Best salons for men

Get pampered at these dude-friendly salons.

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  • Martial Vivot

  • John Allan's Downtown

  • Freeman's

  • Takamichi

  • Erica Fleischman, A Men's Salon

Martial Vivot

Martial Vivot Salon Pour Hommes

  • Price band: 4/4

Martial Vivot's namesake salon resembles an intimate cocktail hour more than a conventional barbershop: The waiting room is highlighted by exposed brick, a flat-screen TV and a silver tray offering the finest top-shelf liquors, and just past the trio of partitioned styling stations sits a chic backyard. The haircuts are brisk, precise, and punctuated by rigorous shampooing and an elaborate manicure. Customers can choose between a cut by the master himself ($215) or a more wallet-friendly one by another stylist ($125). The salon also offers hair-straightening/-relaxing services (from $275) as well as a free 30-minute health-and-wellness assessment and follow-up wellness packages ($1,490 for a series of six sessions). • 212-956-2990; martialvivot.com

  1. 39 W 54th St, (between Fifth and Sixth Aves)
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John Allan's Downtown

With a billiards lounge, club room, caf and a revolving collection of art, you'll find plenty of gentlemanly things to do at this men's salon that feels more like a men's club. In fact, it kind of is a club: Memberships can be bought for $720 and that includes all full-service visits for one year, and more. What's in a full-service treatment? A shampoo, scalp massage, conditioning treatment, hot towel, haircut, manicure, shoe shine and drink. Nonmembers can get the same rigmarole for $65 per visit (but after 11 visits, a membership pays for itself). Additional services like hair coloring, facials and massages can all be purchased la carte. Oh, and did we mention all the employees are attractive ladies? • 212-922-0361, johnallans.com

  1. 46 E 46th St between Madison and Park Aves

Freemans Sporting Club

  • Price band: 4/4

This tiny yet bustling gentlemen's haven is hidden in the back of refined clothing shop Freeman's Sporting Club. Outfitted with four stations, the minimalist spot is somewhat cramped, but the payoff—retro snips ($40) and expert old-fashioned shaves ($40)—is worth the lack of elbow room. All services are done on a walk-in basis, so that means you never have to plan ahead. Ask for Ivan Ferdinand, who keeps the conversation alive with nary an awkward silence. And afterward, hit the apothecary-style boutique, which stocks elegant grooming products such as Marvis Italian toothpaste ($9 for 2.5 oz.) and Dr. Harris shaving creams ($18–$29). • 212-673-3209, freemanssportingclub.com

  1. 8 Rivington St, (between Bowery and Chrystie St)
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Takamichi

  • Price band: 4/4

Lots of women come here, but the men come in droves for the salon's signature perfect-yet-messy look. The stylists cut based on your lifestyle (i.e., how much/little time you're willing to spend on your hair) and not what happens to be in vogue that month. This way, you'll be able to re-create that just-left-the-salon look at home. Cuts range from $75 to $120. • 212-420-7979, takamichihair.com

  1. 35 Great Jones St, seventh floor, (between Bowery and Lafayette Sts)
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Fleischman, A Men’s Salon

  • Price band: 4/4

Specifically designed with men in mind, this speakeasyesque salon keeps it simple: All appointments include a haircut, scalp massage and shampoo, hot towel, and a manicure with hand massage ($70). You can opt out of the manicure ($60) or stop in between trims for a hand pampering ($15). The staff is small—and entirely female—with just two stylists and a single manicurist. And the salon is tiny too, so you don’t feel overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle that normally plagues large salons. Sit back, relax and don’t forget to grab yourself a cold (free!) beer from the fridge.

  1. 142 E 49th St, (between Lexington and Third Aves)
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