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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.

    Wednesday
    Mar202013

    5 Tips to Prepare for Bikini Season 

    Summer is just around the corner and the urge to get bikini and swimsuit ready is becoming extremely prevalent. We’ve all had a long winter and probably didn't commit as well as we would have liked to with our NYE resolutions. Although we are still making our way out of winter, it’s never too early to get into the summer swing of things – and busting out those bikini bods. After doing some serious research, we came up of a list of 5 tips we thought were the BEST for getting bikini ready. Check them out below:

    Pick up some form of physical activity: We hate to admit this, but we know it’s probably the most important tip (and hardest to accomplish) when preparing for the bikini season. Adding some cardio to your day will not only help you shape up for the season, but will increase your mood, too. Since the weather is getting nicer, it will be easier to find fun activities you can do outside. Grab some friends, get out in the sun and work it!

    Rest and drink PLENTY of water: Getting an appropriate amount of sleep is incredibly beneficial to your overall health and will play a very active role in helping revitalize your body for spring and summer. Aim to get around 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Also, drink plenty of water throughout the day. Most people do not drink nearly enough water each day and this can result in overeating and low energy levels. So if you want to both look and feel better this season, hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate! 

    Find a flattering suit: This goes without saying but finding a great suit for your body will make ALL the difference! Sure, it sucks going to the dressing room only to find that you hate every single option, but keep trying. Eventually you will find one you love and that fits you well. We could give you all the advice in the world for how to choose the best bathing suit, but ultimately you are the one who knows your body the best and what looks good. While you’re at it, why not pick out a flattering cover-up to go along with your newfound suit?

    Wax and Exfoliate: Those long winter months have done nothing but wreck havoc on your skin. Winter brings dried, dead skin and exfoliating can help ease your skin back into its luscious, pre-winter state. Waxing is a perfect exfoliate and will help eliminate dry skin and can give you just the boost your skin needs. Besides you’re basically killing two birds with one stone when waxing: exfoliating and getting rid of that unwanted hair. Starting your waxing routine early in the season will help make sure you skin is ready in time for summer and will help curb your hair growth down the line. We would by lying as well if we didn't suggest a good assortment of body scrubs and loofahs. These are also helpful when exfoliating and they can make you wax last longer.

    Consider a spray tan: Finally, after you’ve completed all the above four steps and you’re still not feeling beach ready, why not try a spray tan? Having a little extra color coming into the season will definitely boost your confidence. Just make sure to steer clear of that overly orange spray tan color and stay closer to your natural tone. 

    Overall, the best tip we can give is just to have fun! Spring and summer is a great time to start something new. In honor of this countdown to spring, we will be showcasing cute and unique bathing suits each week on our social media accounts. Check them out and let us know what styles you will be rocking this season! 

    What tips do you typically follow when preparing for spring and summer? Share them with us on our Facebook page.

    Wednesday
    Feb272013

    Waxing the City February All Star: Lacie Fuller 

    Meet Lacie Fuller from our LoDo Salon in Denver, Colorado. We sat down with Lacey to discuss some of the funny things she's witnessed at the salon.

     

    Wednesday
    Feb272013

    Cupid's Undie Run 2013

    For the second year in a row, Waxing the City chose to support the Cupid's Undie Run, a race where people bare it all to support the Children's Tumor Foundation in Minneapolis and Denver.

    In an effort to raise more funds for the foundation, on February 9, we organized a "Rip for a Tip" session in both cities. Brave men sacrificed their body hair to raise money, and it was amazing!

    We want to give a special shout-out to the two brave men who volunteered to wax their ENTIRE hairy (and we mean hairy) chests. Also, the heart-shaped chest waxes were just perfect for the occasion!

    Check out photos from both events: Minnesota and Colorado

    Dying to check out the awesome outfits and killer dance moves? We made a video of the event and were sure to capture each and every breathless look as we ripped away their body hair. Take a look here:

     

    Thursday
    Feb142013

    WTC Valentine's Day Contest! 

    February is a short month dedicated to that one seemingly impossible task: love. Whether you are spending the day with a new love or celebrating with friends, let’s review the history of this heart-filled holiday.

    We’ve dug up the history books on this couple-tastic holiday and here is what we found. Five interesting facts on Valentine’s Day to help you celebrate, mourn or feel vindicated this February 14.

    But first, we’re having a little social media contest on the 14 in the spirit of Valentine’s Day. Here are the details:

    Post a photo of you or someone you know showing the love this holiday. Need an example? Here you go, check out photos from last year!. Two lucky winners, one from Facebook and one from Twitter, will win a $25 gift card to Waxing the City! So get at it, and show some love!

     

    The History of Valentines Day is well. . . unknown: Everyone has heard that Valentines Day all started after a Saint named Valentine. Well actually, the legend behind this is unclear. The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentius, all of whom were martyred. Some believe that Valentine’s Day was named after a bishop Valentine who was stationed in Rome. Claudius II was emperor at the time and he had installed a law that would not allow young men to marry, because unmarried men made better soldiers. Valentine in this story became an advocate for these poor lovesick soldiers and secretly married them. However, he was ultimately found out and jailed. Another version claims that an imprisoned Valentine fell in love with the daughter of the jailer. Just before he was to be put to death, he sent his love a note and signed it “from your Valentine” (hence how we get the phrase ‘From your Valentine’). The story spread and after his death he became known as a Patron Saint. Then Voila! We have Valentine’s Day!

     

    The Original Valentines Day was actually a Pagan Holiday: Celebrated on the idles of February (Feb. 15), Valentines Day actually began as Lupercella – a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of Agriculture, as well as the Roman founders Romulus and Remus. Details of the actual festival are a little messy, but rumor is that this holiday was deemed “un-Christian” at the end of the 5th century so it ended and Pope Gelasius declared February 14 Valentine’s Day. It wasn’t until much later however, that this holiday became definitively associated with love.  It was also believed during the Middle Ages in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of the birds mating season, which added to the fact that the middle of February should be dedicated to love.

     

    Cards, cards and more CARDS! Many place blame on the card industry for the demise of this holiday. However, Valentine’s Day greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages and actual written valentines didn't appear until after 1400. The oldest known Valentine in existence is a love poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London, following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. As the holiday began gaining more and more popularity between the 17th and 18th centuries, couples young and old looked for new and interesting ways to share their feelings. But it wasn’t actually until 1840 that Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. She is known as the “Mother of the Valentine” and the Greeting Card Association estimates that about 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year!

     

    Symbols galore: One can hardly enter into the month of February without being bombarded by hearts, chocolate, love cards and plenty more. Some of the most common symbols for Valentine’s Day is this era are cupids, hearts, roses, teddy bears and words of adoration. Everyone (well mostly everyone) knows that Cupid, with his arrows and bows, represents Roman mythology and that Cupid was the son of Venus the goddess of love. But what about chocolate- why is that important and so widely given out? Well clearly from the get-go chocolate was a favorite with its rich, divine and decadent flavor. Being that everyone enjoys chocolate, it’s only natural it became such a widely distributed item this month. Cadbury invented the first chocolate candies in the 1860s and was also the first to market them in a heart-shaped box for the holiday. 

     

    Although the true meaning behind Valentine’s Day has been skewed since the beginning the same principle applies- the appreciation for those you love and care about. No longer is Valentine’s Day just about celebrating couples but sharing with friends and family your appreciation for them. It’s easy to get lost in the glitz and overwhelming glamour of the heart shaped holiday, but try to remember single or not, Valentine’s Day is about those closest to you and celebrating love in all its forms. Ready to celebrate? Post a photo of you showing the love here.

     

    Tuesday
    Jan222013

    Cupids Undie Run is coming up Feb. 9! 

    We’re proud to announce that we are once again sponsoring the Cupid’s Undie Run in Denver on Feb. 9! This 1-mile-ish jog asks you to bare it all for a great cause and we will be doing the infamous ‘Tip for a Rip’ segment again this year to help raise money! We’ve also expanded our sponsorship to include the Minneapolis event this year as well!  For our Texas readers the closest Cupid Undie Run is in Austin.  We hope to see Dallas host this event next year…if so, we will be there with bells on!!!

    So come out, bare it all and join the festivities after! You can register for the event here! Also, Waxing the City will be donating an additional $10 per person for any registered runners receiving a waxing service between now and Feb 9.   So make sure to get waxed before you bare your body for the run! Not sure what to expect? Check out our video from last year: