We all know that a Hawaii vacation can be transforming, but what about returning home with not just a great base tan, but a new “look,” too?

18|8 Fine Men’s Salon has just opened its first location in Hawaii, thanks to entrepreneur Becky Gustafson (who knows a bit about good hair — she’s from Texas). Located at SALT at Our Kakaako, 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon caters to locals AND visitors who want more than your run-of-the-mill barber experience. THIS upscale salon is all about cool confidence.

“When men walk into 18|8, they will quickly realize this is not an ordinary salon. It’s a retreat from the outside world where they can relax for a while,” said Gustafson. At 18\8, men can feel comfortable, sit back, and enjoy all that we have to offer — that is, premium services in an upscale masculine environment. We are incredibly excited to be introducing this to gentlemen here in Kakaako and surrounding communities.”

What can you expect to find at 18|8? Check-out the range of services available during your Hawaii vacation:

  • cuts and styling (modern and classic)
  • facials
  • massages
  • scalp treatment
  • straight edge hot lather shaves (coming soon)
Beverage cooler

Photo: Britt Young

The mini fridge at 18/8 comes fully stocked with free beer and soft drinks for customers.

Customers can also purchase memberships that cover prepaid hair and grooming services — for those on a Hawaii vacation, this is still a great option, since 18|8 salons are located across the country.

It’s the first time a fine men’s salon has called Kakaako home, and Gustafson believes it’s time men had a luxurious place to relax, socialize, and groom. In fact, stylists here take the time to learn about their clients, their personalities, and special needs. Then, they cater services to mirror their lifestyle choices.

Prices at the salon are moderate and range from about $30-$50 for haircuts, which leaves you plenty of cash-on-hand to enjoy an Aloha Plate Tour, parasailing excursion, or a luau booked through Hawaii Aloha Travel.

For visitors planning destination weddings, the salon also offers “groom-grooming,” so you can look your best on your big day.

Young boy getting haircut

Photo: Britt Young

18/8 is great for men of all ages and provides a variety of specialized services.

“18|8 is the first of its kind for men to have their hair and grooming needs taken care of in Kakaako, said Gustafson. “Upscale men’s grooming is an unfulfilled niche here. 18|8 is a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere for me to be in — customers will love the attention, quality, and care they receive. There is not another place like this for them right now.”

You can reach the SALT at Our Kakaako salon  by email at 188hawaii@gmail.com or by phone at (808)829-4373.


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