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I do waxing and all aesthetics — chemical peels, facials, microderms, the whole shebang. As for bikini waxes, they just don't bother me. I'm not very modest. The first lady I saw was in her 70s. My first thought was, "Oh, so that's what that looks like." Now I have several older clients, and they all say they're doing it for their boyfriends. There are a few people whose parts will make an impression on me, but if I saw them out, I wouldn't remember. Some of them, I'd recognize their parts before their faces. After a while, I think it's just like being a doctor or a nurse. You don't think about it because you see them all day long. Some people will try to keep underwear on, but really, you can't. And for Brazilians [a style], just no. It's hard when you have someone super conservative, because you can't move around like you need to. Because, you know, you have to move them around in different positions to get the best pull. You get the ones that keep trying to cover themselves up with their hands, and then you get the ones who don't care at all. They're like, "Oh, I've had four babies — whatever." I just try to keep it light and make everyone feel as comfortable as I can, because it's really not a big deal. If you want to get it done, you should be able to get it done, and it shouldn't be awkward.
Brazilian takes off everything. Then there are women who just want the thigh area done and some women go in a little bit more. We don't do dyes or jewels. We pretty much stick to the landing strip and triangles. I think a lot of people feel really young when they get everything taken off.
The youngest I've done are high school girls. One time, a girl's mother drove her. I don't do men. Some people do men and they don't mind it at all. But I figure if I have to deal with women all day, I'm not going to deal with men as well. I do back waxes and things like that for men. Not all men who get waxed are gay. I have regulars who aren't gay at all. Their women like it better, or they're going on vacation. I don't think people really make fun of straight guys for getting their brows waxed, and I don't think they'd care if people knew.
I ask everybody why they're here. Most people are going on vacation or getting married. Some people are just dating someone. A lot of women come in with friends. It's kind of awkward, because they're just sitting there, watching me work. And once, there was a man watching a girl get it done. It didn't feel like anything sexual, though. It just seemed like they were close friends, and she wanted him to come in for moral support.
If the hair is too long, I'll ask clients to reschedule and if it's too short, we'll tell them, don't expect perfect smoothness. I don't trim. Some people do. I have had to ask people to clean themselves, because they don't, apparently, down there, and it's stinky. I act like it's a standard part of the procedure. I've never seen STDs or hemorrhoids or anything like that. And I always wear gloves. Some women have unexpected hair, like hair on their butt cheeks. And some people have been doing it for so long that they have like, three hairs down there. I don't think your skin ever toughens up, though, because people will say, "It still hurts this time."
I've had a few screamers. People will ask for a towel and put it over their face. I had someone come in with a sunburn once. I said, "I can't do this," and she said, "Please just try." I tried with one strip, and then I wouldn't do the rest of it because she was in so much pain. You'll get kickers because your automatic reflex is to slam your legs shut and kick out. I've heard about things like the wax ripping the skin, but that's never happened where I work. That's when the wax is too hot, and the esthetician should know better. You can test it on your arm, or if you know your wax pot well enough, you just know. I have given somebody strawberries, just little peckers on the skin, if the skin isn't held taut or if they have a lot of skin and you can't hold it the correct way. But those go away in a couple of days. Some women just lay still and are very stoic about it. You can tell personality types by how people handle the pain.
All types of women come see me — skinny, overweight, young, old, different ethnicities. Hair grows differently on different ethnicities. Some are more prone to ingrown hairs, or the hair is thicker. Some Asian women get their full arms waxed. I only do two positions. I don't do all fours or anything like that. They're already being degraded enough. It takes me about 15 minutes to do a Brazilian. You'll have really good tippers, and then you'll have people that leave you $2 for a Brazilian.
As told to Cheree Franco.
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