In all of my 28 years, I have never waxed any part of my body until a couple of weeks ago. Well I guess that’s not entirely true. Once in junior high my mom tried an at home eyebrow waxing kit on me…maybe that’s why I have steered clear ever since.
I’m not sure if it’s my new brunette persona taking over, making me more brave, or if I’m finally just getting tired of shaving and that pushed me over the edge. Whatever the reason, I found myself booking an online appointment at LunchBox – A Waxing Salon. I chose LunchBox for a couple of reasons. 1. I have heard fantastic things about them (I have a friend of a friend that has been involved since the opening of the first store) and 2. Location. I can walk to their downtown location, and being the anti-driving person that I am, this was the real reason I chose LunchBox.
Well, lucky for me it worked out!
LunchBox’s website makes it super easy to book an appointment-so easy in fact that before I knew it, I had already booked a bikini session (starting small, definitely still terrified of a Brazilian) before even talking to anybody that worked there or knowing who I had made the appointment with! My original plan was to schedule the appointment, then give the salon a call to talk about what to expect, how I should prepare, etc. Well, I got busy and never did call, so I just showed up a few minutes early hoping for the best.
Their reception/lobby area is very chic and clean. Actually, the entire space had a clean feeling, and not the “hospital clean” that evokes memories of sterile smelling tools, but more of minimalist clean. My favorite.
The space consisted of lots of crisp whites, straight lines, muted silvers and a little pop of pink here and there, you know, for femininity I suppose. And my favorite-a big brick wall. If you have been to our condo you can understand why I love this. I walked in and was immediately greeted by a very friendly lady. When I told her my name, she mentioned that she noticed this was my first time at LunchBox. I’m not sure why, but I always appreciate when a company recognizes when it is a customer’s first time; it makes me feel like the business cares and knows about their clients. Maybe they just do it to make sure they have the correct paperwork, but whatever the reason, it makes me feel appreciated.
I was given a few minutes to sit and complete some paperwork, and then was taken back to the room where the terrifyingly painful event would happen. She asked if I had any questions since it was my first time, I of course had a million. I also let her know I was super nervous as I don’t have a very high tolerance for pain. She was extremely sweet answering my questions and addressing my concerns; I never felt rushed, even though I knew my appointment was only for a total of 15 minutes. She let me know that I could keep my own undergarments on if that would make me feel more comfortable, but to be aware that wax may get on them. If I preferred, I could change into the disposable underwear that they provided (which were held on the counter in an adorable glass container). She also let me know that I could use a “refresher wipe” (sorry if this is too much info) if I wanted, and that she would give me a few minutes of privacy to get ready.
When she came back in and started to get to work is when I was really impressed. She had me lay on my back and guided my legs into the different positions needed to apply the wax. She would check in periodically to make sure the temperature of the wax was still good, but other than that, the rest of the time she held the conversation to keep me preoccupied I think. I was too nervous and anxious to come up with any questions (or even intelligent responses), so thankfully she was really good at carrying on the conversation and working quickly at the same time.
The entire process went so quickly that I couldn’t believe when we were done! I’m not going to lie, getting waxed is not nearly as enjoyable as getting a massage, but LunchBox made it as painless as possible. I’m not entirely sure how they do it (I was too scared to watch the process), but it has something to do with applying pressure and some sort of product right after a strip is ripped off that diminishes the pain. I also assumed the entire thing to be so awkward because, let’s face it, it’s a pretty awkward service and I’m one of the most awkward people I know. But it wasn’t weird or embarrassing at all! I was so happy with the service: my wax specialist was kind, warm, reassuring and her service was efficient, fairly painless (considering the service), and very successful.
When checking out after my appointment was over, she let me know what I should do and should avoid for the next several days in order to get the best results. She also used some medical terminology about my skin’s healing process, which was impressive and totally won me over. She explained products they offer, but didn’t try to push them on me at all, which in turn worked in her favor. She mentioned what they offered and what I might want, but if I already have a product similar, there is no need to spend additional money on it. I also think it’s brilliant that they offer a “travel bag” for their products, which are all airplane security approved and come in the most adorable packaging. Each of their products has their logo, which is a brilliant and simply designed stick figure female with a product-specific pose.
To sum up, I scheduled a second appointment (which conveniently landed two days before we leave to Mexico) and even purchased a body exfoliate. I’m excited for my next appointment at LunchBox!