"Technique is everything," says Tricia Hetherington, licensed esthetician and owner of The Pretty Kitty, a chain of full-service waxing boutiques specializing in bare-all Brazilians. Tricia, who?s been profiled in Luxury Las Vegas and several additional press outlets, personally trains each staff member in her proprietary 10- to 15-minute hair-removal method, which employs high-quality soft wax that?s formulated for delicate flesh and minimizes pain. Her estheticians never double dip into the wax pot, reaching for a fresh stick with every application of the warm substance and leaving only a thin landing strip or functional tarmac in its wake. The Pretty Kitty's menu of services also includes facial and full-body waxing, and though walk-ins are welcome, appointments are recommended.
When Andrea Kane first opened her massage practice she was doling out deep-tissue massages to athletes and chronic-pain sufferers from inside her own home. Today, her business has grown, expanding to a service menu that now includes Andrea's other specialties including chemical peels, waxing, and sugaring treatments. A natural alternative to waxing, sugaring is gentle enough for all skin types, and, unlike some salons that reserve the service only for women, Andrea will gladly book hair-removal treatments for men or lifelike mannequins.
Tucked inside the homey, historic Burlingame Garage, Gingerly Wax feels more like a girlfriend's warm, inviting living room than a cold spa studio. That's most likely the effect owner Ginger Lee Rees was going for in order to help her clients feel at ease from the moment they walk through the door. A licensed cosmetologist, she and her team have chosen to direct all their energy to hair removal, providing full-body waxing services for both men and women. And, to make each session go as smoothly as possible, Ginger and her staff also provide some helpful tips for waxing clients, which include avoiding caffeine, exfoliating regularly, and never using the word "wax" anytime the hairs might be listening
There are two bars located within Elixr Beauty Bar, but visitors won't find a bartender in sight. That's because the bars here focus on beauty, and catchy names like Shirley Temple and Cosmopolitan refer to the different looks created by the talented aestheticians and makeup artists. At the brow bar, brow specialists tweeze and wax away errant strands to create clean arches; at the makeup bar they create looks like the Dark and Stormy, which includes a classic smoky eye and a slice of lemon strategically placed along the cheekbone. Meanwhile, in private rooms, aestheticians wax away unwanted hair from head to toe, with services designed for both men and women.
Upstairs in a vintage apartment building on San Diego’s Bankers Hill, the award-winning Adriana Skin studio entices clients with the promise of premium skin treatments, peels and waxing services. Find the entrance by heading through a wrought-iron door and up the stairs into a bright and calming space full the owner’s deft design touches. The generous space was re-purposed over seven years ago from an original, large apartment, and today the landing features mirrors, bouquets and hardwood floors, while a series of massage and treatment rooms open onto a central hallway. The spa offers facials, peels and waxes, all performed by expert employees.
A soothing head-to-toe polish with warm Fiji butter, a vitamin- and mineral-rich algae body wrap: these are just two samples of the nourishing and relaxing treatments offered at SimplyPURE Esthetics. Here, the skin is the subject and smoothness is the goal. Skincare specialists coax glows from the face with European spa and anti-aging facials, draw out toxins with black Baltic mud treatments, and slough off dead skin with microdermabrasions and peels. They also make skin darker and smiles brighter with sunless tanning and teeth whitening?but not if they're your pet shark's teeth.