Beauty is pain, and that's only mostly true. The high heels, push-ups, waxes and lasers plus numerous hours and dollars invested into dolling up are hassles, but the cost of looking and feeling beautiful and confident is priceless. On the lower end of every modern girl's list of strenuous tasks, is undeniably pedicure therapy - not only a makeover for your feet, but an immersive experience in the realm of relaxation, a getaway from the world, and a safe haven to enjoy a glass (or two) of wine with a gossip magazine (or nowadays whatever feed on the multiple social platforms on mobile devices). And truth be told, there just isn't anything quite like the liberating feeling of collapsing on a plush sofa and dipping your tired feet into a warm footpath of crystal salts and lavender oil.
Hong Kong is a city that requires the display of toes through most of its hot humid months, and so it goes without saying that pedicures are a necessity (and a reward)! It goes without saying that the maintenance of feet is for vanity purpose, but what a lot of people neglect is that despite the pampering and beautifying of feet, it is also a health solution. Think of it as an annual dental checkup, but instead of annual, monthly, and instead of the root canals and fillings, foot massages and perfectly painted toes.
Regular visits to nail spas can alleviate the stress from being on your feet all the time. Foot massages encourages blood circulation and target certain sensory receptors which help to relax the muscles and prepare you for the distances ahead. The moisturizing elements from the soak and the creams and oils prevent cracked heels painful calluses from forming and let's face it, makes you feel silky smooth! An exfoliation removes the dead skin from your feet and promotes skin cell regeneration.
Nail Salons to Try in Hong Kong
A spacious spot with a view of the streets below. Each visit, the manicurist uses brand new buffers and filers to ensure utmost hygiene, which the customers can take home after the treatment. Sip on a cup of green tea or a chilled glass of Prosecco while you choose from a selection of designer name polishes or soft gel hues. The staff are skilled in nail art, so you can get creative with your own designs or browse their social media channels filled with artwork they have done in the past.
With branches dotted around central and western district, Iyara offers nail services as well as a menu of other spa options. A more in-and-out parlor, it's a good spot for when you're pressed for time. The staff work quickly and there are express pedicure treatments that take only 45 minutes to scrub your feet, clean your cuticles, shape your nails and paint them a solid color. Iyara is also a popular place for moms-to-be, with their pregnancy-friendly, organic polishes.
Hit up Sam So at the Mandarin for a traditional Shanghainese Pedicure - one that involves a tray of knives. Although daunting it may seem, Sam's family has been practicing this art for generations. Using different blades, he removes dead skin and cuticles, and shapes your toenails. The painless process takes about an hour, and nail polishes are available.
Get primp and pretty - show off your pedicure in your favorite sandals, peep-toes, flip-flops.
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