Haircuts for men have come a long way from the “just a little off the top” days. Barbers have acknowledged that men’s styles can be just as diverse and detailed as women’s. With short hair, the shape of the head and any cowlicks can have a major effect on the cut and style. These talented stylists in the Metro Detroit area have learned to work with these variations to give men a haircut they’ll love.
2980 12 Mile Road
Berkley, MI 48072
The Chop Shop in Berkley is relatively new to the scene, established in 2005, but provides an old-school barbershop experience. The grease-monkey theme, complete with tool chests for storing scissors and combs, lends to the man cave atmosphere. The barbers at the Chop Shop can take on any style a guy desires, but are widely known for their period-correct cuts. From James Dean to Elvis to Morrisey, the Chop Shop gives men the cut they want that’s also suited to their hair type and manageable.
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949 S. Military St.
Dearborn, MI 48124
If the great prices and talented stylists don’t draw you in to Gentlemen First, the atmosphere will. A true retro barbershop, the walls are covered with photos, posters, signage and random memorabilia from movies, rock ‘n roll and the Detroit area. Cars, motorcycles, beer and alcohol are also well represented to make the shop’s interior every guy’s dream. The vintage barber chairs and hot lather razor shave, included with a standard haircut, complete the retro theme. Shop owner and stylist Michelle Jones is a client favorite, not only for her ability but also for her shining personality.
33342 Grand River Ave.
Farmington, MI 48336
Take a trip down memory lane with the Korner Barbers. The shop has been located in downtown Farmington for 50 years, and the decor and atmosphere pay homage to that simpler time, from the retro leather chairs to the authentic barber pole. The six barbers on staff represent nearly 200 years of combined experience, most of it spent with the Korner Barbers. Shop co-owner Dan gets extra props for his knowledge of all things hair and his talent for blending with a blade.
26 N. Main St.
Clawson, MI 48017
Trim Barber House in Clawson is more of a men’s club than a hair salon. The rich, deep color scheme enhances the lush furnishings, including large-screen HDTVs ringed by recliners, dart boards and a billiards table. Trim goes beyond just haircuts and straight-razor shaves, providing brow waxing, color and highlights, massage and even an old-style shoe shine. Men can treat themselves to a variety of pampering packages. Trim also offers a party package for grooms and their groomsmen to prepare for the big day. Andrea stands out with clients for her meticulous attention to the cut, even during a rushed time or at the end of the day.
324 E. 14 Mile
Madison Heights, MI 48071
Located in a garage turned barbershop, Wise Guys provides an upscale salon experience geared specifically towards men. The swanky exterior leads to a large space with high ceilings and exposed brick for an industrial look, while the pool table, leather furniture and small bar area provide a more at-home feeling. Wise Guys is a full-service salon, offering not only cuts, shaves and massage, but also manicure and skin care services. Jennifer receives high praise for her ability to know just what her clients want, even when they don’t.
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Jennifer Walker is a freelance writer living in Detroit. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in animal science from Michigan State University. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.