Getting a bikini wax is no walk in the park! It’s the one grooming process most of us hate/dread. In fact for some, it sounds like torture. Besides the obvious pain, can we talk about how extremely awkward it is letting a stranger invade your personal space? And having them rip off the most sensitive hair off your body? Getting your first bikini wax may not be a fun experience, but it’s a longer-lasting method to getting rid of pubic hair and getting you bikini ready. If you are thinking about scheduling your very first professionally done bikini wax, here are some of the things you need to know.
Do your research and find a reputable salon or spa
The internet is filled with all manners of waxing horror stories and if you don’t want to be submitting yours, the first step should be doing thorough research on the salon that you plan on getting the hair removal done. Check out reviews and more specifically how sanitary the place is. You don’t want any infections on your lady-parts. Word of mouth and referrals are often the best way to gauge the level of service you will receive.
Have a pain killer on standby
Pain is the number one concern most first-time bikini waxers have and yes! Irrespective of how high your pain threshold is, it’s still going to hurt but the pain will be all worth it. Its best to come prepared so have a pain killer with you as it will also help ease the soreness.
Exfoliate a few days prior to your appointment
Very light exfoliation is recommended to help minimize the amount of dead skin or clogged pores. Just remember that exfoliating can leave your skin super sensitive, so be careful. You should also skip oiling down there on the day of your appointment. This will only make the hairs harder for the wax to grab. It will also create a tough barrier between your hairs and the wax itself.
Trim the hair to about a quarter of an inch
A big mistake that women make before getting their first wax done is shaving. Ideally, your hair should be about a quarter of an inch long (the size of a gain of rice) for the waxing to be effective. If the hair is longer, waxing will be more painful. If it’s too short, the wax won’t pick up the hairs.
Things will get up close and personal
If you are having more hair removed than just on the sides, then be prepared to be completely naked and yes it will be extremely uncomfortable. You may be required to move into awkward positions (for lack of a better word) in order to give your waxer access to all the spots that need hair removal. This is nothing to be embarrassed about though; your waxer is a professional and she has probably seen hundreds of lady-parts. It’s just another day at the office for her.
Be prepared for redness and bumps
Your bikini area won’t look perfect straight away. In fact, you will probably look like a plucked chicken afterwards as the skin will be irritated. This is normal and nothing to freak out about. Your skin should be back to normal in a few hours. Steer clear of applying too much friction down there…that means avoid exercising and sexy time lest you wind up with even more irritation. You may also want to consider wearing comfy clothes to your appointment. The only thing worse than the general soreness, is putting on a tight pair of jeans immediately after.
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