Where you live and the kind of hair you have may have an influence upon where you get your hair cut and styled. Sometimes when visiting a large haircut chain, the stylists are fresh out of school with little to no experience and have a limited number of styles they can create. The following list has stylists who are well trained, experienced and listen to their customers’ wants and needs. These shops are part of the attitude and culture that is found throughout Baltimore.

Beatnik Barbershop
241 W. Read St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 669-3033

This is the men’s salon with all of the accolades Baltimore has to offer. Open since 2005, they say the “cool never goes out of style” at this Mt. Vernon shop. Open every day except Sundays, this barbershop does not take appointments, but promises a short wait. The atmosphere is pure Baltimore and the music ranges from old jazz to rock and everything in between. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee, excellent conversation and artwork or just read a newspaper. Last, but certainly not least, you will get a great haircut.

The Quintessential Gentleman
31 S. Calvert St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 685-7428

The Quintessential Gentleman, known as QG, had humble beginnings, but has now grown into so much more. The downtown shop, located right in the heart of the city, currently includes a spa, tailor and even a department store. Not just a place to get your hair cut, QG has a club called the Office Lounge where members can relax, smoke a cigar, play arcade games, have a drink and just let the troubles of the day melt away. If you are looking for the full package, QG is the place for you. QG is open seven days a week for your convenience.

Blue Spark Barbershop
4321 Harford Road, Lower Level
Baltimore, MD 21214
(410) 444-1110

This classic barbershop is located in the Lauraville area of Baltimore. The experienced barbers at Blue Spark Barbershop are capable of handling men and boys with a quick trim or stylish haircuts. Men can get a hot or regular shave. No appointments are necessary, but the schedules of the barbers are on the website if you are looking for a particular person. The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday and closed Sundays and Mondays. Manly banter and a classically trained barber, what more could you ask for?

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Old Bank Barbers
1100 W. 36th St.
Baltimore, MD 21211
(443) 682-9969

Offering everything from classic hairstyles to updated looks, Old Bank Barbers has the feel of an old school shop. You will find a refreshingly new atmosphere of conversation in this trendy Hampden shop. Grab a refreshing beverage and hang out while you wait to get your hair cut. This spot accepts tentative appointments Tuesday through Friday and needs an hour advanced notice for shaves to make sure you do not waste a lot of time. Old Bank Barbers is open on weekends, but no appointments are necessary.

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Baltimore Barber Lounge
813 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
(443) 982-0860

A popular staple in the Mt. Vernon area of Baltimore, this establishment has the classic look and feel of what a barbershop should be. However, the staff is trained in the most updated haircuts. Baltimore Barber Lounge is well known for its excellent work at reasonable prices. Wi-Fi is available for those who must be connected at all times. The goal of the shop is that all customers leave satisfied. Open Monday through Saturday, Baltimore Barber Lounge is exactly what you would expect in a hometown barbershop.

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Holli Friedland is a freelance writer whose work can be found on Examiner.com.