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Best Places For Waxing In Chicago

Waxing is something your grandmother never heard of unless it had to do with her linoleum floor. Today, it's de rigueur to get every hairy inch of your body, including the nether regions, stripped of its fur. It has also become quite alright for men (beyond Olympic swimmers and drag queens). But for either sex, it can be fraught with pain, breakouts and ingrown hair unless you visit any of the Chicago area pros on this list.
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Face Value Skin Spa
InStyle Salon Suites
2316 Esplanade Dr. Suite 108
Algonquin, IL 60102
(847) 338-1354

Trek to Algonquin for a wax? You better believe it because husband-and-wife team Todd and Julie Dwyer offer reasonable prices and ultra-personalized service during what can be a disconcerting situation.Your waxing session, from upper lip to down there, is done by either of the owners so you get only top-notch customer service from beginning to end. The fact that you can choose a male or female esthetician who will take care of you from consult to checkout makes it a very private experience. With over a decade of de-fuzzing under their belts, expect your jawline, modified Brazilian, derriere, abdomen, arm, male Brazilian, leg, French bikini, back, eyebrow, chest or underarm wax experience to be efficient, comfortable and, well, smooth.

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BLADE Hair Skin Body
1415 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 388-3356

BLADE is always being called out in magazines like Marie Claire for the staff's hair expertise, and waxing is yet another feather in the salon's formidable cap. Dianka Arcos, a practicing esthetician for nearly nine years, handles BLADE's facials, brow shaping/enhancement and waxing services. Her technique is always quick, precise and as painless as possible. Owner Linda Licocci says, "Dianka is an artist who listens to each client's goals and delivers on their requests. She is able to address all waxing issues and prides herself in being able to revamp the look of even the most challenging and skin sensitive clients."

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Mario Tricoci's Wax & Brow Bar
900 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(847) 202-1900

Open in Oakbrook and on North Michigan Avenue in December of 2014, Wax & Brow Bars by Mario Tricoci hop on the trend of brow grooming and offer eyebrow as well as lip wax at its new spa areas. The team fashions brow shapes in accordance with your face shape. Did you know that the ideal brow for a diamond-shaped face is a dramatic, curved arch, pulling the focus up to the narrow forehead? We didn't think so. The new wax and brow bars also offer individual and full-strip eyelash extensions and men's facial grooming.

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Just Waxing Salon
2212 W North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 489-9565

You have to count on a place that does just one thing to do it well. Just Waxing Salon gets you in and out and your hair off, period. Check the website often for specials such as $35 Brazilians (women only) or 30 percent off a single service. The Wicker Park salon also removes hair from face, lip, brows, back, chest, stomach, legs, bikini or the full frontal Brazilian for men and women. The salon promises to "be able to clear away your undesirable body hair no matter how thick or unusual."

The Men's Grooming Parlor
5316 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 316-9357

Dare we use the Oprah-esque phrase of "man-scaping," but the fact of the matter is that the male species is ridding itself of hair right and left (and up and down) and often does not want vanilla candles and Peruvian flute music floating in the air while that's happening. If you need a back, nose or ear wax, you want to get it where it's a cut-and-dry affair and without an arched eyebrowed attitude. Services are speedy and efficient.

Jacky Runice has been a columnist with the Daily Herald Chicago since grunge music and flannel was the new black. Her fingers and gray matter have been busy as travel editor of Reunions Magazine; penning a column that was syndicated around the nation via Tribune Media Services. Her work can be found at

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