By Mary Wheeler
Spas and salons are no longer just pampering rituals for women. Men are quickly jumping aboard, accounting for 31% of regular spa-goers, according to the International Spa Association (ISPA). We tracked down 5 local salons for guys to get all their grooming needs done.
Noelle Spa for Beauty & Wellness
1100 High Ridge Road
Stamford, CT 06905
Hours: Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 8am-8:30pm; Wednesday 9:30am-8:30pm; Saturday 8am; 6:30pm
The Gentlemen’s Facial ($100-$120 depending on esthetician) is the perfect way to rejuvenate a tired-dull looking completion. Since men have larger pores and 20% thicker skin than women, Noelle’s has created this unique facial specifically for men and their skin-care needs. This treatment begins with a skin analysis-determining exactly the type of skin you have. A combination of cleansing, extraction, masque and moisturizing will leave you with glowing-healthy skin. For those with acne-prone/sensitive skin, the Back Deep Cleansing Facial ($100-$120 depending on esthetician) specifically targets those stubborn breakouts and includes cleansing, extractions, masque and moisturizing.
Added bonus: Facial also includes a hand and foot massage.
Adam Broderick Salon & Spa
89 Danbury Road
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Hours: Monday 7:30am-7:30pm; Tuesday-Thursday 7:30am-10:00pm; Friday 7:30am-9:00pm; Saturday 7:00am -5:00pm; Sunday 8:00 am-5:00 pm
730 Main Street South
Southbury, CT 06488
Hours: Monday 8:30am-7:30pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 8:30am-9:00pm; Thursday 8:30am-10:00pm; Saturday 8:00am-6:00pm; Sunday 8:00am-5:00pm
This chic spa is ideal for those looking for a little R&R. The Deep Tissue Massage (60 minutes; $115; 75 minutes $130) focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissues and is ideal for those with chronic muscle tension. Initially, this type of massage does cause slight soreness, however, after a day, you will feel completely rejuvenated. Another hot pick: the Hot Stone Massage (75 minutes; $125) a technique where flat stones are immersed in water and heated in an electric device. Applied to the body, the heat from the stones helps elevate muscle tension, improves circulation, and calms the nervous system.
For Hair Removal:
The Spa of Essex
63 South Main Street
Essex, CT 06426
Hours: Monday and Wednesday 9am-5pm; Thursday and Friday 9am to 7pm; Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 10am-4pm
For those with a little extra body hair, this serene spa (featuring seven treatment rooms) will discreetly wax those hairs away. This spa covers more traditional areas (shoulders; $27, chest, $45; back $52; prices may vary depending on amount of hair), as well as less-traditional like the back of the neck, $25. For those literally wanting to bare it all, Manzilians (think a Brazilian for men) by waxer Kathy go for $90 and up. To achieve the ultimate waxing experience, the Essex Spa asks for a minimum of 2 weeks of hair growth; so layoff the razors fellas before your appointment. Skin will be extremely irritated following a waxing treatment; so avoid the sun and tanning beds for several days, and use a Vitamin E rich moisturizer to help reduce redness and swelling. Check out the Vitamin E Moisture Cream, $16, from The Body Shop.
Montana for Men
1 Bank Street
Stamford, CT 06901
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 11am-7pm; Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 9am-5pm
You’ll feel right at home in this rustic salon-a classic take on an old-school barbershop with an updated- modern feel. Ideal for the ultimate manly-man, this grooming center is equipped with 6 TVs and offers a wide selection of drinks: cold beer, coffee, and soda. Talk about service-staff at Montana for Men will even order lunch or dinner for you and have it delivered. The Royal Shave ($60) is a classic hot shave using a steam towel and straight razor for the ultimate close shave. For those looking for just a quick cleanup try the Beard Tim ($17) or Mustache Trim ($7).
Added bonus: Montana for Men offers free clean-up of neck and sideburns with any cut and recommend booking appointments 5 weeks apart to keep your look from getting over-grown; just mention this while making your appointment.
Viso Bello Day Spa & Massage Therapy Center
900 Straits Turnpike Rt-63
Middlebury, CT 06762
Hours: Monday and Tuesday 12pm-9pm; Wednesday and Thursday 11am-9pm; Friday 9am-6pm; Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 10am-3pm
To get perfect hands and feet, look no further than this lush 5,300 square foot spa that will leave you sparkling from head-to-toe. Opt for a Spa Manicure ($35) which includes Aveda’s seaweed masque and hand massage. Your feet will surely thank you for the Spa Pedicure ($65) that not only includes a clip and file, but you get a clay mask scrub, callus peel, exfoliating leg scrub, hot stone massage and hot towel cleanse. Feel like the ultimate gentleman with Viso Bello’s customs spa packages (with cool names like Frank Sinatra and The Godfather) that include microdermabrasion treatments, pedicures, waxing, scalp massages and eye treatments.
Mary Wheeler is a New York City publishing professional and freelance writer whose work has appeared in Redbook, Hamptons, Aspen Peak, Time Out New York, MensJournal.com, and AOL’s Patch.com. Wheeler is a graduate of Lyndon State College where she majored in English and Journalism.