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Waxing, Sugaring, or Threading? Three Roads to Silky Skin

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.

7125 East Shea Boulevard
Scottsdale,
AZ
US

Location. Hilton Scottsdale Resort is a business friendly Scottsdale resort in the suburbs and close to Scottsdale Fashion Square, Camelback Mountain, and Scottsdale Waterfront. Additional points of interest include Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Resort Features. Hilton Scottsdale Resort's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, a health club, and a steam room. Spa amenities include spa services, massage/treatment rooms, facials, and body treatments. This 4 star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms, limo/town car service, and audiovisual equipment. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas. This Scottsdale property has 3716 square meters of event space consisting of banquet facilities, conference/meeting rooms, a ballroom, and exhibit space. Business services, wedding services, and tour/ticket assistance are available. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include a coffee shop/café, a concierge desk, and multilingual staff. This is a smoke free property.

Guestrooms. 235 air conditioned guestrooms at Hilton Scottsdale Resort feature minibars and coffee/tea makers. Beds come with premium bedding. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, designer toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers. Wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. In addition to desks and complimentary weekday newspapers, guestrooms offer multi line phones with voice mail. Televisions have cable channels, video game consoles, and pay movies. Rooms also include safes, windows that open, blackout drapes/curtains, and electronic check out. Guests may request a turndown service, refrigerators, and hypo allergenic bedding. Housekeeping is available daily. Guestrooms are all non smoking.

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The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check in, or check out.

  • Pet fee: USD 50.00 per stay
  • Fee for in room wireless Internet: USD 9.95 per night (rates may vary)
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 15.00 per stay

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

6333 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale,
AZ
US

Property Location
With a stay at FireSky Resort & Spa, a Kimpton Hotel, you'll be centrally located in Scottsdale, convenient to Scottsdale Fashion Square and Camelback Mountain. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 204 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and iPod docking stations. Your bed comes with triple sheeting, down comforters, and Frette Italian sheets. Rooms have private patios where you can take in pool and garden views. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms have rainfall showerheads and makeup/shaving mirrors.

Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. If you're looking for recreational opportunities, you'll find a health club, an outdoor pool, and a spa tub. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, a concierge desk, and babysitting/childcare. Guests can catch a ride on the complimentary shuttle, which operates within 3 mi.

Dining
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). A complimentary manager's reception is served for your convenience. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar. Breakfast is available for a fee.

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, business services, and audiovisual equipment. Planning an event in Scottsdale? This hotel has 14,000 square feet (1301 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, a ballroom, and banquet facilities. Free self parking is available onsite.

4925 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale,
AZ
US

Property Location
When you stay at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, you'll be in the entertainment district and convenient to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. This 4-star resort is within the vicinity of Scottsdale Fashion Square and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 497 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and LCD televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with triple sheeting, cotton sheets, and down comforters. Relax and take in city and pool views from the privacy of your room. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while 42-inch high-definition televisions with digital programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature makeup/shaving mirrors and designer toiletries.

Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. After practicing your swing on the golf course, you can dip into one of the 3 outdoor swimming pools. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, a concierge desk, and an arcade/game room.

Dining
Enjoy a meal at one of the resort's dining establishments, which include 8 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access 24-hour room service. A complimentary evening social is served for your convenience. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar.

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a business center, and limo/town car service. Planning an event in Scottsdale? This resort has 100000 square feet (9290 square meters) of space consisting of a conference center, conference/meeting rooms, and small meeting rooms. Free self parking is available onsite.

9800 East Indian Bend Road
Scottsdale,
AZ
US

Property Location
With a stay at Orange Tree Golf Resort in Scottsdale, you'll be in the desert and within the vicinity of Kierland Commons and Tournament Players Club. This golf resort is within the vicinity of Piestewa Peak and Tournament Players Club.

Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 160 air-conditioned rooms featuring private spa tubs and flat-panel televisions. Your Tempur-Pedic bed comes with triple sheeting and cotton sheets, and all rooms are furnished with queen sofa beds. Rooms have private furnished balconies or patios where you can take in golf course and courtyard views. Kitchenettes are outfitted with full-sized refrigerators/freezers, microwaves, and kitchen linens. Cable programming and iPod docking stations are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature jetted bathtubs and double sinks.

Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Practice your swing on the golf course and enjoy other recreational amenities, such as a golf course and an outdoor pool. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, a concierge desk, and gift shops/newsstands.

Dining
Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Orange Tree Golf Resort. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Cooked-to-order breakfasts are available daily for a fee.

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, a computer station, and business services. Planning an event in Scottsdale? This resort has 2000 square feet (186 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Free self parking is available onsite.

10601 N 56th St
Scottsdale,
AZ
US

Emilie Davidson Hoyt's interest in natural beauty products can be traced back to a single bar of lavender soap tucked beneath her pillow. A memento from one of her father's business trips, the fragrant bar remained close to Emilie while she slept, comforting her with its calming aroma. Throughout her childhood, Emilie suffered debilitating migraines that made her ultrasensitive to the chemicals and fragrances typically found in cosmetic products. Her condition was so bad that one of her high school teachers predicted she wouldn't succeed in college or keep a steady career.

Not only did Emilie graduate from college, she went on to found her own natural skincare company, LATHER, which initially only made olive oil–based soaps. Those soaps have since been mentioned in The New York Times, and the company has gone on to produce a full line of body, face, hair, and home products, which have appeared in other renowned publications. Emilie’s products nourish customers not only at three retail locations, but also at spas, boutiques, and hotels across the globe.

LATHER’s holistic, organic-leaning products beautify users without synthetic fragrances, artificial colors, or animal testing, and contain paraben-free preservatives and sulfate-free cleansing agents whenever possible. They also serenade olfactory senses with essential oils, vitamins, and rare fruits and herbs, and now arrive in earth-friendly EcoPure packaging, which, unlike a mummy's “No Microbes Allowed” t-shirt, accelerates natural biodegradation. LATHER maintains environmentally conscious practices, such as an in-store container recycling program and donations to worldwide reforestation projects.

15211 N Kierland Blvd
Scottsdale,
AZ
US