BUSAN, South Korea — As winter fades from memory and the days start to heat up in Busan, many of us are gearing up for beach season. For some, this means paying a visit to the beauty salon and getting waxing treatments. Until now, it’s been close to impossible to get waxed in Busan, but thanks to the recent opening of Bewitched beauty salon in Gwangan-li, you can now get a full body waxing treatment with an English-speaking aesthetician.
Owner Yoon Jeong Han realized there were few waxing services offered here in English, so she seized the opportunity of the niche market. With her partner, Hye Ran Kong, she opened the salon about three months ago. In addition to full body waxing, the duo also offer facial treatments, massages, permanent makeup and eyelash extensions.
Yoon says she wants to make her customers feel comfortable and confident about themselves after a treatment, helping foreigners learn about Korean culture in the process. “I want to be a big sister to them,” she says about her clients. “A lot of foreigners don’t know about Korean culture. I can help them.”
Yoon clearly loves the work, and the two create a warm, laid back ambiance at the salon. When you step inside, it is a little like visiting your friend’s place — quite literally, because the salon is housed in a studio apartment. But the casual nature of the place adds to the charm, and it is a refreshing change from the overly stylized, crowded salons that may not offer a particularly intimate and serene setting.
Yoon Jeong Han (left) and her partner Hye Ran Kong from Bewitched Salon
While Yoon takes care of the waxing and permanent makeup, Kong does the facials, which include Korean massage and Chinese pressure point techniques. Unlike typical facials in the West, Korean facials consist of body massage in addition to facial cleansing.
“People don’t know about Korean style (facials)…they think its a luxury, but it is good for you,” says Yoon.
As for the waxing, Yoon says she knows that it can feel like torture, but she adds, after the first appointment, if you come regularly, it hardly hurts at all. She uses hard wax, ordered from the States, for the treatment. She explains that it is better for the skin, but is scarcely used here in Korea.
Currently, Bewitched’s owners are learning each other’s trades, too. Eventually Hye Ran will also be able to perform waxing treatments and Yoon will offer massages and facials to clients.
Yoon says that they plan on moving to a more accessible, ground level salon, where the business can be more visible to the public. But for now, their headquarters are in this modest one-bedroom studio, overlooking Gwangan-li Beach from the 13th floor. It may not be very conveniently located, but take it from one extremely relaxed and satisfied customer: it is most definitely worth the visit.
"Bewitched" is located near Gwanganli subway station, exit 4. Take a left and walk until you see a huge apartment building that reads "Yulim" on the front. It's on the 13th floor, in room 1307.To make an appointment,call 070-7560-1307 or email them at email@example.com. You can visit their website for more information here.
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