Places that will pam­per papa

Los Angeles Times - - FATHER’S DAY - Im­age@la­

BY IN­GRID SCH­MIDT >>> Hol­ly­wood is pretty much syn­ony­mous with van­ity. So as man­scap­ing and met­ro­sex­u­al­ity con­tinue to lib­er­ate men from coast to coast, it’s no sur­prise that a hy­per de­mand for male groom­ing ser­vices has re­sulted in a bur­geon­ing crop of lo­cal spas, bar­ber­shops and mas­sage par­lors cater­ing to guys. With Fa­ther’s Day com­ing up next Sun­day, con­sider in­tro­duc­ing Dad to one of th­ese club-like bas­tions of clip­ping, pluck­ing, wax­ing, nip­ping, tuck­ing and pam­per­ing.


Vibe: Anur­ban gen­tle­man’s lounge (pic­tured above) boasting a black-and-gold in­te­rior in­spired by James Bond films, roomy leather chairs and benches with in­di­vid­ual foot basins and light­ing adorned with top hat shades. In Jan­uary the nail spa added two tra­di­tional bar­ber chairs in a sec­tioned-off area near the front for hair­cut and shave ser­vices by the Be­spoke Par­lor. Spe­cialty cock­tails are com­pli­men­tary with any ser­vice and the com­pany is now pro­mot­ing monthly part­ner­ships with lo­cal liquor brands. Last month, lo­cal tai­lor Rich Fresh­man took up res­i­dency, of­fer­ing made-to-mea­sure suit­ing and al­ter­ations. The lounge will fea­ture live jazz mu­sic and com­pli­men­tary cigars on Fa­ther’s Day.

Ser­vices: Hair­cuts, shaves, beard and mus­tache trims, man­i­cures and pedi­cures

Pric­ing: From$27 for a spa man­i­cure to $127 for the Per­fect Gen­tle­man, a straight ra­zor shave with the Plat­inum Treat­ment man­i­cure and pedi­cure in­clud­ing mas­sage. Where: 9005 Mel­rose Ave., West Hol­ly­wood When: 11a.m. to 6 p.m. Tues­day-Fri­day; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Satur­day

Info: (424) 302-0070;­nail­lounge



Vibe: New-school neigh­bor­hood bar­ber­shop with a Prohibition era-in­spired at­mos­phere: Clas­sic bar­ber chairs, vin­tage fur­nish­ings, and bar­bers clad in retro-cool at­tire such as tai­lored vests, ties, sus­penders and top­pers. Hail­ing from Port­land, Ore., bar­ber Tony Pin and his client Mike Hare joined forces to open the Echo Park space late last Septem­ber. Be­yond au­then­tic bar­ber­ing ser­vices, the shop also of­fers a wide, well-cu­rated range of groom­ing prod­ucts, ac­ces­sories such as Bixby’s hand­crafted small-batch resin hair combs, limited-edi­tion cash­mere bathrobes and lux­u­ri­ous ties by Nat­u­ral Born El­e­gance (co-owned by Hare), and an as­sort­ment of vin­tage tie clips, shav­ing mugs and cuff links. Rose and Dag­ger tat­too par­lor, home to ac­com­plished globe-trot­ting tat­too artists, has also set up shop in the space.

Ser­vices: Hair­cuts, beard and mus­tache trims, straight-ra­zor shaves

Pric­ing: From$8 for a hair­wash to $66 for a hair­cut, wash and straight-ra­zor shave. Twenty per­cent mil­i­tary and stu­dent dis­count; one-time free hair­cut and shave be­fore a job in­ter­view; and ev­ery Sun­day is “Fa­ther Son Day” with 50% off one of the two hair­cuts. In ad­di­tion, dad will re­ceive a com­pli­men­tary shave with his hair­cut on Fa­ther’s Day. Where: 1200N. Al­varado St. in Echo Park When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon­day-Sun­day Info: (213) 353-4784; www.manlyand


Vibe: Acozy, bloke-friendly Bri­tish spa. Think wing­back chairs with plaid cush­ions, fuzzy blan­kets on the treat­ment ta­bles and a pot of tea or spot of bour­bon. When Bris­tol, Eng­land, na­tive Jodi Shays, owner of the lo­cal Queen Bee Sa­lon& Spa lo­ca­tions, no­ticed that her male clien­tele had grown tomake up about 35% of her busi­ness, she de­cided to ex­pand her Cul­ver City site with an ad­join­ing men’s spa that’s to of­fi­cially open this month. Cus­tomers span the spec­trum from teenage boys get­ting fa­cials to grooms-to-be re­quest­ing spray tans to men in their 70s talk­ing busi­ness over pedi­cures. Cou­ples also ac­com­mo­dated. The fo­cus is on friendly, highly per­son­al­ized ser­vice, with staff not­ing ev­ery­thing from how clients like their nails filed to howthey take their cuppa.

Ser­vices: Fa­cials, wax­ing, man­i­cures, pedi­cures, brow groom­ing, spray tan­ning

Pric­ing: From$10 for a be­tween-the-brow wax to $150 for the Di­a­mond Geezer mi­crod er­mabra­sion fa­cial with mas­sage and brow trim; for Fa­ther’s Day, get10% off the one-hour Bee-Spoke-Fa­cial. Where: 101821⁄ 2 Cul­ver Blvd., Cul­ver City When: 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon­day-Fri­day, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Satur­day and Sun­day

Info: (310) 204-2236; www.the­shayslounge



Vibe: Acom­mu­nity-ori­ented, uni­sex Aussie hair sa­lon with cre­ative flair. The loft space boasts a DJ booth, a col­or­ful, psy­che­delic “Muse” wall mu­ral by Cul­ver City artist Kelly M. Ho­gan and vin­tage cam­eras. With three lo­ca­tions in Syd­ney, Australia, the com­pany opened this first U.S. out­post in March and plans to use the space for evening events and pop-up shops fea­tur­ing lo­cal artists and de­sign­ers. The goal is “great ser­vice at a price the av­er­age per­son can af­ford,” says lo­cal en­tre­pre­neur Richard Rosen­berg, who co-owns the busi­ness with his brothe rDavid. Clients are of­fered beer, wine or cof­fee with ser­vices, and the sa­lon car­ries a range of nat­u­ral hair prod­ucts from Down Un­der brands such as Evo, Orig­i­nal& Min­eral and Up­per­cut.

Ser­vices: Hair color and cuts, shaves, beard trims

Pric­ing: From$15 for a beard trim to $65 for hair color; 25% off all ser­vices for dad June10-21

Where: 4130-A Sepul­veda Blvd., in Cul­ver


When: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon­day-Fri­day; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Satur­day; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun­day

Info: (310) 876-0912; www.zig­


Vibe: A 1930s-in­spired, hip­ster bar­ber­shop hang­out with retro bar­ber chairs, blackand-white check­ered floors, ma­hogany work sta­tions with Hol­ly­wood-style van­ity light­ing, a bil­liards room, a ga­metable cor­ner and (in the works) a pri­vate speakeasy room serv­ing cock­tails. Walls are dec­o­rated with con­tem­po­rary art and photography, while lo­cal graf­fiti artist Retna has been com­mis­sioned to paint a mu­ral on the ex­te­rior. The orig­i­nal Frank’s Chop Shop launched in NewY ork’s Lower East Side a decade ago as an out­growth of owner Michael Mal­bon’s mag­a­zine Frank151,. This lo­ca­tion opened in March. Clients in­clude Sacha Baron Co­hen and Joe Jonas. The shop sells se­lect groom­ing prod­ucts, Black& Metal can­dles made in Los An­ge­les and ac­ces­sories de­signed by Mal­bon, in­clud­ing caps for New Era and ra­zor blade neck­laces.

Ser­vices: Hair­cuts, clas­sic straight-ra­zor shaves, beard and mus­tache trims

Pric­ing: From$15 for a beard or mus­tache trim to $70 for a Styled Scis­sor Cut with more spe­cial­ized lay­er­ing, ta­per­ing and tex­tur­ing tech­niques; VIP mem­ber­ships with pack­age ser­vices, prod­uct dis­counts, event in­vites and other ameni­ties, $500$5,500. Dads and sons book­ing hair­cuts to­gether on Fa­ther’s Day will re­ceive one cut free. Where: 8209 Mel­rose Ave., Bev­erly Grove When: 12 p.m. to10 p.m. Mon­day-Sun­day Info: (323) 424-7326; frankschop­


Vibe: Agar­lodge set­ting for male ma­ni­pedis. Car parts and framed ham­mers serve as art in the industrial loft space, while tobacco-colored leather club chairs are ac­ces­sorized with in­di­vid­ual flat screen tele­vi­sions, head­phones and piles of guy ori­ented books. The busi­ness opened in late 2013. Pre­mium treat­ments added within the last year in­cor­po­rate in­gre­di­ents such as Guin­ness Ex­tra Stout beer and Ten­nessee whiskey.

Ser­vices: Man­i­cures and pedi­cures; pri­vate groom­ing par­ties

Pric­ing: From$23 for a man­i­cure to $120 for the Sports Pedi­cure, a 90-minute ser­vice with hot stones, mas­sage, re­flex­ol­ogy and paraf­fin wax or— cre­ated for Fa­ther’s Day— the Jack Ham­mer, an 80-minute hand and foot treat­ment fea­tur­ing a Ten­nessee-whiskey-and-brown sugar scrub, mas­sage, paraf­fin wax and es­sen­tial oils, $120; pri­vate groom­ing par­ties from$900. Where: 8257Mel­rose Ave., Bev­erly Grove When: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tues­day-Fri­day, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Satur­day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun­day

Info: (323) 651-1458, www.ham­merand


Dean Kirk­land

MR. NAIL LOUNGE has an in­te­rior in­spired by

Travis Haight


fea­tures clas­sic chairs and bar­bers in retro-cool at­tire.

Ham­mer & Nails


has added pre­mium treat­ments in the last year.

Ryan Tanaka


is a hip­ster hang­out with retro bar­ber chairs.

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