Some time late last year, Ashley of Apronbay invited me and another friend to take a look at her newly launched store in Bangsar. My first thought was “It must be food related! Maybe its a cafe … yummy!” The only thing that registered was “Apron” you see.
But when I got there, it turned out that Apronbay is not a cafe, but a waxing salon with an aviation theme. Yeah, you might have read about this before 🙂 Their speciality is the Brazilian Wax but they do a whole host of other waxing too, as well as manicures and pedicures. An Apron Bay I’m told, is the place where airplanes park at the airport. The ramp itself it called an “Apron” and bay is the parking bay.
What sets Apronbay apart from the other waxing salon I went to is the ambiance. At Apronbay, I felt like I was stepping into a 1st class lounge, with its dimmed lights and comfortable waiting area. It puts you at ease and relaxes you from the get go. I was there for a Brazilian Wax – I know I said I wouldn’t go for another but I’d received a voucher and it would be crass to let it go to waste. So here’s my recent Brazilian wax experience at Apronbay.
Brazilian Wax at Apronbay, Bangsar
First off I like that each treatment room is fully enclosed and private. They are also themed by city and location – New York, Covent Garden, Sea side. The doors look like aircraft doors with a porthole, but there is a curtain and there is piped in music which, on the day I was there was playing a mixture of jazz, spanish flamenco tunes… and the theme from The Apprentice! Random.
You are requested to wipe yourself down with a wet tissue and get onto the bed. The bed is a tad high for me, so a low stool will help make it easier. This is only my second time getting waxed so again I’m not an expert on these things. The wax used for me at Apronbay was Rose Wax which the waxer told me is formulated to be gentle on sensitive skins. I’m told all the waxes come from France and there are a variety depending on the need and type of hair. The waxes used are also hard waxes i.e. swipe on, let dry and rip.
Before she started the wax, the waxer applied some oil which she said would prevent the wax from sticking to the skin. When the wax is ripped off the skin, a cool gel is applied which kills the pain. I didn’t think the waxing experience particularly painful but I did find the waxer a little more gentle and it might be my imagination but it felt less painful than my previous experience.
After the wax, I was asked if I might want to top up for a cool treatment. Being curious, I agreed. What this entailed was a serum applied on the waxed area, and then massaged into the skin with an electric gadget that was cool on the skin. It was supposed to cool down the area and reduce pain and inflammation and for hydration. Then, another cream was applied. The top up cool treatment was RM10.
Some observations of my waxing experience at Apronbay:-
- The bed is a little high. A low stool, something like one of those inexpensive non slip stools from Ikea would be useful to give someone like me a leg up. I do understand the need for the height – its the optimum height for the waxer to work.
- The light in the room is dimmed, so the waxer uses a separate lamp. That’s quite nice because if you choose to look at the ceiling its not too bright.
- I enjoyed the scent of rose wax which I found relaxing. It makes the whole room smell of roses.
- I’m not sure if I imagined it, but I think the waxer went over certain waxed areas to get at some remnant hair which might have been more stubborn. So the waxing took a little longer than I expected. For those with low pain tolerance, they might not like this.
- The waxer was careful to enquire if I was feeling comfortable throughout the procedure and also to offer tips on post-wax care.
- You are offered a drink before and after the wax. After the wax, you are also served a hot towel on a tray, just as they do on a plane 🙂
- The wax was quite cleanly done. Maybe because she went over certain areas.
- They only treat women unless the men are accompanied by women. This is for security and comfort reasons and I like that!
I have to say that in terms of the waxing experience, I am not experienced enough to say if they were good or not. But it did take longer here (I realized it because I was getting bored which might not be a good thing) and the whole experience from check in to payment and check out took about an hour. So assuming their waxing services are on par with other salons, then what Apronbay has going for them is their ambiance. Every customer is a First Class passenger 🙂
So, although I’m not sure if I’ll have another wax done (I can’t stand the breakouts down there oy!), I enjoyed myself at Apronbay. It was a relaxing afternoon and you don’t feel rushed at all. Apronbay isn’t a place I’d pop into for a lunch time wax. I’d reserve it for an afternoon of pampering luxury.
Pros: Lovely ambiance in the salon, Private rooms, Polite friendly staff, Hygienic
Cons: Bed was too high, Some might consider it pricey
Apronbay is on the 1st Floor along Jalan Telawi 4 in Bangsar. Public parking is horrendous so park inside Bangsar Village 2 and walk over from the Delicious Cafe exit. Once you open the glass door and head up the stairs, you are on your way to a first class pampering destination. Or so I felt. Wish I was convinced enough about waxing to go there often 😛
I also found out they do brow trimming. I’m not sure if its a brow wax. Maybe I’ll try that one instead the next time I decide I need some first class treatment, since I still can’t afford a first class flight ticket with all its perks 😉 Have you been to Apronbay for any treatment? They do brows and waxing (all parts) and manicures and pedicures too.
A full Brazilian wax (Rio de Janeiro) costs RM98. First timers get 25% off a Brazilian Wax and there are a few “designs” to choose from. Air Crew get 15% off all treatments. To find out more go to www.apronbay.com.my or http://www.facebook.com/apronbay
Apronbay is at 6-1, 1st Floor, Jalan Telawi 4, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Tel: 03-2287 8081 and they are open from 11am and closed on Mondays.