If you’re looking for a trim, a little off the top or a whole new look, there are plenty of barbershops – both old and new – for you to try. Whether you’re looking for a stylist, a straight-razor shave or a complete hot-towel service, choosing any of these Top 5 barbershops will have you looking razor-sharp.
1 18 | 8
Named for the metal alloy used to prevent corrosion (and used in the finest blades), 18 | 8 sets a new precedent for barbershops. Gone is the red, white and blue pole and instead, you’ll get your shave and trim in a sleek steel-and-stone environ that’s as sharp as the tools. In addition to the haircuts, they offer mens’ facials, MANicures and more.
2 The Parlor
If you’re feeling more old school, a stop by Parlor is exactly what you need. Bringing old-time technique together with Mad Men-era fixtures, this shop’s décor mixes mid-century pin-ups with tattoo culture and more. It might not be somewhere you take your father-in-law, but you won’t get a closer straight-razor shave anywhere else.
3 Circle City Barbers
Situated in Old Towne Orange, you wouldn’t expect anything but an old-time barbershop. With a clientele ranging from Civic Center big hitters to the pomade and pompadour crowd, Circle City is run by alums of Long Beach’s famed Syndicate barber shop, where every self-respecting rockabilly fan has gotten their buzz on.
4 Vidal Sassoon
Sleek and sophisticated, the mens’ cuts at Vidal Sassoon are everything from classic to contemporary. Clean and streamlined, the salon’s an oasis from the shopping haven that is South Coast Plaza. So if you need a break from the shopping and need a few minutes to yourself, get cleaned up here and you’ll be ready to face the shopping.
5 Tony&Guy Hairdressing
Centrally located at Fashion Island, Tony&Guy is the perfect spot for a lunchtime touch-up. If you’re pressed for time and need a quick trim, the ocean views might just make you slow down and enjoy the experience. Pair the view with unparalleled cuts and you’ve got a killer combination that has one outcome: you’ll be looking good no matter what.