In Hair Removal

The Bare Essentials: a quick guide to waxing treatments

underarm waxing


Gwynie proudly rocks a more natural look, JLo goes for DIY, and Kim’s approach is always (a lot) less is more. Whatever your preference, how we preen our lady garden is always a hot topic.

Intimate waxing has gone from a pre-holiday chore, to a monthly essential for the modern woman – and increasingly even the boys are getting groomed on a regular basis. In fact, frequent treatments are said to make a wax less painful as the hair grows back thinner

Waxing is better the Zen Way

Whether you are looking for a basic tidy-up or a full Hollywood, there is no need to dread a hair removal appointment. At Zen we use a wax roller system along with hot wax for more sensitive areas; both are super-efficient and far more gentle than strip wax.

Hot wax works wonders on any patches of strong, coarse and shorter hair, plus it is kinder on skin than traditional strips. A thick layer of wax is applied to the skin and allowed to dry slightly before it is peeled away. Your skin is protected thanks to essentials oils that are applied first, creating a barrier so that the wax just shrinks around the hair. Post-wax your skin is free of bumps, less red and hydrated.

How to prepare for your waxing treatment

How you prepare for your wax is also important, both in terms of getting the best out of your treatment and minimising pain. We recommend about three weeks of growth for the smoothest result, but the hot wax can work well on areas that have been shaved two weeks before. Prep your skin by exfoliating for about a week before and don’t be tempted to have a sunbed in the days prior as this can sensitise your skin. On the day itself you may wish to have a painkiller around 30 minutes before your appointment but few of our clients find the treatment that painful, it really just depends on your own threshold.

If you are a waxing rookie fear not. We’ve answered a few waxing FAQs to help cover the basics and if you have any other questions our therapists can discuss all your queries ahead of your appointment.

Bruntsfield Salon Head Therapist Jennifer Glen

Jen Glen - Senior Therapist (Bruntsfield Place)

Jen is Head Therapist at our Bruntsfield Place Salon. A highly accomplished and knowledgable therapist, she has been providing the highest standard of treatments to Zen clients since 2011. She is an expert level waxer and is responsible for training at Zen Lifestyle.