Best Straight Razor Shaves in Washington, D.C.

February 25, 2014 8:00 AM

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A straight razor shave is an old technique that must be mastered for accuracy and is rare to find. Long before the days of electric razors, which make life much easier for men who shave every morning, razor blades were used to clean up the face. Straight razor shaves are known to leave a fresh, lasting look. If you haven’t quite perfected the art of straight razor shaving, visit one of these barber shops for a helping hand and possibly a mini shaving lesson.

Capitol Barber
201 Massachusetts Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 544-8380

This Capitol Hill barbershop uses hot shaving cream for the straight razor shave, leaving faces smelling clean and feeling refreshed. The staff is friendly and accommodating. Men can quickly be in and out of Capitol Barber with a face and neck shave for less than $20. Shaves are traditional and beard trims are also available.

Diego’s Hair Salon
1901 Q St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-4572

Diego’s Hair Salon is a powerhouse salon in Washington, DC. The Italian owner, Diego D’Ambrosio, has been in the salon business for nearly half a century. Diego’s serves the elite of D.C.  and is known for its famous clientele. The straight razor shave, just like all services, is exceptional, and prices are reasonable. Appointments are recommended. Customers may even walk out with a new Italian vocabulary.

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

Men who appreciate grooming, look no further – Grooming Lounge located in Tysons Corner and Van Ness is the place for you. The entire shop is dedicated to men’s shaving and skin and hair care products. Grooming Lounge is a posh barbershop and spa, where employees really know what they’re doing. After experiencing a shave, allow the experts to suggest dependable razors for purchase so that you can get the specialist effect at home.

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Puglisi Hair Cuts
2100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 833-2175

A nostalgic haircutter, Puglisi in Foggy Bottom is celebrated by locals and is a favorite of George Washington students and professors who return for the upbeat chatter, quality cuts and shaves. Patrons take note: Puglisi does not accept credit cards and doesn’t take appointments. All barbers are to be trusted, as the sharp and attentive staff provides precise shape-ups. Don’t be confused by the outer appearance, as the shop is in an ordinary office building, because inside is a buzzing mix of characters who make Puglisi a happening place.

Wise Owl Club
2010 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 705-9425

Wise Owl is a boutique barbershop in Adams Morgan that gives much more than just an ordinary straight razor shave. The atmosphere is friendly and lively, the classic picture of a barbershop. Multiple shaving services are offered, ranging in price from $20 to $60. Customers feel relaxed at Wise Owl, encouraged to sit back and enjoy the pampering. You want to visit Wise Owl when time is not an object. The popular Chipper Shave includes a hot lather and facial massage.

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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. Her work can be found at

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