In need of a new digital camera or MP3 player, consumers often spend 12 hours researching, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. But researching a Brazilian wax, which involves the nearly complete baring of private parts (front and back), and the application of hot liquid to said parts, is unlikely to get 12 minutes of your time. Not to worry, here's what you must know including four WAQs even veteran waxers may not know about going bare.
Whether you are a waxing virgin or veteran, pre-wax prepping is a must. First, take a warm shower and exfoliate skin well with a body scrub. Don't shave just before a wax, but do trim hair to about 1/4 inch in length. This will likely be 2 to 3 weeks of hair growth if you normally shave; if you typically wax, allow about 4 weeks between waxing appointments. As you head to your appointment, pop an Advil for discomfort and apply a numbing cream, such as BareEase.
For waxing virgins, that first appointment can be awkward. If it's your first-ever wax, let your esthetician know. Once you've checked in at the spa or salon, expect to be given a disposable paper G-string, a towel and, oftentimes, a wipe. Remove your underpants, use the wipe to freshen up down below, put on the disposable G-string and lie down on the treatment bed using the towel to cover you. Your esthetician will likely ask you to get into a frog position as she removes errant hairs around the inner thighs and labia. And, if she asks if you want your 'back' done, she's not offering a massage. Say 'yes' if you want all the hair at the bottom regions gone, too.
This Week's Featured Waxing Destinations
Chicago: Strip Wax Bar
$20 off a Brazilian Wax
- 1014 W. Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60607. Call to book: (312) 733-8700
Chicago 'burbs: The Beaute Spot
20% off a first waxing service for new clients
· 1112 Waukegan Road, Glenview, IL 60025. Call to book: (312) 576-7657
Los Angeles: Greenleaf Waxing Studio
- 3487 Cahuenga Blvd West, Suite B, Universal City, CA 90068. Call to book: (818) 720-6292
NWI: Elements Salon Spa Retreat
20% off a Brazilian Wax; normally $60 and up.
- 15255 West 101st Ave., Dyer, IN 46311. Call to book: (219) 801-3057
NYC: Oasis Day Spa
Take $20 off a Brazilian wax now through 12.31.12 when you mention PrettyCity (normally $70)
- 1 Park Avenue, New York, NY. Call to book: (212) 254-7722
- 150 East 34th Street (between Lexington & 3rd Avenues), New York, NY. Call to book: (212) 545-5254
- 50 Livingstone Avenue, Dobbs Ferry, NY. Call to book: (914) 409-1900
NYC: Tribeca Beauty Spa
50% off a $60 Brazilian Wax service (just $30)! Must mention Pretty City; expires January 15, 2013. Not valid with Tuesday wax specials.
- 8 Harrison Street, New York, NY 10013. Call to book: (212) 343-2376
Milwaukee: Well Spa + Salon
Book a Brazilian Bikini Wax for only $45 (Normally $75)
- 24 East Wisconsin Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53202. Call to book: (414) 455-2984
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