Best Places For Men’s Haircuts In Washington DC

January 8, 2013 8:00 AM

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Whether they like to admit it or not, most men relish in the pampering offered at a barber shop. The D.C. area is home to talented stylists who have perfected the male hairstyle. Compared to women, men generally have shorter hair and require more cuts to stay groomed. Experts recommend men cut or trim their hair every four to five weeks, but the timeline is debatable and differs from person to person depending on texture and style. Find a trusted hairstylist that fits your needs, and you’ll likely be a customer for life, and start with these, the best places for men’s haircuts in Washington, D.C.

Bang Salon
1612 U St. NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 299-0925

Enjoy barber shop-style services at three convenient locations in D.C.: U Street, Verizon Center and Metropole. Bang offers five levels of men’s cuts that range from $34 to $42. Call the store for further information regarding each level to better understand which cut suits your hair. This isn’t your everyday salon, however, as it offers everything from your basic men’s haircut to permanent makeup application.

1025 N. Fillmore St.
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 812-8183

New to the Clarendon area in North Arlington, Edge Salon and Spa is already a favorite amongst customers. Nestled in a row of charming shops, the salon is both modern and fresh, yet very welcoming. The knowledgeable staff greets every guest with a cheery face. A men’s shampoo, cut and style starts at $40, a savings in comparison to other Clarendon salons. Relax and kick back at Edge.

Grooming Lounge
1745 L St, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036 
(202) 466-8900

The Grooming Lounge brick and mortar in D.C., just a few blocks from the Farragut North metro station, is the company’s flagship location. There is also a shop in Northern Virginia at Tysons Corner Galleria. For an upscale experience and luxurious treatment, Grooming Lounge is the go-to destination. A haircut and style includes a shampoo, scalp massage, hot towel for the face and, of course, a lengthy and enjoyable shoulder massage. Going in for a haircut can turn into an event, as alcohol is served to willing guests. While waiting, relax in comfortable leather chairs with a plethora of the latest male magazines. The prices at Grooming Lounge are expensive, but customers keep returning because the cut is worth the cost. A regular haircut ranges from $50 to $60. As a one-stop shop for male pampering, you may even want to stay a while and treat yourself to a hot shave, facial, massage or manicure and pedicure. 

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Nantucket Hair Salon
1431 H St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 898-1270

After a great deal of time and research, the well-informed editors at the Washington Post Express named Nantucket the third best stop for male haircuts in the district. This little hole in the wall sits in prime real estate around the corner from The White House. A men’s shampoo, cut and style runs $37 to $49 and, if you aren’t keen on scheduling appointments, walk-in services are generally cheaper. Nantucket developed and carries its own line of hair care products. Take note, the salon is closed on Sunday and Monday.

The Barber Shop & Co.
4238 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 841-7200

Finding a barber near you is made easy with 17 The Barber Shop & Co. locations in Virginia and Maryland. The family run business, started in 1988, is legendary for master quality and care. A regular haircut is quite the bargain and hard to beat, ideal for those on a budget at only $16.99. The Ballston Common Mall shop, a few miles from D.C., is one of the larger and more popular locations. There are three to four barbers on any given weekday and up to six on the weekend. You can’t go wrong here; not one stylist is better than another. The Barber Shop & Co. goes back to traditional roots of barber shops and has an inviting old-school feel, red swivel chairs and all. Appointments are not necessary, and there is rarely a long wait for walk ins.

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Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and a minor in Journalism. Follow her on Twitter at @kellyfrancess. Her work can be found at

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