Recently, Men’s Health went for my pitch on the “Manliest Barbershops in America.” I was thrilled to write up another piece for them, and have the opportunity to step outside of my nerdy comfort zone. The end result wasn’t exactly rocket science, but I can honestly say that it was one of my most difficult projects to date.

Combing the entire U.S. is not an easy feat, and I wanted the list to be a nice sampling of all of the great United States. Frankly, I could have written about 20 in New York City alone. There are a lot of great shops and great shop owners out there!

I know people are very hardcore about their hair and who coifs it, so you probably have your favorite that’s not represented here. Feel free to comment below if you have your own to add to the list. Otherwise, if you’re in need of a new chop shop (or a reason to travel), check out the list and my article on the Manliest Barbershops in America at Men’s Health.