The top 10 places for manscaping in Toronto
Manscaping services in Toronto are a lot more common than you might think. Many spas and salons that handle body hair removal extend their services to men as well, and a few gents-only barbershops and spas have even folded waxing, sugaring or body shaves into their services.
Back when it was first popularized, manscaping used to only refer to the guy equivalent of the bikini wax, and the smirks that usually accompanied the term (usually, right after someone said metrosexual) seemed to cement it as unnecessary or even taboo. Not so in today's Toronto - the term is bandied about when discussing procedures as innocent as an eyebrow wax, and even the dreaded manzilian is available alongside its female counterpart in plenty of salons.
Whatever your hair removal needs, these spots will have you looking like a smooth customer in no time.
Allure Body Bar
The Danforth's Allure Body Bar is focused on all-over body care, including waxing and skin care services, with a specialization in brazilians for men and women. They offer some of the lowest prices on this list, with last-minute and 'name-your-price' deals as well. If you're a waxing newbie (particularly a male brazilian first-timer) their site is packed with plenty of tips to ease you into the experience.
Billed as a 'medi-wellness spa for men', Bode branched out from their Ottawa spa to open a second location in the Annex. The spa's overall vibe is soothing, calming and very posh (though they still crack "This ain't the 40 Year Old Virgin!" in the manscaping section of their website). They offer the option of waxing, shaving, or body sugaring services for various body parts, including several 'brozilian' options. If you're serious about keeping up your hair-removal regimen, you can get a deal on repeat treatments.
Eye Love's business is in brows and eyelashes - waxing, tinting, shaping, even lash perming (which is a thing, apparently). The shop caters primarily to women, but fellas are welcome; a first manscaping brow consultation and grooming will set you back $30, while follow up visits are $25. Bonus: Eye Love shares space with Lebel and Crowe, so you can turn right around afterward and get a haircut, too.
Fuzz Wax Bar
Waxing and waxing and nothing but waxing: Fuzz's stock in trade is hair removal for folks of any gender. The Queen West salon will take hair off pretty much anything for a reasonable price - one that gets even more reasonable if you commit to a monthly membership. In terms of the more sensitive treatments, they offer a manzilian (just what a Speedo wouldn't cover), a mankini (everything goes), and a combination mankini and buttock wax (for people who really hate being able to sit down).
This Queen West salon does it all: hair styling, makeup, manicures, massages, facials. Where waxing's concerned, they can do it from head to toe; if it's a brazilian you're after, waxer Perla has a reputation for being very, very thorough. Or spring for the 'Men's Day Off' package, which features a haircut, manicure, pedicure, a one-hour massage, and $50 worth of waxing.
Mankind approaches male grooming with a sense of fun; how often do you see a grooming service called the Gandalf? (It's a beard trim, in case you were wondering.) The pair of salons (one at Eglinton and Mount Pleasant, the other at Richmond and Spadina) aim to bring back an old-school barbershop vibe, but they also offer some very modern services, including hair removal options from a $15 brow wax to a $50+ mankini.
If you're really looking to get away from it all, Yorkville's Novo is a day spa that offers a glut of services, including specialty grooming for men. Their waxing services for gents focus mainly on the chest, back and abdominal areas, and prices are reasonably low for the location and atmosphere, though you may not be able to resist tacking on a massage.
Shelly's Beauty Studio
A stone's throw away from North York Centre station, Shelly's Beauty Studio caters to the grooming needs of north Toronto. Everything's on the menu, from ears and toes to full back waxes. In case you're wondering, a "Brazilian/Hollywood" wax for men is $65. (They also advertise the option of adding a design to your wax for $20, or neon dye for $45, but don't specify whether those are available to women only...)
Sugarmoon does something a little different: Instead of relying on wax to get the job done, they use a paste of lemon, sugar and water in a process known as body sugaring. The menu of men's options at the salon's three locations (Dundas West, College St. and the Danforth) includes arms, legs, brows, chest and back options, and a first-time brozilian starts at $85, while subsequent return visits are cheaper.
Waxon Wax Bar
I predict a lot of dudes will come in the door just for the Karate Kid reference alone, but instead of being kitschy and ironic, Waxon has a modern, upscale vibe suited to its Summerhill location. They split their services equally between women and men; guys have options from a between-brow wax all the way to a $175 full-body treatment. (Add a full monty manzilian for $55!)
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