Men’s Manicure: Three Reasons You Need One Today

Most guys don’t give their hands a lot of attention. Stop and think about it. You’re probably far more likely to schedule a golf game, hit the gym, or take care of all those projects at home than you are to worry about what your hands look like. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. A men’s manicure is probably pretty far down your to-do list.

men's manicure If you take a closer look at your hands, you might discover that they’re in dire need of a little more attention. Here are just three reasons you need a men’s manicure:

  1. Dirty Nails

    Working outdoors or in the shop isn’t the only way to get dirty fingernails. Everything you handle has the potential to deposit little bits of grime under your nails like that messy burrito at lunch, scratching your face, or the yardwork you finally checked off your list after weeks of avoidance. At first you might not notice a little dirt under your nails, but left unchecked it can become a breeding ground for dirt, germs, and bacteria. Fortunately, keeping your nails clipped, regularly washing your hands with soap and water, and using a nailbrush on a regular basis can keep your nails clean and healthy.

  2. Ragged Nail Edges

    Are you a nail-biter? Do you ever use your nail as a make-shift screwdriver to replace the batteries on the back of the remote? Or do you spend a lot of time getting your hands dirty at work? And if you do happen to clip your nails, do you ever file them, too? If you’re among the majority of guys who don’t spend a lot of time thinking about this, take a closer look at your hands and nails. You’ll probably see at least a few nails with jagged edges worn by a hard day’s work or rush-job to clip your nails. If your nails are a little ragged around the edges, a men’s manicure at Signature Male can file those edges away in just a few minutes.

  3. Dry Skin and Calluses

    Even if you’re not out working in the yard all day, you’re still not immune to calluses. If you spend time in the gym or do any kind of manual labor, you’re likely to build up calluses – even your wedding ring can form a callus on your palm. Dry skin from frequent hand washing or just cold air can take a toll on any guy’s hands when the conditions are right and lead to rough patches and cracked skin. When you give your hands a thorough inspection and notice dry skin and calluses, there are a few things you can do. Soak your hands in warm water, rub the calluses and dry spots with a pumice stone. Then soothe your skin with some lotion or hand cream to keep the dry spots and calluses from coming back right away.

Hand and nail care doesn’t have to be hard – Signature Male’s hand detailing services and paraffin treatments can make it simple and easy! Don’t wait until your hands feel like sandpaper and your cuticles are catching on all your clothes and tearing. Give us a call today and keep winter dry skin under control before it becomes a problem.

As we head into cold weather and winter rears its ugly head, a regular men’s manicure can ward off dry, cracked hands. Call our salon at 515.224.4849 or schedule your appointment online today!

Tame Unwanted Hair with Men’s Waxing Services

men's waxingAbout forty years ago, ample body hair was not only fashionable, it was considered sexy. If you can’t quite imagine it, take a look at Tom Selleck and Burt Reynolds. Chest hair was a sign of virility and hyper-manliness and was supposed to be plentiful and visible. Men’s waxing – or women’s, for that matter – wasn’t even a thing. Ah, the 70s were an interesting time…

Here we are in 2017 and voluminous body hair is no longer desirable – to women OR the men who might wear it. Sure, full, bushy beards are currently in vogue, but when hair starts growing out of control in places it shouldn’t be, it can’t be left unchecked. You have choices, guys! Some men will simply cover up the excess hair by never wearing a tank top and always wearing a shirt. Shaving unwanted hair is, of course, an option – unless it’s on your back or in awkward places you certainly don’t want razor burn.

That’s why Signature Male offers a wide variety of private, discreet men’s waxing services.  The whole process is only between you and your stylist, as it should be. Do have wild and crazy hair growing out of control and making you self-conscious? Signature Male can help with one or all of the following services:

  • Eyebrows

    Have you tried plucking your eyebrows? No bueno. It takes forever and hurts a lot. If the eyes are the windows to the soul, make sure your frames aren’t busted.

  • Back/Shoulders

    Thick hair on your back can be uncomfortable and cause excessive sweating through your shirts. Treat yourself to a clean-feeling torso, even if no one else sees it.

  • Chest

    Curly chest hair peeking out over your collar isn’t really attractive to most women. You don’t have to get rid of all of it, but you also don’t have to look like a caveman.

  • Nose/Ears

    It happens to the best of us; as we age, hair sprouts from places it never has before.  No matter your age, you don’t have to wear hair you don’t want.

Now, we aren’t necessarily suggesting you work down to baby-smoothness all over your body. You ARE an adult man, with all that goes with it. But if you’re feeling self-conscious or uncomfortable about the amount, placement or shape of the hair on your body, men’s waxing at Signature Male can help you look and feel better about yourself.

Get  – and keep – the look you want with Signature Male’s variety of spa and salon services. Are you new to Signature Male? Get 15% off of your first visit! Conveniently schedule your appointment online, call us at 515.224.4849, or visit our salon at 14225 University Avenue, Suite 230 in Waukee.

 

Men’s Facials to Revitalize and Relax

men's facialsWhen it comes to relaxation, more and more men are retreating to day spas for a number of personal services – everything from massages to facials, shaves, and waxes. No longer is the spa a place for women only. Signature Male’s different men’s facials carry something for everyone!

REVITALIZING MINI FACIAL
One great way to get into the routine of treating yourself is with a basic men’s facial. Our revitalizing mini facial is the perfect place to start. It is a “teaser” treatment designed to introduce you to our variety of facial services. If you are a man “on the go” and are looking for a quick pick-me-up, consider this efficient yet effective service.

MEN’S CORRECTIVE FACIAL
Are you looking for something to help keep your skin looking great and make shaving easier? Our men’s corrective facial is a terrific solution to give your skin that amazing look and feel. This facial is a perfect addition to your monthly regimen, no matter what your skin type.

DE-STRESSING SPA FACIAL
If de-stressing is more your goal after a hard week at work, our de-stressing spa facial not only smoothes and retextures your entire face and complexion; it can also help calm and relax your entire body. This luxurious facial will energize you and help you feel amazing!

BACK FACIAL
Of course, we also offer an exclusive back “facial,” which can be done on a regular basis for maintenance to help keep the skin on your back smooth and clear. This treatment is perfect for athletes or anyone suffering from back acne and is an important supplement to your regular routine.

No matter what your goals, the perfect way to jump onto the spa bandwagon is to start simple with one of our amazing men’s facials at Signature Male. Treat yourself and call us today at 515-224-4849, or schedule an appointment by clicking here.

Start the School Year With a Fresh Look

fresh look, new school year, signature maleThis time of year means starting new classes, meeting a lot of new people and enjoying lots of new social situations. Not only are you being seen walking across campus, you’re in more intimate small classes, going to parties, maybe even going on a date or two. Now is the perfect time to let a fresh look make a great first impression.

  • Take Better Care of Your Hair
    If you want to look your best for the new school year, do yourself a favor and take better care of your hair. Change it up a little and really pay attention to what your hair needs. Does your hair tend to be oily or limp and lifeless? Try a body shampoo that battles oil. Is your hair more of a dry, flyaway mess? Go for that extra moisturizing shampoo – and add a leave-in conditioner to your routine for that fresh look and to take back control of your hairstyle.
  • Waxing Treatments
    It’s a good idea to give yourself more than a split-second glance in the mirror before you head out the door. You might discover a web of untamed eyebrows, or brand-new hairs sprouting from your nose or ears. Or you might feel it’s time to do something about the hair on your back. Let us help you clean up with any of a number of waxing treatments.
  • Hand Detailing
    Dealing with rogue hairs will help you feel good about your look. But it’s only part of the process of taking better care of yourself. Take a minute to evaluate your hands. If your hands are rough, dry, or callused, you might need to use moisturizing soap and lotion on a regular basis. Schedule a hand detailing or manicure at Signature Male to get started!
  • Facial Services
    If you’re like most guys, your face doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Daily shaving – or unkempt facial hair – along with sun, wind and harsh soap can make you look older than you are. You should use a foaming face wash on a regular basis to scrub away dirt and grime, remove dead skin and add a little moisture. Fresh looking skin is the ultimate fresh look! One of our facial services can help you achieve clean pores, revitalize your skin, and help you relax.
  • Foot Detailing
    A summer of flip-flops, beach volleyball, sun and surf can wreak havoc on your feet, leaving them calloused, dry and cracking. Your 10 digits and feet deserve a little more attention. Our foot detailing pedicure services can work wonders with a thorough cleaning, nail trim, and foot massage. You’ll walk out feeling like a new man!

The start of a new school year is a great time to treat yourself to a fresh look! Whether you want help with your eyebrows, skin overall style, Signature Male is the only choice that has it all! Give us a call at 515-224-4849, or schedule an appointment by clicking here.

Massage Benefits for Men

massage benefits des moines iowaWhen massage therapy is performed in a scientific manner, it can offer numerous benefits to men in all age groups. A massage can be a great stress buster for men who may have demanding work schedules and other responsibilities that can exhaust them both mentally and physically. Some of the best massage therapists in Iowa are right here at Signature Male, where excellent techniques are used to ensure optimal massage benefits for the body and mind.

Health Benefits 
Massage therapy has been traditionally known to rejuvenate, restore and relax the human body. Advanced massage techniques performed today can help to improve blood circulation and lower the blood pressure. Pain management becomes easier with massage and flexibility of the body can improve. Immune system gets strengthened when appropriate massage therapy is used consistently over a period of time. Massage therapy is also believed to reduce anxiety and depression. It can be a great help for patients of painful diseases such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, TMJ, musculo-skeletal disorders, or carpal tunnel syndrome.

Stress Reduction
Stress management is one of the most crucial requirements for men who lead a highly stressful lifestyle. Massage therapy is one of the most effective solutions to reduce stress levels. Continued stress and tension can result in weakening of the body’s immune system, and massage can help to reverse this process and reinvigorate the immune system. A regular user of massage therapy will notice a significant improvement in energy levels and a gradual reduction in stress.

Improvement in Body Posture
Some of the skilled massage therapists in Iowa help men to achieve an improved body posture by reinforcing natural and healthy body movements. A poor posture not only spoils a man’s personality, but it may also result in body pains and other troubles. If the condition continues to remain unattended for a long time, it may cause permanent body limitations and a higher physical wear and tear. Scientific massage techniques can help to restore the body posture and enable a man to look and feel healthy and rejuvenated.

Let our experienced expert technicians show you the many massage benefits you can realize at Signature Male! Call us at 515.224.4849, stop by the salon at 14225 University Avenue, Suite 230, or simply schedule your own appointment online HERE today!

Treat Your Feet Right with a Fall Pedicure

fall pedicure for men

If you are moderately active, you easily take at least 10,000 steps per day from just walking around the store, crossing the parking lot, or taking the stairs at work. Mix in exercise like walking the dog, playing a round of golf or joining a quick pick-up game of basketball, and you’re counting on your feet to really go the distance. It’s all good until your feet start to hurt, smell bad, or the skin and nails get rough, ragged and itchy. Try a fall pedicure at Signature Male Salon and Day Spa!

If you want to stay light on your feet, you’ve got to give them a little more attention than just slipping on a clean pair of socks every day. Especially now, at the end of summer fun in the sand and surf, a fall pedicure can work wonders!

Here’s how to keep your feet happy:

  1. Moisturize your feet.
    Rough skin, dry cracked areas on your heel, or calluses are a cry for help from your feet. After showering, use a moisturizing body lotion on your feet. You may even want to apply moisturizer at the end of the day too.
  2. Keep your toes clean.
    Especially the space between your toes. It’s easy to jump in the shower and ignore your digits. But the space between your toes is prime real estate for dirt and bacteria. Ignore cleaning between your toes, and you’re creating the perfect environment for Athlete’s foot. Wash between your toes with soap or body wash and be sure to dry these spaces thoroughly afterwards.
  3. Wear the right shoes.
    You may have a favorite pair of shoes that’s held together by some threads, or a fancy dress shoe that looks good but doesn’t fit well. Either shoe can cause problems for your feet, create calluses or blisters, or aggravate muscles and tendons in your foot. Wearing shoes that fit properly will help prevent these types of problems.
  4. Trim your nails straight across.
    You might be tempted to dig around with your nail clippers and cut your toenails in a rounded pattern. But you shouldn’t. Cutting your nails like this increases your risk for developing an ingrown toenail. Ouch! Instead cut your nails straight across and keep them short.
  5. Keep your feet covered in public places.
    If your feet could talk, they would tell you the place they’re most terrified of is public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pool landings. The floor or ground in these public places is a breeding ground for germs and bacteria that can infect your feet. When you’re in the changing room at the pool or in the locker room at the gym, keep your feet covered with sandals or shoes.

Give your feet a little respect, and they’ll be happy to help you take a walk, run a marathon, or climb the stairs. Signature Male Salon and Day Spa has the perfect men’s pedicure package to keep your feet feeling – and looking – great!

Schedule your fall pedicure appointment today by calling 515-224-4849, coming in to the salon at 14225 University Ave., Suite 230 in Waukee, or selecting your own appointment online by clicking HERE!

Choose the Right Shampoo for Your Hair

right shampooShampooing your hair is something we all do, most likely every day, and is usually one of the first things we do to get ready for work in the morning. But how much thought do you put into choosing your shampoo? Do you use the same shampoo you grew up with or maybe whatever happens to be on sale? Using the right shampoo for your hair can make all the difference in how your hair looks – and how you feel.

If you’re using a substandard shampoo, it can strip your hair of protective oils, cause breakage and even contribute to hair loss. Using the wrong shampoo can cause your hair to appear oily, dry, lifeless or flyaway. At SignatureMale, our goal is to help you look and feel your best, so here are some tips on what to look for – and what to look out for – when purchasing your shampoo.

Ingredients to look for:

  1. Glycerin – This is a protective barrier to your hair follicles, helping hair retain moisture even after rinsing.
  2. Nut and Seed Oils – Jojoba, avocado and shea naturally add moisture and shine while removing oily build up.
  3. Acidic Ingredients – Sodium citrate or citric acid helps keep shampoo at the correct pH balance, in order to wash away the dirt and oil.
  4. Panthenol – A form of Vitamin B, this thickens hair follicles and helps retain moisture and shine.

Ingredients to avoid:

  1. Sulfates – They are strong chemical detergents that give the shampoo it’s foamy quality, but they can cause scalp irritation, redness and itching.
  2. Isopropyl Alcohol – This substance cleans and dissolves oils, but it’s also found in antifreeze, wood finish and shellac. Alcohol dries out your hair and strips it of its moisture.
  3. Formaldehyde – This kills bacteria but it irritates the eyes and respiratory system and can cause skin inflammation.
  4. Propylene Glycol – This detergent helps cleaning ingredients penetrate hair, but it also breaks down the healthy-hair proteins and irritates sensitive skin.

If you want to have great-looking hair, start with the right shampoo for your hair type. The experts at Signature Male are happy to give you a cut and style and advise you on the type of shampoo you should be using. Give us a call today at 515-224-4849 or click HERE to schedule your appointment online.

Effective Tips to Treat and Prevent Dandruff

tips for dandruff care and preventionYou put on your best dark-colored suit coat and head out the door for an important meeting. After all, you want to look your best and make a good first impression. When you get to your destination, you take one last look in the mirror and panic – There’s a dusting of tiny white flakes on your suit coat which is not the image you want to project.

A perpetual misconception about dandruff is that it’s caused by poor hygiene, but this isn’t the case. The white flakes can become more noticeable with fewer washings, but there isn’t currently a definitive “cause” of the scalp condition.  It’s a common problem that affects an estimated 50 million Americans. And while some people are more likely to develop dandruff than others, there are some effective ways to treat it and prevent it.

Follow these simple tips to manage dandruff:

  1. Choose a shampoo for your condition. Different active ingredients are meant to treat different types of dandruff. Coal tar is best for mild or moderate psoriasis, while salicylic acid is an exfoliant and zinc pyrithione works as an anti-fungal treatment. Be aware that coal tar can cause discoloration in lighter hair colors. If one type of shampoo doesn’t work, try another. If it gets worse or isn’t manageable with any of these products, be sure to contact a licensed dermatologist.
  2. Limit the use of hair-styling products. Most hair-styling products like gel, mousse, and hair spray are alcohol-based, and they can dry out your hair and your scalp. Limit the amount or frequency of these products you use to style your hair. Or you can also ask your stylist about non-alcohol-based options.
  3. Wash your hair daily. Unless you’re miles from civilization without running water, washing your hair can easily become a daily habit. When you wash your hair thoroughly on a regular basis, it helps exfoliate your scalp, limit flaking, and improve the overall health of your hair. Be sure to alternate with an anti-dandruff shampoo a couple of times a week to keep itching and flaking to a minimum.
  4. Eat healthy fats. Some health professionals believe a lack of omega-3 fatty acids may be linked to dandruff. Eating more healthy fats like fish, vegetable oils, and some leafy-green vegetables like spinach and kale. Taking omega-3 fatty acid supplement can also help you get enough of this in your diet to help prevent dandruff.
  5. Stress less. That might be easier said than done, but too much stress can compromise your health and may trigger dandruff. Make time for healthy activities that help you relax like taking a walk, yoga or meditation, reading, or simply chilling out with friends. You’ll feel better and possibly keep dandruff from becoming a problem.

These five tips can help you deal with dandruff if you have it, and prevent it if you don’t. Some people will need to go a step farther and consult a medical professional, as the cause of the itching and scalp irritation may be something medical, like psoriasis, eczema or a fungal infection, but most people should easily be able to manage their scalp care as outlined above.

If you’re wanting to keep your hair looking good and your scalp healthy, check out our hair cut and styling packages or come in for a soothing scalp treatment. Call the salon today at 515.224.4849 or schedule an appointment online!

Reflexology Massage For What Ails You

reflexology massageWith today’s stressful work environments, we are constantly coming and going, standing on our feet for hours (or worse, sitting for hours) and just waiting for that moment when the front door opens and the couch awaits us. Surely you’ve told yourself you “should” schedule a massage but you never never get around to it.

Don’t wait any longer! Try a different approach to massage with a reflexology massage. There are many benefits to getting one that can have you relaxed after a long week while keeping up with regular wear and tear on your body.

Your feet have a number of special trigger points that can link to various parts of the body to provide relief. At Signature Male, we use foot reflexology to address certain pains and discomfort throughout the body.

Pressure is applied to specific areas on the feet, hands and ears. Generally relaxing, it has a similar effect to acupuncture. Overall, your health benefits from reflexology masasage improve with the right amount of pressure. There are various conditions men can suffer from such as infertility, urological diseases (prostate cancer), even sexual disorders. The body is filled with reflex areas and good Reflexologists can pinpoint each to determine what is off balance in your body or what is in need of attention.

Regular appointments for reflexology massage are encouraged as there are many advantages for your life. Reflexology improves circulation when our muscles get tight or sore, especially if you’re just beginning to exercise. If you’re active and want to prevent injuries that commonly occur in the feet and ankles, a session of reflexology massage can help protect you from future aches and pains.

Lack of sleep and high stress levels usually cause headaches and migraines. Frequent sessions of reflexology can reduce and even cure those annoying pains. It also lowers blood levels and relaxes the body. Besides male related health conditions, this treatment is good for insomnia, allergies, sinuses, respiratory problems and constipation.

Stop dragging your feet! Schedule your reflexology massage appointment today! Every 30-minute reflexology session includes a special Jacuzzi-style foot soak for just $42. Schedule an appointment online HERE or call 515.224.4849!

Make These Top Rocker Hair Styles Your Own!

rocker hairWho didn’t want to be a rock star growing up? Playing in front of sold out stadiums, the lavish attention of fans, not to mention the perks that come along with being an international touring act. Of course, reality rears its ugly head and we realize we can’t tell the difference between a bass clef and a treble clef. However, just because your rocker dreams may have come and gone, it doesn’t mean you can’t look the part. At Signature Male, we specialize in all of the latest, trending haircuts, including these rocker hair looks.

Elvis Presley

While there will only be one Elvis Presley, the Elvis look is the perfect style for a modern rock star. The sides are slicked back but the top is teased out to emphasize volume. Add in the slight hair wave and you will look the part of the rogue rocker. Again, a shaved in part at the sides brings it full circle and you can even go with a trimmed down side if you like. Keep the tousled look on top, because that’s what makes this the epitome of rocker hair.

Macklemore

Macklemore rocks the modern mohawk. His sides are shaved down almost bald, although a little stubble is acceptable, and then the top is grown out and slicked back, slightly to one side to give it some movement. This rocker hair style looks just as good on the red carpet as it does in the boardroom, and is versatile enough to wear without any product and still look great. This is a new hair style for men to consider, and the best thing about it is that it’s easy to grow out if you want a different look.

Dave Grohl

The former Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters front man has rocked his locks for a long time and has looked awesome doing it. If you’re searching for a hairstyle that’s easy to maintain, takes very little time and effort to work with and makes you look the part of ‘rock god’, look to Dave Grohl for inspiration. While growing out your hair takes time, our expert stylists will help you keep it looking healthy and stage-ready during the process.

If you’ve been wanting to pull off rocker hair, stop by Signature Male for the perfect style and trim. In addition to a new hair style for men, make sure to tell your friends about us and have them book an appointment for themselves. Make an appointment for yourself and someone else and we’ll hook both of you up with 20% off! Hows that for rock star treatment!?