Getting Hooked on Fish Pedicures

Getting Hooked on Fish Pedicures

Sit back, relax and let the carp nibble away at your dead skin. Welcome to the latest in spa pampering.

With state regulators concerned about health issues of using razor blades to remove dead skin for pedicures, a salon owner in Virginia is using tiny carp to get the job done instead.

Yvonne Hair and Nails in Alexandria offers “fish pedicures,” the latest in spa pampering. Customers put their feet in a fish tank full of about 100 of the tiny fish which then nibble away at dead, flaky skin, leaving soft skin behind. Salon owner John Ho says the practice has been used in Asia for years, where the garra rufa fish are known as “doctor fish.” He claims his salon is the first in the U.S. to offer up its clients to the carp.

This Virginian Pilot ( video offers a peek into the world of pedicures, including offbeat closeups of fish nibbling on customers’ toes.

Length: 2:37

By Brian Clark