Lay Bare Brazilian Wax Review

Lay Bare Brazilian Wax Review

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:

Lay Bare 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.

Lay Bare Shaw Branch


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!


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 


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.


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!


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.

Lay Bare Waxing Room

There’s a shelf where the waxing items are kept – these include a soothing cream, cotton balls, alcohol, etc…

Lay Bare Waxing Shelf Warnings Announcements

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There’s a bed where you lie down for the procedure, and a lamp.

Lay Bare Waxing Room

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.

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31 thoughts on “Lay Bare Brazilian Wax Review

  1. Sue

    Hi! Just wanna ask if waxing affects the hair growth, like, does it grow back thicker/thinner? Are they just as many or do they become sparse? Also, did you have any rashes or those little red bumps that people get after shaving? (I tried shaving down there before but didn’t do it again because I got tiny red bumps the day after). Nice review btw! ☺️

    1. Barat Queen Post author

      Thanks, Sue 🙂

      With waxing, hair grows a bit sparser over time. It grew back slightly thinner and definitely sparser over years of waxing. The hair is not as coarse, but they will never be as thin as regular hair.

      I did not have any rashes except for what is expected after pulling out hair. After waxing, the skin can be a bit reddish and sensitive because hair was just pulled from it. It subsides after a few hours.

      As for the little red bumps – yes, but rarely, and it’s not as bad as shaving. When the new hair grows back, it is new, thinner hair growth that is pushing out of your skin. With shaving, it’s sharp, coarse hair that is pushing out through your skin. Just exfoliate to make sure that the new hair grows through the skin to avoid ingrown hair. With all that being said, hair growth is itchy as hell.

      My advice is, let the best professionals do it, especially if it’s your first time to get the procedure done 🙂 Hope you try it!

    1. Barat Queen Post author

      Hi, you can just use a wash cloth (bimpo) or one of those exfoliating gloves. Just gently scrub on the skin to remove any dead skin (libag) and to prevent any ingrown hair.

  2. A

    I also had my first and only Brazilian at Lay Bare. Affordable but thorough. But I don’t want to do it again. Sobrang sakit! I just trim the hair 🙂

  3. Pia

    I’ve been thinking of getting a wax down there for the longest time. I’m still scared of the pain even if i dont have an idea how painful it really is. A friend of mine suggested hot wax instead. What can you say about that?

    1. Barat Queen Post author

      Hi Pia, have you ever tweezed hair out? It’s the same kind of pain, but maybe a little more intense because more hair is pulled out in one go. I don’t recommend hot wax, the wax can be too hot and be painful as well. Just stick to non-hot wax.

      You can take a painkiller before doing the waxing if you are really worried about the pain 🙂 For a first time waxer, it is painful, but not as painful as getting a facial cleaning with a therapist na mabigat ang kamay. I’ll take the waxing over that any day. I think the pain from waxing is bearable, parang sinabunutan ka lang pero nabunot talaga yung buhok 🙂

      1. Pia

        If that’s the case i can do that. Ilang beses ba ako nakatapat sa facial therapist na may galit sa mundo. Hahaha. I’ll update you once I become successful to help those who are researching and having the same dilemma. Thanks!

          1. Pia

            Hi! Finally I’ve got the courage to wax down there. BUT… I only got a bikini wax first just to see how it goes. I can say that like what you said it isn’t as painful as it seems. I went through the whole process without even getting teary eyed. Hahaha. I plan to make an article about my experience soon. 😉

  4. Ecks

    I tried brazilian wax that was my first time but end up bikini wax since the attendant said the hair are small. How long or months it will take to make brazilian wax again. Does taking painkiller before waxing can really help? You cant feel the pain.

    1. Barat Queen Post author

      Hi Ecks, it depends on how fast your hair grows. I think if it’s about half an inch long already, you can start waxing it. 🙂

      As for taking painkilers, for some people, they say it helps. If you have a high pain tolerance, you might not need it.

  5. Gee

    when you get brazillian waxing, does it mean that the attendant will see EVERYTHING about you haha! Parang nakakahiya kasi. As in i-oopen ba talaga nila para dun sa ibang hair sa loob para clean talaga lahat?

    1. Barat Queen Post author

      Hi, it differs per person. Some people say 3-4 weeks, but for me, 2 weeks palang and I’m starting to feel little hairs poking out of my skin already 🙁 It really depends on how fast your hair grows back.

  6. Lia

    Hello Ms. BQ =) I’m scheduled for package 2 tomorrow and this is my first time ever!! Di kasi kaya ng time ko if mag weekend ako kaya before shift ko sya gagawin. (I’m working during the night). I don’t know if that’s ok or need ng pahinga right after waxing. Can you give me some advise? Like bawal ba maglagay ng kahit ano sa skin before the session? Like lotion, moisturizer, deo.. Etc? Thank you!! And then ung ideal time na pwede na syang basain? 12 to 24 hours? Thank you so much!!

    1. Barat Queen Post author

      Wow, good luck! You dont need to rest naman after the session. You can go to work like normal 😁 Di lang puwede basain yung skin, especially sa intimate area after brazilian waxing. Next day nalang daw bago puwede maligo, but basically just 5-8 hours after ok na. It’s not painful during that time, pero kakabunot palang kasi ng mga hair so best to let the skin recover first.

  7. Lia

    Oh Ms. BQ the feels!! Success!! =) I’m finally hair free down there! Thank you so much to your article na nakadagdag sa katapangan ko =) walang kahit na anong redness maliban lang sa private ko which is normal (i do pluck after shaving before hihihi). Pero sa legs ansarap hawakan. Hindi na lang din ako pumasok para hindi ako mag sweat. Ngayun ko pa lang din babasain after more than 20 hours Hahaha!! Regarding pain, sinabi ko lang sa technician ko na ituloy lang and don’t stop kahit sa sobrang sakit na area! I didn’t scream!! It really hurts pero nag numb din kasi yung parts then tapos na! Nagulat din ako =) I decided to make it a habit na. Yiiieee =) Thank you again!!

    1. Barat Queen Post author

      That’s wonderful and so exciting for you! 🙂 I can feel your excitement from here, hahaha 🙂 I’m glad I was able to help you finally decide to try it. Enjoy being hair-free! 🙂

  8. say

    Hi Ms Bq, im planning to do brazilian keme also. Waaaaaa because im so hairy down there. Nagwawax ako sa armpits ko basically 2-3 week naggogrow na ulit sila. Sana mas matagal pag professional yung gumawa. Anyways thank you sa article mo hahahaha more power to you!

  9. Kurumi

    I’m planning to have my first brazilian wax and i was searching with the feedbacks about it. I’m glad i found this article about your personal experience, somehow it just made me more excited in having this so called Brazilian wax. But im also scared though because i might pass out during the session hahaha that would really be painful 😂😂

  10. Mey

    Hi! I did my firsf brazilian wax today and i can say its very painful.. may mga dumugo na part ng skin ko.. same lay bare po ito… pero thinking about the price sulit naman.. pero masakit talaga sya.. ayoko na ulitin ahahahahhaa

    1. Karen MNL Post author

      Hi Mey! Thank you for your comment! I hope you feel better soon and enjoy the benefits of a Brazilian wax 🙂

      Normal lang yan may parts na dudugo ng konti, because you’re pulling out hair by the roots. Pero pag nasanay ka na mas tolerable na.

  11. Karen MNL Post author

    Hi, they wax full legs in Lay Bare 🙂 I did an all over body waxing once. As for the process, it’s the same, but of course, less painful compared to Brazilian. I don’t have much hair on my legs so it just felt like sticking caramel fudge on my skin. They powder the legs and then use a thick sugar paste with the consistency of caramel fudge to wax the hair.


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