Pet Stops: Grooming salons for furred creatures accustomed to a lap of luxury

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Hong Kongers are no slouches when it comes to dressing up their pets and giving them all the pampering they deserve, so it is not surprising that the city boasts a burgeoning number of bespoke pet-grooming establishments. The handful we profile here stand out because of the professionalism of their staff and the quality of their services. 

Groomers are skilled at creating a stress-free environment for their four-legged clients by handling each animal with love and care. That way, pet parents can rest easy, without having to worry if their fur babies are in good hands – thus ensuring that a visit to the pet beauty salon is a pleasant experience for all.

On top of the expected wash, cut and style, pet grooming establishments also offer well-deserved spa treatments and other makeovers to glam up the coveted furry animals of owners wishing them to be noticed on their next day out together. They will stock a voguish collection of pet accessories and toys as well, so following a rigorous fur-care regime that will add an extra tinge of adorableness to your beloved pet, you can also pick a piece of jewellery to enhance their – and your – stylish appeal. It would certainly be a fashion walk on the way home.

As much as a dynamic wash and scrub followed by a haircut and nail clipping can make an animal more presentable, pet grooming is also essential for maintaining cleanliness at home.

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Pet’s Lagoon

This grooming establishment in Mid-Levels is a pets’ favourite – according to owners who have commented that their dogs and cats found the services to be both comfortable and enjoyable.

In turn, pawrents have become regulars at Pet’s Lagoon, revisiting whenever it is time for their children to get a trim. They praise not only the services but the staff who are seen as amicable while also being professional. Each animal receives great care and the benefits of high-quality products. Even pets that have recently undergone surgery are reported to have experienced no discomforting moments during a grooming session here.

Pet’s Lagoon is open seven days a week, from 10 am to 8 pm, except on Mondays when they open at noon. More details are here.

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Don’t let the very obvious name that suggests a place exclusively devoted to dogs fool you, because, in addition to providing makeovers for canines, Dogger also caters to cats.

The pet beauty salon in Kennedy Town is in high demand among pet parents so it can be rather difficult to get an appointment. But rather than look elsewhere, owners will persist as they are confident in the quality of service their pets will receive. Well-trained staff are skilled in the art of washing and trimming furry friends, delivering a haircut that will make them the pride of the dog park. All pet carers here treat animals with genuine affection and gentleness, as if they were their own. In addition to grooming, Dogger offers a raft of other services such as dog training, pet immigration and daycare. It opens daily from 10 am to 8 pm. More details are here.

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Paw Palace

It is not an exaggeration to call this place a palace because it treats pets like princes and princesses. The Causeway Bay-situated grooming spot elevates the typical wash, dry and trim grooming process into a more spa-oriented and boujee experience.

Beauty treatments such as Nanobubble Ozone Shampoo & Cut Course, Total Skin Care Hydrotherapy, Milk & Honey Hydrating Scrub, Deluxe Facial Care, and Ceramide Skin Barrier Hydrotherapy make all pawed beings feel truly pampered.

Paw Palace’s attention to hygiene is noteworthy, as is the staff’s ability to make the pets feel calm while effortlessly turning them out like they can win a beauty pageant. For a pet who enjoys the lap of luxury, this establishment is second to none. It opens from 10 am to 9 pm daily except Wednesday. More details are here

(Text: Renuka Kennedy)

(Read the full article in the April 2023 issue (pg: 54). Available on the Gafencu app on Android and Apple.)

Tips to take care of your high-end luxury handbag

The luxury bag of your dreams comes with the promise of transcending seasons. But before you know a scratch, a wrinkle or a stain might taint its value. Ahead, we tell you hacks of how to maintain designer handbags to increase their lifespan, of course it cost a fortune in the first place, regardless of the price tag, something with a top spot in your repertoire deserves TLC and the best caring techniques. 

1. Store out of direct light and never hang it

Harsh sunlight, even through the glass can damage the leather and cause discolouration. Hanging it on the chair or handles after a long day might seem obvious, resist the temptation. Experts recommend storing bags in upright position in dust bags, or original boxes in earmarked shelves. Stuff them with acid-free tissue or even soft t-shirts and scarves to save space and maintain the shape over the years.

Also Read: Men’s Spring-Summer 2022: Relaxed masculinity runs riot

2. Caring for leather

Luxury leather is designed to stand the test of time; learning how to clean without ruining it is a life hack which will serve you well. Always ask the brand for detailed instructions on the best way to keep it clean, but basic tips include using a soft, dry cotton cloth to swipe it down.

Refrain from harsh cleaning agents; incase of a spill, dab alcohol-free wipes (alcohol is known to dry out the surface), leave it for a couple of minutes and apply a protection cream for a solid conditioning. Just like you moisturise your skin, leather goods need conditioning to avoid drying out and cracking over time. Focus on cleaning the high-touch areas around the handles, corners and base, remember to buff off any excess. Having the specially designed cleaning and protecting agents for the leather on your bag is an investment you will not regret. 

3. Moisture is the nemesis

Luxury bags are studier but not invincible, especially not to humidity. Moisture is the enemy of leather and Hong Kong has oodles of it. Never discard the silica gel sachets which come with your bag, in fact keep replacing them and add a dehumidifier in the closet to avoid mould and increase longevity. 

Also Read: Best luxury white sneakers for the ultimate casual look

4. Colour transfer

Accidentally wearing a dark coloured dress with a beige bag can cause colour stains. Here prevention is better than cure because when leather comes in contact with wet surfaces, the dye can bleed causing a notorious stain. Be quick to act, patch test with a high grade leather cleanser, immediately stop if the original colour is wearing out. If the stain has not settled, chances are you will be able to take it out; heading to a professional cleaner is the next best solution. 

5. Handbag liner is a solid investment

The best way to maintain pristine insides of your bag is to invest in a liner. Not only will a liner make it feasible to swap bags at the last minute, it helps in organising your essentials and makes for room for extra pockets. 

Also Read: It List: Spring fashion accessories to invest in right now

Last-minute Christmas gift sets which are still available!

Holiday stress is a real thing. There’s a lot to get in order – from menus, decor shopping to buying the right vino – if you’ve been a chronic procrastinator (thanks, December madness!) for gift-shopping, there is no need to panic… just yet! We’ve curated plenty of luxurious ideas for him, her and even your home which can still be scooped up in time for the festivities. 

For Her

The Ritz-Carlton Grand Spa Hamper


There is no better way to show the special lady in your life that you care than to gift her a luxurious hamper of the most opulent wellness care package on offer. Filled to the brim with novel pampering items, thoughtfully curated by the The Ritz-Carlton Spa, The Ritz-Carlton Grand Spa Hamper is an absolute indulgence. 
What’s inside:
  • The Ritz-Carlton Spa Bathrobe
  • TWG Spa Tea
  • Black Orchid Reed Diffuser
  • Spa Gift Certificate (HK$500)
  • ESPA Body Oil Set

Price: HK$2,380
Order here.

W Hong Kong Luggage Hamper Set


For the modern and feminine special someone, W Hong Kong has curated a unique Luggage Hamper Set — yes, the luggage is the hamper. The perfect novelty surprise for a lady who loves to travel or is constantly on-the-go, the hamper, a stylish Ookonn luggage case, arrives with a luxurious bottle of champagne or whisky and accessories.

What’s inside:

  • One Bottle of VCP Champagne (1.5L Magnum) or Yoichi Whisky (700ml)
  • W Shaker
  • W Luggage Tag

Price: HK$ 2,688
Order here.

The Ritual of Sakura


The Ritual of Sakura is the perfect surprise for any modern and sophisticated lady to enjoy a sumptuous collection of bath and body products from luxury home and body cosmetics brand Rituals. Offering her the perfect excuse to celebrate the winter season with tender, love and care.

What’s inside:

  • The Ritual of Sakura Foaming Shower Gel (200ml)
  • The Ritual of Sakura Body Scrub (250g,)
  • The Ritual of Sakura Body Cream (200ml)
  • The Ritual of Sakura Hair & Body Mist (50ml)
  • The Ritual of Sakura Hand Wash (300ml)
  • The Ritual of Sakura Scented Candle (250g)

Price: HK$800
Order here.

Balmain Hair Couture Gift Set


Inspired by the snowy white Christmas of Parisian’s dazzling nightlight, the City of Light, French luxury house Balmain’s Hair Couture Gift Set, is a romantic sensorial journey. This Parisian beauty gift set is an absolute joy that will have the wonderful female in your heart dreaming of a white Christmas throughout the winter season. 

What’s inside:

  • Thermal Protection Spray (200ml)
  • Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner (50ml)
  • Argan Moisturizing Elixir (100ml)
  • Leave in Conditioning Spray (75ml)
  • Mini Detangling Spa Brush
  • Black Fourche
  • Texturizing Salt Spray (200ml)
  • Golden pocket mirror
  • Scented Candle

Price: 2,980
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Christan Louboutin Loubiworld Miniatures Set
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It’s one of the most joyous perfumes in the luxury market. An epitome of fine scents, Christian Louboutin samples 7 of its most decadent fragrances in its Loubiworld Miniature Set. Presented in a luxuriously elegant glossy red box, each of the 7 miniature bottles are topped with iconic Louboutin motifs made from precious heavy metal silver.
What’s inside:
  • Loubirouge (9ml)
  • Loubiraj (9ml)
  • Loubifunk (9ml)
  • Loubicroc (9ml)
  • Loubicrown (9ml)
  • Loubidoo (9ml)
  • Loubikiss (9ml)
Price: HK$2, 450
Order here.

For Him

Royal Caviar Club Caviar Enthusiast


For the special epicurean in your life, an opulent box of Sai Ying Pun-set Royal Caviar Club offers the significant other in your life with a sumptuous option of black diamonds — yes, we’re talking caviar. The Epicurean Deluxe Package comes complete with accessories, cured meats, cheeses and a delicious bottle of bubbles and wine, date night on Christmas eve or day is made easy. 

What’s inside:

  • Besserat De Bellefon Blue Brut (750ml)
  • Castillon Cote De Bordeaux Page 2015
  • Royal Cristal Caviar (250g)
  • Seasonal Cheese and Charcuterie Platter
  • Chilled Argentinian Tenderloin (1.7kg)
  • 2 Pices Frozen Lobster Tails
  • Iberico Bellota Ham (100g)
  • Seasonal Truffle (50g)
  • French Frozen Blinis
  • L Clef Du Coeur Chocolate
  • Velvet Bag set with 1 spoon and opener
  • Gift Thermo Box

Price: HK$9,440 (now HK$6,800) 
Order here

The Ritual of Samurai


For the wonderful man in your life, express your love through Rituals’ The Ritual of Samurai gift set. Incorporating a flight of refreshing and woody aromas to his grooming process, the collection of shower and grooming products will give him the perfect boost start to his day — full with confidence and love.

  • The Ritual of Samurai After Shave Soothing Balm (100ml)
  • Travel – Bleu Byzantin (15ml)
  • The Ritual of Samurai Foaming Shower Gel (200ml)
  • The Ritual of Samurai Shave Foam (200ml)

Price: HK$515
Order here.

Steak King USDA Prime Steak Hamper


Introducing a new retail concept in town, Steak King Market serves good old-fashioned artisanal butchery, giving your precious culinary enthusiast at home with the perfect festive kit to cook up a delicious red-meat Christmas dinner — a perfectly thoughtful gift to show that special someone or friend that you know them best. 

What’s inside:

  • x2 USDA Prime Striploin (300g)
  • x2 USDA Prime Ribeye’s (300g)
  • x1 Bone In Ribeye (1kg)
  • x1 Bone in Porterhouse (1kg)
  • x2 Iberico Pork Chops (300g)
  • x2 Peppercorn Sauces

Price: HK$2,400
Order here.

Also Read: Sparkle, Sequins & Velvet: Elevate your party looks this season



The Peninsula Festive Hamper 


What’s inside: 
  • Pain d’Epices
  • Homemade Reindeer Cookie
  • Mango Chutney
  • Foie Gras d’Oie Terrine
  • Peninsula Lychee Honey
  • Page Hat Chocolate Bonbons
  • The Peninsula Christmas Firecrackers
  • The Peninsula Festive Candle
  • Peninsula Champagne by Deutz

Price: HK$3,188
Order here.

Giovani Pina Christmas Hamper


What’s inside:

  • Italian Christmas Panettone(500g)
  • Artisanal Praline Gift Box(9pcs)
  • Biscotto Farfalla Gift Box(20pcs)
  • Gingerbread Cookies(180g)
  • Meringue Kiss in Colors (65g)
  • White X’mas Chocolate Lady Fingers(120g)
  • Italian Sparkling Wine Prosecco
  • Cuoril Decaffeinated Ground Coffee

Price: HK$1,088
Order here.

Fortnum and Mason The Highgrove Christmas Basket


What’s inside:

  • Prince of Wales Tea Organic House Marmalade
  • Organic Strawberry, Marc de Champagne Preserve,
  • Organic Cinnamon & Orange Shortbread Fingers
  • Organic Christmas Pudding Organic Brandy Butter
  • Organic Côtes du Rhône
  • Highgrove Côtes de Gascogne
  • Signature Fortnum’s whicker basket hamper

Price: HK$1,015
Order here.

Grand Hyatt Grand Moment Hamper


  • Grand Moment – Champagne Duval-Leroy
  • Brut NV – Chocolatier dark chocolate almond Rocher
  • Parmigiana cheese
  • Summer truffle spread
  • Homemade herbs and spiced lavosh

Price: HK$ 1,180
Order here.

Harrods St. James Christmas Hamper


What’s inside:

  • Christmas Biscuit Selection Box (475g)
  • Chocolate & Hazelnut Biscuits (200g)
  • 12-Months Matured Decadent Christmas Pudding (200g)
  • Classic Mince Pies (380g)
  • Christmas Cake
  • Spiced Victoria plum & berry jam
  • Whisky marmalade
  • Brandy butter
  • infused honey
  • Milk chocolate and clementine florentines (170g)
  • Spiced Salted caramel shortbread (200g)
  • Classic Panettone (750g)
  • Spiced green and black tea, after-dinner coffee and hot chocolate
  • 20-piece chocolate selection box and golden cocoa-dusted nut mix
  • Festive british confectionery selection (410g)

Price: HK$3,466
Order here.


City Super’s ‘Fantasy Christmas Factory’


What’s inside:

  • 22 options include the priciest city’ super Christmas Extravaganza
  • Grand Cru wine & Champagne
  • Revered whisky and sake
  • Bulgarian Beluga caviar
  • Alba white truffle
  • France’s revered Lafitte foie gras
  • Organic, pecan-smoked whole turkey
  • Premium ham gift pack
  • City Super x Antoniazzi Wild Strawberry Panettone

Price: HK$1, 988 and Up
Order here.

Marks & Spencer Christmas Spectacular


What’s inside:

  • Product Details Abel Charlot Brut In Gift Box (75cl)
  • 10 Year Old Tawny Port (75cl)
  • Moueix Saint-Emilion (75cl)
  • The Collection Twelve Month Matured Christmas Pudding (454g)
  • The Collection Perfectly Matured Rich Fruit Cake (350g)
  • All Butter Mince Pies (350g)
  • The Collection Marc De Champagne Truffles (125g)
  • The Collection Belgian Chocolate Café Cream Biscuits (430g)
  • Belgian Chocolate Biscuits (1kg)
  • Belgian Contemporary Selection (245g)
  • Scottish Shortbread (500g)
  • Stag Tin All Butter Shortbread (650g)
  • All Butter Toffee Shortbread (720g)
  • The Collection Cocoa Dusted Liquid Salted Caramels (120g)
  • The Collection Belgium Chocolate Biscuit Pearls (210g)
  • British Sentry Tin Shortbread (200g)
  • Percy Piggy Bank (100g)
  • Pigs In Blankets Hand Cooked Crisps (150g)
  • The Collection Strawberry & Champagne Conserve (250g)
  • Cut Comb In Acacia Honey (340g)
  • Fairtrade Sumatran Ground Coffee (227g)
  • Spiced Apple Infusion (40g)

Price: HK$3,999
Order here

Also Read: Festive beauty inspo – Essentials for a dazzling party look!

Five skincare tips to avoid acne and dry skin for men

As the fairer sex can surely attest to, learning the in’s and out’s of skincare routines to ensure you put your best face forward can be a daunting to say the least. But gentlemen, let the steep learning curve through you off, because neglecting your dermis can cause severe problems. To avoid any unwanted conditions, here are five simple skincare tips to incorporate into your daily schedule.

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Keep the body and facial routine separate
Although a steaming hot shower can be therapeutic after a long day, there are two common mistakes that occur during this relaxing period of your self-care regimen that you should avoid. Firstly, don’t wash your face with hot water. Secondly, make sure you use soaps that are specifically made for facial use, rather than bodywash. In both instances, these culprits lead to dry skin and skin surface damage due to the skin on the face being more sensitive than the body.

Solution: A more appropriate and gentle treatment is to use gentle face cleansers and rinse with lukewarm water. 

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Exfoliate twice a week
Although daily face washing is non-negotiable for a properly kept mug, it isn’t enough to settle for just that. Although cleansing helps the skin look healthier, a lack of exfoliation leads to a build-up of dead skin cells and can result in dry, patchy skin and clogged pores.

Solution: Using an exfoliating face scrub gentle washes off dead skin cells and triggers the skin’s natural renewal process — revealing younger looking skin.

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Treat acne
Although you should never pop a pimple, that doesn’t mean to default to no treatment at all. Especially for men who have more androgen (a hormone that creates sebum, which gives the skin its unpleasantly greasy texture), male pores tend to clog easily, causing acne. Leaving them untreated without any remedial solution can leave behind marks and in some cases, permanent acne scars. 

Solution: Products with retinol, salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide help heal the skin, strip down dead skin cells and fight bacteria — providing better maintenance and prevention for acne-prone skin.

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Moisturise after every wash
Although men’s skin is thicker and more resilient to ageing than women’s, simply washing-and-drying is not going to cut. If a truly fresh faced dermis is what you aim for, moisturising is the key. Face wash typically contain ingredients that can strip away the skin’s natural oils, so without moisturisers, the skin will appear dry, while also becoming more sensitive to flaking and, according to Baylor College of Medicine, extremely dry skin can develop into more serious skin conditions like inflammation and eczema.

Solution: Apply a generous layer of moisturiser and massage it into the skin. There are various types of products to choose from which benefit different skin type but commonly soothing gels with aloe vera accommodate sensitive skin, while oil-based cream nourishes dry skin and water-based moisturisers combat oily skin.

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Apply sunscreen daily
It’s a common misconception that sunscreen is reserved only on the days you spend out on the beach or at sea, but that is not the case as the majority of dermatologists will suggest. According to Harvard Health Publishing, the UV rays from the sun can damage the skin’s pigment cells and increase the growth of free radicals. This  contributes to the risk of developing skin cancer and speeding up premature ageing. 

Solution: Apply an even layer of sunscreen of at least a level of SPF 30 (after a moisturiser) to block harmful UV rays from sinking into the skin. There are also a variety of moisturisers with SPF included available on the market for a two-in-one effect.

Well groomed: Skincare essentials for men

Gone are the misconceptions that men do not need skin care products. Modern men are increasingly more conscious about their personal wellness, hygiene and appearance. In fact, the global market for male grooming products is expected to rise to US$81.2 million by 2024, according to Research and Markets, a global market insight and analysis company. But with such a diverse range of skincare products from oil-control to vegan-based formula and unisex options, navigating the market for a product right for you can be daunting. Here’s a list comprised of some of the top brands for men’s skincare and grooming products:

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Although men’s skin is thicker and more resilient to ageing than women’s, thanks to their higher collagen density and natural testosterone, the skin, regardless of gender, is still vulnerable to external factors such as poor diet, pollutants and excessive UV exposure. Though there is no one-size-fits-all solution to skincare, the holy grail to any healthy and hydrated skin consists of a cleanser, exfoliator and moisturizer. Additionally, grooming products such as serums and beard oils also help support and reinforce the benefits of your skincare routine.

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To start, the Venn Moisture-Balance All-In-One Face Cleanser is a vegan all-round cleanser to suit various skin types, especially those with a combination of oily and dry patches. Its non-foaming formula mimics the skin’s natural pH levels mildly exfoliating and brightening the skin for a fresh start to the day before a shave. 

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Depending on how sensitive the skin is, skincare routine can alternate between face cleansers and exfoliators for an occasional facial skin therapy- removing dead skin cells and allowing for your grooming products to be absorbed more efficiently. La Mer’s Replenishing Oil Exfoliator is especially refreshing after a workout or before a shave. Infused with sugar crystals and sea salt, the exfoliator refines, detoxifies and replenishes the skin. 

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To top off a clean face, applying moisturizer is key to keeping the skin hydrated and fighting signs of ageing. Dr. Barbara Sturm’s face cream for men is designed to keep a combination of different skin types fresh for 24 hours, countering inflammation from razor burn and other irritations. It targets signs of ageing and supports the body’s natural skin renewal function. For quick absorption, Tom Ford’s Oil-Free Daily Moisturizer absorbs fast and has a matte finish that keeps your skin hydrated and energized.

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Rounding up the grooming regime, serums and beard oils are the perfect boost of hydration and revitalization to reinforce the effects of moisturizers. Serums contain a higher concentration of active ingredients (eg. hyaluronic acid and vitamin C) than moisturizers and provides extra attention to skin management such as reducing wrinkles. Clinique for men’s Maximum Hydrator encapsulates antioxidants and super-moisturising hyaluronic acid that adds a boost of hydration for the skin. Alternatively, Natura Bissé’s Essential Shock Intense Complex reduces the depth of wrinkle lines and tightens the skins with ingredients such as Iris Florentina flower extract, amino acids and encapsulated vitamin C

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For a refreshing aftershave, the luxurious Acqua Di Parma’s dedicated line of beard care products are crafted with ingredients that help soothe and condition facial hair effectively. Alternatively, Espa Men’s Triple Action Grooming Oil is enriched with vitamins A and E, candeia tree extract and omegas three and six to replenish moisture and smooth coarse bristles for effortless grooming

Combat male hair loss with these innovative procedures

Male hair loss, although common, can be alarming and is an undesirable feature many of us would like to prevent. Also known as male pattern baldness or alopecia, it is a common condition when excessive hair loss occurs in a concentrated area of the body or head. According to the experts at Harvard University, up to 40 percent of men will experience an obvious thinning or loss of hair as early as in their 20s and 30s due to genetics, side effects from medications and even as an unfortunate result of prior hair treatments. Fortunately, modern technology offers solutions to deter early onset balding and even prevent hair loss altogether. If you’re seeking to combat male balding, the following treatments are worthy of further examination.

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Minoxidil is a topical medication that slows down the process of hair loss and stimulates your follicles to grow new hair. A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that this treatment is effective with minimal side effects. Visible results typically take between four months to one year. Unfortunately, the effects are not permanent, and continual application is necessary to continue its efficacy.  

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Hair Transplant

Hair transplant is a permanent alternative for hair re-growth. The process involves transplanting hair from active hair follicles around the scalp and into other areas where hair is thinning or balding, and takes about six to eight hours. However, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), multiple follow-up treatments are often necessary for effective results. This treatment offers a permanent solution that embodies a natural look, though it carries some risk of scarring and infection. The surgery is also not suited for everybody. For instance, men whose hair loss is caused by medication or have already reached a late stage of widespread thinning and baldness won’t see much benefit from this procedure. To get a better understanding of the stages of hair loss and solutions to hair growth treatments to deter hair loss and restore hair growth, book a consultation with trained medical professionals such as Hair Transplant HK. 

Dr Bertram Hair Transplant: HK$15,000 and up

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Low-level laser therapy

Unlike hair transplants, low-level laser therapy is a non-invasive and painless hair loss treatment that utilises low-level light energy to stimulate hair follicles without causing any scarring. A study published in the National Library of Medicine found that laser hair treatments could provide up to a 39-percent increase in hair growth within 16 weeks. Each treatment takes about an hour, with roughly four to eight sessions needed to yield results. Locally, Central-based Esthe Clinic helps clients combats hair loss by stimulating hair growth using micro-needling and organic silicon products specially developed to strengthen hair fibres and slow hair loss and stimulate regrowth process. Alternatively, DNA Hair Laboratory offers award-winning treatments with the latest UV technology from Japan to target different kinds of hair loss problems such as thinning hair and alopecia.  

DNA Hair Labratory hair loss treatment: HK$1,450Up per session (price includes consultation and deep cleanse treatment)

Esthe Clinic hair grwoth treatment: HK$2,888 per 10 sessions (price includes scalp test)



Making the cut: Top barbershops for a classic wet shave

The rise in popularity of modern barbershops with traditional wet shaves reflects the fact that the city’s well-groomed men recognize the importance of a sheer cut and straight-razor-shaved hair. Unlike hair salons, barbers equipped with shears, clippers and a straight razor blade, are specialists in what men desire and will provide an experience like no other. These are the city’s top places for men to get a gentleman’s cut and a traditional wet shave. 

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For a classic British experience

Fox and the Barber is a classic tiled barber shop with 1940s-inspired lighting that provides an experience that truly delivers a traditional gentleman’s grooming experience. Their 75-minute wet cut and finish includes a beard trim capped with a classic straight razor blade. To really experience a classic gentleman’s shave, the 45-minute Acqua di Parma club shave provides the premium experience of a steamed towel shave prepared with the luxury Italian product, Acqua Di Parma, a rich layer of shaving cream and beard balm  for an ultra smooth shave.

Price: HK$950-$1700

Location: Central

Contact: +852 2405 6880

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For a Classic Mandarin experience

Nestled on the second floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel, the 1930’s-inspired The Mandarin Barber provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere reminiscent of a gentleman’s club. It provides a VIP room for the comfort and privacy of a premium shave and trim, and the option to unwind with its restorative grooming treatments that includes lifestyle massages, waxing treatments and facials for men. 

Price: HK$1750 up

Location: Central

Contact: +852 2825 4088

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For a full range grooming service

HERR is an elegant grooming space housed discretely within the luxury tailoring shop, Attire House. Aiming to “create an environment that is a true escape from the city”, guests are encouraged to detach, relax, and put their trust on the careful executions of the parlour’s skilled staff. The luxury barber shop’s services include bespoke gentleman’s cut for both men and their sons, and a traditional wet shave paired with top-notch styling products, lathers and facial massage. 

Price:  HK$1000

Location: Central

Contact: +852 26199007 

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For  a Classic Canton experience

Serving Hong Kong’s eastern district since 1962, Wan Chai- based canton barber shop, Oi Kwan Barbers, has stood against the test of time, evolving with numerous changes that the neighbourhood had gone through as it remains relevant to modern men. Still armed with traditional Canton barber techniques, each haircut is finished with hair wash, deep cleaning treatment, hot towel and a quick massage. Its signature grooming package provides a unique experience that offers a wide selection of premium shaving products and a comprehensive personalized haircare consultation.

Price: HK$2388

Location: Wan Chai

Contact: +852 2303-1733

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For a Modern experience

Modern street fashion calls for statement looks that fashion stylishly bold and dramatic looks. A vibe that influences the Central-set, Selvedge Barbers, a hair salon that specializes in the trendiest and most contemporary hairstyles for men. Its latest look-book features intelligent layering techniques that are meant to be styled into more than just one look, offering customers a personalised signature cut that reflects their day-to-day mood and style preference. Include a traditional hot towel shave for a whole-rounded experience.

Price: HK$750 Up

Location: Central

Contact: +852 2577 3080

10 skincare ingredients that are damaging to the skin

Do you know that our skin can absorb up to 60 percent of the ingredients in skincare products which can later come in contact with our bloodstream? 

It can be a bit scary to imagine that many cosmetic products are comprised of different chemicals that have the potential of causing more harm than good. Though the minute amounts of chemicals used to produce skincare products are legal and safe. they can still cause some visible side effects, especially to those with sensitive skin.

Here are some of the most common ingredients in skincare products which are best to avoid:

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1. Aluminum

A toxic metal compound found to affect adversely estrogen in a woman’s body and which has been linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. There may be more than 25 types of aluminum present in cosmetic products.

Aluminum is commonly found in body deodorants.

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2. Parabens

Two common anti-bacterial preservatives used in many skincare products. There have been recent findings of Parabens in breast tumours.

3. Formaldehyde

Similar to Parabens, Formaldehyde is an ingredient used as a preservative in cosmetic products. It is a colourless gas that is typically added with water to make formalin which has been found to cause irritation to the skin.

Parabens and Formaldehyde are commonly found in shampoos, lotions, and facial cleansers.

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4. Sodium lauryl suphate (SLS)

An ingredient used as an emulsifier to thicken cosmetic products. It creates a texture that is easy to apply and rinse off the skin. However, because this chemical is a harsh detergent, it is also known to cause redness, irritation, and dry skin. This chemical can result in skin issues such as dermatitis and dandruff, especially to those with sensitive skin.

SLS is commonly found in shaving cream, makeup remover, and bathing products

5. Triclosan

Similar to SLS, this ingredient is a harsh anti-bacterial agent that also acts as a cosmetic product preservative. It has been found to cause several allergies and is suspected to be linked with hormone disruption in the body. 

Triclosan is commonly found in deodorant, hand soap, and shower gel.

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6. Petrolatum

This mineral oil type is usually found in lip balms and moisturizers and it provides temporary relief to dry sky though it doesn’t really contain any moisturizing properties. Instead, it acts as a barrier to retain moisture but blocks the pores from absorbing moisture from other applications, thus preventing the skin from breathing and causing it to dry.

Petrolatum is commonly found in lip products, moisturizers, and sunscreen.

7. Coal tar

Unfortunately for women who love to play with lipsticks, this ingredient is likely found in most tinted lip products. Typically, the more vibrant the product, the more likely it is to contain this ingredient as it is used as a base to brighten the colours of cosmetics products. This ingredient can cause irritation resulting in acne and allergic breakouts. 

Coal tar is commonly found in lipsticks, hair dyes, and lotions.

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8. Hydroquinone

This ingredient acts as a skin-lightening agent to bleach skin. It helps with hyperpigmentation, such as acne scars, age spots, and freckles by reducing melanin — the cells that produce skin colour. However, over time, overuse of this harsh bleaching agent can cause skin damage that can result in blemishes and premature aging.

Hydroquinone is commonly found in skin lighteners, facial moisturizers, and cleansers.

9. Synthetic Fragrances

Not limited to perfumes, synthetic fragrances can be found in any product with a pleasant scent to it. Typically, these scents are artificial and chemical-based. Natural scents with essential oils are better alternatives to avoid the side effects of synthetic fragrances which have been found to be correlated with respiratory issues and allergic skin reactions.

Synthetic fragrances are commonly found in facial products, makeup, sunscreen, and bathing products.

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10. Alcohol

Alcohol has been known to cause the skin to dry and flake. Although its use brings positive effects, prolonged use can damage the surface of the skin to dry and flake, disrupting the skin’s renewal cycle.

Alcohol is commonly found in toners, aftershave, and lotions. 
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Because skincare is an essential routine for keeping up a youthful and healthy look, it can be difficult to avoid all harmful ingredients in beauty products. However, organic and natural alternatives help minimize the use of chemicals in daily life. 

Here are a few natural skincare options to use for an alternative routine:

Mineral-based formulas that include vital nutrients

100% plant-based and result-oriented formulas made for Asian climate

Rare SkinFuel
Nutrient-rich ingredients with formulas to promote active ingredients

Bathe to Basics
Premium, handmade and organic formulas that consist of natural or plant-based extracts.

Pamper yourself with these at-home nail and massage services

You can certainly pamper yourself with a most soothing and relaxing massage and even get your nails done without leaving the comfort of your home. Why step out when you can now get these services – right at your doorstep? Although nail salons and massage parlours have re-opened for business, you need not step out of your home for a much-deserved day of self-care. Some companies have started bringing spa and other beauty services right to your front door. 

Here are some at-home nail and massage services that are available for house-calls across the city. 


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MoMa, an abbreviation of Mobile Massage, puts their clients’ comfort first. Offering house calls to Hong Kong Island and Kowloon districts, so you won’t have to leave the comfort of your home, staying relaxed before your session until the end. Their signature massage is an integration of different modalities and techniques to help alleviate tiredness, reduce muscle pain, joint stiffness and alleviate migraine. 

Price Rate: HK $750 – $1100 
Contact Details: (852) 6535-0570

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Rainbow Nails: 

For groups of three and more, host a pamper party at home with your girlfriends with Rainbow Nails services. From the basic mani-pedi to intricate designs on 3D nails, and even a nice massage to put you at ease. Their decade-long service as certified O.P.I nail technicians, they also have nail care and treatment courses available. 

Price Rate: HK $1,600 Up
Contact Details: (852) 3796 6268

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Home Thai Massage & Spa

Receiving favourable reviews on various online platforms, this Central and Wan Chai-based massage parlour provides house call services to your home and hotel within Central and Wan Chai districts. You can treat yourself and your significant other to a stress-free session right in the comfort of your own home. Although specializing in Thai massage, you can also choose from a range of other services, such as the waves massage that uses traditional Hawaiian and Thai techniques or the calming dream massage. 

Price Range: HK $1300 – $2800
Contact Details: (852) 2529 8894


Christmas Gifts for Her: Our top picks to present that special lady in your life

With only a few short weeks left to complete your Christmas shopping, the clock is ticking on picking up that perfect gift for your special ladies. To save you from the last-minute ‘what should I get?’ confusion, we have put together a list of beautiful and practical Christmas gifts for her from some of the world’s best-loved brands that the women in your life will cherish.

Rituals’ gift set

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Everyone loves themselves some self-pampering for the holidays, and it’s never been easier thanks to beauty brand Rituals’ elegant collection of gift sets. Some of everyone’s favourite Rituals collections – The Ritual of Ayurveda, The Ritual of Sakura and The Ritual of Samurai – are available as gift sets in different sizes – small, medium, large and extra large. Fortunately, the boxing can be used as an attractive storage space after the products have been used, giving the gift an extra life. Get your choice of the gift set from one of the Rituals stores in Hong Kong.

Senreve’s Midi Maestra

Christmas Gifts

A bag is a staple in every woman’s wardrobe. Thereby, one can never go wrong with a good bag, and San Francisco-based bag expert Senreve’s Midi Maestra is definitely a great choice. This multipurpose and multi-feature bag with eight interior compartments and four ways to be carried – as a backpack, cross-body, satchel or tote. This Italian-manufactured bag comes in different types of materials including luxury pebbled leather, mimosa to mixed leather and suede. Click on the link here to buy the bag.

Panthère de Cartier Jewellery

Christmas Gifts

Haute joaillerie maison Cartier’s Panthère de Cartier collection is elegant, iconic and timeless, offering the discerning femme fashionista with beautiful rings, bracelets, necklaces and more. Proudly burnished with the brand’s iconic panther motic, this collection will definitely top off as a stylish accessory that can be worn for on all occasions especially for its lightweight, slimness and of course the panther artwork on it . These exotic creations are available in the buyer’s choice of white, rose and yellow gold, and comes adorned with various precious stones including diamonds, emeralds and more. Click here to shop from the collection.

Chopard’s Happy Moon

Christmas Gifts

Taking inspiration from the night sky that is beautifully lit by the moon and the stars, the haute horology house Chopard’s Happy Moon is a watch with astronomical attributes. The first moon-phase featured timepiece from the Happy Sport collection, it showcases a distinctly starry motif, with shimmering constellations punctuating its deep blue dial. The Happy Moon is made from ethical 18K gold and is studded with diamonds for an added sparkle.

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee

Christmas Gifts

In addition to the sweet treats and delicious food, a bottle of bubbly is what completes the dinner table on a Christmas night. If you are confused about which sparkling wine to get, British sparkling wine-maker MV Nyetimber’s Classic Cuvee is the answer. Keeping up with the expectations of any Nyetimber wine, this beverage is a blend of 50-60 percent Chardonnay, 30-40 percent Pinot Noir and 10-20 percent Pinot Meunier..Toasty and spicy with hints of honey, almonds and pastry on the nose, t is available to buy on Watson’s Wine.

Shanghai Tang’ s 2019 Christmas Collection

Christmas Gifts

Luxury lifestyle label Shanghai Tang’s 2019 Christmas Collection is definitely a one step solution for any confusions one may have for what to get her for Christmas. However, the collection is sure to spoil you with a wide range of choices – Silver Jubilee, women’s ready-to-wear sets, accessories and scarves, lacquer boxes, trinket boxes, photo frames, fragrances and more. With red being a very prominent colour in the collection, it definitely holds the spirits of Christmas while still embodying a wholly Oriental appeal. Click here to shop from Shanghai Tang.

Day & Night of Vivid Pink Spinels

Christmas Gifts

Another piece of jewellery that would make a beautiful gift is the Day & Night of Vivid Pink Spinels from K.S. Sze & Sons Jewelers. Known for their reputation as one of the most sought-after jewellery shops in Hong Kong, the Day & Night of Vivid Pink Spinels is crafted with pink spinels and 18K white gold. For more jaw-dropping designs, check out its Sri Lanka Royal Blue Sapphires Collection, Pear Diamond Necklace, and Paraiba Tourmaline.