If you’ve been in Hong Kong long enough, you’ve probably come across the the term “Shanghai Pedicure” whilst browsing through spa menus, but also knowing Hong Kong’s affinity to leave everything eternally mysterious, no description or explanation at all to what a Shanghai pedicure is, was provided. Sound about right? Well, let’s end all of the Hong Kong nonsense of not knowing and find out why this style of pedicure is so popular.

First off- what is a Shanghai Pedicure? 

A Shanghai pedicure is a pedicure that brings your feet back to baby bouncing softness by soaking your feet is a warm and soothing foot bath and then using a blade to scraping off dead skin from your feet. Pretty gross when you see your foot shavings coming off like parmesan as the technician swiftly scrapes away the hard and dead skin, but oh so, so satisfying to watch. Shanghai pedicures are often used in Chinese medicine as well as spas since they also use this method for removing calluses, ingrown toenails, and corns!

Does it come with polish? 

Sometimes, it really depends on the spa you go to! Most spas that offer Shanghai Pedicures will let you add on nail polish as a freebie, but there are some cases where they will charge around $50-100 extra for polish and for the spas whose main focus is massages and reflexology, there is also a chance that they may not offer it at all, but it’s always worth asking for!

Can men get Shanghai Pedicures?

YES! If anything men need them more since they tend to look after the condition on their feet less. Since it’s a treatment that doesn’t traditionally include polish it can easily be seen as a “manly” spa treatment. Great if you’re struggling for a Father’s Day Present and want to send a hint about his feet!

Does it hurt? 

Not at all! Depending on how worn your feet are you can either feel very little or it tickles- especially around the toes!

How long does it take? 

To be quite honest it all depends on how worn your feet are but typically it takes around 50 mins- 1 hour for both feet. The technicians are quick but also very detail orientated to make sure that all the dead skin is removed so your feet feel amazing and softer than a boiled egg.

Are they worth it? 

TOE-tally! Your feet feel completely brand new and they’re usually so much cheaper than a regular pedicure!

Where can I get Shanghai Pedicures in Hong Kong? 

Whilst there are a few place in Hong Kong that offer this amazing service, our favourite is Forest Spa Beauty & Health on Cochrane Street in Central. Warm and friendly service to enjoy a lovely cup of tea whilst giving you feet a new lease of life, right from the comfort of their large armchairs you can sink right into.

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If you’ve been in Hong Kong long enough, you’ve probably come across the the term “Shanghai Pedicure” whilst browsing through spa menus, but also knowing Hong Kong’s affinity to leave everything eternally mysterious, no description or explanation at all to what a Shanghai pedicure is, was provided. Sound about right? Well, let’s end all of…