Welcome to The Waxing Blog: Smooth Talk from Waxing the City. If you want to know more about waxing and skin care for men and women, you're in the right place. Alex Jimenez and Summer Hartshorn — two of Waxing the City's premier CEROLOGIST™ Technicians — answer your questions about waxing. There's no such thing as a dumb question. At Waxing the City, we strive to make you as comfortable online as we do at any of our four locations.
With September winding down, we couldn't help but notice the refreshing breeze of fall rolling in as we yearn for those cooler months. The seasons are gearing up for a change, and so is our body, whether we like it or not. So while you replace your favorite sun-soaked swimsuits and sandy towels with warm scarves and hot chocolate, there’s one summer experience we’d recommend keeping during those frost-filled winter months… that’s right, waxing!
The weather is taking a downward turn in temperatures; some things are actually better saved for the fall and winter months. This may shock you, but waxing during the fall and winter is not only beneficial for your health, but it can also pay a HUGE part in alleviating those wintertime blues. We have put together a list of 5 Reasons to Start Waxing this October:
Read the 4 reasons here:
- For those of you new to waxing, starting in the winter is the best time to build up your tolerance and comfort level. Regular waxing increases your comfort level for the future and decreases the amount of hair follicles that will grow back. Getting started early allows you to have waxed your hair growth cycles several times before swimsuit season. This translates to less hair and better waxing sessions for you when summertime rolls around again!
- The dry, windy weather and harsh heating systems zap any moisture you may have been privileged to over the summer, leaving your skin tight and itchy. Dealing with the uncomfortable changes your skin goes through during fall and winter is, well…less than appealing and can seriously put a damper on your winter festivities. A good waxing routine helps to alleviate those symptoms and can have you feeling better and smoother all season long! Smooth hair is in style. The trend of leggings and tights goes perfectly with those winter boots, long sweaters and knee-high boot socks. These outfits can have you feeling less than trendy though if your long hairs are constantly fighting to protrude and poke through them. Not only can waxing conquer those pesky hairs from ruining your best fall outfit, but it can also help with our next reason: irritation.
- Covering up with a plethora of clothing during the colder months can lead to plenty of irritation and flaking. Those sometimes harsh and thick fabrics don’t allow your skin to breath underneath and the outcome can be painful. Exfoliating can be a lifesaver for your skin in these tricky situations. Using a gentle body scrub and less abrasive facial exfoliate in the shower along with your regular body and facial waxing routine can help get rid of built-up dead skins cells, leaving you a clean slate to absorb your much needed moisturizer. Skin health is important all year long, regardless of the season.
- All in all, just because the weather is getting colder outside doesn’t mean you should put those good waxing habits you developed this summer to rest. If you want to see the best results with your hair removal, stick to it and make this a fall worthy of your best you.
If your still not convinced, stop by a Waxing the City location and let our wonderful staff speak to you personally about the individual benefits of waxing through winter. You can also sign up for our email list and participate in our monthly Model Calls, which allow you to test the water with different types of waxing until you find one that what works best for you.
Meet Rosalie Gonzales from our Belmar Salon. Check out the video below to hear about her most awkward waxing experience.
After 15 years of… ”wax on, and wax off” and more than 9 years of founding Waxing the City, the time has come for Summer and Alex to transition off of the floor and shift their focus to administrative support of the organization. Please click here to read their farewell letter.
Dear Valued Friends,
It is with very mixed emotions as we write this letter. We have thoroughly enjoyed the development and growth of Waxing the City over the past 9 years and we are proud of our accomplishments and success thus far. It is you, our clients that have helped to make this business successful. We have had relationships with some of you for over 15 years....wow, how time has flown by! Words can not express how much we've enjoyed our time on the floor, providing services in an industry we are passionate about, and we value the relationships and friendships we have built.
The time has come that we need to transition off the floor and shift our focus to administrative support of the organization. We are beginning this process now and will be working with all of you to ensure a smooth transition to other technicians over the next several months. We anticipate being fully transitioned by October 2012. Although this change is sad for us (we will miss all of you tremendously), we are also very excited about the next phases of our careers. As Waxing the City continues to grow, the demands of education and training also continue to increase. Our time will be spent developing our educational systems and working with WTC technicians to ensure they have the needed support to continue to provide outstanding services to our clients.
Our business has grown with your loyalty and support and we are forever grateful to be associated with such wonderful people. We appreciate your loyalty, smiles, coaching, support, patience, friendships and business. We look forward to seeing you in the salons (as we are not going to disappear). We want to extend a BIG THANK YOU for helping us grow both professionally and personally. We will miss you, but will never forget the time we have shared together.
Summer and Alex
Recently, a New York Times articles reported that several New York City salons have seen an increase in the percentage of hair removal services in customers just under the age of 16. We reposted this story on our Facebook page and asked our fans for their thoughts on this trend.
We can all recall our first waxing experience. The New York Times piece claimed insecurities with their teens’ recent hair developments as a main reason to strip them of their hair, and many mothers are willing to let their offspring experiment with hair removal. But before this goes any further, its important to note that many of these procedures are often very mild. The most common areas for teenagers and tweens to wax are the lower legs, underarms, eyebrows and outer bikini line; steering clear of the more adult versions, like the Brazilian.
Although some still prefer to have their teens wait until they are over 18, many parents see this as a harmless way to safeguard their teenager from unnecessary bullying and help provide a confident passage into adulthood.
Not only are salons across the country seeing an increase in teen and pre-teen waxing at their salons, many salons are also starting to cater to youngsters by giving out promotions to clients whose age falls below 16. One Florida salon in particular recently ran an ad with a bikini-clad adolescent promoting a 50 percent discount on all waxing services for young teens during the month of July. A blog post on their website featured this ad, along with a post on when the “right time” is for girls to begin waxing.
A reason behind many salons endorsing discounted services for teens is that it provides a bonding experience for both mother and teen. And why not? Since many teens end up coming along with their mother to appointments, having a discount available for the younger ones can turn a waxing experience into a ritual mother and daughter share.
Although this recent trend has brought out some criticism, the main question still remains, when is it appropriate to start waxing? One question for our fans out there then is- are you a teen who gets waxed? How old where you when you first got waxed? And for the mothers out there- would you take your daughter to get waxed? Share your stories with us!