Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Review: The Hollywood wax at Wax in the City

I’ve written before about the utterly wonderful experience I had in Waxperts in Dún Laoghaire, so you may be surprised to learn that, a few short weeks ago, I found myself walking through the doors of Wax in the City …

Mon, Feb 11, 2013, 07:30

   

I’ve written before about the utterly wonderful experience I had in Waxperts in Dún Laoghaire, so you may be surprised to learn that, a few short weeks ago, I found myself walking through the doors of Wax in the City on South William Street for my Hollywood wax. The truth is, Dún Laoghaire is not all that convenient for me – and when I found myself with a half hour to kill between appointments, I thought I’d try out what the Germans have to offer.

I’d read a review on Viva Adonis that was almost glowing, so I was fairly optimistic about my time in Wax in the City, a feeling that was boosted when I realised that (a) they could treat me straight away and (b) they were going to charge me a mere €35 for the pleasure of removing all of my pubic hair. The joys!

I won’t get into the, er, nitty-gritty, but the salient points are that this is not a luxurious, therapeutic experience – and if that’s what you want from your waxing, you’re better off spending the extra €20-odd to get it done somewhere “fancy”. While the décor is lovely and the staff are all clean and tidy, this is very much of the conveyor belt school – get into your little cabin, strip down to your smalls, get waxed and get out.

They use hot wax, which is just as well – strips make me queasy – and the procedure was done quickly and efficiently, and over within about 10 minutes. It was painful, but no more painful than it ever is (not as painless as Waxperts, mind you!), and the pain pales slightly in comparison with the embarrassment.

It’s now that the truth has truly come out: two weeks on, I have several irritated and itchy ingrown hairs, and things are just looking, er, a little messier than they should “down there”. (I’m sorry, I’m sorry: TMI, I know.) It’s not ideal, but for a saving of €20 and the convenience of just walking in off the street, I can’t say I’ll never go back. It’s a bit like that knock-off Special K you can buy in Tesco called Special Flakes: it’s not half as good as the real thing, but it’ll do in a pinch.

Wax in the City is located at 26 South William St, Dublin 2. Tel: 01-672 4040.