A couple of weeks ago, beauty eds & bloggers were invited to Gloss Nail & Beauty bar in Birdhaven to hear all about Nair’s new Brazilian Spa Clay range (while we were there, we also learnt about some new Schwarzkopf, Batiste and Pearl Drops products, but they’ll follow soon in separate posts).
Gloss Nail & Beauty is pretty cool, btw, especially if you’re going with a friend or two. The pedi loungers are super comfy, and you can line up at the tables for manis – I’m liking the idea of ‘open plan’ manis and pedis more and more (Dream Nails does the same, as does Yemaya Express). Fair enough, I want to zonk out if I’m having a facial or a massage, but it’s kinda cool to chat away while you’re pretending to be a princess, aka getting your nails done.
It was truly one day where being a beauty blogger didn’t suck. While the various brand managers were chatting away and telling us about the products, we were fed champagne, cananpes and the most amazing red velvet cupcakes while therapists were giving us manis and pedis. That’s the life I tell ya.
But back to Nair. The Brazilian Spa Clay range consists of Body Wax Strips, Face Wax Strips and Shower Power Cream (hair removal cream). Nair’s Brazilian Spa Clay range would be the more pampering option, and is enriched with mineral rich clay, soothing mango butter and nourishing, anti-oxidant rich acai palm extract. I’ve put all three products to the test, here’s a quick summary below:
Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Body Wax Strips and Face Wax Strips Review
Wax strips are packaged front-to-front in pairs (sticky wax sides facing each other), which you separate before use. Once it’s on the skin, smoothe it down a couple of times to warm it and ensure it sticks. With removal, I flinched a little because it was slightly sensitive/painful (as waxing is) – this is a good thing, as it at least indicates that the hair was pulled out. Very often with home waxing products the hair just breaks off – equal parts the fault of a lower quality product, and a poor method of waxing used (by yourself, of course).
The moisturisting post-wipes deserve a special mention too, as they’re nice and oily and definitely soothing – the redness I had (and always have after any type of waxing) was gone within hours. I don’t think a home wax will ever equal the result of a professional wax, but this is definitely the best cold strips I’ve used so far.
Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Shower Power Cream Review
This hair removal cream makes a pretty good first impression. It applies like a creamy clay mask, with absolutely none of the traditional hair remover/perm lotion scent. Developing time is 5 minutes, so if you don’t have exceptionally coarse hair it’s pretty much a case of apply one leg, apply the other, get in the shower and start removing.
Removal is done by scraping the cream off with a plastic spatula that’s included in the pack. I found this part rather messy, and decided I’ll sit on the side of the bath next time, and rinse with the hand shower as I go along. This stage was also the only time when I got a whiff of the ‘traditional’ hair removal scent, so I’m assuming its a reaction with the moisture – its not unbearable though.
I’m really thrilled with the changes – in my book, Nair now went from a pretty-much-forgotten brand to a modern, high tech, good looking brand that you actually don’t mind displaying on your bathroom shelves.
- Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Body Strips R80
- Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Face Strips R53
- Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Shower Power Cream R80
Nair Brazilian Spa Clay products are exclusive to Clicks.
Gloss Nail & Beauty: 011 447 9273
PS, and possibly NB: All products were tested on my lower legs. The body strips say they’re suitable for legs, body and bikini and the shower power cream states that it’s gentle enough for legs, bikini and underarm areas. But after one fateful experience with hair removal cream (a different brand, actually) on a delicate area in the summer of ’06, it’s not going anywhere near my delicates ever again. No matter who promises me what, it’s not happening. And even though I used to be a skincare therapist (or maybe because of that), I also don’t use store-bought wax on my delicates. Some things are just better left to the (still practising) pro’s.
As you were.