It’s summer in Oakleigh – well, at White Wax it is.
The spray tan guns at the beauty salon are firing frantically as many of its Greek clientele are preparing for a holiday in the stunning southeastern Europe country.
“Winter is starting to bite here but it’s summer there. A lot of my clients are Greek and they are getting ready for a sun drenched holiday in Greece,” salon manager Susy Urrutia said.
“So it is spray tan time in July and August at White Wax.”
And that’s no bad thing because spray tans are a specialty at the Chester Street salon.
The beauticians use Sunescape tan “with a lush coconut vanilla scent” and the shade is entirely the client’s choice – something medium for that Greek getaway perhaps.
“Our spray tans are popular with all age groups,” Ms Urrutia said.
“It is one of our featured services. We don’t spread ourselves too thinly, doing massages or nails for example.
“We do waxing, spray tanning, eyelash extensions and IPL hair reduction and we do each of them very well.”
White Wax has been in Oakleigh for eight years and has built up a diverse clientele.
Ms Urrutia, who has recently returned from maternity leave after having her first baby (a girl), has been working hard to rejuvenate the business. And that includes making the men feel welcome, too.
“I have been a therapist for 18 years and there are many more men coming for treatments now than there used to be,” she said.
“This is very much a unisex salon and we have a big male clientele.”
And, if you want to know, the blokes want eyebrow and back waxes mainly.
If you’ve ever walked past the Chester Street salon and wondered about the name, then wonder no more. White Wax comes from the white wax that salon uses.
“It’s a titanium dioxide based wax that’s great for sensitive skin,” Ms Urrutia said.
Getting groomed doesn’t happen by chance, it happens by appointment, the salon slogan goes.
So, if you are lucky enough to be packing a suitcase for a sunny break in Europe and want to arrive sans the winter white skin, or just feel in need of a little less body hair, then White Wax is the place to visit.
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Address: 17 Chester Street, Oakleigh
Phone: 9530 4000