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Brides-to-be enjoy a wealth of resources when it comes to wedding planning, from finding The Dress That Shall Be Worn Once to the best beautification spots that'll guarantee their made-up faces don't melt mid-ceremony. It's unfortunate that grooms should find themselves overlooked in the nuptial advice department—which is why we've enlisted the help of Montage Beverly Hills' in-house stylist Joseph Katz for our groom's grooming guide.

As the resident fashion expert at the luxe hotel—the only one in LA to offer such a service—the red carpet personality and men's accessories designer is the go-to guy for guests in need of everything from a head-to-toe look for an upcoming event to one-on-one retail therapy tours of Rodeo Drive. ("You don't even have to be a guest," Katz reveals. "It's the best-kept secret in LA!") From barber shops, men's manicure salons and more, find out Katz's favorite places to get pampered in LA, plus some of our own picks, after the jump.


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1. The Art of Shaving

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10250 Santa Monica Blvd # 688
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 785-3993
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Joe says: "I really like [their] product line and you get the full treatment with the Royal Shave ($80). It starts with the pre-oil shave to prep the skin, then a warm shaving cream is applied, followed by a straight razor shave done with the grain of your beard, then a re-lather and a shave against the grain of your beard for closeness. Next, a hot towel infused with lemon essential oil [is applied], followed by an after-shave mask. The experience ends with a hydrating toner and after shave balm. You are ready to walk down the aisle in style!" [Photo: Westfield Century City]

2. Blind Barber

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101797 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 841-6679
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Offering cuts, trims and shaves, this ultra cool Culver City barber shop also moonlights as a speakeasy-style cocktail bar after business hours. For group appointments, email justin@blindbarber.com. [Photo: Blind Barber]

3. Hammer & Nails

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8257 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 302-5435
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Joe says: "The newly-opened men's nail salon in West Hollywood is perfect to really give yourself the royal treatment for the ultimate in a manicure and pedicure. My pick is the hand and foot repair combo ($60) that Includes nail trimming and shaping, cuticle oil and grooming, moisturizing, hot towel wrap, Hammer & Nails Signature Scrub, paraffin treatment, therapeutic massage oil, and optional hand buff, callus removal as well as massage of your hands, arms, legs and feet." [Photo via]

4. Gornik & Drucker's: Montage BH

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225 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 860-7819
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Joe says: "Gornik & Drucker's at Montage Beverly Hills brings back the true meaning of a great barbershop. For the wedding, I say go for the Rodeo Drive package ($150) which includes a presidential shave (starts with steamed towel) to relax and soften beard. Shave soap is worked into lather for the straight edge razor shave. The face is massaged then moisturized and finished with a cold towel with antiseptic to calm skin) and full service haircut. The haircut includes deep cleanse shampoo, steam towel conditioning and perfect styling finishing products."[Photo: Montage BH]

5. John Allan's Beverly Hills

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9634 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 887-5500
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Joe says: "I really love the John Allen Salon in Saks Fifth Avenue. It is a great place to a haircut be pampered with a wonderful scalp massage and even throw in a hot towel treatment and manicure and pedicure. The beauty of it [that it's] at Saks Fifth Ave. so you can do some shopping on your way out." [Photo: John Allan's]

6. Montage BH Spa

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225 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 860-7800
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Joe says: "Montage Beverly Hills Spa is the ultimate in spa luxury. They have a great executive facial for men. They use special botanical compounds that specifically treat mens skin; it's 60 minutes for $225." [Photo: Montage BH]

7. mr. Nail Lounge

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9005 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(424) 302-0070
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Another top-notch option for just-for-men manicures and pedicures, this West Hollywood salon offers an array of pampering packages from $50 to $107. [Photo via]

8. Román Salon

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818 N LA Cienega Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 854-1030
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Located in a secluded bungalow at Román Salon in WeHo, hairstylist Christian Tate offers men's-only services like haircuts, coloring, beard or mustache trims and more. [Photo: Roman Salon]

9. The Shave

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230 S Beverly Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 858-8281
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Owners Vinnie and Paula Malcolm have created a luxury-meets-classic barber shop atmosphere at this Beverly Hills salon. The menu includes such services as standard cuts, trims and shaves ($30 to $150) to the "Nap in the Chair" ($75) to a facial and haircut special ($150 Tuesday through Thursday). [Photo: The Shave]

10. Skin Care and Laser

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9201 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA
Joe says: "Dr. Derek Jones is a top dermatologist in Beverly Hills and [offers] some additional rejuvenating skin treatments that look completely natural. I like his 20 or 30% salicylic peel. The peel gently rejuvenates skin that can improve dull or uneven skin tone and even helps reduce acne inflammation, fine lines and wrinkles while improving texture and clarity. [Dr. Jones] is also one of the top doctors for injectables like botox and the new Voluma. [His] consult is $300 which can be applied toward the treatment you choose." [Photo: Skin Care and Laser]

11. Sweeney Todd's

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4639 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 667-9690
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We hear the grooming gurus here enjoy a good heart-to-heart, so expect to ruminate on love, life and everything in between at this old-school barber shop. Specializing in everything from clipper cuts to classic straight razor shaves, the salon also hosts after-hours bachelor parties. [Photo: Sweeney Todd's]

1. The Art of Shaving

10250 Santa Monica Blvd # 688, Los Angeles, CA 90067
Joe says: "I really like [their] product line and you get the full treatment with the Royal Shave ($80). It starts with the pre-oil shave to prep the skin, then a warm shaving cream is applied, followed by a straight razor shave done with the grain of your beard, then a re-lather and a shave against the grain of your beard for closeness. Next, a hot towel infused with lemon essential oil [is applied], followed by an after-shave mask. The experience ends with a hydrating toner and after shave balm. You are ready to walk down the aisle in style!" [Photo: Westfield Century City]
10250 Santa Monica Blvd # 688
Los Angeles, CA 90067

2. Blind Barber

101797 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Offering cuts, trims and shaves, this ultra cool Culver City barber shop also moonlights as a speakeasy-style cocktail bar after business hours. For group appointments, email justin@blindbarber.com. [Photo: Blind Barber]
101797 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

3. Hammer & Nails

8257 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Joe says: "The newly-opened men's nail salon in West Hollywood is perfect to really give yourself the royal treatment for the ultimate in a manicure and pedicure. My pick is the hand and foot repair combo ($60) that Includes nail trimming and shaping, cuticle oil and grooming, moisturizing, hot towel wrap, Hammer & Nails Signature Scrub, paraffin treatment, therapeutic massage oil, and optional hand buff, callus removal as well as massage of your hands, arms, legs and feet." [Photo via]
8257 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046

4. Gornik & Drucker's: Montage BH

225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Joe says: "Gornik & Drucker's at Montage Beverly Hills brings back the true meaning of a great barbershop. For the wedding, I say go for the Rodeo Drive package ($150) which includes a presidential shave (starts with steamed towel) to relax and soften beard. Shave soap is worked into lather for the straight edge razor shave. The face is massaged then moisturized and finished with a cold towel with antiseptic to calm skin) and full service haircut. The haircut includes deep cleanse shampoo, steam towel conditioning and perfect styling finishing products."[Photo: Montage BH]
225 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

5. John Allan's Beverly Hills

9634 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Joe says: "I really love the John Allen Salon in Saks Fifth Avenue. It is a great place to a haircut be pampered with a wonderful scalp massage and even throw in a hot towel treatment and manicure and pedicure. The beauty of it [that it's] at Saks Fifth Ave. so you can do some shopping on your way out." [Photo: John Allan's]
9634 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

6. Montage BH Spa

225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Joe says: "Montage Beverly Hills Spa is the ultimate in spa luxury. They have a great executive facial for men. They use special botanical compounds that specifically treat mens skin; it's 60 minutes for $225." [Photo: Montage BH]
225 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

7. mr. Nail Lounge

9005 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069
Another top-notch option for just-for-men manicures and pedicures, this West Hollywood salon offers an array of pampering packages from $50 to $107. [Photo via]
9005 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90069

8. Román Salon

818 N LA Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Located in a secluded bungalow at Román Salon in WeHo, hairstylist Christian Tate offers men's-only services like haircuts, coloring, beard or mustache trims and more. [Photo: Roman Salon]
818 N LA Cienega Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

9. The Shave

230 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Owners Vinnie and Paula Malcolm have created a luxury-meets-classic barber shop atmosphere at this Beverly Hills salon. The menu includes such services as standard cuts, trims and shaves ($30 to $150) to the "Nap in the Chair" ($75) to a facial and haircut special ($150 Tuesday through Thursday). [Photo: The Shave]
230 S Beverly Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

10. Skin Care and Laser

9201 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA
Joe says: "Dr. Derek Jones is a top dermatologist in Beverly Hills and [offers] some additional rejuvenating skin treatments that look completely natural. I like his 20 or 30% salicylic peel. The peel gently rejuvenates skin that can improve dull or uneven skin tone and even helps reduce acne inflammation, fine lines and wrinkles while improving texture and clarity. [Dr. Jones] is also one of the top doctors for injectables like botox and the new Voluma. [His] consult is $300 which can be applied toward the treatment you choose." [Photo: Skin Care and Laser]
9201 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA

11. Sweeney Todd's

4639 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
We hear the grooming gurus here enjoy a good heart-to-heart, so expect to ruminate on love, life and everything in between at this old-school barber shop. Specializing in everything from clipper cuts to classic straight razor shaves, the salon also hosts after-hours bachelor parties. [Photo: Sweeney Todd's]
4639 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027