Movember may have passed, but South African men are always looking at ways to take better care of themselves, inside and out. And as they do, a group of cutting-edge conceptual establishments are evolving to meet their customised demands. From the slickest of haircuts to the closest of shaves, plus some serious pampering and everything in between, Benn van der Westhuizen has rounded up a list of Cape Town’s top men’s grooming salons and spots that will leave any bro not only feeling, but looking, like a million bucks.
The low-down: Capetonian gents care just as much about perfecting their hair game as their female counterparts. So whether you’re up for a Pomp, Ceasar fade, classic Hot Towel shave, or just keen to update your look for summer from one of their inspo-worthy Instagram shots, Hermanos will leave you looking on point the next time you need to treat yourself. This awesome new addition to Cape Town’s ever expanding grooming scene is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays and caters to men popping in for a quick grooming treatment, or those seeking a more relaxing experience. Hermanos aims to revive that bygone holistic approach to men’s grooming when blokes actually looked forward to the barber. As such, the cheerful and friendly heroes at Hermanos pride themselves on their accessible and unassuming vibe while unleashing the inner dapper in all lads. Because getting a haircut or shave shouldn’t have to be a chore, but a luxurious treat to be enjoyed by all gents.
Hermanos is one of those understated spots that avoided branching out into myriad facets of grooming. Their focus is on doing cut throat shaves with or without all the trimmings, slick haircuts and beard work, and doing it well. Founder Stephan Geitlinger’s passion for barbering has inspired him to curate a concept with the highest standards while paying special attention to quality and excellent personalised customer service. After all, the brand ethos are ‘Education through Consultation’, which means Geitlinger and his team of seasoned maestros strive to ‘listen, understand, communicate and execute what is best for you.’ Some of the resident barber wizards are professionally trained at the prestigious Total Barber Academy in London, and are accredited by the City and Guilds Institute in the UK. And Danilo Biccari’s fluency in both Spanish and Italian will service as the ideal draw-card for both local and visiting Italian and Latino lads. They do get busy toward the weekends, so make sure you book ahead online, via telecom, or email.
The venue itself boasts with a distinct contemporary cool meets retro gentleman’s social club ambience and manly knickknacks, which give this Cape Town barbershop a laid back, yet sophisticated vibe. Sip on imported traditional Neapolitan coffee or savour on some whiskey while getting spruced up by one of the scissor maestros. And expanding on their social club strength, the chic interior and atmosphere at Hermanos also serves as the perfect platform for personalised bachelor parties or just some private men’s get-togethers.
Where: 174 Loop St, Cape Town
When: Tuesdays to Fridays from 8.30am to 6pm, Saturdays from 10am to 5pm
Contact: Online bookings are available. Alternatively, call 021 422 1294 or email email@example.com
The low-down: A mild or subtle bronze can make a helluva difference to your look. But not only is aggressive sunbathing linked to skin cancer and premature ageing, but a quality false tan also guarantees the sort of even coverage that is tricky to achieve naturally. Luckily Bronze Me comes to the rescue with a bespoke pop-up concept which will leave you looking less like Valentino Garavani, and more like you’ve been lounging on the beach for weeks. Bronze Me is a professional mobile airbrush tanning service in Cape Town offering an ideal bronzing therapy for guys (and gals) short on time to work that winning sun kissed look. Owner Nicole comes armed with 3 years of experience, a solid reputation, and a strong model following to back up her brilliance, so rest assured, you will be in safe hands. Nicole chanced on the innovative idea to provide a time efficient and tailor-made experience by structuring each natural looking tan to your individual tan goals. The process is quick, effortless and wraps up in less than half an hour. Bronze Me’s team will arrive at your venue, run a patch test on request, set up the tanning tent of about 1sq meter to the closest plug point, settle on your requirements, and get cracking. The same basic false tan prep rules apply to achieve Bronze Me’s effortless bronzing brilliance – while an exfoliating scrub is required, there is no need to shave in advance. However should you wish to go for the smooth Calvin Klein Adonis look, all trimming or shaving should be carried out 24 hours prior to the tan session.
Bronze Me’s ultimate trump card is the use of a completely vegan and Certified Organic tanning solution by Vita Liberata. For those not familiar with the brand, Vita Liberata is revered as the Rolls Royce in the self-tanning circles for their much touted natural-looking tan results and skin nourishing benefits. Zero parabens, perfumes or other chemical nasties that can dry out your skin means you can rest easy about what’s going onto your skin. Some of the main ingredients include sugar beet, Aloe Vera, litchi and pomegranate extract, which offers a host of anti-oxidant and anti-ageing benefits. Plus it’s odourless, eliminating any risk of that trademark sickly sweet vanilla or cinnamon whiff associated with commercial self-tanners.
The low-down: Not content with the female vote firmly in their pocket, Sorbet Group’s Sorbet Man concept lounge managed a swift ascent to the holistic heights of the men’s grooming arena in Cape Town. It comes as no surprise then that the relatively new Sea Point branch aims to expand the Mother City’s metro verve even more by pitching their luxury grooming treatments to blokes who aren’t afraid of a little pampering. Nestled in the newly refurbished Adelphi Centre, the grooming techniques at this neat little neighbourhood salon includes shaving, haircuts, manscaping, facials and body treatments. This dude-centric urban outpost provides a breather away from the hustle and bustle of Sea Point, where you can chill on comfy leather chairs and enjoy a drink while you wait. Modern monochrome decor is coupled with glass and tile nuances, making the overall experience at Sorbet Man stylish, decidedly masculine, and yet accommodating.
The trademark hot shaves, custom barbering and head massages are popular enough to leave you walking away with a slick new look. And Sorbet Man’s approachable barber maestros are well versed in cutting edge hair and shaving moves for a diverse group of hair types. But aside from tending to your tresses, the grooming emporium also offer colour treatments, waxing, eyebrow threading, massages and facials. Because the team knows that many a local lad wouldn’t be averse to an aromatic soak and pampering scrub after their haircut. The ionactive Dermalogica facials promise to cleanse, moisturise and firm, while troubleshooting common issues such as acne, pigmentation, express spot treatment, and ageing. Sorbet Man completes the package with bro-based mani and pedi treatments. You can’t go past the ‘Sole-Man Pedicure’, perfect treat for runners or anyone keen to kick their feet up. A 50-minute session covers all the bases from taming and de-roughing crustiest soles, to cuticle-sprucing, rounded out by a therapeutic foot massage to help circulation. Complement your treatment with a Paraffin Dip and you’re in “treat yo’ self” territory.
Regulars will be offered free membership to the Sorbet Society Loyalty Club, with deals such as birthday gifts, special rewards, and exclusive invites to VIP events.
Sorbet Man stocks everything from their own custom range of products from an affordable price point to high science (and pricey) toners and moisturisers, making them the ideal spot for men’s Christmas gift options.
Website: Sorbet Man
Where: Shop 2B, Adelphi Centre, 277 Main Rd, Sea Point
When: Mondays to Saturdays from 9am to 6pm, Sundays from 9am to 2pm
Contact: Online bookings are available. Alternatively call 021 433 0254 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The low-down: More and more men are moving in on the anti-ageing action and with good reason, too. We are plagued by deeper wrinkle formation often accelerated by severe Southern African sun exposure and raccoon-style dark circles under the eyes. But while getting older is irreversible, looking older isn’t. And luckily for us, Cape Town is home to Skin Renewal, one of South Africa’s leading aesthetics clinics which tailor-made a myriad of ways for men to achieve a visibly fresher appearance. The cosmetics giant is conveniently situated in numerous prime spots across the city such as Cape Quarter, Claremont, Constantia, Stellenbosch and Willowbridge. Skin Renewal opened back in 2005 and has grown from strength to strength while staying ahead of the curve with the latest cutting edge beauty equipment and technology.
You can expect a whole team of highly-trained and fully licensed Doctors and therapists on-site to carry out each treatment in a professional and discreet manner. This exclusive and exquisitely designed conceptual clinic reflects founder Dr Maureen Allem’s desire to bring excellence, class and a pharmaceutical influence to the aesthetic world of men. By incorporating clinical ingenuity into every treatment, Skin Renewal proposes a range of high-end non-surgical treatments such as unobtrusive dermal fillers, Botox (or ‘Bro-tox’, in our case), Laser Hair Removal, medi-facials, and a host of other techniques. In addition, they’ve introduced a special technology formulated to accommodate ethnic skin types.
Restylane dermal fillers are generally injected under the skin to replace volume, restore firmness, and maintain that masculine facial architecture at crucial points where fellas are most likely to sag. And removing unwanted hair with their Laser Hair Removal treatment is now quicker, safer and more accessible than ever. In less than an hour Skin Renewal can treat unwanted nose, ear and nape of neck hair. The hassle of waxing or shaving your back (or having your partner do it) can now be a thing of the past.
But the charm of this chic and plush clinic lies in the convenience and sheer variety of their procedures, ranging from a quick treatment on the go to that of a full pampering experience. Not only are most of their rejuvenating therapies less expensive and invasive than cosmetic surgery, but they also involve very little to no recovery time, making it ideal for guys. Pop in on your lunch break for a quick dermal filler tune-up, and get back to work with no one the wiser.
For blokes still somewhat unsure of the procedures and its benefits, Skin Renewal recommends a preliminary assessment valued at R450 (which will be refunded should you proceed with a treatment.)
Website: Skin Renewal
Where: Branches in Cape Quarter, Claremont, Constantia, Stellenbosch and Willowbridge
When: All branches are open on Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm. Weekend sessions are also available but vary from branch to branch, please enquire within.
Contact: Call the Cape Quarter branch on 021 421 9093 or email email@example.com
Tucked in the heart of the new upscale Silo precinct, Glasshouse Rejuvenation is perhaps the daddy of all men’s grooming establishments in Cape Town. Owner Carol Boag and her team realised eleven years ago that men love to be pampered as much as women – we just need a comfortable space. So this luxury boutique spa oasis, now also accommodating women, made sure it had all the trimmings in place – a super tranquil atmosphere with soft and uber-elegant furnishings, some good bubbly, and a flat screen for sport. This is enough to tempt some of the manliest men for a relaxing pedi-spa. Renowned for expert waxing services that are exceptional, exclusive and time-efficient – you’ll be in and out in a jiffy with not a hair left behind. They (un)cover everything including the legs, neck, chest, or maybe the brave boyzilian for summer.
But there is more than just waxing on their bustling schedule. A 30 minute ‘Glysalac Flash Peel’ from Sothys is quick enough to persuade even the busiest of guys to catch a breather while speedily removing the dead layers of skin – resulting in a fresher appearance. Glasshouse Rejuvenation also muscle in on a range of cutting edge massage techniques, incorporating aroma therapeutic essential oils, hot rocks and energy work to revamp body and mind. Whether you prefer to unwind with a sensual scalp massage, get your blood circulation flowing with a Hot Stone massage, or soothe tense muscles with relaxing a Deep-Tissue massage, chances are you will leave looking and smelling better. Or why not treat yourself and your friend or loved one to one of their luxury spa packages which lasts anywhere from one to three hours? A hot favourite is the ‘Relax Package’, the ideal option to combat flight fatigue or a hectic week. The session consists of a 90-minute spa experience which covers a serene Swedish massage and standard Lamelle facial.
Whether its beard maintenance, a body massage or a tailored facial to keep your outer glow intact, Glasshouse Rejuvenation is home to some of the best rejuvenating grooming sessions for men. And in true festive spirit, the chic grooming parlour’s “Fizzy Fridays” gift a complimentary glass of Lavenir MCC on the house while they work their magic with mani, pedi, or hair treatments. ‘Tis the season!
Website: Glasshouse Rejuvenation
Where: Shop 5A3, Silo 5, South Arm Rd, V&A Waterfront
When: Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm, Saturdays from 9am to 5pm
Contact: Call 021 419 9599 or email firstname.lastname@example.org