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For many men, a visit to their barber or their salon is something instigated only by necessity. Either your hair’s gotten too unruly to run a comb through it or your beard’s assumed a life of its own. While Milan has its fair share of barbershops, how do you pick one that’s going to give you a decent normal haircut instead of leaving you looking like a fixie-bike riding, tattooed mixologist with a penchant for rockabilly music and an encyclopedic knowledge of hipster craft beers?
Easy. You consult Flawless Milano definitive guide to the best traditional barbershops in Milan.
Barberino’s currently has two locations in Milan, one in Corso Magenta and another in via Cerva with a third store set to open soon in St Tropez. But don’t let the rapid growth of this relatively new player fool you, Barberino’s is still a classic Italian barbershop offering traditional men’s scissor cuts, moustache and beard trims, full wet shaves and – if you feel like spoiling yourself – manicures. Their Corso Magenta store is located in a grand palazzo and is just barely tucked away from the madness of the street life. It is the perfect place to take refuge while one of their experienced barbers works their magic to leave you looking like a refreshed and renewed gentleman. To help you maintain the look at home, Barberinos has its own line of high-end grooming products from face creams to shaving sets.
Corrado Polistena is a master barber with over 50 years’ experience. He brings that experience in the Sicilian technique and attention to detail to his lovely shop in San Babila on via Corridoni. While Corrado and his staff ground themselves the tradition and techniques of the old-world, this barbershop still offers all the services you would expect from a modern luxury salon including facials, manicures, pedicures and hair and beard coloring.
Antica Barbieria Colla
83-year-old barber, Franco Bompieri, has earned an international reputation as one of the last true Milanese barbers. The walls of the Antica Barbiera Colla are plastered with pictures of Franco’s illustrious clientele. What is it exactly that has made him so famous? His technique. Franco Bompieri is a firm believer in the art of burning hair in order to help it grow back thicker and fuller. If you’re brave enough, Franco will expertly wave a thin candle across the ends of your hair to ensure that when you’re ready for your next haircut, your hair will be as healthy (or healthier) than after your first visit.
Gian Antonio Pisterzi
Master barber Gian Antonio Pisterzi can count Mr Gabbana of Dolce & Gabbana fame as one of his clients. Once the former master barber for Acqua di Parma and for Dolce & Gabbana’s salon in downtown Milan, Pisterzi now heads his own salon in via Montenapoleone. The experience in Pisterzi’s salon is entirely customer-focused, from the relaxing atmosphere of the luxuriously appointed salon, to the choices Pisterzi makes in executing his cuts. Styles here are never imposed on customers here. Rather, Pisterzi uses his eyes and his hands to find the most flattering cut for you.
Francesco Cirignotta’s salon in viale d’Annunzio is so luxurious one might get the impression that this establishment does not exactly classify as a traditional barbershop. But believe us, Cirignotta’s skills and techniques are firmly grounded in tradition. Cirignotta turns what most men would treat as a necessary monthly visit to the barbershop into a positively luxurious event. After you cut and shave you can even finish with a shower making use of the disposable bathrobes and slippers on offer, while browsing around for your new favorite cologne.