Think Barbershops Still Only Offer a Shave and a Haircut?

Think again.

Barbering has changed dramatically since 2000 when a few rogue stores upgraded by offering designer shaves and offered booze inside the stores.

Now men can count on chains offering state-of-the-art hair styles, top shelf liquor, energy drinks, and spa-style amenities – all the products you can’t buy in drugstores or grocery stores.

Men’s grooming has redefined the barbershop experience for today’s urban gentlemen. And it’s not about being Metrosexual – it’s about staying Machosexual. Today’s barbershops offer high-end men’s skincare products and supplies, with luxurious emollients, within a classic Boys’ Club barbershop experience.

Here’s the difference.

Unlike women, men tend to be very goal-oriented, typically wanting fast results, simplicity, minimal discomfort, and minimal downtime. These desires have made multifunctional barbershops and skincare products ideal.

Trendy Barbers offer:

1. Fast results/service
2. Facials, manpering, grooming advice
3. Classic yet stylish design
4. Booze and cocktails
5. Healthy drink options
6. Luxury retail grooming products
7. Casual Ambiance/Wifi

So, think again. Or better yet – visit one.

Here is a list to start: Maxim’s Hotlist 2015

Wheels Up! MENAJI Launches New MENAJI FLEET Travel Bags for Men

It’s not about the destination, it’s all about the journey – or so they say – especially if the journey is stress-free. So this August, traditionally the time when Americans enjoy vacationing and the most popular time of the year to be out and about, MENAJI wants to accommodate male travelers by launching a series of ultra-functional travel bags to keep men’s essentials organized and handy.

This month, MENAJI FLEET, the limited edition, luxury-inspired MENAJI collection of travel bags, make their debut as a better way for men to keep their grooming products handy, while on-the-go. MENAJI FLEET travel kits are sleek and sturdy, designed with men’s active lifestyles in mind. Each bag is made with water and stain-resistant ballistic nylon in classic black-on-black with MENAJI branded pull tags.

The first in a series of three, called the “Gregory” ditty bag, can hold multiple small products such as MENAJI ClearShave, 911 Eye Gel and Lip Agent, which are the bare essentials a guy should have on him at all times, says MENAJI President Pamela Viglielmo.

“Men have two options: their pockets, and their Dopp kits. But the truth is some things need to be kept closer at hand, not loose in a pocket, or exposed to other products. Products also need to be kept from bouncing around suitcases or staining clothes. We’ve designed three unique bags that will help men stay more organized and give them the options women already have,” Viglielmo said.

The “Gregory” ditty bag makes for a stylish yet practical travel accessory. The contents of the deceptively small bag’s spacious lined interior are easily accessible through a large zipper on top of the bag. When not using it for grooming, men can easily hold keys, wallet, mobile cords and chargers, earbuds and more.

Viglielmo said she created the “Gregory” ditty bag after years of witnessing her son and husband fishing inside huge duffel bags for lip balms and shaving products, then in frustration, turning bags upside down and shaking them.

The “Gregory” ditty bag was also created to keep up with men’s current grooming lifestyles and their growing demand for more and more specialized products, said Viglielmo.

The second bag is called the “David” and it is an expandable Dopp Kit which holds up to 5 MENAJI products in the clear from zippered pouch and has a top zipper that expands the bag to almost three times its original size. “David” has plenty of room for more product and essentials while traveling and will be out in September.

“MENAJI FLEET will eliminate that colossal waste of time searching for things so guys can get to the fun,” Viglielmo said.

Created to facilitate men’s travel experiences, and simple enough for everyday use, MENAJI FLEET is all about staying organized so men can relax and enjoy their trip.

What it is:
The first in a trio of three unique, multi-functional bags made with water and stain-resistant ballistic nylon in black-on-black with branded MENAJI pull tags and zippers. The “Gregory” ditty bag is the smallest, named after the small bags traditionally used by sailors or fishermen to hold odds and ends.

What it does:
Holds small grooming essentials, keys, prescriptions, earbuds, mobile phone chargers and cords, and more.

What else you need to know:
The “Gregory” ditty bag dimensions are 9cm L x 5cm W x 9cm H, has a suggested retail price of $12.50 and is available exclusively on

How Fast is Your Skincare? MENAJI’s New ClearShave 3-in-1 Gel Cuts Grooming Time in Half.

How fast is your skincare? Mintel, the global provider of market research, said that multifunctional and time-saving benefits are the key concerns for male consumers according to their recent report.

MENAJI President Pamela Viglielmo said that is what her company has been doing for years – providing fast, user-friendly, healthy skincare – and the number one reason MENAJI developed ClearShave 3-in1 gel.

“ClearShave 3-in-1 is a shave gel that does not need water, does not need measuring once opened because it has an air pump dispenser that delivers the right amount each time, acts as a pre-shave prep and after-shave toner, comes in a TSA-approved travel size, and is so clear that their razor can precisely address all the lines and borders. The only thing it does not do is bring you coffee in the morning,” Vilgielmo said.

The Mintel study describes male consumers as gravitating towards products that give them more than one benefit. But according to an article in MENSXP and MASHABLE, that officially announce the end to the “Hipster Beard,” men know they are also lacking in skincare education. Men want to be educated on what is available so they can understand which products are best for them in terms of effectiveness and efficiency.

Viglielmo said MENAJI was developed specifically to make it easy for men to access the benefits of products typically used on professional actors and models, and also save them time and money. Viglielmo believes there are precious few brands that stand and deliver the type of value MENAJI does, as far as combining several functions at once, botanical formulas and delivering fast results.

“Men want expertise. Men want value. Men want education. We want men to really test the skincare products they use now to see if they are getting everything they need, in a quick and effective manner – the type of experience MENAJI delivers,” Viglielmo said.

Viglielmo also adds that MENAJI was born in mean streets of entertainment, where harsh lights and unforgiving high definition put products to the test daily. MENAJI ClearShave 3-in-1 gel was developed to provide a healthy, safe precision shave anywhere, at any time, like on studio sets where every second counts for make-up artists and actors.

“My hope is that men realize they need the right brand, like MENAJI, which is so user-friendly, so they can see how easy and fast looking good should be, and use the extra time our ClearShave 3-in-1 allows them to enjoy their morning!”