After my visit I can say I'm not at all surprised that Shobha was named by NY Mag as the Best Bikini Wax in the city. That being the signature special, we felt compelled to check it out for ourselves. The spa is clean and warm feeling, the ladies are quick and efficient and you are made to feel relaxed and taken care of. Shobha is also known for their on-time scheduling, they don't keep you waiting for your appointments. Also they offer online scheduling so you can avoid potential awkwardness at the office!
The 3000 ft Soho location is bright, well lit and open. The dark wood floors, soft yellow walls, orange and pink decor compliment the welcoming atmosphere. Check-in is quick and painless plus you are offered a complimentary tea or water while you wait. I had barely taken 2 sips of my water when I was greeted by my aesthetician, Reshma. She had a very calming manner that put me at instant ease as she lead me to the private treatment rooms.
As a Shobha client you get to experience all the amazing and natural products firsthand. When Shobha Tummala, the founder and CEO, opened the first location in 2001, the products available on the market were not up to her satisfaction, so she developed her own products! The Sugaring Gel using a family recipe that she learned from her grandmother using all natural ingredients. Sugaring is a similar process to waxing, but Sugaring Gel adheres to the skin less, making it less painful. Sugaring is also better because any residue can easily be washed away with water...not that there was much residue left at all! The Rosewater toner which naturally reduces skin irritations & redness (perfect sans sugaring!). The talc-free powder which removes moisture prior to waxing or anytime you might need it (just learned talc is linked to cancer & infertility...BEWARE!).
Truthfully, I was super nervous about what to expect and was glad to have Lani with me for moral support but everything was so quick and comfortable that it was all over before I knew it! And the pain (I'm not gonna lie, there was some pain) was totally bearable...if you've ever waxed your arms before, it'll be a piece of cake! I just tried super hard to stay calm as being relaxed makes it less painful and quicker! I also had the peace of mind of knowing they used safe, natural products and by the fact that they don't double dip in the sugaring gel ever!
Shobha also gave me some great tips for aftercare to prevent irritation and ingrowns! I'm totally testing out the Shohba Exfoliating Cloth and the Shobha Ingrown Relief Lotion right now and I'll let you know how it goes!
2-for-1 bikini treatments from September 9-15, 2009 at all 3 locations! So grab a friend ;) For full details click here.