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The best grooming services in Sydney

A visit to one of Sydney’s fine grooming establishments can be a well-earned chance to rest, relax and feel revitalised.

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Regular facials and massages do wonders for the body and mind, while those men who are more aesthetically inclined may enjoy staying waxed and MANicured. This is our guide to the best grooming services of Sydney, where you’re guaranteed to leave looking and feeling like a new man.

The best grooming services in Sydney

1. Face of Man

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There’s a gentleman’s club feeling at Face of Man, but their treatments are ultra-modern. Located on George Street, having relocated from the Strand Arcade in 2011, Face of Man has been operating since 1978, making it one of the most trusted and reliable skincare and grooming destinations in Australia. Complimentary drinks kick off a visit, and on offer there’s waxing, skin treatments like facials and microdermabrasion, massages, nail care and laser hair removal. Highly recommended is their Swedish massage, which eases aches and deeply relaxes the body. Sydney

2. Detail for Men

Detail for Men is a hairdresser’s, skin clinic and day spa offering numerous services for a healthier body. Relaxing, deep tissue, hand and foot massages are available, while the skin clinic offers acne treatment, scar reduction and laser hair removal amongst other cosmetic treatments. Looking for a smooth summer body? They’ll wax anything or everything from your eyebrows to your, erm, ‘speedo region’, while those looking for a more natural look can get a full body clipper. Plus, there’s a spray-tanning service. Sydney

3. ManKind

ManKind are notable for many reasons, not least for their Bearded Face Treatment, which caters to men who have half their faces hidden under a thick layer of hair (it includes a trim and a beard cleanse). Their Hair of the Dog Package is a great refresher after a hard night out — a massage, vitamin C skin infusion, facial and anti-ageing eye treatment to have you back in top shape. In fact, one struggles to find a treatment that ManKind doesn’t offer — they cover everything from body scrubs and wraps to facials to manicures. Surry Hills

4. Menzone

The mononymous Bruce of Sydney’s Menzone has a curious profession. His business revolves solely around removing unwanted hair from Sydney’s gentlemen, and he’s gained quite a following for his discreet services — enough to get a mention in the Sydney Morning Herald, of all places, due to the popularity of his business. Menzone offers hair removal prices specific to practically any part of the body: arms, legs, shoulders, neck, collar, stomach... you name it! Of particular note is the many ways Menzone offers hair removal below the belt; it’s quite an education, reading about the various specific ways one can be waxed ‘down under’. Luckily, Bruce’s straight-up, no-nonsense candor puts the mind at ease instantly. Chippendale

5. Men’s Zone at The Darling Spa

The Darling Spa’s Men’s Zone is a luxurious retreat designed by Sydney architects Cox Richardson and interior designers DBI Design and Stack Studio, featuring a steam room, a salt water Jacuzzi, and handily an onsite gym. In addition to their numerous unisex treatments — body wraps, facials and massage amongst them — The Darling Spa offers packages that cater to men specifically. ‘The Traveller’ package includes a full body massage and an ‘express facial’ for the man on the run. ‘The Athlete’ package starts off with a personal training session, moves on to a purifying back facial and then a deep muscle massage, and concludes with a quick facial. For those in need of real relaxation time, ‘The High Roller’ package includes a full body exfoliation and wrap to drag out nasty toxins, a deep muscle massage with aromatherapy oils, and an Espa enzyme facial. Oh, and there’s lunch, too. Pyrmont

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