Waxing Wednesday with Meghan!

Sophia Collective is blessed to have a wide variety of specialities among our collaborators. Co-founder Meghan Stonier-Howe is our resident esthetician (among many other things), and she really LOVES waxing. Waxing isn’t always smooth sailing. Redness, irritation, and ingrown hairs can still happen if you’re not taking care of the skin properly. Before you ditch your disposal razor and make the move to a professional wax, follow these expert tips to help you stay smoother longer.

 

Banish the body hair tips & tricks:

Make sure you have enough hair to remove. The most common mistake people make when booking a wax is not waiting long enough between shaving or waxing. If your hair isn’t long enough, not only will you not get the smooth results you’re looking for, but when your waxer has to go over the same area over and over again, you’re more likely to experience irritation. Ideally, the hair should be a quarter of an inch for waxing (or roughly what you can pinch with the tips of your fingers).  

Know what activities you should avoid. Unlike with shaving, you might have to adjust your lifestyle for a few days after waxing. The pores remain open for 24 to 48 hours after removal. It’s suggested to avoid anything that can cause sweat, friction, or heat. This can keep the pores from closing and raise your risk for infection — two things you don’t want.

Choose your body wash & moisturizer wisely. Look for cleansers that are pH balanced. We suggest natural ingredients like coconut oil, witch hazel and apple cider vinegar. These simple products cleanse, balance, and provide a protective barrier to the waxing area.   

Topical treatments can help post-wax. Post-wax irritation is common — but that doesn’t mean you can’t stop it in its tracks. After hair removal, it is recommended to  put a cold compress on the area and applying a bit of 1% cortisone cream to help reduce swelling, irritation, and redness.

A little TLC can help stop ingrown hairs. The best way to fight those pesky pimples is to prevent them. Soothe your pores and keep bumps at bay with a little coconut oil the first night. Then, 48 hours after the wax, exfoliate the area with a loofah or sugar scrub and a little soap. If you do end up getting an ingrown, don’t pick at it, that would cause scarring, let it heal naturally. If needed a 3% benzoyl peroxide ointment or apple cider vinegar toner might just do the trick.

Don’t schedule your wax right before a big occasion. Booking hair removal last-minute before a big occasion or vacation is a huge no-no. It is recommended to plan your appointment one week to two days before being hair free is necessary. You’ll be fuzz-free, and any irritation or inflammation will have subsided by then.

What we have to offer:

Basic Bikini: If you’re not looking for anything too fancy — or painful — you’re in the right place. This involves waxing just the sides. It’s perfect for a newbie, since it only really eliminates anything that might peek out from beneath a bikini. And if you are a newbie, don’t shave for a week or two beforehand (since that defeats the point of waxing) and avoid using self-tanner, since the waxing could remove it.

Barely There: Also known as the French bikini wax, this bikini wax style involves removing hair from the sides of your labia, the back, and part of the front, ultimately leaving just a rectangular patch of hair up front. (It doesn’t necessarily have to be a rectangle shape, though. Feel free to try out different shapes, like a heart or triangle, if that’s your jam!) It’s ideal if you’re a minimalist but don’t want to go completely bare.

The Full Bald Eagle: No hair, totally bare: That’s a full Brazilian bikini wax. Brazilian is taking all of your hair down there off.  This includes the front, the labia, and the back. It’s not for the faint-of-heart for reasons that should be pretty obvious, but if you just feel more comfortable with zero hair anywhere, this is the style for you. The results last 3-4 weeks & it gets easier and less painful the more you have it done.

 

Sophia Collective Meets Ryan Singer

A few weeks ago, Jes and I took a quick trip down to Cincinnati for a little getaway mixed with some business too. We met with a potential Sophia Collective partner (more to come on that soon!), had dinner with Jes’ sister and nephews, and went to a comedy show later that night. It wasn’t just any comedy show, it was an album taping for one of our favorite comedians and podcast hosts, Ryan Singer.

I knew Jes would be a great guest, so we jumped at the opportunity to see Ryan perform at The Comedy Attic in Bloomington this past October and connected with him after the show. Shortly thereafter, Jes was featured on the mindcast where she did a distance Aurawork session. After dinner overlooking all of Cincinnati, we headed over to Go Bananas Comedy Club for Ryan’s late show. The show was great, we hung out after the show and made plans to meet up with Ryan the next day record an episode of Me and Paranormal You.

Following a morning of crystal grid building and pancakes with nephews, we went to meet up with Ryan. The plan was to promote Sophia’s mission, but Ryan had a way of really directing the conversation and getting to the soul of what Sophia is, and how we got here, and a whole lot of other stuff too. We truly enjoyed the time we spent with Ryan, and look forward to hosting him in our space once our doors open.

Take a listen, let us know what you think! Subscribe to Ryan’s mindcast on iTunes or wherever you listen to your podcasts, and make sure you get to a comedy show too!

Meet and Mingle

On July 17th, Sophia Collective’s co-founders, partners, and prospective partners and collaborators met up at Upland Brewery. It was a bustling evening of meeting, mingling, and brainstorming ways to come together as Sophia Collective’s physical space is progressing towards opening! As people started to trickle in, faces and names were being connected, hugs were being shared, and ideas were being bounced around. Wandering among the various pockets of conversation, it was becoming clear that the excitement was infectious! We were able to take a stroll down to the construction site, we even had our handy contractor (and birthday dude) Kent with us to help show us around. Windows are in, doors are in, drywall was starting to go up!

From its inception Sophia Collective has been about its partners. While we have certainly searched for collaborators to join us, we have known that old line “your vibe attracts your tribe” would come into play. It has been very exciting to see Sophia Collective pull individuals into our sacred circle, and we cannot wait to continue to grow this community even more. Many thanks to our friends and soon-to-be-neighbors Upland Brewing Co. for being gracious hosts! We look forward to more fun times ahead!

Sophia Collective Excited to Join Downtown Community

In the closing weeks of 2017, six women came together with the intention of creating a space for healing, education, movement, and community in downtown Bloomington. Seek to know, stretch to become- these are the words that have propelled Sophia Collective from idea to reality. Seeking community, connection, and support, stretching towards our greatest potential. After months of collaboration and searching for the perfect space, Sophia Collective has found its brick-and-mortar home on N. Morton St. between 10th and 11th, just steps from Showers Plaza and the Downtown Square.

So what is Sophia Collective? We are a co-working space for wellness professionals, a place for individuals to come to receive holistic care and education while connecting with others and experiencing a sense of community. We have been connecting with healers, artisans, and educators from in and around the Bloomington community, offerings include, but are not limited to yoga/movement, Reiki, massage, waxing/aesthetics, full-spectrum infrared sauna, educational and artistic workshops, and community circles.

We are seeking a handful of practitioners/teachers to help complete the offerings provided by Sophia Collective. Sophia is searching for those who believe in the healing power of connection. We’d like to connect with individuals to join us who share our vision for the space, passion for healing, and feel inspired to create a unique experience as part of the greater Collective. Do you, or someone you know have a healing gift you believe should be shared with the greater community?

Contact hello@sophiacollective.org for more information.

Sophia Greets and Deets – Session Two

For those of you who are new to the Sophia vibe- we are a new wellness collective, providing holistic healing and bodywork services, as well as an exciting space for workshops, circles, and retail for our beautiful community members.

The time has come to talk more details about the Sophia Collective! Thank you so much for all of your patience while we searched for the perfect space for the Collective to call home. We’ve found a fantastic location downtown where we truly believe that Sophia and her mission will be brought to life.

Come meet with us at Cup & Kettle Tea on the square, we have two options available to fit your busy schedules! 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM or 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, the last thirty minutes of each time slot will be the unveiling of the space.

We are so excited to share the developments with you all! At this time we are finalizing details of the Collective, and the most important part of that is YOU!

Sophia Greets and Deets – Session One

For those of you who are new to the Sophia vibe- we are a new wellness collective, providing holistic healing and bodywork services, as well as an exciting space for workshops, circles, and retail for our beautiful community members.

The time has come to talk more details about the Sophia Collective! Thank you so much for all of your patience while we searched for the perfect space for the Collective to call home. We’ve found a fantastic location downtown where we truly believe that Sophia and her mission will be brought to life.

Come meet with us at Cup & Kettle Tea on the square, we have two options available to fit your busy schedules! 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM or 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, the last thirty minutes of each time slot will be the unveiling of the space.

We are so excited to share the developments with you all! At this time we are finalizing details of the Collective, and the most important part of that is YOU!