One thing you should know about me, I am NOT an adrenaline junkie by any means. I don’t do roller coasters or any other rides of that type. I will NEVER go skydiving, I will never go bungee jumping or run with the bulls in Spain. I live in Idaho and have never gone snow skiing or snowboarding and NEVER will. The mere thought terrifies me.
So when a marketing rep from LunchBOX A WAXING SALON emailed me and asked if I would do a review in exchange for free services I thought “Well I could use a good eyebrow waxing and it would be nice not to have to shave my legs for a while.”
Then she mentioned that their signature service is the Brazilian. I think I snorted when I read that. Yeah like that’s gonna happen in my lifetime….puh-leeeeze! I don’t think so! But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that it wasn’t the worst idea ever. I mean I used to be a certified massage therapist years ago. I’m not afraid of touch or to be touched when a professional is involved. I’ve been to a gynecologist enough times to know what to expect and what is and isn’t appropriate. I gave birth to three kids, of which two were without drugs and survived that. I can do this! I will never jump out of an airplane or run a triathlon, but by golly, I can say; “I GOT A BRAZILIAN PEOPLE!” yes, yes I did.
So off I went to my first southern region hair removal. I arrived at LunchBOX A WAXING SALON at their Downtown Boise, Idaho location. (Boise, Idaho just happens to be the birthplace for their very first salon!) When I stepped into their salon I was pleasantly surprised with what I saw. It had a very sanitary and clean appearance, sterile without the feeling of a cold hospital décor. It was actually quite inviting and chic, much like it would be if I were at a cozy spa.
The first thing I noticed, other than the aesthetically pleasing décor, was how friendly the staff was. Immediately I was taken back to the room where my first appointment would be for my eyebrow waxing and upper lip.
Yes, the upper lip, because the best thing about having kids is how brutally honest they are with you. My 6-year-old son was staring at my face one day and said: “Mommy, you have a MUSTACHE!” Thanks, son, that’s just what mommy needed to hear, how did you know?
As I hit my late 30’s and now in my early 40’s, my body began to change in ways I did NOT agree too! One of those changes is hair; Hair where I do not want it and migrating to places I can’t comprehend its usefulness. I am grateful I’m not balding at least. Many of my friends are dealing with that and its soooo cruel if you ask me! Middle age can be a real jerk sometimes. You grow hair in the weirdest places and lose it where you actually want it! What the?
I have never had my upper lip waxed before so I was looking forward to removing my “mustache” as my son so sweetly pointed out. Lumi also worked her wonders on my eyebrows which, prior to my appointment, were starting to resemble Groucho Marx. I was stunned! She did what they call an “Eyebrow Makeover” which beyond the actual eyebrow waxing, she talked to me about what kind of shape I wanted to achieve and ultimately what my goal was for my look. I always wanted my eyebrows to have a bit more arch than they appear to have. I secretly envy those eyebrows I see all made up in makeup ads. When she finished I could hardly believe it, I had arches! Woot! She even tinted them a bit for me which looks great. I have a scar from a childhood bike accident that goes over my eyebrow and you can’t even notice it! There will naturally be a bit of redness afterward, which eventually goes away.
She worked her wonders on my, eh-hem “mustache” and I was taken aback that it did sting a bit, but it wasn’t like I wanted to throat punch her or anything. Just kidding, sorta.
Check out my before and after pics below of my eyebrows. They look great don’t you think? You can really see a difference in the pic above. I was so thrilled with the results!
After Lumi finished her magic on me it was time for my leg waxing and Brazilian. In comes Shelby who is just the cutest gal ever. If you were thinking “Who on earth would enjoy ripping hair out of the southern regions?” it’s this gal. No seriously, she’s like the pep squad for Brazilian waxing for LunchBOX;
“And rip and pull and rip and pull! YAAAYYYY to hairless pores!”
Ok, she didn’t actually chant that, but she was probably saying that in her head for all I know.
Shelby did a magnificent job of putting me at ease. First thing was the undressing part. Yep, you guessed it; a giant napkin thingy was involved. I started having flashbacks of visiting my gyno at that point. I was, however, a little surprised when they handed me a package of disposable bikini underwear. That was not expected but most definitely appreciated! Of course, it’s up to the client to wear or not to wear them. Although the amount of coverage the ‘underwear’ gave me was almost a joke, it still gave me a little more security than no coverage in the southern region. She, of course, slipped out of the room so I could get ready to bare my soul, I mean my nether regions.
There I lay on the table, (they don’t use those obnoxious paper rolls that doctors use, they had these nice cotton-like mesh table covers that were disposable and much softer and quieter than lying on paper) waiting for my first ever Brazilian, half expecting her to pull out a chainsaw or pour a bucket of hot wax all over my goodies.
I’m one of those people that talk when I’m nervous. Usually, small talk or in my case I may discuss incredibly stupid things I wouldn’t normally discuss, then I found myself shaking my head, wondering why I said what I said.
I honestly don’t recall our conversation as it was interrupted frequently and sounded a bit like “I have three kids, a daughter… *ooohhhhh* (grimaces in pain)* and two……*holy crap!* boys.” Followed by the occasional Lamaze type breathing I found myself using frequently through the session. Shelby was a true pro and using the speed waxing techniques taught at all LunchBOX locations, she managed to be done in a relatively short time. Her pressure techniques helped to ease the pain after ripping the hair from my follicles oh so quickly but not quite painlessly.
Keep in mind that getting a Brazilian doesn’t always mean you have to have EVERYTHING removed. You can choose to leave a “landing strip” or not. Lastly, you can or can opt for your bum hair to be removed. There are very little nerves in that area so it’s up to you. I decided why not since all the most awkward areas were already as hairless as I could get. Let’s just say that this last part is nowhere near as painful as the landing area is. Its sorta like “Well we just ripped out hair from the most tender areas of Never Neverland so we might as well make this area painless right?” Either that or my body was too focused on the frontal pain to care about the pain anywhere else. I began to wonder if someone punched me in the face if I would’ve even felt it at that point.
For those of you wondering why I don’t have a before & after of my Brazilian… NOT gonna happen people. This isn’t that kind of website. Move along folks, move along…..
Anyways, when she left the room so I could get dressed (and slither off the table) I felt my legs were kind of wobbly like I had just given birth. Which is ironic as my southern region was something akin to a pre-pubescent girl. I can’t say I wasn’t a little shocked to see myself in the mirror. Hairless and quite red but WOW was it smooth as a baby’s bottom! I was so glad I wore comfy sweats that day.
I had actually planned on getting my legs waxed as well but I had made the mistake of shaving a week prior forgetting that my leg hair needed to be at least the length of a grain of rice. So we rescheduled for next week. When I returned I was impressed again with how soft my legs were after the waxing and so far the hair seems to be growing back slower and a little sparser.
So, all in all, I survived my first Brazilian. It’s a much different feeling down there than I expected. It’s a cleaner feeling for sure, wiping afterward is a very different experience I must admit. Whether I’ll get another one again is still up for debate. I think if I do I’ll leave a landing strip there next time. That part was a little weird for me. But at least the re-growth comes back more evenly.
Now that you are brave enough to venture into the world of Brazilian waxing, you’ll need some helpful tips on what to do before and after. Make sure you read this post first!
When you are ready to brave your first Brazilian or are looking for a seriously qualified waxologist, you had better go to LunchBOX A WAXING SALON because frankly, I wouldn’t trust my southern region to just anyone and neither should you! Each franchise has a thoroughly trained and caring staff that goes through a unique training process to learn their patented technique that the founder and owner Debi Lane came up with herself. She had celebrities flying into Sun Valley just to get her amazing work done on them in fact! Find a location near you here.