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I just got waxed, like not even a half an hour ago. I was so excited about my experience that I needed to write about it right away.

So after my last waxing at Brava Salon, I decided to try a different place that’s also nearby. Trinity Salon & Spa had some good reviews on Yelp which was a good sign. When I called to book my appointment, I couldn’t get one for a week and a half which is also a good sign.

So today after work, I braved my way to the salon. It didn’t start off well as the parking meter ate my twoonie and I couldn’t pay by phone. What’s a girl to do? So I scrambled to gather all my Safeway shopping cart quarters from the change tray to put in 1 hour’s worth of time. All this time, it’s pissing rain so I’m thinking, “this place better be worth it.”

Luckily, it was.

I was a bit early for my appointment, so I was offered a massage chair to sit down in. Wow, so nice! I’ve always loved these chairs ever since I used to visit my friend place and his mom had one. While I was waiting, my aesthetician offered me water which was a simple but nice touch.

After my appointment started, I was lead to a private room. In there on the table, there was a chocolate and a card with my name on it. Wow, it’s just like at a fancy hotel! I was already pretty impressed. And before having me strip down to my bare ass, the aesthetician had me brief her on my experiences with Brazilian waxing as well as any skin concerns I may have had.

Finally, the experience started. She lifted my towel to see what she was working with – the amount of hair I had, the ingrown hairs, etc. I felt the need to immediately apologize about the patchiness as well as the ingrown hairs. However, she didn’t even flinch and didn’t seem at all worried about the tiny hairs. The wax I found a good temperature, not noticeably hot at all so I didn’t feel like I was getting burnt. Just hot enough, like I remembered it was supposed to be like. I also noticed that there was a lot less pain this time around. I didn’t know where to attribute it to my aesthetician’s skill, the idea that I maybe I got used to it, or that my hair was finer and therefore easier to rip off my skin. Either way, there was so so SO much less pain, it was like a totally different treatment from the one I had in January.

The girl who was waxing me was pretty nice too. She was very personable and a lot less judgemental than the European lady in the last place. She didn’t flinch about the ingrown hairs, didn’t berate me for having shaved in the past.

Approximately a half hour later, I was done. I was surprised and slightly scared. How could I be done already? The last time, the lady took over an hour. Did this girl leave me with a bunch of hair leftover like the last lady? So once she left the room, I proceeded to do a quick inspection. Very clean! Barely any hairs leftover save for a couple of random short ones that I could easily attack at home with tweezers later. She even got those really really short hairs I was sure were too short for waxing and really into my nooks and crannies. Wow! Again, I was impressed.

While paying for the service as well as a bottle of post-waxing serum, she loaded me up with some skincare samples which is always a bonus. Who doesn’t like free stuff? Afterwards, in my car, my aesthetician ran up to me waving the bill. Hmmm, did something go wrong with the POS machine? Nope, she thought I had over-tipped and wanted to make sure I didn’t think that the waxing itself cost $98 but that the price also included the serum. I told her I knew how much the waxing was and I meant to give her that amount for the tip. Wow, who does that?

So needless to say, I was very impressed with Trinity Salon & Spa and would highly recommend this place to anyone! Seriously, less pain, no judgement, thorough job and speedier time? What more could I ask for?

Trinity Salon & Spa
604-298-8135
4138 Dawson St, Burnaby BC

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1) I just found out that my husband thinks I moisturize my boobs. We had a good laugh over it. And then I thought, “Wait, is this something girls actually do?” So I messaged my friend and she confirmed that she did it. So now I wonder,… have I been missing out all these years? Are my boobs arid like the desert?

2) So I waxed my vag earlier this month. It’s been a while and so I didn’t quite remember what to expect in terms of regrowth. Yes, I remembered hair grew back approximately around week 3. But I do not remember it being so patchy! It’s like a Asian man during Movember down there. Yikes! So after much debating about whether I should wait til I have at least 1/4″ regrowth all around or whether I should just take off the sparse jungle I have down there, I finally booked a waxing appointment for next week. Hopefully the aesthetician won’t kick me out for some of my tiny baby hairs.

3) I’m normally a dress/skirt kinda gal. I love wearing heels and showing em off. And what better way to do so than in a cute dress? But lately I’ve been craving a good pair of skinny pants. I think I own like 2 pairs I wear on a semi-regular basis. And like 1 pair of jeans. So should I give in and buy some pants? Or is this just a phase?

4) Wait, do girls also moisturize their area? Is this a thing too that I’ve been missing out on? Can someone fill me in?

Photo taken immediately following my 1st waxing

Photo taken immediately following my 1st waxing

The other day, I was cleaning out the stuff out my old childhood bedroom and found an old photograph of my best friend and I, taken immediately after we had our first waxing: Brazilians, because if you’re gonna do it, you can’t be half-assed about it. Looking at the picture made me wistful for not only the good old days when I didn’t know better, but also for a nice, hair-free and super-smooth lady part.

So I finally took the plunge again after a seven/eight year hiatus and waxed it all off. After years of shaving my nether regions to save money, I decided I was making enough money to afford waxing again. The cost hasn’t gone up much in my absence which is a relief. Still approximately $50.

Being lazy, I just booked at the place nearest where I live which happened to be Brava Salon & Spa in Brentwood Mall. So after work this week, I splayed myself open for a middle-aged Eastern European lady who got more intimate with me and my bits than most of my college boyfriends ever ventured. (Side note: why is it that most waxing ladies I’ve ever encountered have turned out to be Eastern European?)

There were a few things I noticed were amiss during the appointment. Mainly, my aesthetician never asked me to really spread my legs to get into the hard to get to places. I had my doubts about whether she was being very thorough, but I told myself not to say anything because I didn’t want to question her. She, after all, did this for a living and I had been 8 years out of the game.

Also, I had a towel folded over my area like instructed but when my waxing lady came in, she immediately took off the towel and I was completely exposed, never to be covered by that towel again for the rest of our session.

Finally, I also have to say about my waxing lady at Brava Salon: She kept chastising me for shaving. Yes, of course I know that shaving isn’t the best thing to do to my lady bits. I know about ingrown hairs, coarser hair, etc. But when given the choice that and a hairy bush, I’m taking a razor to it. And it’s fine to say once or twice about how it’s not good to shave. But she kept harping on and on about it like it was the worse thing I’ve ever done (which, if it was true, would make me a Saint! I could go down as the first Saint in history to have a hairless vag!) She even went so far as to tell me my vag hair was the worse she’s ever seen on an Asian girl. Way to make me feel bad about myself, lady. However, I do give it to my aesthetician that she was very patient with waxing my area and then going back over it with tweezers for a good twenty minutes afterwards.

Anyway, after paying and tipping, I went home to check out her work in the privacy of my bathroom. I immediately noticed that she left some noticeable patches of hair. I knew I should have said something about why she wasn’t asking me to help spread myself. Given, I know it’s not the most pleasant job in the world to have as an aesthetician but I’m surprised at how much hair she left behind even after going at me with tweezers. (My God, how much was left behind pre-tweezing?) With a handheld mirror, I spent fifteen minutes cleaning myself up properly going to town on my stray pubes.

A few thoughts about waxing in general and Brazilians specifically:

  • The pain from having my hair ripped out of my skin wasn’t as bad as I was anticipating. If anything, the hot wax was more bothersome to me and I honestly felt like I might have been burned during the process (my skin was okay).
  • There is a world of difference between a waxed vag vs one that’s been closely shaved. The smoothness just doesn’t compare.
  • The order of most painful area to least: the mons, folds around the clit, labia, bum hole. Amazingly, you feel absolutely no pain at the bum hole.
  • Having a bare area makes me feel like I’ve got an awesome super-sexy secret and makes me feel more awesome and even super-sexier than I do on a daily basis!

When I was a teenager, I used to have weird and gross teenager habits, like most teenagers. Picking at the pimples around my chin, combing through my hair looking for the odd curly ones that grew at the crown. But one of the truly weird ones: when I was on the phone with my girlfriends, I’d often be talking while plucking out my leg hairs. There was something oddly satisfying about tugging at a lone ingrown hair, digging at it and pulling it out. Sometimes, I’d just stare at the little hair at the end of my tweezers and then at my hairless legs, like an oil painter does, admiring his artwork.

Anyway… I eventually grew out of this gross habit after realizing how much easier it was to shave and get on with my life.

A couple weeks ago, I decided to buy a Veet waxing kit and have a go at my nether regions. Unsurprisingly, that was not very successful and I was left with a throbbing vagina and a boxful of 8 wax strips I didn’t have a use for. At the time, I had recently shaved my legs so I just threw the box in the drawer and waited for my leg hairs to grow out a bit.

This weekend, I decided it was time. My leg hair was visible so I wanted to give it a try and actually not waste those wax strips. After rubbing them between my palms and placing them on my shins, I ripped off not expecting much. To my surprise, all my leg hairs went with the strip and my shins were oh-so-smooth. And more surprising: I felt an unexpectedly satisfying feeling looking at all the little leg hairs on the strip. There was very little pain; just enough so that you knew you were doing something. And the end result was so nice! I quickly go down to waxing both my legs with much aplomb.

Now I can’t wait until I get a little bit more leg hair and can have another go at them with the rest of my wax strips.

Veet

Smooth legs thanks to Veet