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April 4th, 2012

Bikinis are in season and no one wants to be caught on the beach with unsightly stray hairs. when it comes to pruning, LA’s waxing salons are one of the city’s best-kept beauty secrets.

Stript Wax Bar8218 West 3rd StLos Angeles, CA 90048(323) 951-9517www.striptwaxbar.com

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fri – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Strip down to your birthday suit and let owner and celebrity “waxologist” Katherine Goldman make your skin smooth and hairless. Known for the “Brazilian Rehabilitator,” a facial for the bikini line, Stript Wax Bar offers men and women alike a first-class beauty bar with A+ waxing services including traditional lip, brow and bikini, Brazilian bikini, and men’s waxing treatments. if you’re feeling racy check out Stript’s Vajazzle designs to glam up “down there” for summer.

Queen Bee Salon & Spa2530-A San Vicente Blvd.Santa Monica, CA 90402(310) 570-2282www.queenbeesalonspa.com

Hours: Tues – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wed, Fri to Sat – 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thurs – 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sun – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Queen Bee Salon & Spa gives customers the royal treatment, but will spare you the Queen Mother references. after visiting this waxing gem, your skin won’t show a trace of hair, even on your chinny, chin chin. from the full Monty, the Heathrow Express (just a landing strip) to the “pre-Carrie Bradshaw” Olde Fashioned, Queen Bee’s bikini waxes will label you as the queen bee and not the wanna bee.

Sonata Skin Care13914 Ventura BlvdSherman Oaks, CA 91423-3510(818) 995-7546www.sonataskincare.com

Hours: By appointment only

If you are looking for the perfect brow experts, add Sonata Skin Care to your must-experience list. each 45-minute appointment studies your facial structure to customize the eyebrow shaping. the service also includes a relaxing brow massage to rub all your troubles away.

Stark Waxing Studio3335 W. Sunset Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90026(323) 666-3335www.starkwaxingstudio.com

Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Using a French wax formulated for an ouch-less experience, Stark Waxing Studio is on our “Oui!” list of beauty hot spots. This wax-only salon has earned its buzz-worthy following. In addition to your ouch-free appointment, Stark experts apply a soothing oil to the treated area, which is infused with lavender and peppermint essential oils to calm any irritations.

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iGlow Med Spa239 S. La Cienega Blvd.Beverly Hills, CA 90069(310) 652-0833www.iglowmedspa.com

Hours: Tues to Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Since opening its doors in October 2011 to Beverly Hills’ most chi-chi clientele, iGlow Med Spa offers a pain-free waxing technique that will surprise your skin and leave your body and mind relaxed and pampered. Using a combination of crème strip wax and peel-off hard wax formulated for even the most sensitive skin, iGlow’s top-notch estheticians quickly and efficiently remove unwanted hair resulting in baby soft skin.

Solas Skin-Care1148 4th Street, Suite 204Santa Monica, CA 90403(310) 394-4444www.solasskincare.com

Hours: By appointment only

Step into the Solas Skin-Care beach bungalow and you escape to a sanctuary filled with relaxing aromatherapy scents and music – even for the quickest waxing appointment. Owner and founder, Lauri Roberts, blends her quirky, Southern charm with her vast knowledge in the skincare industry. Known for her waxing precision, Roberts customizes her services for each client and makes the experience virtually painless. A visit to Solas Skin-Care leaves you smooth from brow to bum and thigh to toe, and ready for the beach.

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Jennifer Geisman is a freelance writer and faithful beauty junkie living in Los Angeles. her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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