Friday, May 12, 2006
To Laser Or Not To Laser?
That was the question that I was unexpectedly faced with two nights ago when I was in Palm Beach for the Completely Bare Spa opening. I was just going to do my usual editor run through: check out the joint, sample a comped service, collect my goody bag and leave.
But that’s not quite how it went down. The comped service I chose to experience from the spa’s menu was one of their signatures: the Completely Bare bikini wax. (No explanation necessary, right? It’s the whole shebang.) Anyway, so naturally I was a little nervous all day, but when I got to the spa I felt immediately at ease. It was very warm and welcoming. The entrance felt more like a living room. The bright all white décor featured modern chaises coupled around a large fuzzy fur rug. There were candles burning atop simple shelving that also displayed the Completely Bare product line and a sleek little plasma TV.
As I observed my surroundings and maintained my nerves, Cindy Barshop, the owner of the New York based spa chain came in to introduce herself and chat. We sat on the couch and talked about the spa’s unique services. I actually forgot for a moment that I was about the get stripped down to my barest self.
Then as Cindy went on about their signature micro-dermabrasion facial I momentarily zoned out and glanced up at the television. There, right in front of me was a half naked chick pulling down her pants in front of a tongue-wagging Howard Stern. I must have made some sort of facial expression that mimicked complete horror because Cindy immediately interrupted her spiel to assure, “Oh that’s just one of our press clippings.”
I let out an awkward laugh then tried to change the subject like I was totally un-phased. “So what other treatments do you guys specialize in?” This question was a mistake. It was meant to deter from my first flush of embarrassment, but ultimately led to my next even bigger burst of awkward behavior.
So she proceeded to tell me that they were best known for their laser treatments. Then she asked me if I’ve ever had laser hair removal. I haven’t. I always thought I’d love to, but when it came down to it I never actually motivated to go and get it done. The thought of never having to shave again seems nice, but then again isn’t it really painful?
She asked me if I’d like to try it. “What, the laser hair removal?” She said it so nonchalant as if it was something people do on a whim for fun, so I had to double check. “Yeah, it’ll be fun,” she replied. Fun? Of course my answer was flat out, “No thank you.” But then she just threw it back, “Oh come on, it’s not bad. Just try it.”
I couldn’t believe it. Was I being peer pressured? This can't be normal. But she kept prodding and coaxing so I finally gave in and blurted out “Okay, I’ll do it. But… I’m… really nervous.” It was probably one of my most awkward moments ever.
Within an instant a swarm of CB specialists in white lab coats came out of nowhere and surrounded me. I immediately felt like I was in a doctor’s office. One handed me a clipboard where I was to fill out my entire medical history and sign a waiver. Another was asking me questions about my skin while another was petting my arm telling me I was going to be okay.
As I was lying on the chair in the treatment room, a huge white machine with an extendable arm and red light stared at me in the face. As it hummed, I was feeling increasingly uneasy with each passing moment. Everything felt so serious. I began to doubt my spa-like surroundings. Am I having a surgical procedure? I could hear my mom’s voice in my head saying what are you doing? A Completely Bare bikini wax actually sounded so refreshing at that moment. Why was I such baby? Why didn’t I just say I wanted the wax!?
My inner dialogue was interrupted by my specialist’s voice, “Now on a scale of 1 to 5, how did that feel?” “What?” I asked. Apparently she had already done the first area and I didn’t even realize. It was that easy. I had heard that it felt like a rubber band snapping against your skin, but painless? I had never heard that. I later learned the laser machines that Completely Bare uses in all of their spas are in fact virtually painless. And from that moment on I was hooked. I’ve already plotted each body part I’m going to tackle next. It’s amazing. I never have to wax or shave again? Sold.
Final Word: Do you dare to go bare? With summer right around the corner a little laser might do the body good. Visit one of Completely Bare’s four New York locations and see for yourself. www.completelybare.com