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Wax On, Wax It Off

5 best places to get a bikini wax!

Everyone deserves a pretty kitty. Here are a few of our favorite salons to help keep yours in tip-top shape.

Beachy Keen
With Latin music playing softly in the background and a lilting Colombian accent, Tierra Mia Organic Nail Spa’s Karina Restrepo manages to make a trying task feel more like a tropical vacation. You can expect the same attention to detail she applies to her meticulous manicures, only with ecofriendly soy wax and expert trimming and tweezing techniques.

A Little Something Extra
When we told our sweetie about our waxing assignment, he quickly volunteered to shuttle us out to the burbs (ah, chivalry). The trip was definitely worth it, since old pro Kimberly Gider at Better Health Tanning & Nail Spa is happy to sculpt topiaries into fancy shapes or apply tiny rhinestone motifs for a bit of sparkle. Even better, ’fraidy cats can request a special numbing cream to help ease the pain.

Herbal Remedies
Known for her ayurvedic facials, aesthetician Kelley Hughes applies her vast knowledge of natural skin care to your nether regions. Using cool compresses, aloe, and powder filled with soothing ingredients like kaolin clay and licorice root, she ensures you leave Moko silky smooth.

Express Service
If you’re in a time crunch, book an appointment with Edith Gondek at Jason Matthew Salon. She’ll have you in and out in about fifteen minutes (though her friendly chatter makes it seem like even less). You’ll leave with nary a straggler and be back in the office before your boss knows you’re gone.

Impeccable Service
Tirzah Fowler at Rescue Rittenhouse Spa is tops at making you feel comfortable when contorted into revealing positions. Go for the classic landing strip or — if you’re feeling daring — the completely bare lotus. Whichever you choose, tote home a bottle of PFB Vanish gel to prevent unsightly ingrowns.

Photo: Sausyn / Flickr 

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LOCATIONS
Better Health Tanning & Nail Spa
1516 Butler Pike
Conshohocken, PA 19428
610-825-8261
328 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-735-7980
1735 Chestnut St
2nd flr
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-665-8030
55 N 3rd St
bt Arch & Market Sts
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-922-6656
1601 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-772-2766
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