We are located at 1810 Union Street, at the Northwest corner of Octavia. Metered Street parking is available, and there are parking lots on Union at Laguna and Buchanan. If you are bus bound, the 41 and the 45 traverse our part of Union.
We use an extremely gentle aromatherapy wax, the highest quality wax available on the market. It shrink wraps the hair and leaves healthy skin alone. Despite the magnificent effectiveness of our wax and the stellar experience of our staff, waxing does have some limitations and factors that need to be considered.
Waxing yields best results - and is less painful - when done every 4-6 weeks.
Hair needs to be at least 1/8th of an inch to achieve a clean wax. Our wax is good, but it’s not a miracle worker.
Hair should be at most ½” long. If longer, we recommend that you trim it to ¼” to ½” prior to your Bare appointment. This will increase the effectiveness of the wax as well as your comfort level.
If you are on any medication that thins the skin, you shouldn’t wax. Some examples are Accutane, Retin-A, Renova, and Differin. This list is not complete, so if you are in doubt please double check with your prescribing doctor. Also, in the case of Accutane, you shouldn’t wax if you have used it within the last six months.
Similarly, waxing shouldn’t be done on any area of the skin that has had a chemical peel, overexposure to the sun (or from tanning beds), or laser treatments. If you have had any of these, you’ll want to wait until it’s fully healed before you wax.
If you have a spray-on tan, and you want to keep it, you may want to reconsider waxing that area.
Exfoliating the area to be waxed can ease the exit pathway for the hair and make for a more comfortable wax.
Some people take an Advil or Ibuprofen 30-45 minutes before a Brazilian wax as a way to help alleviate any minor discomfort. We also provide a topical anesthetic.
If you regularly smoke or drink a lot of alcohol or caffeine, it can build up acid in the body which can increase the skin’s sensitivity. In this case, an antacid tablet 20 minutes before your waxing might help minimize the discomfort.
Many physicians do not recommend waxing services for clients with diabetes, varicose veins or poor circulation. If you think you fall into one of these categories, we recommend erring on the side of caution and consulting your doctor prior to scheduling your appointment.
You can do a Brazilian during your period, but it will likely be more painful. The week leading up to your period may also be a time when you are more sensitive to waxing down there.
Between waxes (but not 24-48 hours after the wax), gently exfoliate the waxed area to help prevent ingrown hairs. We also recommend the regular use of products designed to prevent ingrown hairs such as Tend Skin or PFB Vanish. These products are not exfoliants, and therefore can be used immediately after waxing without causing irritation.
Some things you may want to avoid for 24-48 hours after waxing: