Waxing

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    Waxing

    Ugh, I had a really bad experience for my first and only brazilian wax, that turned into a very basic bikini wax.  I immediately started bruising, and they lasted for a few days.  The technician was a sweetheart and suggested that I should try again, but use a different type of wax.  I can't think of the wax she suggested though. 

    So my questions are, how soon before the wedding should I wax (bikini, legs and underarms), what are the different types of waxes, and where is the best place to get it done?

    Thanks!
     
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    If you already had a bad experience, you should do it WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY before the wedding, because it sounds like you'll need a test run.

    What general locations are you thinking?
     
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    Exhale Spa won best of boston 2009. They mix a fresh batch of wax for every customer. If I was brave enough to go get waxed, I'd go there.

     
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    Well, I work in Boston and live about 20 minutes North of the city, so anywhere from Boston to Woburn to Gloucester, lol.
     
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    I really liked the woman at El Coco International, near Fanueil Hall, but I only got my eyebrowns done.

    You can also get a coupon on their website for 10% off your first visit (saved me about $30 off my hair and eyebrows) and I believe they use all-natural wax, because it's an Aveda salon.
     
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    Thanks Lucy and PK, I'll look up both salons.
     
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    I had mine done the day before the wedding but I don't think that's generally recommended, especially if you've had issues before.

    Maybe they told you to try hard wax the next time? I don't know what places offer that.
     
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    I wouldn't dare attempt that the day before, lol!  I was hoping about a week before would be ok to do it, leave time for healing and still be smooth.   

    Cicirose, I think you're right, she recommended a hard wax, maybe there was no special name for it, haha!
     
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    Has anyone ever tried Karen Golden Skin Care?  She has really great reviews on Yelp and uses a hard wax.

    Any tips on getting waxed?
     
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    I was terrified of the brazilian but recently had it done as a test run for my wedding.  I went to Skin Savvy in North Reading and it was a breeze!    And I don't even get my eyebrows waxed.  They are amazing, a little sting here and there but totally bearable and I have sensitive skin but was totally fine afterwards.  I am going to do it again 4 to 5 days before my honeymoon :)

    I have no idea what kind of wax they use but it was great!
     
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    I go to Sasha Salon in Harvard Square (on Arrow St.). They've consistently been excellent.  The prices are reasonable, too, and they have great reviews on Yelp.  They use a hard wax (I believe it's honey-based) and I've found that this is more comfortable than the kind of wax that requires strips.  I don't get a Brazilian, I get a "French" bikini, which is a little more off than a "standard" but certainly not all off.

    In addition, sometimes if I just want a touch-up between appointments I use Surgi Wax Brazilian at home (you can buy it at CVS).  It took a lot of courage for me to try waxing at home but it's really not so bad, especially if you've been waxed professionally a couple of times and observed the technique.  Of course this kind of wax is not as effective as the salon stuff, but it's fine for touch-ups or to stretch appointments in the summer when I don't want to spend the money at the salon.
     
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    Make sure they use "hard wax" - soft (or whatever the opposite is in terms of waxing) wax pulls and bruises.  Do you know which type you used the first time?

    I do my own full brazilian with HARD WAX after a terrible first experience with the other type...soft, I suppose.  It hardens and you don't need strips, you just rip the wax itself off in a strip that it hardens into.

    If they use a hard wax and know what they're doing, you shouldn't get ANY bruising no matter how sensitive you are.  Redness, too, should go away in a couple of days.  Bring very good exfoliant with you on your honeymoon, or you'll get ingrown hairs.  Use it preventatively every day after the second day.

    P.S.  I cannot BELIEVE there are salons that do brazilians with anything BUT a hard wax.  How nuts.
     
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    The first wax I had was done with the strips, and dipping into the pot of wax, so "soft" wax I suppose.  The technician felt so bad; she said I should give it another try when I'm ready, but to find a place that uses hard wax.

    Mezzogal, I think I may feel a little less apprehensive about getting a "French" bikini, although the appeal of the Brazilian may get the better of me.  We'll see when I'm laying on the table!

    And Kar, BLESS YOU! for doing that yourself!
     
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    Hi Teeny!

    Make an appointment with Jill at Elizabeth Grady (1 Winthrop Sq/Devonshire St inBoston - convenient to your office!).  She does a thorough job, uses hard wax and is very gentle.  I have really sensitive skin and I have never experience bruising with her.

    I don't understand why any esthetician would do a Brazilian with anything other than hard wax.  ouch!
     
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    Teeny - I would definitely experiment with it far in advance of the wedding.  I sometimes bruise in the bikini area, but have never bruised on the legs or underarms.  Unless you have sensitive skin and get red bumps, you should be able to do the legs and underarms closer to the wedding.  I did it 2 days before.

    I do my own bikini waxing and sometimes bruise if I accidentally go over the same spot again.  The bruises usually go away in 2 days or so.
     
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    Well, I do have very sensitive skin, I shave as little as possible because of the red bumps I get (everywhere), but I can only go so long in the summer!  I have to pick the lesser of two evils, red bumps or stubble. 

    I figured getting waxed will allow me to enjoy my wedding and weekend away without worrying about shaving and rashes.  I won't be able to do a test run though, the wedding is September 10!  I figure I have about 2 weeks left of shaving before I have to let it grow for waxing purposes.

    Oh, and DKB, I'll have to check her out, I think I have a gift card to Elizabeth Grady somewhere!
     
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    Teeny - you mentioned Karen Golden Skincare, so I assume you are okay with going to Brookline?  I got to Marianne Zullas, MZ Skincare in Brookline and she is AMAZING.  She is a therapist and waxer all in one!  She can be a little hard to get an appointment with, so the sooner you can call the better.   I actually ummed and aaghed about even posting about her on here, lest someone else find my secret and gets appointments that could have been mine!  :o)

    Is there enough time between now and your wedding to get two waxing sessions in?  Just to make sure there is no reaction, ensure you are happy with the salon (If it's Marianne, you will be thrilled!), before going back the week before the big day?
     
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    Thanks for sharing Prill, does she use hard wax?

    I don't think I'll have enough time to grow out my hair long enough to have it waxed twice in 5 weeks. 
     
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    I agree Teeny.  At first I thought maybe you would, but you'd have to have enough hair to get waxed right now in order for it to work out!

     
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    Hi Ladies,

    This really isn't as interesting as a couple of new posts going on today, but I'm getting waxed after work today...I feel like a hairy beast and can't wait to get it over with!

    The wedding is in just a couple of days and I've been on a roller coaster of emotions, from feeling nervous to excited and everything in between.

    Should I pop a couple tylenol's before the appointment?  Any other tips you can give?  I'm certainly in my more nervous state today, lol.

    Thanks!
    =)
     
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    don't be nervous, waxers have seen it all! Good luck- so exciting that you're in the final countdown!
     
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    Thanks Pink!  I can only imagine, it's got to take someone special to be a waxing specialist!
     
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    [QUOTE]Thanks Pink!  I can only imagine, it's got to take someone special to be a waxing specialist!
    Posted by teeny331[/QUOTE]

    forgot to mention- make sure you take ibuprofen not acetemenophine(sp?) before you go. Acetemenophine(sp?) thins the blood and migth lead to more bruising, not less.
     
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    Pink is right, ibuprofren is what you want to use whenever swelling is involved.  Good luck :o)
     
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    I thought aspirin thinned the blood?  I can only take tylenol, ibuprofin and aspirin cause issues for me, so I guess I'll skip the meds.  I'm glad I asked!

     
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