Ever since reading last year the Bergdorf Blondes, I’ve been obsessed with getting a Brazilian Wax and am glad I was finally able to find time last night. The Brazilian was something that mystified me and this time being a summer, it is absolutely a must! However, the procedure is not really cheap and it’s not something that is offered by every spa in Manila. I had to choose between the Oasis in Hyatt and Sanctuario, which are both found in Malate. I finally had to settle for the latter because it’s nearer my workplace and ’twas about 200 pesos cheaper (…as my son says, “cheapskate!”)
Sanctuario is a Filipino-style spa specializing in traditional Pinoy healing (hilot) and other exotic pampering treatments like the kape barako body scrub (P2,250), bentosa cupping (P800), Dagdagay tribal foot massage P660) and carabao milk whitening bath (P660) . They sure look fancy and I still have to try ’em. Sanctuario is located in an ancestral house in the middle of Malate’s riproarin’ bohemian district. The toilet in the girls’ locker room was hardly spacious but I do like the place’s liberal use of antique Filipino furnitures and indigenous decor.
I opted to have a dip in the jacuzzi first which was a common (unisex) area and was made to wear a sarong and this top. Since humidity in Manila is at its peak now, the hot jacuzzi didn’t prove to be a wise option but I did enjoy the view in the back garden that night. My friendly therapist Christy took this photo of moi. Little did I know of the agony which would welcome me in the ensuing minutes 😛
I got queasy once we went into the treatment area with the sight of the rounded flourescent spotlight beside my bed which reminded me of a hospital operating room. You had to be naked from the waist down and I must say that it’s important to have somebody who you can really be comfortable with, especially if it involves something as delicate as she tweezing your stray hair down there, lol.
Christy begins by putting azulene (calming) oil, talcum powder and some other lotion in my nether part. Then she proceeds to put wax on it which had been burning in a machine labelled “clean+easy.” The hot wax stings at first and without a warning, Christy proceeds to rip the wax with my hair on the opposite direction. I let out a loud “aaaaah!” At this point, I would have appreciated it if erstwhile gentle-looking Christy gave me a warning huh! Or engaged me in a conversation, the way my doctor does when she inserts an instrument during those routine pap smears. But clearly, I had no option!!
Christy wasn’t even halfway yet and I feel traumatized already. She even asked me to choose whether I’ll settle for “a shape” or would opt to have all my hair removed, with a warning that the latter could get quite bloody. Duh?? It’s obvious now what my preference would be.
To cut a long story short, I couldn’t wait to have the procedure over and done with. I thought I had high tolerance for pain but this one was p-a-i-n-f-u-l with a capital P. The only thing that made it all lighter was the bonding I developed with Christy who shared me all the juicy bits about her clients, namely the bunch of Australians, the Indians and the blacks (with their thick body hair!), this male client who would get an erection or lose it, depending on the level of the pain he felt. Hmmm, should I even be flattered when Christy said I was her first Filipina client ever since the spa offered the service last year?? 😛
I was thinking that it could get really painful for a Filipina because our hair has a fuller and richer texture. But having said so, I have to admit that the pain felt less as we wound down the whole exercise. Christy even said that the pain is even less during the second visit because the hair grows thinner now (as long you just trim it, and not shave!) I feel better, cleaner and couldn’t help but be amazed at my new view, hehe. This is something that I could get used to. As Gwyneth Paltrow was quoted as saying once: “(The Brazilian) changed my life!”
Benefits of the Brazilian for the Pinay:
– You don’t feel as cumbersome as when you had all that hair. Better for your personal hygiene. The hair takes long to grow.
– Great surprise for your husband/boyfriend/lover. I could recommend this to my friends going on their honeymoon (dusa muna bago ang sarap, hahaha)
– You feel more confident wearing your bikini on the beach
Sooo painfully good I can almost lick myself!! 🙂