It’s well known that any guy you seen on the red carpet has been primped to perfection just as much as the ladies they’re with (sometimes more so, since there’s more work to be done!). But since half the guys we know get $15 cuts from barbershops-slash-potential mob fronts, we had a hard time wrapping our heads around the fact that Kobe Bryant’s groomer may have rung up an $833 tab for the basketball superstar’s recent Nike commercial (according to TMZ).
How could that be? Is he getting six-hour scalp massages on his bald head? Extremely precise eyebrow trimming? Skin buffing with raw diamonds? We talked to a couple male grooming experts to get the run down on where that money is going.
“I am not surprised at all. Guys could spend so much more than that!” says Joanna Pensinger, who counts Leonardo DiCaprio and Drake among her clients and says in general, grooming services can range from $500 for a day of television to $4,000 for an A-list celebrity. But it’s much more than just a quick trim with scissors and a little moisturizer: she plays masseuse, stylist, facialist and more, and often the guys will take product home with them, which adds to the bill (sometimes to the tune of $1,200 for a shaving set).