As a fearless waxee for 6+ years, I have tried almost every spa/salon/independant esthetician this city has to offer. I have spent hours on Chick Advisor, Google, and Yelp searching for the “best brazilian” in Toronto. I’m not proud of it, but I have sacrificed a comfortable environment and good conversation in the name of sanitation and a reasonable price. I may have even unknowingly sacrificed cleanliness for a nice esthetics and a good price, and that is nothing to be proud of.
One thing I’ve learned about waxing monthly for 6 years: It’s really hard to find a good place! I’ve been in basement “spa” apartments, the back room of hair salons, and watched episodes of Will and Grace, HIMYM and Sex and the City in countless spas across the city while I wait for the least relaxing 45 minutes of my life. Why does it even take that long?! Why are you ruining all of my favourite shows with the most awkward and painful experience of my month? And why do I have to pay that much for cruel and unusual punishment?
The good news is there’s a new option for waxing has opened on Queen Street West: Fuzz Wax Bar.
I am excited for the women of Toronto to no longer make concessions to achieve either sanitary environments, comfortable digs, warm atmosphere, knowledgeable staff and a reasonable price. When brazillis can cost upwards of $50-70 each time, you’re monthly upkeep can really start to drain on your bank account.
So whats the Buzz about Fuzz? Fuzz Wax Bar offers memberships starting from $15 which include free and majorly discounted services, discounts on products and body bling, the opportunity to keep your monthly appointment and free birthday month waxes. For example, the $35/month membership includes a free bikini wax for the ladies which means your monthly landscaping costs are reduced to $35. Then a week later you decide to wax your legs and it only costs $24 with your membership compared to $40 for everyone else. I’ve been a part of bogus point programs and “Buy 10 get 1 free” and this is by far the best deal out there!
The ladies at Fuzz pride themselves on offering a clean environment, the very best waxing products and materials, friendly staff and most importantly, the best deal and quickest waxes in the city. They’ve been clients of the industry themselves, so they know exactly what to offer to keep people coming back. Owners Jessica and Florence were sick of the expensive full service spas and sketchy backroom discount waxers. They couldn’t understand why waxes took 45 minutes when people really just want to get in and out. By combining all of their negative experiences, Jessica and Florence developed the anti-concept for Fuzz.
For bikini waxes and eyebrows, Fuzz estheticians use hard wax which irritates skin less than strip wax. Hard wax hardens around the hair so that when it’s pulled off, only the hair comes with it. In comparison, strip wax tends to bond with the skin and when ripped off with the cloth strip can cause dryness and irritation leaving your sensitive areas red, dry and sometimes even swollen. Since I have sensitive skin, I am always on the lookout for places that use hard wax for the whole area and not just the parts they deem “most sensitive”.
My favourite part about the wax bar concept is that Fuzz does one thing really well. I hate paying $50 at a full service spa and spending the whole time wondering if my esthetician is just a nail pro covering a shift. My esthetician at Fuzz was easily the best one I have ever had. She was professional and polite and we talked about the problems my skin has with waxing and what not only I can do to fix it, but what she can do as well. There were no awkward silences and no lame small talk (for me, anyway)! What’s even more reassuring is that she’s been in the industry for over 10 years and she knew what she was doing.
I left Fuzz with clear, smooth skin that wasn’t as irritated as it normally is after waxing, feeling optimistic about Toronto’s beauty industry. Next time I go in, I’ll be signing up for a monthly membership. Thank you to Jessica and Florence at Fuzz Wax Bar for providing a better alternative for waxing in Toronto!