Waxing can be a quick, long-lasting way for women to get rid of hair around the bikini area. It can also be a daunting process. Having hair ripped out of such a delicate body area doesn't sound pleasant. With a few pointers--and maybe even a glass of wine--you might become a waxing convert. Read on to learn more.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Get recommendations from friends and family. If possible, try to get recommendations from women who are similar in age. When our skin ages, it loses elasticity and must be treated somewhat differently when waxed.
Research the salons and estheticians in your area.
Research what the salon considers a bikini wax. Generally, a bikini wax will remove hair at or around the area covered by a bikini bottom, allowing you to wear an average swimsuit with confidence. More extreme waxing processes, like the Brazilian, will remove all the hair. Some salons, and some estheticians, don't offer these.
Research the kinds of wax the salons use. A lot of salons use soy wax, which is gentle on the skin, but not an option if you have a soy allergy.
Get something else waxed prior to setting up the bikini wax, if you can. Women have differing tolerances to the pain associated with waxing. If having your upper lip or lower legs waxed leaves you in agony, you might not be ready for a bikini wax (although some women say having their legs waxed hurts more than the bikini area).
Grow the hair to ¼ inch. But, trim hair that is too long. You can trim it to about ¼ inch as well. It is necessary to have at least ¼ inch for the wax to grab the hair, but it also helps for the hair not to be too long. The longer the hair, the more likely it can get matted with the wax. It does tend to be less painful when the hair has been trimmed back somewhat.
Schedule the appointment for a time when you do not have your menstrual period, it can be more painful then. Some salons won't do a wax during a client's menstrual period for health reasons.
Take 400 mg of ibuprofen before the visit.
Wear some cotton underwear that you won't mind parting with. Your esthetician will be quite skilled at applying the wax, and the wax will most likely be thick enough that it won't run. But you might want to wear an older, non-frilly pair just in case some wax does get on them.
Shower shortly before the waxing, if possible. Wax will adhere better to clean, dry skin. Showering will wash away any dirt or dead skin cells that could cause blemishes if any wax gets trapped in the pores.
Use an astringent on the area to be waxed shortly beforehand, if possible. Drying out the hair slightly can help the wax adhere to the hair better and make the waxing more productive.
Preparing for the Waxing Experience
Relax. For most women, a bikini wax is nowhere near as painful as they expect it to be.
Tell the esthetician what you are looking for.
Strike up a conversation with the esthetician. Distraction can help you relax and make the process more comfortable.
Be prepared for the esthetician to ask you to remove your pants or skirt. You will leave your underwear on for a basic bikini wax. The esthetician will just ask you to slide it out of the way as necessary.
Lay back, relax, and let the esthetician do the rest. The wax will be warm, but not too hot. The esthetician shouldn't apply too much wax at one time. Then a fabric strip will be placed over the wax and removed in the direction of the hair growth. You will feel it as it is removed. Don't be embarrassed to ask the esthetician to stop if it is too painful. But don't be surprised if you do still get charged for at least half a wax. Once the waxing is done, your esthetician will apply a cream to soothe your skin.
Tips and warnings
- Tipping the esthetician after a wax is common practice. Anywhere from 10-20% of the cost of the wax is considered the norm.
- You should not get a bikini wax if you are a diabetic or have psoriasis.
- You should not get a bikini wax if you are using Retin-A, Revova, Differin, or Accutane. These medications can make your skin more prone to tearing or scarring when waxed.
- You cannot get a bikini wax if you have any skin trauma in the bikini area such as varicose veins, pimples, lesions, warts, or broken skin.
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