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A Man’s Guide To Spa Services (That He’ll Really Like)

Photo by Michael Gilman

When it comes to spa services, most fellas are still a bit clueless. But, “knowledge is power” and once men are educated as to what’s available and how beneficial such spa services can be – they’re usually more likely to give these treatments a chance. And from there, they're usually hooked.

So, below please find a quick overview of the basic spa services available to the testosterone sect. Of course, if you’re in the DC/MD/VA area, we have a few suggestions for places you should visit. But… we’re not pushing and there are plenty of good options out there.



What Is It? A simple service designed to keep hands neat and tidy. A Manicurist will clip, file and shape nails, clean up cuticles, moisturize and provide a hand massage.

Why Get One? A man’s hands need to presentable at all times and regular manicures can make this happen. Manicures also help ward off bad bacteria, potential infections and are great for circulation and relaxation.

How Often? 1x per month



What Is It? A manicure (see above) for the feet (but more in-depth as men’s feet are usually in bad shape). Manicurists will clip, file and shape toenails and clean up cuticles in a hot-tub-esque foot bath. Service also includes removal of dead-skin , moisturization and an extended massage of the foot and ankle area.

Why Get One? The best way to get nasty feet in bare foot or flip-flop shape. As important, pedicures ward off bad bacteria and potential infections and are great for circulation, relaxation and rejuvenation.

How Often? 1x per month




What Is It? Skin care treatments that deeply cleans and re-energize faces and improve overall skin health and appearance. Estheticians (Skin Care Experts) will most commonly cleanse, exfoliate, extract (pop zits and get out gunk), mask and moisturize skin. Usually includes a cranial (that's the head) and neck massage.

Why Get One? Improves skin’s appearance, texture and can help with issues such as extreme oiliness or dryness. Really relaxing and refreshing and can help improve daily shaves as well.

How Often? 1x monthly is ideal, but something is better than nothing.




What Is It? Hair-removal method that gets rid of excess hair from the root so it doesn’t grow back as quickly or as thick. Estheticians utilize Muslin Strips (don’t worry about it) and warm wax to gently and relatively painlessly smooth a guy out. Main areas of focus include backs, shoulders and chests, but facial areas such eyebrows, nose and ears are also popular.

Why Get One? Increased confidence. Less embarrassment. Faster marathon/swimming times. Hair grows back much slower (2-8 weeks typically) and usually comes in thinner.

How Often? As often as needed to get desired look.

Have a great men's spa in your area that you want to recommend to others for these types of services?  Please let us hear about them in the comments. Really... we want to share with others where the good places outside our region are.

But of course, if you're local to the Nation's Capitol region, it's imperative that you visit Grooming Lounge's Barbershops & Men's Spas for a manly spa experience unlike any other.

This article was written and appeared on Grooming Lounge and our Founder, Mike Gilman, were quoted a lot, so we borrowed the article. Giving them credit -- hope it's OK.

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