Beauty stopover

In­dulge in first class treat­ment at an avi­a­tion con­cept sa­lon.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - LIFESTYLE - By NG PUI KAR

WHO doesn’t love great eye­brows? Not only do well-groomed brows look ti­dier, they can make a huge dif­fer­ence in bal­anc­ing and com­ple­ment­ing our fa­cial fea­tures.

Women with hairy is­sues have a tough time deal­ing with un­wel­come body hair and of­ten opt for leg wax­ing (and other meth­ods).

The ques­tion is, should you go to a homey sa­lon or a high-end spa, or do the task your­self at home?

Well, here’s one way to tackle the is­sue in style. The first beauty bou­tique with an air travel con­cept, Apron­bay, which opened its doors in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, last month, is a sa­lon that of­fers whole body wax­ing, brow de­sign, thread­ing, as well as man­i­cure and pedi­cure ser­vices.

Com­pany di­rec­tor Ashley Loong, a for­mer air stew­ardess with Singapore Air­lines, got to­gether with a friend who en­joys be­ing pam­pered and shares the same val­ues on groom­ing, to start the new con­cept beauty bou­tique.

Loong, a fre­quent trav­eller, came up with the name Apron­bay be­cause she wished to cre­ate an avi­a­tion con­cept beauty sa­lon where cus­tomers can en­joy the best ser­vice and pam­per­ing beauty treat­ments just like how pas­sen­gers are given premier treat­ment on a flight in first class.

Apron­bay is an avi­a­tion term used to de­scribe the spe­cial area on an air­port run­way re­served for the air­craft for park­ing, re­fu­elling, and the em­barka­tion or dis­em­barka­tion of pas­sen­gers.

Your jour­ney in Apron­bay be­gins when you step into the first class “check-in” re­cep­tion area, greeted by a staff mem­ber dressed in a flight at­ten­dant uni­form.

Af­ter that, you will be “parked” at the first class wait­ing lounge, where the man­i­cure and pedi­cure ser­vices are of­fered. You will then be ready to trans­fer on­board your flight, and en­ter the themed room of your choice.

The ded­i­cated themed rooms for wax­ing are de­signed to rep­re­sent the am­bi­ence of New York (Con­tem­po­rary City), Shang­hai (Ori­en­tal Suite) and the sea­side of Bo­ra­cay (Sea­side Loft).

There are two rooms for browde­sign which have been cre­ated to show­case Vic­to­rian London (Covent Gar­den) and Coun­try Gar­den. Even the treat­ment room doors are de­signed to re­sem­ble air­plane doors.

“We aim to ful­fill this unique brand con­cept by ex­ud­ing the glam­our, com­fort­able lux­ury and the sort of poise that come from be­ing ex­posed to cul­tures around the world,” said Loong.

If you have yet to visit the Big Ap­ple, the New York (Con­tem­po­rary City) room may be the next clos­est thing to the city’s flash­ing neon lights, sky­scrapers and bus­tle.

Shang­hai (Ori­en­tal Suite) re­sem­bles Chi­na­town just about any­where, but looks a lot more pho­to­genic.

Need a break from the busy city life? Sea­side Loft will be per­fect for you to en­joy the am­bi­ence of a sea­side get­away. This room is my per­sonal pick to bal­ance the peace while get­ting your wax­ing done.

Vic­to­rian London shows the

Staff in a flight at­ten­dant uni­form at the Vic­to­rian London-themed room for brow ser­vice. In Apron­bay’s Con­tem­po­rary City-themed room, model Mandy Tan is dressed like Au­drey Hep­burn who played a New York so­cialite in

Warm wel­come:

Break­fas­tAtTif­fany’s.

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