Last week, I was getting a much needed pedicure (side note: I’m a pedicure whore, having no loyalties to one place over the other and will stop at any clean-looking place whether it’s located in strip mall or a spa) and just as my feet hit the water, in walked a father and his (very) young son. You’re a guy and you want to get a pedicure? Fine. I see enough gnarly male feet in the summer to know that at least half the men in my life could benefit from a good soak and scrub. You’re a dad and you want to bond with your eight-year-old son while you both get your toes buffed? Go for it. But there should be a separate room for the boys at the nail salon.
I want to read my magazine, maybe gossip or chat with the woman who’s bringing my feet back from the dead, and I don’t want to do any of those things with boys around.
When I lived in Mexico, there was a little salon a few blocks from my apartment in Providencia (a neighborhood in Guadalajara). I walked everywhere so my feet needed a lot of TLC and I’d go and practice my Spanish while my feet were made pretty again. But I showed up one day and this American guy I had met through friends (and who I was supposed to be going out on a date with in a few days) was there getting a manicure. WTF.
It wasn’t the manicure. It was that this was my space (and my time) and I felt like it was being invaded. Was I meant to chat with him? I had to whisper to the woman who was supposed to wax my eyebrows to please do it mas tarde because while getting a pedicure was one thing, I was certainly not going to get my eyebrows waxed in-front of this guy. A little mystery please.
I’m not saying that male grooming is unacceptable (although it’s kind of a turn-off if a guy takes more time than me to get ready and/or has more beauty/hair products than I do), but I don’t want it done at the place where I get my grooming done. Is my thinking out-dated? Should I just get over it? Are unisex salons where couples can get mani-pedis and their eyebrows shaped together the way of the future?