When it comes to waxing, girls across London swear by one beauty salon… I’d heard whispers about STRIP from girls at work, friends from school and pals from university. Finally it was time for me to break a lifetime habit (I have always visited an uber cheap place in South Ken) and venture into this pretty posh waxing parlour.
As this sexy brand grows in popularity the branches are multiplying. Notting Hill’s boutiquey venue is located conveniently near to Portobello and Westbourne Grove. I was stunned immediately by the rainbow lace display of alluring lingerie… the Hanky Panky and Mary Green ranges are particularly tempting… I found myself justifying a spend of £70 for matching bra and knickers.
I was so encouraged by the exemplary pre-wax care and attention that I even braved a Brazilian. My gorgeous smiley beautician Emily looked after me, talking me through every step… explaining the process so I could leave hairfree and educated by the experience.
Aside from feeling totally relaxed in the warm and comfy room, a tv plays background music videos, the perfect distraction. Strip have a variety of their own products, of which I tried the Chocolate and then the Lavender Hot Waxes. The use of hot wax is much less painful than strip waxing, much healthier and more effective. As a relatively inexperienced waxee, I wasn’t sure what to ask for – luckily Emily took control when I faltered! The wax was surprisingly fun, almost relaxing! The thick smooth wax smelt and felt divine, and gave amazing results, removing even the shortest hairs and leaving the skin barely red.
Emily recommended various products to improve my bikini line for future waxes… South Seas Bora Bora Body Polish for exfoliation and a very easy to use Ingrown-X-IT Solution spray to prevent ingrown hairs.
Hands down the best wax I’ve ever had, I’m hooked and am already planning my next Strip visit.
Visit the STRIP website here for more information and to book.