Are you sick of shaving? Don't have the time to shave as often? or are you suffering from skin irritations caused by shaving?Well, maybe it's time you tried waxing!

Some of the best beauty ideas out there are the ones that have been around forever, but you just haven’t tried yet.While many of us have experimented with waxing just about every body part possible, it wasn’t until a friend started raving about her monthly leg waxes that I decided to give it a go. (That was many years ago now ;) Five sessions later and my skin had never felt smoother. (Also, you know those hard-to-shave spots, like knees and the back of your thighs? You better believe wax can take care of that.) Now years later the result is hardly any hairs on my legs, and very little waxing maintenance needed…well that’s just a bonus!

Hair free stress-free summer
Hair free stress-free summer. Courtesy of the beauty team at V For hair and Beauty Merivale.

Some tips from the experts

These top 10 benefits of waxing over shaving will give you an overview of why many people have converted to waxing as a method of hair removal.


  1. Waxing lasts longer than shaving because it pulls the hair from the roots.
  2. No cuts or nicks that can leave you with scars.
  3. Shaving can cause rashes on sensitive skin.
  4. For many, waxing makes the hair grow slower and finer.
  5. Waxing produces smoother results because hair is pulled from the root.
  6. Shaving can result to stubbles. If you don't shave often enough, your legs will feel rough and abrasive.
  7. Waxing will make your skin feel smoother longer without feeling itchy, because of slower hair regrowth.
  8. Contrary to popular belief, waxing is not always painful. if you do it right, it is almost pain-free.
  9. Waxing is fast and convenient.
  10. Skin is less susceptible to irritations associated with shaving. You can also use, hair growth retardants to slow down hair growth and minimise ingrown hairs, irritation, redness and bumps caused by shaving, waxing, hair removal cremes and electrolysis.
Always choose a trusted professional for your waxing

Always choose a trusted professional for your waxing…V For hair and Beauty Merivale.

With summer just around the corner, now’s the time to embrace waxing.

To make sure you get the most out of your session, Vicki Ogden O’Fee from V For Hair and Beauty Merivale gives us the following tips on waxing.Let it grow.This is why it’s best to get your first leg, bikini or Brazilian wax when the weather is still cool enough to wear pants: you need about a week-and-a-half to two weeks of hair growth. Of course, “it depends how fast your hair grows, but we usually recommend about 1 cm [of hair].So, embrace the fuzz and let it grow. On the plus side, consider this the last time you’ll ever have uncomfortable stubble, because anything that grows post-wax will be soft, fresh new hair.Exfoliation is key.In the days before your appointment, prep your legs by exfoliating. Pure Fiji Sugar Rub is perfect for this and before you shower is best, as it really sloughs off skin, but an in-shower scrub can also do the trick.When you come in to get waxed, if you have exfoliated properly all the hair will come out. If you do not [exfoliate properly] you will see some of the hair grow again in two weeks. Don’t forget to exfoliate post-wax too: use both a dry brush and in-shower scrub for at least 10 days after.

Pure Fiji Sugar Scrub
Pure Fiji Sugar rub from V For hair and Beauty Merivale.

Moisturize!Hydration is a must before and after you wax. Many scrubs contain moisturizing ingredients, but you need good moisturising home body care as well such as Pure Fiji Body butter which has been developed with all over body hydration in mind. It’s very, very moisturizing but not oily. Keep your body happy by applying lotion as soon as you’re out of the shower—and off the waxing table. (At V for Hair and Beauty Merivale we will do this post-wax for you.)

Pure Fiji Moisturiser
The beautiful Pure Fiji range for body pampering.

Benefits of a Brazilian WaxThe Brazilian wax can be one of the best changes you can make in your health and beauty regimen. Many of us females have found that the Brazilian waxing is a lot less scary than people think! Many clients when first thought about going for a Brazilian wax were nervous about 2 things: 1. The pain, and 2. The fact that some stranger was going to be looking at their private parts up close and personal. Our many regular clients that have been having regular Brazilian waxing tell us all that the benefits of a Brazilian wax far outweigh the minimal pain of the experience.

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Be bikini ready this summer with your waxing services from v For hair and Beauty Merivale.

How long does a Brazilian wax take?Appointments take up to 30 minutes on average. This includes arriving and checking in, getting waxed, and checking out. Most clients are on the beauty bed for about 15 to 20 minutes. It is not an hour ordeal that includes lots of anxiety. It’s quick and easy.Now, let’s talk about the pain.Our fully trained and qualified beauty therapists pull the strips off quickly and places their hand on the uncovered area (just like an eyebrow wax). Once she removes her hand, the stinging on your skin is gone. Each strip causes a stinging sensation for a couple seconds and then goes away. When you leave, you can do whatever you want for the rest of the day with no pain. Many Clients often workout right after their appointment. For girls who have just finished menstruating, they suggest taking an ibuprofen before the wax because your skin tends to be more sensitive (however, in most cases, you will be fine). Most people get anxious about the butt portion of the Brazilian wax. Many shy away from it without ever knowing that it is the most painless part! We’re talking almost no pain at all!

Waxing should be a pleasant experience in clean beautiful surroundings
Waxing should be a pleasant experience in clean beautiful surroundings…V For Hair and Beauty Merivale.

Up close and personal...For those of you who are worried about someone getting that close to your private parts, I can only tell you that our therapists will make you totally comfortable at each of your appointments. It makes many ladies feel more confident and feminine. If you have any questions about how your skin is reacting to the wax, our beauty therapists’ specialists are knowledgeable and open to talking about it in a professional manner. They will give you tips on how to make your waxed skin last longer, how to exfoliate properly, and much more.The benefits!Most women get waxed once a month. Sometimes, depending on how well your skin reacts, it can last for 6 weeks. The first time you go, you cannot shave for 10-14 days before your first appointment. The wait is worth it, trust me. After your first couple of waxes the hair will grow back sparingly and thin. You will feel incredibly smooth with no razor bumps or rashes. Get it done right before by one of our trusted professional therapists and have a smooth bikini line all week (and then some!). So, give it a try! We have suggested Brazilian and body waxing to many of our clients and now they can’t even imagine going back to shaving!

beauty waxing maintenance regime
At V for hair and Beauty we have put together a few ways to make the beauty waxing maintenance regime easy on you and your pocket.

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Make an appointment time between 8am and 10am Monday to Saturday for any of our hair colour services or beauty services. Mention Early Bird Club and all pre-booked hair colour or beauty services receive a 50% discount.This is the perfect way to maintain your existing hair colour and waxing services at an economical rate.All our beauty services are offered at the EARLY BIRD CLUB. All work done by qualified stylists and beauty therapists. Every stylist or executive stylist and beauty therapist in our salon offers this EARLY BIRD Club.
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