New Zealand men aren’t like most, you’re all about boats, the bach, beers and the boys. However, when occasion calls, you’ll spruce yourselves up and look very dapper indeed. But why stop there? Perhaps taking a good long look at your hands is a good start. With a myriad of nail bars popping up on every corner, the concept of dipping your toe (or finger) in the art of the manicure is less daunting than you might think, as long as you engage the experts.
East Day Spa
This inner-city sanctuary is welcoming and warm, without veering too much on the side of femininity — so you’re not going to feel uncomfortable. They know exactly how to help you unwind from a stressful day with the East Man Menu — a compilation of spa treatments and East Escape packages. The male manicure takes place in the Studio next to Gusto at the Grand, so you can enjoy a beer whilst having your hands tended to.
The sister spa of the aforementioned with a menu that boasts a similarly enticing offering, most blokes pop into this east-side outpost for a 15-minute ‘Clip and Buff’, or you could try the Sports Manicure. For those who would prefer a massage-focused treatment, the Margaret Dabbs Supreme Manicure (available at both spas) features raw ingredients and the spa’s signature emu oil; one you’ll walk out of with a mighty fine pair of digits too.
Prefer to DIY?
Being a Kiwi bloke, we know you love a bit of DIY, so to keep things in check all year round, it’s good to get the right equipment for at home. Kit yourself up with a one-hit wonder such as the Manicure Set by Dovo that carries all you need for perfectly prepped digits, encased in a travel worthy, black nappa leather case.