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The best waxing in NYC

These salons and spas offer professional and nearly painless waxing in NYC

Written by
Leah Faye Cooper
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Waxing is no fun, no matter what region — nether or otherwise — is involved. But if you want to be hair-free, it’s the best and longest-lasting hair removal option out there. So when you’re due for a wax, the best waxing in NYC is at these salons and spas that offer fast, convenient options for men and women to suit every need, whether bikini, brow, back, underarms or face. Plus, their skilled technicians provide perhaps the least-painful waxing possible.

Once you’ve endured this necessary evil, you’ll feel fresh and ready to hit the town, whether for a fun night out or a romantic date. If you’re looking for a little primping or pampering after your waxing, check out the best hair salons in NYC and the best spas in NYC. After all that, we think you just might be ready for a weekend getaway too.

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Best Waxing in NYC

  • Health and beauty
  • Spas
  • Midtown East

A stripless process that involves spreading an organic sugar paste (sugar, water, lemon juice and a secret ingredient) across the hair and swiftly removing it, the sugaring technique is among the least painful hair removal methods. Plus, the paste is only heated slightly past room temperature, so burns are never a risk.

  • Health and beauty
  • Spas
  • Greenwich Village

At Haven, you can choose between vitamin E–infused gourmet wax, basic honey wax or stripless hard wax, which binds to hair instead of skin for a less painful session. Top off your treatment with the Peach Smoothie, a treatment that banishes ingrown hairs along the bikini line with an exfoliating scrub and acid peel. Bonus: if your waxing session is part of a full day of pampering, the plush lounge area is a cozy place to kick back before and after your treatment.

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  • Health and beauty
  • Beauty salons
  • Soho
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Owner Shobha Tummala spent much of her childhood learning decades-old beauty techniques from her grandparents in India. Those practices influence the salon’s offerings, which are grounded in personalization and the use of natural ingredients.

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  • Spas
  • Upper West Side
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A pool party, a hot date—events tend to pop up when you are least expecting them. With multiple locations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, it’s easy to find a spot close by. Technicians use 100 percent natural beeswax that’s gentle on the skin, and apply a prewax oil to ensure a smooth finish.

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  • Health and beauty
  • Spas
  • Civic Center

Bliss’s proprietary “poetic stripless wax” leads to a near-painless experience. 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. With every service, you have access to the spa’s luxe showers and locker rooms. Stick around to primp and play with Bliss loot.

  • Health and beauty
  • Spas
  • Midtown East

More often than not, Hibba offers amazing deals on waxing multi-packs. While other areas call for waxing, it’s strictly threading for eyebrows. This spa also offers facials and producs like Body by Hibba ingrown relief cloths.

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  • Health and beauty
  • Spas
  • Murray Hill
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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.

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