The Jakarta Post
Hair removal is becoming more commonly included in beauty regimens, with many preferring to go to waxing salons for various services. (Shutterstock/File)
Hair removal is becoming an increasingly popular part of a beauty regimen among Jakartans.
A stop at a waxing salon could take care of several areas all in one go, making it a convenient choice for many.
1. Browhaus and Strip, Grand Indonesia
Browhaus and Strip have a joint branch in Grand Indonesia. (JP/Liza Yosephine)
Browhaus and Strip are actually two separate waxing salons under one group that have come together for a unique joint branch in the Grand Indonesia shopping center. Both brands were established by Cynthia Chua in Singapore, with each boasting specialties that focus on different areas of the body while offering the highest quality products and treatments handled by experts.
Strip, with its tagline "Ministry of waxing", was founded first in 2002 with the aim of transforming the culture of waxing to be more hygienic and less painful. Although it offers hair removal services across every nook and cranny of the body, Strip is known for its Brazilian waxes, boasting a wide range of treatments, such as from just a bikini line removal, to an all-off wax and even add-on shapes, such as a heart.
While Brazilian waxes are only available for women, hair removal from other areas are also offered to men, such as for areas across the upper and lower body parts, face, hands and feet. Strip's waxing services are wide-ranging, even in areas not necessarily commonly offered, such as the nipples, navel and ears.
Customers can choose between hard and soft wax for several treatments, as well as a Powerpac technique that uses the patented Advanced Fluorescence Technology, a next generation semi-permanent hair reduction technology.
Established two years later, Browhaus, as the name suggests, specializes in eyebrow grooming. Among the signature treatments are the Brow Resurrection, which offers realistic hair strands from root to tip for the perfect brows.
The Resurrection is unique only to Browhaus and uses an advance embroidery technique to create natural-looking strokes for a finer finish, with the luxurious treatment priced at Rp 6 million (US$408) and an upkeep maintenance recommended every six months.
Regular treatments include brow shaping with various techniques, including threading, tweezing and waxing, as well as a color tweak. With a focus area of the face, Browhaus also offers lash services, such as extensions and color tinting, as well as threading or tweezing in several areas, such as sideburns, chin and around the lip area.
Where: Grand Indonesia, West Mall, LG floor, Jl. M.H. Thamrin No.1, Central Jakarta, 10310.
Price: Strip services depend on the area, starting at Rp 40,000 for women's waxing in fingers areas, Rp 370,000 for a 'xxxx Strip (All Off)' Brazilian wax to a Rp 440,000 full face service for men.
Browhaus services prices vary depending on the technique chosen, such as a basic brow shaping with classic threading technique that is priced at Rp 100,000, while a brow waxing costs Rp 150,000. Hair threading in other facial areas is available to men and women from Rp 50,000 to packages just under Rp 400,000. Meanwhile, eyelash extensions start at Rp 525,000.
2. Caramello, Plaza Indonesia
Caramello has six branches around Jakarta, with one located in Plaza Indonesia. (JP/Liza Yosephine)
With an aim of dispelling any perception that waxing is scary and painful, Caramello is known for its fun and colorful decor that seeks to put its customers at ease during a treatment.
Caramello uses sugar as its main wax ingredient: hence its name, which means caramel. Offering affordable prices and maintaining a high standard of hygiene, the salon has become popular for Jakartans seeking to get rid of unwanted hair, with six branches spread across the capital city.
Caramello upholds high standards of hygiene. (JP/Liza Yosephine)
"In terms of quality and hygiene, we use all medical-grade tools, so it's all sterile. Even our waxing cloths: We wash them with an antiseptic wash before use and use them only once," said Merry Salim, operational manager at Caramello in Plaza Indonesia.
Customers seeking a session need not make appointments, since the salon applies a first-come, first-served approach to facilitate as many customers as possible without the hassle of potentially messy and unexpected schedule changes caused by tardiness.
Where: Plaza Indonesia, 4th floor, Jl. M.H. Thamrin No.Kav. 28-30, Central Jakarta, 10350.
Price: Services range from Rp 45,000 for upper lip or chin, to the middle range of Rp 150,000 for full legs and up to Rp 700,000 for a full body treatment that includes full arms, back, front, face, legs and Brazilian.
3. Waxhaus, Kota Kasablanka
A Waxhaus branch can be found in the Kota Kasablanka shopping center. (Courtesy of Waxhaus/File)
Waxhaus is a caramel-based waxing parlor, using caramel made daily from natural ingredients and no preservatives. The parlor applies a strict rule of using fresh caramel, disposable wax strips and a new applicator for each customer to maintain hygiene.
The Kota Kasablanka branch was opened in September 2012. Its beige and brown service rooms are compact, just big enough for one customer and one therapist.
Waxhaus offers various waxing services. (Courtesy of Waxhaus/File)
Waxhaus provides waxing services for faces, arms, legs and upper and intimate areas. Packages such as basic wax, happy face and holiday prep are also available. Among customers’ favorites are the Brazilian and the half leg waxing, which take 30 and 20 minutes, respectively.
These services are also available for male customers, although the Brazilian, the bikini and the buttock waxing are strictly limited to females. Waxhaus also provides a five-day free re-treatment guarantee if the customer finds any hair left after the waxing.
Where: Kota Kasablanka Mall, LG floor #62, Jl. Casablanca Raya No.88, South Jakarta, 12870.
Price: Arm waxing starts from Rp 60,000, full legs at Rp 140,000 and Brazilian at Rp 150,000. Packages range from Rp 90,000 (eyebrows and upper lips only) to Rp 500,000 (full body).
4. Cocola, Pacific Place
Located in the Pacific Place shopping mall in South Jakarta, Cocola is a waxing salon with a focus on natural ingredients.
Nature is used as an inspiration for its interior decor, with neutral beige and soft green colors providing a serene environment for customers.
Services are quick and convenient, targeting general areas, such as arms, legs, Brazilian, as well as some facial areas including upper lips, chin, eyebrows and forehead.
Where: Pacific Place, B1 level, Jl. Jendral Sudirman No.52-53, South Jakarta, 12190.
Price: Depending on the service, prices range around Rp 100,000 to Rp 300,000 for a treatment.
Irfan Rulianto is an intern at The Jakarta Post.