How do I get an appointment? Can I just walk in or should I call?
We generally book 2-4 weeks out year round and 4-6 weeks out in our busy seasons so you need to plan ahead on
this one. Our busiest times are from
4-9PM. If you know you need a specific
time then you need to call now. If we
are waxing for an important event then you will want to schedule your wax for
three days PRIOR to the big day.
You will want to schedule your next wax before you leave so
we are sure you have the time you want.
We don't typically keep a receptionist on staff so you may
hit the private voicemail when you call.
Don't be shy, leave us a detailed message. Be sure and leave your full name, contact
number, service you are looking for, and best times for your appointment and we
will return your call ASAP.
We work by appointment so that means if we are in the
office, we are working on someone. We
respect your time and don't interrupt your appointment to take calls or assist other
clients. To preserve our signature high level of service and personal attention, we don't take
walk-ins. You'll need to set up an
appointment with us ahead of time by phone.
We rarely have same day appointments available. As soon as you know you want to wax you will want
to call the office at 715-831-0200 to set one up.
Is it safe to get waxed? I heard you can catch diseases from waxing ick!?
Being highly germaphobic ourselves we really appreciate this
question and the answer is yes it is safe to wax if it is done hygienically and yes you can spread and contract diseases and infections from poor waxing technique.
In most areas it is unfortunately very
common to see poor hygiene in waxing establishments. On a recent Department of Safety and
Professional Services enforcement sweep of Wisconsin, the Department reported
that 50% of establishments visited had sanitation violations. Right here in Eau Claire that means many of
the salons/spas they visited were not following proper hygiene and putting
their clients at a very real risk of post-waxing infections of all kinds from
Herpes to warts to far worse.
Regardless of the product used, or the manufacturer claims,
it is illegal in most states and definitely in Wisconsin to re-use wax
sticks/applicators. Changing the stick
between clients instead of for each dip is not only a filthy habit that spreads
disease, it is against the law. Each dip
in the wax warmer should be done with a fresh new stick. In our state fresh disposable gloves should
also be worn for all waxing services including eyebrow waxes at the salon washbowl.
At River Rock we utilize fresh hospital grade latex-free
disposable gloves for EVERY waxing service for your safety. We NEVER double dip waxing sticks as this
transfers pathogens such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses to the warm wax pot
and allows it to be passed to the next client when that next dip is taken. We are careful to follow proper procedure so we do not cross contaminate our work areas or our clients with potential pathogens.
For strip waxing we utilize the patented MD/PHD Waxing
System. PHD stands for Professional
Hygienic and Disposable. It has
disposable applicators that expose the wax which are changed for EACH client and a one way valve in
the applicator that prevents the wax from "backwashing" like
old-fashioned roll-on systems were known for.
That means the wax never comes into contact with the air until utilized for you and the used wax and applicator never touch the clean wax supply
eliminating any chance of cross contamination of product. That means you never share wax and more with
For hard waxing of coarse hair such as bikini line or under
arm hair, we utilize fresh applicators for each application and NEVER double
We clean the skin before each treatment with state approved
antiseptics and utilize hospital level disinfection and sterilization on all
our non-disposable implements and tools.
We disinfect our treatment tables after every client and use disposable
barrier/drape sheets for your protection so your skin never touches our work surface.
Waxing is very safe with proper after care by the client and
proper hygiene by the technician.
If you go to an establishment and see sticks sitting in
their wax pot when you arrive, if they keep the lights down low, or they don't
glove before touching you, don't risk an infection just leave immediately.
Body Waxing vs. Facial Waxing? Why won't you wax my face for me without the lecture?
On women, the facial hair (except the eyebrows) is under
hormonal control. Unlike the rest of
your body hair such as leg hair and underarm hair, female facial hair when waxed
repeatedly will come back thicker, stronger, and basically bring friends.
Obviously we are in the business of helping you eliminate
your hair problem, not making it worse.
Therefore we do NOT recommend repeat waxing on the hormonally controlled
areas of the female face.
We will of course wax these areas if you request us to do so
as long as you understand the potential end result. We will happily tweeze or wax your eyebrows
for you and professionally sculpt them with zero lecture on hair growth
stimulation. Perhaps you'd like to
consider having them permanently shaped with expert electrolysis.
Gentlemen, we are happy to wax on the face. Many men love never shaving again instead
waxing their beards once a month and never having prickly fill. Visit our Men's Waxing page for information especially tailored to you.
Really, you wax men too? What kind of guys do that?
All sorts of men, especially one who wants to look great
without any effort. Every day we work
with male clients from all walks of life from farmers to engineers to police
officers and executives. Being hair free
isn't just for women.
Many men are enjoying being extra clean and maintenance free by ridding
themselves of unwanted back hair, nose hair, eyebrow hair, and other excess
Many very athletic men including bicyclists, body builders,
swimmers, and runners find waxing far more esthetically pleasing and easier
than shaving body hair before competing and don't miss razor rash.
Unlike shaving stubble, waxed areas grow in
finer and softer feeling and pass the "snuggle" test. Is it easier to shave every day or wax once a
month? To learn more about hair removal
for men, visit our Body Waxing for Men page.
How should I prepare myself BEFORE getting waxed?
The best way to prepare yourself is to first relax and know
you're in good hands. Our staff is very
well trained and experienced. Our goal
is to make this treatment as pleasant as possible and to help you be as
comfortable with the procedure as possible.
Trust us, we've seen it all before.
You can be confident in our hygiene practices and in our skill. Everything is going to be just fine and we
promise you will survive.
- You may want to avoid using harsh soaps or astringents for 2 hours before and after waxing. If you can begin exfoliating your skin a few days prior to waxing that is very helpful.
- Please avoid any tanning for 24 hours before waxing. You’ll also want to avoid long soaks in hot water (LONG hot showers, steam rooms, hot soaking baths, hot tubs etc.) for 8 hours before or after treatment.
- Do not apply lotions, oils, body sprays, or other scented or moisturizing products on the day of your wax.
- Please skip perfumes and other scented products (antiperspirant/deodorant use however is a nice touch) prior to your treatment, we are allergic to fragrances.
- A quick shower to clean up especially before genital waxing is appreciated. We do have fully appointed restrooms available before and after your treatment to freshen up if needed.
- Some clients choose to take an OTC pain reliever such as Advil or Tylenol 60 minutes before their appointment.
- We have also found that clients that take an antacid or two 30 minutes before their appointment experience less redness post treatment.
- If you are taking prescription medications for acne or anti-aging purposes or using Retinol type products we will be unable to provide you with waxing services due to the potential for skin damage (as in your skin will be removed along with perhaps some of the hair) please understand that isn't a risk either of us want to take so don't withhold information from us as it will be fairly obvious when your skin peels off we have an issue.
- Please plan to arrive 5 to 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. Have a seat in the waiting area we will be out for you shortly. We have video surveillance so we know you are here. If you need to use the restroom head on back if you know where it is, you don’t need to wait for permission.
- We like to start appointments on time not late. On time for us means you are ready to start your appointment at the designated time. If your appointment is at 5 we like to get started at 5 not have you pull in the lot at 5, streak in the door and then be in the rest room for 10 minutes so we actually start at 5:10 or 5:15. We will not inconvenience the next client by running over into their time so if you are late we may need you to reschedule your appointment or limit what we can accomplish in your designated time block.
- We do not allow guests or observers in the treatment room nor do we allow photographs or videos to be taken onsite.
- Your technician will go over any other policy or procedural things that may apply to you at your first visit.
Will waxing hurt? I've seen waxing in movies...I'm no baby but will I cry and/or die?
It will be uncomfortable but tolerable. As the boss always says, "Your first
waxing can be a bit of a religious experience and subsequent waxes are a walk
in the park."
The first time you wax is always more uncomfortable
than later waxes. After all, you have
allowed those hairs to grow for years in some cases and they can be extremely thick,
densely packed, and deeply rooted.
As you continue with waxing the treatments will be more and
more comfortable as we are dealing with new, smaller hairs and you will be able
to space waxing out a bit more. Removing
hair directly from the follicle is never super comfortable, but our staff is
professional, fast, and highly experienced.
If you can stand to remove a band-aid really fast you can wax just
Really in the movies, they do just about everything wrong or
shall we say on purpose for dramatic effect?
Professional waxing is so fast you'll be done before you know it and
really, you'll be okay, the sensation stops immediately after.
How can I make my treatment more comfortable?
You can try the following suggestions to make your waxing
experience more comfortable:
- First, relax. Try not to psych yourself out with worry and stress; thousands of people wax safely and tolerably every day.
- Consider having the 24 hour patch test procedure as your fist exposure to waxing to build comfort and familiarity with the process if you are really nervous about getting waxed.
- Avoid caffeine or other stimulants 6 - 10 hours before treatment.
- Don't drink alcohol prior to your treatment; don't come in terribly hung over, both make your wax so much more uncomfortable.
- Don't smoke 4 hours prior to treatment.
- You may want to try taking your favorite OTC analgesic, such as Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, or aspirin, 60 minutes before your treatment.
- Practice using deep breathing and other relaxation techniques. Remember although the sensation may be intense at times, it will be over very quickly.
- Consider using one of the topical anesthetics (numbing agents) we offer before you arrive for your treatment.
- Try taking an antacid (Tums, Rolaids etc.) 30-45 minutes before your treatment, it helps reduce redness double quick.
- If you are having seasonal allergy symptoms you may want to consider taking your favorite allergy relief product 60 minutes prior to your treatment as active seasonal allergies can make the normal redness and swelling that results from waxing last longer and be more dramatic.
How do I care for the area after I get waxed?
Your technician will give you a personalized after care plan
at your consultation. We like to give
written after care instructions because we understand that many people are
nervous and may not recall verbal instructions.
In general the idea is to keep the area clean, cool, and dry
for at least 8 hours if not 24 hours after waxing. Although the particulars may change based on
what area and what type of service you had done, you cannot go wrong with the
- After your body waxing service go home and take a quick shower to remove any wax residue.
- Avoid sweaty activities for 8 to 24 hours so no working out, long runs and so forth. If you must do so then apply a thin layer of an antibiotic cream or spray such as Neosporin prior to the sweat fest so it can act as a prophylactic and prevent bacteria from getting into the healing follicles.
- Be sure and shower immediately after the activity and not sit around in sweaty clothes. Perspiration wicks in bacteria and that increases the potential for an acne fest.
- If you are prone to body acne and you had back or chest waxing and don't have a chance to use fresh clean sheets, sleep in a clean t-shirt the first day or two.
- Apply an antiseptic such as alcohol, witch hazel, or similar products for 2 days to a week after waxing.
- You may apply PFB or other keratolytic lotion daily after your wax to prevent ingrown hairs, redness, and irritation.
- No tanning beds for 48 hours or you risk serious burns. Use caution with natural sun exposure and wear a good sunscreen for at least 48 hours on areas exposed to the sun.
- Keep the paws off, do not touch or rub the area until it is healed which takes 1-2 days after your wax.
- Manual exfoliation begins 2 days after your wax on all areas.
- Do not wear compression style clothing for 24-48 hours after waxing; you risk a wicked acne-like outbreak if you do. Avoid tight fitting clothing such as Under Armor, Spanx, etcetera.
- Do not use harsh soaps or anti-acne/anti-aging products in this area for 24 to 48 hours to avoid chemical burns in the open follicles as they heal.
- Do not apply hair dye to decorative hair patterns for 24 hours.
- Do not have chemical peels or other exfoliation services or skin bleaching services for 48 hours after a wax in that area.
- No wild (or mild) hot tub parties, river or lake floating or swimming for 48 hours--you risk serious infections if you do. Avoid heat and hot sweaty activities.
- If the skin feels tight or itchy a thin layer of OTC hydrocortisone cream can soothe the skin quickly.
- Aloe vera gel, Aquaphor, or other soothing non-fragranced moisturizers or balms can aid in healing.
- Remember the three keys to waxing
success: Keep it clean, cool, and dry.
If you have questions or concerns after your wax do not
hesitate to call us immediately. We
check our voice mail regularly if you don't get us in person we will return your
How often should I get waxed?
Your technician will develop a custom treatment plan for you
detailing how often you need to come in for best results.
On average most people will wax every 4 to 6 weeks. The amount of time will depend on many
factors but in general you are cleared to a wax when ALL the hair reaches 1/4 inch in length on
a repeat wax--please remember not a couple hairs at 1/4 inch but every hair must be up to
length but really it is more about time than length.
The first wax it is ideal to have hair slightly longer,
about 1/3" long or not less than 3 weeks of growth without any trimming or
It is difficult to get smooth results if hair is not long
enough because short hair doesn't get caught in the wax and isn't removed by
the root. This means you would have a
lot of stubble left over and that means to get it out we would have to tweeze
each individual hair out if they are long enough to be tweezed. This is obviously no fun for you or for
us. Remember, it can never be too long but it can be too
How long does my hair need to be to get a good wax?
If you have been shaving the area, we need you to let it grow for NOT LESS than three full weeks from the last shave. Yes you read that correctly, three WEEKS.
If you were a waxer 3-4 weeks is a good time frame.
If you have untouched hair, as in you have never shaved, trimmed, waxed, or plucked then we are probably good to go now.
Yes, we totally understand you feel like you may die from all that hair and that three weeks is forever for underarms or bikini zone growth if you are a daily shaver. Trust us, while we completely understand that the initial grow out is not fun, but it really is worth it.
Some new clients reallllly want a wax done so they fib on how long it has been since they shaved. Not a hot idea. Yes, we can tell if you are not being truthful but more importantly you are really cheating yourself out of the good waxing results you are investing in.
While we can do what we would call a quick and dirty wax to get the bulk of the hair out for you, understand it will be more uncomfortable as we will be doing multiple passes and tweezing a lot. You will also have a bunch of short hairs left over and your hair will seem to be filling in right away. These are not the smooth long lasting results we want you to have.
You are investing a lot of money in a wax so we want you to get the best results possible.
We know that some places may direct you to cut or trim the hair to a certain length. Please do NOT do any trimming at all; it can never be too long for us to wax successfully but it can definitely be too short.
Think leverage. We need to have a lever long enough to allow us to pry out hair that's been there a long, long, long time with a very well developed root. That's why first time waxers have better results with longer hair growth than shorter hair growth. The older the hair you have the larger the root will be, and the larger the root the more leverage it takes to pry it out of the follicle.
This is like pulling weeds in your garden. Imagine a huge well developed weed and someone cuts the top of the plant off leaving only a tiny bit showing--it is almost impossible to pull the whole root out and you'll probably break off that little handle you did have without getting the plant out. But if you have a nice long handle to use with good technique and strength you can pop that giant plant right out. Same idea here.
Contrary to folklore, longer hair growth does not make waxing hurt more. Some places have confused the idea of length of hair equalling comfort level with age of hair or stage of development. New, fresh baby hair is naturally small and short, whereas old hair is thicker and longer. Cutting the old hair short does not make the root of the hair smaller. Your hair is dead at the skin surface so anything you do at this level does not affect the nerve connections under the skin.
Longer hair actually means more leverage for us which means a faster more comforatble wax for you. The removal of older well developed hair does have more sensation than removing tiny moist new hair would because the target zone is bigger not because the hair was longer. It is all about root size not length of hair you can see. This is why regular waxes are more comfortable for the client than sporadic waxes as the hairs are less developed.
Many wax companies advise trimming bikini zones prior to waxing because they use strip wax not european style hard wax like we do so trimming is really more to reduce the amount of product technicans use and to make sure the product can get down to stick to the skin easily; trimming is not really about getting better results for the clients it is about compensating for a type of product, economizing product application to save cash, and about a technique issue.
Once you are a routine waxer you could have successful removal with slightly shorter hair but we also don't recommend an every two week wax. One of the goals of waxing is to force your hair to fill in at the same time in waves. Your natural body hair pattern developed over time with one hair showing up, then two, then five and so on over the course of a couple years or more. Each follicle has its own time clock. This is why we never molt and become totally bald like birds do, each of our hairs is on its very own schedule.
Instead of letting your hair go through its life-cycle and fill in naturally and sporadically, we want to force a lot of the hair to grow-in in large waves of growth. We'll remove what you have and each of those follicle will then go through its healing process and produce a new hair at the same time. This forces a wave of hair growth.
Over time with routine waxing you will find less and less fill in between waxes with a bunch of hair showing up right before you are due for your next wax and very little visible on the weeks leading up to it. If you don't wait 3-4 weeks in between waxes or if you pin point tweeze between waxes to "make it last longer" then you are training your hair to fill in sporadically and not all at once so you loose one of the best benefits of routine waxes. Your waxes will not "last" as long if you don't let the pattern grow in so we can train it to fill in waves.
Remember we need ALL the hair to reach a given length, not just some of it, so check the underbrush. If you are a trimmer and use a guide, stop trimming. Too short means you will have a lot of tweezing to suffer through and that's not fun for either of us.
If you like to measure these sorts of things we need 1/3 inch for really clean removal on a virgin wax area. Not one hair at 1/3 inch, all of the hair. For repeat waxing (so after your second or third full wax) 1/4 inch is usually sufficient if you want to go that route. It will take you at least four weeks (or longer in some cases) after your last wax to be ready to wax again.
Should I be tipping?
At our practice, we feel that every client deserves
outstanding service for every treatment which is already included in the fees
you pay. We do not upcharge and we don't
use sneaky add-on charges; we include everything you need to have a premium
treatment. While we appreciate the thought, tipping is not expected nor will it be accepted at our office.
You read that right, we don’t take tips.
Our entire staff is on salary here and we share all clients
so that our clients can get the regular treatment they deserve. We don’t
have any motivation to do anything other than offer you premium body waxing
services. We do not use commissions to
reward staff so you will not be pressured into other services or
"up-sold" to anything. Our
staff is well compensated for taking great care of you and we take great pride
in offering great service.
Many other electrolysis practices, hair removal
establishments, and most salons and spas feel differently so if you visit a new
place be sure to ask about tipping.
If you are price shopping please remember
you do get what you pay for. Don’t forget
to add in a standard 30%-40% gratuity to other place's fees for comaprison with River Rock's.
What should I wear?
This depends on the area to be waxed and your personal
comfort/modesty level. A few
- Avoid wearing clothes that will fit tightly over the area to be waxed. This can cause uncomfortable chafing or rubbing after your waxing.
- For the back or chest to wear a soft shirt that isn't your all-time favorite one as wax and after care products can stain and stiff shirts or scratchy fabrics will not feel good. Without hair as a buffer you will find your skin to be MUCH more sensitive.
- For the underarms, you may wear a tank top or remove your shirt.
- For leg waxing you may wear looser fitting pants so they don't stick after the treatment. During a full leg waxing you can wear shorts, an old swimsuit, or your underwear or change into a pair of disposable underwear we have available. Avoid wearing new fleecy sweatpants you haven't washed for leg waxes as you may find when you get home you are covered in sweat pant fuzzies.
- For genital waxing you will keep your shirt on (and socks if you like), but we'll be needing access to the goods. We respect your modesty and will provide drape sheets for you. You'll want looser fitting underwear after your treatment, remember the idea is clean, cool, and dry for whatever area post treatment not compression and sweat.
- Under Armor, man Spanx, and other compression items are a BAD idea to wear on waxing day. These types of items encourage skin issues after waxing and should be avoided for 24 if not 48 hours.
- If you wear tactical clothing for work (police, military, security vests, holsters, and other similar items that trap body heat) a thin layer of an antibacterial cream or spray or perhaps a body powder is a great idea for 2 days after your wax for the first few treatments to act as a prophylactic and prevent a bacterial buildup in the healing follicles and lessen chaffing. If you can schedule so you have a day after waxing without the tactical clothing that would be ideal.
How long will it take?
That depends on the area, how much hair you have, the room
temperature/humidity levels, the type of skin you have, the type of wax, what
your tolerance level is, and if you happen to sweat a lot. We never upcharge if it takes us longer than
At your consultation your
technician will explain the amount of time you can expect your treatment to
take. The following times are generous
averages for areas; we'd rather you over plan for time than try to squeeze a
wax in a packed schedule.
- For genital waxing please plan up to an hour, for legs and genitals plan up to 90 minutes.
- For a back & chest wax plan up to 60 minutes.
- For underarms or arms plan to spend 15 minutes with us.
- For head or beard waxing plan up to an hour.
- Nose and ear waxing takes up to 15 minutes for each area.
Generally, first time waxing takes longer then subsequent
waxes as there will only be the active growing hair present so there will be
less of it and it is easier to remove and we’ll be taking a bit of time to get
to know you better.
Is there anyone you simply will not wax?
Waxing services are not recommended and will not be
performed for those clients using (or have used in the last 6 months) Accutane
or Retin-A products. If you have
utilized these or similar products please be aware there is a very real risk of
losing skin if you wax as these products by their very nature thin the skin.
We are also unable to wax if you have tanned on the day of
your waxing appointment, or if you have visible sunburn. We will not wax if you have certain medical
conditions, non-intact skin, or unidentified skin lesions.
While having to reschedule is an inconvenience, this is a
serious matter and when we deny service it is for your own safety.
I have just tons of hair...I feel like sasquatch...really can you help me too?
Absolutely we can.
Remember what is a lot of hair to you and what is a lot of hair to us in
our professional experience, are two very different things. Trust us, you aren't alone and it doesn't
shock us. We are not grossed out if you
don't look like a hairless movie star.
We know unwanted hair needs to go. Every day we assist people just like you in
eliminating years of embarrassing hair from virtually anywhere. No one has too much hair for us to deal
Why do you need to see my driver's license or a photo ID?
The most important reason is we care enough to establish
your real identity and protect your identity from potential problems--imagine
if someone took your wallet and wanted to use your credit cards to get
services. Because we are taking your
personal and health information, the HIPAA regulations also require we verify
A positive identification of you with your picture and name
(like a valid photo ID shows) protects us and you. We also need to be sure you are over 18 and
can legally agree to treatment.
Due to recently enacted legislation to protect consumers, in
order to accept credit card payments we also are now required to establish and
verify your identity each time we accept payment.
Our liability insurer also requires us to verify your
personal information and we do. To comply with all these regulations we could: Keep a copy of your ID on file like many
doctors and dentists do or we could ask you to show your photo ID each
time. We have chosen to take our own
photo of you after verifying your identity with a valid photo ID and keep it in
your treatment file so that our clients do not have to deal with the
inconvenience of ID checking each time.
I’m a private person and this is a private service; I don’t want anyone to know my business. How do you do you keep me safe?
anyone (except as required by law) period.
We keep client records completely confidential with physical access to
them controlled, restricted, and monitored by electronic surveillance 24/7. All of our digital records are encrypted and
kept in a secure cloud storage site. We
utilize a secure shredding service for disposal of any physical records or
paper that might have any personally identifying information in or on it.
You will never see your picture used for anything other than
to identify you among staff members. We
respect your privacy and we do not gossip nor do we discuss one client with
another. We follow the same guidelines
for privacy that all good medical professionals do. It is a common occurrence for members of the
same family or office-mates to suddenly discover they’ve each been seeing us
for years and we’ve never said a peep.
What happens at River Rock stays at River Rock. We neither confirm nor deny we know
someone. If you see us out and about in
town feel free to give us a wave. Know
that it is likely we may not “see” you unless you make the first move. We do this so that our shy or very private
clients will feel comfortable. If anyone
asks how you know us feel free to tell them “oh she does my hair” and we will
smile along. If you are comfortable
sharing more with others that is your decision.
So I got my period...can I still wax?
We realize that hair removal doesn't always coincide with
the most convenient moments. Although
you will be feeling "not so fresh" really it doesn't impact our job
at all or bother us in any way or affect your wax. Feel
free to keep your appointment as generally unless you are telling us we'd have
We would recommend you
utilize a tampon or the Instead soft cup type product. If you are a tampon user you can tuck the
string up and we will be all set to wax away.
We respect your comfort level and if you would rather reschedule of
course we understand.
I'm a larger person, is this something for skinny minnies, jockeys, and petite flowers only?
Please don't be self-conscious; we welcome clients in all
shapes and sizes. It makes no difference
to us if you are plus sized, a BBW, gigantically tall, a professional
linebacker etcetera; we know you will love the results from professional hair
Our general use hydraulic treatment tables are rated to hold
300 pounds safely and can be expanded to accommodate very tall
individuals. Our standard disposable
garments will easily fit up to a 50 inch hip measurement but we can also
accommodate other sizes. If you think
you may need a different size let us know.
If you think you may weigh more than 225 pounds or are over
6'1" tall, please let us know when you set up your appointment so we can
get the appropriate provisions ready for you.
You are in good hands and we will be sure to have a comfortable, safe
spot for you.
While larger folks tend to have more surface area, and thus
would require more product usage on our end; we never upcharge for "extra
wax" or "extra hair" or "extra time" like some places do. We use simple flat pricing at River Rock so
there will never be any surprises when you check out after your service. Everyone is charged the same fee at River Rock.
What kind of wax do you use?
We utilize many different types and brands of both hard and
strip wax depending on the area to be waxed, the type of hair growth, and the
client's skin type.
There are many wax brands on the market and each have their
own pluses and minuses. However, there
are only two main families of wax types.
Strip wax (also called hot or soft wax) and hard wax (also call
Brazilian/European wax, stripless wax, and cold wax).
Strip wax is the kind you saw used in the 40 Year Old Virgin movie.
It is heated quite warm, applied as thinly as
possible, and then a cloth or paper strip is applied to the area and rubbed or
pressed to adhere it to the wax and then it is zipped off quickly.
Its main advantages are speed and exfoliation
since it removes the outer layer of skin.
Strip wax should never be reapplied to an area, you get one shot and
done or you would remove additional layers of skin.
Hard wax on the other hand melts at just over body
temperature, is spread on like frosting, firms up and turns opaque and is
peeled off looking like a flexible Band-Aid.
Its advantages include low melt temperature so less burn risk, it can be
reapplied to an area since it does not remove the skin only hair, it does not
require any invasive rubbing or molding, and its shrink wrap nature allows it
to grab coarse hair beautifully.
We do not pass on the high product cost for hard wax to our
clients. We do not change any additional
fees for hard waxing. We just include
the best product for our clients in our fees.
We use hard wax on eyebrows, underarms, and genitals as a rule because
these areas tend to have very coarse hair and leaving the skin intact in these
areas is obviously important.
Since some areas of the body can benefit from the extra
exfoliation that strip wax provides, we routinely use strip wax on legs, arms,
I've heard there are different types of Bikini Waxes or patterns. What patterns will you do?
We offer many types of genital waxing patterns for men and
women. These include the Standard
Bikini, Brazilian Bikini, the EO, Playboy Bikini, The TC2, the Sphinx (a.k.a.
the Full Monty, the Bare All Bikini and incorrectly as a Brazilian), and the
Boxer Brief. Presented in order from
least hair removed to most. Please see
our pricing menu tab for current costs and the Special Offers page for great
If you have any medical conditions you should check with your healthcare provider before you wax.
For women the patterns offered include:
- The Regular or Standard Bikini Wax - For ladies, this wax removes all hair outside of the brief style panty line. This is a very conservative wax, perfect if you need a clean line for a swim suit or athletic brief.
- The Brazilian Bikini Wax - Is really a very modest wax for ladies and is all about the backside. Picture the areas covered when you wear a thong. For this wax basically we remove everything outside the thong. It leaves a rectangle-like stripe or triangular shape two to three fingers in width covering the girl parts. This means hair is not removed from the labia (outer folds of the vulva also called the lips). Hair is removed from the derriere (buttocks) and in the cleft. Named for the look made famous by Brazilian women that wear tiny thong style bikinis, as you could never spot any hair when looking from behind. With the Brazilian it's not what you leave up front it's what you don't leave as viewed from behind.
- The next step up is the Playboy Bikini Wax - Basically we will remove all the hair from the vulva/genital region and back side leaving a small "landing strip" in various shapes on top of the pubic mound. That shape can be a square, a rectangle landing strip, an upside down triangle, directional indicator, initials, heart or something else. All hair is removed from the labia; all hair is removed from the derriere and crevice. Named after the famous Playboy Playmates featured in the magazines because that's what you'd see on the models. Sometimes you will see this termed a French wax. We commonly hear this called the Brazilian around here so that is another reason you want to be sure you know exactly what you are getting when you go somewhere to be waxed, ask for specifics regardless of what it is called. This is an excellent choice if you tend to have the dreaded "swampy" condition or suffer from UTIs or yeast infections. From a hygienic perspective, this can be the starter option for easy cleansing and drying of the genital area. Genital hair tends to trap moisture creating a perfect warm moist environment for a host of bacteria and fungal infections.
- The next choice is the Sphinx or Bare All Bikini Wax. This is our most popular wax pattern for the ladies. In this wax hair is entirely removed from the vulva area, labia, and from the derriere. If you were wearing brief style underwear everything under that would be removed as the name implies, bare all. Sometimes this treatment is referred to as "The Full Monty" or Hollywood bikini wax and in these parts we often here this referred to as a Brazilian bikini wax.
- The Board Short Wax -We will remove everything mid-thigh up to the waist line front and back.
For the Gentlemen patterns offered include:
- EO (Equipment Only) Pattern: For the gentlemen this is the most conservative wax we offer. It includes the equipment only meaning the penis and scrotum. Yes, you can safely and easily wax both without skin damage.
- The TBC (Twig, Berries, Cleft) Pattern: This pattern includes the equipment, cleft in the backside, and removes the hair surrounding the equipment on the front side except for a decorative pattern (upside down triangle, square, landing strip, lightning bolt, etcetera) is left above the equipment. If you are looking for a way to focus attention on the goods, clearing out the underbrush is the way to go. Since the equipment is now visible (as reported in Men's Health Magazine) it tends to make the package look larger and fuller...enough said. If you are an athlete and are battling swampy or fungus issues like Jock Itch, this is the starting pattern wax for you. Some places may call this pattern a Brazilian, a guyzilian, manzilian, Hollywood, French or Australian wax.
- The TC2 (Brief Style) Pattern: This wax goes a little further than the TBC as it includes the full cheeks and leaves zero decorative pattern up above the equipment. It basically removes anything that would be covered by brief style underwear. You might here this called a Sphinx, Full Monty, or Bare-All wax and some folks confuse it with a Brazilian etcetera.
- Boxer Brief Pattern: This wax basically removes what would have been covered by a Boxer Brief style of underwear so the top of the thighs are also included. This tends to be the wax of choice among cyclists and runners.
If you are looking for something not described above just
ask. We are able to work with your hair
and skin type to render just about anything.
For detail information on waxing for men visit our men's waxing page.
Can I record or take a picture of my treatment to show my friends?
As cool (and potentially innocent) as it may seem to snap a
couple quick pictures or record a treatment, it also opens a Pandora's Box we
strictly forbid access to. To ensure
of our other clients. For this reason,
cameras, cell phones that record or have cameras, and any other recording
devices are not permitted to be used.
Stealth actions are not funny or a joke to us either as we
take privacy seriously and we'd hate to have to involve the authorities. If you have a special need or reason you want to photograph or video a session, ask to
speak with the boss lady prior to your service and she may grant you conditional permission for
Without prior written
approval however, no recording or pictures.
If we find out that you have done so without our consent, we will pursue
any and all legal remedies available to us.