This post is for the ladies, although I’m sure some of my male readers are also interested in taking care of their er….excess body hair as well.
Waxing is definitely not a big thing in China, in fact most Chinese girls haven’t begun shaving their legs, which definitely made me feel better in winter when I’d have a week of leg growth (hey I was wearing jeans!). It’s usually just expats that are getting bikini and Brazilian waxes in Beijing, although waxing is slowly becoming more popular with the more Westernised Chinese girls.
I had no idea where to get a wax, and after spending tons of time Google searching “Brazilian wax Beijing” I eventually found Margot through my friend Tania. I would say she gets 90% of her business through word of mouth- five of my girlfriends in Beijing now use her, and my female readers will know that when you find a great beautician you tell all of your friends.
Her salon is located in Wudaokou, which is the student district in Beijing. It’s close to most of the main universities, the restaurants in this area are cheap, and you can grab a cocktail for 20RMB after losing your lady hair.
Here’s the thing: I’ve gotten Brazilians in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Cambodia, and China, and Margot was the least painful and the quickest wax I’ve ever had. She’s professional, a perfectionist, and her relaxed manner put me at ease every time (I’m a huge baby when it comes to my hair being ripped out of my body).
Margot is Chinese, and spent four years living in Finland, so she speaks excellent English. She’s funny and interesting, and her salon is clean and comfortable-she even has English magazines to read while you’re waiting (believe me this is huge in China).
She does all types of waxing, and shaped my eyebrows perfectly. I also got a facial with her just before I left because my skin had broken out so much from stress, and it was so relaxing it nearly put me to sleep. She used Australian products that made my skin baby-soft and helped clear out my pores.
The first time you visit she’ll give you a discount, and I would usually get a Brazilian and eyebrow wax for 180RMb (less than $30 US). I’m used to paying a lot more than this, so not only were these the least painful waxes I’ve had, but also the cheapest.
I’ve taken a photo of Margot’s business card. so you guys can grab her number and address. She gave me a map but unfortunately I must have misplaced it while moving. Her place is pretty easy to find, and if you give her a call or add her to WeChat (ID: jwmikkeli) she’ll be able to send you a photo of the map and give you directions. It’s only a five minute walk from the subway station.
I wasn’t compensated in any way for this post, I just know how hard it is to get a decent wax in Asia (and I have the scars and stories to prove it). Happy waxing!