I’ll admit, I haven’t spent much time in barbershops (being female and all) but after a quick survey of male friends, barbershops have come a long way from sitting down for a number one all over with the clippers.
Craft beer and pomade tins emblazoned with sailor insignia come standard with your short back and sides, as men continue to take their self-care more seriously. And now, the next frontier is here with some barbers offering “brotox” – or Botox – for men.
And it makes sense. A barbershop is comfortable, inviting and familiar.
“Having popular barbershops offering this service further validates to men that self-care is okay and very normal,” Mark Rippon from hairdressing training institute, The Masters Institute of Creative Education, explains.
“A barbershop is a much less confronting space for a man to have Botox because like anyone, having needles near your face is slightly nerve wracking.”
And as male TV personalities and celebrities openly discuss their treatments via social media, more men are becoming receptive to such treatments with the number of men who use Botox on the rise, according to dermatologist Dr. Natasha Cook from Darlinghurst Dermatology.
“I think we’re going to see more of this,” she explained to myBody+Soul, with one of the main reasons being a pressure on men to stay healthy and refreshed at work.
She says the most common place men get Botox is on their frown lines, to stop them looking “angry” or “cranky.” The next most common target is horizontal forehead lines. The key, says Cook, is “less is always more.”
While the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA) have confirmed Australians are continuing to spend up on cosmetic procedures with anti-wrinkle injections ringing in as the most popular, it’s important to remember that they are still medical procedures.
“Sadly, too many people are shopping for injectables on price and not on the competence of the injector which should be the primary consideration,” warns Dr. Douglas Grose, President of the CPCA.
Bottom line for the bros in your life? Do your research before you Botox.
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