Nope — it’s not another lost pet in Baristaville. It’s a new business on South Fullerton Ave., specializing in the Full Monty of hair removal — Brazilians. Here’s how Pretty Kitty (and what do you think of that name?) describes its signature service:
The Brazilian wax basically takes it ALL away sometimes leaving just a tiny strip of closely shorn hair in the front (which is then referred to by some as a “landing strip”, a “playboy” or inverted “v”).
Is it surprising that there’s a national chain devoted to helping women (and men) bare all? Well, the practice of completely removing more and more hair down there has been steadily growing since the 1970s, with some studies showing pubic hair might even be going extinct! Of course, waxing was also in danger once, too — remember when Corzine wanted to ban it? And there’s also this trend — Brazilian, with a side order of bedazzling.
Mention hair removal and you’re sure to get lots of different reactions. Some folks (the ones in Camp Keep It), prefer more hair as opposed to bare for reasons including — “it grows there, so why take it all off,” “I’ll look like a child/Barbie doll without it,” and “it’s there to help reduce friction.”
Others (in Camp Go Bare) love the “clean, smooth feeling,” “the fact that nothing pops out when you are wearing a bathing suit,” and “it makes my partner wild for me.”
If you find yourself in the latter camp, Pretty Kitty Wax Salon offers a relaxing, fun (as much fun as having short little hairs yanked out can be) environment with pain kept to a bare minimum. If you ever had a traumatic waxing experience (think The 40 Year Old Virgin), Pretty Kitty’s estheticians use a special technique that allows for a complete Brazilian in 10-15 minutes, utilizing a soft Italian crème wax specially formulated for sensitive skin, versus a hard wax, and offer products that can reduce both pain and ingrown hairs. Men can have brows, back, chest, neck and most common body areas waxed — but no male Brazilian.
The area stays smooth for weeks
Hair comes back finer, thinner and slower with each waxing
Hair is removed from from areas otherwise difficult to reach with a razor
It can be expensive (Pretty Kitty’s full Brazilian is $59 and their bikini wax is $35 — but buying multiple treatments is cheaper with a package)
Still painful for some
Risk of ingrown hairs
Pretty Kitty Montclair NJ location
5 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair