Pack your travel sizes, we’re taking a trip! No, put the second jacket back in your cupboard – it’s not that kind of trip. Compliments of Sorbet, we’re taking you on a beauty tour that gets to the bottom of salon treatment names, and their global origins.
Ever wondered why it’s called the “Brazilian Wax”? Or the “Irish Bath” – so did we. It’s not enough to simply assume these trending treatments adopted their names from the said country – especially since this could lead to some dodgy ideas about the Brazilian airport #landingstrips. Grab your takeaway coffee mug – and a window seat – and let’s go…
- The Brazilian Wax
Here’s an awesome story about ‘the Brazilian’ to make the pain more bearable. What started out as a smooth solution for popular shrinking bikini lines on the beaches of Rio, was birthed as a beauty therapy in none other than New York, of course! It’s a perfectly romantic story of the American Dream. Five daughters of Brazilian Immigrants, known as the J-sisters (because their names all began with a J) opened a salon in Manhattan in 1987. They decided to introduce ‘the Brazilian wax’ as a treatment, and the rest is history (as well as much of the Sex and the City script). The salon still exists and is frequented by the rich and famous!
- The Indian Head Massage
As per its name, of course, this one was born in India. Indian head massage was actually developed for mothers, to practice on their children from babies up until the age of six – to keep hair in good condition and blood flow healthy. Massage is an integral part of Ayurvedic culture and is taken pretty seriously, as an important part of staying healthy and connecting with others. Okay, can we please take a page from the books of India and note that massage is in fact something we need for our health – and not just because your Pilates instructor keeps telling you to move your shoulders away from your ears!
- Irish Seaweed Bath
This treatment has been around since the 12th Century in the Emerald Isles, when Irish monks brought it to the public as a means of nourishment. And yes, it’s exactly what you’re imagining. A bath full of seaweed. Green and gooey and wonderfully nourishing nutrients from the seaweed are soaked in through the skin for multiple benefits such as reducing muscle and joint aches and improving circulation for challenging skin conditions (like cellulite- yay!).
- Swedish Massage
Yes, it was developed in Sweden but contrary to what you might believe, it hasn’t much to do with Sweden at all. In fact, it is a globally-influenced massage that has many parts of its allure originating from around the world. ‘The Swedish’ is like that girl who’s wearing something beautiful and you ask her where she got it, and she’s always like “Thanks, it’s from India….” Or “Thanks, my Spanish lover bought it for me in Greece.” Swedish massage is that girl, combining ancient techniques from China, Egypt, Greece and Rome. A cultured and well-travelled kind of massage, you could say. It was developed with athletes in mind, using a European sophistication that improves a variety of things such as circulation, muscle tension, relaxation and flexibility, while detoxing the body.
- The Sorbet Grande Facial
This one has South Africa written all over it. Johannesburg in fact. The Sorbet Group Head Quarters to be absolutely exact – and it all began on a Tuesday in March with copious amounts of coffee orders by the skin obsessed Sorbet Marketing team, whilst launching their hottest new Sorbet Skincare Range. When you feel like a beauty treatment without going far at all, you can trust in the Sorbet Grande Facial. Personally tailored with a radiant skin-kick, to get you through – whatever it is your skin is going through. Not surprising that a sister facial treatment was launched simultaneously, called the Sorbet Lite: a ‘decaf’ version (we think) in honour of ‘Katie the copywriter’ who over-simile’d with excitement that day, and was never quite the same again.
There you have it…
The seat belt sign is off, and your cuppa is by now ready for a refill. Either that, or you’re already off flight mode, calling your favourite Sorbet Salon for your next best ‘country visit’ – this time with more meaning, of course.