A few weeks ago Stephanie had the opportunity to interview Debi Lane, owner of Boise's LunchBOX, a wax salon featuring all sorts of services guaranteed to have you smooth, silky, and looking your best. We decided to interview the salon because, well, we were interested in this kitchy new business in downtown Boise (we know you were wondering about it too), and we thought it would be a great place to refer brides and their bridal parties to get really ready for the big day. LunchBOX offers more than just typical waxing, too- from speed waxing to eye lash extensions- and we couldn't wait to ask Debi what they were all about. Not to mention, wouldn't you agree that there is a certain mystery that comes with preparing for and choosing waxing services? And if you're anything like me, maybe a little frightened about the whole experience? Without further adieu, we hope you enjoy and that this interview will shed a little light on the subject!
Soiree: You perform a wide array of skin treatments including a Body Buff and Bronze. This could be perfect for a bride who wants that sun-kissed, glowing look. How long does the bronzed effect last on the skin? How many days before the wedding day should a bride book an appointment for this?
Lunchbox (LB): Facial Treatments require a consultation with the Bride 3-4 weeks prior to determine which treatments would suit her skin type and desired results. Then, we usually see the Bride once a week for brightening and tightening 30-minute facial treatments. We also have plans for Brides who have acne concerns or sensitive skin.
Body Buff and Bronze are best done three (3) days prior. This way the bronzer can completely penetrate and activate, with time to shower a few times so it won’t come off on garments.
Soiree: The eyelash extensions and lash/eyebrow tinting sound great for brides wanting to swim, snorkel, and sunbathe on their honeymoons all while looking naturally beautiful. How many days/weeks do all these applications last for? Do you have any special recommendations for making them last as long as possible?
LB: Eyelash Extensions are by far the most popular way to go for Brides. Our expert application will enhance the eyes for pictures, the big day (and weeks after), and they are cry-proof! We go over care of the extensions, but generally, to make them last as long as possible we recommend not touching them and keeping oils away from the eye area.
Eyelash and Brow Tinting are fabulous ways to also enhance the eyes. Eyelash tinting will dramatically darken the eyelashes, however, will not lengthen them. It is great for a more natural (but enhanced) look. Tinting usually lasts about 2-3 weeks. Brow Tinting is a fabulous way to get a really finished look to the brows. We custom blend the colors so that we match the skin tone and hair color of the client for a perfect match. No Groucho Marks Brown, promise!
The most requested brow service we provide is our ultra-popular Brow Makeovers. A Brow makeover should be booked about 6 weeks prior to the event. The first appointment with the Bride will include a consultation, looking through our Brow Book to decide which shape and color best compliments her face, makeup application training and a plan to have them in perfect shape for the big day!
Soiree: Is there one of the chemical peels you would recommend over the others for brides who want to look fresh faced on their big day?
LB: We usually recommend our Bright-White Peel. This gentle solution is formulated primarily for sensitive skin, but very effective for all skin types. This peel will strengthen and brighten the skin while helping to treat sun damage and other forms of skin discoloration. This multi-faceted treatment also provides anti-inflammatory, anti-blemish and antibacterial action, making it an excellent choice for Brides. This peel should be followed by our Oxygen/Antioxidant Hydrating Treatment. This treatment helps stimulate respiration and circulation within the skin. It helps promote healing and rejuvenates sluggish, stressed skin depleted by toxins, pollutants, allergens, and solar damage. She should start this treatment duo about a month prior to the big day. This combination will make the bride absolutely GLOW!
Soiree: All of the providers are certified in Speed Waxing, what exactly is that? How does it differ from regular waxing?
LB: Speed Waxing is a specific waxing technique whereas the Waxologist spreads a thin layer of wax over a large surface area and uses a special technique to quickly remove hair and wax. This make the process much quicker, and actually, much less painful. Our Waxologists are Board Certified Estheticians, but then go through 3 months of hands on training in speed waxing from our LunchBOX Trainer. This ensures that no matter whom a client sees, their service will always be consistent and fabulous!
Soiree: Do you offer any group packages for bridal parties who want to come in for facials, massages, waxing, eyelash extensions, etc.?
LB: Yes! We do many Bridal parties! We can either have them come in as a group and make it a special event, or the Bride can make a list of the Bridal party and we will give them a special discount.
Soiree: All of the services would make great gift ideas. Does LunchBOX offer gift certificates?
LB: YES! We can customize a Bridal Package or any dollar amount. They are wrapped and present beautifully.
Many thanks to Debi for taking the time to meet with us and share your insight about all of the services available. LunchBOX currently has three locations- Downtown Boise, Eagle, and a store in Ketchum as well. Visit their website for more information on services, hours, and to make an appointment!