Man-Friendly Manis

Nailing It with Isaiah Negron manicures for men

It’s no secret that there’s a boom in men who are stepping up their grooming game, venturing into realms that before would have been deemed “unbecoming” for a man. But in today’s post-metrosexual era, more and more men around the country are taking a chance and checking out what this pampering craze is all about. And you don’t have to look very hard to find the proof.

Spas all over are figuring out new ways to get guys into the pedicure chair or to sit down to clean their skin and nails. At Truman’s Gentlemen’s Groomers on 120 East 56th Street, you’ll find guys of all types waiting for their services at a wood-paneled bar and sipping a pint of beer, glass of wine or a Grey Goose on the rocks while watching recaps of last night’s Yankees game or the CBS Evening News. Despite what you might think, the owners aren’t trying to get guys drunk enough so they can sit still for a manicure, but help them unwind and feel like a VIP for an entire exclusive experience.

Other salons have opted for a few name changes to make services appeal to guys by sounding more “masculine.” SkinCareLab at 568Broadway in SoHo has taken this route, offering a “men’s cleanse,” otherwise known to the rest of the world as a facial, a “sports pedicure” or a skin treatment called a “back buff.” These simple changes have surprisingly made a huge impact on their male clientele, who now make up 40 percent of their business. Truman’s also took this approach, rebranding the classic manicures and pedicures to “handshake maintenance” and “foot repair,” giving guys something a little less lofty than the past women-oriented nail salons have offered.

Still on the fence about guys getting their groom on? Then it’s time for hard numbers. The International Spa Association reports, “men now represent almost half, 47 percent, of the spa-going population in the U.S., and are identifiable by several traits and tastes that set them apart from the average American male.” The report also found that the average male spa-goer is between 25 and 50 years old and, with four new spas that cater exclusively to men that opened in NYC within the last year alone, the male spa demographic is not just becoming more apparent, but also sought after. You hear that guys? We’re a hot commodity! So go take advantage, lest they change their minds.

Check back here every other Friday for more reviews and tips on how guys are NAILING IT when it comes to their grooming.

[Image: via Hammer and Nails Los Angeles]
Isaiah Negron

A native New Yorker, a writer, a doer, a reader, a dreamer, a Disney junkie, a literature buff, an avid gamer and all kinds of stuff...then you run out of space.

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