The idea of getting a bikini wax may seem daunting to a lot of women (and maybe even a few men). That feeling is probably just downright terrifying for a bikini waxing virgin. But take it from someone who's been around the block more than a few times when it comes to 'woman-scaping' down there,
it's not as bad as you think it is
I'm not going to lie to you. It's going to hurt. It hurts the first time, the second time, the bagillionth time. (I hope that didn't scare you off yet.) But trust me, in the end,
it's worth it
For those of you who are reading this and are considering getting a bikini wax for the first time, or maybe you've already had one or several bikini waxes and just need something to read, I've written a few words of advice based on my personal experience with getting bikini waxes. I know that every person is different, and that some things that work for me may not necessarily work for other women, but I'm just sharing what has worked for me every time.
Getting over the embarrassment hump
I know many women feel embarrassed about exposing
down there in front of a complete stranger, and when I say everything, I mean you'll be bottomless putting your legs in positions you should only be doing with your significant other.
. What I'll say is, don't be embarrassed. These people are professionals and have probably been doing it for awhile, so that means they have seen EVERYTHING. Chances are they've probably seen something far worse. Plus, the more you see your waxer, the less of a stranger he/she will be.
Sugaring vs. Regular/Hard Wax
If you're considering getting a bikini wax, I highly recommend that you find someone who does sugaring over regular/hard waxing. Not only is it made out of natural ingredients, (sugar, water, and lemon juice), making it a lot better for you if you are sensitive to harsh chemicals, but it also only sticks to the hair (unlike hard wax, which grabs onto your skin as well as your hair), and hurts a lot
less. Sugaring also allows you to wax at a much shorter hair length (1/16" versus 1/4" for regular/hard wax), and lasts a lot longer too.
Side note: I'm probably not the best person to give advice on this particular subject, because I'm extremely biased...towards sugaring. The one and only time I got a bikini wax using the regular wax method, (which also happened to be my very first time getting a bikini wax ever), I went home bleeding. And this guy was supposed to give some of the best bikini waxes in Seattle. Ever since that one horrifying experience, I only do sugaring.
Finding a place to get your bikini wax done
DO YOUR RESEARCH! I cannot stress this enough! Look at Yelp, Citysearch, Allure & Instyle Magazines, what have you, just do it! It's always better to pay a little more and get the best experience possible by a reputable professional than to go with the cheaper deal and go home looking like, well, I won't even go there.
How often to get waxed
If you plan on getting a bikini wax regularly, every 3-4 weeks is good. If you can't wait that long, I'd say go every other week, but I could see that being very expensive. Many waxing studios/spas will charge you less for a 'maintenance' wax if you go back within a certain period of time, usually within 4-6 weeks. Just another incentive for you to get it done regularly!
When to get waxed
I'm talking about whether or not to get it during/around your period. I suggest you avoid getting a bikini wax one week before your period and during your period as well. Not only is your skin the most sensitive at that time, but having it messy down there isn't going to make it any easier for your waxer, and at some places, they might even send you home. If you are scheduled to get a bikini wax during your period,
wear a tampon. And if you're feeling a little extra self conscious about the whole situation, don't be. Like I've mentioned before, they've seen EVERYTHING. At least give your waxer a little warning prior to starting so that you don't freak him/her out. Or you could just reschedule your appointment.
Tips before your appointment
Drink water to hydrate your skin from the inside out.
Take an aspirin or ibuprofen one hour before your appointment. It's supposed to reduce pain and inflammation post-waxing. I personally don't feel/see a difference when I take ibuprofen, but everyone is different.
Tips during your appointment
Some waxing studios provide a liquor to their clients before they start...I personally don't like the idea of drinking liquor right before getting waxed, because (1) I usually drive to my appointments and want to be able to drive home, and (2) alcohol (or any kind of stimulant, even caffeine) actually causes your skin to be extra sensitive to waxing.
The most helpful piece of advice I can give you while you're getting waxed is to not anticipate when your waxer is going to do any big 'waxing moves' (AKA ripping the wax off). Whether it means singing, talking to yourself, talking to your waxer, or even talking your friend who came along to support you, being distracted assures that you won't know when it's going to happen. Trust me, doing so makes it hurt a lot less and makes the time go by much faster than if you say, "One...two...three...ARGHHHHH!!!" every time the wax gets pulled.
Finally, as hard as this sounds, relax!
Tips after your appointment
In order to prevent the little red bumps and ingrown hairs from forming, you must exfoliate & moisturize
! (Except for the first 24-48 hours.) I recommend using
I hope this gives you a little more insight into the world of bikini waxing and hairless 'hoo-ha's". If you think I've left anything out, please let me know! :)