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Scarlett & Stone - The Beauty Experts
25 High Street
Great Dunmow, Essex
T. 01371 873079
9am - 7pm
9am - 9pm
9am - 9pm
9am - 5pm
8am - 4pm
it’s a man’s world .. too
I don’t think anyone would argue that men have traditionally tended to lag behind women when it comes to time (and money) spent on their grooming regime. From our experience, while we offer a range of treatments for men at Scarlett and Stone, they are still in the minority of our overall clientele. Our female customers will often bring their male partners in for treatment – and they always find they really enjoy it – but they don’t usually come in of their own accord. We asked a recent first-timer for his verdict on the male experience and what might be stopping men from stepping into the salon.
What made you change the habit of a lifetime?
I used to work with Anna (the owner of Scarlett & Stone) so I knew her from way back. She invited me over to try out a treatment and I thought ‘why not?’ I had nothing to lose and I didn’t want to turn into one of those guys who was dismissive of this sort of thing. Some men think it’s not masculine or are worried about how other men might perceive them. But as I had the opportunity I thought I should give it a try before I came to any conclusions. That didn’t mean I wasn’t a bit apprehensive…
Apprehensive – what about?
I don’t know – that’s sort of my point. As I’d never even been in a salon before I had no idea what to expect. I don’t know what I was thinking was going to happen. The only thing I had to compare it with was going to the hairdressers and that’s not something I particularly enjoy. I do it because I have to. I’ve been going to the same place for ages as they know me and I don’t have to have to tell them what I want because after ten years they know without asking!
How did you find your first salon experience?
The second I stepped through the door at Scarlett & Stone, I felt at ease. After I checked in at reception, I was asked to fill in a short consultation form prior to my treatment. This was brilliant because it answered a lot of my own questions about the treatment while giving me the opportunity to choose how I would like it to go.
Obviously, it covered issues like topical allergies, joint or muscle problems for starters, but it also gave me the chance to request the pressure of the massage I received (gentle, medium, firm). It even gave me the option to decide if I wanted my therapist to explain the treatment as it was taking place or whether I’d prefer just silence. I was really impressed with this level of detail in advance. It removed any lingering apprehension and awkwardness I might have felt and gave me complete confidence that they weren’t just experts in the treatment itself but they had obviously put a lot of thought into the best way to help clients feel most comfortable too.
I was surprised by just how large the salon is – it’s an old building and the High Street shop front gives a false impression. There are six treatment rooms upstairs as well as separate rooms downstairs for waxing, a manicure area with four stations and three pedicure chairs in a dedicated room on the lower ground floor. They have up to seven therapists available on certain days meaning there is always the opportunity for a last-minute appointment too.
Did you enjoy the treatment?
When I’d completed the form I was introduced to my therapist, Jess, who led me to the treatment room. She explained fully where to put clothes, which way to get on the couch (never assume face down or face up!) as all treatments can differ.
To the sound of relaxing music and the smell of scented oils, the treatment began. I had the Clarins Skin Blitz Facial, one of many treatments for men available at the salon. This aims to tackle everything from shaving bumps and irritation, stress and tiredness, greyness and congestion (which, for those who don’t know, like me, means congested pores which leads to spots or breakouts on your skin). Essentially, this treatment aims to target and treat the normal stresses and strains that affect your skin and leave your face looking (and feeling) refreshed, healthy and smooth.
Because I’d ticked the ‘please explain’ box. Jess took me through each stage of the facial. My face was thoroughly cleansed, toned, massaged then finished off with a face mask, another cleanse and finally moisturised to finish up. Talking me through the treatment was actually interesting as well as relaxing. Jess was very chilled-out company throughout the treatment and as well learning about what was happening we chatted easily about anything and everything. I was in good company as I discovered later that she had recently been awarded Guinot’s (another of S&S’s chosen skincare brands) National Therapist of the Year. I soon forgot that an hour earlier I’d never even been in a salon, let alone never having had a treatment that, by now, I was enjoying so much. So yes, absolutely.
So, would you do it again?
The near-hour of the treatment flew by and I was ready for the outside world again. But not before enjoying a complementary sorbet to round off the experience. It wasn’t the first time I’d been pleasantly surprised that morning, and it won’t be the last time I have a treatment. And I’d encourage any bloke out there who’s curious or thinking about it to give it a go. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to go again. But if you do, like me, you’ll wonder what took you so long!
If you’d like to try one of our treatments for men, get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.
Why hadn’t you had a treatment before?
I suppose like most blokes I hadn’t really thought it was for me. None of my mates had been for a treatment (or not that I was aware of anyway). But I knew some people, friends-of-friends or work colleagues, who’d had a treatment and a male-only salon had opened near where I live which always seemed to be busy. It was clear there was a growing demand for it, on the high street as well as being part of many men’s grooming regime.