Northern Monkey Barber (AKA Josh Thomson) is an award-winning Orange County based, licensed barber, in San Clemente, California.


Located inside Phenix Salon Suites

Talega Village Center

801 Avenida Talega


San Clemente, CA 92673


🏆 Voted ‘Best New Business’ in San Clemente Times, Best of 2019  🏆


Josh is a great guy and excellent barber. I recently had to look good in a tux and although I didn't know what to do with my hair and beard, Josh knew exactly what I needed. Needless to say, I crushed in that tux and the cut from Josh was no small part.

Dylan W.


I've been stoked on the haircuts I've had with NMB. Haven't been as pleased elsewhere. This dude has an eye for style and doesn't just process you through the hipster mill.  You can trust him with your mop, or whatever hairs you've got left.

Roger S.


I showed up with the longest hair in the room, and left with the longest hair in the room. I'm usually hesitant to go to Barber Shops because I like my hair longer, everyone else in there got a fade, where as I wanted to look like I could play bass in an Oasis tribute band. Josh did great. The barista at Peet's Coffee even thought I looked cool.

Brandon B.


More than just a great haircut and shave, it is an experience. Everything a high end Barber is suppose to be and then some. Josh is a true professional and a master of his craft who I promise will make you look way better than when you came in. And I was jacked up when I came in. I refuse to have anyone else cut my hair.

James K.



NMB Appointment Protocol

  • Text me at your scheduled appointment time at 949-241-6624 and I will respond and meet you at the front door lobby area to let you in. Doors will be locked closed to walk-in traffic.

  • Please do not come in the suites as someone is leaving. Please be patient and I will escort you to the suite. There is no waiting allowed in the hallways or lobby area.

  • If you are early, please wait in your car to avoid congregating in front of the salons with others. I will not be able to start any earlier than your scheduled appointment time. 

  • No guests, children, pets or partners will be allowed in the building or in the studio space. 

  • Bathrooms are temporarily unavailable until further notice. Plan accordingly.

  • Please arrive freshly showered with clean shampooed hair, free of any hair products, as physically clean around the face, ears, nose, neck and scalp as possible. 

  • Do not show up right after working out or physical exercise, perspiring with damp clothes or breathing heavily within the studio space. You will be asked to reschedule. Plan accordingly.

  • A contactless temperature scan is required and must read 99.9• or less before accessing the studio space.

  • Please use hand sanitizer upon entry, prior to sitting down in the chair.

  • Masks must be worn at all times when inside the building and during the service. No exceptions. Ear looped masks are necessary, if you do not have one I will provide one for you. I will direct a brief removal during the service when needed. 

  • A release of liability acknowledging the risks associated with COVID-19 is required upon booking the service.

  • Please be considerate and honest. We are trusting each other with our health and potentially, our lives. As a cancer survivor, I have underlying health conditions and am taking on a personal risk to provide for my family. If you are sick, under the weather, having “allergies”, a little tickle in the back of your throat, please, do the right thing and reschedule the appointment, with no cancellation fees applied. Our word is our bond. Please honor that. 

  • Finally, I understand the frustration with the government, the governor, the ever changing rules and regulations, I do. That said, I am following these industry mandated guidelines as written! If you don’t want to wear a mask or follow these policies, go someplace else, I completely understand.