#JanuaryJoy: Tidy Up

Todays post has a slightly ambiguous title, but isn’t as obvious as it sounds. Nope, I’m talking about a beauty tidy up here 😉

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I don’t know about everyone reading (although I will be seriously impressed if there are many of you who prioritise this kind of thing in the winter months,) but I haven’t looked properly at my own body for a long time. A combination of tiredness and a freezing house means that the clothes to pyjamas stage is fleeting in my house and I don’t hang around in the mirror in the bathroom either. As a result, some ahem, ‘essential’ maintenance has fallen by the wayside and I could do with some serious beauty attention. Around this time I always start to find that there are things that need doing from a beauty perspective. Christmas often means a hair cut, or toes to polish for parties and a pre-festive season haircut. Come the end of January it’s time to start thinking about peeling back the layers in a few weeks and generally making yourself (clearly, I’m projecting here,) feel better when you look in the mirror.

Right now although my hair is holding up well after a pre-New year hair cut, my toes are still glittery red from Christmas, and my body needs some serious attention. First on my list is to book a waxing appointment and start to feel attractive again.

On a slight tangent, on of the strengths of Florence Finds I always think has been the community sharing tips and recommendations and I thought maybe thats where we should take todays post. I think it’s the hardest thing to fid a great hairdresser, manicurist or waxer (and I’m sure we have all experienced a few horror stories in that department.) For me it was a revelation the first time I attended a salon where the therapist just got on with the job without appearing embarrassed to tell me where to put what. Sadly she moved on and I spent some time in the waxing wilderness (insert bad experiences here) and even did a bit of DIY, but for some time now I’ve been going to the Brazilian Waxing Company and highly recommend them. I always think beauty therapists are better when they just do one thing and although multi talented these ladies start off just learning how to wax and make a brilliant job of it too. (I also happen to like their ethos towards employing working mothers with flexible hours around childcare, but that’s another story…)

So ladies, today I’d like you to share your best contacts for a ‘tidy up’ of whatever nature, and where they are based – maybe we’ll all pick up a new beauty bff. 😉


The Brazilian Waxing Company
Manchester Oxford Rd and City Centre
Booking online or 0208 1234332

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20 thoughts on “#JanuaryJoy: Tidy Up

  1. I really recommend Cowshed for waxing. They use this wonderful rose hot wax for your bikini. Only downside is there are no loyalty points for going to them – that would make them completely perfect.

  2. Morning! Always use Brazilian Waxing Co. Wouldn’t even bother going anywhere else. The staff are all super lovely which certainly helps.

    I’d like to know of any Manchester city centre spas for a good massage? And could probably do with a pedi just to sort my trotters out 😉

  3. I use Singar hair and beauty for threading eyebrows (and uh, top lip) in Turnpike Lane, N8. It’s much better than the same salon in Crouch End and is only £6.

    For hair, I go to John on Columbia Road. He doesn’t have a website, or any mirrors in his little back room but he has cut Alexa Chung and Brangelina and famous people’s hair and is therefore COOL. I found him by sidling up to a woman at the gym and asking her where she had her hair done because it was SO awesome.

    We have a beauty therapist come into work for waxing so I use her. There is something not very relaxing about using the multi function room for having a bikini wax but its easy and she’s OK.

  4. I have had too many wax horror stories to mention. Then one day I found Sarah at Complexions Nottingham and if would never go anywhere else ever again http://www.complexions-nottingham.co.uk If you are in Nottingham I’d highly recommend her.

    We are mid house renovation at the moment, I have a teething baby I’m weaning and I’m back to work next week after my maternity leave. My hair is a MESS, my wardrobe needs attention but I have a new pair of shoes, still have my sparkly red toes from Christmas and of course I have a great waxer, so all is not lost.

  5. I’ve struggled so much to find a good waxer and hairdresser that I’ve ended up going back to my home town and having it done there when I visit my parents…. It’s also a lot cheaper than in the South East. If you can recommend anyone in tunbridge wells or Guildford I’d be very grateful!

  6. I have just moved to Didsbury and it was on today’s ‘to do’ list to book a wax so this couldn’t have come at a better time! Can anyone at all recommend a good hairdresser in the Didsbury/Manchester/Chorlton area? Happy to pay a bit more as I get my hair cut so rarely.

    • Hi Louise

      I live in West Didsbury and have tried a few hairdressers in the area. Tyson at Tyson Hair Design is great and so is Lisa at Urban Angels!

      Hope you find a good one you like!

      Emma x

    • I’m a huge fan of Helen (colour and cut) at Adee Phelan in the NQ, Manchester – the salon is new but Helen has been doing my cut and colour for years and I follow where she goes! If you can’t get Helen for a cut the. Tilly is also great, but Helen for colour every time.

  7. Ot pains me to admit that I haven’t had a wax in over 4 months as I’m terrified of finding a new salon in Bristol having just relocated from Devon. I’m also not at a stage where I can ask Mums in the playground how and where they maintain their lady gardens. The shame!

    As such, I know *exactly* what you mean about needing a tidy up! A little bit of pamperring works wonders.


  8. I’m going to buck the trend here and say I don’t, and have never, waxed. Trim yes (have a great timer bought with Boots points ages ago) and shave the edges but that’s it. No man (including my now husband) has complained!

    Needed to get to my hairdresser mid Feb though.

  9. For hair, Mulberrys in Beaconsfield (Bucks). Specifically Beth at Mulberrys – she’s brilliant! First wax experience was my last when I was 22. I had it done before a flight to Thailand and came out in the most enormous bump/bruise things. Wearing underwear was agony! I presumed it was years of shaving that made it thicker and therefore harder to pull out? (Was that an over share? I always over share!)

  10. In London I recommend Tom at Smith’s salon on Poland Street for no nonsense haircuts and Avocado Beauty near Kings Cross St Pancras for waxing – they use lycon wax which is virtually pain free even for brazilians and they are very affordable.

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