Archive | February, 2011

What makes me the brazilian wax specialist?

24 Feb

Some of you may be wondering, why am I the brazilian wax specialist? It takes a lot of confidence to call oneself a specialist in anything, and even more cojones to admit to being a brazilian wax specialist. If you were to know me personally, you would know that I am not one to boast about myself. I’d actually rather deflect the attention from myself and put the attention on to my client.

Technically, I’ve been doing brazilians for over 6 years. I discovered in Esthetics school how much I enjoyed doing brazilians. I know it sounds weird, but while all the other students were mortified, I was actually so intrigued and fascinated that I became obsessed with having to learn the “perfect” technique. I did my research by getting brazilians by the city’s most popular Estheticians  and watched videos of all the so called “experts” in the field. I would try to practice on anyone who would be willing to be my guinea pig. Even at school, I became known as the “brazilian” girl. Other Cosmetology students came to me, because they would ask the Esthetics instructors who was the best brazilian waxer, and the instructors always referred them to me! I even ended up teaching my own class mates how to perform brazilians! Even when I had graduated from Esthetics school, the head of the department told me that I was welcome to come back to teach my brazilian method to future students.

When I had graduated from Esthetics school, I actually had gotten hired from one of my instructors, who had happened to be the Head Esthetician at Spa Bar. It was quite an honor to be hired by her since she normally did not hire students straight out of shool.  She was a tough instructor, but she had mad skills! She was the person who had made my brazilian technique go from good to AMAZING! My brazilians went from being around 30 minutes to 15 minutes. I’m not saying that I became perfect immediately.  I did make my mistakes within that first year of working at the spa, but flash forwarding to the present time, I have done so many waxings that nothing phases me anymore. I have seen, heard, and smelled it all!

I honestly probably have seen as many vaginas as a Gynecologist and I am completely comfortable with that fact. Many of my clients will tell you that I am very gentle with them considering that I am pulling the hair out of their genitals.  I am always honest, and I will tell them that it is going to feel uncomfortable, and it may even hurt. I usually find a way to make them feel comfortable and I often engage my clients in conversation. Before they even know it, I’m done! You don’t know how often I always hear “Oh that wasn’t bad at all!” or “That was the fastest and least painful brazilian I have ever experienced!”.

I am not going to tell you all my trade secrets, but if you are curious about what kind of wax I use, I will tell you. I use a combination of hard and soft wax. This is why my brazilians are practically painless. I even do them on myself and I am amazed every time how virtually painless it is!

Being the perfectionist that I am, I cannot let a client leave unless all of her hair is removed, and if she has a landing strip,  her line has to be perfectly straight. If you have ingrown hairs, I cannot help but remove them. No one leaves my room unless they are perfectly groomed. I always send my clients home with care instructions and guess what? My clients leave with a smile on their face. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a client come in completely scared and nervous and having them leave happy with a spring in their step!

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Commonly asked questions

23 Feb

1)      Does it hurt?

The first time for any kind of waxing in that area, will be painful (especially brazilians). For the bikini area, most clients say that eventually they get use to it and it is not as bad. For brazilians, it will get easier in time, but due to your anatomy, the inner lips is full of nerve endings, which means that it is an extremely sensitive area. Therefore, brazilian waxes will always feel uncomfortable when waxing the inner lips. Surprisingly, you would think that the “back end” would be painful, but most clients don’t feel a thing in this area.

Pain is relative to each individual, so some may experience a lot of pain and some may experience very little pain.

2)      If you get a brazilian, does it make sex better?

I think this is definitely based on every individual, but most of my clients report positive feedback!

3)      When is the best time to get waxed?

a)      It is best to come in when you are not close to your period or just ending it. During those times you are even more sensitive, so try to book the waxing when you are a couple of weeks before or after your period.

b)      Out of courtesy, please wash yourselves beforehand, but make sure to come in and to have the area as dry as possible. Coming from the gym is a bad idea. Mostly because sweat can interfere with the wax and most likely your probably not going to be so “fresh and clean” down there.

c)      If you’ve got a night where you know for sure that you will be getting some “action”, try to do the wax at least the night before. After the wax you will feel tender for a few to several hours, and the area will be red and bumpy. After 24 hours, you should feel back to normal and the skin will have recuperated to being as smooth as a baby’s behind. Also, friction can cause ingrown hairs and irritation.

If your hair is extremely long, it is better for you to trim it down. If you are scared or don’t have time, it is not a big deal and your Esthetician will do it for you. FYI, when the hair is long, the waxing may be a little more painful, so the shorter the better, but not shorter then a quarter of an inch.

Please feel free to contact me if you’ve got any other questions. For those of you who are interested in getting a bikini or brazilian with me, please mention that you read this article and I will give you 15% off on your next visit. To make an appointment you can book online at http://www.ariaskinandbody.com or call me at 415.250.5340.

What is the difference between a brazilian wax vs. a bikini wax?

22 Feb

One of my specialties in my line of work is doing brazilian and bikini waxes. I know it may sound strange, but I much prefer waxing the bikini area versus doing eyebrows. Most Estheticians have the opposite sentiment, but I am one of the few that enjoys giving one (and it is DEFINITELY NOT SEXUAL). I often get asked what is the difference between a bikini and brazilian wax.  I will explain to those of you who have never experienced one and are curious, but too shy to ask.

Bikini wax. Basically, there are two types of bikini waxes.

The first is what I call the “Classic” bikini. Which means that I wax from where the leg creases, where the hip and leg join, to the upper mid-thigh (if needed), and the inner thigh. I do not go beyond the crease (meaning going towards the vagina), but I may take a little off of the top if requested.

The second type of bikini wax is the “Extended” bikini. The amount of hair taken off for an “Extended” bikni is a lot more vague compared to the “Classic”. The amount taken off is based on the client’s preference. It could range from just taking a little hair off from the sides and top, to almost a brazilian where there is a little landing strip, but still hair on the inner lips of the vagina.

Brazilian wax

*I just have one disclaimer and that is I do not know who invented the brazilian wax, but I will explain to you what I do.*

The biggest difference between a brazilian and a bikini wax is that with brazilians the inner lips of the vagina are waxed, as well as the “back end” aka in between the butt cheeks.

Some women will prefer to either leave a landing strip (which is rectangular in shape), an upside down triangle, or have EVERYTHING taken off (some call it the pre-pubescent look). Most Estheticians will also do customized shapes upon request, but in my own personal experience I very seldom get asked to do it.

Please feel free to contact me if you’ve got any other questions. For those of you who are interested in getting a bikini or brazilian with me, please mention that you read this article and I will give you 15% off on your next visit. To make an appointment you can book online at http://www.ariaskinandbody.com or call me at 415.250.5340.