Sure, folks aren't throwing around terms like “metrosexual” and “manscaping” much anymore (thankfully); nonetheless, nowadays it's considered OK for men to take care of themselves. Beauty shops, however, still tend to cater mainly to females; some even go so far as requiring would-be male customers to get a reference from a regular female customer. The Factory Hair & Makeup Studio in Pasadena is different, right down to its appearance: There's something masculine about the vibe, from its dark, warm floors to its clean, minimalist workspace. Not only does it offer services to both genders, but it also has specialty men's services galore, including facials for gentlemen, the Mankini and the Manzilian. (Use your imagination.) But the studio is about more than just the look. It also hosts parties, and every Friday there's happy hour with DJs, Champagne and snacks. Get ready to get primped, fellas. 449 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 229-9883,

—Diamond Bodine-Fischer

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