A concise guide to waxing

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It is said that sugaring, the oldest form of waxing, dates back to 1900 BC, when ladies would remove their unwanted hair with a honey concoction.


The use of actual sugar for this hair-removal technique (which is still widely used, particularly in the Middle East) dates back some 1,000 years to civilisations in Papua New Guinea. Today, sugaring is still the best bet for sensitive skin, due to the fact that sugar is completely hypoallergenic and the wax can be used at room temperature and without strips. A variation on this sweet theme is chocolate waxing, which, as the name would suggest, uses the skin-conditioning and anti-inflammatory properties of cocoa. It is also not a hot wax, and it’s a great way to avoid ingrown hairs. But the key to a great waxing job also lies in the after-wax treatment. Any waxing specialist will tell you that exfoliation and skin calming are key. Almost every specialised waxing salon will have their version of after-wax creams and scrubs, but Bliss’s ingrown eliminating pads (www.blissworld.com) or Elemis’s Tea Tree SOS spray are some of the best post-wax calmers. (www.elemis.com)

Spa Hotspots

New York

Completely Bare was founded by Real Housewives of New York Cindy Barshop and features ‘ouchless wax’ that can be purchased online.



Strip features the crème de la crème of wax, LYCON. The Australian product comes in a low temperature, botanical-infused varietal, and is known to remove hair as short as 1mm. The salons feature themed treatment rooms and an in-house lingerie boutique.



Strip: Ministry of Waxing was homegrown in Singapore, and has spread its waxing prowess to Asian cities such as Shanghai, Jakarta, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, and even as far afield as London and New York. Featuring a cheeky website and salons, they specialise in post-waxing treatments and products (such as the cooling ‘ice cream’) that promote healing and prevent ingrown hairs.

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