Guiri Guest Alondra Palomino and her husband moved to Madrid from Jersey City, NJ. A long time AZ native, she is thrilled to be in the sunshine once again. She writes and teaches English to kids. In her free time, she is an avid bookworm, foodie, and goldsmith. Check out her other posts on Making Friends in Madrid and Mental Health Resources
Summer season is here and for many of us, that means a trip to the salon for waxing. Since arriving in Madrid a bit over a year ago, I’ve had to figure out how to translate the term “bikini wax” and through trial and error discovered that each salon has a different standard of what constitutes a “depilación de ingles” (bikini wax).
If you’re in need of wax services, here are my picks for salons that cater to both men and women.
Aveda Lifestyle Salon & Spa offers one of the most posh experiences in what is typically an awkward situation. At Aveda, you can start off with a relaxing cup of Aveda’s tea before you are whisked away to a private room. From there, you put on a disposable thong and let them know what you want done. Fortunately, Aveda usually has at least 1 English-speaking staff member on hand to help with translation. You may want to request the translation prior to your appointment. Prices for a “depilación de ingles” vary from 16 Euros to 41 Euros.
The Chi Spa is similar to Aveda, but without the Aveda products and with a smaller price tag. It’s professional, clean and also offers a relaxing setting, but without much help in the translation department. Prices for waxing here start at 10 Euros and up depending on what you have done.
If you’re in a pinch and need wax services at the last minute, check out Amor Centro de Depilacion y Belleza. Just be aware, this isn’t the place for the squeamish. Instead of your own private room, you’ll be lead into what’s essentially a dressing room with a curtain. You will be sitting while your waxist performs their duties. It’s a bit uncomfortable at first, but rest assured their staff is wonderful! The waxist I met is named Monica and she is hilarious, but most of all she helps to put you at ease. Since Amor has a larger staff for waxing than both Aveda and the Chi Spa, getting in the same day is usually not a problem. Prices start at less than 10 Euros.
Amor Centro de Depilacion y Belleza