Shorty Maniace at J.P. Kempt.
The barbers sport tats and ’staches, jazz plays overhead, and the boss—who’s known for his deft work with a pair of antique clippers—is called Shorty Maniace. The cuts and straight-razor shaves ($40 apiece) are skillfully rendered, and the unpretentious staff also offer beard trims, buzz cuts, and unfussy facials. 351 Divisadero St. (near Oak St.), 415-437-1300
Brogan And Son
In this shop, “sports, women, current events, and a little trash talk” are welcome, beer is on the house, and regulars face off at the dartboard. The cut ($35) is a ritual that involves a dry cut, a shoulder massage, and a tea tree oil hot towel soak. 425C Battery St. (near Clay St.), 415-398-2272
Barber Tim Piper
Piper personally takes appointments for his single-chair shop by phone or text. The $25 cut here includes a wash, a eucalyptus- scented towel steam, and a free beard or mustache trim. Piper is particularly gifted at re-creating classic styles from any photograph—the James Dean is a popular choice. 936b Clay St. (near 10th St.), oakland, 510-381-5330 l.M.
Originally published in the July issue of San Francisco