He-waxing – Hair removal for Men

The “metrosexual” era left via the back door some time ago, but “he-waxing” seems to be here to stay. More and more men are baring their hairless bods at the pool, the beach, and next to the cricket pitch. Men have embraced “hair-free”, and found they loved it!

This blog is for those of you thinking about navigating the waters of hair removal. Maybe you find your hairy back a little too “Neanderthal”, your chest a little too “Tom Jones”, or you want to shave seconds off your cycling or swimming time by making your legs a little more “aerodynamic”. Perhaps – like many women – you just dislike body hair. Whatever your motive, waxing isn’t as scary a prospect as your imagination would have you believe.

Why Wax?

Waxing is one of the longest-lasting temporary hair-removal techniques available. Hair takes 3-6 weeks to grow back.

Waxing really does make your hair grow back lighter over time. Because the wax gets into the hair follicle and pulls the hair from the root, it grows back less thick than when the shaft is shaved.

Does it hurt?

We won’t beat about the bush here – pun intended! Waxing is uncomfortable – especially the first time you have it done, and for those with very sensitive skin. But many report that it seems to hurt less the more accustomed you get to the procedure. And, relax! Like most things, waxing seems to be more painful the more tense you are.

Side Effects of Waxing

We’d like to say that once the hair has been removed you’ll be “waxing lyrical” and that there are no potential nasty side effects. Unfortunately, since men’s hair tends to be thick and it’s removed against the grain when it’s waxed, there is a chance you may get bumps, ingrown hairs or even pimples.

Another drawback is that the hair needs to be at least 1cm long before it can be waxed again. The wait (up to 6 weeks) can be a bit frustrating, especially if you have a serious date at the beach.

Ingrown Hairs

The most common and annoying side effect of waxing is that the hair may start growing back into the skin – aka ingrown hairs. The best way to avoid this is to regularly exfoliate both before and after waxing. Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells, allowing a better and easier wax, and keeping the follicle open to allow the hair to grow out.

Amani offers the following waxing options for men:

  • Full, or half back
  • Full, three-quarter or half leg
  • Full or half arm
  • Underarm
  • Chest

Here’s to a smoother you!

Amani ;)

Are you ready for year-end?

Amani Spas - Are you ready
Are you ready to sparkle at those end-of-year parties? Do you look your bikini best for languid days next to the pool or on the beach?

If the answer is less than a confident “yes”, Amani African Spas has loads of treatment options that will get you looking – and feeling – absolutely fabulous, from head-to-toe.

Face Forward

It’s been a long and busy year, and one’s skin is often the first place to show a little weary wear-and-tear. A replenishing, revitalising and moisturising facial may be just what the proverbial doctor ordered to restore that youthful glow. Amani African Spas has an extensive menu of facials designed to accommodate all skin types and conditions, ensuring that your skin looks its very best ahead of the holiday season.

Best Bodies

Are you dreading the moment you don a pair of shorts, or shriek – a swimsuit?! Does it seem that the summer holidays have caught you completely unprepared, giving you insufficient time to be anywhere near ready to reveal a little more flesh?

Never fear! Amani African Spas has treatments to tackle all those less than perfect bits.

Amani’s signature Kurhula Body Ritual pampers from head to toe, including the face and scalp. This is a fantastic treatment to help you unwind, kick-starting a relaxed state ahead of the holiday season.

Amani’s Hydro Journeys are a wonderful way to detoxify and slough off that dull, dry, winter skin revealing a newer, fresher looking body while moisturising to perfection. Due to the ultimate relaxation of the hydro journey, you won’t only look great, but you’ll feel on top of the world too.

The tension we feel in our body shows on our faces and in the way we carry ourselves. Get rid of all the spasms and knots and allow one of Amani’s professional therapists to transport you to a feeling of total wellbeing. Indulge in one of the massage treatments in Amani’s Massage Collection. You’re bound to find one that has been designed to take care of your unique problem areas. Why not book Amani’s couple’s suite, and take along your partner or friend?

If you’re worried about looking less than your best in your swimsuit or shorts, Amani’s Luxurious Body Treats include such treatments as Exfoliation and Body wraps, which are perfect for detoxing and polishing the skin, while the Body Firm & Beautify treatments are specifically designed to tackle those nasty lumps and bumps (cellulite is a swear-word!), improve the appearance of scars and stretch-marks and moisturise, firm and improve the appearance of the skin.

Amani offers a range of Body Bootcamp Spa Treatments – Bootcamp for Butts, Bootcamp for Tummies and Bootcamp for Boobs. The Bootcamp treatments do exactly as they say – give those stubborn areas a workout that will leave you looking and feeling fantastic!

And last, but not least, why not avail of one of the Pamper Packages just for the sheer indulgence – because you deserve it!

Moms to be

Ladies in waiting are not forgotten! Amani also offers the Mama Mio Spa Treatments that are tailored for moms-to-be, who feel the pressures of pregnancy acutely during the hotter months of the year. Indulge in some rest and relaxation ahead of the arrival of your special person.

The Little Details

Amani African Spas will take care of the little details that ensure that you look your polished best. Our Beauty Salon offers a range of manicures and pedicures – from the simple to the luxurious – as well as artificial nails, and grooming options to whisk away all unwanted hair.

Magnificently Masculine

For men, Amani African Spas offers a selection of facials, spa manicures and pedicures, Gentlemen’s Massages & Body Treatments and Gentleman’s Epilation – ensuring that you look your very best and feel relaxed while doing the party rounds and during your downtime.

Gifts Galore!

A wonderful feature of Amani’s website is that you can order the perfect gift for someone special – at the click of the mouse! Spoil the one you care for, or give an incentive to worthy staff members, with one of our online gift vouchers, tailored specially for him or her, or leave it up to the lucky recipient to choose!

Happy Holidays!

Amani ;-)

Kurhula Body Ritual – A personal Account

Kurhula Body Ritual

I spent a number of years living in the Middle East, where I was in charge of the Health and Beauty section of a local English magazine. While there, I had the good fortune to experience myriad different treatment modalities from around the world, including Thai, Ayurvedic, Chinese, Swedish, and many more, in a variety of salons and world-renowned spas. I was really keen to sample Amani’s signature Kuhrula Body Ritual after all the excellent reports I’d heard. And it didn’t disappoint!

I was warmly welcomed by the staff at Amani Spa, Radisson Blu Hotel, Sandton, and offered a long, tall glass of mint-infused chilled water to drink while I filled in a form with my details. All visitors to the spa have to provide Amani with details of their medical history.

That done, I was introduced to Dorcas – my charming and very petite therapist, who took me to the changing facilities where I was given a large, fluffy and very comfortable bathrobe and towelling slippers to wear. A locker was provided in which to store my belongings.

Dorcas then took me downstairs to the “Moonstone” Therapy Room. Soothing, piped music that is loud enough to be heard without being intrusive, muted lighting and the most divine aroma of essential oils – most notably bergamot, a fruity and sweet scent, with a warm spicy floral quality that is reminiscent of neroli as well as lavender oil – assailed my senses.

Starting with a warm and comforting foot cleansing ritual, Dorcas then began a gentle and relaxing brush-down of my back, legs and arms, stimulating the circulation and promoting relaxation. Then, using warm, moisturising, scented oil, she began the full body massage. Starting at the soles of my feet, she moved slowly and methodically up my legs to my back, neck, arms and scalp. She tackled the spasms and knots in my back with firm, yet comfortable determination and despite some tenderness at times; I drifted in and out of sleep mode throughout. Dorcas’ petite stature belies her strength, and I felt months of pent-up stress evaporate from my body.

After I turned over, Dorcas repeated the same routine on my front section. Having had experience with different massage methods over the years, I was able to recognise the different massage techniques she employed – Thai movements and joint mobilization, pressure-point massage, traditional Swedish and even some Ayurvedic massage techniques. As a result, my muscles massaged on a very deep and releasing level, the energy blockages that may have been present were also cleared by virtue of the use of pressure-point techniques, and the aromatherapy oils also worked their healing magic. This is truly a global massage ritual.

At the point where I really felt as if I was having an out-of-body experience, Dorcas began what Amani calls a “mini-facial”. Full cleansing, toning, exfoliation and the most wonderful, rich moisturising followed, and I had to be gently roused from my slumber with the soothing sounds of a traditional rainstick. Lore has it that the sound of falling rain produced by a rainstick can produce a storm, and it can be no coincidence that, as I drove out of the Radisson Hotel, Sandton parking lot, feeling completely relaxed and indulged, the heavens opened!

The Kurhula Body Ritual is a must for anyone in search of total head-to-toe relaxation and pampering. And with Amani’s easy-to-purchase online vouchers, the Kurhula Body Ritual makes an ideal gift for someone special, or a togetherness delight for a couple. The Kurhula Body Ritual, one of Amani’s signature spa rituals, is available at all Amani’s luxury City Hotel Spas and Safari Spas. Visit the website for details.

Why not try something different?

Amani ;-)