Seeing a man getting his nails buffed and filed is no longer an unfamiliar sight, but the wave of men's-only manicure spots is officially taking the hand job to new heights. From 3,000 B.C., when ancient Babylonian men would color their nails to signify social ranking, to 19th-century Great Britain, when a pristine pair of hands was a sign that you didn't have to actually work for a living, men have been taking pride in their manicures for millennia.
Fast forward to the past decade, when the L.A. Times argued that David Beckham's fancy fingers set men's grooming back a hundred years. Zac Efron and Johnny Depp followed suit, sending the sign that even if modern man isn't ready to embrace a dolled up set of digits, a simple cuticle soak and shape up is nothing to be afraid of. For the daring, here are four new salons to try.
Hammer & Nails, Los Angeles (pictured above) The man cave-inspired "nail shop" completed the look with personal TVs and headphones, free beer, oversized leather chairs, and vintage "man decor." Services range from hand maintenance manicures ($25) to a full hand and foot repair ($110) that includes a sea salt scrub, hot towel wrap, Paraffin treatment and massage.
John Allan's, New York The chain celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with new locations in Beverly Hills and San Francisco (in the John Varvatos store, pictured above). If you have a little more time, opt for their signature Full Service ($72), which includes a scalp massaging shampoo and conditioning treatment, haircut, manicure, and a shoe shine.
Elysian Spa at the Waldorf Astoria, Chicago
The Men's Fitness Manicure ($35) was developed to combat dryness, chapping, and swelling due to the cold Windy City air. Clients can indulge in lava shells that sooth hand muscles.
Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui Get the Pure Ener-g Manicure ($75) and Pedicure ($95), a classic nail treatment that starts with a pre-soak in their signature blend of clary sage, chamomile, bergamot, and rose geranium (combined with Turkish salts to exfoliate).
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