Sometimes quick trips lead to imperfect cuts. One of life’s lessons learned happens when you look in the mirror after a buzz on a budget. Most people choose to drive a little further and pay a little more so they can feel confident as they step out of the barbershop. Perhaps price, proficiency and personality are the more important imperatives. Here is a collection of pretty good salons across the metro area that get rave reviews. See Best Places For Men’s Haircuts In Minnesota for even more recommendations.

Greg Zrust, Master Barber
614 S. Snelling Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55116
(651) 285-0808

Get ready for a wedding, job interview or a big evening event with more than just a trim. Try a full shampoo, conditioner and a style for your beard or hair before that important social event. Finish this experience with a straight blade razor trim on your neck or sideburns. Anchored in Highland since 1980, Zrust wins rave reviews from all.


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Kenwood Barbers
1003 W. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 872-2280

Two chairs in a small room for an equivalent small price makes for a satisfied customer. Senior citizens come in for an even cheaper price on Thursdays. You can know you are getting unmatched quality at old-fashioned values because Kenwood Barbers focuses on the customer instead of maintaining a fancy webpage.

Gent Cuts & Grooming Barbershop
867 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 797-4294

Schedule an appointment online for high-quality styling. These professionals supply skilled scalp-soothing head shaves, subtle gray blending or separation of single brows with brow waxing. Gent provides an environment to welcome kids as well. Find Gent in the mall on Grand between Chipotle and the Bread and Chocolate shop. Take advantage of the free parking in back.

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Hifi Hair and Records
1637 Hennepin Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 486-5900

“I needed a place to hang and display the memorabilia I have collected over the years,” explains owner Johnny Z. as to why he started this enterprise in 2012. The staff cuts, colors and styles everything from cool chameleon mohawks to conventional trims. Johnny’s love for rock and roll over the last 50 years is made obvious by loud posters on the wall and a vintage vinyl jukebox loaded with rock’s finest LPs.

Barber’s Inn
269 Lake St. E.
Wayzata, MN 55391
(952) 475-2326

“Bob Nash at Barber’s Inn is more for customers 40 years and up. Not a lot of younger gentlemen know about it, but Barber Bob is a hoot! And he’s been in business for years. Great guy,” says Brooke Beyer of Wayzata Chamber of Commerce. Come in looking scruffy and leave with a fresh, updated look.

Grain Exchange Barber Shop
323 4th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 333-7426

Leo has been giving traditional haircuts at old-fashioned prices for years. The jokes and camaraderie are at no extra charge. “They didn’t teach all of today’s cuts in barber school back in 1957, but then again, today’s schools miss some of the important things we learned back then,” says Leo. He is happy to give straight razor shaves with hot towels and massage at customers’ request.

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, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at