk into Skill Barber. Familiar beats of hip-hop and R&B will greet you, so don’t be surprised if you hear the latest Drake pumping through the speakers. It’s the kind of place that doesn’t just offer a haircut; it offers an experience. 

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Skill Barber Locations 

Skill Barber offers travelers two convenient locations in the city. Their first branch is located on Huay Kaew Road, on the way to Maya Mall, and their second, newer location, Skill Barber 2, can be found near Tha Pae Gate. Both locations are open daily from 10:00 – 21:00 and 10:00 – 24:00, respectively. 

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Now that we’ve got locations out of the way, let’s get into the hair-cutting experience. 

Skill Barber Booking Process 

To schedule a haircut with the Huay Kaew Road location, call 088-261-1057; to book with the Tha Pae location, call 082-019-3581. If you decide to walk in, you simply grab a queue number and wait for the next available barber. And while you wait for your turn, you can enjoy a drink from the coffee stand right outside the shop. 

The Star of the Show: Meet Lego

All the barbers at Skill Barber are friendly, welcoming, and try their best to get you the haircut you want. But if there’s one barber who knows their way around fades – it’s Lego. 

His skill isn’t just in his hands but in how he listens and understands what you want. Got a specific style in mind? Show him a picture, and he’ll do his best to work his magic. 

For black travelers looking for a barber who gets it, Lego is your guy.

What We Loved About Skill Barber

Multiple Locations

With two easy-to-find locations in the city, you’re never too far away from your next fade.This accessibility is a game-changer, especially when trying to minimize travel hassles in a new city.

Friendly Barbers 

One of the biggest challenges you might face trying to get a decent haircut in Thailand is the language barrier, but this isn’t an issue here at Skill Barber. The friendly vibe here sets the tone for a relaxed and enjoyable experience.

Easy Appointments 

It’s quite simple to get an appointment at Skill Barber. You can either walk in and hope that your favorite barber is free or call ahead and schedule an appointment. 

Potential Drawbacks – The Low Down  

Limited Parking 

A heads up for those driving to the shop – parking is limited if you’re in a car. Those on a motorbike won’t have much of an issue finding street parking, but you might need to circle a bit to find a good spot. 

Terrible Traffic 

If you’re heading to the Huay Kaew location from 3-6 pm, you might run into heavy traffic. Try to schedule your appointment during off-peak hours to avoid the rush. 

Occasional Lack of Greeting 

While the barbers are generally friendly, you might not receive the warmest welcome if you’re unfamiliar with the queue system. But this can easily be broken through by walking up to one of the barbers and asking for instructions. It’s not a deal-breaker, but we feel this is something the shop could improve on.

Where to Find Chiang Mai Skill Barber 

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Chiang Mai Skill Barber FAQ:

What are the addresses of the Skill Barber Locations in Chiang Mai?

The address of the first Skill Barber branch is  83 Huay Kaew Rd, Suthep, เมือง Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand, and the address of the second branch, Skill Barber 2 is, Mun Mueang Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand.

Which Chiang Mai Skill Barber do you recommend the most?

We recommend Lego for black travelers, as he’s great with Afro Hair and excels in fades. 

Do they speak English at Skill Barber?

Yes, most barbers speak English, but you can also show a photo to get the hairstyle you want. 

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