Raquel Souza, Sweet Peach Wax and Sugaring Studio

Personal endorsement: After moving to Atlanta six years ago, I began a quest for a go-to waxer, visiting at least five places (testing multiple aestheticians at each) before meeting Raquel. In those days she worked in the back of a salon that also offered manicures and spray tans; it did not seem like the type of place that would employ an expert. But Raquel has the magic touch. I was so pleasantly surprised by her technique, I haven’t gone to anyone else. Raquel—who pioneered sugaring in Atlanta—now owns Sweet Peach, a specialty studio in Virginia-Highland. —Caroline C. Kilgore