From light and laser technologies to waxing and good old-fashioned shaving, there are plenty of options when it comes to going hair-free. This month, four lucky ladies from the EL team tried waxing services offered at different salons across the island.
What I had: Brazilian Wax, $59
Founded in 2004 and previously located at Turf City, Sylvia’s Secrets specialises in waxing and other hair removal methods like threading and Ultra VPL, plus spray tanning and facials. Tucked off to the side of Bukit Timah Plaza’s second level, this place is no-frills, but super-clean and professional – which is exactly what you want and need when you’re taking it all off!
Here, they use hard wax for Brazilians, which most people find less painful than the typical soft wax method. First applied as a liquid, the hard wax attaches itself only to the hair, not the skin, which minimises discomfort once the wax has hardened and is removed.
While the salon still uses soft wax on larger areas – a man’s back, say – it uses hard wax for smaller and more sensitive areas. I must say that the hard wax at Sylvia’s was the perfect temperature – not scalding! – and came off easily without any pain whatsoever. In fact, I’d say it was probably the least painful waxing I’ve ever had. You can bet I’ll be returning.
– AMY GREENBURG
What I had: Brazilian Wax, $60
Located on the first floor of Sin Ming Centre, this cosy boutique salon is where founder and owner Diana offers a variety of beauty treatments – waxing, threading, facials, massages and more. Armed with over 14 years of experience in the beauty industry, she has a loyal clientele who swear by her lightning speed waxing.
Diana does every treatment herself, so book beforehand to avoid disappointment. As a beauty editor, I’ve had my fair share of waxing experiences, but this one was unforgettable! It was also a pleasure chatting to Diana, whose affable personality will put nervous first timers at ease.
Diana uses honey wax flown in from the US, which is suitable for sensitive and eczema-prone skin. Soft wax is used on flatter surfaces, while hard wax is moulded onto the softer, more rounded areas like the labia. True to the slew of positive reviews I’ve seen online, this waxing was the quickest I’ve ever had – it took only five minutes from start to end.
Brazilian waxing will never be a pleasant experience, but when you’re in the hands of the waxing guru, the pain ends quicker than expected and you’re smooth and fuzz-free before you know it. Afterwards, she applies a mix of sweet almond oil and aloe vera – her tried-and-true concoction after years of experimenting – to soothe the skin. Needless to say, I’ll be back!
– ANTHIA CHNG
What I had: Basic Bikini Wax, $27
As I sprinted out of the office late and harassed, with a to-do list as long as the Great Wall, I had to ask myself why I was trying to squeeze in a waxing appointment. It’s definitely not my treatment of choice, and I surely could’ve used the time for something more critical. However, upon arriving at the Dempsey sanctuary of Trimmings, I instantly felt relaxed and delighted to be there. The aromatherapy fragrances enveloping the whole building, coupled with leafy surrounds and serene birdsong immediately put me at ease. The staff were welcoming, efficient and charming, while the waxing experience was quick, good and almost painless.
Now I know what a wide range of services Trimmings offers, I will definitely be going back to sample some of their other divine-sounding treatments. Thank you, Expat Living, for my mid-week treat!
– JOSIE LAMBERT (Reader Review!)
What I had: Bikini wax, from $38
It was my first time at this popular salon, which has been in operation for more than 20 years in the same location – a testament to the service they provide. Yvonne, who has had over 20 years of experience in the beauty field, was in charge of my treatment.
It’s natural to feel a bit self-conscious during waxing, and this was my first time; but she instantly put me at ease by talking me through the different options and styles available, which was nice information for a waxing virgin to know.
Eight different types of wax are available, depending on your skin type and the colour and texture of the hair. For my bikini line, she used wax strips and muslin strips, and it was pretty much pain-free!
I now understand how important it is for your therapist to be highly skilled. It takes expertise to correctly hold the skin taut, and to avoid causing pain or bruising. The whole treatment took around 30 minutes: waxing, followed by the application of a soothing antiseptic cream. I’ll definitely be back for a second session!
– JACQUI YOUNG
Looking for a high-tech alternative? Here are two permanent hair-reduction methods.
#1 Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
A quick and fuss-free permanent hair removal treatment, IPL is available at multiple salons islandwide. Our go-to is EstheClinic, which offers a painless version thanks to the MacPeel’s No Pain System Technology. Unlike the traditional IPL system, which delivers intense pulsed light in sudden zaps, this one uses a hand piece that is constantly swept across the skin, covering a larger surface area within a shorter amount of time. Typically, each session removes around 10 to 15 percent of the hair. A total of eight to 12 sessions is recommended to remove 80 to 90 percent of the hair. While the hair that’s removed is gone forever, you may need a couple of maintenance sessions.
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Three outlets: Tanjong Pagar, East Coast, Rochester Park
Medical grade lasers work by emitting a single wavelength of light, maximising laser penetration to the targeted area. This light is absorbed by the pigment in the hair, blasting the hair itself without harming the skin or the hair follicle. In most cases, you can expect a reduction of 15 to 20 percent after the first session. An average of six sessions is required, depending on the individual.
Psst… If you have tanned or dark skin, laser hair removal is considered safer than IPL. In Singapore, it’s available only in licensed medical clinics.
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