Men (and women, too) want to take care of their skin and seek products that align with their lifestyle as well as nurture their skin. More and more guys today are shopping for essentials that make them not only look good, but feel good. These five local barbershops not only provide some of the best and most luxurious shave treatments in town, but each also offers a shopping experience that differs from the mass drugstores.
The Barbershop Club
6333 W. 3rd St., Suite 116
Los Angeles, CA 90036
One of the oldest barbers in Los Angeles, located in the Original Farmers Market, The Barbershop Club gives you great service (including a straight razor shave) and an unrivaled shopping experience. From the obvious to the obscure, The Barbershop Club has some of the top recommended shaving essentials in the industry. The newly launched Made Breakaway Bar can be found here which is a multipurpose shave soap, body wash and shampoo all in one. Featuring moisturizing qualities and ingredients, the Made Bar is carefully crafted with rich vegetable-based ingredients and Shea butter. The fashionable and hard-to-find Parker Butterfly Open Safety Razor is right at your fingertips here along with a wonderful after shave made in Ireland from The Handmade Soap Co.
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The Shave of Beverly Hills
230 S. Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Known for attention to detail, master barbers and a great single malt, The Shave of Beverly Hills knows how to pamper a man. This luxurious barbershop carries the finest in shaving tools, creams, balms and oils to bring home. Filling the dark wood apothecary cupboards at The Shave include products by Taylor Of Old Bond Street, a traditional English company; classic and contemporary tools by the UK-based Edwin Jagger; Epicuren smoothest shave cream with aloe vera; and the aftershave from Royal Fragrances. On your way in or out, you may even bump into one of L.A.’s many celebrity residents.
Lloyd’s at The Fairmont
101 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
At the top of the list in luxury and shaving essentials is Lloyd’s at The Fairmont. Locals and guests visit Lloyd’s for traditional barbershop services including the shave, which includes hot towels, pre-shave treatment, a rich hot lather with traditional three-inch straight razor (fresh new disposable blade) and ending the treatment with a cool towel and aftershave conditioning. And after being pampered, clients are invited to shop traditional wet shaving products from the men’s Baxter of California line. Before shaving, try Baxter’s Face Buff scrub with menthol and Vitamin C, followed by the line’s Supreme Cream Triple Cushion shave lather, which is created from macadamia nut oil and soy, allowing for an ultra-close shave. Guys will also find the Jack Black shave line, including the shave brush with the technologically advanced silver-tip fiber bristles engineered by MUHLE of Germany.
460 S. Spring St., Suite B
Los Angeles, CA 90013
The edgy Bolt Barbers in DTLA, owned by Mohawk Matt Berman, totally gets dudes. This full-service barbershop shaves and shears, and gives guys a place to hang out. For full shaves (heads too), beard trims and straight razor services (face and neck), Bolt Barbers knows how to to get it done. The barbershop features a select line of product lines including Molton Brown men’s grooming essentials, The Art of Shaving and Bolt’s signature collection which includes the badger shave brush, shaving cream and a bay rum aftershave. The badger brush is made exclusively for Bolt by furniture maker Frank Pollaro. He carefully works with solid cocobolo and macassar ebony woods for the brush body. Bolt’s bay rum is a classic men’s fragrance, which provides astringent and after shave to tighten the skin, while triggering a nostalgic lingering fragrance.
Number One Beauty Center
1426 Montana Ave., Suite 3
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Number One Beauty Center, owned by husband/wife team Mercedes and Jack Tour, is truly a one-stop shop for all things beauty and grooming. In business for over 25 years on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, Number One Beauty keeps both women and men loyal because it is on the pulse of stocking favorite brands. For gentlemen who want better than drugstore brand shaving essentials, Number One delivers on several product lines. Sought-after goods include Ahava Men’s foam-less shaving cream, which is created with minerals and nutrients from the Dead Sea; Zihr’s state-of-the-art formulations, popular with professional athletes; Kingsley’s natural bristle brush; and eShave’s expertise in tools and skincare.
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Sheryl Craig is a writer with a passion for interesting finds and treasures in Los Angeles. She has a background in journalism and public relations. A mother of two daughters, Sheryl integrates her healthy lifestyle into raising her children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.