If we’re seeking any level of equality between the sexes, we have to just admit that men deserve, and quite enjoy, getting their groom on. It’s not just the clean cut or pro shave – it’s the pampering and community that is unique to barber shops and unisex salons.
Rocker shag, natural curls, handlebar ‘stache, chin strip? No matter how you face the world, there’s a place on Melrose to make it the best it can be.
Calicuts serves men and women with modern cuts and colors. When it comes to its male clientele, they’re the ones walking down Melrose with rad swag. It’s a big space with plenty of experienced, creative stylists to choose from. Ethnic hair, jacked up hair, kids’ hair, event ‘dos – whatever you need. Stylists at Calicuts have no fear of the razor design and spot color, creating epic art coifs and interesting shaves. PSA: there might be a clown on site. Have no fear; he’s a licensed barber clown.
CALICUTS BARBER & BEAUTY
7162 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Monday – Friday 11a – 7p, Saturday – Sunday 11a – 5p
You can find Floyd’s Barbershops around L.A., but the Melrose location feeds off the artsy energy of the block just perfectly. The rock & roll motif (awesome posters all over the walls, loud and proud soundtrack) sets the stage for the edgy looks the stylists are known to create. Floyd’s is unisex, and it should be said that clients can get more conservative looks that are just as pro. Cut, buzz, color, blowout, kids…Floyd’s has it covered.
7300 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Monday – Friday 9a – 9p, Saturday 9a – 8p, Sunday 11a – 6p
If you’re looking for an old school barbershop experience in a fresh, comfortable environment, General Barbershop is the place to be. Superb skills and a customer-friendly attitude is evident, and clients keep regular refresh appointments with favorite go-to barbers. Fades and working with curls are specialties, with precise lines and edges that make an ultra-sharp look. General Barbershop can be a family affair, so bring your son and start good habits early.
GENERAL BARBER SHOP
7210 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles 90046
Monday – Friday 9a – 5p
If you’re not young and fresh when you walk into Debonair Barber & Shave Parlor, you’ll walk out looking young and fresh. Because part of that is attitude, and the vibe here is hip and welcoming (special beverages for customers! great jams!). Focus is on clean but clever work in style, design, and color, and thorough beard-fixing. Undercuts are a specialty (and popular with the female clientele also) which means high-maintenance is fully accepted here. Debonair is the new wave of barbershopping – adding edge to traditional skills and environment – and a simply cool place for a hot look.
DEBONAIR BARBER & SHAVE PARLOR
7364 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Monday – Saturday 9a – 9p
Owned by a stag with a team of talented does, Stag Hair Parlor is a unisex playground of color. Man, can the ladies here do color! Not at all intimidated by intense technique and nuanced shades, your head is a canvas here. Precision cuts do not take a second place, though. And when it comes to strand care, Stag has a variety of special treatment, from energizing and nourishing to detoxing and calming, to keep it all in top shape. Bonus: music is a BIG part of the mission here, and local music is especially supported. And hey, Speedy Ortiz did a live performance right in the salon!
STAG HAIR PARLOR
7223 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Monday – Friday noon – 8p, Saturday 11a – 7p, Sunday 11a – 6p
OK, let’s be real. Men can be fussy about their hair, and why not? If you’ve got a maintenance ‘do or hard-to-handle hair, you’re open to disaster if not in expert hands. The barbers at Ace of Fades are not mere mortals, and do things with clippers, scissors, and razors that raise the bar. Impeccable cuts and line ups. Design that is out of this world. If you can dream it, they can do it. Details are the key; even the cape has a hole so you can play on your phone through it.
ACE OF FADES
7518 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Monday 11a – 6p, Tuesday – Saturday 10a – 8p
Elegance Studio takes its Hollywood location very seriously, delivering an A-list customer experience. This exclusive studio is appointment-only, but once you get one you’ll see why it was necessary. Clients are treated to state-of-the-art amenities and highly-skilled stylists who take ample time to consult on and execute each look. Elegance offers its own proprietary product line which has been sold in salons internationally for more than twenty years. After your ultimate haircut, strut over to the photoshoot area for a great IG post.
7600 Melrose Avenue Unit M, Los Angeles 90046
Sunday – Saturday, 10a – 7p