Best Straight Razor Shaves In Seattle

February 25, 2014 5:00 AM

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Finding a good barber is usually quite a task unto itself, but finding one who is skilled in giving a straight razor shave can sometimes be a whole other challenge. Lucky for Seattleites, there are a few top-rated barbershops and salons around the city that employ just that sort of skilled professional. These barbers not only provide a close, clean shave, but also offer luxury men’s grooming services, and all for a reasonable price.

Capelli’s Gentlemen’s Barbershop
319 Westlake Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 587-0900

Capelli’s is known for its hot towel, straight razor shaves, scalp massages and beard trimming services. Open since 2003, Capelli’s offers a relaxing atmosphere and professional men’s grooming services that go beyond the traditional barbershop. In addition to offering its Signature Shave with a straight razor for facial hair, Capelli’s also offers a straight razor head shave. Both are performed with a triple-edge blade and only the best in modern-day men’s grooming products. Capelli’s Gentlemen’s Barbershop also provides a complimentary neck and ear clean-up to its customers, as long as they come in within three weeks of their last service appointment.

Weldon Barber Seattle
600 Stewart St.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 441-2116

Weldon Barber in downtown Seattle was one of the first barbershops to experience a resurgence of requests for the traditional, straight razor shave method. Weldon Barber provides the benefits of an old-school shop combined with present-day amenities, including comfortable leather chairs, flat-screen TVS, complimentary beverages while you wait and a warm, inviting atmosphere. According to Weldon’s experienced staff, a straight razor shave offers many more benefits than a typical shave—it reduces the number of blemishes, improving the skin’s appearance and texture, and indulges the skin with quality men’s grooming products. And of course, there’s a hot towel treatment and relaxing scalp massage.

7912 Greenwood Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 706-6303

Valentine’s men’s grooming salon offers its customers two straight razor shave services dubbed the Seattle Shave and the Extravagant Shave. Each is considered a luxury service for men that starts with a hot towel treatment, which will help soften hair follicles on either the face or scalp. Next, an elite pre-shaving oil is applied to the skin and then a hot, lathery soap to soften the skin as it is being shaved. Precision blades are used for the closest shave possible and then a skin toner, youth serum and moisturizer are applied to maintain the skin’s smoothness and soft texture. Lastly, an ice towel is applied to the skin to invigorate and close pores. The Extravagant Shave service also includes a hand massage during your hot towel treatment and a facial or scalp massage after the shave is complete.

Related: Best Places For A Shave And Haircut In Puget Sound

Squire Barber Shop
112 Stewart St.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 622-7871

Squire Barber Shop is located just two blocks from Pike Place Market. While the shop primarily specializes in men’s hair cuts, one of its barbers, Erick Huesca, has made his mark in Seattle with his traditional, hot towel, straight razor shaves. Huesca is also an expert at razor work for beards and hair, providing the cleanest outlines possible. The Squire Barber Shop offers a really laid-back and friendly environment. Walk-ins are always welcome when available, but if you can schedule an appointment, it is recommended as the shop does get busy in the afternoons and on weekends.

The Roosevelt Barbershop
801 N.E. 65th St., Suite A
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 708-6672

Named for the Roosevelt neighborhood of Seattle, The Roosevelt Barber Shop offers specialty men’s grooming services, including straight razor shaves, hair cuts, fades, beard trims and razor line ups. It also offers a service called The Roosevelt, which combines a haircut with a hot lather, straight razor shave. This service is offered by appointment only. It is also recommended that you call ahead to schedule appointments for any other services, as The Roosevelt’s barbers run a tight schedule for their clients. In addition to a relaxing atmosphere, The Roosevelt Barbershop features several TVs where you can catch a game or the latest sports news, as well as a stereo system that channels great music from local radio stations.

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Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on

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