The Best Waxers
Though a seemingly simple undertaking, the right wax—and the right waxer—make a huge difference, both in the quality of the results, and the aftermath. These spots deliver perfection, with no ingrown hairs.
Back in the day, Kristine used to run a day spa in Beverly Hills, but her herbal beauty treatments became so popular that she shut down and went mobile. Now she does door to door visits with a select group of clients who love her 100% natural treatments. We have a few friends who swear by her waxing technique.
Culver City | 10182 Culver Blvd. | 310.204.2236
Brentwood | 2530-A San Vicente Blvd. | 310.570.2282
There’s a pretty cheeky design aesthetic here, that takes a deep bow to the Queen: Union Jack covered chairs, portraits of Her Majesty, and floral, chintz wallpaper that look like it was lifted from the walls of a country estate set the vibe. The concept is in line with the idea that everyone should be treated like royalty, which explains the extras (like long and late opening hours). Go for “The Full Monty” as they use wax from Italy, which is applied warm (not hot) to protect the skin. Jodi Shays is the owner, and the person to see if possible.
Beverly Hills | 9431 S. Santa Monica Blvd. | 310.276.8855
This is our place for non-waxing waxing in LA: They use organic honey to do the job, which we find much less painful. We also love that it’s all-natural and doesn’t leave a sticky wax residue. Ask for Viviana. P.S. They also do great spray tans, here.
Santa Monica | 175 Pier Ave. | 310-866-7546
Operating out of a small, unassuming room in the back of the Allen Pacheco Salon, Ruth Korn’s enthusiasm for skincare is pretty inspiring. She has a variety of all-natural, Australian waxes in her toolkit (both strips and hardening), and the process is thorough and pain-free.
West Hollywood | 7600 Melrose Ave. | 323.591.0079
This just-launched spa, helmed by two long-time L.A. waxing veterans, is the only spot in the city to use graphite wax, a low-temperature, hard wax that’s minimally painful and not at all sticky. Ask for Inez.
New York City
Soho | 150 Mercer St. | 212.343.3515
This quiet, underground spot in Soho is the sort of place where roses float in bowls of water and treatment rooms are candlelit. We come here for the waxing, specifically for “The Gourmet.” With essential oils and vitamin E to reduce irritation and redness, it’s a smooth finish all around.
Upper East Side | 629 Park Ave., Level G | 212.879.1313
Lidia Tivichi somehow makes the entire process painless. Seriously. Hands down, she does the best wax we’ve ever tried.
Cow Hollow | 3212 Fillmore St. | 415.931.3165
The emphasis here is on sugar wax, which feels strange at first, as it pulls the hair in the growth direction. Besides leaving the skin bump and ingrown free, it’s also totally natural, as its made from just sugar, lemon, and water. Each treatment room boasts a different theme—nautical, camping, beach—but not in a kitschy way. That, and the fact that a treatment comes with a cocktail, makes this a place you’ll actually look forward to visiting.
Pacific Heights | 2044 Fillmore St. | 415.630.5928
Named for the paint color used on the Golden Gate Bridge, this is one of San Francisco’s best day spas, whether you check in for a full day of body work, or drop by for a wax. It certainly doesn’t hurt that it’s helmed by three powerhouse women, who all abandoned intense careers to focus on healing. For waxing, Yolanda Porrata’s our girl.
Knightsbridge | 18 Hans Crescent | + 44 (0) 207 584 6868
With 20-odd years of experience under her belt, Arezoo Kaviani does the best Brazilian wax in London, bar none. Just a stone’s throw from Harrods, her spa is conveniently located, too.
Belsize Park | 22 Englands Ln. | + 44 (0) 207 483 2222
Jenny Jordan is a great stand-by for anyone who lives in North London. Ask for Mira who works so quickly that the entire session is essentially painless.
Notting Hill | 112 Talbot Rd. | + 44 (0) 207 727 2754
This spot hits all the requirements: It’s good, it’s fast, and it’s efficient—everyone here is good, but ask for Flori.
4701 W. Park Blvd., Suite 208 | 936.661.2523
Despite frequent requests to add other services, founder Lisa Sample’s spot is unwavering in its dedication to the art of hair removal: The specialization pays off, as there are no better waxers in town.