Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
Published October 14th 2011
With our newly acquired Go Cards, we jumped on a bus and headed into the city for Dipawali - The Indian Festival of Lights. Without a doubt, the busiest market stall there was run by Instyle Glamour Beauty Salon.
Offering henna tattoos, eyelash tinting and threading (eyebrow shaping), there was a long line of ladies waiting for their turn.
After watching for awhile, I stood in line with two of my daughters for about fifteen minutes. My girls each got a small henna tattoo on their hand while I decided to be daring and get my eyebrows shaped (in front of complete strangers) with a piece of thread.
Threading is an ancient method of hair removal used in India and the Middle East. A twisted 100% cotton thread is rolled along the surface of the skin, entwining the hair in the thread, and plucking the hair out at the follicle. Unlike tweezing where hairs are pulled out one by one, threading can remove an entire row of hair. It was fast and relatively painless (on par with waxing) with the added bonus of lasting up to eight weeks. And I must say my brows looked brilliant.
Instyle Glamour Beauty Salon is Brisbane's first professional threading salon. They have beauty salons in two locations: Mount Gravatt and Kelvin Grove. In addition to threading and henna tattoos, the salons also offer more traditional services such as manicures and pedicures, facials, massages and waxing. Plus one not so conventional treatment - ear candling. Ear candling involves placing an ear candle in your ear while the other end is lit. Its purpose is to remove ear wax thus improving your hearing or helping to clear ear infections.
In addition to their two salons, they also operate at the weekend markets. Every Saturday you will find them at West End Markets and Sharks Market (Southport). On Sunday, they are at Chandler Markets and Cleveland Markets. While every Wednesday and Saturday, they can be found at Eumundi Markets. Their market prices are slightly less expensive too. For instance, eyebrow threading cost $10 compared to $12 at the salon and henna tattoos start at $10 instead of $15.
I am definitely going to check out their salon and check in for some pampering. Hint hint husband, if you are reading this, gift vouchers are available.