6 July, 2011

Eyelash Extensions: The HK Insider’s Place

6 July, 2011

Once upon a time, in a place known as the Commercial Building along a street known as Wing Lok in an old, historical part of Hong Kong, a beauty blogger found herself wondering whether she had been fooled. You see, this was the last place she expected to be. The shabby building yielded no visible signage which might have led her to her destination. This place, according to Hong Kong legend, promised professional eyelash extensions for little in exchange. After a fruitless search, she was disappointed and prepared to journey home. At the last moment, however, she remembered her trusty iPhone and employed its services to um, surf the net, and found, written in Chinese across several websites, the phone number of her destination.

You pay for the service here, not the décor. What doth thou expect? Several beds are laid in two rooms where locals and clued in expats alike are crammed into. There is no privacy here: the upside is that if you’ve never had eyelash extensions before you can simply step up and witness how it is applied on another client. The service is great, if you can understand it, that is. I speak Mandarin and broken Cantonese and was able to converse with my therapist, Ivy. She encouraged me to go for thickness (more natural) than length the first time I visited. The second time, however, we both decided I could pull off something a little more dramatic and so we went all out. These ladies work primarily on lash extensions, so they are trained pros. You could describe the place as running like a factory production line – the only thing they seem to do all day long is deal with lashes (extensions, removal of extensions, perming etc) although other services like manicures are on offer.

This was the advice I was given: eyelash extensions can be a little stiff when you first apply them but they do soften after a day. Remember to avoid rubbing your eyes and keep oil-based cleansers away from your eyes – they can weaken the glue that bonds the extensions to your natural lashes. I switched to Bioderma Crealine H2O Solution, a water-based toner/makeup remover while I had my extensions and can’t live without it now!

Hatoe Manicure Beauty Centre, 1/F 88 Commercial Building No 28-34 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan Sheung Wan Exit A, immediate left,3116 3333

10am – 8pm Closed on Sundays Appointments necessary.

A one-off appointment costs HKD3o0; a package of three sessions costs HKD660. Avoid the days before public holidays such as Christmas and Chinese New Year. I waited an hour once!

20 thoughts on “Eyelash Extensions: The HK Insider’s Place

  1. I was a lash extension virgin and went to try it yesterday at this place you suggested. Overall quite pleased. My appt was for 4.30pm on a Saturday, the place was packed and I had to wait for about half an hour. But Ivy was very apologetic and courteous and did give me the natural look I asked for. No discomfort during the process or after (okay, it’s less than a day so far).

    The place is crammed and really noisy, especially with the beauticians chattering over your head, literally. But for that price and speed and precision you can’t complain. Now let’s see how long this lasts and what my colleagues think come Monday. 🙂

    A very good place for those looking for a bargain!

  2. Hi NYCfurball and thanks for the feedback!

    We’ve updated the article accordingly – and we’re glad that Hatoe did not disappoint!

  3. Just writing a massive thank you for this blog! I was in Hong Kong for a few days in December and desperately needed eyelash extensions cause mine had start to fall out and get gappy – plus I suffer trichotillamania where I pull my lashes out so I get extensions to try break the habit. I was staying on Wing Lok Street and googled the street name plus eyelash extensions and your blog came up. I would have never have found the place if it wasn’t for your blog. They extensions are amazing, such a high quality there – definitely the BEST extensions I’ve had (ive gone to 4 different places in the past) and they’ve lasted me 4 weeks already! Really really impressed. The place was great – I wish they were in Australia! They put on really natural but effective looking lashes. Thank you again Danielle!!!! And a massive thanks to the fabulous Hatoe Manicute Beauty Centre – you are the BEST!

  4. Yes thanks again! They lasted over 4 weeks – which is the longest I’ve ever had extensions for!!! Quick question, do you know if they were silk or not? I have to get more done here in Australia but some places say they’re silk one – but I want one’s that were like Hatoe’s cause they were amazing. Definitely the best I’ve had.

  5. Thanks so much for this blogpost!!!
    I just had extensions done by Ivy today, she’s a nice girl and I am happy with the result so far, looks very natural but still effective. Much better than the one I had done in Korea a while back, even the one was much more expensive (about HKD 700 equivalent for 1 treatment!) since they said it was real human lashes they used as I asked for a natural look, but in the end, it was hardly noticeable – not exactly the purpose of it!
    At Hatoe I went for the 3 treatments pack for HKD 660. They said it’s silk lashes. They look even better than the human lashes I got in Korea, very regular fill and nicely integrated with your own lashes. Ivy also had a good eye on recommending the appropriate length that integrates best with your own lashes (she said I got a 6, whatever that means).
    I will post again after a few weeks how long they lasted!

  6. Hi, I’ve just been to Hatoe today and it’s my first time doing eye lash extension. I am so happy with it. No discomfort whatsoever and Ivy was really nice. Let’s see how long it will last but I don’t think I can live without it now. Thx again… I would have gone to browhaus if I didn’t come across ur blog.

  7. Hi Honey

    Glad you enjoyed your experience and thanks for letting us know about it! We’re happy to help!

  8. I just got my first eyelash extension back in my country while on a short vacation and I’m very satisfied with it that I want it done regularly now, so I searched for a place to do it and your blog came up.

    Rach, are you the owner? I work and live in Lowu, Shenzhen. I’m willing to make the trip for my extensions but can I make my appointments via e-mail? Could you furnish me with your e-mail address, please?

  9. Hi Mildred

    No I am not the owner – I am the editor of Sassy. I suggest you call the phone number listed at the end of this article – the dialling code for Hong Kong is +852.

  10. Hi Rach, I read your article and starting going to Hatoe a few months ago. I totally love the experience and thanks for the recommendation! I have been trying to make an appointment with Ivy recently but the place kept saying Ivy is not available. Do you know if Ivy still works there and how I can find her?

  11. Hi Kayla

    I am not the author of this article – the girl who wrote this is Danielle (you can see her signature at the bottom of the article) and Dani does not have Ivy’s personal contact so we’re unable to help with trying to get in touch with her direct.

  12. Thank you so much Rach. Do you know if Dani still goes to Ivy to get her extensions done? This is so sad as I I thought I can go to Ivy’s place to get my lashes done again as she did a great job for me.

  13. Thanks Sassy!! These girls really know what they are doing, loved how quick the girls worked and how my lashes turned out 🙂

    FYI they’ve up-ed the package price to $750/3 sessions.

  14. Hi there,

    Ivy doesn’t work at Hatoe Manicure Beauty Centre anymore. She now works at I.C. Beauty at Room 1302, 13/F, Loon Lee Building, 267-275 Des Voeux Road Central, Shrug Wan, Hong Kong. Can contact her at 2755 1993.

  15. Hi,

    Where can i get a water based make up remover… In sasa? i recently got my eyelash extensions for a groupon deal in causeway bay…would love to try this place coz of the gr8 reviews.

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