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See why this Oakley-based men’s salon is the highest-rated in the city (not to mention how they keep the FC Cincinnati players so well-groomed!)


18|8 Fine Men’s Salon in Oakley is owned by Chris Brown and is the highest-rated men’s salon in Cincinnati.

It’s been 19 months since 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon opened its doors in Oakley. The salon’s owner, Chris Brown, wanted to give Cincinnati’s men a place where they could go to get high-quality, premium, and on-trend grooming and salon services when he brought the national franchise to the Queen City.

Today, 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon is the highest-rated men’s salon in the city based on reviews from Yelp and Facebook, and with 90 franchise locations throughout the country, the Cincinnati location is No. 2 in the nation.

According to Brown, in about a year and a half, 18|8 has seen more than 5,000 guests and completed more than 18,000 haircuts, 1,000 waxing services, 2,000 straight razor shaves or beard trims, 750 coloring services, 220 facials, 250 man-icures or pedicures, and 100 scalp treatments with its four barbers and eight stylists in-shop.

“When it comes to our stylists and barbers, they are the best,” says Brown. “Specifically trained and have had additional education in the art and craft of cutting men’s hair and grooming services. They will offer our guests personal consultation and on-trend suggestions.”

Although the salon continues to grow in popularity in the Queen City, 18|8’s core services will continue to be customized, handcrafted haircuts complete with a scalp and shoulder massage and hot towel facial in addition to a plethora of other men’s grooming services like straight razor shaves, scalp treatments, facials, waxing, and nail treatments.

A new service just launched at 18|8 as well, True Solutions for Thinning Hair. “It’s a portfolio of products and services such as low level light laser helmets to address the full spectrum of thinning hair concerns,” explains Brown.

Guests interested in this treatment can call the salon for a free consultation.

The numbers behind the services aren’t the only impressive thing happening at 18|8. The salon is also the official men’s grooming experts of FC Cincinnati Men’s Soccer Club.

“We are proud to be their partners and excited about their success and the small part we play in helping them get ready for game day,” says Brown. “Because, as we like to say at 18|8, when you look better, you feel better, and perform better.”

Brown will be helping even more men in the Greater Cincinnati area look, feel, and perform better as he continues to move forward with plans to open a second 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon location.

To learn more about 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon, click here. You can also follow along on Instagram and Facebook.  

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Get your engine revved for a red hot summer event featuring 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon, exotic cars and the FC Cincinnati Men's Professional Soccer Team.

18|8 Fine Men's Salon in Oakley will host the High Performance at 18|8 event with FC Cincinnati players on June 16.
18|8 Fine Men’s Salon in Oakley will host the High Performance at 18|8 event with FC Cincinnati players on June 16.

Chris Brown, owner of 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon in Oakley, believes that when you look better, you feel better, you perform better. This principal is the promise 18|8 strives to deliver on with every guest. It’s also the inspiration for their upcoming event, High Performance at 18|8. High Performance at 18|8 is about providing guests with a high-end experience by top performing brands.

Attendees at the event will receive services from 18|8 and the chance to rub elbows with the FC Cincinnati Men’s Professional Soccer Team. This is all taking place against a backdrop of exotic cars with craft beer and bourbon being served. Complimentary chair massages from Elements Massage will be available as well as unique shopping experiences with local high-end retailers such as Ziv Trading Company.

18|8 Fine Men’s Salon celebrates modern masculine style and will have special pricing on gift baskets and certificates that were put together to indulge dads and grads! Brown explained that the 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon Executive Haircut comes with a consultation, shampoo and conditioning, scalp cleanse, hot towel facial, five-minute neck, and shoulder massage, plus styling.

Top-notch grooming and styling services are just a few of the reasons the FC Cincinnati Men’s Professional Soccer Team chose 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon as their official men’s grooming expert. For Brown, this relationship is “another opportunity to deliver our promise with a group of guys that are at the top of their profession and it’s important that they look good and have confidence when they take the field,” he says.

Brown has certainly seen how everything from a straight razor shave to a style overhaul inspires confidence. “You can tell just by the way they [clients] are walking and carrying themselves, they are feeling better and ready to take on the world. We often will get a positive online review or even just an in-person, on-the-spot compliment back to us that this was the best grooming experience they have ever had,” he says.

The best part about the upcoming event? It’s for a good cause! Proceeds from VIP ticket sales will go to the Dragonfly Foundation, which benefits children with cancer. “My son experienced some major medical issues when he was about 12 months old […] so helping a charity like Dragonfly that is so involved and important in helping the families and children impacted by something as serious as cancer touches my heart,” Brown says.

The event is free to attend, however, $20 VIP tickets gives attendees the exclusive opportunity for autographs and professional photos with FC Cincinnati players, a swag bag of products and gift certificates valued at $200, and 20% off at 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon. Tickets can be purchased in advance.

High Performance at 18|8 will be held June 16 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon, 3110 Vandercar Way. For more information about 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon services stop by their website. To be in then know about specials and events follow them on Facebook.

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Learn about the grand opening event of a new salon in Oakley that's featuring exotic cars, a meet-and-greet with Marvin Lewis and all service proceeds benefitting charity.


Cuts, Coach
Cuts, Cars & Coach for a Cause will be held on Feb. 20 at 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon in Oakley.

There’s a new men’s salon in town and it’s opening up in style. On Saturday, February 20, 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon in Oakley is teaming up with local men’s publication Cincinnati Profile to host “Cuts, Cars & Coach for a Cause” featuring Marvin Lewis and his charity, the Marvin Lewis Community Fund.

Guests will experience an exotic car exhibit, shop with local menswear designer Jonathan Mezibov, enjoy complimentary craft beers and bourbon, and can also schedule a service with the salon, as all proceeds from services at the event will benefit the charity. Cincinnati Bengals Head Coach Marvin Lewis will also be in attendance for a meet-and-greet and to raise awareness for the Marvin Lewis Community Fund.

The Marvin Lewis Community Fund was founded in 2003, and Barbara Dundee has been the Executive Director for six years. “We empower youth education in the Greater Cincinnati region through our outreach programs, the most significant of which are the Learning Is Cool academic rewards program, which engages over 30,000 urban public school students, and the Marvin Lewis Scholarship Fund which awards at least five $20,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors each year.”

The organization provides incentives to children to work hard to achieve their academic potential. Dundee continues, “The money raised from this event will help to fund an academic planner for each of the 30,000 students in Learning Is Cool. The planner contains a letter from Coach Lewis encouraging them to do their best so that they will get to meet him at the Cincinnati Zoo in June if they make the “A” Honor Roll (3.51+) twice during the school year.” To learn more about the Marvin Lewis Community Fund, visit

18|8 Fine Men’s Salon was founded with the mission to help successful men transform themselves to look, feel, and perform their best. The name 18/8 comes from the chemical formula behind the strongest steel, and inspires the company to make every man who walks through their doors leave a new and improved version of themselves. 18/8 has salons in 18 states, and the Oakley location is the first in the region. Following the booming business in the surrounding area, 18/8 is the perfect addition to the neighborhood and caters to all walks of man.

18|8’s services repertoire was built around the modern man and anything he should need. Among their extensive resume of skills, they offer cut and color services, skin treatments, waxings, scalp treatments, and nail treatments. Unique about 18/8 is that not only is it a full-service salon, but they offer certified barber services as well; so men can treat themselves to an old-school straight razor shave while they’re at it.

“Cuts, Cars & Coach for a Cause” is free and open to the public. Meet-and-greet tickets are $20 and must be purchased prior to the event at Guests who intend to purchase a salon service should reserve their spot by calling (513) 342-5188. 18/8 Fine Men’s Salon is located at 3110 Vandercar Way Cincinnati, OH 45209.

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Bye bye old fashioned barber. There’s a new men’s salon in town, providing top-of-the-line hair care, grooming services, and a membership program to make it easy to look good.

18|8 Fine Men’s Salon offers high-quality salon and grooming services just for men.

Men don’t always have quite the same options as women when it comes to salons. In an effort to change that, Chris Brown opened 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon in Oakley.

“18|8 is a place where men can go to get high-quality, premium and on-trend grooming and salon services in an environment designed just for guys,” explains Brown. It’s a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere. Our customers receive the highest level of attention and care, and that’s what they love and deserve. There’s not another place like this for them.”

The name of the salon, 18|8, has a unique background. “So if you take hardened, rough steel and add it to 18 percent chromium and 8 percent nickel, it transforms into stainless steel, a more polished version of itself,” says Brown. “On the same token, that is exactly what we intend and promise to do for the men who come to our salon – transform them to look better, feel better and perform better in their busy life.”

According to Brown, 18|8 looks and feels like a salon but in a masculine way. When clients walk into 18|8, they’re greeted by a receptionist who helps him to get comfortable with a refreshment, including lite snacks and drinks (even beer), and directs him to a waiting room where there are comfortable, plush chairs in front of a big screen television.

“When it comes to our stylists and barbers, they are the best,” says Brown. “Specifically trained and have had additional education in the art and craft of cutting men’s hair and grooming services. They will offer our guests personal consultation and on-trend suggestions.”

Since 18|8 officially launched in 2002, it has established itself as the only men’s salon that caters to a discerning clientele with an upscale suite of hair care and salon services. Originally founded in Southern California by Scott Griffiths and Ron Love, 18|8 only recently began franchising. Brown says there are currently more than 50 18|8 Fine Men’s salons across the country with 90-plus franchise units under development in every major city in the U.S.

It’s Brown that has the rights to develop the Cincinnati market. He opened the first salon in mid-November at Oakley Station, and he’s got plans to open several more over the next few years around the Tri-State.

Services offered at 18|8 include haircuts and other grooming services. “Our haircuts are our core service and come with a scalp cleanse, a consultation, a hand-crafted haircut design just for that guy – taking his head shape, hair density and overall look he is going for into consideration,” says Brown. “Haircuts also come with a hot towel facial, a 5-minute neck and shoulder massage and end with a wash, condition and style.”

Brown says the analogy they like to use at 18|8 is like comparing a suit off the rack to a tailored suit. “18|8 will be a tailored haircut, not an off-the-rack haircut,” he says.

In addition to haircuts 18|8 offers razor shaves, hair loss prevention treatments, rejuvenation facials, manicures/pedicures for men, hair coloring/grey blendings and hair removal (eyebrows, nose, back, etc.).

“All of those services are tailored specifically toward men,” says Brown. “So it’s a manicure, pedicure or facial with men’s unique needs and skin types in mind.”

Memberships are also available at 18|8 that cover prepaid hair and grooming services and provide member perks including complimentary clean-ups, discounts and other benefits.

The price of services at 18|8 are moderately priced from $35 to $55. Each haircut or grooming service is done in semi-private grooming areas.

Despite only recently opening, Brown says that the main goal is, of course, to open several more salons in the Cincinnati area. They’re also coming out with a new hair loss consultation service that men and utilize to treat thinning and hair and to help stop the loss.

You can learn more about 18|8 by clicking here or liking them on Facebook.