So I recently had a bikini wax that I swear was four hours long–it was excruciating. Plus every time the tech ripped away some wax, she would say to me, “Ooh, good girl!” as if to a toddler. And the end result was crooked. Needless to say, I did not tip. Ramon Padilla, the general manager of Strip Ministry of Waxing in New York City, supports me. “When you’re getting waxed, you’re in a very vulnerable position,” he said. “You have to be comfortable.”
Standard Tip: Generally 15-20%. Estheticians at Strip usually get a $10-15 tip on a $65 Brazilian wax tab.
Managing Your Expectations:
• Waxing hurts, but it should not be unbearable. Do as much as you can to minimize it beforehand. Take Advil, and ask the salon if they have a numbing spray. (Stript’s Katherine Goldman offers it at her salons–it’s becoming more common at wax-only salons.)
• If you want a Brazilian, you’re going to have to go spread eagle. There’s no way around it.
These Things Are Not OK:
• An esthetician not giving you 100% of her attention. Mostly because this can lead to…
• …wax dripping somewhere it shouldn’t. Never OK.
• Double dipping. This is when a therapist uses a stick on you that’s been previously used on another client. It happens!
• The therapist doesn’t wear gloves.
While a therapist always appreciates a tip, it’s best to leave it in the envelope at the front desk. “Sometimes, especially when guys come in and get waxed, they leave the money on the bed on the dirty towel,” Padilla said. “Your naked butt’s just been right there!”