Have you gotten a Brazilian Wax before? Curious to try it?
This blog post can get a bit personal, fair warning.
I have been getting Brazilian Waxes since before they were a thing here in Metro Manila, this was circa 1998-1999. At the time, there were very few places that offered the service, and the only place I could get a Brazilian Wax was at Piandre in Greenbelt, and it was expensive, at P900+.
So I was so happy when Lay Bare came on the scene circa 2006-ish? At the time, they had a small branch along one of the smaller, older buildings in Buendia in Makati. I remember having to walk along the sweltering heat just to get there from my office. It wasn’t the chain it is now. They knew what a brazilian wax was! And it was only around P400+, if I recall.
After my first session with them, I have been a customer ever since. I have been going to different branches, wherever was convenient, and when they developed their Premier card program, I was so happy that they had records of even my earliest visits! If I recall, the requirement is to have an accumulated spend of P5,000 with them. I easily qualified for a Premier Card, which gets me a 10% discount on all services.
Here’s the Lay Bare Waxing Services price list:
Now, I am a suki at their nearby Shaw branch and have even converted friends to brazilian waxing because of the affordable service from Lay Bare. This is not a sponsored post, I had a waxing session and realized I have not yet blogged about it, and I just want to share why I am a suki.
WHAT IS A BRAZILIAN WAX?
Basically, you have them remove all the hair down there.
The official definition from Lay Bare’s website: The defining feature of Brazilian waxing is that hair from the belly button to the butt hole is removed. This includes upper part of leg which has same hair as brazilian area. You may opt for certain kinds of shapes for a more unique and creative look!
WHY DO I LIKE GETTING A BRAZILIAN WAX?
Omg, the results! Everything is so smooth! No hair, anywhere.
If you have ever been annoyed by hair down there that pokes, itches, and gets caught and twisted with your underwear and with your movements, you should consider getting a brazilian wax. Friends who I had convinced to try a brazilian wax are now addicted.
Being hair-free is just so clean and sanitary. It just lifts your mood because you just feel so comfortable.
Women, especially, know how annoying and uncomfortable the hair is during our periods! A brazilian wax at least makes it that much more comfortable.
Once you get a brazilian wax and experience how comfortable being hairless feels, you just can’t go back
IS IT PAINFUL?
Yes! But it’s so worth it!
It’s still not as painful as getting a basic facial cleaning at Let’s Face It, and the staff at Lay Bare are definitely more professional and generally nicer.
After a while, I just got used to it and it’s not so painful anymore as when I first started getting waxed. One time, I went on a session when I was dead tired and even fell asleep! The technician was surprised that I was able to sleep through it, I just told her sanay na ako, hehe.
If it’s your first time to wax, you might get tears in your eyes from the pain. It depends on a person’s pain tolerance. You might consider taking a painkiller before getting a wax.
WHY NOT JUST WAX YOURSELF?
Omg, never again! I tried that once, thinking that I might save a bit of money by doing it myself. I still have my The Body Shop Sugaring Kit since it was the only easily available waxing product at the time. Hahaha, it was like torturing myself. Also, it’s difficult to reach the places you need to reach, and it’s like doing contortionist stunts while torturing yourself! Just pay a professional to do it!
I do my own hair removal / threading on the body parts I can easily reach, but for brazilian waxing, I go to the professionals!
LAY BARE BRAZILIAN WAX REVIEW
I go to the Lay Bare Shaw branch every few months. There is no set time on when you should get a wax, but for the most part, just get a wax when you are starting to get annoyed with the new hair growth. Don’t go during, or immediately after, your period. Apparently, it’s bad to get a wax during that time – it’s more painful because you are more sensitive, and it can get messy, too.
Weekdays during work hours are the best time to go – there are less customers during these times – sometimes I don’t even have to wait in line! On weekends, waiting time can be an hour or more, and it can be discouraging to hear that you’re the 7th customer in line!
After signing in, you are asked to answer a short checklist to let them know if you have any health issues.
They have several rooms. The waxing rooms are simple. Some branches have nicer rooms, but this branch is the most convenient for me. The whole branch is air–conditioned.
There’s a shelf where the waxing items are kept – these include a soothing cream, cotton balls, alcohol, etc…
There’s a bed where you lie down for the procedure, and a lamp.
The attendant gives you a towel and leaves you in the room for a few minutes while you remove the relevant clothing. FYI, there is no lock on the room doors, so just make sure that the door is closed and don’t worry too much about it because nobody opens it, anyway.
After a few minutes, the attendant will knock and ask if you are ready.
They take a look at the area they will be waxing. If the hair is too long, they will trim it.
They will put powder on the area to be waxed, and the attendant will kind of roll a sticky, caramel-like ball between her fingers to make it a bit “spreadable”. This is the wax that will be used to remove your hair.
The attendant will start waxing! They will gently pull the skin taut, roll some of the caramel ball wax over a small patch of hair, then quickly pull with a flick of the wrist, opposite the direction of hair growth. The hair sticks to the wax and gets pulled off. They work very quickly, and my sessions are usually done in less than 30 minutes.
The wax is not hot, almost room temperature, so there is no fear of getting burned. In the days before Lay Bare, waxing was done with hot sugar wax and strips of cloth! It seems so barbaric now in retrospect, LOL. The attendant will be wearing gloves.
After they are done with the front, they will ask you to change position so they can wax the back side.
You have to make sure to tell them to remove everything. Not all the hair comes off with the wax. Sometimes, there are stubborn hairs that just won’t come off with the wax. Or sometimes, the attendants may think you don’t want them to wax some parts. If you want all the hair off, you need to tell them. Sometimes, I forget to tell them to remove ALL THE HAIR, and I end up with some uncomfortable small hairs in unmentionable places that are just so annoying when everywhere else is smooth.
For the hair that just really won’t come off with waxing, the attendant will use tweezers. You have to tell them that you are okay with that so that they will remove all the remaining hair. Pulling out hair with tweezers is a bit more painful than waxing, that’s why they may be hesitant to do it. But really, if you can take the pain, just do it. The results are worth it.
She will hand you a mirror so you can check if any hair was missed.
After the waxing session, the attendant will apply a soothing cream, and tell you that you can’t get the area wet for at least 6 hours. Then they’ll leave you alone to get dressed. After you’re dressed, go to the counter to pay, and if you think the attendant did a good job, hand a tip to the attendant.
As a matter of policy, they don’t allow anyone else other than the client to be in the room. Haha, I found this out the hard way when I introduced someone to waxing and wanted to be there to tease and watch ’em cry. The staff at Lay Bare were very professional and did not allow me or anyone else to be in the room. Only the client and the attendant are allowed in the room.
I am really glad that Lay Bare exists. Their brazilian wax service is very affordable at the regular price of P500 (for women), but since I am a premier card member, I only pay P450. Since it’s so affordable, I feel more inclined to get a wax more often, and I really can’t talk enough about the life-changing comfort resulting from a brazilian wax!
If you haven’t tried it, please consider doing so. It will change your life!
They still have that promo where customers get a 15% discount on all services and a free eyebrow threading on their birth month.
UPDATE Feb 2018:
Lay Bare has a new, more luxurious waxing boutique called Silk by Lay Bare. One of the big draws for Silk is the less painful waxing! Check out my review of Silk by Lay Bare.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post. Please feel free to leave a comment below, I love hearing from you!