Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Getting Beauty Treatments in Shanghai

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Getting Beauty Treatments in Shanghai
By Andrea Scarlatelli , eChinacities.com

When the hustle and bustle of Shanghai gets to you (as it does everyone at one point or another!), sometimes all you need is a little pampering to feel like a whole new person. Or maybe you have a big night out coming up that demands you pull out all the stops to look your best. Whatever the reason, there are plenty of places in Shanghai to indulge your beauty fix. While Dragonfly seems to be everyone’s (pricey) favorite for all things indulgent, here are some of the best alternative places to get you plucked, moisturized, and tanned to perfection.

WAXING

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Getting Beauty Treatments in Shanghai

1) Browhaus
Every woman’s (or man’s) worst nightmare becomes almost pleasant at this high end salon. Focusing solely on eyebrows and lashes, you can choose from a variety of hair removal methods; including tweezing, threading, waxing, and coloring. For eyelashes, you can have them colored, extended, or even semi-permanently curled. Browhaus services range from 80 RMB to 190 RMB depending on what you get, but rest assured that you’ll receive professional service regardless.

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Add: 158 Xinle Lu, near Donghu Lu, Puxi, Shanghai
地址: 上海市新乐路158号 近东湖路
Tel: 021 5403 0011
Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 11:00-21:00

2) Strip
Housed alongside Browhaus, this is the place to go when you need all those other places taken care of. Extremely well-trained and professional staff will wax your underarms, bikini area, or any other unmentionables. If you’re bored of the same old Brazilian wax and feeling a bit adventurous, try one of Strip’s shape options – Heart? Triangle? Dodecahedron? Get creative if you dare…

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Add: 84 Wulumuqi Lu, near Anfu Lu, Puxi, Shanghai
地址: 上海市乌鲁木齐路84号 近安抚路
Tel: 021 6415 1623
Opening hours: Daily, 11:00-21:00

3) Beijing Hair Culture
While this is mainly a hair salon, Beijing Hair Culture, one of Shanghai’s longest running hair establishments, also offers extensive waxing services. Patient, knowledgeable, and multilingual (the international staff can speak a variety of languages; including Japanese, English, Mandarin, and Cantonese), the personalized service is one of the best things about this place.

Beijing Hair Culture (branch)View In Map
Add: 4/F Hilton Hotel, 250 Huashan Lu, near Yan'an Lu, Puxi, Shanghai
地址: 上海市华山路250号 希尔顿酒店4楼, 近延安路
Tel: 021 6249 7228
Opening hours: Daily, 10:00-21:00

TANNING

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Getting Beauty Treatments in Shanghai

1) The Tanning Island
While the Chinese value lily white skin, carrying umbrellas around in the hot sun like life rafts, the rest of the world views lightly bronzed skin as the aesthetic ideal. Instead of seriously harming your skin with all those nasty UV rays, try one of Shanghai’s original tanning bed companies, The Tanning Island. In addition to tanning services, they sell a variety of suntan lotions in case you want to tan the old fashioned way.

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Add: 4F, 333 TianYaoQiao Lu, near Nandang Dong Lu, Puxi, Shanghai
地址: 上海市天钥桥路333号4楼 近南丹东路
Tel: 021 6426 1882
Opening hours: Daily, 10:00-22:00

 

2) Bronze Bodies Tanning & Pro Shop
This is the place to go for those fake tan experts who know their tanning booth brands, because Bronze Bodies Tanning & Pro Shop advertises only top of the line name brands. You can choose from Ergoline, Tansun, Megasun, or Dr. Kern booths. Prices vary depending on the package you choose, but start around 65 RMB for 100 minutes.

Bronze Bodies Tanning & Pro ShopView In Map
Add: B112, Hong Kong New World Tower, 300 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu, Puxi, Shanghai
地址: 上海市淮海中路300号香港新世界大厦B112 近黄陂南路, 地铁1号线黄陂南路站
Tel: 021 6335-3091
Opening hours: 10:00-21:30

3) Perfect Tan
There are plenty of options at Perfect Tan, where you can lie down in the old fashioned horizontal beds or stand up in the new vertical booths. They are also the only tanning salon in Shanghai that offers “high pressure” tanning beds. Once you’re there, take advantage of the drinks and bathing facilities provided for no extra charge. Prices vary, but a single basic session starts at 46 RMB and unlimited monthly tanning packages start around 510 RMB.
Perfect TanView In Map
Add: Unit 102, Block 2, Lane 19 Rong Hua Xi Dao, near Shuicheng Nan Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市荣华西道19弄2号楼102单元 近水城南路
Tel: 021 6219 2225  
Opening hours: 12:00-20:00

FACIALS

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Getting Beauty Treatments in Shanghai

1) Skin City 5.5
One of the best known skincare spas in Shanghai, Skin City 5.5 prides itself on using international techniques and standards. For example, they exclusively use Babor products, a German skincare line renowned for its all natural ingredients. The interior subway theme may be a bit much for some people, but after a luxurious facial here, the “urban chic” motif will grow on you.

Skin City 5.5View In Map
Add: 476 Dagu Lu, near Shimen Yi Lu, Shanghai
地址: 上海市大沽路476号, 近石门一路
Tel: 021 6340 1235
Opening hours: Daily 10:00-22:00

2) Clarins Spa
Originally under French ownership, Clarins Spa focuses on personal care when it comes to their body treatments. Using only “pure botanical products,” the staff is purely hands-on, with no machine assistance like at other skin salons. There is an array of facial options to choose from depending on your skin type, but the hydration facial comes highly recommended.

Clarins SpaView In Map
Add: Room 418, 4/F, Plaza 66, 1266 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Xikang Lu, Puxi, Shanghai
地址: 上海市南京西路1266号恒隆广场418号商 近西康路
Tel: 021 6288 9615
Opening hours: 10:00-22:00

3) Mandara Spa
If you want atmosphere along with your facial, look no further than Mandara Spa. The dark wood and trickling fountains are probably enough to relax you, but combine that with the indulgent facials and you’re pretty much a goner. They use only Pevonia products, and the staff is particularly good at handling people with sensitive, allergy prone skin.

Mandara Spa (branch)View In Map
Add: 6/F, JW Marriott Hotel Tomorrow Square, 399 Nanjing Xi Lu, near Huangpi Bei Lu, Puxi, Shanghai
地址: 上海市南京西路399号明天广场JW万豪酒店6搂 近黄陂北路
Tel: 021 5359 4969 ext. 6798  
Open: 10:00-22:00 

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