The straight razor shave is not only better for men and their skin, but it leaves a smoother finish. It’s an experience; you’ll want to make sure to set aside time for the appointment, find a respectable barber and sit back and enjoy. From the prep to the lather to the actual shaving process, the practice of the straight razor shave uses several tools including the razor, the hone and the strop, the brush and, of course, the shaving cream. Los Angeles has some pretty fantastic old-school barbers who will treat any man like a king.
Felix Omar Men’s Grooming Studio
11239 Ventura Blvd. #212 Studio 26 (Inside Salon Republic)
Studio City, CA 91604
Walking into Felix Omar is a testament to how men truly want to be treated. Barbering services are offered in a private and classic American barbershop setting. Clients who book the straight razor shave will sit back and relax during the service, which includes hot lather shaving cream application with a pure badger hair brush, a meticulous shave, hot steam towels and replenishing skin treatment. For the guys who shave their heads, visit Felix Omar for the straight razor head shave assuring the smoothest scalp.
The Shave Of Beverly Hills
230 S. Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
This luxury barber and shave shop brings the shaving experience to another level. The Shave continues to practice the tradition of using a straight razor in its treatments, and it has also upped the experience for its clients. Men are greeted with a complimentary drink (select whiskey, wine, a beer or sparkling water) and led to the chair where a barber and assistant will prep them for the Beverly Hills signature shave. After wrapping the client’s face with hot towels, the barber begins the shave. Clients will also receive a relaxing head, neck and hand massage.
Gornik & Drucker Barber Shop
The Montage Beverly Hills
225 N. Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Gornik & Drucker, known for grooming some of the most famous and notorious men in Hollywood such as Clark Gable, Tyrone Power, Frank Sinatra, Bugsy Siegel and Ronald Reagan, honors the tradition of the straight razor shave. Since 1936, the name Gornik & Drucker alone brings nostalgia together with modern necessity. The barbers provide a first-class shave experience, which includes straight razor, and a luxurious line of Gornik & Drucker products including the No. 9 shave cream featuring peppermint and eucalyptus to soothe and calm skin, red tea and pomegranate to infuse antioxidants and vitamins A, C and E to replenish the skin. Clients are also invited to book haircuts, beard trims and a shoe shine.
Esquire Barber Shop
1020 Montana Ave.
Santa Monica,CA 90403
Esquire Barber Shop is your old school, neighborhood barbershop. Men have been coming to Esquire since 1953 for the time-honored straight razor shave. From start to finish, clients experience the hot towel and hot lather as well. One of the oldest businesses on Montana Avenue, today Esquire caters to regular locals who come in for shaves (face, neck and head) and haircuts including neck, ear, eyebrow and nose trimming.
460 S. Spring St., Suite B
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Bolt Barbers has that edgier Downtown L.A. vibe that younger Angelenos jones for. The full-service barbershop shaves and shears. Owner Mohawk Matt Berman created and designed the barbershop space as sort of a community gathering place for ‘dudes.” With the purchase of Bolt’s Hairy Beast loyalty customer card (it’s $3.33 one time only) and with any service, clients are treated to a frosty mug of draft root beer, a game of Donkey Kong and a game of bowling on Bolt’s vintage 16-foot United Big Bowler.
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