A well-rounded grooming routine is the foundation of every man's style, and we're talking about more than just run-of-the-mill haircuts. Barbershops across the country have arguably never been more sophisticated, offering services such as warm towel shaves, facials, pedicures, and manicures (sometimes carefully masculinized as "handshake maintenance"). Grooming clubs go a step further and, for an annual fee, offer unlimited shaves, haircuts, and even a stiff drink while you're being pampered.
But membership is about more than just convenience or saving by buying in bulk. It's also about treatment. At most of these establishments, preferences are remembered, drinks are poured, and cuts are timely. In other words, they offer service that makes you look and feel like a million bucks.
Truman's Gentlemen's Groomers in New York City
Thanks to its convenient Midtown location, Truman's has developed a cult following in the suit-and-tie crowd since it opened in 2009. What we like about Truman's are the giant privacy screens at each station, which mean you don't have to stare at the guy in the chair next to you (for manicure and pedicure rookies, there's a degree of privacy you won’t find elsewhere). And with members-only scotch tastings, trunk shows, and other monthly events, there's a community of fellow Truman's fans to buddy up with when you've settled into your comfort zone. [212-759-5015, trumans-nyc.com]