For most of her adult life, Noemi Grupenmager was just looking for a solution.
Simply put, the founder of Uni K Wax Center hated being hairy and wasn’t a big fan of shaving. Waxing wasn’t such a great solution, either.
“Back in the ’70s and ’80s everyone used the same thing — those little strips in the back rooms of nail salons,” said Grupenmager at a launch party of her newest center in Midtown Miami Thursday night. “They were painful and I had a bad reaction to the [procedure]. I kept thinking, ‘I have to find a better way.’”
The native Argentinean who moved to Miami in 1990 did just that. She started doing research on various formulas.
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“We wanted a wax that was natural and something that didn’t have to be so hotm” she explained. “After much trial and error we came up with the magic formula [a combination of natural beeswax, essential oils and pine tree resin]. Anyone who knows me: When I promise something I deliver.”
Grupenmager opened her first Uni Wax in South Beach in 1993 (the K came later). The Midtown location is her 38th location, with franchises throughout Florida as well as New Jersey and New York.