Monday, November 18, 2013

Wink Laser & Wax Studio

Who would have thought that a barrio girl like me would be so bold to go for waxing. I grew up seeing women plucking their underarm hair. And I saw how bad chicken skin looked in majority of these women. So, I made it my quest to be gentle on my skin. 

It took me a whole two decades from my pubescent years to be introduced to the wonders of waxing. And I never looked back. Although if I am truly honest, I'd go for laser. But that's another story. 

For now, let me tell my journey to waxing my hair off. Not counting the years I spent for over the counter solutions, like using Sally Hansen and the likes. I started with hot wax at Brazilian Bare in Rustan's. It's painful, yes but after your second session, the pain is almost non-existent. I used to go for a full brazilian when I would hit the beach. But through the years, underarm and full brazilian waxing are the norm for me. I never looked back. 

With so many waxing shops sprouting in the city, you get tempted to check it out and shop for the best one there is. I tried Lay Bare. It's no non-sense and cheap. I keep a loyalty card there. 

Sometime last year, I heard of Wink Laser & Wax Studio. Well, it's hard to miss when one is always hanging out at the Bonifacio High Street Central. But I never got around to trying it because the time is always off, on my side. 

Last Saturday was a different story. I went to a Lay Bare salon but I found out that I would have to wait for a full hour. Long queue! Confession: queuing is not my strongest suit. I don't have the patience for it. So, I asked the hubby to just drop me off at High Street Central while he does some work at his office. 

Here are my impressions on Wink. I was not able to take photos. So, all these pictures are from Wink's Facebook page.

The salon is airy, warm and very hygienic. When I walked in, I informed the front desk that I have no appointment yet I was promptly accommodated. I like that its Reception staff is well-mannered, professional and courteous. 

It was music to my ears when I was told that I can be provided service right away. I noticed that it has several rooms to accommodate many clients who might arrive in droves at any given time. 

I love it that the salon is almost silent. The staff speaks in hushed tones and piped in music is very calming and unobtrusive.  

After inquiring about the service I intend to have, the lady at the front desk asked me if I want to refresh first. I was directed to a discreet rest room to clean up. It's a major plus point that it provides wet tissues, paper hand towels and a dizzying array of hand soap. The rest room is tiny but clean and functional. I just wish that they put in a hook for bags.

This is how their treatment/service room looks like. It even has its own sink and running water. I appreciate the leg room, the chair for the client's bags, a hook and a hanger for clothes. It also provides a clean body wrap instead of the usual towel. I just wish they make it longer/wider for customers' who may be on the big side. 

The bed is covered (the entire surface) with glassine-like paper. It makes this funny, crinkly sound. I salute them for thinking about the client's well-being ensuring that cleanliness and hygiene are top of mind. After the service, I saw the technician remove the paper cover and throw it in the waste bin. She then sprayed the surface with what I presume to be an anti-bacterial spray. Two thumbs up! No icky feeling.

Am overdue for underarm and brazilian wax. So, I had both done. I learned that on a weekday, you get a discounted price. But since I came on a Saturday, I paid the full price: PhP330 (underarm) and PhP680 (Brazilian). It's pricier than the obviously mass-niched Lay Bare but you know that you're getting your money's worth with the kind of service provided and the overall hygiene of the place.


Price List
The technician assigned to me appeared to be competent. I just wish that technicians refrain from too much chattiness. I hate contrived conversations and patronizing comments. 

She used hot wax on me. I normally cringe on hot wax because the right temperature of the wax is a tricky thing to achieve. I've seen countless technicians blowing air into the wax -- which is another cringe-worthy thing! But here there was none of that. And I've read that there was no double-dipping. *clap*

The wax was just hot enough. I had some ouchie moments, though. I normally would just read and surf on my phone while being waxed. I think I've developed already a high tolerance level after so many waxing sessions. And it pays when you have a sure-handed technician who doesn't second guess her movements so that hair comes off in one swift movement (in a particular patch or area). But last Saturday was kind of different. I hope it isn't going to be that way the succeeding sessions. Otherwise, it's a skill issue already.


After my session, the technician told me what to do and what not to do for the next eight hours. And she handed an after-care flyer, for my reference. 


Back at the reception, the staff asks how the session went and hands you a flyer for other services they provide. I felt at ease asking questions on the merits of laser over wax, as she was very pleasant and did not appear to be distracted.
Overall, I had a wonderful experience at Wink. Would I go back? I think I would. It's just a question of schedule and budget. Perhaps next time, I'll get to try its laser services.
Wink Laser & Wax Studio
3rd Level, C2 Building
7th Ave cor. 28th Street
Bonifacio High Street Central
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday : 11:00 am to 9:00 pm Saturday to Sunday: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm  Contact Numbers:
+632.808.7258 | +63917.303.



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