Ever since my longtime barbers Jerry and Sal (both in their 80's and cutting hair for over 50 years) have retired, I've been on a quest to find the best barber all over L.A. The result - I've gotten to know a lot of the guys and gals who take pride in cutting hair and giving you a great style. You can't go wrong with any of these below. They're all great places for guys, gentlemen, boys, and dudes to get a haircut.
Longtime owner Jerry has retired, but Larchmont barbershop was reopened by new owner George, who is holding up the standards that Jerry had set for over 45 years. Cesar cuts my hair here and he's a top notch barber.
Ready to go back to the 50's? Don't be put off by the name, Sweeney Todd's is old fashioned barbershop with spot on, precise barbers. Sween and Alman have been cutting my hair here. Sween takes so much pride in his barbershop and it shows in the haircuts.
Legends is a barber shop on up and coming Fairfax Ave that specializes in African American hair. That said, they cut all types of hair for men and women. Everyone here is super chill and there's a great vibe around the place. And you gotta love listening to some great hip hop while you're getting your hair cut.
Located in the Farmer's Market is this old school traditional hair cut place. They specialize in types of cuts and styles and will even finish you off with razor blade edge along the back hairline.
Boxer-turned-barber Sal used to cut my hair here, but since he retired, I go see Vaughn. Rudy's is great if you're working at the Hollywood Production Center. They're quick, cheap, and precise. It's an old school barbershop in the heart of Glendale.
I've been coming to Rudy's Barbershop on and off for over 12 years. I love the garage style feel of the place. My barber here is Tipton - he takes time to figure out what style is best for your hair rather than just taking the clippers and going to town.
Sometimes, to looks his best, a guy needs the skill of a woman. I've started coming to Floyd's 99 Barbershop to see Lauren, who came highly recommended from a good friend of mine. She's been cutting my hair for a few months now, and it has never been better. She knows how to style guy's hair with a lady's point of view, i.e. she's going to make you look handsome. The key to cut is the consultation - she listens to what you want and then accomplishes it expertly.
Franky's is something of an anomaly - part barbershop, part mens boutique. Don't be intimidated by the clothes, Franky knows how to cut hair quite well and will give you a quality haircut.
The Proper is a total dude's barbershop in atmosphere and in that they only cut gentleman's hair. Trent is my boy here, but any of the barbers are fine. They're all heavily tatooed and pierced, but deep down they're all really nice guys and talented barbers.
Every time I come here, I run into the same people, which is a sign of a good barbershop. The Fade Inn is run by my boy Alex, and he's a damn fine barber. You can call ahead and ask for Alex, although he's very popular with all the guys. Michael is good too. Haircuts are only $17 here, which is a steal.