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Not so secret Men’s Biz

Calum Stenning

Men’s grooming is slowly, but surely, making a comeback to the mainstream.

For a hot minute there, certainly while I was growing up, taking pride in one’s appearance was a one-way ticket to mockery. Thankfully, these times are passed, and a guy can get himself pampered and worry less about the flak he might cop.

Men’s Biz is has been providing Sydney and Melbourne with a little gentlemanly grooming, and now those chaps who want a little extra pampering in Canberra have a well-stocked place to go.

“We’re a retailer of over 1000 grooming products for men encompassing skin care, hair care, shaving products and fragrances,” says Men’s Biz founder Nathan Jancauskas. “We work some of these products into our services; come for a shave or a beard trim and you’ll get to choose from a themed menu of shave creams and aftershave balms, and we finish with a matched fragrance. We’re also bringing back some great traditional barbering techniques: threading, ear flaming, head massage…”

It’s this broadening from barbershop to something more that is doing the work needed to change the stigma around men’s grooming.

“I feel like we’ve hit a tipping point and this has already changed (in Sydney and Melbourne at least – but I think it’s true of Canberra too from what I’ve seen thus far),” says Nathan. “Men these days are expected to have their grooming act together – it’s more of a stigma if you don’t.”

Again, this is where the difference between just going for a trim, and actually having an experience becomes so obvious.

“Ultimately, we aim to make those grooming tasks we all have to do a little bit more enjoyable,” explains Nathan. “As a consumer, I love exceptional experiences that raise the bar and make you go “wow”. I always aim to deliver this in my stores – I’d like people to walk away having set a new standard for them or improved their life in some small way.”

Located in Canberra Centre’s ground floor beauty precinct, Men’s Biz has also made a new range of products available to the Canberra market.

“We’ve brought a heap of great new brands with us to Canberra,” says Nathan. “The niche fragrance offerings (Nasomatto, Amouage, Penhaligon’s, Santa Maria Novella, Tauer) are initially proving popular – with women too.”

The older I get, the more interest I have in making experiences as rich as possible – and Men’s Biz is definitely providing an enriched grooming experience.

the essentials 

What: Men’s Biz
When: Monday-Thursday 9am-5.30pm, Friday 9am-9pm, Saturday 9am-5pm and Sundays 10am-4pm
Where: Inside Canberra Centre’s beauty precinct, Level One, off Bunda Street

The author received their treatment free of charge


Calum Stenning

Calum Stenning is Her Canberra’s newest and most male (read: only) intern. Three years spent living overseas has given him a renewed appreciation for Canberra life. Every day starts with coffee and the Sydney Morning Herald crossword at a favourite coffee haunt, as he is wary of the perils of dementia, and thinks crosswords are a viable safeguard. If he lives to a dementia-appropriate age (evidence says he won’t), he’ll let us know. More about the Author

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