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NakedCherry Waxing

This lockdown has been rough – not just emotionally, but also on my body.  Besides my ever-expanding waistline thanks to all the delicious treats we have been baking (I bake to help deal with my emotions, and my anxiety has been at an all-time high); I haven’t had a wax since 2 weeks before lockdown and have felt my inner grizzly bear come out to play.  Oh my poor husband!

NakedCherry Waxing has been in my sight for some time, and I love their tongue-in-cheek humour as well as their excitement for the products they sell, as well as their salons. And then I saw that they are able to deliver during lockdown!  I did a literal happy dance around the house – as did my husband at the idea of no longer having to see my sideburns, mustache, unibrow (and more).

In case you didn’t know, I studied beauty therapy after school.  For 3 years I was a full-time student at The Academy of Beauty Therapy in Assagay, KZN.  I was fully immersed in facials, waxing, massage, makeup and everything beauty related.  I went on to complete my Spa Therapy diploma, and specialised in permanent makeup, Reiki, sports massage and advanced beauty treatments.  Unfortunately my health prevented me from continuing with this, but I have maintained an interest and am always on the hunt for new, exciting treatments and products.

Karen sent me some of her favourite products to try, and I was SO impressed.  I even managed to wax my own upper lip with zero pain – this is usually my worst area to wax and it brings tears to my eyes.  Lip, underarm & Hollywood wax is all done from this little pot of wax and I know that I will be ordering from them again; as well as visiting one of their salons when lockdown is lifted.


Your name: Karen Metsos

Your business name: NakedCherry

Social media handles: Instagram and Facebook


Tell me a bit more about your business:
We are South Africa’s most loved Waxing and Specialised Skincare Brand.

With specialised waxing boutiques throughout Gauteng, and over a 100 stockists nationwide carrying our professional and waxing focused retail range, getting a great wax is just around the corner.

We follow strict guidelines set out by the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology, disposable gloves are always worn (on both hands) and disposable spatulas are never double dipped for intimate hot wax treatments. We are obsessed with hygiene.

All our retail and professional products were born in-boutique, tested to death and designed specifically to keep waxed skin smooth and beautiful.

Our complete waxing-focused skincare range for men and women is beautifully aromatherapy inspired. Our products focus on exfoliation and nourishment with natural antiseptics to banish ingrowns, leaving your skin smooth and gorgeous.

NO SODIUM LAURYL SULPHATE – NO PARABENS – NO BIOCIDES – NO PETRO CHEMICALS
We are the bee’s knees.

How did you decide on the name:  I got advice that for a name to be memorable, it is easier to use an adjective that cannot possibly describe a certain noun. Plus, NakedCherry translates as a really good descriptor of what we do at the salons.

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Where did the idea for this business come from:  My last stint in the UK before returning home was working at a waxing only salon. I found it bit strange that there were so many specialised nail salons, massage parlours and no-wax salons considering how where you can actually damage someone if you don’t know what you are doing RE waxing. Also, the hygiene standards in the UK was hugely lacking in SA

Where are your waxing boutiques, & how can people make a booking:
We currently have salons in Parkhurst, Fourways, Sandton, Randparkridge, Little Falls, Bassonia, Woodmead and Bryanston. We have a central booking service and you can make a booking via Whatsapp or phone call at 078 811 4371 or via email or using our online booking service.

I see you have different products listed on your site too – which are your personal favourites & why:
Balm Me Babes Skin Conditioner, as I’m not so fab on the moisturising front. Part the reason I made so many Skin Conditioners in the range; as was trying to find a happy medium for everyone (haha – i made a funny). The Balm leaves me feeling nourished for days and is fab for the aftercare of my newly added tattoos. Another is the Afternoon Delight Skin Cleaner. Fresh Peppermint to put a skip in your step. And again – as we try this with most products in our range – multi-functional. Great as an intimate wash, shaving medium (though we should be waxing peeps) and daily wash with our chemical exfoliant, Salicylic Acid to much away at dead skin cells. Family-friendly as a fave in my household – even little Eva loves it.

You make use of aromatherapy in your Apothecary – tell me a bit more about this:
Nothing smells worse than a chocolate flavoured mimzy hahaha 😁 Besides that reason, waxing is some peoples only me time, so I wanted to make it as relaxing at possible – and what does that best… Lovely smells.

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How can people order some of your products:  They can visit our online store.

Which products do you recommend people start off with:
A Skin Cleaner (Morning Glory or Afternoon Delight) cause it is easy to throw into your routine and the Ingrown Terminator Spray as your saviour to get that stubborn fur-tuft out. The IT spray you can use every other night as your general maintenance if you are prone to ingrowns (has Salcylic Acid in again – munch munch; and Peppermint which literally takes your breath away)

What is included in your home wax kit:  Enough Hot Wax (the peely wax, not the wax you remove wax with strips) for one full Hollywood (though we encourage you to leave the tricky parts to the pro’s), a couple of ice cream sticks, Skin Cleaner, Prep Oil and our flavour of the month Skin Conditioner…. oh and a handy little instruction flyer.

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If someone is too scared to try waxing, what would you recommend they wax first? And why would you recommend they try waxing:  Don’t think – just do. Only piece of advice I would say, like a dentist – you want one with many reviews or referrals

And why if scared – come to NakedCherry – we really love what we do. and if Malcom Gladwell’s 10 000 rule to success is true in perfecting a skill, we got this waxed

Quote you live by:
Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us get up and go to work – Stephen King

Anything else you want to add:
You chose us, trust us. Please allow your Wax Enthusiast to wow you. We understand you are nervous, but please give us a fair chance. Don’t touch, swear or tell her/him how to do things. OH, and way before COVID kicked us in our butts… we always followed British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology, disposable gloves are always worn (on both hands) and disposable spatulas are never double dipped for intimate hot wax treatments. We are obsessed with hygiene.


Guys, I really am so impressed with these products.  Learning about the importance of using products that have the clients’ best interests at heart has opened my eyes to what is out there and I will only ever recommend something that I have tried myself.  Waxing is a very intimate treatment, and you need to ensure that you are visiting a salon that you trust and has hygiene as the most important factor.

The home kit came with clear instructions – my husband understood everything perfectly, and could help me with some of my more, ahem, intimate areas.  And if you are too scared to try this yourself, then make a booking at one of their salons once lockdown has lifted.  Believe me, you will never look back once you have started waxing!

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CH Beauty Studio

At the end of last year I saw a post on Facebook advertising a unique treatment to help give you the fluffiest, fullest brows.  I’ve always been quite proud of my “caterpillars”, but love trying out new treatments so immediately reached out to Thania and asked if I could book an appointment.  The procedure I went for was called a Brow Lamination, and my goodness what a difference it made to my whole face.  This isn’t permanent makeup (although she does offer that too), but rather makes use of what you currently have and amplifies this through “straightening” and tinting your brows.  They were fluffier than I have ever seen!

Here is my before and after pic:

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Thania is unfortunately one of the businesses that has really been negatively affected by this lockdown, and so I reached out to her to chat a bit more about what she does.  You can buy a voucher to book in for a treatment once she opens again, and make sure you follow her on social media to see more of her stunning work.


My name:   Catherina Horn, but everyone knows me as Thania or call me T, as a nickname.

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Business Name:  CH Beauty Studio (This will temporarily, I’m still in two minds about my business name)

Social Media Handles:  Facebook and Instagram

Tell me a bit more about yourself:  I’m 31 years old, born in November, and a proud scorpion, if you believe in horoscopes. I was born and raised in Rustenburg, moved to the big city when I was 17. Not married as yet, but I am engaged, no kids as yet, but definitely in my 2-3 year plan. Before entering the world of beauty and permanent makeup, I worked as Administrative Manager in the Electrical Engineering Industry for over 11 years. I am a hopeless romantic and believe in happily ever after, corny I know. I’ve always had a massive passion for anything beauty and fashion related since I’ve been a little girl. I remember “perming” my great grandmother’s hair in the retirement village, painting her nails and doing her makeup, giving her big rainbow eyebrows, we would play dress up and she would allow me to put some of her makeup on myself, but to make sure I wash it off before my mom picks me up. After moving to Johannesburg, I never pursued my dream in the beauty industry. I had to make a living and I started a career in a completely different industry until recently and I’ve never looked back.

How long have you been in the beauty industry?  I’ve entered the world of Permanent Makeup just over 2 years ago. My main focus is on brows at the moment as it became the beauty obsession of the decade.
I’m certified in Microblading, Internationally Certified in Microshading Brows, Ombre Brows, Internationally Certified in Brow Lamination, Brow Tinting and Shaping and I’m certified in Keratin Lash Lift and Tint Treatments and Blood Borne pathogens.
I’m currently busy with my international certification for Henna Brow Treatment.

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What is Brow Lamination?  Consider this a Brazilian Blowout or a pushup bra for your brows, it is the hottest new trend taking the industry by storm.
Brow lamination is a chemical process that changes the way your hair lies so you can use the length of your brow hair to achieve fuller, fluffier brows without Permanent Makeup This is the ultimate solution for eyebrows that do not have symmetry where the hairs follow a different pattern. With Brow Lamination we can realign the brows in such a way to give the desired shape you want and a fuller look.
This treatment solves the messy brow issue, creates volume and fullness, while giving you a sleek well-kept brow shape for up to 6 weeks.

Please explain the process of how this is done:  The first step is cleansing the brows to remove any makeup. Next, a lifting solution is applied. This can be left on between six to ten minutes, depending on the hair texture of the eyebrows. The solution will enable the brow technician to sculpt the brows into the desired shape. The second solution will be applied to approximately the same amount of time. This “fixing” solution sets the brow hair in place.
After the second solution has been removed, the brow technician will shape and trim the brow into the desired shape, tint can be added if needed. The final step of the Brow Lamination is the application of a super-hydrating solution. This moisturizes and seals the hairs. This solution restores the health of the eyebrows and gives them a very shiny finish.

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Who do you recommend this treatment for?
– This treatment is great for those overpluckers with thinning eyebrows (should have some brow hair to work with)
– Clients with medium to full existing brows.
– Clients who are growing out their brows
– Clients wanting fuller brows
– Not just for females, but also for males
– Anyone with coarse/messy or downward growing hair.
– Anyone wanting to improve the shape of their eyebrows
– And anyone wanting low maintenance, noninvasive way to fill in gaps and create a fuller brow using their natural brow hair.
– Clients not ready to commit to permanent makeup

Why are you passionate about what you do?  A career in the beauty industry gives you a chance to help others. It brings me so much joy and happiness to make people feel beautiful and confident about themselves.

Is it suitable for sensitive skin? Suitable for all skin types except for hypersensitive skin! However, there is a Brow Lamination “Sensitive” Product that just hit the market for all hypersensitive skin.

Is it suitable for people for little/minimal brow hairs? This treatment will be suitable for a client with minimal hair, as long as the client has existing brow hair and a base to work with, without the product sitting directly on the skin.

Quote I live by:  Imperfectly Perfect – The word “imperfect” actually spells “I’m perfect” because everyone is perfect in their own imperfect way.

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I have been so impressed by Thania’s work, and she was such a joy to spend time with.  There are so many offerings that she has at her salon, but I really did want to focus on the brow lamination as I immediately saw such a difference.

All treatments that are available at her salon are Microblading, Microshading, Ombre Brows, Combination Brows, Brow Lamination, Lash Lift and Tint, Brow Sculpting and Tint, and Henna Brows.  You can contact her directly through either of her social media pages with any queries you may have, or to book your appointment when lockdown is lifted!


 

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Reverie Beauty Studio

When I first started this blog, I reached out to small businesses that I was really interested in, & one of them was Bella Boneca.  Megan was so kind to me & we have stayed in contact ever since.

Recently she took over the salon Reverie Beauty  Studio in Illovo, JHB & she invited me to go there to have a pamper afternoon.  I was so excited as there is nothing better than being made to feel beautiful, having some time just for myself, & simply being spoilt rotten.  I finally got some time last week to go through to the salon in Post Office Centre & sat back ready to be pampered.


I walked into the exquisite salon, & was immediately attracted to the classy decor & feel-good vibes that were being extended my way.  With stunning black & white wallpaper, & silver accents throughout, you could tell that this salon is all about high class & exclusivity.  The therapists are friendly, & I was greeted with a great big smile by Pearl, the salon manager.

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Pearl has been doing beauty therapy for over 20 years, & boy does she know her stuff!  Her clients are of the utmost importance to her, & she really cares about you.  She pours love & attention over you from the moment you walk through the doors & makes you feel like her number one priority.  Pearl is a MACHINE when it comes to waxing – I had a half leg, underarm & Hollywood wax done by her in only 20 minutes.  I had to check my watch about 4 times to see if that was real as I have never ever had such a quick wax!  She told me a little about her life, & you can tell how much she loves her family & how she does everything to ensure that her children have the best life possible.

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From here I went on to Joyce, who told me she would be doing a manicure on me.  My toenails still haven’t grown back from the chemo, & so I keep my feet hidden for now!  Joyce told me her favourite treatment is a pedicure, so I will definitely go back when my feet are not so sensitive & I actually have some nails to paint!

She started off by exfoliating my hands, & then shaped my nails & pushed back my cuticles.  I wasn’t having tips put on this time, so luckily my natural nails weren’t too bad!

They have a wide variety of colours & brands to choose from, & I think that’s what took me the longest!  Joyce helped me choose complementary colours & got to work with making me feel like a new woman.  She told me about her husband, & how he recently fought through his second cancer diagnosis & still recently graduated – despite being so sick & having to take time off for chemo.  Talking to her you could tell how much she loves what she does, & her heart is so pure.  I felt like I was spending the afternoon with a friend, & loved having proper girly time!  Plus having soft hands, & the most fantastic hand massage was just what I needed to actually relax & take my mind off everything else that has been going on.

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Thank you so much Megan, Pearl & Joyce for spoiling me so much & helping me feel like a new person.  I had such a great time & loved the whole vibe of the salon.  I think you can always tell a lot about a salon by how happy the therapists are, & these ladies had only positive things to say about their place of work & their passion for their job.  Their clients are all treated with respect & love; which is really the way all humans should be treated.

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If you are in the area, I would really recommend you giving them a go!

Meet these special ladies, pamper yourself & allow true relaxation to set in.

Believe me, you will love your time here…


 

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