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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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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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Lois’s Beauty Studio

When I left school I studied for 3 years to become first a beauty therapist, & then a spa therapist.  I learnt all the basics such as manicures, pedicures, massage & facials; & then moved on to sports massage, reiki & more specialised treatments.  I absolutely loved doing this & meeting all the interesting people that I came into contact with.  Unfortunately when my health took a drastic decline, I could do longer cope with the manual side of things & often could not even speak to my clients. This left me embarrassed  & oftentimes uncomfortable when I couldn’t give of my best.

Coming from this background means that I am quite fussy about who I go to for some pampering, & I had always gone to the same lady in my home town who was a friend of mine too.  I couldn’t bare the thought of going to someone else, & when I did the one time I was horrified at their technique & found I couldn’t properly relax as I could sense that there was no passion behind what they were doing.

When I moved to JHB I had no idea who to try – must I go for the salons based across the company, or should I rather try a smaller home salon?  Do I ask for recommendations on my local Facebook group, or do I see who is closest to me?  And them, I met the wonderful Lois.  Lois has a salon at her house in Fourways & has quite recently brought on 2 more wonderful ladies to assist her out.  She is bubbly, friendly & I always leave with a huge smile on my face.  She truly cares about all of her clients & her treatments are all of the highest quality.


Your name:  Lois

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Business name:  Lois’s Beauty Studio
What do you do:  I am a skin and healthcare professional as well as a make up artist and nail technician and salon owner.
How long have you been doing this for:  10 years.

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What did you do before you opened your salon:  I worked on a luxury cruise liner, Royal Caribbean, for 2 contracts then came home and worked in a 5 star spa followed by becoming a Skin and Healthcare lecturer and then product trainer.
Why do you love what you do:  Who can say that they get to socialize with clients (who become your friends) all day!! Clients are always thanking you for making them feel and look beautiful. It’s the most rewarding job anyone could ever ask for!
Can people book in for couples treatments:  Absolutely! It’s so much for fun doing something you love with someone you love.
What are your most popular treatments:  Nails with nail art!!


Do you often have special offers:  Yes, every month we have something different.
Where are you based:  Jukskei Park, Randburg.
How can people get hold of you:  WhatsApp is the best form of communication for me as I’m always busy with clients during the day.  My number is 072 224 5720.
Social media handles:  Facebook and Instagram
Quote you live by:  God will never give you anything you cannot handle


I absolutely love my time at Lois’s Beauty Studio, & I will always recommend her salon to everyone I can in JHB.  I used to travel over half an hour to get to her, but luckily now we have moved just down the road!  I have had massages, manicures, pedicures, waxing & all sorts of treatments from Lois, Winnie & Rashy; & it is such a treat being spoilt & made to feel special.

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Lois has 2 beautiful girls & a loving husband that mean the world to her.  She will always make a plan to try accomodate people & you can hear her laugh as you step foot on their property.

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Lois, Winnie & Rashy – thank you for always making me feel so welcome & for adding so much joy to my life.  I appreciate all of you!


 

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