Men: Your price guide for 10 of the best spots for a haircut, a shave and all your grooming needs

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That feeling of strutting out the barbershop or salon with a new haircut and fresh shave, knowing you’re looking your best, can be one of a kind. However, finding that right shop that fits everything you’re looking for can be tough. Some prefer a more lively atmosphere where you can sit back, enjoy a stiff drink and have a few laughs, while others want a shop where they feel more comfortable bringing the whole family while they get shaped up.

Whatever you are looking for, here are 10 of the best shops in the Charlotte area that can meet all of your men’s grooming needs, including hot towel treatments, shaves and even massages.

Goodfellas Barber Shop
4005 Sunset Rd, Ste B

via Goodfellas’ Instagram

Goodfellas’ co-owner Maurice McKinnon told me, “If you got hair, we do it” and I think that does a good job of summing up what this shop is all about. It has 12 barbers who all are proficient in the services offered, including haircuts, shaves, hair designs, light facials, bread trims, straight razor shaves and more. While Goodfellas does have a traditional barbershop look, it definitely breaks from the typical mold. There is a strict no drinking, no cursing and no gambling policy. McKinnon wants to emphasize a family-friendly environment.

Haircut: $20
Straight razor shave: $25
Beard trim: $10

Extra: Goodfellas’ barbers are known for giving back to the community, including offering free Thanksgiving dinner and haircuts to local students. McKinnon said it is important to be involved in the community because it is what feeds the business.

Fade Factory
1920 Back Creek Dr Suite A

via Fade Factory’s Instagram

This upscale barbershop is located in the University area, right off of E.W.T. Harris Boulevard, and serves men, women and children. It is known for its comfortable and welcoming atmosphere, with clients often raving about the personable service and family orientated feel. The old school jazz medleys flowing through the shop definitely make it easy to sit back, relax and feel pampered.

Haircut: $20
-With beard trim +$5
-With razor shave +$10
-With shampoo +$5
Beard trim: $10
Platinum package (cut, facial, shampoo with scalp massage): $55
Gold package (cut, express facial, shampoo with scalp massage): $45
Silver package (cut, shampoo with scalp massage): $35 

Extra: Fade Factory also frequently gives back to its community, with free back to school haircuts, school supply drives and customer appreciation cookouts.

The Cut
121 W Trade St

via The Cut’s Instagram

No appointment is necessary for this Uptown traditional barbershop. You can walk in and request your preferred barber/stylist or take the first available opening. The Cut offers haircuts, beard trims and hot lather neck shaves. You can also enjoy a beer during your cut for just $2. Parking can be a little tough with its Uptown location, but there are nearby metered parking spots and parking garages.

Rockstar haircut (shampoo, scalp massage, hot towel and a beverage, including beer): $45
Haircut: $25
Beard trim: $5-$15
Neck trim: $5

Extra: The Cut offers special packages for grooms and groomsmen to make sure you’re looking your best on your big wedding day. Email Jill for more information.

B&J Barber Stylist Shop
2200 Beatties Ford Rd

Opened since Sept. 1992, B&J Barber Stylist Shop has been a staple in its community. It offers haircuts, beard trims, straight razor shaves, eyebrow arching, facials and coloring. The shop currently has three barbers/stylists working to provide these services. Owner Joseph Grimes told me he wants to make sure B&J keeps its family friendly environment and stays a leader in the community.

Haircut: $15
Straight razor shave: $10
Beard trim: $8

Extra: With a family friendly atmosphere comes a no drinking and no cursing policy.

No Grease!
Multiple locations

via No Grease’s Instagram

This barbershop has three locations all across the Charlotte area and one in Concord, inside Concord Mills. No Grease was founded in 1997 by twin brothers, Damian and Jermaine Johnson, from Buffalo, NY. It is a one-stop for all the grooming needs of men, women and children. The name of the shop comes from a typical barber’s pet peeve of having their clippers jam when a client came in with too much grease in their hair. 

Haircut: $20
Beard Trim: $15-$20
Straight razor shave: $25
*Prices are the same at every location

Extra: No Grease also has its own barber college, training some of the best Charlotte has to offer. The school was created in 2016 and master barbers do a majority of the teaching, allowing students to get practical hands-on experience. The college even offers scholarships.

Emerson Joseph
221 S Tryon St

via Emerson Joseph’s Instagram

This Uptown salon definitely gives off some major lounge vibes, as you can enjoy a drink, hang out with friends and get all your grooming needs taken care of. Emerson Joseph has a sophisticated design with a very clean and crisp looking interior. It does well to mix that traditional barbershop feel with a touch of the new and trendy. It also offers more services than most shops, including haircuts, shaves, hot towel treatments, facial hair trimmings, waxing, hand and foot detailing, massages, facials and shoe shines.

Full service cut (scalp massage, shampoo and condition, hot facial towel, cut, hand detail, cleansing re-shampoo, style and a drink of your choice): $44 and up
Full service cut Phase One (same principle as the full-service cut, but done by a less experienced stylist who has completed a 90 day on-boarding program): $24
Straight razor shave: $44 and up
Facial hair trim: $10 and up

Extra: This place has its own speakeasy, called Room XIII. Request a reservation to get 24-hour personalized punch code access to a private room with two card tables, a wet bar and private lockers for members.

via Emerson Joseph’s Instagram

Caliber Men’s Grooming
235 W Tremont Ave #102

via Caliber’s Instagram

This South End spot just opened at the end of last year and is already becoming a popular grooming lounge. You can find Caliber right next to Zeppelin and the newly opened Bang Bang Bites. While getting your trim, you can watch some sports and enjoy a nice cold beverage of your choice. They offer haircuts, head shaves, facial hair trims, hot towel treatments, a variety of massages (deep tissue, hot stone, Swedish, spinal injury and sports), custom tailoring and shoe shines.

Full service men’s cut: $40
Beard trim: $10
Royal treatment (full service haircut with two of the following add on services: 10-minute extra scalp massage, hand detail, hand massage, beard trim or clean up): $55

Extra: Caliber even has its own shuffleboard table inside the salon, so you can have a little competitive fun while you wait to get your trim.

City Barbers
100 N Tryon St #275
8742 Arbor Creek Drive

This known barbershop just opened up its second location in the University area, to go along with its Uptown location, inside the Bank of America Founders Hall. City Barbers offers a laid-back feel with plenty of TVs to watch a game and a fully stocked fridge if you’d like to grab a drink. Also, every haircut comes with a neck trim and a hot lather neck shave. Both shops are owned by Gastonia native and UNC Charlotte graduate James Russell Gibson, Jr.

Men’s cut full service: $25
Men’s straight razor face shave: $30
Beard trim: $5

Extra: City Barbers offers a variety of discounts, including $12 haircuts for anyone from the police or fire department and $15 student haircuts if you bring your ID.

Charlotte Barber and Beard
1200 The Plaza Rd.

via Charlotte Barber and Beard’s Instagram

This shop looks to combine both a classic and modern feel, all while making sure to fit its neighborhood. They offer haircuts, beard trims, straight razor shaves and facials. If you are feeling stressed, Charlotte Barber and Beard also has an on-site massage therapist.

Haircut: $25
Beard trim: $15
Straight razor shave: $20

Extra: All of the hair and facial services offered come with a complimentary beer.

Roosters Men’s Grooming Center
Multiple locations

Roosters has shops all across the country, with two in Charlotte, one in Huntersville and one in Cornelius. It is described as the “classic American barbershop,” offering that traditional feel with a little bit of a modern twist. Grab a beer and enjoy one of their many services, including haircuts, facial hair trims, hot towel treatments, highlighting and facials. One thing the shop is known for is its signature 7-step facial shave, which comes with a hot towel prep with essential oils, followed by a deep cleansing and toning treatment, moisturizer, aftershave and talc application.

Haircut (shampoo, hot towel treatment and scalp massage): $35
Beard trim: $19
7-step facial shave: $30
Haircut and 7-step facial shave combo: $59
*Prices should be the same at all four area locations

Extra: Roosters also offers a discount on haircuts to all active duty military, police, fire and EMS members.

Did I miss a top spot to get a cut? Please comment below to keep the discussion going.

Featured photo: Sean Clark-Weis

26 COMMENTS

  1. It’s a disservice not to mention the city’s oldest barbershop. Colonial Barber Shop. It is near the HT in Myers Park. $22 for a haircut.

  2. I “treated” myself with a shave package at Roosters for my wedding day. They completely tore my face up, bleeding, and somehow still left me stubbly with stray longer hairs. Worst shave of my life.

  3. Shear Excellence in Ballantyne is an excellent shop as well. They have taken care of my hair since I moved here from Indianapolis and made the change from shoulder length hair to a shorter style. Also, you have the option of coffee, beer, bloody mary, or bourbon (scotch would be better, but can’t complain).

  4. I second Shear Excellence! They are in Ballantyne and Dilworth and opening locations in Huntersville and Southpark. Complimentary beer, bourbon, bloody marys, awesome haircut and atmosphere. Great place to go to relax!

  5. No way Shear Excellence isn’t on this list. The place is clean, the women know what they are doing, and get to have a nice cold drink with it.

  6. They left out Shear Excellence! Best place for a haircut in Dilworth. Always treated well and leave looking great. They have other locations too.

  7. I always go to shear excellence because of the great service and the stylists are very welcoming and friendly. Always leave there satisfied. I highly recommend giving them a chance!

  8. They’re in Huntersville, but I drive 25 minutes every haircut to Barbers at Birkdale. Great barbers, great atmosphere, great cut.

  9. Shear Excellence for sure! Place is always busy but they can always get you in with an hours notice! Beer and bourbon while you wait! The stylists are all awesome, super friendly and know what they are doing!!! Cant wait for their 2 new locations to open! Highly recommend everyone check out!

  10. How is Shear Excellence not on this list? They are by far the best quality and customer service that I’ve experienced in Charlotte. I go once a month and would highly recommend.

  11. Shear Excellence on East is phenomenal! Freshest fades in all of Charlotte and the atmosphere keeps everyone coming back for years on end. I won’t let my fiance cut my hair and she works in a salon. She knows they just do it better.

  12. Yeah, not sure why Shear Excellence didn’t make the cut…(no pun intended). Hands down the best experience in Charlotte for haircuts and fades. Disappointing they aren’t on the list. I’ve tried almost every place on the list and I’ve now been coming to Shear Excellence for the last 3 years. If you haven’t tried it yet, I HIGHLY recommend it! Expecting them be #1 on the next C5 article….

  13. When it comes to men’s grooming salons in Charlotte, and I’ve been to them all, Shear Excellence is hands down the best! From the moment you walk in the door you know you’re in the best place for a men’s haircut, straight razor shave or color. I’ve always leave looking and feeling great!

  14. If you haven’t tried a razor fade you should. This is one of my favorite haircuts and the fade stays looking fresh for longer. Next time ask your barber for a razor fade. You wont regret it. Has anyone ever gotten razor burn from a razor fade????? This happened to me recently and I’m not sure why.

  15. I like the fact that barbershops offer you cuts with razor blades which leaves you a better shave. My friend and I like to have our hair cut made by a professional because a good hair cut gives you a great appearance. We are going to look for reviews to find a good barbershop for us.

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