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Why should I use a salon/spa instead of my barber?
Why should a man worry about detailed grooming?
I am a professional on my way up. I need to fit
into an elite set of peers. Can you keep me on the cutting edge of fashion?
Why would a mature man consider having a manicure
I hate frou-frou.* How can I be comfortable in
I don’t like massage oils. Can I get a massage
without smelling like a bowl of flowers or feeling like a greased pig?
I don’t want to be conspicuously fashion conscious.
Can you update my look and retain my conservative, professional demeanor?
Okay, I admit it. I am a bit shy, especially about
personal grooming. When I walk into a salon, I feel like I am invading
a woman’s bath. Salons are hot, stuffy, and perfumed. They are filled with
chattering women. I like privacy, cool, clean air, and a quiet relaxing
space. Can you provide a comfortable place for me?
Aren’t facials for women? My face is weather worn,
battered by sports, and dirtied with grease from my passion for hotrod
cars. Why would I want a facial? Oh, and I have a beard.
A man’s facial at Gente Bella is not about being rubbed with flowery lotion. We offer deep pore cleansing, gentle exfoliation, and moisturizing, removal of impurities, and extractions, using products specially formulated for men. We focus on soothing and hydrating environmentally damaged skin, the most common men’s skincare problem. We will explain the services beforehand, so all you have to do is relax. After your facial, we will educate you about better shaving techniques and skincare. In short, whatever your individual skincare needs are, we have the training and experience to meet them.
About beards: The rest of your face is not protected, and is exposed to the elements. Even the area where you have a beard will benefit from relaxing massage, minimize ingrowths, and treat your skin. That area will have had no regular skincare, and is in fact often quite neglected.
Waxing! You’ve got to be kidding! How does waxing
fit into a man’s grooming regime? We are supposed to be hairy.
I have had salon massages. Usually, a masseuse
rubs me with their hands in long, smooth (supposedly relaxing) strokes.
I don’t want to be petted. I need someone with strength (knowledge of anatomy
wouldn’t hurt either) to work out all the kinks, stretch the muscles, and
relieve built up tensions. Do you perform such muscle/body work?
What if I am older than dirt? Believe
me. It’s not pretty. I want grooming and treatments that promote good
health. I am not interested in style and fashion. I gave up on current
trends years ago. Is a salon the right place for me? Shouldn’t I just
visit a barber?
Unlike a woman, I sweat. My skin is already lubricated.
Lotions and oils leave me feeling slippery, sticky, or suffocated. What
kind of skin care could I possibly need?
Let me give you an example: a man should be using an aftershave conditioner that leaves the skin feeling soft and moist, with an outdoorsy feel and smell, and protection from environmental damage with SPF 15.
*Frou frou: Originally a French term, “frou frou” is a synonym for frilly finery, and supposedly comes from the soft frou frou noise a woman would make when walking in long silk dresses. As time went on, the term came to mean anything feminine and frilly.
I’ve read a lot about waxing and the dangers
of unsanitary treatment. What questions should I ask to ensure that a salon
is clean and sanitary?
As a frequent user of tanning beds, or when I have
a spray tan, should I wax before or after a tanning session?
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