Philly360 Barbershop Series
In our last hair series Philly360 got to see how the women in Philly rocked their crowns. From the naturalista's to the extenionista's to the straightenista's Philadelphia's hair scene has something for everybody. Now, its time for us to show you how the men in the city stay groomed.
Philly360 Fashion Ambassador Rakia Reynolds traveled to Midtown Village, Rittenhouse Square and Northern Liberties to see how the gentlemen keep it fresh from hair to toe.
Be sure to check out the rest of Philly's Upscale Barber Shops
• 2B Groomed -- Barber Jahmal Rhaney looked to the 1940s and 50s for inspiration when opening his walk-up shop in 2003. Today, his vintage-feeling business services all manner of men's grooming needs, starting with scissor and razor cuts and extending into skincare for stubborn bumps, goatee trims, steam facials, straight razor shaves and beard coloring. Also on tap: a full complement of grooming products, including dapper dude must-haves from circa 1805 London barber Truefitt & Hill—and a complimentary shoe shine with every service. In 2012, USA Today named 2B Groomed in its online list of "10 great places to get a shave and a haircut." 270 S. 11th Street, (215) 925-3505,2bgroomedstudios.com
• The Art of Shaving's Barber Spa -- The well-known American men's skincare line chose Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square neighborhood and the region's eminent King of Prussia Mall as locations for its trademark Barber Spa. Inside the retail shops, clients can avail themselves of haircuts, head shaves and indulgent packages such as their popular "Royal Shave," a 45-minute treatment that involves hot shaving cream, a with- and against-the-grain straight razor shave, lavender-infused hot towels and aftershave mask, toner and moisturizer. 1528 Walnut Street, (215) 875-6702; The Plaza at King of Prussia Mall, 160 N. Gulph Road, King of Prussia, (610) 962-1000, theartofshaving.com
• Francis The Duke Barber Co. -- Fifth-generation tonsorialist William Brown runs operations at this ruggedly hip Northern Liberties retreat known around town as "The Duke" and located at the ever-evolving Piazza at Schmidts. Clients sit in a regally antique barbershop chair, sipping comped cold beers or whiskey before, during and after their hot shaving cream straight-razor shave or moustache grooming, or sometimes bringing along entire bachelor parties for pre-party trims. Piazza at Schmidts, 1050 N. Hancock Street, #77, (215) 469-1868, thedukebarberco.com
• Groom -- Center City old-timers remember the below-ground venue of Joe McMenamin's retro-modern shop as belonging to local fixture Harry Fini, known for his no-nonsense buzz cuts. Today, the space itself has undergone a retro-modern facelift and is run by a trio of dapper-makers, including the vibrant and precise McMenamin himself, godfather of this new generation of Philly barbers. This spot is by-appointment-only, and for good reason: Spots book up fast for the "flat top boogie," "Vanguard," more textured styles and straight razor shaves. 1324 Locust Street, (215) 545-2626, groomphilly.com
• Shaving Grace Barbers/Upper Cuts Barbershop -- With an original, bare-bones location called Upper Cuts in East Falls and two more luxurious, lounge-like versions in suburban Exton and Doylestown dubbed Shaving Grace, these venues offer the most basic of razor cuts to the poshest of spa services. The city venue is the place to pay less than $20 (cash only) for a quick trim. The suburban locations, tricked out with leather couches and private spa rooms offer full-body massages, ear candling, waxing, pedicures and stay-all-day packages, in addition to the standard shaves and cuts. Upper Cuts Barbershop, 3471 Ainslie Street, (215) 844-5159; Shaving Grace Barbers, 269 Main Street, Exton, (610) 524-6977 and 41 E. State Street, Doylestown, (267) 620-2005, shavinggracebarbers.com
• Style of Man -- This local mini-chain of men's salons caters to guys who prefer to get their cuts, color, shaves, waxes, manicures and scalp massages among men—but by women. All three locations offer extended hours for fellas who want to get good looking before work or after hours. Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut Street, (215) 561-2887; 4448 Main Street, (215) 487-2820; 108 ½ Fayette Street, Conshohocken, (484) 351-8055, styleofman.com