Men’s Health and Esquire grooming editor Garrett Munce has just published a men’s grooming guidebook to encourage a bit of self-care during quarantine and beyond. Self-Care for Men: How to Look Good and Feel Great (Adams Media) tackles topics of mental and physical wellness—something men often overlook.
Below, Munce shares his favorite wellness spots in New York City.
“Located in the 11 Howard Hotel in downtown Manhattan, Just Ageless is the perfect modern spa. Founded by Jeannel Astarita, this hidden gem offers a litany of lasers and other technological treatments for both face and body. Stay for Ali Tobia’s super effective facial massage and facial treatment. You’ll walk out looking a decade younger.”
“With two locations in Manhattan (one in the East Village and one in the Roxy Hotel), Blackstones is the go-to hair salon for anyone in the know. The collective of top-tier stylists can do anything from trendy cuts and eye popping color, but their signature offering is a certain low-key coolness that makes you look like you woke up like this.”
“This member’s only wellness club offers everything from meditation classes and personal training sessions to reiki healing and spa treatments. Members also get access to a dedicated health team overseen by Dr. Frank Lipman. Non-members can buy day passes to experience the amenities and right now, they’re offering digital memberships with free virtual meditation classes, ayurvedic coaching sessions and more.”
“For years, Fellow Barber has dominated the NYC barber scene and, for good reason. Walk into any of the casual, well-designed Fellow shops that pepper the city and you’ll walk out with an impeccable do that’s a cut above the rest. The service menus are traditional (cuts, shaves), but the result is anything but.”
“These gender neutral nail salons (one in NoMad, one in Hudson Yards, and one in Saks) are a refuge from daily life. The manicures and pedicures are chill and relaxing (and all polish, if you get it, is non-toxic), but to add to the experience you can opt for a guided meditation to make the experience even calmer.”
“This unisex treatment bar is all about making high-level aesthetic treatments understandable and accessible. Ever/Body offers the works: injectables like Botox, lasers, high-tech facials and laser hair removal. Most popular among male clients: EMSculpt, which helps build abdominal muscles.”