Hair has an annoying habit of growing all over our bodies, which not only looks funny, but also makes it nearly impossible to painlessly remove Band-Aids or emerge unscathed from a vat of honey. Conquer uncooperative haircoats with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of sugaring or waxing services at The Beauty of Waxing on Preston Road.
Owner and skincare professional Erica Arancibia lets hair know where it’s not welcome by giving it the cold shoulder in a warm and private studio setting. Go the waxing route to bladelessly blaze through the ranks of rebellious roughage gathered on chins ($14), ears ($13), and underarms ($17). To help avoid skin irritation and to entertain the bored hands of the skilled skin carers, pre- and post-wax products are applied to skin.
Alternatively, opt for the sugaring treatment, which uses a sugary paste to lure sweet-toothed hairs away from the skin in a manner that is less painful that waxing. The process also defeathers two birds with one polished stone as it simultaneously exfoliates dearly departed skin cells. Sweetly sculpt a variety of areas, including eyebrows ($27), the upper lip ($11), or the glutes ($37), among others. For summertime shaping, the Brazilian bikini sugaring costs $77 for women and $89 for men, while waxing of the same area runs women $69 and $81 for non-females.
The Beauty of Waxing
Erica Arancibia has two areas of expertise: getting rid of unwanted hair and caring for the skin underneath. She works with both hard and soft wax to clear away hair from almost any body part—though her specialty is Brazilians—and has aftercare products on hand to stave off irritation. She has also mastered the Alexandria sugaring technique, which removes hair in the direction of its growth for reduced discomfort. Erica never double-dips or uses recycled wax, and she always wears disposable gloves, both for hygiene purposes and in case she needs an emergency balloon.
In addition to her hair-removal services, Erica administers facials and peels. Her skincare treatments target conditions from dryness to acne with technology such as ultrasound treatments and crystal-free microdermabrasion.