European Wax Centers

March 9, 2011

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Last year around Thanksgiving I was approached by an awesome Minnesota PR firm with an idea for my blog. They wondered if I was interested in getting my legs waxed at the newly opened European Wax Centers at Calhoun Village in Minneapolis. Since I had never had my legs waxed before I was all excited about the idea of someone smearing hot wax on my legs and then ripping it off with utter abandon.

Sure, sign me up.

After a few emails with the awesome PR firm I learned that I would need to grow my body hair for several weeks so it was long enough to get ripped out. This was important because if your hair is too short the wax doesn’t adhere as well as it should and only pulls it out part way causing great pain and not actually making you hairless.

No problem.

Winter was coming so shaving was optional, though something I have never done before. I am a shave my legs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday kind of girl, it goes with conditioning my hair. Giving up shaving was not going to be easy, especially those first few days when it gets all stubbly and pokey. But I persevered and resisted the temptation to shave my legs while conditioning. Not shaving my legs disrupted my whole shower schedule however. Suddenly I had a few more minutes on my hands three days a week. Sadly I did absolutely nothing productive with those extra minutes.

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It was an easy enough assignment – not to shave, but I blew it. This was around the holidays and there were parties to go to and skirts to wear. I just could not wear pantyhose and have the hairs on my legs stick through. I did let me arm pit hair grow, that was easy to skip and I don’t do sleeveless so not a problem.

My appointment was fast approaching and I had shaved. I wasn’t convinced they would notice since I come from an extremely hairy family where certain members have to or should shave their necks and backs. I figured it would never be noticed.

So the day of my appointment arrives and I head on over to Minneapolis. I’m from St. Paul, we don’t do Minneapolis unless we have to. And we do have to because all the good stuff is in Minneapolis (because we are Minnesotans we are used to denying ourselves the good stuff but sometimes you have to go there and when that happens a GPS comes in handy). Thankfully I knew the area I was going to and didn’t get too lost.

I walk into the salon, a very clean and good smelling place, and am greeted by several women who are dressed in black. Dressed nicely in black, unlike myself who is wearing black but in sweat pants form. I immediately feel as if I should have stayed in St. Paul where sweat pants are not accepted either but where we have more halfway houses so I fit in better. I am given a run down on what to expect and then introduced to my waxing technician, Urzula.

Urzula directs me to our room and asks me to take off my pants and get up on the table. She turns around and fiddles with the thermostat while I disrobe. She explains to me that European Wax Centers does not recycle the wax nor do they double dip. Since I have never had a wax before this doesn’t mean a whole lot to me until I see all the little hairs that are attached to the ripped off wax and then I am thankful they don’t recycle. As I am disrobing I am frantically searching for the paper gown to put on because I suddenly feel as if I am at the gynecologists office. There is no paper gown and it is really cold in the room.

Urzula explains to me that she has turned up the heat and it should be warmer in a few minutes. Meanwhile I lie on the table in my underpants with no paper gown.

The lack of sufficient heat worries me because when it is cold my legs get all goose bumpy and the hairs on my legs are harder to get to. I laugh and make a few jokes but the goose bump, cheating on the don’t shave rule and my exposure really has me concerned. Did I mention I am from St. Paul? We don’t get naked for anyone, not even the gynecologist. Hell, we have sex with our clothes on.

Urzula runs her hands up my legs (not in a creepy way) and says that my hair is too short.

Damn. Busted.

She says she will try to wax my legs but cautions me that it will hurt more because there is little for the wax to grab onto.

And she is right, it does hurt. We give up on the legs because I am scaring other clients and move to my underarm hair which is nice and long.

She smears on the wax, gives it a second to cool down, and then rips it off in one mighty pull.

No Pain!!

No shit, there was no pain when she ripped that baby off. Suddenly I was liking this waxing thing a whole lot.

After putting on my pants I make another appointment in four more weeks so my hair is sufficiently long. I apologize for not having rock star hair and head on back home.

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Flash forward four weeks and I look like Bigfoot or some granola hippy chick from Macalester College. I have no desire to shave anymore because it seems so silly. In fact, since I have so much hair on my legs I find myself recycling more and watching Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. I even think about getting a Prius.

My second appointment arrives and I am not so keen on getting naked again. I really would like to have a paper gown but I don’t want to be a baby about it so I say nothing – for about five minutes and then I cave and ask for anything to cover my fat thighs. Afton, my new waxing technician, says there is nothing she hasn’t seen before and I have no reason to be bashful. That’s easy for Afton to say because she is beautiful and doesn’t have cellulite hanging off the table.

She rips a piece of the table paper off and gives it to me to cover up. I feel stupid but much better about the whole thing.

Afton praises my hairy legs.

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And then she starts smearing wax all over my legs, feet and toes and starts ripping it off. While it doesn’t hurt as much as it did when my hair was too short it is still not pain free. As she moves up my leg the pain gets more intense because I have no muscle tone and said cellulite which makes the skin less taught than down at my ankles.

Between my screams Afton asks if I would like a bikini wax while we are at it.

I laugh because I assume she is kidding, when I realize she is not I mention something about it being winter and I need as much warmth as possible since I am trying to lower my heating bills.

I then ask her if she has a blog because I am now one of those people I blog about.

Instead she does an eyebrow wax for me, something that doesn’t hurt at all.

I realize I love Afton because she doesn’t make fun of my Andy Rooney eyebrows and even suggests I use Shape It to keep my eyebrows in place. Sold! No more Andy Rooney for me.

Through out the whole process Afton is explaining to me the waxing process and how it exfoliates and makes my skin softer. She tells me that it takes about three waxings to get baby ass smooth skin and then after that a wax every 6-8 weeks will keep it that way. She also says that the hair grows back less thick and less coarse so you can’t see it during those 6-8 weeks.

Which means I have to go back and finish the process before I can show you pictures of smooth legs. However, I no longer want to watch Rachel Maddow or buy a prius which means my legs are actually pretty smooth.

Because I am an awesome blogger European Wax Centers have given me a gift set of body wash, lotion and serum that prevents ingrown hair to give away to one of my amazing readers. However, because I came home with newly waxed legs and there is no humidity in my house during the winter, and because I am a redhead and I bruise easily and my hair follicles stick up so severely, I ripped into the gift set and smothered my legs with all the product at once. I gotta tell you this stuff smells wonderful and it really calms your skin. So I don’t have that gift set anymore but I will get another one for whomever is chosen.

So here are the rules for the three piece skin care gift set from European Wax Centers:

You only need to leave one comment but you must follow me on Facebook, share this on Facebook and leave a comment telling me your best body hair story. It can be about waxing, shaving, epiladying, or anything else about hair. I will announce the winner next Monday.

European Wax Centers were also kind enough to give me certificates for a free wax to any of my readers who want one. European Wax Centers have 179 salons around the country so there is sure to be one near you. If you want a free wax just let me know in the comment section and I will send one to you.



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  • Reply Pricilla March 10, 2011 at 12:35 am

    WE goats don’t care about where our hair grows. We are cool like that. Our bucks like us au natural.

    The publicist still has hair so light it can’t be seen even if she doesn’t shave for like EVER.

    Also after being in the hospital so many times the publicist doesn’t care who she gets naked for. She figures so many people have seen her naked and not spontaneously vomited and/or dropped dead from the shock that she has lost any modesty. The ICU will do that to you….

    • Reply redheadranting March 10, 2011 at 12:37 am

      Childbirth will do that to you too but after a while you can’t use ‘baby
      fat’ as an excuse.

  • Reply Linda Medrano March 10, 2011 at 12:38 am

    I just figured something out thanks to this article. I have virtually no hair on my legs or arms for that matter. My daughter was waxing her legs and said “let me put some on your leg so you can see what it’s like”. Stupidly, I said okay. She smeared a little of the wax on my shin and then started to rip it off. I screamed bloody murder. It felt like she was ripping off my skin. I told her to forget it and I walked around for weeks with some wax on one shin. (Yeah, no skirts for quite a while.) Neither of us knew you were supposed to have hair there if you were going to wax. You are brave as well and beautiful, Jen. And now you are virtually hairless too! My daughter gets Brazilian bikini waxes and says there really is no pain. The idea makes me shudder. If I win the prize, I’ll give it to a hairy friend, I promise.

  • Reply Comedy Plus March 10, 2011 at 12:40 am

    How cool. At my age I’m not waxing anything. Just saying. Love the pictures of your fuzzy leg. That’s the way I look all winter too.

    Have a terrific day. 🙂

  • Reply babs (beetle) March 10, 2011 at 12:42 am

    I think I’ll stick to my Lady Shave for under my arms. Takes two painless minutes and no embarrassing salon exposure. My legs have almost no hair grow on them any more. One more good thing about getting older. Nasty hairs stop growing – you may get them sprouting from other places though 😉

  • Reply MikeWj March 10, 2011 at 1:41 am

    Man, I wasn’t hot for you before, Jen, but now that I’ve seen those photos of your hairy Bonobo legs and read the alluring description of your armpits, I’m sorely tempted to dump my wife and invite you over for a raw fruit smoothie and a viewing of Gorillas in the Mist. Then we could discuss the flaws of trickle down economics and end our date with a quick kiss, abstinence being the one and only true form of safe sex, of course.

    And now, if you’ll excuse me, I need a cold shower.

    • Reply redheadranting March 22, 2011 at 2:28 am

      I couldn’t figure out why I didn’t comment on this before and then I realized I got completely distracted by the Bonobo thing and had to Google it to know just how badly you were smacking me. Thanks.

      Don’t get too hot and bothered, I’m feeling much more like myself now that I had them waxed. I think I might have to get a brazilian if I am going to truly and honestly comment on your trickle down economics.

  • Reply Katherine Murray March 10, 2011 at 2:01 am

    DANG. None in Virginia! I am ready NOW – long hair and everything! (well…. it IS the winter, right?) My story was me begging for an Epilady from Mom. She told me over and over I would never use it. I begged. Begged. Finally, I got it. I used it for two minutes. The pain was so extreme, it went in my closet immediately. Mom was able to say, “I told you so.” I actually have it, mint condition, IN the bag. Ebay?!

    • Reply redheadranting March 22, 2011 at 2:25 am

      I bought an Epilady when I was in college and used it for all of three minutes before I decided it was not worth the pain. I bet you could get a nice price for it on eBay.

  • Reply Lanita Moss March 10, 2011 at 2:14 am

    I had to laugh because I lived in Minneapolis about 15 years ago. I never went to St. Paul…because it was scary.

    • Reply redheadranting March 10, 2011 at 2:19 am

      Aside from the layout of the city (there is no logic to the street names and
      they aren’t laid out on a grid {I swear when they were putting down the
      pavement they swerved around cows and other obstacles} unless you are from
      St. Paul don’t bother asking anyone for directions because you probably
      don’t know where Myrtle lives and you probably don’t know that the Dixon
      house is now really the Olson’s house but it will forever be called the
      Dixon’s house) what was scary about it?

      • Reply Lanita Moss March 10, 2011 at 3:36 am

        It was the first “big” city I lived in. We had moved from Fargo, and we had grown up in Illinois where everything is gridded. It always seemed like going to another world when we crossed over the river. I loved the big houses on Summit (?). It has been so long, I don’t remember much anymore.

        • Reply redheadranting March 22, 2011 at 2:22 am

          I used to live on Summit, it is a lovely street. See, the non grid thing messes people up. We feel the same way about crossing the Lake Street or Ford bridges to get to Minneapolis, it’s an entirely different world.

  • Reply Nicky March 10, 2011 at 2:53 am

    I have never seen black wax before! I actually thought for a moment that you were “censoring” part of the picture, like they do in magazines!!

    • Reply redheadranting March 10, 2011 at 2:59 am

      It’s actually purple but the lighting and my camera aren’t the best.

  • Reply meleahrebeccah March 10, 2011 at 3:18 am

    Oh Jennifer! This post is fabulous. I laughed the whole way through. I think my favorite sentence was :’I realize I love Afton because she doesn’t make fun of my Andy Rooney eyebrows” – that made me laugh out loud, for real.

    Like Nicky, I have also never seen Black Wax before.

    I was surprised to read that you didn’t experience pain when they waxed under your armpits. I’ve been afraid to have it done – but now I might be willing to give it a shot.


    • Reply redheadranting March 10, 2011 at 3:24 am

      Nope, it didn’t hurt one bit. Of course when you get your underarms waxed
      your arms are raised so your skin is pulled tighter than if they smeared it
      under your arms and tugged at it. There is no better position to be in that
      to have your arm raised. Now finding a way to position your thighs so they
      are taught is another entirely. Actually, it is an exercise in futility if
      you are over the age of 12.

  • Reply Jayne March 10, 2011 at 3:26 am

    I find that the semi-annual shaving of the legs festival works just fine for me. One of the perks of getting older is you have far less body hair — if you don’t count the new ones sprouting on your chin. 😉

  • Reply cardiogirl March 10, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Well done, grasshopper!

    Okay, your roommate was the freak. I’m pretty sure most chicks have some amount o’ hair on their toes. I hope you and are not the only ones who have hair on our toes. Well, we *don’t* have hair on our toes — not anymore — but you know what I mean.

    Right? Good.

  • Reply Linda R. March 10, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Ouch! You’re braver than me. So as much as I like “free stuff”, I’ll have to pass. I’ll stick to my cheap razors.

  • Reply Michelle Hartz March 10, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    My husband has strawberry blonde fine hair. I have coarse brown hair. With the exception of facial hair, I am hairier than him. That is so not fair.

    I hate shaving. I also hate having hairy legs. So I’ve tried almost every type of hair removal method: Nads totally doesn’t work; Nair and any other spray doesn’t work on me, my hair’s too coarse, and sometimes it burns; there’s also this thing that’s like ultra fine sandpaper for your legs, and it’s just like rubbing paper on your legs. The only shaving alternative that I love is waxing, the pain is totally worth it. Unfortunately, at least around here, it’s really expensive.

    So that was a really long way of saying, How do I get one of those free wax certificates?

  • Reply If I Were God... March 10, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    I take this all as proof that as suspected, God is indeed a man.

  • Reply Bferrell234 March 30, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    what a great post, there’s also a new european wax center in roseville that’s really great! 

  • Reply Christina August 28, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    I have very thick hair and grows back within a day or two so I would like to try this place out. How do I get a free wax pass??

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