A little off the sides …

This one is for the guys. If you’re still going to Supercuts, please know there are other (read: better) alternatives. The Valley is loaded with upscale barbershops that are more than worth the extra $10. I go to Classic Barber Shop on 12609 N. Tatum Blvd., near Tatum and Cactus Road. There’s also V’s, which has several locations in the Valley.

These are the types of barbers that appeal to the old school: warm shaving cream, straight-razor shaves and hot towels for your face. I got a gift card for my dad for Father’s Day two years ago for a shave and haircut, and he loved it. Needless to say, it’s become his annual Father’s Day present.

Women have their hair/nail salons, guys have barbershops. At Classic Barber, there’s a TV set up at every chair and, if you have to wait, a plethora of sports or, ahem, male-friendly magazines. The barbers are extremely careful shaping your sides and edges, but the best is the straight-razor shave on the neck and the hot towel that follows. If I’ve been particulary lazy, I’ll even have them shape my beard for a little extra.

A haircut costs about $19 (before tip), which is more than worth the service and attention – not to mention a good haircut. I used to hit the chain places, then would wear a baseball hat for a week.

Besides, how often do guys treat themselves to spas or massages? Yeah, not too often. It’s a nice way to treat yourself once every few weeks.

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