RIPPING AWESOME: Lisa Richmond, of Waxaholic in Byron Bay. Mireille Merlet-Shaw
RIPPING AWESOME: Lisa Richmond, of Waxaholic in Byron Bay. Mireille Merlet-Shaw Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Unusual waxing method along with old school ethics

FROM her tranquil home studio, Lisa Richmond performs what some may consider one of the most painful of beauty treatments to endure; waxing.

However, the waxist considers the task a privilege and prides herself on the quality of her work.

"It's a very personal thing to get done and it's quite a privilege to be trusted enough to wax clients," Ms Richmond said.

The owner of the business Waxaholic has been living in Byron Bay for 20 years, but it has only been over the last four years that she has worked in her own studio.

Encouraged to open Waxaholic after seeing the need for a private and relaxing place for locals to come and undergo beauty treatments, Ms Richmond says she strives to "be really good at one thing" rather than to simply perform many beauty therapies at a mediocre level.

"I trained to do waxing with a specialist waxer because I thought, 'I just want to be able to do one thing well'," Ms Richmond said.

And it seems she can do it well, with the summer months being the waxist's busiest time of the year.

Ms Richmond says she sees a record number of clients a day between November and February, with their ages ranging from 13 years old right up to 80 years old.

"November to February is bikini season, so it's crazy busy for me," Ms Richmond said.

"Everyone usually wants to be waxed before New Year's Eve too."

Being a waxist isn't like a usual 9-5pm job, with Ms Richmond noting she takes on the role of a counsellor, a friend and a waxist all in one consultation.

"I'm very open to talk about anything, but I'm also very confidential," she said.

However, it's not only her openness that makes Ms Richmond popular with the locals, it's her unusual waxing method, where she encourages her clients to hold yoga poses during their wax.

"It's the fastest method," Ms Richmond said with a laugh.

"But, you don't have to be a yoga instructor to come and see me."

Ms Richmond has done many jobs before, but said being a waxist was without a doubt the best of the bunch.

"I love the people and the stories and just being a part of the community," Ms Richmond said.

"No two days are the same and there is honestly nothing about my job I don't love."

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