Lovers of mani-pedis will be glad to hear that the business of getting your nails done has been taken a step further at Allure Hand and Foot Spa. Instead of only focusing on meticulously groomed nails, this beauty and wellness establishment has put a particular emphasis on the well-being and health of customer’s hands and feet. After all, these are both body parts which are essential to most everyday activities.
The shop opened last March in Thonglor’s brand new community mall Maze Thonglor, a four-story complex which is also home to a number of restaurants, cafés and independent shops. Located on the 3rd floor, the one-room spa is separated into a reception area and an elevated treatment area which is furnished with four comfortable chairs to relax in while being pampered by the beauty specialist. The tropical wallpaper offsets the subdued grey and brown tones of the modern and minimalistic interior. The stand-alone spa uses mainly natural and organic products, and its menu covers five treatments with different benefits for both hands and feet (two of which are USDA certified organic). Their signature Skin Purifying Organic Spa Treatment (B1,200/hands, B1,500/feet) is suitable for all skin types, and especially designed for those who enjoy being outdoor and exposed to the sun.
After taking a seat and receiving some refreshments, the cosmetician starts the treatment by cutting and shaping the nails and snipping off little bits of dead skin. While customers choose from an extensive selection of nail polishes—normal or gel—the beauty specialist continues the treatment, cleaning the feet, using a natural cleanser, in a small sink placed in front of the chair. This cleanser consists of both mung beans and organic oatmeal which not only cleans off dirt but also helps adjust the pH-balance of the skin, all while softening and nourishing it. After that, the skin is gently exfoliated with an organic sugar scrub which removes dead skin without any irritation.
At about this time during the treatment, a second cosmetician starts to groom the hands following the same procedure. The next step in the treatment is a special ground jasmine rice and turmeric mask which is carefully applied and covered with cling film. The mask then works its magic, cooling, detoxifying, and reducing dark spots, while the cosmetician rubs the soles of the feet with a pumice stone and shapes the cuticles of the nails. After washing off the mask with a soothing, warm towel, the wellness treatment is concluded by a deep and strong massage to stimulate the blood pressure in both hands and feet.
Moving on to the beauty part of the procedure, the chosen nail polish colour is precisely applied in three layers, before finishing off with a drop of nourishing oil for a healthy shine. The treatment for both hands and feet takes about two hours in total—a relaxing morning after which you’ll look great and feel even better. By Julia Offenberger
Allure Hand and Foot Spa
3F, Maze Thonglor, Sukhumvit Soi 55
Tel: 062 395 6522
Open: Tue-Sun, 11am-9pm