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Updated: Man up with your haircut

February 8th, 2011 No Comments

More trendy barbershops have been added to the list at the bottom.  If you try one out, let us know how it goes in the comments.

— Andrew Woj, the Straight Guy Stylist

Guys with curly or unruly hair, I’m right there with you, so this one’s for you!

I’ve realized that while salons deal with curly hair all the time, they usually deal with it on women, which is what makes the search for a good stylist for us so hard. We need to find a place that knows how to treat a man!

Groom Philly, a vintage-inspired barber shop run by critically acclaimed Joe McMenamin, is old school and just hip enough to give me a trendy ‘do.  My barber, who was oddly enough a woman, was named BJ.  This was my first hint that this haircut was going to absolutely satisfy me!

The cut took 45 minutes, but I can honestly call her work life changing.  BJ took the mediocre mohawk I received from a salon and sculpted into exactly what I had dreamed of…longed for! She worked my hair until it was perfectly even and coiffed.  Then came the surprise, the happy ending if you will: a hot shave with a straight razor on the back of the neck followed up with a brief massage.

“Hairstylists” may do amazing work, but I would highly recommend finding a modern barber with an old school agenda.  They’re reinventing the concept from the place where old men sit around reading newspapers and are returning to the scene as popular – even trendy – places to get your hair cut.  Best of all, I’ve found that it’s also cheaper than a cut from a salon.  I spent $20 on my last cut and got a completely different look – still short on the sides, but I took off the back and let the top grow out a bit so I could have some curl again.

A big suggestion – don’t try to walk into these hot spots without an appointment.  Unfortunately barbershops are just as meticulous and busy as your standard salon.

Below is a list of some of the country’s most popular.  Obviously I don’t know the underground hot spots, so if you do, please put them in the comments below.

Freeman’s Sporting Club — New York

Blind Barber — New York

Rudy’s,– Los Angeles locations

Baxter Finley — Los Angeles

Proper Barbershop — Los Angeles

Sloane Square Barbers & Shoppe — Miami Beach

The Barber Lounge — San Francisco

Original Palace Barber Shop — San Francisco

Groom Barbershop — Philadelphia

Magazine St. Barber Shop — New Orleans

Note: No discount was offered or received for review — just a very satisfied boy who is proud of his hair.