Here Comes the Groom
Men’s pampering is on the rise in Westchester. Here are some of the county’s top spots for the finest cuts, shaves, and other treatments
Men’s grooming has hit fever pitch in Westchester, where it is practically de rigueur that gentlemen in the corporate suite spend a little extra time pampering themselves. With this rise in acceptance has come a fleet of top-tier salons, spas, shaving shops, and men’s treatments throughout the county, all of which offer new ways for guys to spruce up.
Spas are a great introduction to the world of grooming, and The Ritz Carlton, Westchester (White Plains 914.467.5885) boasts some of the highest-end treatments aimed specifically at men. Along with several massage options, including a muscle-recovery massage and relaxation massage, the spa offers a men’s facial, activity-recovery treatment, and “Power Hour” treatment, featuring a full-body salt-and-oil exfoliation. All ministrations are conducted in The Ritz’s posh on-site spa.
Sometimes all a man needs is a quick shave and a great cut. Sebastian’s Barber Shop (Tarrytown 914.909.0231), a 2016 Westchester Magazine Best of Westchester Readers’ Pick, excels in the tonsorial arts. Central Barber Shop (Hartsdale 914.723.1945) also offers a no-fuss, no-frills atmosphere for guys simply looking to clean up their ’do’s. Gentleman’s Barber Spa (White Plains 914.390.9222) boasts a more refined version of the above, with hot-towel wraps, straight-razor shaves, and rehydrating face masks. Or, grab a quick edge up and eyebrow wax.
Richard Scott Salon and Day Spa (Mount Kisco 914.242.1700) blends the best of what spas and basic barbershops have to offer. Scott profers a wealth of men’s services, including manicures, pedicures, keratin treatments, waxing, massages, and numerous facials and body treatments. They even provide hair-replacement services for execs looking to eschew the dreaded comb-over — or laser hair removal, should you have a little too much of a good thing. The salon also specializes in hair coloring and body bronzing for those who want to seem like they spent a day at the beach rather than in the boardroom.
The Art of Shaving (White Plains 914.993.6494) provides an excellent all-in-one source for men’s shaving and skincare essentials. The Art of Shaving’s grooming products, in particular, are standouts. The 2013 Best of Westchester winner boasts a popular beard-maintenance set, which includes a peppermint beard wash, peppermint beard conditioner, and premium classic beard oil.
Men with a closer shave can also pick up straight razors, safety razors, five-blade razors, and even shaving brushes. The company’s shaving kits are a hot commodity, as well as are their shaving creams, shaving soaps, and aftershaves. Holiday-gift-inspiration, anyone?