Private rooms blanketed in soothing music provide a relaxing environment for guests partaking in spa services. Aestheticians use 100% organic hard and soft wax to remove any unwanted hair from faces and bodies, and even offer Brazilian waxing parties for groups of ladies. Microdermabrasion treatments and chemical peels aim to soften fine lines on faces, and eyelash extensions create lashes long enough to braid. Other pampering services include mani-pedis and massages.
Unlike other salons—where waxing is an option hidden among manicures, facials, and massages from a galloping herd of tiny horses—the licensed aestheticians at Waxing the City do nothing but remove unwanted body hair with wax. They specialize in the waxing process the salon's dubbed Cerology, performed with hard wax from Belgium or soft wax from Spain that's crafted especially for the studio. The type of wax the aestheticians reach for depends on the sensitivity and size of the area.
What began in 2003 as a one-room studio has expanded to more than 20 locations nationwide, with each salon mirroring the original's modern, loft-like feel, with details such as granite countertops and leather chairs in waiting areas. As the company's grown, so has its list of awards, including being lauded as the best place to get a Brazilian by the Dallas Observer in 2013. The press have also noticed Waxing the City's no-tipping policy (the St. Paul Pioneer Press calls this convenience a "bonus"). Instead, the company prefers that customers pass on word-of-mouth recommendations and bring in sculptures carved from now-unneeded razors for display.
It's like walking into a comic book. Deep-red and purple walls burst with graffiti murals of jagged skylines, puffy clouds, and the word "bleach" in big black bubble letters. Amid these jazzy accents, master designer and color specialist Teresa Riley draws on more than 20 years of experience to transform tresses with products by All-Nutrient, Wella, and Davines. Clients also may request voluminous lash extensions or revamp the complexion with a private makeup consultation.
Wax Kitten has smoothed the skin of all kinds of clientele, including men, women, and stars of the WE show Bridezillas. Skilled technicians remove unwanted hair from the full body—from brows to back, nose to navel, and upper lip to derriere. To reduce pain along the bikini area, they use hard wax instead of strips and divulge aftercare instructions to reduce irritation. The business also hosts waxing parties, where five or more friends may lessen waxing inhibitions by sipping from a complimentary bottle of wine or nibbling on waxed fruit.
The Beauty Room’s savvy stylists pamper men, women, and children with superior beauty services. The Arcona line of products naturally cleanses, exfoliates, and balances faces with organic flower and plant extracts, unlike traditional facials, which soften skin by rubbing it against a downy newborn kitten. After a brief consultation, your aesthetician will select the Arcona products that most benefit your skin type, whether your skin is dry, sensitive, oily, aging, or acne-prone. Next, your aesthetician will cleanse your face with a bracing cranberry scrub and exfoliate congested pores with steam harvested from angry cartoon characters' ears. If needed, blemishes may be banished using the latest extraction techniques. Finally, relax as your aesthetician massages your face, applies a soothing treatment mask, and pampers neglected bodies with a neck, shoulder, and hand or foot massage.
As your first line of defense against the outside world, your skin is hard to catch off guard when it's always on the lookout for falling icicles and fire. Treat your skin to a surprise party full of waxing and facials. With today’s Groupon, $45 gets you $97 worth of waxing and/or facial services at pH OREM Skincare.