The experts here clear unwanted hair patches via waxing, sugaring, and threading. Use Groupon's comparison of these methods to help decide how you want to go bare.
Waxing: A relatively quick procedure with results that can last up to six weeks, waxing requires a technician to pull the entire hair follicle from its root using a heated, resin-based wax. Some find that after multiple waxes, the follicle ceases to produce hair.
Wax comes in soft and hard varieties. A paper or cloth strip is required to remove soft wax, which sticks both to the hair and the skin around it. Since the wax becomes pliable when cooled, beauticians can cover a large area and then quickly remove the hair all at once. Soft wax is usually more popular when removing hair on the face, arms, legs, chest, or back. Hard wax, on the other hand, cools into a solid form that can be pulled from the skin without a strip. The wax only adheres to the hair, not the skin, which can minimize pain and decrease the appearance of redness or bumps. Hard wax is typically preferred for areas where coarser hair grows, such as the bikini area.
Body sugaring: Long before wax was everyone's favorite food, ancient Egyptians were already stripping unwanted hair from the body by its root using a honey concoction. Similar to the waxing process, modern body sugaring involves cloaking a patch of hair in a sweet, sticky solution??typically made from sugar, lemon juice, and water??and then pulling out the hair using a cotton strip. Aside from the all-natural formula, sugaring differs from waxing in that the solution is lower in temperature, won't strip away live skin cells, and rinses off with water. Most people find sugaring less painful than waxing, and the technique naturally exfoliates the skin. Since it's safe for sensitive skin, sugaring has gained popularity for those removing hair in the bikini zone, above the lip, or on the chest.
Threading: During this centuries-old procedure, long practiced in Asia and the Middle East, a practitioner uses a loop of fine cotton thread to lasso the base of individual hairs, puling them from their roots with a quick tug of the hands. Since the method allows for greater precision than other hair-removal approaches, it is favored for shaping eyebrows and muttonchops and for removing unwanted facial hair. The thread barely touches the skin, making it a gentle alternative to waxing for those with sensitive skin or rosacea.
Visitors who pass by the prominent stone fountain in The Skin Suite's lobby can be forgiven for momentarily wondering if they've found the fountain of youth. That's because owner Kimbra, an aesthetician and laser technician with more than a decade of aesthetic experience, has assembled a skincare lineup heavy on advanced anti-aging treatments. During microdermabrasion sessions, she uses a DiamondTome skin-resurfacing system to exfoliate skin and reveal the healthy complexion beneath the surface. She also incorporates DermaQuest Skin Therapy and Tizo3 Protection products into four types of salicylic- and glycolic-acid chemical peels and five types of facials, one of which uses seasonal ingredients and natural fruit enzymes to leave skin smoother than a velveteen rabbit in a smoking jacket. For an extra edge in the fight against Father Time, Kimbra turns to resurfacing tools such as dermaplaning blades and microrollers.
Cabana Skincare owner and operator Deborah Wood brings her clients’ inner beauty to the seeable surface, making use of pharmaceutical-grade products free from the tyranny of unnatural chemical preservatives. The salon’s classic cabana facial, an approximately 50-minute restorative treatment, begins with a deep skin cleansing followed by a gentle extraction of toxins and misplaced chewing gum. The treatment concludes with a Jello-ifying massage of the neck, shoulders, hands, and scalp, as a nourishing application of creams and balms freshens visages. Facials are customized to suit every client’s individual skin type, including those with sensitive skin, rosacea, or racing stripes.
When a serious neck injury grounded pilot Dale McNab, he turned to massage school for insight into drug-free healing. This holistic education piqued his interest in the field of skincare, prompting him to continue his training in aesthetics. As a male practitioner, he finds that clients appreciate his hand strength when it comes to therapeutic kneading, efficient waxing, and jar opening.
For more than a decade, clients have flocked to Sei Bella for its relaxed, private quarters and massage, skincare, and waxing services. Staffers pamper skin with Dermalogica products, whereas Cirepil hard wax and Satin Smooth soft wax work in tandem to eradicate pesky hairs attempting a full-body takeover. Located in Arrowhead Towne Center, the spa welcomes women, men, and spirit animals into its tranquil confines.
The licensed aestheticians at Blush Skin Care utilize the latest trade secrets to revitalize aging, acne-ridden, and dull skin. Dermaplaning, PCA chemical peels, and diamond-tipped microdermabrasion round off the spa’s more advanced services, but the team offers simple cleansing treatments as well, including custom facials for the face and back. Beyond combating wrinkles and sunspots, the Blush crew goes head-to-head against errant hairs, using warm wax to smooth both face and body.