Founded in the heart of Mayfair, this unique establishment offers the modern men a traditional barbershop and a variety of grooming and lifestyle pampering services. Now there is an opportunity in Hong Kong to get what all the men in Mayfair, London have been able to enjoy for many years, not to mention a traditional barber style of service that goes back a long time in history. mylifestylenews discovers……
The services and products in the Gentlemen’s Tonic have been carefully selected and tested for quality and effectiveness. They are designed to promote a sense of well-being and vitality as well as a healthy skin where you shave. As the names attests, it is dedicated exclusively to the needs of men and the Tonic in the name signifies the restorative properties of the experience.
Let’s face it, not everyone likes shaving or at least do not use the right products that assist the shaving and after-shave soothing process. Hence, this is the go-to-place to learn a bit more about how you can look after yourselves in a clubby environment. We pampered ourselves with the signature Wet Shave Treatment, each cubicle size treatment room is a private environment. The ‘barber’ began with all the prepping and the moment I saw the blade I had a momentary vision of Sweeney Todd in my mind, but I realized I was in safe hands – or at least my neck and face were!
The wet shave process begins with a pre-shave oil being massaged into the beard and moustache areas, followed by a hot cloth placed over to open up the pores. Then the shave cream is applied with a badger brush. The shaving itself is a meticulous process where your barber uses short precise stroked while holding the area in question tautly to get a close shave. This process is repeated twice, so you are left with a very good look.
The shave cream is specially formulated to create a rich and moisturizing lather to ensure the smoothest shave possible, enriched with Babassu Oil and Manuka Honey to help soften the beard and protect the skin, giving you a close and comfortable shave. The hot towel is applied again. Finally, a bar of Alum is applied over the whole shaved area – alum is a mineral which creates a slight stinging effect, but ensures the skin is kept in good condition, plus it calms and soothes razor burns. Lastly, you need to close the pores, so a cold towel is applied.
The whole process is very relaxing, although if you have never had this treatment before and shave with a blade at home, we found the first few moments a bit weird, but you quickly succumb to the professional wielding the blade. It is important to note that they have a large range of chemical free products they use and for you to purchase and take home to continue the skin treatment. As you can probably guess by now, Gentlemen’s Tonic is the perfect antidote to the rigours and stresses of the outside world. Do yourself a favour, take some time out of your busy schedule and let a professional pamper you and maybe give you some tips on how your skin can fell and look better.
Tried & Tested:
Design & Decor: 3.5/5
Value For Money: 3.5/5
Signature Wet Shave Treatments
43-49, Wellington Street
Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2525 2455