While most salons seem to cater to a female clientele, Boston is full of great places where men can get a shave and a haircut as well. Whether you’re looking for a great haircut at a decent price, an old fashioned-barbershop experience or something a little more laid back and modern, check out Boston’s best places for men’s haircuts. These salons offer great service, great atmosphere and, of course, a perfect haircut.
State Street Barbers
1313 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02118
Prices: from $35
State Street Barbers is one of the best places in Boston for a men’s haircut, and it has the awards to prove it. This salon was named among the top 10 barbershops in the entire country by both Details and Playboy magazines. If you’ve ever dreamed of a true barbershop experience with a haircut and shave, this is the place to go. Just don’t think State Street Barbers is so rooted in tradition that you’ll come out looking old. It brings classic barbershop service to modern hair cutting and styling.
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712 Commonwealth Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Prices: from $16
For 19 years, Louie’s Hair Cuts has been a Boston landmark. It offers old-school customer service, friendly experienced staff, and prices that are among the best in Boston. The clientele includes everyone from college students to some of Boston’s most-loved athletes. You’ll find this barbershop jam packed during the school year thanks to its proximity to Boston University, so it helps to make an appointment.
245 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116
Prices: from $45
Barbershop Lounge is unique among barbershops and salons alike. You’ll get a great haircut at Barbershop Lounge, but you’ll also have the chance to shoot a game of pool, enjoy a drink at the bar, and watch the game on one of the lounge’s four flat-screen TVs. Think of it as less of a hair salon and more of a gentlemen’s club. The chic urban atmosphere is the perfect complement to a great haircut.
88 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Prices: from $20
Ojee’s is the place to go for a great men’s haircut in Boston at a great price. Clients rave about the entire staff of stylists at Ojee’s. With the focus almost exclusively on men’s haircuts, the entire staff knows just how to handle any request. The salon is popular, so it helps to plan ahead and make an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome but should expect a wait on any given day at this much-loved local salon.
171 Brighton Ave.
Boston, MA 02134
Prices: from $30
The owner of Salon Dean gained quite a client list while working at other Boston-area salons. Boston was buzzing when he decided to set up shop himself as Salon Dean, and this place has definitely lived up to the hype. If you’re not sure what kind of hairstyle you want, Salon Dean is the place for expert advice on what cut will work best for you. Be warned that perfection takes time; if you’re looking to walk in someplace during your lunch break and get a quick cut, this is not the place for you. If you’ve got the time to spare or want to be sure of getting an expert cut, start and finish at Salon Dean.
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Renee Mallett is the author of several books about art, culture, and New England. She was the owner and director of an art gallery and has written about arts and entertainment on a national level for several print and online journals. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.