Men’s grooming salons and skincare shops in Vancouver

Beards might be having a moment but you can’t beat the timeless appeal of a classic clean-cut look. Gents looking to tame their facial hair have plenty of options in Vancouver: take a DIY approach with luxurious at-home shaving supplies, or book a professional straight razor shave at a nostalgic barbershop or an upscale, modern salon. Whatever route you take, these local grooming spots can help you put your best face forward.

Farzad's Barber Shop

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126-1208 Homer St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2Y5

Farzad Salehi has been in the grooming business for decades. His eponymous Yaletown barbershop harkens back to another era with its black-and-white checkerboard floors, bright swirling barber poles and oversized leather club chairs. This signature deluxe hot shave ($35) is a multi-step process involving hot towels, essential oils, rich moisturizing cream and a sharp straightedge blade. Ice-cold towels are applied afterwards to close the pores and the face is massaged with a soothing after-shave balm to finish. Walk-ins are welcome but the shop can get busy on weekends so call ahead to book an appointment.

Barber & Co

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2808 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3G2

These seriously hip barbers are taking over the city with locations in Cambie Village, Yaletown, Mount Pleasant, Gastown and downtown. Part modern men’s salon, part social club, Barber & Co. is collaboration between Martin Rivard and Ian Daburn (both third-generation barbers) and the Donnelly Group. Each of the handsome barbershops has its own unique aesthetic, but all offer a cool, masculine vibe, fun toys (think pool tables, dartboards, pinball machines) and vintage barber chairs from Belmont and Koken. A classic straight razor shave ($35) includes hot towels and essential oils while the deluxe option ($45) features an additional relaxing massage.

Sorrento Barbers

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2417 Hastings St E, Vancouver, BC V5K 1Y8

These seriously hip barbers are taking over the city with locations in Cambie Village, Yaletown, Mount Pleasant, Gastown and downtown. Part modern men’s salon, part social club, Barber & Co. is collaboration between Martin Rivard and Ian Daburn (both third-generation barbers) and the Donnelly Group. Each of the handsome barbershops has its own unique aesthetic, but all offer a cool, masculine vibe, fun toys (think pool tables, dartboards, pinball machines) and vintage barber chairs from Belmont and Koken. A classic straight razor shave ($35) includes hot towels and essential oils while the deluxe option ($45) features an additional relaxing massage.

Fortknight

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46 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1B4

Gastown seems to be Vancouver’s unofficial hub for modern-day barbershops but this authentic gentlemen’s boutique is definitely one of a kind. The hybrid shop and salon carries a curated selection of locally produced shaving products alongside imported fountain pens, crystal whiskey decanters, colourful bow ties and fine leather goods. On the styling side of things, pro barbers Chris Vincent, Rocco Bates and Alex Duerst are known for their steady hands and close shaves. Hot towel shaves ($35) and beard trims ($10) are a genuine and enjoyable experience here, and they might even come with a glass of scotch.

Regal Barbers

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415 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2Y2

Premium pampering is done right at Regal Barbers, a downtown men’s grooming club that lives up to its noble name. In addition to hair styling, the extensive salon menu features straight razor shaves, eyebrow shaping, beard shaping and cleaning facials. Stylish gents who are looking for frequent shaving services can join the Regal Club program and pay one flat monthly fee for unlimited hair styling, 20 per cent off grooming services, and additional perks like complimentary boozy beverages and discounts on products.

MASC Skincare & Grooming for Men

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433 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2G2

The well-groomed modern men of Vancouver head to this fully stocked Yaletown boutique for all their at-home shaving needs. Carrying award-winning, high-end products from leading industry brands, MASC is Vancouver’s premium destination for men’s skincare. Shelves are lined with shaving creams, oils, gels, balms, tonics, serums and lotions from Malin+Goetz, Ab Crew, Baxter of California, Brooklyn Grooming and more. You’ll also find razors, blades, brushes and specialty items. Even bearded brethren can stop in here for supplies: combs, waxes, shampoos and tonics will help keep your scruff in check.

Man Up Grooming

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1083 Marine Dr, North Vancouver, BC V7P 1S6

This men-only salon on the North Shore boasts a stylish space that feels like a mix between a slick bachelor pad, an upscale sports bar and a classic barbershop. Guests are treated to complimentary beverages and extra perks like massage chairs, iPads for entertainment (no ratty magazines here) and free product samples. Hair removal and maintenance services include old-school hot-towel shaves, eyebrow waxing and beard trimming. Want a complete day of pampering? Hand and foot massages, nail treatments, haircuts and cleansing facials are also on the spa menu. Ample parking on-site and an online booking system make things very convenient.

Man Cave Barber Shop

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1018 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2T4

Condo dwellers don’t really have the luxury of their very own man cave, but this urban men’s salon is a close second. The sophisticated loft-like space is in keeping with its Yaletown address and offers funky nostalgic elements (check out the retro Pac-Man arcade game in the waiting area) and modern conveniences like televisions at each chair for entertainment. Hot shaves ($40) include a cleansing pre-shave oil, aftershave balm and a sculpting massage. If you feel inspired to give yourself an at-home spa day, pick up a selection of beard balms, oils, brushes shaving sets and other grooming products.

JD's Barbershop

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235 Abbott St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2K7

Master barber Judah Down is the man behind this full-service barbershop in Gastown where you’ll find an easy-going styling team, loud music and a cool young crowd. Hot shaves are priced at $40 and feature the classic hot-towel and straight razor treatment. Grooms who want to be soft and smooth for the big day can bring down their boys for a Wedding Party package, which includes a hot shave and a scotch for $50. Other offers include student discounts on Mondays and Tuesdays and Pabst Blue Ribbon Fridays. You’ll also find a JD’s outpost hidden inside the members-only Vancouver Club.

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