Bikini Wax 101: What to Expect for Your First Bikini Wax
Your first visit guide to waxing
There will be a point when you hate shaving…down there.
While removing pubic hair comes with little risk, many women don’t shave their pubic hair correctly. This results in irritation, cuts, and ingrown hair. Talk about unattractive! That’s why many women turn to waxing. Waxing your bikini line leaves a smooth finish. Your hair won’t grow as thick and coarse and you won’t have those awful stubbles down there. As you can imagine, waxing can be uncomfortable! But don’t panic — as long as you know what to expect, you’ll be fine. Here’s everything you need to know about your first bikini wax.
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The Different Types of Bikini Wax
Did you know “bikini wax” is actually a broad category of different waxing methods in your nether region? Here are the different types of bikini waxes.
Basic Bikini Wax
This is the most famous one. This type of wax removes all hair on the bikini line.
In other words, you won’t be able to see any hair while wearing panties or a bathing suit.
Full Bikini Wax
In addition to waxing your bikini line, a full wax actually goes up into your pubic hair and shaves only a little more off the sides. This makes your pubic area look more trimmed, even though you’ll still have hair.
This is famously called the “landing strip.” The waxer will wax off the hair on your bikini line and most of the hair on your pubic region. However, they will leave a thin line in the middle.
This is one of the most popular waxing styles, but not for the faint of heart. Brazilian waxes don’t only take the hair off of your bikini line, but also on the labia and up into your rectal area. You have options when removing the hair on the top of your pubic region — you can choose to not remove it, a style such as the landing strip or Bermuda triangle, or keep a tiny little patch.
Want your pubic hair long gone? All of it? Go for the Hollywood Wax. Everything is waxed up…everything! This one is also not for the faint of heart.
How Much Hair Should You Have?
Have you ever shaved your bikini line?
If not, you should be set! But if you’re used to shaving down there, you’ll need to take some time to let the hair grow out.
Your hair should be about a quarter of an inch long. That’s the size of a grain of rice.
For best results, your hair should be about a half inch long. This ensures the wax will grasp the hair.
There’s some good news — you don’t exactly have to have a bush to get your hair waxed. You may even want to trim the length a little bit if your hair is too long.
What to Expect When You Arrive
First off, know the whole process is private. You’re escorted to a room where you are kept as modest as possible depending on the waxing you request. Even Brazilian waxing can be made more comfortable by expert waxers.
Are you only getting a basic wax? Some waxing places allow you to leave your panties on. When making your appointment, you should ask their policy on this. If you do wish to leave your panties on, understand the wax may ruin them. We add a barrier cloth to avoid contact but it is recommended to remove them completely if love those undies. Wear an old pair or a cheap pair you can easily throw out. Some places offer paper panties for this reason.
Are you shy? Sorry to say but the technician will be all up in your you-know-what with a Brazilian. They have to peer in this area to see how the hair grows, to ensure they will be able to remove all of the hair, and they can work with the pubic style you want (if you’re asking for one).
This is also the time when the waxer asks you questions. She does this to ensure you get the best results. This is also a good time to ask your waxer any questions or concerns. Are you nervous? Don’t feel ashamed to tell your waxer. This is perfectly normal and they will help calm you down.
The Waxing Process
When the waxer puts on the gloves, you’ll know the process is beginning.
After they put on their gloves, they will dip a wooden stick in the wax. They will apply wax at the front and move toward the back.
She will place a paper cloth on the wax and will rub the cloth so it sticks to the hair.
They will move as quickly as possible. This is to ensure they remove the hair with as little discomfort as possible.
Don’t be surprised if they ask you to move in odd positions.
Some of these include on your knees with your butt in the air or lying on your back with one leg up.
Once the waxing is complete, the technician will remove any stray hairs. She usually does this with tweezers, a trimmer, or even more wax.
From here, she will moisturize your pubic region to avoid any irritation.
Now that you know what to expect, read these tips to ensure the process is as painless as possible and you get the results you want.
Tell your waxer it’s your first time. They will be gentle or will recommend a certain waxing process to ensure you experience the least amount of pain.
As you get more bikini waxes, you’ll get used to them. This is when you can move on to a Brazilian or Hollywood wax.
Don’t wax while on your period. Pay attention to your menstrual cycle when you make your appointment. If you get your period off-schedule, cancel your appointment.
When to go. If you consistently want to get a bikini wax, you’ll usually have to go every three or four weeks.
Choose the right type of wax. Hard wax is more painless than soft wax
Take pain medication. Take anti-pain and inflammation medicine such as Ibuprofen before your appointment. This will help make the waxing less painful.
Exfoliate! Make sure you exfoliate the pubic region before your appointment, ideally with organic skincare products. This is to prevent any ingrown hairs.