This may sound odd but whenever I’m under tremendous stress (an extreme one), I tend to go for something that involves pain. I have thought of tattoo before many years ago until I found out that not all people are suitable to have tattoo on and I fall into that category. I was once told to not have tattoo by someone powerful so tattoo is out of the question. Piercing however is a different story. I kinda was obsessed with body piercing (not that I have a lot). It was the suffering pain that make whatever sour things in life much more bearable.
As a norm in my life, once again I felt into a loop hole. Immediately I thought of something painful. Don’t worry. This time I thought of trying out Brazilian Wax 😀 . I heard it’s one painful experience for first timer and usually when I’m under this type of stress, pain is something I’m not afraid of. Not even a bit. I’m as brave as king kong! Right before I went for the waxing treatment, Arpita blogged about Brazilian IPL at Bubble Gum Wax and that they are currently offering first time trial price of RM96. I dragged my friend along and off we go!
There are two Bubble Gum Wax branch in total. One in Plaza Damas and one in Casa Tropicana. Casa Tropicana was newly opened just five months ago so I opted for that branch as my first time. The location is very unique. It’s at a condominium so don’t look for shop lots etc. Once you turn into the condominium unit, there are ample parking space available and Bubble Gum Wax is located at the first floor. They are facing the main road so you won’t miss it. The best part? No parking fee 🙂
The staircase to first floor is located at the middle. Take the stairs up, turn back to the front and you will see the store front.
My advise is to make an appointment prior heading to the salon, just in case all their therapist are fully occupied. I actually made an enquiry on Bubble Gum Wax Facebook page, make an appointment on Facebook there and then and Casa Tropicana branch called the next day to reconfirm the appointment. All in one, it’s one good customer service and I appreciate that. The worse I could imagine is the social media handler told me to call up Casa Tropicana to make appointment myself but they didn’t. It was a quick and easy process through Facebook 😀
Once I was there, I make a few quick enquiry to decide if I wanted to carry on with Brazilian IPL or the conventional Brazilian Wax. So did my friend. Then we filled up a form and I was the first to go.
I was told to make a visit to the washroom if I needed to. I was so nervous and yes you bet I needed to pee before the treatment 😀 😀 😀 . Then I was directed to one of the treatment room. Mind you there are no ceiling covering the top of the room so whatever noise you make in the room will be heard by EVERYONE in the salon. So yeah. Just so you wanna know hehe.
I was told to remove my underwear and I was given a wet wipe to clean myself up. My friend funnily told me after the treatment that she did not know what to do with the wet wipes that she didn’t use it and the therapist did it for her lol. Since I wore a polo dress, it was quite easy for me. I don’t feel as naked as it was suppose to be.
Okay. This is where the photo stops 😛 . I must admit it was quite embarrassing for the first 10 minutes but I keep assuring myself it’s the same feeling when I go for gynae. You spread wide open at the gynae but you don’t spread eagle wide at Bubble Gum Wax. The therapist bend both my knee, lying them flat on the side with both foot touching. Just like one of the seating position at yoga. That’s the best description I can think of lol. The therapist will then put some baby powder on the treatment area and shave everything off. Why shave? That is because I went for the IPL, not waxing. I was told that the new hair growth will drop after the treatment so I was really intrigued to know if it was true. After every hair was fully shaved off, the therapist then went to the next room to retrieve a bowl of cooling gel for the treatment. She will then apply a fairly thick layer of cooling gel on a small section of the area and use the IPL machine. It wasn’t painful on some area but some area I felt a very sharp burning hot electric shock. It was slightly painful on some part especially on boney part.
If you decided to go for any brazilian treatment, you will have to bear in mind that brazilian means ALL OFF; from the front to the back. You will be asked to turn around to get the back part done as well. After 30-40 minutes, the therapist will wipe you clean like a baby 😀 and apply cooling cream all over the treatment area. So ‘down there’ will feel minty cooling the whole day haha.
I had mine done last Tuesday, exactly a week by now. I didn’t notice any hair drop but I do notice that the hair growth was slower. Just like shaving, it was slightly itchy when the hair starts to grow out. And just like shaving as well (well, it was shave anyhow), I do experience rashes when the hair starts to grow out. With my skin condition I think it will be best for me to go for waxing next time instead.
Overall it was one exciting eye-opening experience for me. I finally did it! I overcome my fear of being naked in front of others and “flashing” to others haha. Oh boy. Too much info 😛
Added review on 26th April 2015
When I went for my morning bath this morning, I notice a lot of hair fallout on my underwear. I panicked a little wondering what happened before remembering that the staff at Bubble Gum Wax did told me that new hair growth will fall off by itself. The problem is I did not know when. I was expecting the fall out to happen soon so I wasn’t expecting it to happen two weeks after the first IPL treatment. I went for another bath again in the afternoon and guess what? More fall out and this time I’m half hairless than before. Amazing. But I need to return to the salon mid of May for them to determine if IPL works for me or not. If they see that the result is not so promising for me, I would not be advised to sign up for IPL. We shall see what Bubble Gum Wax have to say, eh?
Have anyone of you tried Brazilian Waxing or IPL? Would you prefer waxing over IPL?
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored review. I paid for the treatment on my own.