Before discovering Brazil and its waxen ways, Vikings practiced the Scandinavian wax, whereby melted candles were used to adhere pickled herring to forearms and calf muscles. Celebrate the most desirable of regional waxings with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a Brazilian wax (a $65 value) or a back and shoulder wax (up to a $69 value), as well as your choice of one of four additional services at Rio Wax Salon, located near Biltmore Arcadia. The four service options are: one eyebrow shaping (a $15 value, or $10 value for first-time visitors), one vajazzling house design (a $25 value), one nose wax (a $10 value), or an underarm wax (up to a $19 value), for a total value of up to $94.
Rio Wax Salon owner Dannielli Marcelino, who was voted Best Bikini Wax 2009 by azcentral.com, has been featured for her beautifying expertise in the pages of The Arizona Republic. Her team of hair busters (who use the latest hygienic methods and never re-dip) will expertly trap and remove follicle apparitions with carefully placed wax traps. As a fully customizable beauty treatment, a Brazilian wax can be tailored to include as much or as little of the bikini area as desired. Read about how to prepare for a Brazilian wax here. Alternately, a full back and shoulder wax clears a smooth path from both shoulders and the bottom of the neck all the way down to the waistline.
Guests can decorate their form with a bit of vajazzling, in which crystals are used to create a shimmering design (custom designs may cost extra), or continue their hair revamp with an eyebrow shaping. Opt for further waxing of the insides of both nostrils or the underarms.
Located minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Rio Wax Salon's welcoming facility is 4,000 square feet of relaxing space nestled within an idyllic, leafy oasis. Flat-screen TVs and delicious drinks are available while you wait for your treatment. The salon's parking lot is in the rear of the building, providing customers a discreet way to enter, exit, and rehearse for off-Broadway musical revues. Call ahead to schedule your appointment.
Rio Wax Salon
As a child, Dannielli Marcelino never wanted to be a princess—she aimed straight for the title of queen. Her visits to Brazil's many salons and spas drew her attention to the meticulous waxers, whose dexterity and knack for imparting confidence resonated with her and inspired her to become an expert in their delicate art. After 15 years as a licensed aesthetician and laser technician, Dannielli has cemented that reputation at her business, Rio Wax Salon, where she is known as the Queen of Waxing.
Although deftness is an essential part of her success, Dannielli knows that the breeziest Brazilian and bikini waxes require more than seasoned hands. She has developed an exclusive formula—part hard wax, part royal pink wax, and part honey wax—to make hair removal virtually painless.
Each licensed aesthetician at the salon can deliver a quick and comfortable waxing experience, since each is trained by Dannielli herself. All waxing services adhere to the spa's strict no-double-dipping policy, meaning that no spatula ever re-enters a pot of wax, ensuring a safe and hygienic service for each new client.
Attitude plays another role, and Dannielli was praised for her calming warmth by AzCentral.com's Best, in which Rio Wax Salon won Best Place for a Bikini Wax in 2011. Her royal standing has also led to multiple appearances in media outlets such as Good Morning Arizona and Perfectify magazine.
Rio Wax Salon's licensed aestheticians are not exclusively waxers, however. They perform a range of beauty and wellness treatments in their verdant garden getaway, including laser hair removal, custom facials, and massages. To further boost their skin's beach-ready look or prepare for an office swimsuit competition, clients can step into a VersaSpa sunless tanning booth or browse a selection of sultry bikinis Dannielli has brought from Brazil.
4153 N 32nd St.
Phoenix, Arizona 85018