Shwe Tan - 01279 442844

Open 7 days a week. Until 9pm weeknights


Welcome to Harlow's Leading Waxing Salon

Waxing is available 7 days a week here at Shwe, and you can even book with our waxing specialists as late as 9pm on weeknights.

We guarantee you'll receive the best wax you've ever had

You'll leave hair free and will see that waxing can actually be a treat instead of a chore when you're in the hands of true professionals.

We're most famous for our intimate waxing treatments - Hollywood and Brazilian Waxing.

A Hollywood wax leaves you completely bare. (Yep, that means all pubic hair is removed).

A Brazilian wax is where only a strip or triangle of hair remains on top of your pubic bone. All other pubic hair is removed.

It's really important to us that we can give you the best possible results from your treatment, so please take the time to read our pre-waxing instructions below, so you know everything you need to do before you come in to see us.

Before your first Treatment:

Make sure you've left your hair to grow long enough to pinch (this is usually around 4 weeks)

Moisturise and exfoliate your skin regularly before your appointment. This will make sure any ingrowing hairs are above the skin, so they get removed during your wax.

Do Not:
Use a sun bed or expose yourself to sunlight for 24 hours prior to your treatment
Fake tan - this should be done 24 hours after your wax
Shave 4 weeks before your wax

Getting to know your Wax

There are 2 types of wax - warm wax (sometimes referred to as strip sax), is spread on your skin in the direction the hair is growing. A waxing strip is then placed on top and firmly pressed down, this is then removed by pulling the strip in the opposite direction of the hair growth. This is perfect for leg waxing, arm waxing, back waxing, and brows.

Then there is hot wax, which is applied against the hair growth. It is left to cool for a minute then the end is pulled up and the wax is removed in the opposite direction of the hair growth. This is more suited for sensitive areas such as bikini, underarm, lip and chin.

Your Therapist will choose the best wax for you however, if you have any preferences or have sensitive skin, please discuss this with your therapist before your treatment begins.


Full Body WaxIncludes a full leg wax, any type of bikini wax (including Hollywood), underarm wax, eyebrows lip and chin.
NEW: Full leg & Hollywood
Eyebrow Wax & Tint
Eyebrow & Lip Wax
Lip & Chin Wax
Hairline Wax
FaceAny unwanted hair will be removed from your face: eyebrows, lip, chin, cheeks & hairline/sideburns
Under Arms
High Bikini
Buttocks Wax
Half Leg
Three Quarter Leg
Full Leg
Lower Arm
Full Arm

Waxing for Men

Nose Wax
Ear Wax
Lower or Upper Arm Wax
Full Arm
Back Wax
Chest Wax
Chest & Stomach Wax
Full Leg Wax


After your Treatment:

Do Not:

  • Have hot baths or showers for 24 hours
  • Use a sun bed or expose yourself to sunlight for 24 hours
  • Avoid excessive perspiration for 24 hours (running, gym etc)
  • No fake tan, or deodorant for 24 hours
  • No shaving in-between waxes


  • Exfoliate the area regularly in between waxes
  • Moisturise daily
  • Rebook your appointment within 4 weeks
  • Tell your friends about us and enjoy feeling gorgeous!

Sorry, it's not for you if...

  • If you are on any acne medication or Roaccutane
  • If you are using anti-ageing or skin thinning products (for facial waxing)
  • If you have been exposed to UV rays within the last 12 hours
  • If you are sunburnt
  • If you are diabetic (you need to arrange a patch test)
  • If you are allergic to oils
  • If you have had a c-section in the last 6 weeks (for any type of Bikini / intimate Wax)

Waxing FAQ

How long do you need to be clear or Roaccutane before having waxing?

You need to wait a minimum of 6 months before any waxing treatments.

I have never had an Intimate Wax before, what can I expect?

Most importantly, please don't be nervous! Our team at Shwe are totally professional and you are in safe hands. Prior to your treatment you will be asked to fill in a consultation form (this helps us to keep a record of your treatment and find out if you have any allergies).

Next, you will be shown to one of our three private treatment rooms where your Therapist will explain to you which items of clothes need to be removed and where you need to lay on the treatment bed.

Your Therapist will leave the room while you get undressed and you'll be left some hygienic wipes to freshen up with before your Therapist starts your treatment.

She will also leave you a towel to put over your middle area when you lay on the bed.

Your Therapist will then knock on the door to check you are ready before she comes in and your treatment will begin.

Can I wear my underwear during an intimate waxing treatment?

You can, BUT it’s easier for the therapist if you don’t. That way, we can make sure that all hairs have been removed and if doing a Brazilian, the landing strip is nice and neat and straight. If you are thinking about leaving your underwear on because you feel embarrassed, then PLEASE don’t! If you do leave your underwear on, it makes the treatment more of a difficult and longer process, and we cannot guarantee that all hair is removed.

Can I have a wax if I'm on blood thinning tablets?

We don't recommend having any waxing while on blood thinners.

On a scale of 1-10 how painful is it for a first Hollywood wax?

Maybe a 5. Most clients work themselves up so much before a first wax that they are pleasantly surprised at how easy and comfortable the wax is. The results speak for themselves and that's why this is our most popular type of Bikini wax here at Shwe.

Hair should be the length of a grain of rice and long enough the pinch.

Your therapist will be able to minimise the pain by removing the hair in smaller sections.

Can I have waxing carried out whilst I'm pregnant?

Totally! You can wax all the way through pregnancy, right up until your due date. Please let us know if you're pregnant when you make your booking so we can allow extra treatment time.

Please be aware that skin may be more sensitive during this time.

If I've had a face wax, how does foundation sit afterwards?

It sits fine after a wax using Hot wax and pre-wax oil because the skin is left untouched.

Some salons use strip wax on the face, but this will remove skin which makes foundation slip and slide after a wax.

We will never use strip wax on your face.

If I've had a few laser treatments, can I still have a wax?

You sure can. We have the perfect wax to use for lighter, finer hair types like yours.

To get the best results, how many times should I wax before going away?

Ideally, you’d need 3 waxes to achieve the very best and longest lasting results. It’s all to do with the stages of hair growth. Space out your appointments accordingly.

There’s no need to trim before going for a wax, and don’t shave or trim in-between.

Just return within 4-6 weeks to maintain your hair-free results

What type of wax do you use on the face?

We always use hot wax on the face.

Our peel-able hot waxes are not “hot” in temperature, they should only feel warm on application.

Less heat means less redness, and less discomfort to the client.

How old do I need to be to have a waxing treatment?

No waxing treatments are permitted for clients under the age of 12 years old.

- Over 12 years old, minor clients need a thorough consultation and patch test.

- Minor clients are permitted to have the following treatments carried out with the consent of a parent/guardian:
o Facial (eyebrow, lip, chin, side of face) waxing using Waxperts Hot Wax.
o Underarm waxing using Waxperts Hot Wax.
o Basic bikini waxing (basic and extended bikini types) using Waxperts Hot Wax.
o Leg waxing
o Arm waxing using

- Minor clients are not permitted to have any intimate bikini wax treatments carried out (Brazilian, Hollywood). Intimate bikini wax treatments are only permitted to be carried out on clients over the age of 18.
- A parent/guardian should be present and on the premises throughout a minor client’s wax treatment.

- Minor clients may tend to experience folliculitis and other adverse reactions post-wax. Aftercare advice will be thoroughly explained verbally to the minor client and parent/guardian.

Can you get waxed while taking Roaccutane?

No, you’ll need to wait 6 months after you have stopped taking the medication to start waxing again.

Can make up be put on straight after a hot wax treatment?

Your skin needs to be kept super clean after a wax.

So yes, if you apply mineral make up with fresh clean brushes.

No if it's not mineral and your make up brushes are dirty.

If skin isn’t kept clean post wax, you’ll get folliculitis.

Should I get waxing done at the same time? E.g. under arm and bikini?

Yes, we recommend to having it done at the same time where possible.

How long after stitches from labour can you get a full wax?

6 months, you can still have a wax before the 6-month mark, but your therapist will need to avoid the area that is healing from the stiches.

What does 'double dipping' mean?

It means the transfer of bacteria (sweat, skin cells, blood spotting) from a client back into the wax pot by using the same spatula to apply wax on the client multiple times.

That bacteria is then passed onto the next client and the next with their bacteria added.

Shwe has a very strict no double dipping policy.

I’m a shaver and want to get my legs waxed, how long should I wait before booking in?

At least 3 weeks growth. Hair should be the length of a grain of rice.

Can the Waxperts pads be used when pregnant?

No, not for use when pregnant as the active ingredient salicylic acid can enter your blood stream.

What are the benefits of waxing instead of shaving?

Waxing removes the entire hair from the root.

Skin is smooth for 3-6 weeks depending on the area waxed and hair becomes sparser and lighter with every wax.

Shaving removes only a portion of the hair. Skin is smooth for 12-24 hours and hair doesn’t get sparser or lighter with every shave.

Should a Hollywood be the back too or just the front, some salons do both, but some salons just do the front?

A Hollywood is all gone, front and back, not a blade of hair left.

All Shwe therapists are trained to carry it out this way.

Please don’t be afraid to ask over the phone when booking if you have any questions or requests.

How do I avoid breakouts after a lip wax?

Keep the area really clean after your wax, no makeup, no touching, no gym, no excessive sweating.

Can I have waxing if I'm having Chemotherapy?

Due to Chemotherapy's effects on your body, we would need a doctor's note to carry out waxing.

How long should I let my hair grow before my first wax?

For best results and a virtually pain free wax we recommend a regular wax of every 4 weeks. It all depends on how fast your hair grows.

What do I need to do to prepare my skin for Waxing?

Our recommendation is to exfoliate the areas you have waxed regularly in between your visits to the salon / the run up to your next wax. Keep your skin well moisturised before and after waxing.

Does waxing hurt?

When you book in with our Waxing Specialists, you'll see that waxing can actually be a treat instead of a chore when you're in the hands of true professionals.

For best results and a virtually pain free wax we recommend a regular wax of every 4 weeks, it all depends on how fast your hair grows.

If you can avoid being waxed in the run up to your period then do so, as you may be more sensitive, and avoid caffeine on the day of your wax!

How long will my treatment last?

Waxing is a semi-permanent method of hair removal; it removes the hair from the root. New hairs will not grow back on previously waxed areas for 2 to 6 weeks.

So what makes Shwe's 'Waxperts' Wax different?

This new flexible hot wax system is revolutionary and unlike other hot wax, because it is flexible it does not crack or break, the wax is applied and as it dries it shrinks around the hair and lifts it up from the follicle, when it sets it is simply peeled off and that's it you're done! It's great for getting to grips with short stubborn hair and has a much lower melting point than other hot waxes so it is especially good for anyone with the most sensitive of skin.
The cleanser contains chamomile for its antiseptic and disinfectant properties, Lavender for its anti-inflammatory soothing and calming qualities. The pre wax oil attaches to the hairs and not the skin and creates a protective barrier preparing the skin for waxing. It also contains a lightweight Lavender base oil for a calming and soothing treatment. The post wax oil is a heavy weight Lavender based oil which soothes and moisturises as well as leaving a smooth finish and helps to prevent in growing hairs in between waxes.

What if I'm on my period? Can I still have an Intimate wax?

Your Therapist will wear gloves throughout your treatment. So long as you are wearing a fresh and clean tampon, and you inform your Therapist at the start of your treatment, then there is no reason why we cannot carry out your wax for you. The only reason why you may consider rescheduling your intimate wax is because some people find it more sensitive during that time of the month.

When can I not have a Wax carried out?

If any of the below apply to you, we regret that we will be unable to carry out your Waxing Treatment:

· Hypersensitive skin

· Infectious skin diseases

· Diabetes

· Sunburn or heat rash

· Cuts or abrasions to the area

· Allergies to the products

· Operations or recent scar tissue to the area

· Varicose veins

· Broken bones affecting the treatment

· Severe bruising

· If you've have had a c-section in the last 6 weeks (for any type of Bikini / intimate Wax)

· If you have HIV/AIDs

My skin is very Sensitive will this be OK for me?

Our Waxing products are perfect for sensitive skin. However, even those who don't have sensitive skin can expect a little redness sometimes, but our wax contains essential oil extracts from chamomile and lavender to calm and soothe the skin.

If you are at all worried, then please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have or arrange to have a complimentary patch test 24-48 hours before your treatment.

How do we keep our waxing hygienic?

We pride ourselves with having the number one rule of NO DOUBLE DIPPING!

Here at Shwe, we would never re-use a spatula. The spatula goes into the wax, onto your skin and in the bin! Therapists also make sure that gloves are always worn, and each client is given a clean towel.