PSA: European Wax Center Wax Pass Promotion

European Wax Center Wax Pass Promotion

I don’t believe I’ve stated that European Wax Center is my provider of violent hair removal waxing services, but – they are. Tragically, my waxer got promoted and I’ve been working with others at my location. (Yes, I comprehend that calling the positive career progression of a talented employee tragic makes me a giant jerk.)

This isn’t about my personal finding-a-new-waxer woes, though. This is about the Wax Pass Promotion they’re running.

I believe individual EWC locations have some flexibility in setting their pricing, but it boils down to this: you pay for your wax services individually at the time of service, any given service has its own price we’ll call $X. If you intend to consume those services on any sort of regular schedule, however, you can save money by purchasing them in advance. You have a few options:

Pre-Paid Wax Pass

Buy 6 of a service, get 1 free.

Buy 9 of a service, get 2 free.

Unlimited Wax Pass

One price for unlimited visits for a given service for a year.

Holiday Wax Pass Promotion

This started sometime in November and runs through December 31. I learned about it when I went in for a recent service.

If you buy a 9-service Wax Pass, you get three free.

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Preparing for Waxing

Preparing for WaxingEarlier this year, I signed on as a European Wax Center customer (more on why in another post). And that’s the extent of our relationship, they know nothing about my blog – to them, I’m just a paying customer. Some would have you believe that waxing is totally painless…and I’d call that, “some,” a bunch of cruel liars. The first experience was brutal – which, from what I understand, is fairly common if you were previously a shaver. I had looked up advice on preparing for waxing, but nothing I read properly set my expectations: the first time sucked.

Hair grows in cycles, going in as a former-shaver probably means there’s a greater density of hairs – meaning more hairs closer together. That first experience can suck because SO much is being pulled out so close together. In some cases, the length required for waxing can cause the hairs to lay over top each other; so instead of coming out cleanly, they can tug on each other. Ow. Future visits are at least 80% better, if not more. Not only is the hair sparser because of how growth cycles work, but your skin grows accustomed to the process.

Here are some tips on preparing for waxing that makes the whole process suck less.

Exfoliate

This isn’t rocket science. Pretty much any form of hair removal benefits from exfoliation. This isn’t just for immediately prior-to-treatment, however. Getting the dead, upper-layers of skin out of the way reduces the barrier unwanted hair is coaxedripped out from. Ongoing exfoliation between appointments reduces the likelihood of uncomfortable, unsightly ingrown hairs.

You can pursue physical (scrubs), chemical (serums, wipes – so think AHAs and BHAs), or enzymatic (fruit peels) to help you along with this. Aim to exfoliate once every other day and work up from there if needed.

Note: If you go with a scrub or chemical exfoliation route, my esthetician suggests not using them within the 48 hour window before your appointment. She explained that scrubs, by their very nature, irritate the skin and chemical exfoliants can still be, “working,” for up to 48 hours. Enzyme-based ones, she says, are fine to use up until immediately before. Personally, I live on the edge a bit and will go up to 24 hours prior. It hasn’t been an issue, but it is crucial that you really know your skin. If you’re unsure, absolutely listen to your esthetician or doctor over me, some schmuck on the internet. If you choose not to follow their advice, you’re doing so at your own risk (I’m not a dermatologist or esthetician).

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TPDTY: On Upselling for Consumers and Salespeople

A month ago, I went for a wax at a popular waxing chain. The first-time service, albeit uncomfortable, went well! Part of how this chain makes money is through selling their in-house line of skincare products for use at home after the service. I generally eschew these things unless the person I’m working with can make an excellent case for them. Most do not.

Upselling

Afterwards, the esthetician who rendered my services tried (gently, unlike this hair stylist) upselling me on some of their retail line. According to my esthetician, the products contain growth inhibitors and exfoliants. Both are cool, but not enough to sell me on a $27 tub of 45 wipes. She gave me one of the wipes to demonstrate how saturated they were (unlike some wipes that are halfway dry); it was pretty solid. But then again, for $0.60 per wipe, they ought to be.

Know Your Products (or Services)

I asked what its active ingredients were to exfoliate – like an AHA or salicylic acid; she balked. She ultimately went on to tell me that it contained lavender and aloe vera for soothing purposes – great, but not what I asked. The packages did not list that information either which, as a consumer, I find disconcerting.

Needless to say, she didn’t make the sale. I later went to research the products and found that they do have both AHA and BHAs – but no information on what kind or on concentration. Ouch, not worth it to me when I can use any number of products I already own.

As a Consumer

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February 2017 Favorites

February 2017 FavoritesFebruary 2017 Favorites
1. Old Spice Bearglove, $4 / 2. Les Mirages Antibacterial File, $1.20 /
3. Vaseline Spray Moisturizer, $6 / 4. Shave Secret, $4

I’ve been coasting along between being busy and unadventurous and being on a no-buy. Like last month, all my February 2017 favorites are drugstore (or drugstore price-point) finds. Easy to find, easy on the wallet, and worth your bother.

Details after the jump.

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August 2016 Favorites

August 2016 Favorites

August 2016 Favorites
Gillette Satin Care Ultra Sensitive, $4 / Hair, Skin, & Nails Gummies, $15 /
Batiste Tropical, $7 / Tree Hut Scrub, $17 for 3 / Skinfix Ultra Rich Hand Cream, $10

It’s been more about health, hair, and skin this month! Check out my thoughts on my August 2016 Favorites after the jump!

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