CA, Costa Mesa: Donnie Hawleywood's Traditional Barbershop ★★★★★
Location: 1806 Newport Blvd, phone: 949-631-2662
From their web site: "Remember waaaay back when in the good ol' days when you could go down to the local barber shop, get a straight razor shave, a nice tight haircut and enjoy the relaxed and comfortable atmosphere of a real men's sanctuary? Well guess what? It's back and it's called Donnie Hawleywood's Traditional Barber shop!
"Located in an antique of a building in Costa Mesa, Calif., Hawleywood's feels like stepping into a time warp back to '40's Chicago. From the 0L' style two- tone brown floor to the sand colored walls heavily decorated with photos of friends and clients with names like James Intveld, Eddie Nichols of Royal Crown Revue, Big Sandy and Lee Rocker to name a few. Let's not forget motorcycle hero Chopper Dave!
"Upon entering this men's sanctuary you'll see customers relaxing in vintage waiting chairs all the while cruisin' through another great issue of The Horse BackStreet Choppers and listening to some great music on the Hi-Fi. One thing you won't see at Hawleywood's is women. You all know how distracting a woman can be and who wants a straight razor shave with a buxom blonde in the joint?
"So leave yer' 0L' lady at home because you might need to talk about her. And besides, no one ever looks cool in the middle of a hair cut. Donnie has been mastering this vanishing trade for more than ten years, but has been cutting hair for friends and relatives forever. Open just over four years ago, Hawleywood's attracts people from all walks of life from tattooed greasers to
businessmen and everyone in between. No quick haircuts here brother, each cut lasts at least 45 minutes and you get all the bells and whistles.
After the hot face towel and a precise straight razor shave of your neck and face you'll get the most perfect taper you've ever seen, and Donnie will style you up with his own brand of pomade called "Layrite." This is the best pomade ever, it holds like wax and washes out like gel! Amazing! Next comes the old style barbershop neck massage machine that will knock your socks off! Be sure and pick up Donnie's after-shave called Hawleywood's #9. Smell like you just left the
barber's chair whenever you want."
CA, Fair Oaks: Super Barbers ★★★★☆
This is a very clean, modern suburban barbershop. No old fashioned accoutrements other than the standard pictures of haircuts on the wall (you know, the rows of black and whites you point to when you don't know the name of a particular haircut).
Review by Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org Updated: 18-NOV-2009
CA, Hollywood: Yes Sir ★★★★☆
5344 La Cresta Ct., phone: 213-yes-sir1 or 213-464-3860. Don is a licensed barber working out of his home near the Paramount Studios in Hollywood. If he knows you're gay, he will play a porno movie which you can see in the mirror. He is also an excellent country western dancer and will give you a lesson if you desire. Updated: 07-NOV-1998
CA, Long Beach: Denis Goes Bananas in Metromango ★★★★★
3232 E. Broadway, Phone 562-434-0989. To make a long story short, Rick paid Denis Goes Bananas a visit. Rick who has been cutting his own hair for over seven years and took a chance on having Denis cut his hair. Not only was Rick elated with Denis leaving most of the length, he as elated with the excellent cut Denis did. Denis is into giving a great cut to guys with longer hair, so if you want a great cut but keep the length, pay Denis a visit. Updated: 22-APR-2000
CA, Los Alamitos: Charlie's Barber Shop ★★★☆☆
3255 Katella Avenue, phone: 562-430-5600. Specializing in razor cutting and any type of cut you wish. It is in an interesting setting with antique furniture and chairs. Updated: 07-NOV-1998
CA, Norwalk: Bill's Barbershop ★★★★★
12012 East Rosecrans, Phone: 562-864-8407. Best known short haircuts, including fades and high
and tights. They do get busy at times, so be prepared to wait. Reviewed by: email@example.com Updated: 11-MAY-2008
CA, Orangevale: Jacks Barber Shop ★★★★☆
6223 Main Ave, phone: (916) 988-4172 This is an early 60's style shop with all the fixings. Sports,
fishing and outdoors magazines. Vintage chairs. Hot lather. Ask for Kathy if you want to talk fishing and get a taper as smooth as it gets or a flattop that will stay at attention for weeks. Kathy only works weekdays. Updated: 06-JUL-2001
CA, Palm Springs: Barber Don's Country Cuts ★★★☆☆
190 E Palm Canyon Drive, phone: 619-323-4450. Don's barbershop is a single chair room. Quoting one member, "I've never had my hair cut by him, but I had the pleasure of watching another guy. I'm not sure what he does, but something happens that makes the customer feel really good. My friend said that it was like being undressed by him." Updated: 07-NOV-1998
CA, Sacramento: Haircuts and More ★★★★☆
2112 El Camino Avenue, phone: 916-922-2675. Tammy, the owner, is amazing with the clippers and the shortest, crispest flattops. She is an artist with Osters. Updated: 31-JAN-1999
CA, Sacramento: Just Haircuts ★★★★☆
AKA Chucks Barber Shop, 9665 Folsom Blvd # B, phone: (916) 366-1828 . The shop is small and is adding character as the barber (Darla) gets more established in the area. The chairs are old fashioned, late '50's early '60's vintage. Darla does great tapered haircuts and I'm going to give her a try on a flattop in a couple of weeks. Updated: 06-JUL-2001
CA, San Bernardino: Lopez Barber Shop ☆☆☆☆☆
545 West Base Line Street, near E. Phone: (909) 381-3794 Lopez's comes highly recommended. Updated: 22-FEB-2006
CA, San Bernardino: Santa Fe Barber Shop ☆☆☆☆☆
1226 W 2nd Street, near E. Phone: (909) 387-8768 Santa Fe comes highly recommended. Updated: 22-FEB-2006
CA, San Francisco: Louie's Barbershop ☆☆☆☆☆
422 Castro Street, phone: 415-522-8472. Great place for any style. The big guy with the flattop in the back gives great flattops. Updated: 10-JUN-1998
CA, San Francisco: Male Image ☆☆☆☆☆
2195 Market Street, phone: 415-621-6448. A few blocks East of Castro. Strongly recommended for the ideal cut. Updated: 10-JUN-1998
CA, Santa Monica: Lincoln Barbers ★★★★☆
2208 Lincoln Ave. Hours: Tues-Sat 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM This barbershop is famous (at least for haircut lovers) for the great fades and high n tights. There was a really hot young man getting tightened up nicely while I was waiting. A couple more good looking guys with fades walked in during my haircut. I encourage members to try out the barbershop and raise the rating to a five. Warning, come with some quarters to feed the parking meter. The neighborhood has restricted parking. Reviewed by: Crewcut111@yahoo.com Updated: 20-MAR-2006
CA, Solana Beach: Solana Beach Barber Shop ★★★★★
Member Steve (firstname.lastname@example.org) reports: located at 135 South Hwy 101. If you are coming up from San Diego, take the Lomos Santa Fe exit and turn left on Hwy 101 and it's on the right side of the Hwy. The shop was crowded even though it was a Wednesday afternoon around 3pm. It looked like an old fashioned shop. There were six barbers all of whom were giving fairly short cuts. I already had a #1 on top with a #3 bumper and somewhat grown out #00 on sides and back. I asked for a taper up to the crown. The barber took his time and did a great job. He finished the cut with a lathered shave around the ears and at the nape. He charged $12 which isn't all that bad for a resort community. On a scale of 1-10 this was a 10. Hope this helps anyone in the San Diego area. Updated: 27-NOV-2003
CA, Walnut Creek: Maureene's Barbering for Men ★★★★☆
1339 Pine Street #C, phone: (925) 934-2002 Member Mike reports: This a very traditional barbershop setting with vintage furnishings (maybe early 60's). It is a one barber shop with Maureene doing all the cutting. I had been growing my hair out so it was a bit shaggy when I asked her to neaten it up a bit. She took off a lot more than I expected, but the haircut was great (a medium businessman's). She uses a traditional clippers over comb technique with the Oster 76's and is not shy about cutting with them. I dropped a hint about my Summer flattop coming soon and she said, enthusiastically, she loves to do them. If you like a ladies touch this is a great place! Updated: 13-MAY-2003
CA, West Hollywood: Blades ★★★★☆
801 Larrabee St. just off Santa Monica Blvd., phone: 310-659-6693, by appointment only. An upscale salon catering mainly to gay men. Expensive, but there are a lot of good looking customers and a waiting area in the middle of it all with great photo books of haircuts. You take your shirt off and wear a silk smock while waiting and getting cut. For haircut fetishers, it is worth visiting at least once. Their motto: "Be a slave to your hair." Updated: 07-NOV-1998
Canada, ON, Ottawa: Victoria Barber Shop ☆☆☆☆☆
9 O'Connor Street, phone 613-234-5465. The yellow pages says "Specializing in Military Cuts". All three barbers here do flattops and other short styles.
CO, Boulder: Northside Barbers ☆☆☆☆☆
2525 Arapaho Avenue at Folsom, phone: 303-442-9906. Is an old-fashioned 5 chair barbershop that does excellent clipper-cut and high and tight haircuts. Most of the ROTC students from the local university get their hair cut here. Updated: 10-JUN-1998
CO, Broomfield: Louie's Barber Shop ☆☆☆☆☆
Highway 287 and Midway Avenue, phone: 303-466-7922. This is a three chair family barbershop, a father, his son, and another relative. The excel and high and tight haircuts and razor cutting. All three of them are excellent barbers with fun personalities. They will take it down as short as you want, including shaving the sides of your head if you wish. Updated: 10-JUN-1998
CT, Milford: Rocky's Barber Shop ☆☆☆☆☆
878 Boston Post Road, Phone: 203-874-9602 This shop is always extremely busy, and the clientele spans the range from little kids to old men. But the two barbers in the front, Rocky and Ronnie, are very good at all types of short haircuts, including flattops and high & tights. Very popular with local teens into very short hair, and people come from miles around for their short cuts, which seem to be a specialty. Updated: 08-MAY-1998
CT, South Meriden: The Village Barber ☆☆☆☆☆
265 Main St. (Ct. Rt. 70), phone: 203-235-4666. Glenn, the owner, is in his 20's, and he recently bought the shop from an older barber, who still works there part time. Both guys do an excellent job on short haircuts, and are quite personable. Glenn is willing to shave the sides on a high & tight, and does a great job doing it, but you'll have to ask for it specifically. Updated: 08-MAY-1998
CT, Stonington Boro: The Village Barber ☆☆☆☆☆
107 Water Street, phone: 860- 535-2241. Doug, the owner of this one-man shop, used to cut hair at the nearby US Coast Guard Academy, and it shows in his work: he does a GREAT job on all short haircuts. Flattops are a particular specialty, as he states in his ad, and he does great ones. He is always very busy with locals and military people from the Coast Guard Academy and the nearby navy base. This shop is a MUST for people in the area, which includes the tourist areas of Mystic and the CT Indian casinos, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. Updated: 08-MAY-1998
CT, Thompson: The Barber's Nook ☆☆☆☆☆
972 Quaddick Town Farm Rd., Phone: (860) 963-1099. This shop is run by "Mr. Flattop" in the basement of his home. (He will soon be opening his own shop in Webster, MA.) Mr. Flattop is a master barber, with many years' experience as an Air Force barber. He does a great job on any style, but specializes in flats. He WILL shave the sides with a straight razor for an extra $3 fee, (Well worth it!) You need to call him directly for an appointment. Reviewed by: email@example.com Updated: 30-AUG-2004
FL, Boca Raton: Ruben's Barber & Styling Shop ★★★★☆
9973 Glades Road, phone: (561) 487-2152 At the corner of Glades and 4441 about 8 barbers. Jose gives great short cuts and flattops. If you want them to use a straight edge razor, all you need to do is ask. Updated: 11-JUL-1999
FL, Bonita Springs: Bonita Springs Barber Shop ☆☆☆☆☆
26671 Business 41, phone: 941-992-2252. Good old south Florida barber shop - lots of hair on the floor in this mostly retired area but they just keep on buzzing. Updated: 10-JUN-1998
FL, Davie: Carl's Barber Shop ★★★★★
13180 West State Road 84, phone: 954-475-9277. Open six days a week from 8 to 6 P.M. best time is after school to just sit and enjoy your shelf. The home of the DAVIE FLATTOP - You will think you died and went to barber heaven. The best barbershop in all Florida - About 1 hour drive north and west of Miami Int. Airport - well talk about 12 chairs filled all the time with boys and men getting flattops, crew cuts, buzzes, etc.. Just OUTSTANDING!! About 8 to 10 barbers are working full time - if you know anything about Astor Place Barber's in New York City, this is the same type of operation on a smaller scale. They take it off without a word and no hesitation. Right to the skin.
From Miami, go north on I-95 to State Road 84 around the Ft. Lauderdale airport. Then go west for several miles to 136th Ave. exit - Go under St. Road 84 and it is the first shopping center on the right (Randall Square between Flamingo & 136th Ave.) Updated: 07-NOV-1998
FL, Fort Lauderdale: Peacock Barber Shop ★★★★☆
1006 Northeast 16th Avenue Phone: (954) 764-1960 If you are into shaves, this is the place for it. It's a father/son operation. The father does not speak English, so the son coveys your desires. Updated: 11-JUL-1999
FL, Gainesville: Phyl's Downtown Barber Shop ☆☆☆☆☆
110 S. Main St., phone: 352-376-9290. You'll be glad you went downtown to visit this college barber shop - the clean cut boys and men of Florida flock to this parlor of delight. The wait is 1 hour or more and just sitting there can be an experience of a life time. Wait for the barber in the last chair in the back of the shop - you will NOT be disappointed. Updated: 10-JUN-1998
FL, Golden Gate: Bob's Barber Shop ☆☆☆☆☆
3485 S.E. Dixie Highway (A1A), phone: 407-287-9799. Five Barbers - Here to serve you, "No Waiting" - well you will want to wait at this real men's barber shop - four guys and one girl (Angela is daughter of the owner) and this is a put it on the floor shop - in the chair and off with the hair is the way these guys work - no talking, no balking, just listen to the sound of an Oster lawn mower be run over your head. Neat, clean and no in-between - They only know one word and that is short. Updated: 10-SEP-1997
FL, Hialeah: Pablo's Barber/Beauty Salon ☆☆☆☆☆
441 Palm Ave. It is none for it's outstanding FADES, and it's low prices on all hairstyles for the whole family. And now it has a new addition to offer all of it's clients. A beauty Parlor where everything is done from Acrylics to highlights to waxes, everything and anything you could possibly think of. This Barber Shop is licensed and so are all the employees that work there. Updated: 30-JAN-2001
FL, Jacksonville Beach: Corbitt's Barber Shop ☆☆☆☆☆
1131 N. 3rd St., phone: 904-246-2977. A small, two chair, shop is open Tues to Fri from 7:30 to 5 and Sat. from 7:30 to 2. Ms. Lindy Bennett, one of the barbers, does a straight razor flattop that is perfect. She will shave your head without asking twice. The other is Jim Rainwater, who does a nice clipper cut however, if you are into a really short cut, see Lindy (that is the correct spelling - really). She will double shave the entire side and back of your head while doing the straight razor flattop and it will be smooth. Updated: 10-JUN-1998
FL, Jacksonville: Top Cuts Barbershop ☆☆☆☆☆
Regency Square Mall, 9501 Arlington Expressway, Suite 52, phone: 904-724-9288. Good barbershop, Donna, the owner, does a nice flattop. Updated: 10-JUN-1998
FL, Lakeland: American Hair Cutter ☆☆☆☆☆
5355 Socrum Loop, in Plantation Square, phone: 941-858-1874. Make an appointment for a head shave with Kim and you will not be disappointed. She tries to talk every customer she has into short hair. Well you mention the words "shaved head" and you will be as smooth as a billiard ball. She really gets turned on by shaving guys heads! Updated: 10-JUN-1998
FL, Lantana: Kevin's Barber/Styling ★★★★☆
218 East Ocean Avenue Phone: (561) 588-1843 See either Kevin or Andy. Great shop. Updated: 11-JUL-1999
FL, Margate: Pete's Barber Shop ☆☆☆☆☆
5833 Margate Blvd., phone: 954-972-4546. The card reads -"We specialize in flattops, Fades, Razor Cuts" - Try them you will like the look and feel (Maria works there).
FL, North Ft. Myers: Raschals Barber Shop ☆☆☆☆☆
16555 N. Cleveland Ave., phone: 941-656-4001. Good barber shop - lots of older retired guys go for the $5.00 special - has a slight salon look to it but several barbers will peel you without a moments hesitantion. Worth a look see.
FL, Ocala: Boots Six Gun Plaza Barber Shop ☆☆☆☆☆
4901 East Silver Springs Blvd., Six Gun Plaza, phone: 352-236-1882. The crew comb supply trucks stop here on a daily bases. Looks of young boys getting their summer buzzes - Nice barber chairs and good barbers.
FL, Orange Park: Modern Barber & Styling ☆☆☆☆☆
465 Kingsley Ave., phone: 904-269-2420. The cards says "Old Fashioned Barber Shop" and they mean it - lots of Navy guys get buzzed - Sheila Pinter does most of the buzzes and face shaves. Updated: 10-JUN-1998
FL, Port Charlotte: Ladd's Barber Shop ☆☆☆☆☆
3271 Tamiami Trail, phone: 941-629-4544. Just sit in Lori's chair and ask for a high and tight - Just once in your life see what a real barber can do with her Oster's - The home of the Vacuum Haircut. Updated: 10-JUN-1998
FL, St. Petersburg: Starlight Barbershop ☆☆☆☆☆
Corner of Park Blvd. and Starkey Rd., phone: 727-398-5384. The card calls for Tapers, Flattops, and Styles - They do it all and in great barber chairs Updated: 10-SEP-1997
FL, Sunrise: Robert's Barber Shop ★★★★☆
2692 North University Drive # 1 Phone: (954) 746-8886 North of Oakland on East side of the street. Try Robert, first chair on the left, he has all the right tools to give you that cut and shave you desire. The hot towel is a nice added touch. Updated: 11-JUL-1999
FL, West Palm Beach: Art & Renovation Barber Shop ★★★★☆
4545 Forest Hill Boulevard Phone: (561) 642-7001 Great shop for high and tights and other shorter cuts. Jose will give you want you want. They are at the corner of Forest and Military. Updated: 11-JUL-1999
FL, West Palm Beach: Lou's Hairport ☆☆☆☆☆
350 S. Congress Ave., phone: 561-471-5697. Open six days a week, 9AM to 5PM Monday through Friday, and 9AM to 4PM on Saturdays.
FL, West Palm Beach: Palm Springs Barbershop ☆☆☆☆☆
4064 # 6 Forest Hill Blvd., phone: 561-967-3634. Open 7 days a week. The business card says "Specializing in Flat-tops and Fade." That says it all - one girl (Susan) and one guy.
FL, West Palm Beach: Southern Cutter ☆☆☆☆☆
5049 Southern Blvd., corner Southern and Naverhill, phone: 561-640-0417. Jerry Murphy was a Marine Corps. barber for 20 years before moving to Florida. So expect one of the best high and tights Not much talking but great on clipping.
GA, Athens: Big League Barbers ☆☆☆☆☆
1068 Baxter Street, phone: 706-353-0777. A new spin on the traditional barbershop. The semiprivate cutting areas, personal televisions, sports memorabilia, lobby with big screen TV and putting green are a few things that make BLB unique. Dave, the head barber does the best flattops, fades and clipper cuts in town (be prepared, he'll cut it SHORT). Popular shop with local athletes, college guys and military. Updated: 10-JUN-1998
GA, Atlanta: The Trim Shop ☆☆☆☆☆
849 Peachtree St.,NE. 404-872-6003. Haircuts $12 & face shaves $10. Updated: 06-JUL-2002
HI, Kailua: Regulation, The ★★★☆☆
25 Kaneohe Bay Drive, in the Aikahi Shopping Center, behind the Amoco station, phone: 808-254-4111. A great place for a cut, has been reported to give the best military regulation cut in the Hawaiian Islands. Updated: 07-NOV-1998
IL, Chicago: Alfred's Antiques ☆☆☆☆☆
1958 West Superior Street, phone: (312) 850-4842. [Newsclip from 'Best of Chicago' issue of NewCity weekly 28-SEP-00, p. 56; www.newcity.com. Submitted by Mens Hair member ShortSuave] Hair care and used furniture, too. At this messy, dark and dusty Ukrainian Village combo establishment, Alfred cuts hair while his wife pushes choice hunks of junk onto the sidewalk for display. Some days, a sweating Coors Light can sits next to Alfred's sink; when the Coors Light is not there, the haircuts are military short. Barbershop philosophy flows freely. "Every day here is different," says the 55-year-old Alfred in response to a question about the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood that will likely eventually put him out of business (his building is already for sale). "But then, I change, too. I can feel myself changing every day." No matter: This third-rate antique shop offers a first-rate haircut that includes the added benefits of after-shave lotion, shaving cream and a straight razor, all in about thirty minutes. Cost: $8, $10 or $12, plus an enthusiastic $5 tip. Updated: 04-OCT-2000
IL, Chicago: Carmie's Crown Barbershop ★★★☆☆
200 East Randolph Street, (312) 856-5322. I've long been a fan of old-school Richard J. Daley-era Chicago. It was likeMad Men, but with tough guys. The great thing is that there are so many ways you can still experience it.
Carmie's Crown is a place where men go to get their hair cut. A barbershop the way they were meant to be. Fluorescent lights. Linoleum. Hair is cut with scissors, not clippers. Your neck will be shorn with a straight razor sharpened against a leather strap.
The real entertainment comes from the owner, Carmine, who has been in this location in the tunnels under the Aon Center since the building went up. Carmine will ask you how you want your hair, but that's just a formality. He will do what he wants and bicker with you about it. Since you can't win, enjoy the banter; he's been having this argument for 40 years. The dance ends when he points out that he's been cutting hair longer than you've been alive, so he knows what he's doing. The crazy part is that he's right.
-Wayne Lorentz Source of review : Chicago Reader (weekly), November 15, 2012, p. 28. submitted by Mens Hair member Shortsuave
IL, Chicago: Eber's Barber Shop ★★★★★
7458 N. Western Ave, phone: 312-764-4712. Eber is the barber of choice, from Russia with tremendous experience in all clipper styles including military styles up to his specialty, the shaved head with razor! He is also stunning with any other business hair cut. Takes pride in his work, does not rush and triple checks the results. The old fashioned way is still around, topped off with a shoulder vibrator massage. Call ahead, although no appointments necessary, since he may not work every day of the week.
IL, Chicago: Frank's Barber Shop ☆☆☆☆☆
56 W. Van Buren [in Chicago's Loop] on the ground floor of the historic Monadnock Building. The Frank Yonder, owner, has many mementos and antiques including a 1927 Wildwood shaving mug and a 1903 liquid "Hair Restorative" that promised to grow hair, and wooden barber poles hang throughout the shop. Updated: 17-MAR-2000
IL, Chicago: Gabby's Barbershop ★★★★☆
2860 N. Clark, phone 773-549-8832. Ask for Wayne. Updated: 21-JUN-2000
IL, Chicago: Medinah Barber Shop ★★★★☆
3 E. Huron Street. Phone: (312) 944-1549 Barbers, many of them ancestors of the present owner, Ronald Edwards, have been plying their trade on the same site since 1893. The barber is great and attentive. Best of all, at the end of the cut, he'll ask if you'll "want anything on it". He has tonics, gels, etc. Just ask for tonic with oil and you'll be treated to having your fresh haircut finished off as it should be - neat and slicked. The massaging in of hairtonic, with the aroma wafting around, is so relaxing you can feel all the stress of the day just evaportate. Reviewed by firstname.lastname@example.org. Updated: 30-JAN-2005
IL, Chicago: Timeout at Shannon's Barbershop ☆☆☆☆☆
689 North Milwaukee, phone: (312) 997-9909 From Best of Chicago 2002 issue - 26SEP02 Maybe it's the location. Maybe it's the always-clean decor. Maybe it's the fact that they don't take walk-ins (unheard of for barbershops). Or maybe it's the fact that the Wall Street Journal recognized this Chicago hotbed before the Sun-Times or the Tribune, but there is not a barbershop in the city (in the country for that matter) comparable to the basketball hall-of-fame called Timeout at Shannon's.
Unlike the typical in-the-'hood, black-fade givers that have become the black man's country club over several generations, Timeout at Shannon's is what other shops need to become when they grow up. NBA-styled lockers and chairs, old classic games on heavy rotation playing behind the backdrop of the latest beats by Dr. Dre or Kanye West, provide the backdrop for conversations ranging and escalating from Shaq's big toe to Biggie's involvement in Tupac's murder to the priests in the Catholic Church.
Several companies (including Nike and Andi) have expressed interest in buying (or becoming partners in) the shop from owner Shannon Jones. But he refuses to sell. Corporations don't create legacies, people do. Updated: 26-SEP-2002
IL, Chicago: Tom's Barbershop ☆☆☆☆☆
3867 N Elston Avenue, phone: 312-604-5166. They specialize in military haircuts. You can look like the men who make our country proud. They are located on the northwest side of Chicago. The say "come and see what we can do for your hair." Updated: 10-JUN-1998
IL, Evanston: Jay's Barber Shop ★★★☆☆
1579 Maple Avenue, phone: 708-869-0675. Cool barber shop, Ask for Jay, he specializes in clipper cuts, Ivy Leager (it's near NorthWestern University), businessman's cuts, and basically any other cut you can think of. Updated: 07-NOV-1998
IL, Goreville: Gabby's Barbershop ☆☆☆☆☆
2860 North Clark Street, just north of the Century Mall, phone: 312-549-8832. Specializes in crews and flattops. Updated: 29-SEP-1996
IL, Lisle: Adolph's Barber Shop ☆☆☆☆☆
2724 Main St., phone: 708-969-5995. This shop has about 5 women and 1 cute guy and is open 7 days a week 7 to 6 and from 9 to 1 on Sundays. Janice, the owner, is a real pro at using her Osters, works by appointment only. The guy is very friendly and managed to coax one member into having all his thick shoulder length hair buzzed off. He's very gentle too, and gently guides your head into the position he wants. His touch sends the blood flowing to all the right places. Updated: 10-JUN-1998
IL, Lisle: Main St. Hair Co. ☆☆☆☆☆
4736 Main St. phone: 630-968-0137. A nice shop setting with great chairs: Pam is the owner; with Alica and an older guy. Pam like to take it to the wood with her Osters as well - Make an appt. since the shop is busy. Updated: 10-JUN-1998
IL, Northbrook: Magic Scissors Barber Shop ☆☆☆☆☆
1442 Shermer Road, Phone: 847-564-9696
The following is an interview with Bernie Feldberg owner, which ran in the Chicago Tribune, Jobs Section, April 16, 2000
You are a traditional barber and not a stylist. Why?
Well, back when I started, you either went to barber school or beauty school. When I got out of high school, I said, "I don't like to work with hair spray." So I went to barber school. There are only a couple of barber schools left today in the Chicago area. Back in the old days, there were a lot of barber schools on Madison Street -- our clients were the bums from Madison Street. I went to Modern Barber college. I went for 12 months. At that time yo had to put in 1,200 hours in school. Then, you took a test to get your license. You had to give a haircut and a shave in front of different people who worked for the state. You also had to take a written test about the body and diseases of the scalp.
No one is going into barbering today because it is not worth it. We are a dying breed. When my two partners here, Dave and Vince, retire, we'll close the shop and that will be it. In 10 years I don't think there will be any traditional barber shops anymore.
What happened to the barber business?
In the 1960s during the Beatles era no one wanted haircuts anymore. I even started to do some styling when I was at Sid's. I'd be in the back with the hair dryer and hair spray and they called me "Fabulous Bernardo." The styling really got big a few years later. People had longer hair and most of the barbers left the profession, including myself. I went into the carpet and tile business for the next 25 years. When I retired from that a few years ago, my wife said, "Why don't you go back to cutting hair?"
Do you perform both shaves and haircuts?
We are still some of the only barbers who shave (as part of a haircut). We put hot lather around the ears and the back of the neck. Most barbers use electric clippers around the ears. Hardly anyone comes in for a regular shave. Since we don't want to fool around with anything that might have to do with blood, we use injector blades. I can then throw the blade out and put a new one in.
My partners and I can do things that stylists can't do. We can do razor cuts. We can even singe the hair with a wick to get rid of split ends.
What's the best thing about the job?
The best thing is that there is no pressure. We don't take any appointments, we just take walk-ins. And, what is the difference between a good haircut and a bad haircut? Just two weeks. Also, you meet people from all walks of life. We have our own little camaraderie. We talk about camping and fishing. About half of our customers are retired. For the little kids, we talk about what they want to do and about how it is important to stay in school. Updated: 24-APR-2000
IL, Oak Park: Lester's Barbershop & Beauty Salon ★★☆☆☆
6340 Roosevelt Road, phone: 708-386-9700. Formally Walter's Barbershop. Walter sold the business to Lester - one of the barbers who has worked with Walter for years. Lester completely remodeled the shop, adding a Beauty Salon. He now has new barber/stylists (men and women) who he's been training in the art of Barbering. The new barber/stylists still use clippers. I kinda miss the traditional barbershop look that this shop once had, but I guess that's progress. The addition of the Beauty Shop is an attempt to be more UNISEX. Reviewed by email@example.com Updated: 04-APR-2005
IL, Wheaton: Kings' Barbershop ★★★★★
128 W Willow Ave, phone: 630-668-4300. They have about 8 barbers - chairs constantly busy especially after 3pm. You often have to "take a number". If you call ahead you can make an appointment with a specific barber, otherwise it's first come first served. The clientele varies in age from little kids, to teens, college guys, 30 & 40 some things, and older. They all have experience with precision haircutting techniques as well as traditional clipper action. They give great crews and flattops. The barber chairs are positioned along the west and east walls and the waiting chairs are positioned in the middle of the shop one side facing west, and the other east so no matter where you sit you'll be able to watch some haircut action. Updated: 07-NOV-1998
IN, Valparaiso: Kouts Barber Shop ★★★★☆
702 East Indiana Ave, phone: 219-766-2805. Ask for Larry if you are into military type cuts, flat tops and the like. He is THE barber in town to shave heads wet with a vibrating razor. The results are baby smooth. Call ahead, he may not work every day of the week. Updated: 07-NOV-1998
LA, New Orleans: Palmer's ☆☆☆☆☆
635 Elysian Fields Avenue, open Tuesday 8-4, Wednesday & Thursday 8-6. There is no sign, just a barber pole to mark this shop, a few blocks from the French Quarter. There is a sign in the window that says no kids, no new customers, however, if you have a great head of hair that needs cutting, you'll be let in (the door is always locked). Probably the best military style cutter in town, including the ones on the Navy bases.
Note to literary and film buffs, 635 Elysian Fields is the fictional location of Tennessee Williams Brick (Brando in the movie) from Streetcar Named Desire. The bus named Desire passes by the shop. Updated: 22-MAY-1997
LA, Shreveport: Don's Barber Shop ☆☆☆☆☆
3618 Youree Dr., phone: 318-8612453. One barber shop. Very experienced in all short haircuts such as head shaves-crewcuts-high & tight-flattops and others. Updated: 23-SEP-2001
MI, Dearborn: Tony's Barber Shop ★★★★★
22045 West Outer Drive (between Southfield Road and Michigan Avenue), phone: 313-274-8734. Tony is the only barber, but handles it well. He takes his time with each customer, so you may have to wait. He specializes in short hair, but can do long. Bring a picture of a cut, he'll do his best to match the cut. Tony's shop is well known in the area since he services high school and college guys who come in to have the school logo or letters cut into their hair. Updated: 07-NOV-1998
MI, Grosse Pointe Woods: Russell and John's Barbershop ☆☆☆☆☆
21123 Mack Avenue, phone: 313-884-2250. The owners (John and Russ) provide an entertaining atmosphere and an excellent cut, from skin close to longer cuts. These guys are clipper veterans. Clipper fades as well as military cuts are done to perfection. Updated: 04-DEC-1996
MI, Jackson: Coachlite Barber Lounge ☆☆☆☆☆
2777 Airport Rd, phone: 517-784-5804 (inside Miejers Superstore) ask for Holly, Does anything you want,Great flattops, and headshaves with a safety razor. She Loves to Peel ya !! Updated: 10-JUN-1998
MI, Lansing: Coachlite Barber Lounge ☆☆☆☆☆
5125 W Saginaw Hwy, phone: 517-886-8131 (inside Miejers Superstore). Ask for Chrissy, shes the manager and gives great cuts to the State Police Recruits. Updated: 10-JUN-1998
MI, Mason: Mason Barbershop ☆☆☆☆☆
421 S Jefferson St, phone: 517-676-3580. Ask for Angela, the owner, who loves to do shaved flatops. Updated: 10-JUN-1998
MI, Royal Oak: Kimball Barbers ☆☆☆☆☆
3208 Crooks Road, phone: (810) 435-8757. this is a great little place in the area for about 20 years. Bert is the main barber, he is really good at short cuts but make sure you tell him you want it SHORT! He uses a straight razor on all adults. The other barber is his wife. DO NOT go to her she will mess it up. Haircuts are $9.00. The shop is furnished with antiques and has a masculine feel. Updated: 10-JUN-1998
MI, Taylor: Golden Knight Hair Design ☆☆☆☆☆
14640 Pardee Rd, phone: 313-287-6692 (inside Miejers Superstore). Great flattops, If you don't tell them how short, they will automatically use a 000 0n the sides. Updated: 10-JUN-1998
MN, Minneapolis: Dick's Sports Barbers ★☆☆☆☆
4405 France Avenue South, phone: 612-926-69224. Updated: 07-NOV-1998
MO, Kansas City: Ea La Mars Barber College ★★★☆☆
1202 Brooklyn Avenue, phone: 816-241-2574. They run a full service barber shop. This is a definite must visit for anyone in the area. Updated: 07-NOV-1998
MO, St. Louis: Big Bend Barbershop ★★★☆☆
2218 S Big Bend Blvd, phone: 314-647-6226. Cliff is the owner of this shop and he is the best! No matter what kind of cut you ask for or how short you want it, it will be perfect when you step out of the chair. Great shop as well. Mirrors across from each chair and on Saturdays, he will have a second barber so you can watch the other person getting his hair cut without being obvious. Updated: 07-NOV-1998
MO, St. Louis: Bill Blacks Family Style Barbershop ★★★★★
5759 Chippewa Street, phone: 314 353 9542 or 314 752 7787. A must visit for any member. Make sure you see Bill. He has a great collection of items he has made out of men's head hair. His vest and tie, if he is wearing them are 100% men's hair. Updated: 07-NOV-1998
NJ, Carteret: Sportsman's Barber Shop ★★★☆☆
1 Louis Street, phone: 908-541-8232. It's a log cabin which serves as a trading post and a barbershop. The barbershop side has two chairs. Joseph Caliguari and Frank Stellato are the two barbers. Updated: 07-NOV-1998
NJ, Keyport: Boro Barber Shop ☆☆☆☆☆
72 Broad St., Phone: 908-739-0449. An old fashioned barber shop with a twist. Two chairs in the front section manned by older no nonsense barbers, and a back section manned by 2 women hair stylists. The main action is always in the barber section. Al has the chair on the right and John has the chair on the left. John does an excellent high and tight flattop, always taking his time. Al is famous for cutting it shorter than you want, some say they think he enjoys it. Both are pros at any short cut imaginable, and you never feel like you are being rushed. And don't forget to ask for a shave from Al. His precise steady hands will give you the smoothest crisp shave possible.
On any given day, you may be watching a cop get his high and tight redone, a football team member having his head shaved, or a business man getting his straight laced hair buzzed. Lots of clipper action for the young and old alike. Updated: 10-JUN-1998
NJ, Port Monmouth: Crazy Johnny's Barber Shop ★★★★☆
183 Main Street, phone: 908 495 COMB (2662). The shop is owned and run by McGowin. It's the neighborhood barber shop serving men of all ages. He specializes in clipper cuts, as well as shaving heads. A lot of the local sports teams come in for mass haircuts, from the football squad, to the men's baseball league. There is always am extreme cut going on every time I come in. And usually there is a wait. But once he gets you in the chair, both barbers take their time. McGowan's is the first chair and he usually goes shorter than you want. the other guy is very good at a high n tight though. An added bonus is that he's open on Sunday. A definite must visit for anyone in the area. Updated: 07-NOV-1998
NM, Albuquerque: Juan Rey's Barber Salon ☆☆☆☆☆
1902 Lakeview SW (off of Isleta Blvd.), phone: (505) 873-7551. Juan Rey is one of the best hair cutters in the Southwest. The lines were tremendous when he worked at his Dad's barbershop. The fades, flattops, and crewcuts are all master pieces. His dad is still in business at Isleta Barber Salon. (Both barber shops are on Isleta Blvd., in the South Valley. Take Rio Bravo exit off of I-25. Go East until Isleta. Make left to go to Juan Rey's. Make a right to go to Isleta Barber Salon.) Updated: 02-AUG-1998
NM, Santa Fe: Gus's Barber Shop ☆☆☆☆☆
624 Baca Street, phone: (505) 982-9006. Ask for David.... Gus does good cuts, but David who is Gus's son does the best fade, flattop, horseshoe in Northern New Mexico... Updated: 02-AUG-1998
NY, New York City: Astor Place ★★★★★
2 Astor Place at the corner of Broadway, phone: 212-475-9854. A large barbershop on three levels. Generally okay for standard cuts, but try to get recommendations for a particular barber for a specific cut. Ask for a barber who specializes in the style you desire. Updated: 07-NOV-1998
NY, New York City: Free Time Barbershop ☆☆☆☆☆
On Christopher Street in the Village. Josif gives great flattops. He is good and
he's fast and highly recommend to anyone in NYC area. Updated: 21-FEB-2002
NY, New York City: Royal Unisex Barbershop ★★☆☆☆
16 St. Marks Place, phone: 212-473-8791. Updated: 12-JUN-1999
NY, New York City: State Barber Shop ★★☆☆☆
82 Chambers Street, near Broadway, phone: 212-962-8318. Very busy old fashioned barbershop. The first barber on the left does great flat tops, however, he generally has the longest line. Updated: 07-NOV-1998
OH, Alliance: Collins Barbershop ☆☆☆☆☆
131 W State St., phone: (330) 823-1975. Took in a pix of my favorite H-N-T (with landing strip). He told me no problem. Sat right down and he got busy. All caped up after he mowed down my sides and back, he spun me around and I got to see the top go down!. Yes, what a feeling. I asked if he would razor shave the sides and back and he does. I haven't got goose bumps in such a long time. It was kind of cool out that day and the feeling of the hot lather was great. Sides, back and even landing strip shaved nice and smooth.
He uses the clipper with the vac attached. I did miss seeing my hair fall upon the cape, but the vac made it cool and sent the first wave of goose bumps. Man, what a feeling!!!
I would HIGHLY recommend to all those around here go give Mike a try. You will not be disappointed. And if there are any H-N-T buds around here that want a bud to go with, let me know. I am ready to go back anytime. Reviewed by: Lthrwolfe@yahoo.com Updated: 08-SEP-2005
OH, Columbus: Longview Barbershop ★★★☆☆
3325 N. High St., Phone: 614.268.0885 Tue-Fri 9am to 6pm, Sat 8am to 4pm Closed Sun and Mon.
Walk-ins only. Three Great barbers. Chris, chair close to front door, Dave, the middle chair and Josh the chair in the back of the shop. All give excellent short haircuts. Skilled at all types of cuts. Will work to give you te cut you want.. Updated: 14-OCT-1999
OH, Columbus: Reynoldsburg Center Barber Shop ☆☆☆☆☆
1320 Aida Dr, Reynoldsburg, OH Phone: 614-866-765. In a plaza right off
Route 40 has a huge Kroger store next to it. Two women worked;all are good. Reviewed by: firstname.lastname@example.org Updated: 27-AUG-2003
OR, Portland: Mount Tabor Barber Shop ★★★★★
6503 SE Powell Blvd. The shop has been around since the time when slicked hair was the rule. They specialize in retro styles, flattops, military cuts, and shaves. Reviewed by email@example.com Updated: 03-MAR-2004
OR, Portland: Old Portland Tonsorial Parlor ☆☆☆☆☆
923 S.W. Washington Street between 9th and 10th Streets, phone: 503-222-3717. Updated: 10-JUN-1998
PA, Philadelphia: Harry's Barbershop ☆☆☆☆☆
1324 Locust Street, phone: 215-545-2626. Harry and Sal are the two barbers there, Sal gives great short haircuts. Appointments are encouraged, however, if you like to watch guys get their hair cut, just drop in. One member saw Sal bring a guy from a 12" ponytail to a completely buzzed cut. Rick wonders what happened to all the great hair. Updated: 10-JUN-1998
PA, Woodlyn: Nick's Barber Shop ☆☆☆☆☆
1315 MacDade Blvd, two minutes off of I-95 and I-476. Ask for Jamie, aside from being a really nice guy - he gives GREAT haircuts! He is only there certain days. Updated: 11-FEB-2002
TX, Austin: Pete's Flattop Shop ★★★☆☆
6011 Burnet phone: 512-453-9215. Whether you're a jarhead, a baby butch, or you just want your Power Ranger helmet to fit better, the best flattops, buzz cuts and high and tights are at Pete's. In business for over 27 years, the fellas at Pete's will square off your dome for a reasonable price. Call ahead on the weekends - there's usually a little league team in line before you. Updated: 07-NOV-1998
TX, Austin: Twin Oaks Barbershop ☆☆☆☆☆
304 E. Oltorf. Corner of Congress and Oltorf Phone: 512-468-8442 Ask For Billy. Billy gives a great cut but only works on Mondays. Reviewed by: firstname.lastname@example.org Updated: 31-AUG-2005
TX, Houston: Tight Cuts Barbershop ☆☆☆☆☆
7227 Antoine Drive #11. This is an awesome place, it is a black barbershop with six African American men hard at work , however, all races are welcome. The activity going on there lives up to it's name as clean heads emerge from this shop full of craftsmen. If you are into smooth heads you will not be disappointed also, it was a turn on to see a guy shaved smoothed and then shined up with oil. Updated: 28-OCT-1998
TX, Houston: Times Barbershop ☆☆☆☆☆
5207 Kelvin, phone: 713-526-8882. Good old-fashioned barbershop, neat, clean and good shortcuts upon request. Robert Arellano, 1st chair closest to door is excellent with short razor cuts and there are usually people wanting razor cuts who wait for him. Updated: 26-NOV-1997
TX, San Antonio: Henry's Barbershop ☆☆☆☆☆
1317 Castroville Rd, Phone: 210-438-4920. Upon retiring from the Marines, Henry opened this shop. He cuts a perfect flat and goes as short as you want it even with lather and razor on the sides and back. If you ever get to San Antonio check him out. You won't be disappointed. Reviewed by: email@example.com Updated: 09-SEP-2005
TX, Southlake: The Boardroom Salon ★★★★★
1260 Main Street, Southlake Town Square, 817-251-9600. A full service salon and spa catering to men. The Boardroom’s mission is to help men look and feel their best by combining exceptional hair, shave and spa services with outstanding client service. All services are delivered by a friendly, highly skilled team of professionals in a comfortable, masculine, relaxing environment.
TX, Spring: Eli's Bridgestone Barbershop ☆☆☆☆☆
4935 FM2920, phone: 281-288-9822. It is a 4 chair barbershop, but Eli is the barber to see for a fantantic high & tight flattop using lather and straight razor to shave the whitewalls. He also shaves a smooth head. You can't miss him. He is the dude with the shaved head. Updated: 10-JUN-1998
UNITED KINGDOM, Edinburgh: York Barbers ☆☆☆☆☆
4B York Place, phone: 0131-558 7303. If you want a flattop this is the place to go, ask for Norman. Updated: 12-SEP-2000
VA, Charlottesville: Jim's Barbershop ☆☆☆☆☆
2808 Hydraulic Road, phone: 804-973-0292. Jim is the owner and the only barber in this shop which usually is very busy. It's not uncommon to be number five in line. He specializes in short haircuts--flattops, crewcuts and "high and tights." If you say "short," he'll go SHORT. He has the eye of an artist, and he cuts any style--short or long--well. Updated: 10-JUN-1998
WI, Milwaukee: Southwest Barbershop ☆☆☆☆☆
3022 W. Lincoln Ave. Ask for scott he is great w/ the clippers. Excellent for 0000 flat tops, crewcuts & buzzes. Updated: 04-NOV-2001
WI, West Allis: Gunther's Barbershop ☆☆☆☆☆
5824 W. Lincoln Ave. Phone: 414-546-4007. A one man shop, great for short clipper cuts. busy place, $10.for haircut, & $9.50 facial shave. Updated: 03-NOV-2001
WI, West Allis: Wade's Barbershop ☆☆☆☆☆
7123 W. National Ave., Phone:.414-453-5660. Extremely busy shop. very good @ 0000 flattops. any type of clipper cut. this shop does not do hairstyling. Expect to wait at least an hour, if not longer. Sat is the busiest day @ least 2 hr. wait no appointment. accept. great for lots of clipper action. haircuts are $5.00 (yes $5.00). Updated: 03-NOV-2001