Body by Hibba brow pencil, $12
Body by Hibba ingrown relief cloth, $12
European Wax Center exfoliator, $38
Malin + Goetz eucalyptus shower gel, $18, at Strip Ministry of Waxing
Uni K Wax Center Body Collection, $22–$33 each
Bliss home waxing kit, $48
Bliss facial hair removal cream, $24
Completely Bare numbing spray, $10
Completely Bare body moisturizer, $10
Pricing: Brazilian bikini ($45, sugaring $50), underarms ($14, sugaring $16), full legs ($55, sugaring $61), lower back ($20, sugaring $22), upper lip (threading $5), eyebrows (threading $15)
Why it rocks: More often than not, Hibba offers amazing deals, including two waxes for $40 and a three pack for $70. Check online and you’ll almost always find bargains (as low as $20!), especially during warm-weather months and around holidays.
Worth noting: Don’t ask to get your eyebrows waxed—it’s strictly threading ($15) here for the most precise arches.
Don’t leave without: Body by Hibba ingrown relief cloths ($12), brow gels ($10) and pencils ($12) 448 West Broadway between W Houston and Prince Sts, second floor (212-260-4321) • 315 Madison Ave between 41st and 42nd Sts, suite 507 (212-661-1695) • hibbabeauty.com
Pricing: Brazilian bikini ($42), underarms ($16), full legs ($60), lower back ($15), upper lip ($9), eyebrows ($16)
Why it rocks: A pool party, a hot date—events tend to pop up when you are least expecting them. With 11 locations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, it’s easy to find a spot close by.
Worth noting: Technicians use 100 percent natural beeswax that’s gentle on the skin, and apply a prewax oil to ensure a smooth finish.
Don’t leave without: Spa-label calming cream ($17), ingrown-hair serum ($25) and brow-defining gel ($20) Locations throughout the city; visit waxcenter.com
Pricing: Brazilian bikini (men $95, women $75), underarms (men $30, women $25), full legs (men $85, women $75), lower back (men $35, women $30), upper lip (men $18, women $16), eyebrows (men $36, women $34)
Why it rocks: For first-timers (or guys who don’t want to remove it all), Strip offers a uniquely detailed menu, allowing you to pick and choose exactly how much hair goes—say, just the crack ($25) or a clipping down the front ($35). Dudes who want to go for the whole shebang (full back and boyzilian—or “back, sac and crack”, $115) but fear the pain of waxing can grip the animal-shaped stress toy ($7 to purchase) placed in each room for stress relief during appointments. The industrial decor is also guy-friendly, with exposed brick and the brand’s humorous ads on the wall reading flaunting more manhood than you ever thought possible.
Worth noting: Strip promises that no matter how much hair you have, techs can get you in and out in just 15 minutes.
Don’t leave without: House-label Ice Cream soothing lotion ($39), SOS Virgin Forest Rescue kit (includes moisturizer, an exfoliating bath mitt and a squeeze toy; $43), Malin + Goetz eucalyptus shower gel ($18)
Pricing: Brazilian bikini (men $73, women $47), underarms (men $19, women $13), full legs (men $65, women $55), lower back (men $29, women $17), upper lip (men $11, women $9), eyebrows (men $21, women $17)
Why it rocks: Each Uni K location has an in-house lab with techs who prepare a new warming pot for every customer. Leftover wax gets thrown out, as do any spatulas and applicators used during your appointment, meaning there’s never a fear of double-dipping. The elastic formula is also removed sans strips for less pulling on the skin.
Worth noting: Sign up for the rewards program for dough-saving deals, including $2 off when you book an appointment online.
Don’t leave without: House-label citrus body polish ($27), hydrating dry oil spray ($33), ingrown-hair roll-on gel ($22), mineral eyebrow powders ($10) and shaping stencils ($5) 553 Third Ave between 36th and 37th Sts (212-481-2777) • 13 W 18th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-255-5561) • 1626 Third Ave between 91st and 92nd Sts (212-369-6888) • unikwax.com
Pricing: Brazilian bikini ($75), underarms ($24), full legs ($95), lower back ($35), upper lip ($15), eyebrows ($35)
Why it rocks: Although its staffers won’t give up the secret formula, we can attest to the near painlessness of Bliss’s proprietary “poetic stripless wax.” The aromatherapy-based hair remover is used at a low temperature, which helps mellow the sting. Each appointment concludes with the application of a waxing oil that calms any redness.
Worth noting: With every service, you have access to the spa’s luxe showers and locker rooms. Stick around to primp and play with Bliss loot.
Don’t leave without: Bliss body waxing strips ($36), facial-hair remover cream ($24), ingrown-hair pads ($38) and exfoliating scrub ($36) 541 Lexington Ave between 49th and 50th Sts, fourth floor • 12 W 57th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves, third floor • 568 Broadway at Prince St, second floor • 877-862-5477, blissworld.com
Prices: Brazilian bikini ($75), underarms ($20), full legs ($80), lower back ($40), upper lip ($15), eyebrows ($30)
Why it rocks: Waiting for your service feels like hanging out in a girly dream apartment, featuring purple couches, textured walls, Lucite chairs and gratis espresso.
Worth noting: If you’re feeling extra daring, get a Vajewel ($25) service, during which 30 to 70 Swarovski crystals are arranged in a bubble heart, peace sign, star or bow right above your newly waxed nether regions.
Don’t leave without: Completely Bare face, bikini and body wax strips ($13); numbing sprays ($10); hair-inhibiting body moisturizers ($10); and glycolic-acid pads ($10) for bikini bumps 25 Bond St between Bowery and Lafayette St • 103 Fifth Ave between 17th and 18th Sts, third floor • 764 Madison Ave between 65th and 66th Sts, third floor • 212-366-6060, completelybare.com