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Waxing during the winter months




By Jill O'Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

Taking a break from waxing in the winter months is a big no no. It's the perfect time to get into waxing and definitely keeping up your routine.


Even if you leave a little longer between treatments, keep it up and don't reach for the razor or hair removal creams. Regular waxing weakens the follicles as hair has three stages of growth; anagen, catagen and telegen. It's best to wax when your hair is in the catagen stage of growth. This is difficult to determine as we are working blind and can actually see the roots, but after a few waxing sessions it becomes clear as to the growth pattern and you can train the hair to suit your scheduled appointments over time.

Waxing in winter preps growth cycles for the summer months. If you start waxing every four weeks, all your hair will eventually start growing at the same time instead of beginning in various growth stages. By starting waxing, or continuing your waxing during the winter, you will get ahead and train the hair to grow at the same stage. This will lead to longer times between treatments eventually.

The more you get waxed, the less it hurts. The root is removed when you wax, but when you shave you are only cutting the hair off at the root. If you take a long break from waxing during the winter it may start to hurt again. Waxing also gives the legs a good exfoliation leaving the skin smoother for longer with no more stubble, shaving or razor burn for those sensitive legs or other areas. There are different types of wax we can use from strip wax to hot wax for extremely sensitive skin. The wax we use on each client can be determined at your appointment, and a patch test is required for those undergoing this treatment for the first time.

Having your under arm waxed is becoming more and more popular. It may be a little sore initially, but you soon get used to it. It's amazing how fast the growth slows down, and there is no shadow left behind under the arms. It's one of the areas that reacts quite quickly to waxing. Some clients only have to wax under arms every five to six weeks as it gets lighter after a very short time.

I would highly recommend starting your waxing journey in the winter for the best results as you're less likely to get caught out if the sun shines and the shorts come out.

The Brazilian bikini wax is as popular as ever and the next most popular is the half leg wax.

For more information or to book an appointment call 064 6632966.

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Start clocking up those ‘Kingdom Kilometres’

With an increase in daylight hours there’s no better time to clock up the ‘Kingdom Kilometres’ on foot or by cycling along the county’s two new Greenways. The recently opened […]




With an increase in daylight hours there’s no better time to clock up the ‘Kingdom Kilometres’ on foot or by cycling along the county’s two new Greenways.

The recently opened Kingdom of Kerry Greenways between Tralee and Fenit and between Listowel and Abbeyfeale are already proving hugely popular with locals and visitors to Kerry.

Representatives of the tourism Industry, local public representatives, travel writers and influencers gathered in Kerry on Monday to experience the exciting new tourist attractions and welcome the arrival of the longer daylight hours as the clocks changed over to summertime.

Sarah Hanrahan, a social media influencer who posts about Irish travel and has more than 100,000 Instagram followers, described the experience.

“Ireland has some of the most amazing outdoor spaces. For a lot of my followers and other people, connecting with green spaces has become much more important to their overall sense of well-being as well as their health and fitness. It’s been really gorgeous to experience the Tralee to Fenit, and Listowel to Limerick Kingdom of Kerry Greenways; a fantastic trip sampling the warm hospitality of Kerry and a great reminder of the active holiday options that are right on our doorstep.”

The new purpose-built trails provide an accessible and inclusive experience for visitors of all abilities.

Mayor of Tralee, Cllr Mikey Sheehy and the Mayor of Listowel, Cllr Aoife Thornton, said that the greenways offer an exceptional recreational amenity for everyone to enjoy.

“The greenways are situated in some of Kerry’s most scenic landscapes and offer spectacular and safe off-road facilities for people of all ages to enjoy as the landscape comes into bloom. They also offer warm hospitality at the trail head towns of each route.”

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St Patrick’s Day parade winners announced

Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club has won the sought-after overall award in recognition of their colourful and action-packed entry to this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Killarney. Delighted […]



Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club has won the sought-after overall award in recognition of their colourful and action-packed entry to this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Killarney.

Delighted club representatives were presented with the Seán O’Keeffe Perpetual Trophy – in memory of the former Mayor of Killarney and parade stalwart – at a gala presentation of prizes in the International Hotel, Killarney on Tuesday night.

The award for the Best Interpretation of the Theme, which was Killarney: Experience More, went to the Wander Wild Festival who received the Michael Courtney Perpetual Trophy which is dedicated to the memory of another former mayor of the town who spearheaded the annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations for many years.

The John ‘Killer’ O’Callaghan Perpetual Trophy for the Best Sporting Entry was won by Killarney Athletic AFC and the Peter Irwin Memorial Trophy for the Best Marching Group and Cultural/Arts Entry went to Millstreet Pipe Band.

The Best Sports Club was Spa GAA, the Best Children’s Group prize was won by Kilcummin Comhaltas and the Best New Entry was Killarney Rugby Football Club.

There was an international flavour to the Best Musical Entry which was scooped by the Glenridge High School Marching Band from New Jersey.

The prize for the Best Voluntary Group went to the Kerry Stars Special Olympics Club, the Best School Award went to the Fiona Crowley Stage School and the Best Activity Group was deemed to be Scorchers Cheerleading Club.

The Most Entertaining Entry went to the Killarney Tidy Towns group, the prize for the Most Original Entry was won by Liebherr Container Cranes and the Most Imaginative Entry in the parade was the Art House, Killarney.

The Most Stylish Entry prize was awarded to the Ukrainian community whose representative said they were delighted to play a part in Ireland’s national holiday and thanked the people of Killarney for the warm welcome they have received.

Other prizes presented on the night included the Best Window Display which went to Christy Healy’s on New Street who were celebrating 100 years in business on St Patrick’s Day, while the Europe Hotel and Resort won the Best Green-Themed Building prize.

The judges for the parade were Br Pat Lynch, Guardian, Franciscan Friary, Pam Brosnan, Killarney Musical Society and Denis McMahon.

The awards were presented by Killarney St Patrick’s Festival Chairman Paul Sherry, Mayor of Killarney Cllr Niall Kelleher, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce Senior Executive Bridget O’Keeffe, and parade grand marshal Cathal P Walshe.

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