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Not surprisingly, there is a thriving beauty and cosmetics trade in vanity-driven Shanghai. For a good selection of Western brands, try any Carrefour, Parkson or Watson’s. The spa business is also booming, and most sell international cosmetics brands followed by a luxurious facial or body treatment. For a cheap haircut, brave a local barber. However, if you do not speak Chinese you may have difficulty communicating your requirements. Many local spas and hairdressers are not accustomed to Western hair and skin tones, so most expats generally prefer to spend a little more at an international hairdresser. For Black women expats in particular, finding the right hairdresser can be even more difficult, but this expert advice might help.

Toni & Guy Hairdressing

The British import’s internationally renowned stylists are popular with expats throughout the city.

Mon-Fri 9am-10pm Sat-Sun 10am-11pm
Pudong: Green City, 376 Hongfeng Lu, by Mingyue Lu
5030 5521

Franck Provost

Part of an award-winning international chain of salons, Franck Provost is known for intensely focused and talented stylists, luxurious and impeccably clean decor, and relatively high prices.

Puxi: 1/F, Hong Fangzi, 35 Shaanxi Nan Lu, by Changle Lu
6267 5171


Sephora has a huge collection of the most recent men and women’s beauty lines.

Puxi: 669-671 Huaihai Zhong Lu, by Sinan Lu
5382 5562
Pudong: 1/F, Super Brand Mall, 168 Lujiazui Xi Lu, by Lujiazui Huan Lu
5047 2318
Hongqiao/Gubei: 1/F, 268 Shuicheng Nan Lu, by Yan’an Xi Lu
6270 5698

Esprit Salon

Esprit is popular with expats for its relatively affordable yet fashionable hairstyles. The internationally-trained staff speak English.

Puxi: 301B CITIC Square, 1168 Nanjing Xi Lu
5292 8800
Pudong: Super Brand Mall, 168 Lujiazui Xi Lu
5049 3988
Puxi: 4/F, 336 Xixang Zhong Lu, by Jiujiang Lu
3330 3399

Head to Toe Family Salon and Spa

Head to Toe is a family-friendly salon which keeps children entertained with toys while they have their hair trimmed and styled. For more indulgent parents, massages and manicures are also available for the little ones.

Pudong: 150 Biyun Lu, by Baihua Lu
5030 2794

Ba Yan Ka La

This well-conceived store uses the holistic properties of Chinese plant extracts and fruit to pamper your skin and hair.

Puxi: 1221 Changle Lu, by Wulumuqi Lu
5403 6131


Kids hate getting their hair cut? At Dino they have race cars for the kids to sit in while they watch DVDs. It’s distraction at its best. Prices are affordable and appointments essential.

3213 Hongmei Lu, by Yan’an Xi Lu
3468 8073

No. 7 Beauty Studio

This bilingual salon has a wide selection of beauty treatments using French products.

Pudong: No. 7, Lane 999 Meihua Lu, Century Park
5059 7767

81 West Hairdressers

This family-friendly salon offers affordable prices and a decent range of products.

Mon-Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 10am-6pm
Pudong: B 15-16 Green Sports & Leisure Center, 633 Biyun Lu
5030 6981

Eric Paris

Eric Paris is very popular among expat women, who feel secure with Eric and his well-trained English-speaking staff.

Puxi: 4 Hengshan Lu, by Wulumuqi Lu
6473 0904

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