Strip, Xinle Lu

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Critics' pick
158 Xinle Lu
Part of the Ministry of Waxing, founded in Singapore in 2002, Strip is known for its cheeky approach to hair removal, stylish and fun salons with a hip hop soundtrack and fun service menus that spell out exactly what shape and style youre after before you start (X- basic bikini up to XXXX all off). All in all it adds up to a waxing experience thats less a cringing embarrassment and more relaxing and hassle free.

Strip also pride themselves on their hygiene policy, each customer gets a personal wax pack and beauticians wear latex gloves and dont double-dip their spatulas.

Once in the private rooms, the waxer is friendly enough to put you at ease but gets to work with surprising speed and efficiency using specially formulated hard wax for bikini areas that reduces the pain (soft wax is used everywhere else). After each strip is removed a hard press on the skin eases the immediate sting and Strips own brand Ice Cream is applied at the end which cools our slightly sore skin.

Regular soft wax treatments range from 120RMB (bikini line) to 300RMB (full Brazilian), while the slightly less painful hard wax treatments are generally 20-40RMB more expensive.

The process is hardly ouch-free, but expert technique coupled with the quality wax (which smells delicious, - they have strawberry or chocolate varieties) and a squeezy toy for wax virgins, makes it quite bearable and well worth it.

If you want to try total hair removal without the pain, they also Power Pac 2.1 IPL treatments (Intense Pulsed Light, similar to laser removal) which cost from 440-1,970RMB.

For male waxing see their co-ed salon on Wukang Lu.

Venue name: Strip, Xinle Lu
Opening hours: 10am-9pm daily
Metro: Changshu Lu
English address: 158 Xinle Lu, near Donghu Lu, Xuhui district
Chinese address: 徐汇区新乐路158号, 近东湖路