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The top 10 places for manscaping in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / January 28, 2014

manscaping torontoManscaping 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.

Bode Spa
Billed as a 'medi-wellness spa for men', Bode branched out from their Ottawa spa to open a second location in Yorkville. 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
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).

Image Makeover
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 Grooming
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.

Novo Spa
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
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!)

What did I miss? Add your favourite manscaping spot to the comments below.

Discussion

14 Comments

ouch / January 28, 2014 at 01:40 pm
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Went to Sugarmoon for a bax-ing.

While no fault of Sugarmoons, i had a terrible reaction to the procedure which resulted in folliculitis. Which is not fun whatsoever.

For guys who can get their back done without issue, i commend you.

I for one cannot as i react so poorly.
backDude / January 28, 2014 at 02:10 pm
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It's very common. All you gotta do is take an over-the-counter anti-histamine before you go. It's an allergic reaction you're having.
Kirsten / January 28, 2014 at 03:20 pm
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I am a regular customer at Sugarmoon. The article states that Sugarmoon uses cloth strips with their sugar mixture. They do not use cloth strips, it is just the warm mixture and very talented hands!
Sandro replying to a comment from Rob Ford / January 28, 2014 at 03:37 pm
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We still on for tonight? I got the tub-o-wax.
Carly / January 28, 2014 at 03:46 pm
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if you want your vag (or butt, or back or whatever) died blue, make sure you go to wax-on.

Seriously, their wax stains. SUPER SEXY.
Denis / January 28, 2014 at 04:44 pm
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Sugarmoon is where it's at!! And to Kirsten's point...they do not use cloth strips.
Natalia replying to a comment from Kirsten / January 28, 2014 at 07:38 pm
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Thanks for this! I updated their paragraph in the story.
Mark / January 29, 2014 at 07:36 am
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I recommend http://www.xy-yyz.com/ at Yonge and College - Robb does a great job! (and don't forget your brows)
chris / January 29, 2014 at 09:18 am
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I don't shave my balls, because I'm a goddamn man.
Alicia / January 29, 2014 at 02:39 pm
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Hey I'm from Scarborough too! On a good day it'll take about 25 minutes to get to Waxon Waxbar by car. I really like this place! As soon as you walk in you are greeted by young and friendly faces, so I definitely felt less nervous about getting my brazillian done. The waxer I got was amazing! She instantly put me at ease—least painful wax I have ever had! And Waxon is so nice inside. It’s got a super modern and minimalistic vibe going on! I will definitely be going back for my next wax!
Amy replying to a comment from Alicia / January 29, 2014 at 03:36 pm
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Thanks Alicia! Its always great to hear positive feedback!
Emma / January 29, 2014 at 03:51 pm
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Love Waxon Wax Bar! Modern, Chic, Friendly, Brilliant waxes are just some of the things that come to mind when I think of this place! I have been going here since Waxon opened and have always been delighted with the services I have had done! The staff are lovely, friendly and personable which makes for a great experience. The place is spotless and the products that they sell are great and smell yummy too! I live down town and have been travelling up to the Summerhill location every few weeks so I was delighted when they opened their downtown location in the path a couple of months ago! If your looking for a great wax I highly recommend Waxon! You will not won't disappointed!
Natalie / January 29, 2014 at 04:32 pm
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I have been going to Fuzz Wax Bar for a while (I'm a member now) and it's just the best place to get waxed. My man also gets his back done there regularly. It's super clean, pretty and their staff are the best I've ever had. I barely feel any pain ever. Their new space on Bloor is super convenient because it's on the subway line at Bloor and Bathurst so it's my new spot. Seriously recommend.
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