The Zulu metrosexual

2014-12-02 11:00

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Have you ever fancied getting a haircut while your shoes are being polished? Or sipping a coffee while your scalp is being cleansed?

I have always wanted the royal treatment, but the truth is, I have been dilly-dallying, not wanting to shake off my traditional Zulu roots.

“Metrosexual for the what?” I’ve always asked.

You see, growing up with an acne-ridden face had me running scared from any lotions or creams that claim to cure this affliction. I’ve tried a range of skin cleansing products and none seemed to work.

Finally, after some persuasion, I accepted the challenge and took my first step to becoming a metrosexual. I sat down for what I had initially thought would be a 30-minute session, but what actually turned into three hours of grooming.

First up was the Sorbet Man Signature Haircut, which was interrupted by a cup of coffee after 45 minutes of shaving. You see, I have been cutting my own hair and, on occasion, had my friends come over for group haircuts on Sundays.

This has resulted in scars and scabs on my head. Enter the dry-scalp treatment, which gave my head a new lease on life with Moroccan oil for my dry scalp – a process that took 30 minutes of cleansing and head-massaging.

But the ultimate therapy was the multistep Dermalogica face treatment, which took an hour to complete. Before I could even begin with this facial treatment, the skin therapist went through a checklist of my skin type.

For this, I was put under the hot steam of a salon steamer machine, which told the skin therapist what was what with my skin using face-mapping analysis.

Pretreatment lotions were applied – there were moisturisers, clearing gels, exfoliators and anti-aging creams. I felt like a car in for repairs and a service, but it was all worth it.

Afterwards, I had a bounce in my step. The whole afternoon on Friday, I was untouchable.

When they said “real man groom”, I did not know that it would mean a world of difference to my confidence.

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