The barber area of the steampunkish space is clearly for the boys, with its pair of black-leather-and-chrome chairs and Sailor Jerry aesthetic. My master barber, Justin Virgil, slathered my face with Close Shavers Shaving Formula 31–O preshave oil, followed by White Eagle shave cream and, finally, hot foam. A steamy eucalyptus-scented towel was applied between each potion for maximum whisker softening. Once the straight-razor shave itself started, Justin meticulously dispatched my 5 o’clock shadow. A postshave toner followed by a soothing mask and Facial Fuel moisturizer wrapped up the experience, and I walked away with none of the blotches or bloody spots typical of my own handiwork. Most products used in the service are available in the shop, so you can easily upgrade your at-home routine. 888-772-1851, kiehls.com/spa1851. $55.—Ethan LaCroix
Guys sometimes get slighted at New York's pampering spots. But there are a few barbershops, salons and spas in NYC that devote a solid chunk of their menu (if not all of it) to massages, facial and offbeat treatments designed for just men. Four of our male editors test out some spas for men.
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