To a man, the words sound like twisted, yellow nails dragging down a chalkboard. Manicures and pedicures, although increasingly accepted by the male populous, still carry some social stigma. What many of the unenlightened don’t understand is male manicures and pedicures forgo the feminine paints and polishes and focus on cleaning and trimming the nails and cuticles. A kempt set of hands (and feet) helps seal deals of all kinds. Here, the best places in Calgary to treat your hands and feet.
No girls allowed. With facials, sports massages, manicures and pedicures in the comfort of a lavish man cave environment, you can watch TSN on the big screen while the friendly female staff go to work. Several of the carpentry themed packages include a manicure and/or pedicure, from the “Finishing Nail” ($75) all the way up to the “Handyman’s Special” ($133). 1000 130 Centre St. N.
The Getaway Spa for Men
Designed exclusively for the male experience, Getaway gives personal image consulting and spa treatment to the city’s business elite. In addition to manly classics like the hot shave and scalp massage, manicures and pedicures come with a complimentary neck, sideburn, beard and brow trim. 315 23 Ave. S.W.
Bringing out the inner-Greek god in each man who enters, wedding parties in Calgary have been coming here for years to purify their minds and bodies before the big day. The Apollo Men’s Pack ($130), a near-three-hour treatment featuring a full-body massage and a European pedicure, will leave you feeling immortal. 1029 17 Ave. S.W.
The Spa Ritual
This Southeast Asia-themed spa practices treatments as awesome as they are ancient — like the bamboo back scratch or the Sabai Thai massage. Its sports manicure ($60) or pedicure ($85), which begins with a sea salt and lemongrass soak and scrub, are a true mix of traditional remedy and modern practicality. 106 Crowfoot Terrace N.W.
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