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When It Comes to Waxing, Women Prefer Brazilians—Ouch!

Okay, ladies, let’s talk waxing. It’s not our favorite monthly appointment, nor is it our favorite topic of conversation but the truth is, a large number of women do it. In our recent Beauty Pulse Survey, 10,000 women answered our most intimate questions about bikini waxing and the results were revealing. Read on for our favorite spots to get bare in NYC:

According to the survey, 37% of women go all out with a full Brazilian. Pretty far behind, the au natural look and regular bikini waxes were almost tied with 25% and 24% respectively. And pulling up the rear was a landing strip with just 14%. Perhaps most shocking was the fact that New Jersey and Kentucky rank as the top two barest states. Since the majority of our members are frequently going under the strip, we thought we’d share our four favorite waxing spots in NYC.

  • UniK Wax: With several locations around NYC and Florida, this natural waxing shop offers speedy waxing services that are nearly painless at a price that rivals smaller, slightly dodgy salons. Plus, according to their site, they invented the Brazilian Bikini wax back in 1993. Can’t beat the original, right?
  • Ten Over Ten: When one anonymous staffer recently visited Ten Over Ten for a manicure plus waxing appointment, she came back raving. It’s not only one of the chicest spas in Manhattan (their salon carries their own amazing new polish line plus Chanel, and iPads for patrons to use), it’s also great for virtually painless waxing. Ask for Miranda!
  • Bliss Spa: With three locations in NYC and spots in nine other states as well, Bliss is the largest spa on our short-list. It’s a one-stop shop for massages, facials, mani/pedis and more but that doesn’t mean they shrimp on service. Editor Meredith swears by their special wax that shrink wraps to hair making it much less painful than typical wax.
  • Strip Ministry of Waxing: This import from Singapore opened their first location stateside a few years ago and have been making waxing a bit more fun and quirky for visitors to their unique Soho spot ever since. Truly dedicated to the art of waxing, you can also get a quick and easy brow shaping across the salon at Browhaus.


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