I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to waxing. After a particularly bad experience with my eyebrows being butchered, I had all but given it up years ago. I was a threading girl, through and through, and even that could be a little bit too painful at times. And my eyebrows were the only thing that I usually get done. Until Baire

Beautician prepares wax for a beauty treatment.

I will admit to you all now – I was, before two weeks ago – a Brazilian virgin. Nothing appealed to me about hot wax on any sensitive part of my body. But after talking to Michelle Roediger, the owner of Baire, she started to calm my nerves. She explained that Baire didn’t just specialize in hair removal, it was what they did exclusively. Only the most experienced waxing professionals get hired and are put through a rigorous training process before they start working with clients. With that level of professionalism, experience, and Michelle’s sheer assurance that they offered the best hair removal services it town, I was sold. That, and it was a few days before Valentine’s Day. Why not give it a shot?

Before I arrived, Michelle shared with me a few key rules for waxing, since it had been a while since I had gotten anything waxed:

  • Grow the hair in the area to approximately 4mm (or ¼ inch) in length.  (There has to be some hair to get rid of, after all!)
  • Do not use self-tanners or Accutane products.
  • Only soap and water in the treatment area – day of treatment.
  • You must wait a minimum of seven (7) days before waxing after a light chemical peel or microdermabrasion.
  • No exercise for 4 hours prior to treatment.
  • No sun for 12 hours following any waxing treatment.

And just like that, I was ready to go! My appointment was after work, so I braved the cold and made my way uptown to Baire. The moment I walked through the door, it was a comfortable and warm experience. I was greeted as soon as I came in, and after meeting with Michelle and filling out some quick paperwork, I was introduced to my waxing technician, Adriana. I don’t think I am overstating when I say that Adriana was perhaps the greatest waxing technician I have ever met – but more on that later.

Before I dropped my drawers for my Brazilian, Michelle offered to give me a test patch for their IPL treatment! IPL, which stands for intense pulsed light, is a laser hair removal that delivers a broad spectrum pulse of light that is designed to stop hair from growing. After donning a pair of protection glasses – which I dubbed my ‘cool guy shades’ – Adriana numbed my skin a bit with some ice packs before giving my knee a quick pulse of IPL. While I’ve heard IPL can really hurt, it barely felt like more than a twinge or the flick of the skin. Simple, easy, and I did notice that the hair over the next few weeks hasn’t grown back there yet. IPL usually requires a few sessions to be permanent, but if you have some areas that you just don’t like taking care of on a weekly/monthly basis, IPL definitely could be for you.

And then off came the pants. While I’m trying not to die of embarrassment or sweat profusely from how nervous I was, Adriana explained that she was going to be using a different wax from what I was used to. Soft wax, she explained, was what was usually used in eyebrow waxing. That was the kind where it was applied, pressed with paper, and then ripped off. At Baire, they had that option, of course, but also a gentler option of hard wax. Hard wax, specifically the coconut hard wax that Adriana used on me, was perfect for people with sensitive skin (or newbies like me!). And it didn’t require paper – instead, the wax was put on the hair, left to solidify a little, before being removed with a quick yank, therefore only taking away the hair and no skin!

I won’t go into the nitty gritty details of the actual process, but Adriana was amazing. Not only did she keep me distracted with chatter while she waxed away, but she knew what she was doing. The pain that I was expected seemed so unreasonable after the first couple of batches were removed, and besides some nervous giggling, the whole thing was over before I knew it. I assumed, without looking at the clock, that we had only been at it for maybe fifteen minutes – the whole session was an hour, but it certainly didn’t feel like it!

Done before I knew it, and barely any discomfort, Adriana made sure to send me home with Baire’s ideal after wax care:

  • No abrasive scrubs for 24 hours following a waxing treatment. Exfoliate 1-3 times per week in the area between wax treatments.
  • Use a natural, rehydrating lotion on whole body every day.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Stay on your treatment schedule for most comfortable experiences (every four weeks for Brazilian)

While I’m not yet at that four week mark, I’m already planning on scheduling my next appointment with Baire and Adriana soon. Baire also has a great membership pricing, which allows a discounted price if you join. So if you’re looking for some amazing hair removal in the New York area, swing by Baire!

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