No More Shaggy Dog!

This entry’s for all of the young professionals out there who want their hair cut. DC’s a tough town for the art of the barber. When I first moved here 4 years ago, I went in search of a decent barber shop. Not a salon, not a stylist, but a real, honest to God barber. It took me months to find a place that I liked. I settled on a guy named Charlie over on H St. by the World Bank. But one day, I went in for my haircut, and Charlie’s chair was empty, his marine sticker and picture of his family gone. I asked, but they said he’d just up and left one day.

Dejected, I settled on the Clarendon Barber Shop over by Lazy Sundae in Clarendon, but eventually haircuts were taking longer and longer, costing more and more. I’ve been on an eight month search for a real barber and it wasn’t until lunchtime today I found one: Rafael Rodriguez. Tucked into a shop in the middle of the first floor of International Square, across from the bank, there is his chair in Jose’s Barber Shop.

Rafael is an artist. His clippers were barely noticeable as they sheared off my 2 months’ growth, his scissors swift and precise, and his eye impeccable. He ever gave me a nice beveled sideburn, which is a pretty neat trick to get even. Best yet, he sped me through in 20 minutes. All for $20. Not a bad use of a twenty-spot. He sure bought my allegiance.

Sure, he’s no Charlie, but barbers like Charlie are a rare commodity. Nobody uses a straight razor to do your neck and sideburns anymore. Nobody keeps a good scalp massager on hand. These are things that have become antiques and eschewed in favor of a metrosexual who “styles” your hair, uses highlights, and uses copious “product”.

Give me a barber, any day of the week. Thanks Raphael for a great cut, I’m glad you’re here!

See also: Haircut photo

7 Comments so far

  1. Lazear (unregistered) on January 4th, 2005 @ 11:10 pm

    It took me six months to find a good barber after I moved here in May. I finally found one way up in Burtonsville,MD up there on 29.

    Worth the drive? Sure. He uses the straight razor for the neck and sideburns–makes me feel like I’m back in Indiana again. Cuts my hair right every time.

    For a measly $12 :-)


  2. Xian (unregistered) on January 5th, 2005 @ 8:29 am

    I used to live in Fredericksburg and there is a good barber on Amelia St. I believe between Princess Anne and Caroline downtown. He’s got the straight razor, heated shaving cream and the smoothest lightest touch I’ve ever felt from a barber or stylist. Once he’s cut your hair, he usually remembers the style so next time, you pretty much sit in the chair and he gets to work. He’s got 3 or 4 chairs, but I’ve only ever seen him working. There can be a bit of a wait sometimes, but it’s pretty nice sitting there reading the paper or a magazine while waiting your turn. I think it’s $10.


  3. Lite (unregistered) on January 6th, 2005 @ 11:41 am

    3 Boys Babrber Shop in the Duke Street Shopping Center (the one with Total Beverage)

    12 bucks.

    good barbers!


  4. Shawn Honnick (unregistered) on January 6th, 2005 @ 1:38 pm

    Not sure of the name, I think it just says “Barber” and Nancy is the artist… Norfolk Av in Bethesda (for those of us a little north of town). My link is a picture of the storefront (with a phone number). Nancy’s son’t name is Shawn. My Mom’s name is Nancy… (but this Nancy is not my Mom). Tell her I sent you!


  5. Alex Avriette (unregistered) on January 8th, 2005 @ 3:27 pm

    The Grooming Lounge in DC, across from Mortons at Farragut North.


  6. kat (unregistered) on January 10th, 2005 @ 2:37 pm

    There used to be a pretty decent barber in Tenleytown, too, I think on Wisconsin just south of Tenley Circle…


  7. Daniel Redabaugh (unregistered) on May 20th, 2005 @ 10:53 am

    Rosslyn Metro Barber shop. Real deal. Razor finish. 3rd floor of the Metro Mall and Eatery. 13 bucks.



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