Best Men Self-Care Spots SoCal
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Embracing Modern Masculinity: How to Have the Ultimate Man’s Day Out SoCal

From Spas to Barbershops, Here’s Where to Get Pampered Like a Man

Let’s normalize men taking a weekend to themselves. They deserve a little love too, and SoCal is built on a foundation of sun and self-care. Pamper? More like pamp-him. From San Diego to the City of Angels, we have your essential itinerary to looking and feeling your best. This to-do list will tackle head, shoulders, knees and toes! We’re talking beds, baths and beyond. Gentlemen, start your engines: here are 11 self-care spots in Southern California that even the most manly of men would enjoy!

 

Get a Man-icure at Toolbox 

Located in Santa Monica, Toolbox is not your everyday nail salon. It’s a modern man’s haven to be filed and styled. Their services include manicures, pedicures and grooming packages tailored to your preferences—all delivered in a sleek, masculine atmosphere. Their talented nail technicians and attention to detail ensure a top-notch experience, and their Instagram-worthy space adds to the charm. Touted as “a new place to polish your act,” this is a spot to see and not be seen, meaning men can enjoy privacy while they get pampered. You can get your hands manicured and massaged for $45, your feet furbished for $55 or your entire body buffed and polished for $95.

Location: Santa Monica

 

Splurge on Some Self-Care at Jack Henry

Jack Henry in Costa Mesa is a versatile venue that combines the buzz of a busy barbershop with the calm of a serene self-care sanctuary made for enjoying a cold brew while getting a fresh cut. Wander into WIP goods before your appointment and enjoy something caffeinated and something crave-worthy. Jack Henry itself is an establishment that has perfected the art of grooming with skilled hairstylists ready to scrub, snip, and shave away your tresses and stresses. The laid-back atmosphere, talented technicians and a selection of grooming products make it a one-stop shop for self-care. If it’s above the neck, they’ve got you covered!

Location: Costa Mesa

 

Get Pampered at Wi Spa

Wi Spa in Los Angeles brings the Korean spa experience to Southern California, offering a range of saunas, baths and relaxation areas. Their services include body scrubs, massages and rejuvenating treatments. Wi Spa is really a tranquil treasure trove of hot rooms, cold rooms, treatment rooms and even a restaurant. This is a true mecca for men when it comes to getting those cortisol levels down and vibes up. Just minutes from Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles, this spa-like sanctuary is a convenient and affordable way to indulge in wellness, be it a massage, scrub, facial, mani/pedi or anything else on their list of services. All treatments are under $200 (except for the Wi Spa special, which is a hair over at $210) and you are encouraged to hang out, get comfortable and basically take up residence in the unisex locker rooms or co-ed jimjilbang, home to their famous mineral saunas. They also have a restaurant, gym and rooftop terrace. And how’s this for convenience: they are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Location: Los Angeles

 

Get Your Game Face on at The King of Padel

Best Men Self-Care Spots SoCal
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Ever hear of Padel? It’s like pickleball’s more refined cousin. Padel tennis combines exercise and entertainment, making it an ideal choice for the active man looking to stay fit and have a great time. The King of Padel offers a welcoming environment for players of all levels. Located in San Diego, this premium Padel tennis facility is a fun and active way to stay in shape and socialize. Here you will find six indoor Padel courts and six pickleball courts that you can reserve using Playtomic; pricing ranges from $40 to $60 an hour for more peak time slots.

Location: San Diego

 

Find Your Zen With Fit Athletic Yoga at The Rady Shell

Fit Athletic Yoga at The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park in San Diego provides outdoor yoga classes with stunning views of San Diego Bay, combining physical fitness with a healthy dose of much-needed mindfulness. This free offering booked through Eventbrite is a bootcamp-style yoga session that is made to get your body moving. Attendees are instructed to bring a mat, sunscreen (if needed), water bottle and a good attitude. Registration is required, so be sure to sign up ahead of time. Parking is limited as well so come early or even make an adventure out of it and take the Coronado Ferry over! Their next event is on Saturday, March 16 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sign up here to reserve your spot.

Location: San Diego

 

Get a Facial at Clean Your Dirty Face

Taking care of your skin is essential for self-care. Clean Your Dirty Face caters to both men and women, providing tailored facials that address individual skin-care concerns. The tranquil atmosphere and facial-on-the-go energy means you’ll be able to micro-dose in relaxation without sacrificing an entire afternoon. We recommend the 30-minute fast facial, which steams, deep cleans, exfoliates and moisturizes with an unbelievably delicious acupressure facial massage that’ll have you melting into your chair. Use code VIRGIN for 50% off for first timers. They also have a 5-minute flash facial for people who really don’t have time to dedicate to their pores—it’s an AHA resurfacing mask that’ll leave you brighter and better.

Location: Studio City

 

Enjoy Peaceful Self-Reflection at Niguel Botanical Preserve

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Sometimes self-care means finding solace in nature. The Niguel Botanical Preserve offers a peaceful escape where men can unwind, meditate and connect with the beauty of the natural world. This outdoor oasis features a diverse collection of plants and gardens, providing a tranquil environment for self-reflection. This breathtaking sanctuary spans 18 acres of lush Southern California landscape. Admission is free, parking is ample and the preserve is open seven days a week, 365 days a year. It’s a must-visit destination for those seeking tranquility in Southern California.

Location: Laguna Niguel

 

 

Grab Lunch at Protein Lab

It’s time to let the big dogs eat. Protein Lab in both Brea and Buena Park offers healthy and delicious protein-packed meals, smoothies and snacks to fuel your body. Eating well is a crucial aspect of self-care, and Protein Lab knows this. They are serving up nutrient-dense meals like their superfood bowls and protein shakes to fuel you for your modern man’s day out. Hot tip: you can turn any smoothie into a bowl too! Fan favorites include the Marathon Superfood Bowl and the Hermosa Bowl for peanut butter lovers. Plus you can top anything with some of your favorite childhood cereals for an extra dose of nostalgia. Most items are under $10 and include 25-30 grams of protein. 

Location: Brea, Buena Park

 

Retail Therapy at Shop Moniker

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Shop Moniker in Liberty Station is a boutique showcasing a curated selection of men’s clothing, accessories and lifestyle products. And if we know anything, it’s that retail therapy might be the best form of self-care. Shop Moniker offers a well-curated collection of items that cater to the modern man’s style and tastes, making it an ideal destination for shopping enthusiasts. The shop is open 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. every day,and visitors can expect to find anything from clothes and home goods to self-care staples.

Location: Liberty Station

 

Get a Massage at Tomoko Japanese Spa

Tomoko Japanese Spa provides a luxurious and authentic Japanese spa experience in Los Angeles, offering a range of massages and treatments inspired by Japanese wellness traditions. This serene and upscale setting is a perfect place for the modern man to relax and rejuvenate. With a range of traditional Japanese treatments, including Shiatsu massages and Omakase-style rituals, Tomoko’s expert therapists ensure an immersive and pampering experience. You get your own private room, and each self-care session starts with tea and a foot soak before your treatment begins. Guests are invited to use the room to shower after their treatment as well. Massage packages range from $350 to $500, depending on how luxe or long you want. 

Location: Beverly Hills

 

House of AANUKO Barbershop

Best Men Self-Care Spots SoCal
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House of AANUKO Barbershop in Southern California not only offers top-notch grooming services but also serves craveworthy coffee, allowing you to get caffeinated during your cut. This super-cool salon is doing things their own way by turning the simple act of getting a trim into a full self-care experience. Here, you’re encouraged to sit and stay a while. Open seven days a week, this is a great spot for a matcha and a mullet!

Location: Culver City

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Jane Adler is a marketing and branding consultant by trade, but a writer by preference. She shares a name with Meryl Streep's iconic character from It's Complicated and is presently trying to manifest that life (particularly that Santa Barbara house) for herself. Jane is an avid consumer of content and carbs and often used the latter to write on the former.

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