Treatment we had: The Sphynx, a Brazilian bikini wax, $65.
What we loved: This bright Clarendon shop is owned by, you guessed it, three sisters—Arlie Morgan, Abby Hayes, and Alexandra Fisher. Two of the three do waxing; the other mans the front desk and retail area, which offers everything from barely-there negligees to cozy weekend pajamas.
I’ve become a regular of Arlie, a pleasant, friendly aesthetician who always remembers what’s going on in the lives of her clients. Her waxing is the most pain-free of any I’ve found, and the job is quite thorough. Appointments can usually be booked just a day or two in advance, sometimes on the same day. If you’re looking to really surprise your significant other, ask the sisters to craft a Crystal de Clarendon during your bikini wax—a crystal tattoo placed using nontoxic surgical glue. It lasts only a few days—but the memory may last a lifetime.
What you should know: Don’t expect a spa—there’s only one waxing room plus a small curtained area for eyebrows. The waiting area, a small bench in back, has a current selection of magazines to peruse, but I’ve never had to wait. If you become a regular, for every two new clients you refer, you’ll get a free service.
Bottom line: Best waxing I’ve found, hands down.
Sisters3, 2729 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 703-525-3333; shopsisters3.com.