September 26


BEAUTY – Strip – When Legs & Chocolate come together.


On a rainy, grey summer’s day in London, I get invited to go and get my legs waxed. Hmm, I’m thinking will that perhaps cheer me up? Or will it just remind me of the holiday I HAVEN’T booked? But as I’ve heard that STRIP is the UK’s foremost specialist waxing salon, of course, I won’t say no.

I decide to visit their newest branch in Upper Street, Islington so in the rain, I’m rushing into a salon bright, funky yet elegant filled with some fantastic underwear, sleepwear, sports gear and of course some unique skin/ hair removal products. It is a quiet Friday afternoon so I get almost instantly shown to the treatment room of which there are five, however, I can see a comfortable waiting area tucked into a corner- we are talking of an elegant Chester sofa in a mustard colour, chandelier, mauve walls- all very richly flamboyant and fun.


Alice takes me into yet another grand looking treatment room for my half leg waxing experience. Funky music playing and it does feel a bit like a girl’s night in. Great for a rainy Friday on my own. Now I’d love a glass of champagne! Here’s the deal. I’m not a very hairy person ( thank you genes) and my hairs are weird and hard to wax off- to be honest, it has always been a bit tricky as whatever that’s there still needs to go! I’m getting the chocolate treatment apparently Alice tells me. And rightly so I am getting what can only be described as chocolate fondue laid on my pins. Honestly, I want to lick my legs. Alice admits my little hairs are a bit hard to get rid off. At this stage, I don’t really care as my eyes are transfixed on the chocolate…It smells divine too.

I must say Alice did a fantastic (albeit hard?!) job as I’m left with some beautifully smooth legs. She really did take her time with me and didn’t make me feel awkward at all, as I usually do with my weird hairs. And it was virtually PAINFREE. You cannot fault this queen of leg wax’s. And I feel confident that the other more intimate waxes including some very specific hair treatments (didn’t even know some of these existed?!) will be equally a great, fun but also highly skilled experiences. Time to get my legs out whether its in rainy London or beachin’ in the Med..they need to be seen (and touched!) after this.


Strip Wax Bar, 164 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1US

Stef, Heart London Magazine

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