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    Welcome to The Waxing Blog: Smooth Talk from Waxing the City. If you want to know more about waxing and skin care for men and women, you're in the right place. Alex Jimenez and Summer Hartshorn — two of Waxing the City's premier CEROLOGIST™ Technicians — answer your questions about waxing. There's no such thing as a dumb question. At Waxing the City, we strive to make you as comfortable online as we do at any of our four locations.

    Thursday
    Aug192010

    The Evolution of Bikini's and Waxing in America: Part 2 - 1910s - 1930s

    While this may come as a shock to you Waxing The City clients, waxing is a relatively new phenomenon in the United States. Interestingly, as we looked back through time, we noticed that the introduction - and entire evolution - of hair removal for American women has followed the substantial changes in women's swimwear fashion. So, in honor of bikini season, we thought it fitting to show you the evolution of the bikini and how, during its own slow and steady progress, the bikini has impacted the entire hair removal industry.

    In Part 1 of this series we took you through the history of the 1900s. Now, in Part 2 we'll pick up where we left off last by starting off with a look back at the 1910s and taking you through the decade of the 1930s. 

    Let's begin...

    1910s: While women were still completely unfamiliar with the idea of hair removal at this point, it was finally becoming acceptable for women to swim.  The first step toward modern swimwear came when Annette Kellerman, an Olympic swimmer, was arrested on a Boston beach for indecency.  She was wearing a fitted one-piece bathing suit, which still covered everything except her arms and neckline (pictured right). Kellerman became famous for advocating the right of women to wear a one-piece bathing suit, which was very controversial at the time. While women’s swimwear made some progress when Kellerman’s one piece finally became acceptable beach attire, women’s hair removal progressed enormously!  In 1915, Gillette introduced the first razor for women. 

     

    1920s: In their advertisements for the women’s razor, Gillette focused on teaching women to shave their underarms since this was one area of a woman’s body that was acceptable for women to expose.  In the later part of the 1920s the shaving industry began focusing their attention on women’s legs, just as they had done with their underarms.  Unfortunately, flesh-colored stockings were introduced to prevent women from exposing their bare legs and acted as a hassle-free solution for leg hair.  Advertisers continued to try and teach women how to shave their legs and began promoting the idea that hair free skin was desirable.

     

    1930s: With new materials like nylon and latex, swimsuits began hugging the body more, necklines began to plunge, and leggings were cut away.  Now that women were exposing their bare legs on the beach, removing leg hair was incorporated into the cultural norm.  However, this newly accepted leg exposure was kept to a minimum and women were expected to wear shorts that were a certain length.

     

     

    Stay tuned for Part 3 of "The Evolution of Bikini's and Waxing in America" blog series!

    Tuesday
    Aug172010

    The Evolution of Bikini's and Waxing in America: Part 1 - 1900s

    While Waxing the City is continuously pushing the waxing industry to new heights and setting the bar for excellence and innovation, we also believe in the importance of paying homage to our waxing roots (Pun intended!). Believe it or not, waxing is a relatively new phenomenon in the United States. In fact, the whole idea of hair removal in general for American women was virtually nonexistent just a century ago! The introduction - and entire evolution - of hair removal for American women has followed the substantial changes in women’s swimwear fashion. So, since it’s that time of year when you all are throwing on your itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny-bikini’s and hitting the pool in style, we thought it would only be fitting to take you back through time a bit and show you the evolution of the bikini and how, during its own slow and steady progress, the bikini has impacted the entire hair removal industry, turning hair removal and waxing into an essential part of modern American femininity.

     

    Where then, did this practice of removing body and facial hair begin?  Why and how did waxing become a part of American culture?  And how the heck did my bathing suit have anything to do with it?? 

     

    Well, let’s start from the beginning....

     

    • The majority of early immigrants to the United States were of European origin and hair removal was not a common custom among most European women.  Thus, when they migrated to America, European women never transferred the practice of hair removal to the new society, making it a completely foreign practice among early American women. 

     

    • Fast-forward to the 1900s: The first swimsuits for women consisted of bulky dresses, bloomer and black stocking to ensure minimal exposure of women’s bodies.  Women refrained from swimming too much because the prevailing attitude of the time was that swimming was for men only, but we’re guessing it was because of those uncomfortable looking outfits they were expected to wear!  Needless to say, hair removal was totally unheard of to these women because women’s bodies were meant to remain hidden! 

     

    Times have most definitely changed since the 1900s! And our views on swimwear and hair removal have undergone some interesting transformations throughout the past century as well.

     

    Make sure to stay tuned for Part 2 of this blog series: "The Evolution of Bikini's and Waxing in America," in which we'll explore the changes that occured for American women during the 1910s!

     

     

    Thursday
    Jul152010

    Male Celebrities Who Should Wax

    Now men, a little bit of body hair is absolutely acceptable.  After all, it is natural.  However, men, how do you know when your body hair is out of control??  How much body hair is too much?  Well, take it from these much-too-hairy celebrities: it's better to wax than to be caught with your hair hanging out!  Just take a look at these good-looking male celebs who are definitely not looking their finest due to some obvious waxing woes!

    Colin Farrell is gorgeous! BUT, we can't see his beautiful eyes underneath those bushy eyebrows!

    And Chad Westwick is looking a little too ungroomed with all that chest hair poking out of his shirt!

    No need to worry though men, manscaping really is IN these days!  Real men, like Harrison Ford, for instance, know when to wax!

    So, men, don't make the same mistakes as some of these hairy male celebrities, instead, take a lesson from Harrison Ford!  Call Waxing The City to make your appointment today!!

    Monday
    Jul122010

    Female Celebrities Who Should Wax

    It's no surprise and nothing new that Americans are just a wee bit obsessed with the Oh-So-Glamorous lives of celebrities.  Perhaps it is because we are mesmerized by celebrities' so-called flawless physical appearances; from their ideal hairstyles, all the way down to their perfectly pedicured toenails.  People want to know how they can look more like their favorite celebrity!  While there are countless "tips & tricks" out there for how to morph yourself into a fabulously flawless famous-look-alike, here at Waxing the City, we believe that every person should only strive to be their most beautiful selves, never somebody else!  We know that no person can ever really be that perfect...even those celebrities we try so hard to emulate!  Even celebrities have flaws!  It's okay though, you don't have to take our word for it, just take a look at some famous females we found who should actually be taking a note from all of you beauties and book themselves an appointment at Waxing the City!

    We are guessing that Drew and Beyonce missed their underarm waxing appointments!  Yikes!

        

     And it looks like Tyra Banks might have missed her upper-lip wax appointment!  Oops!

    Don't make the same mistakes as these female celebrites who need to wax!  Call Waxing the City to make your appointment today!

    Wednesday
    Jun092010

    WTC "Rule Book" For Summertime: Chapter Four; Spray Tanning and Lash/Brow Tinting

    Are you getting ready for that big vacation and trying to get everything done last minute? No doubt many of you have a to do list that includes, “make waxing appointment” and “go to tanning salon.” If this is the case, make sure that in all the hustle and bustle and packing and planning that you schedule those appointments carefully.  One of our clients told us we needed a “Rule Book” for summertime!  So, here are the hot topics….


     

    Chapter Four: Spray Tanning and Lash/Brow Tinting

    We have a true story to share... 

    We had an individual spray tan and then stop by our salon for a quick lash/brow tint on her way to the airport.  Well, the developer that was used in the tinting process reacted with pigment of the spray tan and turned her skin in those areas orange. So, there she was, with orange shaded eyebrows just in time for a vacation! 

    Morale of the story: get your tints before heading to the tanning booth!

    Planning ahead is key! Don’t try to push all of your appointments into the day before your vacation starts! Waxing the City studios are open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (and, for those of you in downtown Denver, the Lodo salon is open Sundays) and our highly trained cerologists and our administrative staff will do their very best to help you schedule your appointments in a timely manner.

     

    Make sure to check back soon for more Waxing The City advice!!