Livonia’s new Just for Hym nail salon is for men only

Bernard Smiley, of Detroit receives a pedicure from Joanne Byrd at Just For HYM in Livonia, Thursday, June 16, 2022.

Bernard Smiley recently bought himself a new pair of sandals because his recent pedicures have refreshed his feet to the standard he wants them to be.

He has been going to a nail salon called Just For Hym, which provides manicures, pedicures and facials, but with a twist — services are only for men. The list of services also includes beard trimming, eyebrow arching and dermaplaning (gets rid of facial “peach fuzz”), all performed with complimentary wine and water.

The salon’s goal is to provide a judgment-free space for men who want to partake in these services. The space is owned by married couple Joanne and Roderick Byrd, of Canton. It is located at 28422 Five Mile Road, and it has been operating since May 26. So far, it is bringing in about 30 customers a week, including Smiley, who is on his third visit. 

“Mrs. Joanne is attentive,” said Smiley, 55, of Detroit. “I’ve never been to another salon that she puts the socks on your feet, moisturizes them — she gives you a hot rock massage with it. It’s so much for the money that you pay.”

Joanne Byrd gives a pedicure to Bernard Smiley, of Detroit at Just For HYM salon in Livonia, Thursday, June 16, 2022.

The space is full of TVs with sports on screen, an NBA arcade game in the corner and a couple of chess boards. And Joanne Byrd tries to make sure to get a photo of the customer before they leave.

She said she wants her customers to come in “and be able to sit back and relax, and get the experience of a hot rock manicure or nice relaxing steam facial or relaxing exfoliating pedicure, and leave out saying, ‘Oh, wow, that was wonderful.’ ” 

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