8 Things To Know And Prepare For Before Getting A Bikini Wax
Some tips to quash any myths.
Consistency in my beauty regime is something I’m marking down as a New Year’s resolution for 2021. I don’t know about you, but when it comes to anything that requires me to stay on top of appointments, I tend to fail miserably. I’ll reschedule one for some reason or another and then, all of a sudden, I’ve fallen off the bandwagon and it’s months later and I still haven’t gone back for that wax or nail appointment. Diabolical, some would say.
But, last month, I decided to bite the bullet and return to bikini waxes after spending the past few years shaving down there as a quick fix and like everyone else, regretting doing so.
Returning to waxing had me nervous, I could remember it was quite painful to get a wax down there and so, naturally, was dreading the visit all morning prior.
However, there were many things I wasn’t aware about before attending my wax and so, decided to compile a list for anyone planning to make a return to waxing or, attend their first wax; which will hopefully ease the mind.
A massive thank you to the fabulous team at Wax in the City, for also making the experience my most pleasant to date.
Knowledge is power in every sense and knowing what you’re going in for and now to prep for it right is key. The more you know, the better you’ll feel and the higher the chance you’ll make it part of your monthly beauty regime (trust me, I’m changing my ways too!).
Plus, the results of waxing will make you ditch the razor any day!
1. Don’t shave before your wax
This is a pretty obvious one, but don’t shave before you get a wax. When the hairs are long, they’re easier to pull for the bulb, giving you a cleaner wax. Depending on your own hair growth, you’ll know when to stop shaving before a wax appointment if you do shave, making sure the hairs are long enough to pull.
Exfoliating is key and as the ladies in Wax And The City suggest, using a mitt to lightly exfoliate the area (no shower gel, creams etc on here, just water) before a wax, as well as every couple of days in the shower too is really important to keep your lady parts clean and stop ingrown hairs from forming. We all know the pain of those inner thigh and vagina ingrown hairs.
3. Invest in a mitt for down below
Like my point above, invest in a mitt that you use on just your lady parts – one that’s free of any fragrance and gels from when you scrub the rest of your body. I love this one from Bare By Vogue below.
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4. Try not to be embarrassed
I know this is obviously easier said than done, but just remember that beauty therapists are trained for this job and complete multiple waxes a day, every day, all year. There’s nothing they haven’t seen and everyone who gets a wax feels the same way, you’re not alone, so try to remember it’s just a treatment like anything else.
5. Yes, it is painful
I won’t pull the wool over your eyes and say it doesn’t hurt. A very sensitive area is getting waxed, so yes, it does hurt. But the pain doesn’t last long, and the benefits are certainly there. Plus, over time, as you become a seasoned pro, the pain does lessen, plus, the hair also lessens (and softens) too; it’s a win, win.
6. Time your wax
For women, our bodies are a lot more sensitive coming up to our period and so, if you’re looking to book in for an appointment, try and aim for a date once your period has passed, in the week or two following, or alternatively, opt for a walk-in service, that way you don’t have to worry about making or missing appointments.
7. Don’t touch the area after your wax
Keep away from fragranced or fancy cooling gels, anything that could cause irritation as the area has just been waxed. Plus, don’t shower until the following day if you can to keep the area from getting aggravated from heat. Also, don’t exfoliate for at least 48 hours.
8. Mark your next appointment
Set a reminder on your phone for when it’s time to think about getting another wax, it could be anything from three to six weeks, this is where I’m bad for keeping on track, but it’s important to take note of these things and stay on top of your waxes, you’ll reap the benefits, trust me!
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