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man pampering! yeehaw!

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    Guys, you've got it rough. If you want a nice haircut, or maybe a massage (leave the happy endings out of this one, we're a clean radio station), you gotta put up with a girly spa sticking cucumbers on your eyes or with an overpriced haircut that makes you feel like Mister Sniffers here. FAIL.
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    But we found a way to save yourself from the land of suck. Remember when barbershops were for men?! And boys? And they gave you a shave? All that good stuff? Well, happy days are here again. We found a bunch of cool places that'll fit the bill & save your ego from having to pad around in pink spa slippers.
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    The Raven: This Silverlake Thai massage center skips the frou-frou for the zen. While Thai massage is a serious business-expect to discover muscles you never knew--hurting--but you'll leave as relaxed as a tenderized steak. Try their hot stone massage, shiatsu & deep tissue, traditional Thai or "Rock Star" combo.
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    Live large and feel like the true gentleman you are (heh) at The Shave of Beverly Hills. This men's luxury barber, shave and retail shop has a classy European men's club feel. With unibrow removal, "weeding," and a Japanese deep shave plus hand, back & face treatments, they're totally full-service.
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    If you're feeling less gentlemanly and would prefer a brewski and a good buzz (haircut, not from the drink), hit up Hawleywood's in Long Beach or Costa Mesa. Hawleywood's Barber Shop and Shaving Parlor is the kind of joint where you'd see old mobsters with their faces covered in hot towels and shaving cream.
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    Hawleywood's is the original, period correct 40's style shop that specializes in the hot towel, straight razor shaves and the high and tight haircut. You'll receive the cleanest haircut in SoCal while relaxing in this man's sanctuary. Cheers, bro.
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    Yeah, we know your sis and your mom and your aunt Rhonda all go to Burke Williams, but try their oh-so-manly Hunters Retreat: an exfoliating scrub rhythmically massaged on your skin, a cleanse with wheat stalks soaked in exotic oils, & cascades of warm water immersing your entire body. Drool.
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    Rock'n'roll vibe without the rock-star-lifestyle prices: At Floyd's 99 Barbershop you can just walk-in, but if you prefer you can also call-ahead to get on the wait list. Make appointments for color services and their barber's specialties--face & head shaves.
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    Definitely try Floyd's head massage and shampoo, guaranteed to make you relax all over. If you were any more relaxed, you'd have to wear Depends. Proximity to your stylist's boobs not guaranteed but likely (see photo).
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    Mark Matthew is a place for "discerning gentlemen"; for men who appreciate the finer things in life. A true man-pampering experience, try their haircuts, straight razor shaves, hand & foot treatments, facials, eyebrow shaping, waxing (they also give you beer here, which you'll need if you're getting waxed) and much more.
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    Metro for Men's manly grooming environment has a country club atmosphere, traditional shoeshine stand, locker room, and 14 personal satellite HDTV's. Read today's paper, puff on a cigar and guzzle a micro-brew, all while getting manscaped, massaged, & hot-towel-finished.
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    For a nice walk-in joint that'll give you a stylish, no-fuss haircut without you having to tell them what to do (much), try Rudy's. There's usually a well-worth-it wait for these cheap (starting at $15) do's in cool shops (several in LA, as a matter of fact).
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    18|8 Men's Haircare and Grooming reinvent the barber shop in a mellow environment focused on the needs of men. Try haircuts, MANicures, foot treatments, face treatments, scalp treatments and massage, all at semi-private stations. We couldn't find a pic, though, so here's a hot chick playing pool.
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    Aw. Don't cry, little fella. Crying is for sissies. Man up and get to one of these cool man-pampering joints. Just don't use the word "pampering." Call it a "happy ending." Now go get your mind out of the gutter.