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What you need to know about spas and body hair!

A hairy issue for spas?
What you need to know about spas and body hair


Male or female, body hair is something that the majority of us grapple with on a regular basis. So, in this article, we look at body hair issues to consider when visiting a spa. We give you an idea of how you should prepare your body hair for a spa break and also take you through the main types of hair removal treatments you can enjoy at the spa.



Prepping your body hair for a spa break

If you’re a spa newbie, there are a few things to bear in mind before heading off on your pampering spa day or break:

Are you swimsuit ready? Ladies, if you usually hide your body away under clothing and don’t swim or visit the gym on a regular basis, you might like to have a bit of a ‘tidy up’ before donning the swimwear or disrobing for a massage!

Some hair removal methods leave the skin sensitive: This is important if you plan to have a treatment with products on an area of your body that has undergone hair removal. For example, a facial, scrub, body wrap or a massage with oils. Make sure you leave enough time between the hair removal and the spa treatment to avoid inflaming the skin. The same goes for exposing the skin to heat, such as a hot shower or sauna.

Extra hair can reduce the effectiveness of some treatments: If you’re a man who usually sports facial hair or stubble, be aware that if you want a facial, the oils and lotions will have to work harder to penetrate through the follicles to reach your pores. This means the treatment won’t have the full effect. Have a shave before you go, but ensure you leave at least six hours between your hair removal and the treatment.

‘Hairy’ spa treatments

Many spas in the UK offer hair-related treatments. As well as removing unwanted body hair, some spas have a salon on-site, where you can enjoy a colour, trim or whole new ‘do’. When it comes to hair removal, there are several options to choose from, including:

Waxing: A popular option that is longer lasting than shaving and suitable for all areas of the body.

Electrolysis: This method, which targets and destroys individual hairs, is best-suited to smaller areas of hair.

Laser: This is an effective way to permanently remove or reduce unwanted dark body hair.

Depending on the type of hair removal you have booked, you will want to ensure your skin and body hair are well prepared. For example, if you’re going for a wax, you should exfoliate and moisturise the area up until a day or so before the appointment and leave some regrowth. If in doubt, check with the spa ahead of time to make sure you arrive for your appointment with your skin in tip-top shape. This way, the results are optimised while protecting the treated area. If you opt for the laser or electrolysis methods, be aware that several sessions will be required spread over a number of weeks.

Spas to try:

Saks Hair & Beauty in Lincoln offers a range of haircare and hair removal treatments, as well as spa packages for men, women and groups.

Jiggi's Salon & Spa at the Bolton Whites Hotel in Bolton, Greater Manchester offers unisex styling and waxing, as well as a tempting range of spa packages.

Several of the Bannatyne spas feature a hair salon and offer hair removal treatments, as well as a range of other leisure facilities.

If you’re ready to book your spa break, or would like further details, get in touch with our experts today on 024 7671 6192.

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