Razor Sharp

When it comes to getting your ’do done, these gay and gay-friendly barbershops have you covered.
November 21, 2013

Whether you're bearded or clean shaven, a freshly barbered head of hair is always sexy (source)

There’s no better way to look your best than finding a barber you like and sticking with him. Even if you’re going for the shaggy, unshorn look, you still need to get things cleaned up from time to time! Where to turn where you’ll not only feel comfortable, but also get a great cut? Check out these six gay and gay-friendly spots.


144 W 19th St (btwn Sixth/Seventh Aves), BarbaMGB.com

“I opened Barba to service as many of New York’s men as possible without having to take any of them to dinner first,” jokes owner Xavier Cruz. And aside from Barba’s excellent haircut and coloring service, beautiful location and wide selection of hard-to-find men’s grooming products, that is all you need to know!

Decatur and Sons

Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave (@ 15th St), DecaturAndSons.com

This gay-friendly barbershop inside the Chelsea Market is owned by third generation barber Thorin Decatur and harkens back to the days when barbershops were a place for masculine upkeep.

Truman’s Gentlemen’s Groomers

120 E 56th St (btwn Park/Lexington Aves), Trumans-NYC.com

Truman’s enormous flagship store is a full-service spa, as well as a high-end salon. Their typical clientele may be moneyed Midtown businessmen, but their cuts are excellent and the Truman’s line of grooming products is worth the trip to the East Side.

Made Man Barbershop

170 W 23rd St (btwn Sixth/Seventh Aves), MadeManBarber.com

Located in the heart of Chelsea, Made Man offers haircuts, shaves and hot towel massages. At $22, a basic cut is still reasonably priced, too.

Headline Barbershop 

203 E 27th St (btwn Second/Third Aves), 212-679-7250

If you’re looking to maximize your value—and aren’t afraid of the East Side—Headline is where to go. And ask for Boris. His $17 high and tights always look good. 

Village Cuts

179 W Fourth St (btwn Barrow St/Sixth Ave), VillageCuts.com

This gay-friendly barbershop in the heart of the West Village offers reasonably priced ’dos, shaves and beard trims. Plus, if you’re an NYU student, your cut is always 20 percent off.