Wax On, Wax Off

It’s getting to be that time of year … we’re all trying the “Better abs/buns/thighs In a Week” that all the magazines promise us as we torment our bodies in preparation for the beach. It’s also time to start thinking about your hair removal of choice for the real estate down there. My choice has long been waxing because the results last the longest. But it’s so intimate. Most ladies, once they’ve found someone for their waxing needs, stand by their woman. I am here to say, unless you’re going to a salon that offers authentic Brazilian honey wax, you are enduring more pain than you have to. When I first moved to NYC, it so happened that the gym I joined had a spa attached to it, and I just kind of naturally started going there for everything from massages to waxing. The massages were great, the waxing hurt like hell; but, I figured, I’m getting waxed, it’s supposed to hurt like hell!

A few years later, I moved out of the neighborhood and let my membership lapse. I was in need of a new spa. Amazingly enough, literally the next block over from me was Sonia’s Waxing Plus—a tiny little place that you might pass without looking at twice. (I later found out that there are two other locations on Long Island.) I knew nothing about it, but decided to give it a try. And, I was shocked. Not because it hurt like hell, but because it only hurt a little in the grand waxing scheme of things. What, you thought I’d tell you it didn’t hurt at all? They’re still ripping your hairs out at the root, people, there’s gonna be some sting. But it was so much less intense than what I’d experienced before that I couldn’t help but rave about it to all my friends. I also couldn’t help but ask my waxer, Marci, why the pain was so much less extreme. She told me that they used a special honey wax that they imported from Brazil and it made all the difference. Well it did. It made a convert out of me. The 29th St. location is miniscule but very clean. The ladies are friendly and thorough. For all your waxing needs, if you’re in NYC I highly recommend Sonia’s. And if you're elsewhere, find a place that uses Brazilian honey wax.