Searching for a Gentleman's Barber

Searching for a Gentleman's Barber

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Savoir Vivre

Huntington, WV

#1 Aug 22, 2014
I am looking for a barbershop that knows how to cut a gentleman's hair. I do not want a stylist, a beautician, or a quick cut at a mall shop. I would like a place where the barber knows how to cut the classic cuts and is a master of all the tools of his trade. The only products he puts in a man's hair are Brylcreem or a pomade. Bonus points for a a hot towel and a straight razor shave.

Many thanks for any serious suggestion
Savoir Vivre

Huntington, WV

#2 Aug 23, 2014
No suggestions or are there no such establishments in the city?
GentlemanJim

Milton, WV

#3 Aug 23, 2014
1st St. Nicks.
gentleman cut

Nitro, WV

#4 Aug 23, 2014
Savoir Vivre wrote:
I am looking for a barbershop that knows how to cut a gentleman's hair. I do not want a stylist, a beautician, or a quick cut at a mall shop. I would like a place where the barber knows how to cut the classic cuts and is a master of all the tools of his trade. The only products he puts in a man's hair are Brylcreem or a pomade. Bonus points for a a hot towel and a straight razor shave.

Many thanks for any serious suggestion
Brian Shaffer shop at Travis Hair and Associates on 4th Avenue in Huntington.
Miss Practicality

Huntington, WV

#5 Aug 23, 2014
I commend you sir, for requiring such excellence in your grooming.
Savoir Vivre

Huntington, WV

#6 Aug 24, 2014
gentleman cut wrote:
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Brian Shaffer shop at Travis Hair and Associates on 4th Avenue in Huntington.
Thank you for the suggestion; however, it isn't exactly what I am looking for. The ambiance is more of a male version of a beauty salon rather than the classic barbershop that I am looking for. Much obliged for the effort.
Savoir Vivre

Huntington, WV

#7 Aug 24, 2014
Miss Practicality wrote:
I commend you sir, for requiring such excellence in your grooming.
Thank you. I believe there are three ways to accomplish anything - the right way, the wrong way, and the sloppy, lazy way that meets the barest of requirements. Forgive me if I judge a bit harsh, but it seems that many of the men in this area have elected for the latter-most. Thus, it has been a challenge to find that gem of an establishment where the right way is employed in favour of the wrong way (a stylist or beautician better equipped for a lady's needs) or the sloppy, lazy way (rushing through a cut before the next scheduled appointment in a station similarly equipped for a beauty salon and completing the style with the less-than-masculine mousse or gel).

And so my search continues
Son likes

Huntington, WV

#8 Aug 24, 2014
Hamlin's Barber Shop, 211 Bridge st. in Guyandotte.

Since: Jun 11

Fairfax, VA

#9 Aug 24, 2014
East end cut bridge street Guyandotte wv
Miss Practicality

Huntington, WV

#10 Aug 24, 2014
How about Frank Fuscardo's on 3rd ave? It seems pretty old school.
Savoir Vivre

Huntington, WV

#11 Aug 25, 2014
Miss Practicality wrote:
How about Frank Fuscardo's on 3rd ave? It seems pretty old school.
Thank you very much for the suggestion. I was considering his shop as well as the other located up the street - Cinema Barber Shop. Any personal experiences from either of those classic shops?
old man

Danville, KY

#12 Aug 25, 2014
toms barber shop in fort gay...good barber, and they will give you a clean razor shave, with a hot towel.
SpringValleyWarr ior

Huntington, WV

#13 Aug 26, 2014
The "classic" barbershop experience is, sadly, a lost art. There really isn't much money in providing those classic services as the majority of clients simply don't want them or don't want to dedicate the time it takes just for the "experience". Plus, brylcreme and pomade? While men of a certain age may consider those products "distinguished", most folks nowadays equate them with "old", kinda like sandalwood aftershave... Before my previous barber retired, she (yes, she was a licensed and experienced female barber) could accomdate your requests with ease. Straight razor shaves, too.

I wish you luck on your quest!
Art of Manliness

Charleston, WV

#14 Dec 23, 2014
SpringValleyWarrior wrote:
The "classic" barbershop experience is, sadly, a lost art. There really isn't much money in providing those classic services as the majority of clients simply don't want them or don't want to dedicate the time it takes just for the "experience". Plus, brylcreme and pomade? While men of a certain age may consider those products "distinguished", most folks nowadays equate them with "old", kinda like sandalwood aftershave... Before my previous barber retired, she (yes, she was a licensed and experienced female barber) could accomdate your requests with ease. Straight razor shaves, too.
I wish you luck on your quest!
On the contrary, my friend. Brylcreme and pomade are the latest right now. So while you stick to your L.A. Looks ultimate hold gel, we gentleman will grasp onto the finer things of the classy world.
I can't imagine a woman stylist/barber being able to give me the classic cut along with the care that I expect from my barber.

Matador Barbershop in St Albans is second to none. However, only use the barbers in seat one or two...never three. No hot towel, but hot shaving cream on the back of the neck with a straight razor to get that blasted neck hair down to the very skin, and a beard trim if you ask for one. All for $12...plus tip of course.
Barbicide

Huntington, WV

#15 Dec 23, 2014
great advertisement.
big b

Huntington, WV

#16 Dec 25, 2014
Savoir Vivre wrote:
I am looking for a barbershop that knows how to cut a gentleman's hair. I do not want a stylist, a beautician, or a quick cut at a mall shop. I would like a place where the barber knows how to cut the classic cuts and is a master of all the tools of his trade. The only products he puts in a man's hair are Brylcreem or a pomade. Bonus points for a a hot towel and a straight razor shave.
Many thanks for any serious suggestion
get out of the dark ages went out of style 50 years ago you really need to get a life real fast
hugh Jorgan

Saint Albans, WV

#17 Dec 25, 2014
Franks on 4th avenue is what you are looking for.
Savoir Vivre

Huntington, WV

#18 Dec 26, 2014
big b wrote:
<quoted text> get out of the dark ages went out of style 50 years ago you really need to get a life real fast
Such a daft young man. There is still time for you to learn a little about the finer things in life. Of course you are free to walk in to a mall stylist shop in a flat billed baseball cap and baggy pants with your underwear hanging out while you pay $15 for a $1.50 haircut. Your girlfriend, if you have one, will have to just imagine the gentleman you COULD be if you weren't so gangsta. I am sure you'd prefer to think she desires a man that needs sticky syrup in his hair to control the $1.50 state it is in, but try to class it up a little just once and see if it doesn't make her melt before you. Maybe learn a dance step other than a grind - trade in that sorry baseball cap, that only other gangstas prize, for no hat or a real wider brimmed fedora. It might surprise you what looking like a gentleman will make her feel and make you feel.

Class and the finer things never ever go out of style, but regardless, why would you take the time to just troll this thread and look foolish in the process?
Savoir Vivre

Huntington, WV

#19 Dec 26, 2014
Art of Manliness wrote:
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On the contrary, my friend. Brylcreme and pomade are the latest right now. So while you stick to your L.A. Looks ultimate hold gel, we gentleman will grasp onto the finer things of the classy world.
I can't imagine a woman stylist/barber being able to give me the classic cut along with the care that I expect from my barber.
Matador Barbershop in St Albans is second to none. However, only use the barbers in seat one or two...never three. No hot towel, but hot shaving cream on the back of the neck with a straight razor to get that blasted neck hair down to the very skin, and a beard trim if you ask for one. All for $12...plus tip of course.
Sounds like just the place. I have found that Charleston has such a place too - Tops Off. I highly recommend it as well
Savoir Vivre

Huntington, WV

#20 Dec 26, 2014
hugh Jorgan wrote:
Franks on 4th avenue is what you are looking for.
A number of people have recommended his establishment. I did try a cut from Frank himself. It wasn't a terrible cut, but it wasn't the experience I was looking for. I used to go to King's Row and Franks has the same style about it as that place. The cuts aren't bad, but it feels like a chore to go; like getting the oil changed, seeing an accountant, or going for an annual physical - all are necessary but the experience isn't enjoyable. A classic barber with the frills is an enjoyable experience. Indulge yourself if you ever get the chance and you will understand the difference. The men of Huntington definitely are missing out.

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