Old South Barber Spa

Just For Men

Charleston Magazine – December 2009
Girls, does your guy need some pampering? Then send him to the Old South Barber Spa, where a manicure leaves masculinity intact; the lounge soothes with sports and business news (via flat-screen TV); and blade shaves, shoe shines, and sports massages are on the menu. Harkening back to old-fashioned men’s clubs, the full-service spa opened on State Street at the end of September, offering “an ultra-modern facility where men can relax, reenergize, and feel comfortable,” says owner Joe Spector.

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Old South Barber Spa Voted Best in Charleston

Charleston City Paper – 2011

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Even the manliest of men need to be pampered every once in a while. At Old South Barber Spa, you'll get it from your head (a haircut or an old fashioned blade shave) to your toes (pedicures and shoe shines). And they'll even give you a complimentary drink.

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The Man Spa

Charlie : Celebrating Progressive Culture In Charleston – April 2010

A man’s shave. It’s not to be messed with. It’s one of the few luxuries a guy can get neck deep into – literally – and emerge feeling manlier than before.

So what did we do when we heard about the newly opened man-tastic Old South Barber Spa? We sent a manly CHARLIE writer, of course, to bring you the first-hand experience. Here’s what he had to say…

The hot towel Fiona applies to my face in the very beginning sets the tone. This is not going to be a standard at-home, in-a-rush morning shave. This is a shaving experience: a soothing succession of pre-shave oils, warm creams, and even a few light facial massages through the towel. The shaving itself is done twice, first with a straight blade and then a light finish with a MACH3, followed with rosewater toner and an after-shave balm.

It’s a little bit of luxury, but with a style and flavor that appeals to gentlemen. The Charleston single house décor, with its elegant brick and ironwork, leans toward the masculine. Men who might feel less at ease in a more feminine spa will be right at home here, especially with the WI-FI connections, flat-panel TVs, and stylish outdoor courtyard.

Little wonder that Old South Barber Spa has become a fast favorite for grooms and groomsmen who need some time to relax and reenergize while the clock ticks toward show time. Hey, why should the ladies have all of the fun?

The clientele is an even mix of locals and visitors, according to Managing Partner Joe Spector. Many local professionals, upon discovering just how invigorating a spa service before or after a busy day at work can be, have become regulars.

Services offered range from hair styling and old fashioned blade shaves to hand & foot treatments, massages and skin care. A complimentary beverage (think liquor and beer, as opposed to fruit-infused Pellegrino) and shoe shine is offered with each service.

The best part of this slow, relaxing approach to men’s style and grooming – evocative of an old world men’s club experience – is the way that it literally resets the day. Hey, after all, being able to set stress and worries aside and just savor life for a little while is half the reason we live in Charleston anyway, right?

Story by: Jason A. Zwiker

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