Western women (and some men!) who are used to having easy access to beauty salons that specialize in waxing are often a tad fearful they won’t be able to find the same services here in Japan. Waxing, especially Brazilian, is still a relatively new concept in Japan and in a smaller city like Hiroshima it can be a bit harder to find somewhere offering the service. Although it takes a little research, I assure you, places do exist and yes, this includes ones where the staff speak English.
I first discovered Girassol Wax through a Google search and as both a licensed and extremely professional home business, I was also thrilled to find that the owner, Risa, also speaks fluent English. The salon specializes in full body waxing and uses high quality, low temperature wax for a smooth, silky and (relatively!) pain-free experience. Risa caters primarily for female clients but men who are interested in having their waxing done can be introduced via a female friend. Most overseas salons are quite expensive, but prices here are very reasonable. Brazilian waxes are 6000 yen, with eyebrows just 1000 yen (2017).
Although the salon is located in Hiroshima, Risa has recently started offering services to people in the Iwakuni region and is looking to expand to other places too. She also offers a delivery service for an extra fee, comeing directly to your house to provide waxing in the comfort of your own home.
Risa attends conferences and studies regularly to update her skills so you can be guaranteed you are getting the latest and most advanced skills, products and techniques. She also has a booth at the annual Sun Dance Festival held on Miyajima. Apart from waxing, she offers fun, non-permanent glitter tattoos for that special occasion, as well as imported lingerie, and skin care products to keep everything maintained between your appointments. The salon is modern and comfortable and Risa’s love of hip hop and salsa music will keep you bopping away as she attends to your needs.
For more information or to make a booking, contact her via her website, Facebook or Line. If you like her page on Facebook she will give you a 200 yen discount and an extra 500 yen if you have your waxing done within six weeks. If you recommend her salon to a friend, both of you are eligible for a ¥1000 discount. The website is in Japanese, but don’t let that put you off as Risa will reply in English!The salon is open 6 days a week between 10am and 6pm and is by appointment only. It is closed on Sundays and public holidays.