Salon Review: Nvmen, Fremantle.

Being a guy I haven’t really given much thought to “a proper salon” treatment for my quarterly haircut. It’s always been a “whilst I’m here” type thing. But maybe it’s the fact that I’m getting older or that I keep getting condemned for my bad haircuts. (Always relying on the excuse that the apprentice cut my hair, when really the blonde and pink strips should have been a giveaway that this would be a dire haircut). This brings me to the opposite end of the spectrum and a little salon in Fremantle called Nvmen.

It is nestled on the corner with an old blue/red/white striped pole out the front. Obviously a homage to the ol’ days of barber shop standards. With open doors I was told that my stylist would be a moment and to please take a seat. This place was charming with wooden floors and decor that actually matched. These were nice seats too by the way. The coffee table was littered with everything a man desires, to a certain PG rating of course. James May’s rather luscious hair put second thoughts in my head about the trim I was to receive, but regrettably the hippie era is over.

Photo of James May for reference ;)!

I was first taken to the wash basins. I had my hair washed and my head massaged. The head massages are quite superior and with the added bonus of being in a massage chair, I was on my way to tinsel town. After which I just wanted to go back to bed, but that would defeat my Saturday morning trip. The lovely hairdresser led me to an old school looking barber chair. The only thing I can reference here is like the one in Sweeney Todd. Together we conversed on what style I would like and with the American Crew style guide book in front of me I spun around 10 times, closed my eyes and pointed at a picture that would shape peoples opinion of me for the next 6 months.

After conversations about travel to Vietnam and Cambodia we built some common ground, stabilised confidence in our rapport and the hair cut was finished. She then showed me the best way to style it when leaving the crib. All through the hair cut little seeds were planted at the wash, cut and style session – it prompted me to buy some product which I haven’t used in, oh my, at least 7 years and some shampoo. To be fair I had just run out of shampoo so I wasn’t just a sucker for blue eyes and a nice smile.

I guess the greatest confidence I have about the salon is after I finished I was quite surprised at how little the hair cut costs juxtaposed against the likes of some carbon copy salons. Please for the love of god don’t go to these chain built hairdressers, they smell of underpaid workers and pessimism.

All in all a new and good experience from one of WA’s oldest but still remaining modern barber shops. Indeed the NV of men. Gone are my days of taking tickets sitting down and wondering whether the Italian grease ball or the lop sided, multi-coloured rather flamboyant Avril Lavigne will be cutting my hair.

To get your hands on the nvmen brochure, click here!

NV Men Complete Grooming
33 Market Street
Fremantle WA 6160

Tel: (08) 9336 7171

Review by David, feeling the hair grow back by the minute.


  1. kasey says:

    I can testify that its a very good haircut indeed!

  2. Annette @ Wellness WA says:

    The ultimate testimony ;)!

    Apparently there’s a place called Dr Snippys in the city as well which is meant to be good! <3 cute name.

  3. Thinkfeldie says:

    I actually had a very similar experience this last week. After having become use to the ‘$12 butcher special’…it was actually a treat to see what a professional could do.

    Sadly, I could only maintain my perfect coiffure for a day or two. (There ought to be a beauty class for men or something 😛 Help me, Old Spice Man, you’re my only hope!)

  4. Annette @ Wellness WA says:

    Where’d you go Feldie?

    I’ll be in touch really soon, just moving house at the mo so quite stressed and all over the shop! x

  5. Alicia says:

    hahah, Old Spice man. Love it.

  6. david says:

    yep, great cutters, lovely old barber shop, reasonably priced, recommend

  7. On a recent visit from Melbourne with my husband, he was in despirate need of a haircut. He booked into nvmen and said the experience was fabulous. The massage great, service professional. They even offerred to wax his ears, which I thought was above and beyond the call of duty. I would highly recommend nvmen to any man who knows he is worth it.

  8. Annette @ Wellness WA says:

    Hi Nicola, that’s great to hear that a Perth barber shop lived up to your husbands no doubt high expectations. Come back soon! 🙂

  9. Craig says:

    Just reading NV Complete Men Grooming comments (in Freo) and also Annette’s reference to Dr Snippy’s in the city, being quite good, and also the comment about Old Spice by Alicia has got me thinking that I am ever so lucky and fortunate in a big way.

    I haven’t been to a mens hair salon in years as I have my hair cut at home by my Dad with my own clippers…consider myself fortunate somewhat, besides I am unsure exactly how much these days is a good price for a “good” haircut, again I hate being ripped off by businesses anytime !!! Hate it.

    As far as the Old Spice aftershave goes well all I can say is that agin I am kinda fortunate in that my two older brothers supply me with a steady flow of these products also..must be a kinda guy thing ??

    I love this website Annette !! I am so blessed to have stumbled across it hey.

    Kind Regards

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