The Brazilian Wax
 

What exactly is the Brazilian Bikini Wax?  What if I don't want to take it ALL off?

  • There are dozens of definitions for the Brazilian Wax.  For all intents and purposes, ALL hair is taken off from bikini top (pubic mound) and sides.  ALL hair is removed from the labial area through to between the cheeks, what one might call the cranny. If you would like a modified Brazilian with a strip or triangle left on, just say so.

  • If you want the hair on the labia remaining but most everything else off or some sort of shape like a strip or triangle, then the Partial Brazilian Bikini Wax should be your choice.

  • If you want just enough to accommodate wearing a bathing suit, then the Basic Bikini Wax is for you.  

  • The area between the cheeks (The Cranny) is included in Elixir's Full Brazilian Wax. If you would like that area waxed, it can be added to a Partial Brazilian and a Basic Bikini Wax.

  • It's fine if you don't want everything removed, so just be specific and show us what you would like.

 

I'm a little scared. What kind of pain are we talking about here and how long does it take?

  • As one can imagine, it would be difficult to make this completely painless, as even one hair being tweezed out will smart. In the hands of an experienced  and caring esthetician, this doesn't have to be the worst thing you have ever experienced. The staff at Elixir has extensive experience with hair removal, especially with Brazilian Bikini Waxes. We will hold your skin taut, we may even ask you for help with positioning. We will offer coaching/deep breaths throughout to get past the worst few sections. We know you've probably heard horror stories about Brazilian waxing, but rest assured, we will take very good care of you. We can't tell you how often, once finished, we've heard relieved clients say, "that was much easier than I thought!"

  • You might not want to wax a couple days before or after your menstrual cycle, since it can be a little more painful on these days. If you do choose to get waxed during your cycle, we advocate popping an Advil or two twenty minutes before your appointment. If you do decide to wax during your menstrual cycle, just let us know before we start and please arrive to your appointment tidied-up with a fresh tampon.

  • A Full Brazilian usually takes anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on how long you have been waxing. Less hair equals less time. 

 

What about using a numbing cream before I wax, such as Relax and Wax, or lidocaine?

  • We would prefer that you didn’t but if it is absolutely necessary, feel free. In our experience, any creams applied to the skin previous to waxing can impede the process, interfering with the application of the wax.  We want your overall result to be as thorough as possible and using such a topical could contribute to breakage of the hair and may result in having to tweeze the area more than would usually be necessary. Not to mention, such a chemical/drug could cause or exacerbate irritation to the area being waxed or even cause an allergic reaction.  

  • We are not opposed to the use of a mild pain reliever/anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen up to a half hour before your appointment.

 

Is it going to be painful for a long time after my wax?

  • Most people can experience slight discomfort after their first Brazilian wax, but only for about a day. The area will be a little tender to the touch, a tiny bit red and slightly inflamed/swollen. This is a very normal reaction to what your body perceives as trauma.

  • It’s a good idea to wear loose or stretchy clothing like sweat pants to the appointment similar to if one were getting a spray tan.

  • It is also recommended not to workout directly after the first wax, so plan on running that 5K another day. That also means avoiding activity that involves friction in that area, if you catch my drift, (wink, wink).

  • It is best to avoid anything for the first 24 hours after your wax that is too hot like saunas or steam rooms, and anything that could expose you to bacteria like Jacuzzi hot tubs.

  • The coarser your hair, the more hair you have and the more sensitive your skin, the more sensitivity you will feel during the wax and in the aftermath.

  • If you choose, taking a mild pain reliever such as ibuprofen/Advil can be helpful. If soreness persists, you can take it again several hours later, as directed. It shouldn't be necessary to do this continually, as the experience gets better with repeatedly scheduled visits in the 4 to 5 week range. 

 

Is it alright to get a Brazilian Wax during my period?

  • It is sometimes difficult to plan our lives while we “reboot the ovarian operating system”. Although we don’t recommend doing so if you are getting waxed for the first time, being waxed during your cycle is just fine. We are completely comfortable with waxing the area as long as said area is clean and prepped with a new tampon.

  • Due to the hormonal conditions of the menstrual cycle, you can be slightly more sensitive to pain during and for a day or so before and after your period, so the pain reliever you’re already using for cramps might just kill two birds with one stone. If you know yourself to have a low pain threshold, schedule appointments for the 2 weeks after your period, when you're less susceptible to pain. You're most sensitive the week before your period.

 

How long does the hair need to be?

  • As far as hair length is concerned, a minimum of ten days growth (after shaving) is required, or if this is a better description, the hair should be at least the length of a grain of rice (1/4 inch, 4-5mm). Waiting two weeks will give you the best result as this ensures that the wax will adhere to as much of the hair as possible and be able to pull it from the root with less risk for breakage.

  • When it comes to planning for a special event (birthday, wedding, anniversary, or romantic vacation), it’s a really good idea to be sure that there won’t be any surprises. For a newbie waxer on any area of the body, we recommend getting it done a couple times before the big event, and at least a day or so in advance. Once you’re a veteran, this won’t be a big deal.

 

How long will a Brazilian Wax last?

  • Like an iceberg, a hair shows only its tip; your true adversary, the root or follicle, lurks below the surface. Follicles follow a repeating three-phase life cycle — hair growth, hair death, rest. The growth phase lasts about 6 weeks; the resting phase, up to 6 months. Only about 30 percent of your follicles are sprouting hair at a time. The rest are hibernating until a new growth cycle begins.

  • Repeated waxing thins growth. With every waxing, the follicle weakens, so the hair grows in sparser and finer. Tweezing does the same — which is why so many overzealous “pluckers” wind up penciling in their eyebrows as they get older.

  • Hair grows in 3 cycles, and depends on the person's lifestyle, one's age and sometimes their ethnic background.   Shaved hair is much thicker, because it gets cut off at its thickest point. We want to manage your expectations regarding your first ever Brazilian Wax or your first one in a while. It will probably not be the smoothest wax you will ever get. There is often breakage because the hair is either too short or the skin is holding on too tightly to said hair (because of dehydration and dead skin), especially if you have been a regular shaver. Repeated visits within a (normally) selected time frame of 4 weeks, will give you the smooth hairlessness that you have longed for...and will have you addicted to getting a Brazilian forever and ever. 

  • The first time you ever get a Brazilian wax will be the most uncomfortable relative to subsequent visits. Furthermore, the results from the first two waxes won’t last as long as subsequent visits…not until we get all those follicles on the right track.

  • We recommend scheduling the first and second wax three weeks apart and then coming in every four weeks.

 

Is it safe to get a Brazilian Wax if I am pregnant?

  • Yes. However, if you are at all uncomfortable, please clear this with your doctor. As with your menstrual cycle, the heightened homonal activity during pregnancy can make you more sensitive to the discomfort of waxing.  Any type of waxing is suitable for you. You can be assured that we will make you as comfortable as can be with extra TLC and necessary precautions.

  • Please inform your esthetician if you are pregnant as soon as you know, or if you are trying to become pregnant/are breastfeeding. There are products we sometimes use in the treatment room or recommend for home use that may not be appropriate or have not been tested for safety for women that are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Here is a list of some chemicals to avoid:

  1. Aluminum chloride hexahydrate: Found in antiperspirant; check for aluminum chloride hexahydrate and aluminium chlorohydrate.

  2. Beta hydroxy acids: Salicylic acid, 3-hydroxypropionic acid, trethocanic acid and tropic acid.

  3. Chemical sunscreens: Avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, oxybenzone, oxtinoxate, menthyl anthranilate and oxtocrylene.

  4. Diethanolamine (DEA): Found in hair and body products; stay clear of diethanolamine, oleamide DEA, lauramide DEA and cocamide DEA.

  5. Dihydroxyacetone (DHA): Found in spray self-tanners; could be harmful if inhaled. 

  6. Formaldehyde: Found in hair straightening treatments, nail polishes and eyelash glue; look for formaldehyde, quaternium-15, dimethyl-dimethyl (DMDM), hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, and 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol).

  7. Hydroquinone: A lightening agent; abstain from hydroquinone, idrochinone and quinol/1-4 dihydroxy benzene/1-4 hydroxy benzene.

  8. Parabens: Keep away from propyl, butyl, isopropyl, isobutyl and methyl parabens.

  9. Retinol: Vitamin A, retinoic acid, retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde, adapalene, tretinoin, tazarotene and isotretinoin.  

 

Do you offer waxing for men?

  • Yes, we do.

  • The only difference between the male and the female body, from a waxer’s perspective is a man’s beard. This is a part of the body that should not be waxed or tweezed. Waxing the beard is done by some, but the minimal length of time that this sort of hair removal would last, the potential for adverse effects, and the amount of discomfort a man would experience trying hair removal in this area would not be worth it, in our professional opinion.

 

What kind of wax do you use? Is it sanitary?

  • There are two types of wax; hard wax and soft wax (which is sometimes called strip wax). We use both types depending on the person (their skin and hair type) and the area being waxed. Hard wax goes on a little thicker than strip wax, and hardens (hence, the name) and then is removed without the use of a fabric strip. It doesn't stick to skin, so it hurts a little less — a big plus — but its consistency can sometimes limit its use to smaller areas. Soft wax, which is ripped off with large fabric strips, is better for larger areas like arms and legs and the bikini line. We use whichever wax is necessary to safely remove the hair, oftentimes a combination of both.

  • Elixir Skin Spa follows cosmetic board sanitation practices without exception, which means that there is no double-dipping,  and our non-disposable implements are UV-sterilized or disinfected using EPA-approved hospital disinfectant.

 

When is it unsafe for me to wax?

We ask that you discreetly disclose any and all medical conditions you have before we wax you.

We cannot wax you if you fall under any of the following categories:

  • You are being treated with Accutane (isotretinoin), or have in the last six months. Tweezing (of the facial hair) can be an option here, depending on the skin’s condition.

  • Certain medications (such as Retinol products and/or antibiotics/antimicrobials) and even OTC products can thin out the skin making it more likely for you to peel or burn during your session.

  • You have any kind of sunburn, laser burn, compromised skin, pustules or breakouts on the area to be waxed.

  • Elixir Skin Spa requires signed parental consent before any services can be performed on a person under the age of 18. The consenting parent must stay on site through the end of the service. 

  • The area to be waxed must be clean. Please take the time to give the area the necessary attention so that it is neat and tidy from the perspective of sanitation. Wipes are provided for your use. 

 

How will tanning affect my waxing?

  • We can't wax you if your skin isn't strong enough to withstand the exfoliation that happens with all waxing. It’s best not to tan before a wax. Skin that is feverish from recent UV tanning or just basically overheated, perhaps from a workout, hot shower or even a hot day will not respond well to waxing.

  • Also, it is not recommended to tan directly after getting a wax. Since waxing is an exfoliation, you will be more likely to burn with subsequent UV exposure.

  • Airbrush tanning . Remember that should you come to us after an airbrush tan, waxing can remove the results because it exfoliates the skin. You’ll have to schedule these services accordingly.

 

Should I trim before getting a Brazilian Wax?

  • NO, that’s not necessary. We would rather have the hair length on the long side than risk it being too short. Besides, it is rarely too long. We will work with the situation.

  • And don’t ever feel the need to apologize for the length; we know that is why you are coming to us, and we’re happy to help!

Preparing For A Brazilian Bikini Wax

 

  • Hair growth must be at least a quarter of an inch (about 10-14 days of growth post-shaving, or the length of a grain of rice) to attach completely to the wax.

  • Try not to shave between waxes. 

  • Gently exfoliate the night before or take a warm bath to prep the skin before your wax. (Don’t get yourself too overheated if you are bathing or showering directly before the waxing appointment, we don’t want the skin water-logged). Exfoliating with a gentle scrub or acne cleanser the night before removes dead skin build-up in and around the follicle, again, facilitating a more thorough removal and less potential breakage.  

  • Don't psyche yourself out. Yes, the process won't be painless, but it is over pretty quickly and we will let you know exactly what to expect every step of the way. The anticipation is often worse than the actual event. We constantly have clients voice their relief by saying, "It wasn't all that bad", or "It hurt a lot less than I imagined it would." Remember, it will be over before you know it. We know that once you get to experience the smooth, baby-soft skin that waxing results in, you will be on board. The Brazilian wouldn’t be as popular as it is, if it wasn’t entirely worth it!

  • It will get easier. The first one will be the most uncomfortable (comparatively), especially if you’ve been shaving prior to it. Our goal is to weaken those hair follicles, which will making every wax after the first one less difficult.

  • Avoid consuming caffeine for about four hours prior to your appointment. A stimulant such as this, even one as lovely as coffee, will heighten sensitivity.

  • Medicate if you would like. If you’re concerned about a low tolerance for pain, take a couple of Advil (not Aspirin) 20 minutes before your appointment. 

  • Make sure the area to be waxed is clean and dry (wet wipes come in handy and are made available in the facilities).

 

Aftercare For The Bikini Line 

 

In the first 24 to 48 hours after a first wax, there isn't as much need to do anything special. Just keep things clean and dry. Try not to cause any additional trauma to the area by doing anything that involves major friction or sweating in the area, like taking a spin class. As long as the area is pink and tender to the touch, that is your body telling you to protect it. This time period will vary person to person, based on how much hair was removed and how your skin reacted.  Pulling a hair out of its follicle does open the doorway to bacteria that can already be on the skin. Exposing the area to additional bacteria that might be, for instance,  in a jacuzzi hot tub, would be riskier in the first few hours after a wax than it normally is. 

 

Things are looking bumpy?  Red, slightly swollen bumps are inflamed follicles, and quite normal up to 36 hours after a wax. Little red dots would also be normal within that time frame. These are pin-prick bleeding inside the follicle (every follicle has a blood supply). These symptoms indicate that we were successful in removing the hair and are a normal reaction. If the bumps continue beyond this time period, or look different than described, this could be an adverse reaction. Options here can be to treat the area with a 1% Hydrocortisone cream, or take an oral antihistamine. You could follow this up with a topical antibiotic cream such as Bacitracin or Polysporin.  Using Neosporin isn’t recommended, as some people are unaware that they are allergic to Neomycin. If you are concerned, call your esthetician and get some advice. We want to help you!


Ingrown Hairs


When you pull the entire hair out of the follicle, as one does with waxing and tweezing, sometimes it comes back to bite you. Certain people (those with thick, coarse or curly hair) are more prone to ingrown hairs. The new hair growing in your follicle reaches just under the surface but doesn't punch through. It curls back into the follicle or penetrates the wall of the follicle. Waxing usually improves the situation, as compared to shaving, but doesn't completely eradicate the problem. What can you do? We will tell you. The best strategy involves exfoliation since dead skin build-up makes it more difficult for the hair to reach the surface. We highly recommend a two-pronged attack which employs physical and chemical exfoliation. During your shower or bath time, using exfoliating gloves with your normal body wash/soap or an AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid-containing) wash. Using a salicylic acid or glycolic acid ingrown hair inhibitor treatment (again, those great AHA's) directly after the shower is the second step. It can be applied a few times weekly…up to everyday, depending upon the severity and numerosity of ingrown hairs. Elixir Skin Spa will be able to supply you with the necessary home care regimen, so there will be products/tools made available for purchase to help with prevention and correction of ingrown hairs. If you do have a pesky ingrown, resist the urge to aggravate it further with picking and prodding. Bacteria that can be found underneath your fingernails and other weapons of choice can make the issue so much worse...resulting in tunneling wounds and scarring! After your waxing treatment, there is usually a little time to address the issue of ingrowns, and we have the skill, the better sightline and disinfected/sterile tools available for the job. 

Lash and Brow Tinting and Facial Waxing

 

Who is the best candidate for tinting?  
Eyelash and brow tinting creates more definition and enhances the appearance of your lashes and brows.  This fantastic procedure is perfect for busy lifestyles, swimmers/athletes, and those allergic to mascara.  It is also perfect for naturally light brows or lashes, gray/white or faded brows and lashes that can only be seen with daily applications of mascara or eyebrow pencil.   We have several colors but our most popular shades are deep black or dark brown tint. Other choices are blonde, light brown, auburn, chestnut, and blue black. Then, once they are revealed, we can shape them so they appear more defined. Presto change-o!

 

What is involved in the procedure?  
All eyebrow makeup and mascara is removed (best to come without any eye makeup & mascara, if possible).  Petroleum is applied around lower eyelids for lash tinting and a pad is placed atop it to prevent the staining of the skin..  A semi-permanent vegetable dye, custom-mixed for you,  is carefully applied to the brows and/or lashes until the desired shade develops. Development time depends on the original color and porosity of the hair.  The area is cleaned with a gentle cleanser. Although entirely safe, should some tint leak into the eyes, a saline eye wash is always on hand to flush out the area.

~We recommend removing your contact lenses before a lash-tinting appointment.


Can I wear makeup immediately after the procedure?  

Yes, absolutely! You may go about your normal routine. 
 

How long is the procedure?  
Approximately 20-30 minutes per area. The lighter the hair, the more development time is needed. 

 

How long does the tint last?  
It lasts 3-4 weeks fading gradually.

 

Will I get an allergic reaction?  
If there are concerns for swelling or skin has sensitivity to certain products, a free patch test is recommended 24 hours prior to tinting. 

 

I had a reaction from a wax. What can I put on my skin to assist in healing?

  • Reactions from waxing sensitive areas such as the lip, eyebrow and sideburns can rarely, but sometimes do occur.  You must tell your esthetician if you are using any kind of retinol, peeling creams or have been taking antibiotics, as these may have an adverse effect on your wax. We will often apply a healing hydrocortizone serum onto your skin after a wax, but sometimes irritation can appear when you get home or even the next day. If you bump up after a wax, give us a call. It will often resolve itself but we can offer recommendations on how to calm the inflammatory process. In some cases, we’ll suggest coming in to see us so that we can treat the area. 

  • REMEMBER to tell your esthetician if you’re taking any medications or have changed any skincare products since you saw her last.

 

I have a moustache, yes, but I don't dare wax it! I don't want it to grow back faster, coarser, darker etc!  

  • This is one of those old wives' tales that aestheticians wish could finally be put to rest. Read on to get a long explanation of why this is impossible but, if you want the "in a nutshell" version, here goes: Waxing, tweezing, and even shaving  WILL NOT  affect hair's rate of growth, texture, and most especially, color. Hormones and genetics are in complete control of that. The end. 

  • If you would like to wax your upper lip (for instance) because you want to get rid of the blond (or dark) fuzzies there, you can do it! Your hair will eventually grow back exactly like it was, no more, no less. It may be a little sparser for a while because it can take a few months for all of the hairs to come back. It happens to be one of the more sensitive places on the face though, in case you're wondering. You might have a minor breakout after you wax your lip....the first few times at least. You could also tweeze it. Again, that is a slightly painful method for most people. Still, it's completely worth doing if you'd like that hair gone. If your face responds well to getting waxed, then great! If you have rosacea, and especially if you are using a medication for it, shaving could be a better choice because your skin can be too sensitive even for the gentlest waxes. If you breakout, or get ingrown hairs around the chin area that eventually scar and/or hyperpigment, then we definitely recommend shaving. Especially for ethnic skin types, it is important to avoid getting ingrown hairs, and this can be substantially reduced by shaving...for certain parts of the body at least. The face is one of those places, however the bikini area and underarm respond better to waxing than shaving for most ethnic skin types. This has to do with the shape of the hair follicle (the curlier the hair, the rounder the follicle), but that is most definitely getting off topic. We were talking about the face.

  • Shaving. Shocker! Yes, you can shave it and with that, you don't even have to wait for it to grow out so that it's long enough for it to be waxed or tweezed. If you shave, the hair will grow back the same way as it left. However, you have cut the hair, so it won't stay gone as long as if you had waxed or tweezed. The hair may be a little stubbly because it has been cut at a blunt edge instead of it having a finer tip like a new hair. You can get rid of the stubble by simply shaving again.

  • One might be wondering why an aesthetician would suggest that you should abandon waxing and pick up a razor, when we actually make money doing this waxing thing. Well, we just want you to do the best thing for your skin. And while we are on that subject, please don't use ANY of those depilatory creams like Nair! Nair is just shorthand for nightmare!

Alchemy ~ Facial Treatments

 

I've never had a facial before. Which type of facial should I choose? 

How exciting! You’re going to love it! Elixir Skin Spa offers the customizable Cure-All Facial as our quintessential skin care treatment .  You can choose this classic European-style facial and the experience will be designed specifically to your skin's needs. We will also chat with you and perform a thorough consultation prior to starting. Here are the classic elements of a European-style facial: steam/ozone, cleansing, exfoliation, thorough extractions, lymphatic drainage massage for the face and décolleté, masque, serum/moisturizer, and SPF (during daylight hours). You will also enjoy your choice of scalp, hand or foot massage during the masking portion of the facial.  

~Please note: Prior to a special event, it would be recommended to get your first facial at least two weeks beforehand. We wouldn't want to ruin your special day, if you were to have a reaction to a product. 

 

Can I get my eyebrows waxed on the same day that I get a facial?

Most certainly. Just ask, in case you forget to book it alongside your facial appointment, as we can usually accomodate small additions to an appointment. Any facial waxing needs to be performed prior to the start of the facial when the skin's integrity is not compromised, as well, you may need to abstain from facial waxing for 24 hours after receiving a facial.

 

How soon will I start seeing results from my facial?

Some people see results immediately, and your skin should feel noticeably different right away. The skin should feel clean, smooth, hydrated, and reflect a new level of health that’s visibly noticeable. If the skin has more advanced long-term needs, such as treatment of skin aging, acne or hyper-pigmentation caused by hormonal fluctuations or sun damage, results regarding those concerns may not be immediately visible; however, skin health will continue to improve as you follow the advice of your aesthetician, and continue your instructed home-care regimen.

 

How often should I get a facial? 

It varies from person to person. Generally, facials are recommended once a month to stimulate your skin's cellular turnover and assist with exfoliation. However, you can discuss your specific needs, desired outcomes and your schedule with your aesthetician. Be sure to ask how to save on facial packages at Elixir Skin Spa.

 

Can I get a facial if I’m pregnant?

Your body is under stress and your hormones are in flux...this might be the time when you need it the most! We at Elixir are educated on how to protect you in your delicate condition. We will make sure you are comfortable throughout the facial. 

 

What is an extraction?

Extractions are considered the heart of a clinical-style facial - they are the manual removal of sebum (oil and dirt) from your pores. It is the sebum, trapped within the pores beneath the skin's top layers, which can cause breakouts. At Elixir Skin Spa, we primarily use our tissue-covered digits to express the plug out of the skin, and may use a metal comedone extractor to facilitate extractions in hard-to-reach places like the ears. Sebum-free pores not only don't develop into pimples, they appear much smaller, making your skin look clearer, smoother and brighter.

 

I've heard a facial can cause you to breakout - is this true?

As long as extractions are properly and completely performed, there should be no increase in blemishes. As a matter of fact, the opposite should be true. You should see less blemishes than before. If you have clogged pores to start with and regularly suffer from acne, there is the potential that during your facial, since we are not able to remove every impaction, one or two blemishes may come to the surface in the days following your treatment. This is also resulting from the steam and exfoliation performing a detox on your skin. If you have any adverse reactions, please give us a call. We are here to help.

 

Can I wear makeup after my facial?

Ideally, we would love you to go home and relax and enjoy your natural glow for as long as you can. Having said that, we all live busy lives, so if you are going out afterwards or back to work, putting on make-up will not harm your facial. Your skin will continue to radiate.

 

What if I just want to relax and drift off during my facial?

We encourage it and are trained to follow your cues regarding how much information and communication you want during your treatment. Elixir Skin Spa's facials are designed to be a satisfying mix of clinical treatments and relaxing spa experiences. You are under no obligation to make conversation with your esthetician - this won't hurt her feelings! However, please do communicate any discomfort, preferences or questions you may have at any time.

Men's Facials and Waxing

 

I got my back/chest waxed once and I broke out in the area. Does that mean I can't get waxed?
Not at all. This is a pretty common response from your immune system to what your skin and hair follicles perceive as an injury or trauma. If your hair is thick or coarse or your skin is oily or sensitive, this breakout may happen. It will usually stop happening after the first few times. In the meantime, there are plenty of things that can be done to prevent and correct the breakouts. As with all waxing after-care, exfoliation is key. Manual exfoliation with our Exfoliating Bath Sheet (great for reaching the back) or Exfoliating Gloves and for after the shower, a chemical exfoliation with an Ingrown Hair Inhibitor Serum (which contains salicylic acid). This you will apply everyday or on an as needed basis, relative to the severity of the issue. These items are always available for purchase.

 

I am interested in getting a male Brazilian...however, to be frank, I am a bit worried I'll get erect during the process.
During a service such as this, it is not unusual (and actually quite common) for some arousal to happen in response to the manipulation of the genitals. There is no need to worry. We want you to feel comfortable and we understand that this response is involuntary. We are professionals at Elixir Skin Spa, meaning we won't sweat about it and neither should you.

~Guests are advised, however, that inappropriate behavior (conduct unbecoming a GENTLEMAN) will not be tolerated. Please be courteous and professional.

 

Would you be able to wax my beard/moustache?
In a word, no. This is definitely an area of contention between waxers in the business. Elixir Skin Spa's stance is that this is an area that should not be waxed, ever. The only difference between the male and the female body, from a waxer’s perspective is a man’s beard. This is a part of the body that should not be waxed or tweezed. Waxing the beard is done by some, but the minimal length of time that this sort of hair removal would last, the potential for adverse effects (keloiding, infection), and the amount of discomfort a man would experience trying hair removal in this area would not be worth it, in our professional opinion.


I've heard from a friend that you can get your nose waxed. Is that for real?!?
Yes, and believe it not, it hardly hurts! One might think, if they have ever tweezed one hair from their nostril, that a nose wax would feel horrible but the reality is very far from that. We basically apply a "plug" of hard wax in the perimeter of your nostril and gently remove it once it hardens. It is completely safe. We only wax the visible hair in the area (about a quarter inch in), so not enough to compromise the filtration function of your respiratory system. We've even had some clients that report that they feel they can breathe better and snore less. 


Can I wax my ears?
Yes we will wax the ears, but just the auricle/pinna portion. 

 

I've never had a facial before, do men get facials? Do I need one?
We feel that everyone can benefit from a facial. These days it seems, more and more men are finally catching on to how great getting spa services can be. Males oftentimes, need a facial even more than females, as higher levels of testosterone tend to cause skin to be oily. Rarely do men have a suitable home care regimen that nutures the facial skin after the havock that is wreaked from shaving. Facials deep clean the skin (emptying clogged pores), buff it to it's former glory, then soothe and hydrate it until it feels like butter. We will perform a face, neck and shoulder massage during the treatment (it's fine if you fall asleep, even if you snore). Our Dapper Dan Man Facial also includes a nose and ear pruning.

 

Refer to the Skin Care Treatments tab under the Service Menu page for a list of our other skin care services.