Annual moustache-growing charity event Movember sees men around the globe pledging not to shave off their ’tache for an entire month, raising sponsorship money for prostate cancer charities along the way. Yet as the month draws to a close, many of Dubai’s menfolk will be itching (literally) for a shave after all their do-gooding. To help out, we’ve picked three great grooming sessions to try this December – and, for the ladies, suggestions on where to groom the only scraps of facial hair you’d ever want to keep (hopefully) with our three top eyebrow-shaping spots.
1847’s Face Saver and Perfect Shave
Swanky male grooming spot 1847 offers a great facial year-round – make sure you opt for this before the shave (if you choose to have it after, you may find it irritates the skin). Said to be a favourite among the spa’s jet-setting clients, this facial offers relief for tired and overwhelmed skin. The face is first cleansed and refreshed, before being given a gentle exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and refine the pores. A clay mask is applied to nourish and hydrate the skin, while a skin protector serum promotes a healthy complexion (good news for the parts of your face that haven’t seen sunlight in weeks). An oil-free moisturiser containing SPF is then applied to revitalise and protect skin.
Follow up with the moment you’ve been waiting for – a traditional wet shave, said to be perfect for those with sensitive skin. This one begins with a light facial massage using pre-shave oil to soothe skin and soften facial hair. A hot towel is applied to open pores, and a traditional shave is performed. Alum block is applied to protect skin, followed by application of a gentle, lightly scented, post-shave gel to minimise irritation and replenish moisture.
Face Saver Dhs200, Perfect Shave Dhs65. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 330 1847)
Head to either branch of this dedicated male pampering spot and you’ll be in the hands of professionals. If you’re eager for a shave, there’s a classic, fuss-free wet shave option for Dhs50, with a discount if you’re a member. Alternatively, try the signature shave for Dhs120, which includes a super-relaxing face massage and cleansing mask which will cleanse the skin and help extract daily grit from your pores.
We appreciate that some of you may have grown (pardon the pun) attached to your new facial hair over the past few weeks (you’re embracing ‘the sophisticated new you’, obviously), so why not opt for a
‘shape up’ session instead? It will make sure your new moustache looks professional rather than pubescent and, if you’ve got a beard these days, a trim will help to keep it tidy.
Dhs50 classic shave, Dhs120 signature shave, Dhs20 moustache shaping, Dhs50 beard and moustache shaping. Man/Age, Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 435 5780), Dubai Media City (04 437 0868)
Wafi Gents Saloon
In a world where you have to fend off communication from an ever-growing bombardment of phone calls, texts, BBMs, Whatsapp alerts, Viber calls and so on, it’s nothing short of a blessing to just be left alone. So leave your phone at home, or in the car, before stepping into this affordable grooming spot. The fact that the barbers don’t try to make idle small talk is just one of the reasons we love it, and have subsequently become regulars.
Another reason is the no-nonsense, no-frills approach. A wet shave takes just 20 minutes for the face and head, though slightly longer if you go for the traditional cut-throat options (that’s Sweeney Todd-style, minus the trap door and bodies). It’s a popular spot with both British expats and locals, and there’s no need to book in advance – just join the queue. We didn’t catch his name, but recommend the grumpy, slightly older gentleman with a strong moustache.
Wet shave Dhs30 (Dhs70 including head). Al Safa Centre, near Park N’ Shop, Beach Road (no number)
And for the girls…
Your brows are probably the only facial hair you’ll be shaping rather than removing altogether, so get the best shape possible at one of our top threading spots
Tips and Toes
Relax in amazingly comfortable chairs, safe in the knowledge that we’ve never left this spot with wonky brows.
Dhs30. Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 429 3477).
We’ve been visiting the Media City branch for a while, and never once had our skin nicked in the process.
Dhs35. CNN Building, Dubai Media City (04 391 3149)