Who says men can’t enjoy a good haircut in a relaxing atmosphere? Generally when one speaks of a salon, the implication is usually that the business caters mainly to female clientele, however, with equality on the rise, men are increasingly beginning to feel the ability to demand a relaxing and luxurious hair care experience. Here are a few of our favorite salons that cater to men in the Chicago area.
Chicago Male Salon and Spa
3418 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60657
Named by Men’s Health Magazine as one of “America’s Best Salons and Barbershops,” you can’t go wrong entrusting your hair (any of your hair) to the stylists at Chicago Male Salon and Spa. In addition to stylish haircuts in this upscale and modern barbershop setting, the salon also offers a variety of men’s waxing treatments. Need a little additional care? Try one of the facial treatments which range from anti-aging to the relaxing signature facial or even a special eye treatment if you feel that your eyes are reflecting those long hours at the office (or the bar) a little too visibly.
Gabby’s Barber Shop
2860 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60657
If you’re more of a no-fuss, no-frills kind of guy, Gabby’s Barber Shop is right up your alley. It takes walk-ins only, no appointments are taken in advance. There’s a simple chalkboard to keep track of who’s in line for their cut (feel free to put your name up on the board and go out for a bit rather than just sitting around and waiting) and Gabby’s is cash only. Lest you think you’ve walked back into the 1950s, Gabby’s does have free wifi that you can access while you wait. It opens early if you need a cut before heading into work and is very patient and willing to take the time to talk through what you want done with your hair.
Old Town Barbershop
1339 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60610
Old Town Barbershop maintains a professional greeter in the form of Buick the black lab. If that’s not enough to convince you to stop in, the first visit is always at a discounted price. The owners focus exclusively on men’s haircuts, neck shaves and beard trims. The owners strive to maintain a ‘good feeling vibe’ as well as a contemporary style and feel to their shop. Old Town has several laid-back barbers who are willing to work with you to make you feel at home both while you’re getting your hair cut and after you leave. Best of all, the prices won’t break the bank.
2025 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
New Barber Shop’s goal is to blend the new with the old. It offers a good, modern haircut and contemporary and stylish feel while maintaining that good ole barbershop price. Massage services are also available by appointment and range in treatment from Swedish to Deep Tissue to Sports Massage. Great haircuts, good music and atmosphere and a decent price are what you’re in for when you try out New Barber Shop. Call ahead for a reservation to avoid waiting and try out the haircut and 20-minute chair massage combination for a quick, relaxing trip.
1501 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
Dynamic Salon has everything any man could possibly want in order to be pampered and walk out feeling like a rockstar. If you want to treat yourself, check out the Dynamic Salon’s list of available services. The standard haircut is obviously an option, but you can also go in for just a neck clean-up for only five bucks or get rid of the grays whether they be just in your sideburns, mustache or all over. Hand and feet treatments are also available as well as airbrush tanning (it has muscle definition options), facial treatments and microdermabrasion.
Meredith Lyons is an actor, competitive fighter and fitness instructor in Chicago who also owns an amazing cat named Jake. Meredith has been writing on Examiner as the Chicago Martial Arts Examiner since 2008. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.