By Kim North Shine
The enamel ceiling has been broken, men. No longer are there barriers – or shame or embarrassment – in having your nails done. It’s known as a MANicure after all. And don’t forget a pedicure for the piggies. They can use some loving too. Of course, polish is optional.Newbies should know there are nail places that do nothing but nails, many of them no-frills, assembly-line style, community grooming operations. Others lean toward new age, touchy-feeling or spa-like pampering set ups. Some may be too girly for your liking, but plenty of salons and spas operate with the male in mind – nails, facials, waxes, massages and more.One of the best features of pedicures at many nail salons are the remote-controlled massage chairs. Not many men aren’t comforted by a remote in the hand. So fire up the massage chair or just sit back and relax as and let someone rub, smooth and shine your nails at one of these metro Detroit spots. Some even have dedicated men’s menus or specialty men’s services, such as the Love Handle Wrap at Om Day Spa and the Genteman’s Hot Towel Facial at Woodhouse Day Spa.

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The Woodhouse Day Spa

1447 Woodward Avenue
Located at the Lofts of Merchants Row across from Campus Martius
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 965-6270
Hours: Mon, by appointment; Wed, Fri 10am-6pm; Tues, Thurs 10am-8pm; Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 11am-4pm
Price: $30 – $95
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The Woodhouse Day Spa has a guys’ feel and a For the Gentleman list of services to complement its offerings for the ladies. The Gentleman’s Hot Towel Facial is a kicked-up version of the hot towel for a shave, but this has blue lotus, said to be nutrient rich and restorative, and other elixirs for the skin. A deep tissue massage is a favorite for the overworked and overplayed. The Gentleman’s Manicure can fix up dry nails and cracked hands and cuticles.

Om Day Spa

22074 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI 48124
(313) 565-9686
Hours: Mon to Wed 10am-8pm; Thurs to Fri 10am-9pm; Sat 9am-7pm
Price: $28 for manicure, $45 for a pedicure, $100 for the Love Handle Wrap

All services are open to anyone, man or woman, but Om also offers specific men’s services. Om is the place to go if you want quiet and comfort. The Men’s Menu of Services includes the Love Handle Wrap and the Manao Head & Lace Treatment, a facial mask, energy point massage and a deep exfoliation to smooth, lift and remove ingrown hairs.

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Curl Up and Dye

4215 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 833-5006
Hours: Tues to Thurs 12pm-8pm; Fri 11am-6pm; Sat 10am-4pm
Price: Manicures – $20 and up; pedicure – 30 and up; moisture treatment – $10.
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This downtown spot has the same fun attitude conveyed by its name. It’s a comfortable but busy salon that’ll fix up face, feet, body, hair and maybe even moods.

Nails 07

555 S. Old Woodward
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 594-8800
Hours: Sun – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Mon to Sat – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Price: $40 – $70

This salon in tony downtown Birmingham looks like an office from the outside. Inside, is a mix of modern and peaceful with huge, mod, leather chairs to sink into and Chinese paper lanterns overhead. Fair warning: Nails 07 tends to be pricier than most places. If you opt for a pedi, the massage chair comes at end in the drying room.

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AJ Nails & Spa

23521 Nine Mack Dr
Saint Clair Shores, MI 48080
(586) 776-9988
Hours: Mon to Fri 9:30am-7:30pm; Sat to Sun 10am-7pm

AJ Nails & Spa is ready to pamper your nails and feet, but without any pretense or try-too-hard decor. This is a no-frills, kind of spot with almost always quick and quality service. Nail technicians are male and female; it’s common for the men to be the favorite because they’re thorough with callous removal and masterful with the calf and lower arm massages.

The Loop

25835 Jefferson Ave.
St. Clair Shores
(586) 772-5667
Hours: Tues 10am-8pm; Thurs 9am-8pm; Fri to Sat 9am-4pm; Sun, Mon, Wed closed
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Don’t let the jewel toned walls and leopard print paper and fabric scare you away. Large plasma TVs and massaging pedicure chairs are just as much a part of The Loop, a small salon in the lakeside community.

Kim North Shine is a Detroit-area freelance writer who favors well-groomed hands and feet on men and women alike.