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  • 5.0 star rating
    Listed in Beauty

    Ive just come from here and had my nails done and had to write. The place is very casual with a friendly vibe. I get the feeling they have lots of regulars and everyone gets the same warm welcome.

    The work was great, perfect nails, would have loved a bigger colour choice, but I dont think that would be up to therm.

    The beauty therapist who did my nails was just the right side of chatty, without being pushy.
    Its very affordable.
    Oh, and they have air con. Its worth it just to step in out of the curret heat wave.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Excellent waxing. The girls who work here are sweet, efficient, and, most importantly, visibly wash their hands lots! Just as good a bikini wax as I've had in the US and paid three times as much for (yes, yes, I know exchange rates...). I called an hour before I came in and easily got an appointment.

    Only complaint is that Emma's is very hard to find (without a working smartphone!).

  • 5.0 star rating

    First off all, the map to the right side of the yelp page is a little misleading at the location of Emma For Beauty, it is actually further east on Bethnal Green Road, just north of Weaver's Fields.

    Okay, now to my humble opinion.  This is such a rarity in the Eastend.  It is a West-end spa experience for bikini waxing at a Eastend discount.

    I have had my waxing "wild" days.  Moving from city to city, waxing salon to waxing salon.  Cheating on some good waxers, finding good deals, but always having a little bit of an issue with either the price or the quality.  Emma for beauty is top 3 IN THE WORLD.

    I originally started going here because it is one of the few spots in London that does hard-waxing, which is often the signal for quality and also a great way to prevent issues with delicate skin.

    A full Brazilian (which is also called a Hollywood) with hard wax takes about 30 minutes and is around £35.  The staff is professional and fun, what more could you ask from someone that has been that intimate with your vjay.  The decor is very calming and everything from the treatment rooms to the bathroom is spotless.

    After a few sessions the great waxer, Jo suggested that I just do strip waxing.  Remembering the last time I went the cheaper faster, but much more painful and ingrown-hairier route, I hesitantly agreed.  For £23 and 15 minutes of your life, Jo will make you a happy lady with no residual regret.

    Bottom line: for a great wax at a good price, head east my dear friends!

  • 4.0 star rating

    I went in without an appointment to get my eyebrows waxed and was seen right away! They girl asked a lot of questions about how I wanted them done etc which I liked. They came out great -- it's been a while so anything would look good BUT I DO like them a lot!! :-)
    At 6 pounds, with very good service, I'll be back.

  • 3.0 star rating
    First to Review

    The Bethnal Green Road surprisingly has several beauty shops - but Emma for beauty has the nicest of service and most affordable prices . The owner has not had the salon for long and she often is in the salons herself giving treatments.

    I first noticed the salon when it arrived because of its strange 3-D pebble flooring ( spa detailing I  suppose!) and its huge snowball  chandelier in the reception -very strange on Bethnal Green Road!!

    However I never thought  to venture in. It was only recently that I was in need of a little TLC and   this place was recommended. I fast  found that many of my friends were choosing here and were in fact regular customers.

    They offer full nail bar which is more pricey -and have a nice selection of colours also to buy -However selling only very high end and very, very expensive varnishs .

    If its a waxing or tinting treatments you are looking for ,though  this place is very affordable. Considering this  is "looking good" pampering rather than "health" pampering - leg waxings cost as little as £14.00 and eyebrow tintings £6.00 -I got so carried away that I actually even did my eyelashes which frankly was a bit pointless since you need some decent lashes to begin with --

    They offer  full body massages and scrubs which is justifiably "health pampering " however at prices of in the region of £95.00 - my  wallet at present does not include "wealth pampering " - for now at least ......

  • 3.0 star rating

    Just got back from my first Brazilian at Emma for Beauty.  Overall I'm very pleased.  I got there about 15 minutes early and was a little surprised that the guy on reception didn't go back to check if the woman I was booked in to see could take me early (the place was DEAD).  He just sat down and started reading the paper.  Oh well, fair enough...just would have been nice if he could have at least checked.  I was also kind of hoping for a cuppa as it was a cold and rainy walk from my house, and I was so early, but no dice.  Not docking points for that though, just would have been a nice bonus and isn't unheard of.

    I had Joanie (Jodi?) and she was really professional, communicated well about exactly what I wanted, and explained things when I asked.  She knew what she was doing, and the results are great.  

    I would note, however, that they offer both cold strip wax and hot wax.  The hot wax is more expensive (but apparently keeps you hair-free for a little longer and is a bit less painful than strip wax, which is why they recommended it to me for my first time, and which after today I cannot imagine is true...yeoww!).  So even though their website says 18 pound for a Brazilian, that's for strip wax.  Hot wax costs quite a bit more at 25 pounds, and I imagine the listed price for all other body areas is similarly increased if you chose hot wax over strip wax.  

    Not exactly the uber-bargain I had hoped for, and I wish the website explained the hot wax/strip wax thing, but it still seems like a fair price. The place is clean and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable (at least the woman I had), and I live pretty close by.  Will most likely be going back since it's close, but might try 171 Hair & Beauty in Islington (a warm wax Brazilian there costs just 17 pounds rather than 25, though they apparently do use strips of cloth with it, unlike today). I can do some shopping on Upper Street when I'm there, too, which is something you can't really do in the same way on Bethnal Green Road.

    UPDATE: So on closer inspection, she wasn't as thorough as I had first thought.  Plus she did it...er....off center.  Still OK, and as I don't have much of a reference point with this as it was my first time, I'll probably try another place in order to compare.

    UPDATE #2: Hrm.  Got a rash and didn't stay smooth for very long at all compared to when I do it at home. Not good.

  • 4.0 star rating

    I'm an expat in London and have been looking for a waxing place like my one at hoem for about 7 months.  I've finally found the place I will be going to for the rest of my time in London!  The prices were great, the people are so nice and the place is clean.  The location isn't the best but nothing is perfect.  I went to Hayley and she was so nice.  We talked the entire time and she made me feel very comfortable.  She also did it all in 15 minutes which was amazing.

    My only complaint is that they don't wear gloves.  I've been to a lot of places and some do and some don't.  I hope eventually all do though because it is a little gross if you ask me.

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    3.0 star rating

    I had a French manicure here once, all the private rooms were booked so I sat on a minuscule stool in the lobby while the manicurist regaled at great length the details of her impending wedding, littered with dancing uncles, errant page boys and spiteful mother in laws. This is certainly what I call customer service!

    Plus the cheapest bikini waxes in town, change from a tenner for a regular although a Brazilian may be more expensive. No St. Tropez booth here though for an all over fake tan, try Roman Road instead for a human once over head to foot, or the Tanning Shop in a Liverpool Street for a robotic hose down. Note to self: wear loose fitting clothing in ALL areas!
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  • 4.0 star rating

    I was so happy to discover this small and cosy beauty salon dear my home. When the Bethnal Green road is sometimes more like the Boulevard of Broken Dreams this place with the pink decoration turns heads.

    With very affordable prices this salon beats all the rivals in the central. The service has always been so friendly and sometimes I find my self just browsing their brochure to come up with some new treatments needs, just to get a good excuse to go there again.

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/12/2009 Updated review

    i had to write a review for this place!
    i'm american, and have lived in london about a year. i've had a hard time finding a place for waxing (eyebrows, bikini) that isn't really expensive. british friends or friends-of-friends didn't have any good recommendations, either (except benefit, which charges £15 for an eyebrow shaping!). i found emma's on yelp! and i had a fantastic experience. i had an extended bikini and eyebrow wax for £15 total!!
    they seem to book up quickly and are consistently busy, so i would call a few days in advance for an appointment. i did sit there for 30+ minutes waiting since someone before me had arrived late, it caused all the following appointments to be late, but they were very friendly and apologetic.
    i was very satisfied with how clean it was. the staff was attentive and the results were great. i will definitely be going back regularly.

    you can't beat a £9 extended bikini wax, but ask for joanie. i had someone else today, and the process was less professional and sloppy. i was left with wax in... er... the wrong places. and, at the least, i would appreciate "symmetrical" results. i just wasn't feeling the same level of care and attention to details...

    4.0 star rating
    7/7/2009 Previous review
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  • 5.0 star rating

    I went here for a Brazilian wax a couple weeks ago and I must say the service was excellent. It was a quick and clean process. The studio was well kept and the staff was very friendly. I will definitely be going back regularly.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Very clean place and neat rooms. I had a hollywood hot wax and was done in 15 minutes- record time. She was informative and did a decent job. I did have to do a little clean up. Overall a good deal for £28.

    • Qype User acufin…
    • London
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    1.0 star rating

    I am so disappointed with the place and my experience. I went last year and had one of the best waxing and pedicure by Emma. I have been waxing for 20 years and I can say that I had the worst one last week at Emma's. I was in a tiny dark room with a wobbly treatment table. I am not that fussy but on top of that the beautician was rude, the waxing hurt like hell, I went home with still some pieces of wax left on my legs and some hair. Awful. And I have never been handled like a piece of dead flesh like that. Yes it is cheaper than other places, but you get what you pay for. Never again.

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