Every gentleman’s bucket list should include a professional straight razor shave. Out-of-the-ordinary sensations brought on by hot towels, fragrant beard conditioners and soothing hot lathers will make for a facial experience unlike any other. Here are five of the best places in Minnesota for a straight razor shave.
400 St. Peter St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
With a tradition of service to the men of St. Paul since 1921, when Heimie started his tailoring business, this shop offers traditional straight razor shaves with a hot towel wrap. Master barbers evaluate your skin type and select the most beneficial shave products for a smooth, moist and healthy shave. Customers are encouraged to schedule appointments in advance to maintain a sharply groomed appearance. The Hot Lather Shave is $30.
Dick’s Sports Barbers
4404 France Avenue S.
Edina, MN 55410
Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild and two of his NHL Hockey friends stopped by last summer for a straight razor shave prior to a wedding event. He endorsed the experience and posed for pictures after the shave. Dick’s looks like any other barber shop from the outside but captures the historical essence of the barber shop being the social focal point in a man’s lifestyle routine. There is no mistaking Dick Kramer’s passion for sports and cars upon entering the shop. He and his colleague, Gene, have been clipping along for decades in this narrow little shop on France Avenue. The 45-minute straight razor shave is $55.
The Barber Sharp & Salon
349 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Kelly Sharp opened her eponymous Barber Sharp in the historic Foundry Building in Northeast Minneapolis in 2010 where she and the personable master barber Mike Sierra dispense salon and barber services. This includes straight razor shaves and trims of head, beard or moustache. The Classic Hot Lather Shave is $30.
3019 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Here is an Uptown man cage that busts the mindset that only old men’s barbershops give haircuts at a reasonable price. Few places will trim the back of your neck with a straight-edge razor and hot lather included in your a $15 haircut. Full hot lather shaves with a straight edge are only $15.
GENT Cuts And Grooming
800 Nicollet Mall #250
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Customers have the opportunity to choose between Minneapolis and St. Paul locations at Gent. Another great feature at Gent Cuts and Grooming is the opportunity to choose between the Classic Shave and the Executive Shave. Classic Shave customers enjoy relaxing with two steaming towels, pre-shave hot oils, generous lathering and a shave along the grain of their beard. Customers may choose a second lathering and a shave against the grain. This exotic experience is capped off with a cool facial towel and aftershave.
The Executive Shave softens the beard and opens the pores with hot towels just as is done with the Classic Shave. Gent artisans then apply a facial cleanser to the face, removing dirt and oils from the pores. Then a pre-shave hot oil application protects the skin from redness, razor burn and flare-ups with a special blend of essential oils. The Executive Shave also includes lathering and shaving along the grain of the beard. Again, customers have a choice. They may choose a second lathering and a shave against the grain. The barber applies a warm towel to the face, purifying the skin of excess shaving products, followed by a slathering of a Deep Detox Clay mask. Once the mask has dried, the barber removes it with a clean, warm towel. The Executive Shave customer finishes with a fresh facial towel and bracing aftershave.
Both shops offer Wi-Fi for customers to catch up on emails and big screen TVs to catch the big game while finishing errands. The Classic Shave is a 30-minute experience for $35 while the 45-minute Executive Shave is only a $50 outlay.
Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for Examiner.com, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at Examiner.com.