Traditional Barber Shop. Traditional Services.
White Oak Barber Shop brings back the traditional barbershop by offering the best men's haircuts and hot lather face shaves. Of course, every haircut is finished with a straight razor neck shave. You can rest assured you'll get a great haircut, every time.
In the 19th century, American men went only to barbershops for haircuts and shaves. The barbershop was also a meeting place for local businessmen. In those days, to prevent the spread of disease, regular customers often kept their own shaving brushes and porcelain mugs with artwork marking their trade. The safety razor brought about a change in the daily business for the barber, but men still enjoyed congregating at their neighborhood barbershop.
In the 1960s, after the invasion of the Beatles, men grew longer hair. Many of the more talented barbers turned their skills to unisex hairstyling. By the 1980s the number of barber shops in America had dwindled. White Oak Barber Shop is one of the few remaining historical barber shops. It dates back to 1932, when barbers took great pride in their work.
Master barber Merritt Potter is determined not only to preserve the history of the barber shop, but also the quality of the services performed. After years in a unisex styling salon himself, Potter says it's great to be back in a barber shop again.
Did you know that some haircuts last longer then others? It's true - not because the hair grows any faster or slower, but because well balanced haircuts maintain their shape instead of growing out of shape.
Haircutting is an art. The rules are flexible, styles change, but growth direction and gravity stay the same. If you feel that your hair could look and feel better, the staff at White Oak Barber Shop would like to help.
Maybe the decimal point has changed, but not the experience. The warm lather, the hot towels, the relaxing break and personal attention of a barber shop shave remain the same.
First, your beard is massaged with warm lather to soften the bristles. Then comes the steam towel. "Hey! That's hot!" But it feels sooo good.
Warm lather is reapplied and the shave begins. The first time over, your face is shaved with the grain of the beard. Then comes the second steam towel – still hot, but now you are used to it and you close your eyes and relax. Your face is now being prepared for the second shave. This time, instead of warm lather, you will be shaved with a moisture cream that is massaged into your entire face like a mini facial. The second shave is done against the grain of the beard or across, depending on your beard and skin. We are looking for that perfect balance of closeness without irritation.
The third and final steam towel feels just as good as the first now that your face is clean-shaved and moisturized. The last step smoothes and soothes your face. You guessed it – Stephan Alpine Menthol Skin Toner – famous in barber shops since 1897. It only stings for a second or two, and then you feel the cool breeze of the whirling towel.
Wow, that feels great!
The shoe shine stand was once a common sight in the barbershop. In the '50s and '60s, the White Oak Barber Shop on Dayton Blvd. had a shoe shine stand. Well, those days are back at the Red Bank location. Drop off your shoes or have them shined on your feet. We are excited to offer this service again.
Preserve your leather shoes with proper nourishment and they will look good and last for years. At the White Oak Barber Shop our shoe shine tech will clean, polish and nourish your shoes and boots. They always use at least three coats of polish. The first two coats nourish the leather, and the third coat of gloss polish makes them look like new.