When I get a bikini wax at Raya, I sometimes feel as if I am in the girlsploitation film Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS, especially when the Russian ladies bark out, “Roll over, now! Rip!” But I keep coming back because my pain tolerance is so high (kidding!). I keep coming back because you can almost always make a same-day appointment, and they are clean, super-efficient, quick and the cheapest wax in town. (They have not changed their prices since 2006.) Raya also has a fantastic spa with completely affordable massages, facials, etc., and an amazing line of skin-care products. And, really, who doesn’t want to look (and feel) like you’ve been in a Russ Meyer film once in a while? 533 N. La Cienega Blvd., W.Hlywd. (310) 652-2250. —Elizabeth Bernheim

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