While men have long gravitated towards the barbershop, there remain times in life when the trim buzzcut or faded-look is just too short.
For men who want to experiment with grooming the length and cut of their hair, Barbershops can be a tricky place to navigate, as most barbershops are not trained to diversify their cuts in a stylistic way. No shame on Barbers! We all respect and recognize the sleek haircuts they've churned out over the years, but for men who want a little more say in how their hair is treated, salons reign supreme.
In New York City, it's already impossible to navigate the endless haircut options available in the city, let alone find a place that can provide that special cut that's just right for you. For those who want the cream of the crop, there remain a few salons in particular that have consistently stood above the rest. For those in need of a serious cut (to be frank, we all are in need), here are the best male salons in New York City, where you can sip whiskey, drink beer and get the haircut of your dreams.
A vast collection of art, clubroom, cafe, and billiards lounge await those who enter this Midtown salon. Memberships are around $950, but for the amazing amenities and great reputation for gentlemanly haircuts, it's completely worth it. After all, those haircuts will be anything but ordinary. A shampoo and conditioning treatment, scalp massage, hot towel, manicure, shoeshine, and stiff drink are all included in a single session. They also offer hair coloring, facials and massages. For the weary non-members, $75 a session ain't bad either.
Spiff (The New York Times)
With haircuts, manicures, and pedicures at your disposal, this sexy midtown salon should be every man's destination. But what Spiff is known for is their one-of-a-kind shave. From beard trims to a straight-razor shave, Spiff also throws in a scalp and facial treatment when you purchase their deluxe shaving package ($60). Throw in a $4 shoeshine, and you'll leave Spiff feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Ths teeny-weeny LES salon is tucked away behind a clothing store, but regardless of its size the minimalist joint packs a punch when it comes to gentlemanly grooming. Featuring old-school shaves that will leave your skin as smooth as a baby's bottom and old-school cuts for the more traditional men who want just a little off the top, Freeman's Sporting Club is a tiny haven for masculinity. Don't forget to stop by the boutique, where Freeman's offers a range of excellent grooming products.
Truman's Gentlemen's Groomers
A bustling salon that offers a wide range of grooming options for the guys who care about their looks. Stocked with a full liquor back, sit back and relax while you get the best haircut and shave of your life for just $75 and $60, respectfully. While you're at it, why not get a mani-pedi combo? Or, if you're feeling really worn out, splurge on a full facial.
Designed as more of an intimate bar than a salon, Martial Vivot's namesake sports a top-shelf liquor bar and one of the best hair cuts around. The price is steep for those who wish to get cut by Vivot himself ($320), but those looking to spend a little less can still get a life-changing cut from one of the salon's other stylists for anywhere between $125 and 215.