With my friendly neighborhood esthetician no longer in the area, it's been nearly a year since my last waxing encounter. Finding time to shave my legs let alone get a bikini wax is tough when you're a busy mom, in my case with four kids and not a lot of free time to spend getting my pubic hair ripped off.
And since pubic hair doesn't generally make its rounds into playgroup, without a personal recommendation, I resorted to trimming, shaving, and itching. Then bitching.
That is until I stumbled upon Wax Atlanta.
Or is it stubbled upon?
I'd heard about the wax only salon through a few online articles, but didn't realize that they were so conveniently located within proximity to my other hairdresser, who had actually recommended the sandwich shop across the street.
I turned around after grabbing my turkey and gouda on rye, and noticed their simple, stylish salon front and decided to see if I could get a walk-in appointment for a heavy bikini wax.
The salon itself is small and modern, with a vibe that makes you feel pretty darn cool that you're about to get your pubic hair ripped out.
After the offer of a little San Pelligrino and a short intake form that makes sure you don't have any pre-existing conditions that might be contraindicated with waxing, you're brought back to a small room, with a massage table covered in plastic and paper. Nothing fancy, but clean and private.
Before I headed back for my appointment with Misty, I had the chance to sit down with owner Myka Barbato and get the scoop on why moms should consider a waxing salon, as well as a few tips on how to prepare for your appointment.
Waiting area at Wax Atlanta
1. So what's the difference between a place like Wax Atlanta and say, a spa wax experience?
Myka: At Wax, you're getting an esthetician that only does waxes all day long. Because it's their area of expertise, our staff really know what they're doing. Another benefit is that unlike a spa, we're an "in and out" type place; moms are busy and don't have a lot of time for a lingering service.
2. Tell me what a mom should do prior to her bikini wax appointment.
Myka: She'll definitely want at least 2 weeks worth of hair growth. And I definitely recommend a good exfoliation too.
3. Any dos and don'ts when it comes to waxing?
Myka: We tell clients to do another exfoliation 48 hours after their wax, especially if you're prone to ingrown hairs. And avoid sun exposure especially with facial waxing.
4. So what's the skinny on the pain factor when it comes to Brazilian and heavy bikini waxes?
Myka: We use a special kind of hard wax that's thicker. The wax that's used with strips is very thin and adheres to the skin. And that's what hurts.
5. What should moms be asking their spa or waxing salon when it comes to safety?
Myka: Absolutely no double dipping. Estheticians should also cleanse areas, like under arms or upper lip, to remove sweat and bacteria. And you want to see tweezers and anything else that's being used that's not disposable come out of a sterile bag or disinfectant jar.
6. What do you tell clients who are a little shy?
Myka: Our estheticians are professionals who see "it" all day long. Just another day at the job.
After my interview, I dropped trou in the room -- no blankets or sheets here -- and explained what I was looking for. In my case, a heavy bikini (landing strip), which apparently is a pretty popular choice for moms, at least according to Misty, who has noticed moms, especially with girls, seem to forgo the Brazilian.
Wax treatment room at Wax Atlanta
I laid on my back, let my leg drop to the side and she applied the wax -- very hot blue wax -- with a wooden stick. Each dip with a new stick -- spread, pressed, and then pulled -- with barely any pain and no flinching.
In fact, it was so comfortable that I tweeted and texted the entire time. Even on the flip side.
Misty applied a simple ointment with grapeseed, lavender, and tea tree, and then gave me post-wax instructions, particularly no hot showers, working out, sun, or swimming for 48 hours.
I was out in about 15 minutes, maybe 20 because I wanted to get the scoop on vajazzling, apparently still a popular practice, either on the side for those women choosing to get a heavy bikini, or in the center in place of the hair when a Brazilian was performed.
Curious as to how long they last? Well, it depends on how much activity you're seeing down there. As long as a week or as short as a day.
I have to say, compared to the several times I've had a heavy bikini and Brazilian, this was by far the least painful. I might even say it was comfortable and pleasant, so much so that I considered just having her take everything off for the hell of it. Maybe that was just my desperation for a little alone time speaking. But considering I've endured meetings more painful than that wax and had no swelling, itching, or irritation whatsoever after the appointment, maybe not.
I've already scheduled my next appointment, which I'm actually looking forward to. Yes, it was just that good.
If you happen to live in Atlanta, I strongly recommend Wax Atlanta. Tell them the Mominatrix sent you. And if you don't, check your local listings for a similar salon near you.
The Mominatrix was not compensated for this review.
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