Fresh Cuts: The World’s Best Barbershops for Black Men

From catching up with the fellas to debating football stats, going to the barbershop is about more than a fresh cut. We took the guesswork out of finding your perfect spot, whether you’re relocating or on the road, by getting a team of grooming experts to ID these must-visit locations.

New York:

Adrian Fanus Grooming
497 Dekalb Ave., 3rd floor, Brooklyn, N.Y. (347) 533-8827
Know Before You Go: Raising the industry bar is apparent at this loft-style salon. Each haircut is individually tailored to complement the client’s facial structure, career and lifestyle.

Levels Barbershop
425 W. 125th St., New York City (flagship store) (212) 663-6144
Know Before You Go: This is one of Harlem’s finest and most sought-out shops, where you will find culturally diverse barbers with years of expertise.



Image Barbering, Inc.
3545 Buckner Blvd., Suite 102, Virginia Beach, Va. (757) 416-1077
Know Before You Go: If you have extra time on your hands, opt for a premium service and indulge in a soothing hot-towel shave or color.



Goose the Barber Presents Legends the Barbershop
431 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles (323) 658-7000
Know Before You Go: Goose’s veteran barbers cater to customers by offering some of the best razor cuts, faux hawks and more. Bonus: First-time visitors will get a $10 discount.

Charles Blades Barber Spa
180 2nd St., Suite 6, Oakland, Calif. (510) 834-8330
Know Before You Go: Convenience and comfort are major players at this unique spot. Clients can kick back, relax and enjoy a complimentary beer while being serviced.    


Primetime Barbershop

3030 Headland Dr. SW, Atlanta (404) 494-9007
Know Before You Go: Southern hospitality meets modern elegance at this ATL staple. Boasting nine locations, you’d be hard-pressed not to find one of these shops in the metro area.


New Jersey:

Lucky 7 Expressions
10 West South Orange Ave., South Orange, N.J. (973) 327-4741
Know Before You Go: Attracting celebrity clients such as NBA star J.R. Smith and TV personality AJ Calloway, this shop is conveniently open seven days a week. Appointments are preferred.

The Shop
496 Curry Avenue, Englewood, N.J. (201) 568-0072
Know Before You go: Owned by celebrity barber Johnny Cake, who services notables including Jay-Z and Pharrell Williams, The Shop caters to all hair textures and takes extra pride in its razor-sharp fade cuts.  



Upper Kutz
3527 NE 2nd Ave., Miami(305) 456-1872
Know Before You Go: Cool out in this shop’s relaxing atmosphere or catch up on your favorite sports team. Be sure to grab a punch card; every 10th cut is complimentary! Who doesn’t love a freebie?


Washington, D.C:

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Michael Craig Men’s Grooming
1101 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 721-0110
Know Before You Go: The full menu of services provides an all-around grooming experience with everything from general cuts to exfoliating facials. Additionally, the company offers educational resources for up-and-coming professional groomers.



Styles Inspired by MARC
3854 Lancaster Ave., Philadelphia(215) 382-6272
Know Before You Go: With vintage Americana decor and old-school soundtracks, the overall vibe is laid-back. Special discounts are available for college students, senior citizens, teachers, firemen and policemen.



Techniques Designs Ltd.
1575 E. Sibley Blvd., Calumet City, Ill.(708) 862-9066
Know Before You Go: Celebrity barber and stylist Marcus Davis takes pride in the fact that he served as consultant to the Barbershop film franchise. And much like those hilarious movies, there are always a ton of laughs and good times to be had with the Techniques crew.



Joe Black Barbershop
5227 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Houston(713) 750-9567
Know Before You Go: On Friday, the shop’s busiest day, services usually take no more than 20 minutes.

Kutinfed Barbershop
5510 Abrams Rd., Suite 105-B, Dallas (214) 517-8741
Know Before You Go: No time to call ahead to schedule an appointment? Visit and book your cut with your smartphone.


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