My Top Pick: Waxing and Beauty Salons in Clapham Junction

Waxing salon Clapham Junction - Urban TanningOne of the best beauty salons in London which I find myself visiting time and time again, is the Urban Tanning Salon. Not just for their awesome Stand-Up tanning beds but also as the best waxing salon in Clapham Junction.

Regular visits to a beauty salon go a long way to help with your skin care. Plus, we are all so busy in our everyday lives that sometimes we forget that we need to stop and take the time out of our hectic schedules to look after ourselves.

I especially like that they use Hot wax or strip wax depending on the area…

“Hot wax” and “strip wax” are two different methods for waxing that both achieve largely the same results.

Hot wax is spread thickly onto the skin and allowed to dry slightly before it is peeled away. This can be less painful than most as it pulls hair directly from the roots – you’re likely to get fewer in-grown hairs, less breakage and therefore longer re-growth periods. Hot wax can also help to promote skin hydration and is highly recommended for sensitive areas.

Strip wax is usually best for thicker hair or for parts of the body with less sensitive skin such as legs, arms, back, shoulders or the chest. With strip waxing, a thick layer of wax gets applied to the skin and hair is removed using paper strips. Both are effective and both methods deliver benefits over shaving.

Here’s why I use Urban Tanning waxing:

  1. Waxing lasts longer than shaving as it pulls the hair directly from the roots.
  2. The results of waxing feel smoother because of the fact that hair is pulled from the roots. So, with waxing you can enjoy that silky smooth feeling on your legs for much longer than you can if you shave! Plus waxing can help to exfoliate the skin at the same time.
  3. When done by professionals, waxing is fast and convenient.
  4. Cuts or nicks from shaving can leave you with scars – waxing is less abrasive than shaving.
  5. Shaving can cause rashes on sensitive skin – with waxing this isn’t the case.
  6. When done on a regular basis, waxing makes the hair re-growth slower and finer.
  7. With waxing you get no unwanted stubble.
  8. Waxing is ideal for removing hair on larger parts of the body (like the back or the shoulders) and large clumps of hair can be removed at a time.
  9. Done right (and by trained and experienced beauty therapists) waxing is not always painful.
  10. Skin is less susceptible to irritations associated with shaving.

Urban Tanning provides both hot and strip wax options and have a clean salon with super friendly staff.


Secrets to a Great Home Manicure

Our hands and nails are always on show so its a good idea to spend some time looking after them and making them look beautiful, the results will be worth the effort I can assure you.

During the course of the day there are many things which can damage the nails and dry out the hands. We are constantly using our hands so the skin can dry out and begin to crack or the nail can chip and peel. If you don’t want to have a professional manicure you can still get lovely looking hands by following a good nail care routine at home. This is what I do and treat myself to a visit to a salon on special occasions.

Nail care routine

1  Remove any existing polish

An acetone based remover will take polish off quickly but it is very harsh and has a drying effect on the nail which can damage the surface. Try using a non acetone nail polish remover instead.

2  Take care of cuticles

Massage the cuticles with cuticle oil then push back with a cuticle tool. It is very important that you do not cut the cuticle as this is what protects the growing nail. If needed you can use a little cuticle remover gel.

3  Trim nailsGlass-Nail-File-

I prefer to use a glass nail file as a metal file can damage the nail and usually choose a slightly rounded shape for the nail. I have found that this nail is generally stronger than when I have a square shaped one. File your nails in one direction only.


4  Apply basecoat

This is an important step as it not only protects your nails from staining but provides a good base for the polish to adhere to.

5  Apply nail polish

Apply the polish in thin layers allowing each layer to dry between coats. I usually find two to three coats is fine.


6  Apply topcoat

If you want your manicure to last then be sure to use a topcoat. As well as adding shine it will prevent those little chips that always seem to appear on the nails.

7  Clean up

Now you should have beautiful manicured hands but sometimes you need to clean up your cuticles or maybe you have slipped and got polish on the sides of your fingers. Dip a cotton bud or, better still, a small angled brush in remover and clean up is easy.

Finally, I always use a good moisturiser on my hands at least twice a day and make sure that I rub it into the cuticles as well. A moisturiser with SPF will help to protect the hands from signs of aging.