Getting a bikini wax can be stressful. Especially if it’s your first wax! With bikini season right around the corner, we wanted to give you the lowdown on one of the hottest beauty trends around.
Consider it a passage into womanhood. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but getting waxed is something most women do, and most women tend not to talk about. Why be abashed with a good ol’ fashioned wax? First things first, you should know the type of wax you’re getting. So let’s go through a quick run-down of the types of waxes there are out there.
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Types of Bikini Wax
A Brazilian bikini wax means everything comes off, front to back, left to right, err’thing. The barer the better. This type of wax is perfect for those Brazilian bikinis and those sexy thong cut bottoms.
A basic bikini wax involved cleaning up the sides only and about an inch from the top. This type of wax is the very basic for you, especially if it’s your first time. You might be a bit shy about going completely bare and want to start off slow. This is the wax for you. Think sexy monokini styles and moderate cut bottoms.
The in-between is exactly what it says. In between the Brazilian bikini and the basic bikini. So if you’re feeling a bit frisky and want to try out something new, be bold, be daring, the in-between is the way to go.
So, now that you know, let’s talk the very important must-know facts before you go in.
5 Things You Must Know Before Your Wax
1) You must grow out your hair beforehand. When the hair is too short, the aesthetician has a difficult time trying to get it out. The wax may not catch the short hair properly, and it may require many attempts at tearing away. Imagine those many attempts. Over and over. Ouch. Growing the hair out allows for a much easier time to pull. THINK FOUR WEEKS. As hard as that may be, try to hit the four week mark. Less time pulling, less irritation and red bumps afterwards — that’s a win, win.
2) Take a Tylenol. Any pain reliever of your choosing. Anything that you take will help not only with the pain, but it will also help make the skin less inflamed.
3) Exfoliate! Using a basic sugar scrub or salt scrub helps to remove those dead skin cells which is crucial for a cleaner wax and less ingrown hairs. If you don’t feel like dropping $10-15 on a sugar scrub, there are so many simple scrub recipes that you can make with just a few ingredients in the cabinet.
4) Don’t work out after. Sweating is not the best thing after a fresh wax. If you sweat on freshly waxed skin, there is no hair to absorb the sweat and that’s a whole ‘lotta friction going on.
5) Get waxed at LEAST two days before jumping into your sexy swimsuit. This is key because after your wax, it may take a few days for the redness to go down. You want your swimwear to be colorful, not your skin. Also, if salt water or chlorine get into those open pores, you’ll cause more irritation than you know what to do with.
So, now you know. Getting a bikini wax can be a new experience, but believe us, your new bikini will thank you later.