Waxing your bikini line may sound painful, but it’s much better for your skin and hair than shaving. Shaving leaves you vulnerable to ingrown hairs, which can lead to infection and irritation.
Still, waxing in such an area is a personal thing, and many people are timid when it comes to asking for the details. Since the information doesn’t always flow freely, it’s hard to know what to expect during your first bikini wax. It may not be the most relaxing appointment, but if you prepare, the pain can be manageable.
Make an Appointment at a Reputable Place
You should make an appointment with a place that you have thoroughly vetted. Make sure it has all the necessary licensure and experience. Read through the reviews that the place has received, the details on its estheticians, and its services to see that it offers the most current bikini wax trends. If you know of friends who have had bikini waxes before, ask them for recommendations.
If your search leads you to a walk-in or a phone call for more information, consider asking for the following to get exactly what you need:
- Ask if they have any recommendations based on your needs.
- See if they offer any kind of waxing package or discount if you book follow-up appointments.
- Ask about their techniques and whether they’re safe for sensitive areas such as the bikini area.
- Ask about their aftercare instructions and the products available on site.
Waxing removes the entire hair follicle from the root, and contrary to popular belief, working with longer hairs of up to half an inch is easier. Before your appointment, avoid shaving your bikini area, as this can make the entire experience more painful. It’s suggested that you let things grow naturally for two weeks before you go in for your first appointment. If you want, you can take ibuprofen about 30 minutes before your appointment to mitigate any soreness.
Wear loose clothing to your appointment and afterward. After your wax, loose clothing will help your skin breathe, which will minimize redness and irritation. Loose clothing will also reduce the risk of ingrown hairs or razor burn, which can be especially painful in sensitive areas.
It’s Not That Bad
The concept of waxing can seem overwhelming; however, the benefits of waxing might make up for any initial discomfort. When you arrive for your appointment, you’ll have a consultation. A basic bikini wax will remove all the hair outside the panty line. Most people are surprised to learn that the sensation is nothing like what they expected. Since wax can’t grab all the hairs, your esthetician may need to tweeze any remaining hairs, which can be more painful than the waxing. Don’t be afraid to speak up if you want them to stop.
Your first appointment can be a scary thing, but as long as you know what to expect during your first bikini wax and how to take care of yourself afterward, it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of salons out there that will help you get through this process without discomfort.
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Erika Marie is a fashion and beauty writer as well as a hardcore vintage clothing enthusiast. In her free time, she can be found thrifting for hidden gems to add to her collection.