Better Barbers Matter

Hugo Gonzalez

~ Principal owner
~ Over 23 years experience
~ National Champion of Paraguay
~ 2017 official for South American Grand Prix International Hairdresser Competition

Mario Blautzik

~ Life long career barber
~ Loyal clientele since 1975
~ 17+ years with Hugo

Richard Fernandez

~ Career barber
~ Fade specialist
~ Previously at the Watergate Hotel Barber Shop

Carlos Martinez

~ Career barber
~ 2-time South American Champion
~ Champion Master’s Paraguay 2002

Awards & Testimonials

Hugo is the best! He’s the fastest most precise barber I know. In and out in 20 minutes. I’ve been going to Hugo for over 7 years. Can’t recommend him enough! About time he got his own shop.

Michael B.

Cuts byHugo is fantastic. I walked in right before close and got an amazing haircut from Richard. I will definitely be back.

Al M.

I’ve been getting my hair cut by Richard for about two years and couldn’t speak higher of the work he does. The man is absolutely meticulous when it comes to cutting hair. His attention to detail is second to none. Hugo is the owner and works in the first chair closest to the cash register. Both Hugo and Richard are such friendly guys which always makes for a pleasant experience. No appointments and cash only. They are located on the second floor of the National Press Building and will be moving to the first floor once the interior renovations are complete. Really can’t imagine getting my hair cut anywhere else in DC- pay them a visit and you won’t be disappointed!

Sam S.

Always a great cut and perfect neck shave no matter which barber I get. Spent 10 years looking for someone I am comfortable in cutting my hair. Found them.

Mark O.

Great haircut for a good price. I’ve had cuts from all three barbers and have not had a single complaint from any of them. walk in in the afternoon and you rarely have to wait. straight blade finish on neck and sideburns with warm shaving cream is a nice touch as well. don’t have a bad word to say about this place.

Vince J.

This has been my barber shop for more than 20 years since moving to D.C. Hugo has been my barber for about 15 of those. He’s great, friendly, and knows just how I and his other customers like their cuts. So glad he’s taken on the ownership of the shop; I hope to be a customer for another 20 years.

John L.

Best haircuts and best barbers in the area. No pressure, catch a game on the tv while you sit, and walk out looking sharp. Building lobby is being renovated but you can take the elevator to the second floor, Hugo is opposite the food court.

Alex D

My Hubby went in as a bear and came out as a good Looking gentleman. Nice and relaxing place. Multi language, great hair cut thank you guys!

Sonia R.

Excellent service , clean environment, professionalism.

Hugo C.

I have been going to Cuts by Hugo for almost 3 years now and don’t plan on changing anytime soon! As soon as you walk in one of the three barbers has you sitting in their chairs in less than 30 seconds! Each one takes their time in perfecting your haircut. I walk in their looking shaggy and walk out looking like a new man. I cannot recommend this place enough!

Jack P.

Hugo has been cutting my hair for nearly 15 years. He is very professional and does an excellent job. The location is also very convenient and accessible by metro. Definitely a great find if you are looking for a good cut in the city!

Robert E. D.

Not only is Hugo the best barber in DC, he’s also one of the most affordable. I’ve recommended him to several people all of which now see him regularly.

Robert T.

I’ve had my hair cut at [sic Cuts by Hugo, formerly] Mario’s for more than three years. I have always had the best experience, received amazing customer service , and the best value for my money. All the Barbers are excellent and super courteous. Wouldn’t get my hair cut any place else.

Rodrigo M.

Mario’s Barber Shop is now Cuts By Hugo but the same quality and efficiency remains. Quick, easy, good place to get a cut – I’ve been coming here for about 4 years on and off. Excellent location in the National Press Building in downtown Metro Center. Was worried when I walked in last week and the signs and decor were different but still the same great place I remember. No nonsense, quick in and out barber shop now run by Hugo and with new barber Richard on staff. Richard did my cut this time and was fantastic – first time in a long time that a barber confirmed throughout the cut if the length and style was what I wanted and took time and care to adjust the cut to my specifications. Very happy and glad these guys are sticking around in this location for the foreseeable future. Cash only though and prices for men’s cuts have gone up to $35 but absolutely worth it compared to other locations and cannot beat the location, speed, and professionalism of these guys.

Will C.

I am from out of town and needed a hair cut badly since I travel a lot. Best hair cut I have had. Great detail, spent extra time and made sure everything was just right. Nice to see someone pay attention to extra detail and do a great job while being nice to talk to as well. Highly suggest it.

David E.

Top notch! Hugo has been cutting my hair for the past couple of years and consistently turns out an exceptional haircut. Mario, the original owner of this barbershop (previously called Mario’s), is an icon among barbers in DC and still cuts hair there a few days a week. And Richard, the third barber (middle chair) recently joined Hugo after being top barber at the Watergate. You really can’t go wrong getting your haircut by these gentlemen!

Jack J.

Richard (middle chair) is absolutely incredible. I went in looking like a haggard ogre and walked out looking like a totally different person. Can’t recommend enough!

Jared T.

Whenever I am in DC and in need of a haircut or shave, I always stop by and have never left disappointed. The place has an old school unpretentious vibe and these guys definitely know what they’re doing.

Robert S.

Very well run and all the barbers know exactly what they are doing. I have been going here for two years now and would recommend for anyone in the area! Easy to find inside the Nat’l Press Building. I have friends that go to [another] hair salon and pay way too much for something that does not look as good as what the guys at Hugo’s can do. Hugo, Richard, and Mario are all top notch!

Diego A.

Hugo is an artist. I met Hugo in 2002. Since meeting him, I have only had my hair cut by another person one time, and that was in a pinch. He’s a great guy + nice to talk to. But bottom line: nobody cut’s men’s hair as well as Hugo. Nobody.

Brian S.

Great guys running this shop. Always left very satisfied with my haircut with little to no guidance on what I was looking for. They’re usually pretty quick and are down for conversation if you’re looking for it

Ryan S.

Cuts by Hugo is a cozy establishment that just open in DC. Richard does a wonderful cut. I left looking like a new person. I got nothing but compliments from strangers. If you want a good haircut ask for Richard

Mario G.

I’ve been getting my hair cut by Hugo for over 5 years and always have a great experience. I highly recommend him.

Kevin M.

Hugo has done a great job cutting my hair for over 8 years. He is passionate about his profession and is very good with customers.

Shaun D.