BARE ESSENTIALS: TOP WAXES FROM NY TO LA
The Place: With ironic Victorian portraits on the walls and Coachella style flower crowns for sale, the salon could be mistaken for a Mission district bar.
The Technique: Owner Gillespie sprayed us with numbing lidocaine can before rapidly zipping off the wax with strips of cloth.
Extras: Take-home cards with post wax maintenance tips and a free anti-ingrown cream.
Bottom Line: We were surprised that Gillespie didn't leave any hairs or irritated skin, given her brisk pace.