Summer is well and truly here, so time to get those pins out in public!
The temperature has risen and the humidity has really kicked in, so no more hiding those legs away in long trousers mamas, it’s just too hot! Of course, that means we might need to spend a little longer on our self-grooming routine, yes we’re talking hair removal. It’s always easier to have it professionally done because not only does it last longer than shaving, but it also means you won’t get any nasty bumps and lumps afterwards (and no risk of nicking yourself with a razor either!). We know time is incredibly important to busy mums (and dads who might be after a chest or back wax), so this list of our favourite Hong Kong hair removal salons will leave you silky smooth and ready to face the great outdoors in no time.
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With three locations across Hong Kong, Nude Beautique has been around since 2007. The salon’s top priority is service, so you can guarantee your wax will be almost painless and incredibly efficient. Its internationally-trained therapists are considered some of the most friendly and professional in town. Its waxing menu, which really is extensive, includes bikini waxes from $240 (you can also choose to add shape, body stickers or body tattoos for an additional charge) and threading from $150. The salon has an equally impressive list of services for men, so no need for the papas out there to feel left out. It also offers laser hair removal (new customers will receive a 50% discount on their first trial) which is FDA approved so you can guarantee it’s not only safe, but highly effective. You’ll need to book a complimentary consultation first, so a laser package can be tailored to your specific requirements. There are handy live chat and online booking functions on its website, making it as easy as possible to secure an appointment.
If you mention you’re a Sassy Mama reader and are a new customer, you’ll get 20% off your first wax at Nude Beautique.
Dolma is a bit of an institution on the Hong Kong waxing scene (and with very good reason), having built up a dedicated following over the past two decades. Her boutique promises a relaxing and comforting environment, with cleanliness as a top priority. So rest assured there’s no “double-dipping ” here! It’s also reasonably priced, with bikini waxes from $250. You’ll pay $350 for a Brazilian, which the therapists can complete in a speedy 15 minutes. Plus, you can get your brows sorted while you’re there, with eyebrow threading from $150. It couldn’t be easier to book (you can do it through Dolma’s Facebook page) and the salon even accepts PayMe, so you can do everything digitally (how’s that for efficiency!). Don’t forget to check out its combo-discounts and packages to save some pennies.
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Honeypot has won itself a host of loyal followers across Asia since its first foray in Singapore in 2005, and now has salons in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Mongolia. It came to Hong Kong’s Central district in 2014, before expanding its presence here last year with a second, equally convenient location (this time in Causeway Bay). It offers a full suite of hair removal services from waxing to IPL and laser, but it’s its bespoke wax that really makes it stand out from the crowd. This in-house formula, specially created by certified Australian chemists using natural ingredients, is second to none and has helped its skilled Honeypot Kitties (the nickname it gives its therapists) really perfect the art of making the whole experience almost painless, which is something the award-winning salon prides itself on. Bikini waxes begin at $250 and a Hollywood wax is $440 (but for a limited time, new customers can book this treatment for the bargain price of $200 at its Causeway Bay store).
Honeypot Central, Room 802, Century Square, 1-13 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, 3564 8660
Honeypot CWB, 9/F, Unit A, Redana Centre, 25 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 2803 5003, www.honeypot.com.hk
Freedas may be no-frills but, with five locations across Hong Kong (including one in Discovery Bay), there’s a reason this salon is popular. If you’re looking for cheap waxing and threading, this is where to get it. Its therapists are certainly speedy, with one Sassy Mama Editor describing it as the fastest bikini wax she’s ever had (expect to pay around $270 for a Brazilian). And with upper lip threading from just $20 and eyebrow shaping from $30, what’s not to love! Just don’t come here expecting five-star service, but it definitely does the job.
With stores in ten cities across the globe (including Hong Kong, Singapore, London and New York), Strip: Ministry of Waxing has gained a reputation worldwide for making the process as painless as possible. You’ll even be given an animal stress ball to squeeze while your therapist gets to work. It has no less than seven different types of Brazilian (from $160 to $490), as well as waxing options for just about every body part you can think of. The salon also has an extensive laser and IPL menu.
The Feel Good Factor has stood the test of time in Hong Kong since 1999, and with good reason in our opinion. Its friendly staff are sure to help you out if you need advice about any of its many hair removal offerings (which include waxing, threading and IPL). Its waxing starts from $60 for toes, a Brazilian bikini wax will set you back $450 and you’ll pay $180 for its eyebrow threading. For IPL, the salon has single sessions (from $400) or you can pay for a set of six (from $2,400) and receive one extra free.
Sense of Touch has several locations in Hong Kong, including its five-storey flagship spa in LKF. It emphasises the high quality of its wax, which it says makes its Brazilian ($480) “almost painless”. It offers a number of waxing combos, which could save you money if you’re looking to have more than one area treated (e.g. you can get a Brazilian bikini with a half leg wax for $750). It also has eLase hair removal on its menu with prices starting from $650 for single sessions (first-timers get 25% off), or $3,000 for a package of eight sessions.
Lavar aims to make clients feel at home in its cosy, boutique salon. It imports its premium quality waxes from Europe and Australia, to ensure it can cater for every hair and skin type. It can even remove hair as short as one millimetre in length, so no more having to wait ages for it to be long enough! Its bikini waxes range from $240 to $450 (and you can even add a Swarovski crystal for $70 if you’re looking for some bling down there). Lavar also offers laser hair removal, which begins at $590 for the upper lip area.
Nu Waxing Workshop prides itself on its signature Brazilian bikini waxes (from $560), which it describes as “nearly painless”, but it offers various other waxing services too (including eyebrow waxes from $270). You’ll be able to choose whether you want to book with a senior or head therapist (expect to pay around $100 more for the head therapist). With a 50% discount on any waxing treatment for first-time visitors, there’s no reason not to try it out!
The clue’s in the name for this relative newbie. It offers an extensive waxing menu, which starts from $60. Expect to pay between $250 to $420 for a bikini wax, depending which type you choose. You can also get your threading done here, with prices starting from $90. We have it on good authority that the brow shaping ($180) is top-notch.
Waxnmore, Room 5A, 5/F, Winning House, 10-16 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2342 5583, www.waxxnmore.com
The name is a bit of a giveaway with this concept store, so no prizes for guessing it specialises in brow and lash grooming. And with outlets across the globe (including in London, New York and Shanghai), you know it’s doing something right. All of its therapists have been put through their paces at its own Browhaus Training School, so rest assured they are highly skilled. It offers several options for basic brow shaping (with classic threading from $195, or thread and tweeze for $265), as well as colour tweaking.
Browhaus, 7/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, 3950 3950, www.browhaus.com
Iyara is perhaps best known for its foot massages, but it also has a full spa menu, which includes waxing. It will set you back $200 for small areas (think underarms and upper lip), with bikini waxes from $390 to $470. If you find you never have time to call up for an appointment, you can handily choose your nearest spa location online (Central, Hollywood Road or Mid-Levels) and request an appointment for your preferred date and time, with a backup option in case your first choice isn’t available.
If you’re looking for an all-rounder, you can’t go wrong with Flawless. Trust us, when you see its beautiful terrace and chic interior, you’ll want to book in for more than just de-fuzzing! Its waxing begins from $200 for small areas like lips, eyebrows and chin, and goes up to $520 for full leg. If you’re a regular, it’s worth looking into one of its packages which give you priority booking and discounts on its services, plus an optional complimentary glass of bubbles on arrival.
You’ll be spoilt for choice with the hair removal options at Glow Spa. Its experienced beauty therapists can do waxing, laser, IPL and even SHR (which stands for Super Hair Removal). The waxing services at this centrally-located salon range from $180 to $500, with a single session of IPL ranging between $400 to $3,000, and laser and SHR from $460 to $4,920 per treatment.
It says it ranks cleanliness next to Godliness, so you can be sure your waxing at Melomist will take place in immaculate surroundings. It also focuses on delivery and promises to meet your expectations whether it’s your very first visit, or you’re a seasoned regular. Prices start from $160 for upper lip and go up to $490 for a full leg wax, with its bikini offerings costing between $260 to $430. While its threading services begin at $160 for the upper lip.
Bliss Spa’s poetic waxing treatments are on offer at its home inside the W Hotel, with bikini waxes ranging from $399 to $599. It also has a 15-minute bikini treatment to eliminate pesky ingrowns for $619, which works by using microdermabrasion to lift dead skin cells and remove the trapped hairs. Bliss can take care of your threading needs as well, with eyebrow shaping for $299.
You can expect quality in luxury surroundings from the Oriental Spa at the Landmark Mandarin. While you probably don’t want to waste a visit here on just hair removal (try to squeeze in a facial or massage too if your budget allows it), it does offer a full waxing and threading menu. It’s worth noting it’s slightly cheaper to go on a weekday, rather than at the weekend. Bikini waxes range from $350 to $550 on Mondays to Thursdays ($380 to $580 from Fridays to Sundays).
The Spa at the Four Seasons is equally high-end (we recommend treating yourself to a manicure at its Nail Bar afterwards if it’s a special occasion). As well as a varied choice of massages and facials, it offers essential waxing and threading treatments. Again, it pays off to go mid-week so you can take advantage of the reduced prices on a Monday to Thursday (when bikini waxes cost $330 to $600, rather than $505 to $900 on Fridays to Sundays).
To continue with the five-star hotel offerings, the Ritz-Carlton’s spa is another luxury hideaway, situated on the 116th floor of this hotel. It also increases its prices from Fridays through Sundays. But if you book a bikini wax during non-peak days (Monday to Thursday) it will cost $415 to $599, compared to $485 t0 $699 on peak days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).
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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in September 2015 and was most recently updated by Sassy Mama on 23, July 2019.