I hate to break it to you ladies, but men like to be pampered just as much as you.
For years, I’ve been purchasing spa certificates for my wife on special occasions like her birthday and Valentine’s Day, and in return, she gets a day of R & R on me, without me. Manicures, pedicures, hot stone massages, facials – yes, the works.
So now the question has to be asked, “Honey, where’s mine?”
When men say they want to be “pampered,” they really don’t expect a lot. A hot shave, maybe an eyebrow wax, even a manicure or pedicure isn’t out of the question. And when we go for these services, we want to do it at a rad place that’s the epitome of the man cave we don’t have at home.
Enter upscale barber shops and men’s salons. They’re popping up all over the country and here in Florida.
Some offer a 21st century take on an old school barber shop complete with the red, white and blue spinning pole out front, while others elevate the concept of the man cave to a whole new level.
Here’s my list of the 7 Best Luxury Barber Shops and Men’s Salons in Florida.
Open since 2005 in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, ManKind Grooming & Services has everything to make a man feel like a king. It offers all the traditional barber shop services plus a range of spa amenities like deep tissue and hot stone massages, waxes and chemical peels as well as manicures and pedicures. ManKind also provides shoeshine, shoe repair, dry cleaning and even an expert tailor by appointment. But what sets ManKind apart from the competition is the shop itself and its late 19th century-inspired interior. Deep wood grains, marble floors, brass fixtures, Victorian-era wallpaper and brick accent walls make ManKind the perfect haven for the true alpha-male. Plus, guests get to play unlimited rounds of pool, can help themselves to scotch and beer or watch the big game on one of the many flat screens.
A male-only establishment, Miles & Lyle Luxury Barber Shop in Aventura offers what the owners describe as “Royal Services” including straight-razor shaves, massages, reflexology, hair removal, ear candling and shoeshines. The vibe of the place is straight out of jolly old England with large leather sofas and chairs, plaid and striped wallpaper and elegant wood touches throughout. The main waiting area is cozy and relaxing with plenty of sports and business reading material. No matter the services picked at Miles & Lyle, they’ll always will be done in a private room. There, the customer is able to pick a channel to watch on television or music can be piped through the sound system at whatever volume is desired.
Some wives and girlfriends might have a problem sending their men to this one. That, of course, means the guys will love it. Female staff at RazzleDazzle, which has four locations in South Florida, dress in burlesque-style bustiers and corsets, while members of the male staff wear sharp-looking vests. The decor isn’t exactly “man cave” inspired. With black and white photos of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley adorning the walls, it’s more of a rockabilly throwback than anything. But men who visit RazzleDazzle aren’t exactly going for the interior design elements of the shop. RazzleDazzle offers a full menu of shaving and grooming services, massages, hand and foot care as well as shoeshines.
With four locations in the Orlando area, Floyd’s Barbershop is part of a growing national chain founded by a trio of Colorado brothers in 1999. Some of the shops, like the locations in Winter Park and on Mills Avenue, are housed in renovated garages or gas stations and provide basic services like cuts, shaves and waxing. The atmosphere is always relaxing and members of the staff are always knowledgable and accommodating. Unlike other shops on the list, Floyd’s caters to everyone – men, women and children.
Located in the Pineapple Grove District of Delray Beach, Lanzetta’s perfectly blends the nostalgia of an old-fashioned barbershop with modern conveniences to create a place where men can relax and be themselves. The menu includes hot lather shaves, beard trims, and classic hair cuts, all customized to each client. The retail shop carries a variety of Johnny B. styling products to insure customers keep up their new look at home.
Self-taught barber Cody Garrett opened Rusty Razor in the back room of a downtown DeLand soap retail shop in late summer 2015. The best way to describe the vibe is like an unpretentious speakeasy. Every element of the interior was designed by Cody using a mixture of raw and reclaimed materials. An American flag hangs on the shingled wall, antiques are randomly placed in nooks and crannies, and a red curtain across the window can be drawn to give the shop an even more intimate feeling. Cody tried to keep the shop on the downlow when it first opened, but word quickly spread about his quality work and now he has hundreds of regular customers. In addition to tailored haircuts and beard trims, Rusty Razor recently expanded its list of services to include traditional hot head and face shaves.
Churchill’s Barbershop in downtown Miami provides pampering for men in a traditional club room setting complete with oak hardwood floors, leather sofas and chairs and photographs of Florida’s barbering history hanging on the walls. Churchill’s offers a healthy menu of men’s grooming services and provides Italian espressos at the coffee bar.