A Brazilian Story
If you wax long enough, there will come a day, THE day that everything and I mean everything that can go wrong does, and it will have you questioning your very waxing existence.
For me that was about 12 years ago. I live in the desert and during the summer it's hot. When I say hot, I mean it. Once we hit the first official day of summer, sometimes even before that, we are at triple digits until mid September. For those that never get above 90 that means we are at 100-115 for 3 months solid!!! SOLID! It's no joke folks.
One summer showed up for work and find out that the AC is on the fritz, and of course I was booked with back to back Brazilians. If you've ever tried to do a Brazilian in 100+ heat without AC, it's neither easy, nor fun. In fact it's probably one of the biggest challenges there is.
I had two options. a) cancel the day and wait for the AC to be fixed or b) the owner would bring in a portable swamp cooler to keep things cool.
Being a girl who loves a challenge I chose option b. I had a tiny room mind you and this portable swamp cooler was GINORMOUS, so it had to sit outside my door pointing inside. If you're trying to do the math in your head, you would be correct, that meant that I had to wax with my door open. Door OPEN, naked people lying on the bed, HUGE swamp cooler in the doorway.
(I'll give you a few minutes to conjure up that image in your head and another couple to finish laughing).
I so wish I had taken a picture of this scenario, because it is rather hard to believe. But social media wasn't what it is today. We didn't just go around willy nilly taking pics of every little thing. I'm not even sure I had a phone that could take a decent picture 12 years ago. LOL
Oh and for those that don't know what a swamp cooler is, it basically pumps moisture into the air to cool things down. Here in the desert we have very low humidity, so this works most of the time.
To recap, I'm in my room, door wide open, naked people lying on the bed with a GIANT swamp cooler shooting moist air into the room. As I type this I'm wondering what the heck I was thinking. Anywho...
Fortunately on this day, there were no other techs working in the area I was in, so it was pretty secluded. I was also able to close the main door and keep it relatively private. Thankfully my clients trust me and were up for anything. When people need a Brazilian, they don't care how they get it, just as long as they get it. FACT!
Remember that moist air I mentioned coming from the swamp cooler? Wax and moist air aren't the best of friends if you recall from the "Heat is On" Blog.
I'm a sweaty mess, my client is sweating, the door is open, people are naked. I keep mentioning this because...hello?!
Have you ever waxed under water? The wax was both sticking, and not sticking to a magnitude of 10 all at the same time. I couldn't get it on or off!! It was madness I tell you! MADNESS!. Fortunately for adventurous and understanding clients, we were able to laugh our way through the day.
I've always been a "where there's a will, there's a way", sort of person. Give me a problem and I'll find a solution. Would I make the same choice today? Probably not. Though it was an exciting adventure and makes for a great story, I don't think I would put myself or my clients through it again. After all, it's only waxing.
I share this to give you hope on those days when the waxing goddesses seemed to be out to a very long lunch.