For many people, getting ready for Sacramento’s warmer weather means getting ready for skin-bearing shorts, tank tops and bathing suits. But summer is not the only time to keep the skin on your body smooth and hairless, and many do it all year round for reasons of health, comfort and style. One popular method is waxing, in which existing hairs are removed by the roots, often delaying the growth of new hair for several weeks or more.

Soft waxing, also known as strip waxing, is typically done using a thin layer of wax and a strip of cloth or paper to yank the hair out. Stripless or hard waxing uses a thicker layer of wax that is removed after it fully cools on the skin.

Waxing can be done on virtually any part of the epidermis from ears to toes. Bikini waxing is done to remove any hair that would show when a bathing suit bottom is worn, while Brazilian waxing removes all hair that might be visible even when no bottom is worn.

To avoid scarring, broken capillaries, infections and other health concerns, waxing may only be performed by cosmetologists and estheticians who have a current license from the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.

Sanctuary Skin Studio
401-B Vernon St.
Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 367-8305

The owner and operator of Sanctuary Studio is a licensed esthetician that has a positive reputation for her technique, gentle touch and relaxed, welcoming manner. The studio offers other options like tanning and facials, including skin care options specifically for teenagers, but waxing is the primary focus. Brazilian waxing is available, and women can also have waxing performed on underarms, stomachs, legs, bikini line, lips and facial hair. For gentlemen seeking some manscaping, the owner is skilled in Brazilians, as well as in full or half arm waxing, legs, back, shoulders, chest nose and brow services.

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Glow Esthetics & Spa Therapies
2114 N St.
Sacramento, 95816
(916) 441-2231

Owner Valerie Yager is a makeup artist and licensed clinical aesthetician that operates Glow out of a charmingly restored Victorian home. Waxing services include both a standard and an “in-betweeny” bikini wax, underarms, full and partial leg waxing, lips and more. Brazilians and brow waxing can be followed up with maintenance treatments as well. Yager offers facials, targeted skin treatments, bridal and special event makeup, and even a six-week-long “skin care boot camp.” For the sake of convenience, appointments can be scheduled online at the spa’s website.

Bodywork By Brooke
1518-B 21st St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
(530) 318-0599

Bodywork is owned and run by certified massage therapist and licensed esthetician Brooke Davis. Waxing is available for both men and women, and Davis can use either soft or hard wax techniques to suit the customer’s needs and wishes. Brazilian, basic or modified bikini, maintenance, full or partial arm, and leg waxing is on the menu, as well as facial waxing for areas including the chin, lip, nostrils, cheeks and brows. Men can also have Brazilian, chest, back and shoulder waxing done. Davis offers tanning, skincare and massage as well.

Pelle Nuda Esthetics
1426 E. Roseville Pkwy. Ste 121
Roseville, CA 95661
(530) 713-6464

Licensed esthetician Brittany Wood is the owner and operator of Pelle Nuda. Wood offers a full line of waxing services for men and women, including specific waxing for areas like women’s inner thigh and men’s ears. A hard wax technique is used, which is considered by many to be more comfortable than the soft wax version. Pelle also provides skin care such as peels and facials that combine microdermabrasion and microcurrent techniques.

Advanced Skin Solutions
4227 Sunrise Blvd. Ste. 110
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
(916) 712-8643

Heather Russo, owner of Advanced Skin Solutions, is licensed as a massage therapist and as an esthetician. Waxing services for women include full face, cheeks, arms, lip, stomach and underarms, and eyebrow design and maintenance is available for men or women. The shop’s “Age Later” club includes skin profiles, free products, a monthly newsletter and discounts off peels, waxing services and health and wellness classes.

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