Recently I underwent five hours of pampering at Harrods' 'The Refinery', a specialist grooming emporium for men.
Ok, I'm aware how self indulgent it is to spend a day in a spa, but who made the rule that men can’t treat themselves to a mani-pedi (manicure and pedicure) or an eyebrow wax now and again? The occasional full body scruff does not a ponce make.
From the moment I arrived I was taken taken care of impeccably. The day of treatments included a body scrub, a body massage and facial, a pedicure and the pièce de résistance; a simultaneous haircut and manicure. I’ve literally never felt more relaxed, and - though I hate to compare myself to a pregnant woman - my skin was literally glowing by the end.
The refinery is a good choice for those disconcerted by the idea of a little "self maintenance" as it has the comfort and discretion of a gentleman’s club. It’s also one of the few men-only grooming salons that tackle every kind of body hair removal, and - here's the clever part - they save you the embarrassment of asking for said treatments by renaming each with the name of a planet.
Sadly, none are named Uranus.
Whether you go for the Mars, the Saturn or just a plain old haircut. A day in The Refinery is worth any dent your ego might incur.