Shave and a Haircut: Razorbacks Barbershop [VIDEO]

by Brett on June 15, 2013 · 60 Comments

in Dress & Grooming, Hair, Shaving, Visual Guides

In what I hope will be the beginning of new video series, I pay a visit to Razorbacks Barbershop in Long Beach, CA to get a shave and a haircut and talk to the owners Pedro and Scotty about barbering and their line of pomades and shave soaps, Imperial Barber Products (it’s what I use!).

If you’d like to see more “Shave and a Haircut” videos, please share and let us know in the comments what shop we should visit next!

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1 Sean J June 15, 2013 at 7:03 pm

You should make similar videos for all of the future “So You Want My Job” series. Good stuff.

2 Parker Brunson June 15, 2013 at 8:35 pm

I really enjoyed the video, Brett. I love Imperial Barber Products and have recently started using them myself. I live in Houston, Texas and there is a historic Barbershop in the heart of the city called Doug’s Barbershop. Not only has it been featured in Houston’s Best magazine, it has also been featured in Wes Anderson’s “Rushmore” movie with Bill Murray. Doug’s is the only shop I will go to here in Houston. I get my haircut from a gentleman named Don, who has been barbering for over 43 years and in fact turns 75 this month. The atmosphere of this place is unforgettable. Just look it up and you’ll see exactly what I am talking about. I know they would welcome you with open arms and at $12 a cut, you can’t beat it.

3 John T June 15, 2013 at 11:59 pm

I really enjoyed the movie. While watching it I thought of the following video:

Maybe it was because both videos talked a bit about the old ways.

I would like to see more of these videos.

4 Sully June 16, 2013 at 2:58 am

Razorbacks is great, but I’d highly recommend going and checking out the guys at Vintage off 2nd Street. Jesse, Carlos and the guys run an amazing shop.

5 Sully June 16, 2013 at 2:59 am

sorry, American Vintage Barbershop to abet any searches.

6 Jose Díaz June 16, 2013 at 3:49 am

Great video! I’m looking forward to the next one. I really like how you’ve managed the interview as also how the barbers, not satisfied with the products that was offered to them, made their own brand. That’s pure american entrepreneuship!

Cheers from Valencia, Spain!

7 Anthony June 16, 2013 at 7:00 am

I’ll be the first….I enjoyed the video. Would love to see more..

8 Kevin Aldrich June 16, 2013 at 8:00 am

Ben’s in S. Pasadena is a classic shop. Very busy with as many as five barbers at work.

If you can make it to Lincoln Land, Jim and Jerry’s in Springfield, IL is right out of the early 60s. Jerry has been cutting there for 50 years. (Jim is no longer with us.)

9 David C. June 16, 2013 at 10:27 am

Great video! I use Imperial Classic Pomade, and love it; they even packed in an Ubreakable Comb with my order.

Temescal Alley Barbershop in Oakland is a fantastic and unique barbershop in northern California. After training under a barber named Al (who has been cutting hair so long that his thumbprint is burned into his clippers), Nick opened Temescal Alley Barbershop, and it is now the hub of a community of artisan shops that populate the alley. The wait can be long (I waited almost two hours yesterday), but the results are worth it.

10 Doron Voerman June 16, 2013 at 10:43 am

Maybe a bit out of the way, but you should visit Schorem in the Netherlands.

11 Ryan June 16, 2013 at 11:09 am

Great to see you visit the barbershop I go to – Pedro never has failed in delivering an excellent cut with supreme customer service.

12 Eric Granata June 16, 2013 at 11:49 am

Bravo! I will live my dream of owning a shop vicariously through this series. Can’t wait to see more.

13 Phillip June 16, 2013 at 11:58 am

Informative video, but why not DIY?No disrespect intended but you shave your own face so why not cut your own hair.

14 AS.Falcon June 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Love the background music!

15 Ink Wellson June 16, 2013 at 12:43 pm

This is a great idea for a series.

I will note, however, that Brett keeps himself so well groomed that the before and after comparison is never that dramatic!

I’m not much for fancy barbershops. I like old televisions in the corner and a manly dog sleeping by the register. Two that come to mind are Ink’s in Kent, Ohio (I’m not THAT Ink), and Del’s Barbershop in Annapolis, MD. These are no-nonsense, salt of the earth barbershops in my book.

16 George June 16, 2013 at 8:03 pm

My favorite shave in Chicago is MaestroShave. Maestro’s also a great guy. I think he’d be awesome for you to do a profile on. His website is below:

17 Ond June 17, 2013 at 6:36 am

My barber will not give a straight razor shave. According to him it is “illegal to give a straight razor shave in Maryland”.

18 Andrew June 17, 2013 at 6:50 am

I really hope this becomes a series, I loved it!

19 Dom June 17, 2013 at 10:12 am

If you’re ever in Chicago, Brett, I highly recommend going to Joe’s Barbershop on Fullerton. I go there and cannot speak highly enough to the quality of the cuts and atmosphere of the shop.

20 Kurt June 17, 2013 at 11:06 am

You should come over to Enid and visit Blue Jay’s:

Josh is a great barber, and I am sure he would love the visit.

21 Kevin June 17, 2013 at 2:14 pm

DiMaggio’s in Walnut Creek, CA is my typical stop.

22 Greg June 17, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Love it! If you ever get back up to the Twin Cities and need a cut, I’ve got the perfect place for another installment of this series.

23 TK June 17, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Great video, I have been going to the same barber for the last 13 years and they have been in business since 1954. Hard to beat a tight shave and a perfect haircut every time.
I think you may have a great series in the making.

24 MrBill June 17, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Excellent video. Keep up the good work. Here’s to many more !!!

25 Jerrad June 17, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Loving the new videos! It is refreshing to see that the barbershop is starting to make a comeback.

You should come visit Don’s Barber Shop in Boise, ID!

26 Andy Crimson June 17, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Great idea for a new series. Looking your best is an important part of being a man. My barber Warren Vanderhoek at Killjoy Barbers in Yaletown Vancouver, Canada helps me look my best. The shop looks slick and Warren has some serious skills and provides some scintillating conversation. CHeck him out

27 Orac June 18, 2013 at 3:17 pm

I recommend The Modern Man in Portland, OR. I don’t live in Portland and have no affiliation with them, but I’m a very happy customer on the occasions I get a chance to visit.

28 Danny O June 18, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Great video! I second the comment about Joe’s on Fullerton in Chicago, IL.

But I also have to recommend Pete’s Barbershop on N. Elston in Chicago. Pete is a former barber at Joe’s who opened up his own place. Best barbershop I’ve been too. It’s a real man’s man type of joint.

29 Steve June 18, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Go see Maddix at Charles Blades in Oakland. Fantastic shop..

30 Sonny June 19, 2013 at 2:02 pm

I really enjoyed this video and hope to see many more like it. But I’m curious. I am a 34 year old man with a wife and two sons. I have always dreamed of opening my own barber shop. Any advice that I could get would be very helpful and appreciated.

31 Roscoe June 20, 2013 at 3:03 am

I just got my cut at Syndicate on Broadway in Long Beach. Love both places!

32 Alex June 21, 2013 at 2:57 pm

I’ve got to throw out “The Men’s Room Barbershop” here in Tucson – in addition to great cuts finished off with a straight razor edging to sideburns and neckline, they to use an old-school electric shoulder massage machine at the end.

33 Sean June 21, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Great vid!

34 Aj Reyna June 21, 2013 at 5:20 pm

I really enjoyed the video. I think you guys should check out Neighborhood Cut and Shave in the West Village NYC. They also use use Imperial products. The shop has an old nostalgia when you walk in from the hand carver wooden stations to the music. I think anyone who enjoys the classic cut and a man’s barbers shop will fall in love. They serve whiskey as well. One of the reasons I was hooked

35 Charles June 22, 2013 at 12:04 am


Thanks for the great video. What is your haircut, and how to do describe it to your barber?


36 Kevin Land June 22, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Great video Brett,

I know you come out to SF sometimes to visit the Huckberry crew. Next time you might do one of these videos on Jay at Sunset Barber:

37 Alex June 23, 2013 at 12:21 am

If anyone’s from Tempe Arizona I suggest Electric Haven. I recently went there for the first time and felt like a man. They specialize in American styled tattooing and mighty fine haircuts. Plus a free beer and shave increases the value of the experience.

38 Sean June 23, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Great video!

Brett if you’re ever in Cincinnati, Ohio you should check out Mariemont Barber Shop. It’s locally owned and managed, and has high quality manly cuts, with a vintage style. I think you would really enjoy it!

39 Harry Solomon June 26, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Nice to see an old timey styled barber shoppe. Wish I had one of those in my city.

40 Benn June 27, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Because of this video, I tried out the Imperial Classic Pomade. Best hair product I have found hands down! Quality stuff, rinses clean, and made in the USA! what’s better. Thanks AOM for the lead!

41 J.J. Merrick June 29, 2013 at 10:55 pm

This is a great video! It has inspired me to try to find a barbershop around here. I went to the same stylist for 10 years and after moving away from that area I started going to a sports clips. I need to move back to actually caring about my haircuts! I may be losing my hair but I still got enough to matter :-)

42 Gabriel July 6, 2013 at 9:59 am

Could anyone make any recommendations for a barber shop in Amarillo, Texas? I found a little shop two years ago but the gentleman closed up. I can cut my sons hair but I would gladly pay for my son to hear old timers talk a bit. The places we have found thus far usually have half naked women on the walls and curse words flying around like manners were a thing of the past. I certainly don’t want to take him where women are cutting hair. It is the experience I am looking for here, really.

Thank you!

43 adam July 9, 2013 at 12:58 pm

I have a few recommendation from different places I have visited. Hawleywoods in Costa Mesa CA is a world famous shop. Also Lefty’s in Pacific Beach, CA. Last but not least Presidential Shave in Las Vegas..

44 dave July 11, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Awesome video!

Your hair came out great! Was just wondering how much Imperial Pomade was applied to get that look? Dime size, quarter size glob, etc?

45 Chuck July 14, 2013 at 1:36 am

Great video.


46 steve h. July 30, 2013 at 8:03 pm

I love the barbershops so much I bought a bunch of Penold so I could smell of it every day. Gotta wonder if the ladies appreciate the “sauve, masculine fragrance” like I do.

47 Corey August 1, 2013 at 10:19 am

Man, I wish there was a barber shop like this in my area (Central Fla.) There are plenty of barber shops here, but I love the tatted up guys and the feel I see in that shop. They seem to know exactly what they’re doing. Great video!

48 Abraham August 1, 2013 at 5:57 pm

I agree with Sully. Pedro and Scotty do great work at Razorback’s, but Carlos, Jesse, Ernie, Ozzie, and Matt have a great thing going at American Vintage Barbershop down on 2nd Street and Covina in Belmont Shore (Long Beach, CA). Those brothers are very welcoming, there’s always a ton of great banter going back and forth, and they lay down top-notch cuts. Both great shops…really a matter of preference. If you’re in the area, try them both out and see what you think!

49 Craig August 10, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Great video. I want to be a barber, just can’t afford to train or give up my current full time job :-(

50 Jerry August 19, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Checked out razorbacks today and honestly, best hair cut i’ve ever had. It was definitely a tough call because I truly enjoyed and appreciated the barbers at American vintage but razorbacks just won it for me. Love that they have local home breweries on tap and that they are so welcoming!! Will definitely be going back again!

51 Tim September 5, 2013 at 1:45 pm

This is EXACTLY the type of place I’ve been looking for but I live on Long Island, NY in Suffolk County. Been trying to search the internet and keep my eyes open for a place like this for a longgggg time.

52 Marc September 13, 2013 at 2:01 am

Razorbacks Barbershop is decent but comparing a barbershop to a salon is like comparing apples to oranges. $25 a cut is no where near what comparable barbershops in the area charge, granted a no-frills/no bs barbershop. I am aware of other shops near Razorbacks that have the same type of atmosphere. In the end I stopped going because I realized I was paying for the experience more than a good cut.

53 DUNCAN September 27, 2013 at 3:27 pm

the best barbershop in Canada. hands down.

54 Dave Conrey September 27, 2013 at 10:30 pm

These dudes are the best. Pedro has been my barber for nearly 10 years.

55 Trevor October 19, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Please make a series or a couple articles about shaving and making the perfect facial hair style. I’d love to know how to make precise cuts. My dad had a big full beard that had to be shaven every couple of days. I just want to make a masterpiece on my face.

56 Lloyd December 18, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Recommend barbers in Las Vegas, NV for ethnic hair cut?

Is it possible to produce related articles for us gentlemen 60 year-plus?


57 Tom December 24, 2013 at 12:20 pm

There is nothing like a genuine barber experience. From the friendly conversation to the hot lather neck shave. Uh huh! I’m going to try the imperial pomade.

58 Collin January 12, 2014 at 2:39 am

I am a young man who has never experienced going to a barber. I have always gone to a salon. I want to experience a trip to the barber, but don’t have a clue what to do. I live in the inland empire (southern California). If any guys have some tips or suggestion, let me know.

59 Tee March 7, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Greg, can you tell me the name of the barbershop in the Twin Cities you recommend? Thank you.

60 David Melo March 24, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Being a SoCal resident, I have been to razor backs before and it was definitely an experience all men should go through. Very polite and professional atmosphere. I would continue to go there but it is just a few ways out of my location since i moved to LA.

Brett, I do recommend that the next time you are in beautiful southern California. To visit a barber shop called Hawleywoods barber shop in Costa Mesa. The over all theme is during the 1920′s prohibition era and every one is well suited . Their sharp looks match their ability to cut hair. It is by appointment though so you would have to call them.

I would be more than delighted to go with you as well!



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