Getting a haircut can often be a grueling experience if you’re a guy. You can either endure the same stuffy salon where your wife gets her hair styled and colored or brave the nearby quick-cut at the local strip mall. Here in Orange County, there’s no longer a reason to dread the monthly buzz and trim. Salons and barbershops appealing to men know exactly what a masculine grooming environment should look like.
The Men’s Hair Salon & Spa
26731 Aliso Creek Road, Suite 200
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Price: from $40
Salon owners catering to men know the keys to a customer’s heart include free snacks and beverages. At the Men’s Hair Salon and Spa, guys may feel at home relaxing in modern black leather chairs in this bright and clean suite. Owner and hairstylist Christine Perico-Cutts will include with every haircut a mint aromatherapy scalp massage and shampoo, light conditioning treatment, a warm facial towel and an old-fashioned single blade razor neck shave. Her outgoing personality, paired with her 20 years of experience, brings a refreshing new look to the world of male grooming.
Metro for Men
15382 Alton Parkway
Irvine, CA 92618
Price: from $37
With a name like Metro for Men, you expect this hair salon to pull out all the stops in creating the ideal environment for men. Just take one trip to this shop and you know it delivers. Enjoy 12 high-definition satellite televisions so male clients can have power over their primping programming. If 700 channels of adrenaline and testosterone aren’t enough, try diving into the fully stocked, complimentary beverage bar. Black leather chairs and hard wood cabinets complete this upscale men’s salon, but don’t stop in just for the furniture. Owner and stylist Krista Martin wields 21 years of experience and can drum up quite a buzz for her metro haircut, which includes styling, shampoo and massage, neck shaving with hot lather, eyebrow and ear hair trimming, and a hot towel finish. Martin’s business venture has won plenty of praise and accolades in Orange County by delivering consistent quality.
41 Auto Centre Drive, Suite 111
Foothill Ranch, CA 92610
Price: from $25
Flash back to the past inside of this old-style barbershop. At V’s Barbershop, the male barbers give you permission to talk about only two things: sports and women. Expect to be offered an ice-cold beer the moment you walk through the door. Once in the barber’s chair, you’ll get the royal treatment with a precision haircut, a hot lather straight-edge neck shave and relaxing shoulder massage. These skilled barbers complete your look with a beard or moustache trim and even a shoeshine.
14980 Sand Canyon Ave.
Irvine, CA 92618
Price: from $19
This establishment considers itself a grooming parlor, not a barbershop or salon. Stop in at Cratchit Danckut’s for a haircut, and you’ll recognize the distinction. If you’re looking for a great cut at a reasonable price and want to have interesting conversations while you’re at it, call Zac. With a reputation for being a cool guy, Zac will give you the exact cut you want at a price you can stomach. He’ll even walk you through every cut to make sure you’re comfortable. If you need a shave, he’ll do it with hot towels and a fine selection of astringent aftershaves and lotions. Complimentary beverages are included with all haircuts and shaves. Choose from a selection of beer, wine, soda or water. Become a Cratchit Danckut’s club member and get discounted prices on all grooming services.
135 E. Commonwealth Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
Price: from $25
If you like tattoos and smack talking, this is the barbershop for you. Family owned and operated, Classic Barbers is run by a mother and son duo, and provides top-notch haircut services for men. No appointments are necessary, but be prepared to wait behind a line of eager and happy patrons. Enjoy a clean, retro vibe to the shop and an entourage of talented and funny stylists.
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