Stay put and let the experts come to you!
We really are spoilt for choice in Hong Kong when it comes to pampering. There are numerous beauty salons, ranging from budget to blow-the-budget, to make sure we’re always just a phone call away from having perfect nails, skin and hair. But sometimes you just don’t have the time, or the inclination, to make the journey to a salon and every minute is even more precious when you’re a mama (because everything needs to be fitted in around your family life). So what if we told you that you can still be pampered and preened from the comfort of your own home, without stepping out your front door? Here’s our pick of the best at-home beauty services available right here in Hong Kong!
All-rounder at-home beauty services
With Style Brigade, all you have to do is select the service you require (choose from hair cuts and styling, hair colouring and straightening, makeup, nails and even eyelash extensions). You’ll then be given a choice of experienced freelance stylists to choose from and a list of available time slots and prices. Once you’ve made your decision, you just need to fill in your address and send the booking request. You’ll get an email and text confirmation within the hour, once your appointment is confirmed. Easy eh? Just remember if you cancel your appointment within 24 hours of the scheduled timeslot, you will be charged a 100% cancellation fee.
This is another great all-rounder offering a varied menu of hair, makeup and nail services, as well as private tutorials. On Location Glam was launched in Hong Kong in 2015, before owner Frances Feldmann also expanded to Los Angeles (its expert services have been used by the likes of Jaime King, so if it’s good enough for Hollywood, it’s good enough for us). Expect to pay around $800 for a blow out, soft gel manicure or makeup application (you’ll even get a free lip liner). To book, you’ll be asked to fill out an online form with your details, along with the service requested and where and when you want the appointment. Then just sit back and wait for confirmation! Just in case any more persuasion was needed, did we mention your experienced stylist will also bring some bubbles for you to sip on as they get to work?
At-home beauty services for makeup and hair
The brainchild of Diane Younes, sponge. is likely already on many mamas’ radars. Its services are perfect for a special occasion, like an anniversary or big birthday. It allows you to choose from a menu of hairstyles, with names like “the boss” ( a classic blow out), “the life of the party” (curls) and the “the jet-setter” (an updo). There are also pre-set makeup looks, designed to suit every occasion, to choose from such as “the influencer” (with smokey eyes), or “the go-getter” (all about the bold lip). Expect to pay $330 for its hairdos and $440 for makeup, with the appointments taking around 45 minutes. Eyelash extensions are also available for $900. You can book up to 30 days in advance online.
Jaime from Smudge is a tried and tested pair of hands on the Hong Kong beauty scene. She specialises in makeup for special events and photoshoots, helping you glam up for any occasion in your own flat. She charges $1,200 for a 60-minute makeup application (which also includes false eyelashes if required). If you live in Kowloon or the New Territories, there will be an additional fee to cover travel. Although Jaime doesn’t do hair herself, she has plenty of contacts and can help sort that for you too (win-win!). Just remember, she books up quickly so the more notice you can give, the better.
New Zealander Krystina Te Kanawa has gained herself a loyal following of clients over the past five years she’s been in Hong Kong. This makeup artist has more than 14 years of industry experience, having worked in TV and for big-name clients like Veuve Clicquot and Facebook. She will come to you to help make sure you’re event-ready. Makeup application costs $900 and if you want to add in some hairstyling, she charges $500 for straightening or a curly blow dry, or $850 for an updo (plus her return travel costs from Happy Valley). Don’t forget to check out Krystina’s luxury, cruelty-free KTK makeup brush line too!
At-home beauty services offering massages
Hava provides all manner of massages and facials at your home, or a location of your choice. There are plenty of massage options, including Aromatherapy, Thai or Chinese Acupressure. It even offers pre and postnatal services too! Prices start at $420 for a one-hour massage or $760 for a blissful two hours. Or perhaps a personalised facial ($1,180) is more your thing? The best bit is you’ll be treated to a neck and shoulder massage while your face mask gets to work. Text, call or email the team to book your appointment, because who doesn’t want a masseuse on speed dial?
MoMa, which is affiliated with The Hong Kong Federation Of Professional Massage Therapists, stands for Mobile Massage. Its professional therapists come to you – all you need to do is make your booking request a minimum of 90 minutes ahead of your requested appointment time, which is ideal for busy mums who can’t schedule appointments too far in advance. The therapist’s hours also make this an attractive option – working from 10am until 11:30pm (so you can get the kids down, have a massage and then get straight into bed yourself). Prices start from $450 for a one-hour signature massage (you can even choose to upgrade to a hot stone massage for $200). You’ll need to pay extra if you would like a massage table delivered and may need to pay a travel surcharge depending on where you live.
MoMa, Booking hotline: 6535 0570, www.mobilemassagehk.org
At-home beauty services for groups
If you’re looking for an excuse for a mama get-together, why not stock up on snacks, drinks and sort out a group manicure session at home? Rainbow Nails (which has stood the test of time in Hong Kong for 15 years now) only does home visits for groups of three, so it’s not an option if you’re flying solo. A minimum charge of $1,650 is required. Don’t forget to check out its Instagram page if you’re looking for some nail-art inspiration!
On-demand booking apps
Of course, if you find it hard to plan an hour in advance, never mind several days, there are several alternatives to at-home beauty services. We’re talking about on-demand booking apps, such as BloomMe (which offers instant booking and discounts at more than 1,300 Hong Kong spas and salons) and Diyi (which finds exactly what you want within 10 minutes of your location). There’s really no excuse not to treat yourself!