Friday, January 26, 2007

The Price of Beauty

From Reuters here:

At Fish Reflexology, clients’ feet are exfoliated by tiny fish that nibble off dead skin — a method used in Turkey for decades to treat diseases. The treatment is also available in some areas of China and Japan.

Another popular beauty treatment is eyebrow embroidery, an industry the local Straits Times newspaper estimated to be worth 5 million Singapore dollars ($3.25 million) a year.

It entails plucking out your natural brows and then drawing strands of hair back using a pen-like device that injects ink under the skin. The result, patrons say, looks more natural than a tattoo and better than Mother Nature.

And if that sounds painful, several hair-removal salons in Singapore offer services for men including “boyzilians” — the male equivalent of the “Brazilian”, where almost all the hair is removed from the pubic area using strips daubed in warm wax.


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