Like to look your best but loathe the faff? We’ve found the city’s speediest and most convenient grooming services for men on the move.
Long gone are the days of the Neanderthal man – it’s not just women who like to look and feel good. A recent survey of 2,000 Brits in the UK found that men spend an average four years of their lives perfecting their appearance, compared with women who spend only three. But while we may appreciate a well-maintained beard and carefully tamed hair, not everyone has got the time – or, frankly, the patience – to dedicate hours every week to the pursuit of perfection. Fortunately, Dubai’s salon proprietors are tuned into how time-starved the city’s menfolk are, and have set up shop accordingly. Here are five speedy grooming sessions that’ll keep you looking fresh without knocking your schedule off-track.
Intensive back massage Luxuriating for hours not for you? Try SensAsia’s rapid rub – an express 45-minute intensive back massage designed to target those tight knots and instantly alleviate stress and muscle stiffness. Located at the Emirates Golf Club, you can get a round in straight after-drinks or golf, the choice is yours. Dhs330. SensAsia Urban Spa, Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills, www.sensiasspas.com (04 417 9820).
Beard sculpting Do you work in DIFC and plan to hit one of the swanky bars or restaurants in the neighbourhood? Get your face groomed to perfection with Hommage Atelier’s precision beard sculpture service. It includes delicate trimming and shaving with a razor, followed by a cold fresh towel treatment to remove any loose hair from the face, and the application of a special aftershave balm for a smooth finish. Dhs60. Hommage Atelier, The Marble Walk, DIFC, www.hommage.com (04 351 4876).
Manly mani-pedis The Two Executives treatment at swish grooming lounge 1847 promises to give your gnarly nails on both hands and feet a more gentlemanly appearance in just 30 minutes. This super-speedy treatment is available at all of the chain’s outlets, including at The Walk in JBR (perfect for beach lovers), City Walk and Mirdif City Centre (ideal for shoppers) as well as Emirates Towers Boulevard and Dubai Marina’s Grosvenor House Hotel. Dhs165. Various locations including The Walk, JBR, www.1847uae.com (04 422 1847).
Wrinkle busting Hitting the retail trail in Ibn Battuta? Unwind afterwards at Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate, where as well as being able to grab a ferociously tasty pizza and cold drink at Sicilia restaurant, you can also wipe a few years off your looks with an Elemis Skin IQ and facial session for men. The treatment includes a time defence wrinkle delay and time defence eye reviver, both designed to combat the impact of a hectic lifestyle. Dhs550. Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate, adjacent to Ibn Battuta Mall, Jebel Ali Gardens, www.moevenpick-hotels.com (04 444 5421).
Express cleansing The boardroom is no place for zits. Get rid of unsightly blemishes and freshen up your skin in minutes with Hommage’s express facial, which features deep cleaning and extraction, finishing off with a mask, a quick head massage and the application of a hydrating moisturiser. Dhs150. Hommage Atelier, The Marble Walk, DIFC, www.hommage.com (04 351 4876).