Intrepid reporter Justin Juul hits the streets each week for our Meet Your Neighbors series, interviewing the Bay Area folks you’d like to know most.
Lonni Kutzen is the owner/operator of Lonni’s Punani, a hair removal boutique in Potrero Hill that specializes in Brazilians and Manzilians (that’s pussies and balls to you and me) — and just scored a Guardian Best of the Bay award. We caught up with Kutzen recently to see what happens when people stop being hairy and start getting waxed.
SFBG: So what’s your deal?
Lonni Kutzen: My name’s Lonni and I’m an aesthetician here in San Francisco. I do Brazilians and manzilians all day long.
SFBG: What exactly is a Brazilian and why do they call it that?
Kutzen: A Brazilian is the removal of all, or nearly all, of the hair down in your nether regions –butt hair, labia hair, all of it. I’m not really sure why they call it that. If I had to guess, though, I’d say it’s because Brazilian bathing suits are really tiny. I’ve been there three times and you can see everything.
SFBG: Yeah, I guess that’d look pretty gross if all those sexy chicks were rocking full bushes all the time.
SFBG: But you usually leave some hair right? My girlfriend went to Kabuki Springs recently and she said almost every girl had a different haircut down there.
Kutzen: There are a lot of different ways to go about it, but I usually leave my trademark triangle. So if you meet someone with a cute little triangle down there, you know they’ve probably been to Lonni’s Punani.