For one or several express treatment(s), there’s nothing like all-in-one beauty centres where appointments aren’t necessary. They combine a number of services in a single location: face and body treatments, massages, hair removal, tanning, manicures,pedicures, hairdressing, make-up, etc.
There are beauty therapists and hair removal salons on every street corner in Paris. What with independent salons, the day spas and luxury spas that offer this service, big high-quality chains like Yves Rocher and more affordable ones such as Body Minute, Parisians are spoilt for choice.
As well as classic hair removal salons, there are some places that specialise in certain hair removal techniques from other countries. For example, Paris is seeing a great number of threading establishments pop up, especially in the Indian quarter. This Indian method, which involves removing hairs by catching them between two cotton threads, is particularly well-suited to use on the eyebrows. Quick and inexpensive, it can transform your gaze while also slowing down hair regrowth. You can try it not just in the neighbourhood’s little boutiques, but also in salons such as La Beauté Indienne, Juste un regard, Fil’me In on rue Tiquetonne and Stella Centre de Beauté Indien.
Another technique is gaining fans in Paris: sugar and honey waxing. This Middle Eastern technique involves a ball of 100%-natural wax made up of sugar or honey, lemon juice and water. It gives perfect results on any part of the body, also slowing down hair regrowth and leaving skin soft. It is mainly offered in Middle Eastern salons such as Sultane de Saba, Charme d’Orient and other hammams, but there are also some more exclusive establishments - Aux p’tits soins in the 12th arrondissement, Espace Epilation in the 15th and Yosra Beauty - where you can make an appointment.
Whether it’s a manicure, a pedicure, application or removal of semi-permanent or gel nail polish, nail art or something else, treatments for the hands and feet are a little extra touch of self-care that you can treat yourself to without breaking the bank. Paris has a huge number of places that specialise in these treatments, with something for everyone and every budget. Some opt for low-cost chains, while others go for a luxurious treat at Paris's most upmarket spas, like the spas in Paris’s palace hotels. There’s a whole range of options in between the two; beauty chains such as L’Onglerie, Yves Rocher and Sephora, local salons, department stores such as Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche and its Kure Bazaar nail bar - specialising in natural nail polishes - trendy salons like Lili Creuk's and Romina Chiriac’s, responsible companies such as Manucurist and other spas.
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The eye area has its own specialist salons for some pampering of its own. In these salons, special attention is given to eyelashes and eyebrows: brow shaping, brow and lash tinting, treatments with serums, lash lifts and perms, false lash application, microblading, permanent make-up and more. They offer a wide range of services to cater to all needs and preferences, often in an intimate setting. To try out this type of beauty treatment, you can head to well-known establishments like Le Boudoir du Regard, Un Jour, un Regard, Sephora’s Brow Bar Benefit, L’Atelier du Sourcil, L’Institut du Regard and Salon du Regard or independent salons like Irisé Paris, Cils en Seine, Cils de Marie and Le Labo du Regard.
If you fancy a spontaneous treat or need an urgent beauty boost before a date, walk-in salons are just the thing. With these treatments, which are often particularly quick ones, you can get a manicure, a wax or even a skincare treatment wherever you are in Paris. If you’re looking round Printemps Haussmann, make sure you stop off on floor -1 of Printemps de la Beauté to check out the Nuxe spa. This haven of comfort within the department store on Boulevard Haussmann offers a menu of relatively quick treatments and you can pre-book or walk in, subject to availability. There’s also Clarins, which has an ‘Open Spa’ in its boutique on rue de la Pompe, providing express 30-minute treatments: anti-fatigue, detox, youthfulness, etc. There’s a choice of seven treatments in all for a burst of vitality.
Cryogenics, injections, lasers, machines... The world of beauty is constantly changing and treatments are becoming increasingly powerful. Some salons, often drawing on the latest technological advancements, have specialised in certain techniques. To try out cryotherapy, which has benefits for the respiratory and immune systems, the circulation, sports recovery and the skin, among others, you can go to specialist centres such as Cryobox, Cryofast, CryoBoost and Espace Cryo, for example. This type of facility is also available in some aesthetic medicine and laser clinics. aesthé, the new Parisian beauty adress, in the heart of the Marais district, offers treatments, skin diagnostics and care at the cutting edge of innovation (HydraFacial, microneefing...). This is notably the case of Skin Marceau, a centre located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris that specialises in fighting the signs of ageing, reducing redness and spots, treating acne and caring for the skin, using the latest technology (CO2 laser). But also is the case at the clinics in the Lazeo chain, whose specialities include ‘coolsculpting’ (cryolipolysis), laser hair removal and injections.
New machines are regularly coming onto the scene to boost treatments and refine processes: skin diagnostics, electrotherapy, ultrasound, infrared light, etc. They all have their own anti-aging, smoothing, plumping or energising effects, acting on specific areas or the body as a whole...
Whether they’re independent or created by prestigious cosmetics brands, upscale beauty institutes vie with each in creativity in the treatments they offer and in their evermore bigger, more luxurious or more original surroundings.
The Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche department stores' has its own eponymous space: the Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche Institute. Located on the 3rd floor, this warm and intimate space offers a unique and personalised well-being break. The three partner brands - Biologique Recherche, Dior and Guerlain - offer their expertise and customised protocols. Other brands (Armani, Chantecaille, Chanel, Dr. Barbara Sturm, Fresh, La Mer, Estée Lauder, Sisley, Shiseido, Valmont, Yves Saint-Laurent and Tata Harper) take it in turns to occupy the other booths, according to a schedule to be found on the Institute's website.
One of the latest trends among chicbeauty institutes is to offer clients beauty treatments in the intimate setting of private apartments in sumptuous Haussmannian buildings. The most up-to-date establishments are equipped with the latest technology and innovations, such as the ‘Iyashi Dôme’. Similar toa sauna, this detoxing chamber eliminates toxins and heavy metals using a traditional Japanese technique.
These exceptional healing centres also offer aromatherapy, music therapy and chromotherapy for intense sensory bliss.
More and more prestigious beauty brands are creating their own beauty salons. Examples include Guinot, Mary Cohr, Cinq Mondes, Sothys, Sisley, Carita, Codage, Filorga, Darphin, Clarins, Orlane, Holidermie and Nuxe, as well as luxury brands like Guerlain, Dior and Chanel. The list goes on.... These exclusive salons give you a chance not only to explore the worlds of these brands and their star products and treatments, but also to benefit from expert advice to help you find the ones best suited to you. A good way to make sure you don’t make any more faux-pas and can get a treatment that will truly benefit you.
Whether it’s before taking the plane or jumping on a train, globetrotters can spoil themselves with a massage, a manicure or a blow-dry in airports and train stations.
Paris’s airports and train stations, along with their metro stations, have become places full of life, destinations in their own right even. Many businesses and services are located within them: hair salons, crèches, medical laboratories, supermarkets and more.
At Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, the Be Relax areas offer a chance to unwind or get yourself looking your best before catching your flight home or setting off to explore Paris. On the treatment menu at this salon for air travellers are classic or chair massages, facial treatments, manicures, pedicures, hair removal and even hairstyling!
In most train stations, including Paris Montparnasse, Paris Gare de Lyon and Paris Gare de l’Est, it’s the brand Yves Rocher that is on-site to provide express treatments before you catch your train. Next thing we know, there’ll be a beauty salon on board!