I am a fan of waxing, I like to be smooth and hairless and not have to worry about shaving every day. I’ve been waxing e’rywhere since I was 17, so when a friend of mine got her very first bikini wax she was a little nervous and asked a BUNCH of questions, and I realized that maybe this whole waxing thing isn’t as clear cut as I thought it was. In fact, thinking back to my first bikini wax I was pretty darn nervous, and if I had had a waxing Miyagi to ease the process it probably would’ve gone a whole lot smoother. This in mind, here are eight tips for your first bikini wax (or next, whatever, never too late to learn some new tricks).
- Grow out your hair – short hair is dense hair. Dense hair means more tugging. More tugging means more pain. For reference, hair should be at least a quarter of an inch, slightly longer than half a centimeter.
- Know your stuff – a bikini wax refers to cleaning up the sides and top of your pubic area, a Brazilian is absolutely everything, front and back.
- Preparation – exfoliate the night or morning before your wax. It’ll help get rid of dead skin cells for a clean wax, and prevent ingrown hairs. Be aware of when your period is, try to avoid going 5 days before or 5 days after as that’s the peak time for your body’s sensitivity.
- Pain prevention – If you think a shot will take the edge off, it will just tighten your pores, take an advil or Tylenol about half an hour before your appointment instead. Just trust. Also, moisturize and stay hydrated. During the waxing take deep breaths, it helps. Make sure the skin is as taut as possible, you should be involved in the waxing process, when they tell you to “place your hands here, and pull” PULL TIGHT.
- Dress to impress – ooor not… you want to wear something comfortable, loose, easy to pull on or off, and preferably lighter clothes to avoid baby powder residue showing up. Light-weight sweatpants are my go-to, with some comfy cotton boy short underwear. By the way, when they say strip, they mean everything, underwear off ladies! If you’re uncomfortable with this, many places provide disposable underwear that you can use.
- Scope it out – there are a lot of unsavoury waxing salons, so be on the look out for proper sterilization procedures – no double dipping! Try to read up on customer reviews before you go, just for some added assurance. Even if you don’t necessarily see anything unhygienic, if you feel sketched out or uncomfortable for any reason, get out of there, you don’t have to feel obligated to go through with the wax, you want a good experience and ambience certainly influences that.
- Recovery time – do not get waxed hours before a beach getaway. Give yourself three days for your skin to fully recover, especially if you have sensitive skin, or it’s your first time. Also, no sweating the day after your wax, it’ll irritate your skin like nobody’s business.
- Proper post-wax care – exfoliation is great for preventing in grown hairs, but give it a week after waxing to avoid irritating your skin. You should also try not to shave in between waxing, your next wax will be so much less painful and much more effective. Sunscreen is a must if you’re going out in the sun, and lotion or aloe vera gel in general is a good idea, avoiding anything with perfume.