Men’s grooming has sky- rocketed in recent years, from the prevalence of available styling products such as gels, waxes, pomades, essential oils, clays and creams, to shaving systems for the home that now include shaving brushes and straight razors. In Hawai‘i, sophisticated, 21st-century barber shops have begun cropping up across town, offering expert cuts and close shaves—plus relaxing facials, complete with massage, scented towels and spa-like treatment. So what’s next? Although men may have been slow to the facial scene, this therapeutic skin treatment for your face isn’t only for the ladies. Here are a few salons and spas offering world-class service and facial treatments.
PURE SKIN BY MAGGIE
Across the intersection of Whole Foods at Ward, the talented aesthetician team at Pure Skin by Maggie offers a variety of treatments, from deep-cleansing and antioxidant Hydra Facials, to complex- ion-boosting LED infrared facials that increase circulation and soothes skin irritation, to unique gentleman’s facials that help prevent razor burn and eliminate ingrown hairs and blocked pores. All facials include a detailed skin analysis and extractions. pureskinbymaggie.com
Massage Envy may be the largest chain of massage spas throughout the United States, but you can still expect the high- est quality of personalized service and care at each of the company’s five locations across O‘ahu and Maui. One of their most popular advanced facial treatments include anti-aging chemical peels that reduce skin inflammation, hyperpigmentation and acne marks, as well as help to tighten and brighten skin for a more youthful appearance. Another signature treatment is their exclusive Microderm Infusion; while traditional microdermabrasion only extracts and exfoliates, Massage Envy’s specialized facial offers a precisely timed, 3-in-1 treatment that helps enhance the look and feel of skin and improves your over- all appearance. massageenvy.com/hawaii
18|8 FINE MEN’S SALON
Taking its name from the discovery of 18 percent chromium and 8 percent nickel as the magic combination that prevents steel from oxidation and rust, 18|8 maintains over 50 salons across the United States, each offering a plethora of haircuts, shaves, face, scalp and nail treatments (which include aromatic hot towels and massage), waxing and coloring services. At 18|8’s 1,100-square-foot space at SALT in Kaka‘ako, a popular order is the “skinmetrics treatment,” a 45-minute facial cleanse and exfoliation intended to hydrate and rejuvenate the face, which includes a neck, shoulder, and scalp massage. eighteeneight.com
LA‘AKEA SPA AND SALON
Located around what was once known to ancient Hawaiians as the healing waters of Kawehewehe, the La‘akea Spa in the Outrigger Reef Waikiki offers those same rejuvenative energies with a wide selection of spa therapies, facial treatments, and massage. Firm skin and minimize the appearance of age spots with an anti- aging facial, or enjoy nature’s alternative to microdermabrasion with a tourmaline gem facial that decreases pore size and boosts radiance without inflaming or irritating skin. La‘akea’s signature treatment is an elements aroma facial that uses an aromatic blend to return a healthy balance to skin after weathering the tribulations of everyday life. Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach, laakeaspahawaii.com