Men venture into world of beauty
Gone are the days when men who cared about their appearance were seen as effeminate or vain. In fact, these days being well-groomed is encouraged, giving rise to the proliferation of male-only spaces and unique grooming experiences.
Although it is one of the fastest growing segments in the beauty industry, surprisingly, for men, looking after their appearance hasn't been seen as enjoyable or the quality "me time" it is for women. Many men consider grooming routines a chore and would rather have someone else do the work for them.
There is a demand for male pampering experiences but not the kind you might think. Men aren't looking for fragranced spas or Zen gardens but rather an environment curated for men, where they can enjoy unapologetic "man-time". Enter the revival of grooming lounges.
Grooming lounges are popping up everywhere and gaining popularity as places where men can get more than a haircut or have their beards shaped.
No longer just for older men or considered old-fashioned, they have an old-school charm which is drawing in men seeking immersive, educational grooming experiences rather than just buying a product off a shelf and using it at home.
Spaces such as Hines and Harley Men's Grooming Lounge in Randburg, Johannesburg, are a haven for men.
Jared Hines, owner of Hines and Harley, advises: "Men should look for a place that is unique ... the atmosphere should be welcoming.
"They should also be looking for a place that has qualified, quality staff."