Get back to basics with a cutthroat shave or put the man back into manicure.
Man, What a Fuss: Melbourne
“Finally!” the men of Melbourne are exclaiming. “A day spa for men!” Well, maybe they’re not, but if you’re the kind of guy who has been desperately searching for somewhere you can get a Vichy shower and peppermint pedicure or hot stone massage, then Man, What a Fuss is your new digs. For ultimate man-bliss, try the Deluxe Fuss, which includes a cut, wash, facial and waxing for $140. Melbourne.
Captains of Industry
The practitioners of Captains of Industry are “Practical Men of Wide Experience” – and as such they offer a one-stop gentleman’s shop complete with barber, shoemaker and bistro. Sadly their tailor has moved interstate, which means their bespoke suits and jeans are not longer on offer. Their front room is now occupied by a jewellery maker, which is a pretty excellent substitute if you ask us. Melbourne.
Barber Black Sheep!
Sircuit – Smith Street's much-loved gay bar – took the ram by the horns and opened a late-night barber-in-residence in 2013 above the club. It's open for business when most other barbers and hairdressers have closed for the night – from 4-9pm Wednesdays to Sundays. Barber Gus Lundt offers classic cuts, buzzcuts, cutthroat shaves, beard colouring and even a facial. Fitzroy.
Look boys, a real man takes care of both the suit AND what’s under it. But, as you can tell from the not-so-serious name, Manhor isn't big on pretences. They'll sort you out wth a traditional cut throat shave for $50 and a haircut for the same price. Treat yourself to an express facial ($59) before the waxing begins – word has it that the full body rip for $190 isn't the easiest for our hairier readers. Melbourne.
Royal Crown Barbers
Sharp cuts and the hot towel shave live on at Royal Crown Barbers, Hawthorn’s coolest hairdresser for men. Vintage barber chairs, fittings and posters take you right back to the days of Perkins, Cash and shark-fin autos. It’s popular, so ring ahead and get your name put on the ‘board’ to avoid a long wait. Hawthorn.
Electric Brain Barbershop
Comics, figurines, framed photos, Elvis sculptures, vintage boxing gloves and bric-a-brac adorn the walls. Old-school country music plays and the barber-ladies have a whole lot of swagger. Dishing out buzz cuts, haircuts, hot towel shaves and even nose hair trims, this place is fast becoming the trendy Melburnian gentleman’s barber of choice. Fitzroy.
Dr Follicles Barber Shop
For some guys, a haircut means a once-over with a blunt pair of scissors, but only once the hair dangerously encroaches into mullet territory. To these men, we say the following five words: free Coopers with every haircut. YES. Get in early to avoid long lines on the weekend. Fitzroy.
Don’t be perturbed by the stuffed peacocks and tutu-clad flamingos as you enter: this salon has plenty of ‘mister fox’ treatments. One standout is the back exfoliation treatment: After an exfoliation with detoxing basil and mint oils and coarse sea salt to treat the skin, a firm massage will relax even the most overworked shoulders. Melbourne.
The refurbished day spa at Crown Towers is a sight to behold. From the undulating pool house that almost stretches out of sight, to the aqua retreat lounge that shimmers like an opal, Crown Spa delivers a delightfully opulent experience. If the exquisite Hommage products (designed for the tougher skin of men) aren’t enough to impress you, there’s black diamond used as an exfoliant. Yes, diamonds are literally smeared across your face. Southbank.
While dreadlocks are her speciality, the stylists here are pretty nifty with undercuts and shaved patterns, and have even been known to do beard extensions. If you're ready for a bright fuschia rinse or want a full head of seapunk aqua, this is the place to go. North Melbourne.