I was really keen to try Strip, as it's so well known and sounded amazing, so when I moved to London it was the first place I called for a wax. It wasn't easy to get an appointment, even calling a few days in advance, the Soho branch was full, so I managed to get the last appointment at the St Paul's branch on a Thursday night. I wasn't overly happy about paying in advance, but was willing to do it to secure the appointment.
The location is pretty good, it's close to the tube, and the One New Change centre is very sleek and modern. The boutique itself is nice, and the waxing rooms I saw were beautifully decorated. The staff were nice, and my therapist was lovely.
HOWEVER, I wasn't given a choice of waxes, which they do advertise as part of the service, and I was sad about this, as I wanted to try the famous chocolate one. The wax was extremely painless, but when I got home I realised they'd missed quite a lot of hairs and if I hadn't been heading away for a few days I'd have been tempted to go back and complain (yes, it was that bad!) After a week, I had way more regrowth than I'd usually have, which left me wondering exactly what I'd spent more than £50 on!
I really wanted to like Strip, and the salon promises a lot, but it didn't really deliver for me. At such a premium rate, I expect a premium service, but they seem to have mastered the polish without getting the basics right.
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