Strip, Wukang Lu

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  • Beauty Salons
Critics' pick
376 Wukang 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 you're after before you start (X- basic bikini up to XXXX– all off). All in all it adds up to a waxing experience that’s 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 don’t 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 Strip’s 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.

The Wukang Lu branch of Strip is also one of the co-ed salons, offering male waxing treatments including the full boyzilian for 400RMB. Read our write up of the male waxing treatment here.
Venue name: Strip, Wukang Lu
Opening hours: 10am-7.30pm daily
Metro: Shanghai Library
English address: Basement Level, 376 Wukang Lu, near Taian Lu, Xuhui district
Chinese address: 徐汇区武康路376号地下一层,近泰安路