For a smooth face, try th­ese places

Los Angeles Times - - FATHER’S DAY -


Lo­ca­tion: Down­town L.A., ar­guably ground zero of lo­cal hip­s­ter­dom and show­case of fa­cial hair styles for the West Coast, if not the en­tire free­world.

Am­bi­ence: Retro -man-cave. Play­boy and Rolling Stone mag­a­zines are among ti­tles avail­able for those de­sir­ing some-old-school read­ing while wait­ing for their old-school groom­ing.

Sound­track: The-New-Age mu­sic was re­lax­ing, but more suited for a spa in the-woods than a bar­ber shop in the city.

Bar­ber-ism: “My job is to make sure your skin stays healthy.” — Shawn Grant Price: $30 plus tip

Day of / day af­ter: I ar­rived formy shave with a week­end’s worth of stub­ble. The shave hap­pened around noon, and by 8 a.m. the fol­low­ing morn­ing, my face felt like fine sand­pa­per, not much dif­fer­ent than the day af­ter a home shave.

Info: 460 S. Spring St., Los An­ge­les; (213) 232-4715, Bolt­bar­


Lo­ca­tion: Down­town L.A. in the fi­nan­cial dis­trict in a street-level suite out­side the Mil­len­nium Bilt­more Ho­tel.

Am­bi­ence: Your fa­ther’s bar­ber shop. Wood pan­el­ing, mar­ble wash basins, pho­to­graphs of hot rides and hot­ter women.

Sound­track: News and sports ra­dio in­ter­spersed with clas­sic rock.

Bar­ber-ism: “This is some­thing that ev­ery man has dreamed of try­ing at least once in his life.” — Pa­trick Ford Price: $30 plus tip

Day of / day af­ter: One day’s growth go­ing in for an­other noon­time shave. My face felt smooth enough to skip the morn­ing shave the next day.

Info: 515-A S. Olive St., Los An­ge­les; (213) 627-7440, an­ge­los bar­ber An­gelo’s also op­er­ates six other shops in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, in­clud­ing Berke­ley Bar­bers in Santa Mon­ica.


Lo­ca­tion: Beau­ti­ful Bev­erly Hills, where most un­pleas­ant­ness has been erad­i­cated. But not whiskers.

Am­bi­ence: Gen­tle­man’s club from days of yore. Dark­wood, frosted glass and sub­dued (read: for­giv­ing) light­ing.

Sound­track: Jazz with big band shad­ings, evoca­tive of an­other era with­out sound­ing like a time­warp.

Bar­ber-ism: “If I’m try­ing to sell you some­thing through­out your shave, you can’t re­lax.”— Ron Ran­dle

Price: $95 plus tip for the Bev­erly Hills Shave, which in­cludes a light shoul­der, arms and hand mas­sage aswell as a mini-fa­cial.

Day of / day af­ter: One day’s growth go­ing in for a 9 a.m. shave. I walked out with a face about as smooth as Cait­lyn Jen­ner’s. Next morn­ing, Iwas good to go with­out break­ing out the shav­ing kit.

Info: 230 S. Bev­erly Drive, Bev­erly Hills; (310) 858-8281, thes have

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