11 NYC Tastemakers Dish on Their Go-To Male Grooming Spots

Dan Solomito

Go-To Spots: ALE Studios, Frank’s Chop Shop, Iberostar Rose Hall Beach Spa

"When it comes to cuts, I hit up my boy AJ who owns ALE Studios, which is a 'by appointment only' barbershop in Brooklyn that is also a vintage clothing shop. When I walk in, I’m greeted with a cold beer and great music playing. I always seem to meet cool, new people when I’m in there which makes for great conversation while waiting or getting cut. And most importantly, I get a great haircut there.

"I usually shape up and clean up my own beard at home, but when I want a pro to have at it, I hit up my boy Mike Malbon who runs Frank’s Chop Shop in the LES. They were one of the first to have that ’50s aesthetic that’s now everywhere in New York. The hot face towels, warm shaving cream and straight razor always has me walking out feeling so fresh and so clean. I go back with the whole Frank family, so I always like supporting the people I came up with.

"Lastly, when it comes to relaxing on a vacation, the Iberostar Rose Hall Beach Spa in Montego Bay is my spot. Since I have family out there, I visit the island a decent amount and always go back to this spa. They also were one of the first to carry Isola body products—my sister’s scrub line."

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