Updated: Sep 14, 2020
Getting a bikini wax can seem daunting, especially if you’ve never had one before. With a little preparation, a bikini wax can be a quick, routine procedure that leaves you hair-free for at least several weeks. It's totally worth it!
Here are my TOP 10 TIPS on how to get prepped:
1. Choose a reputable practitioner.
It’s important that you get a bikini wax from a practitioner you can trust. Ask friends and family if they have suggestions. You should also take time to read reviews of the establishment and practitioner online before booking your appointment.
2. Make sure your hair is at least ¼ inch long.
Your hair will need to be at least ¼ inch or 2/3 centimeter long for a bikini wax. If the hair is any shorter than this, the wax will not be able to grab onto the hair. If your hair is not long enough, the practitioner may have you reschedule the appointment. Save yourself the time.
3. Try exfoliating beforehand.
Gentle exfoliation can help loosen hair from its follicles, which may make the waxing process a little easier and possibly less painful. Try using a washcloth, loofah, or body scrub to gently exfoliate the area to be waxed. Make sure you don't rub too hard, or you can cause inflammation.
4. Wear loose, comfortable clothing to your appointment.
It's important that you don’t show up for your bikini wax wearing tight bottoms, such as a pair of skinny jeans. After your wax, you will want to put on loose-fitting bottoms, like a pair of linen pants or a dress. If you feel comfortable, you can forgo underwear after your treatment. If not, wear soft, comfortable panties - preferably of a breathable fabric, like cotton.
5. Stay hydrated.
It's important that you are hydrated when you go in for your bikini wax. This can make the process a little less painful. Try drinking at least 64 ounces the day before and the day of your wax.
6. Be prepared for a little pain.
While some practitioners might claim that a bikini wax is painless, you should not take such claims at face value. You may experience a little pain during your wax, especially if it is your first time. The pain, however, should only last for the duration of your wax.
7. Consider taking ibuprofen an hour before your wax.
Some people recommend taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, like ibuprofen, before you get a bikini wax. This can help mediate some of the pain you might experience. Ask your doctor if taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug is a good choice for you.
8. Know that it's normal to bleed a little.
Hair follicles are connected to blood vessels, which means there might be a little blood when the hair is pulled out. You are more likely to bleed a little if it’s your first bikini wax.
9. Understand the waxed area may be red after the wax.
It's normal to have a little bit of redness after a bikini wax. This will usually last no more than a few hours after the procedure. If you still have redness and inflammation in the days after the wax, contact your practitioner.
10. Plan ahead, especially for special occasions.
While it is recommended to give your skin the proper amount of time to recover from a wax, you'll want to schedule ahead of time. Try planning to get a wax at least 24-48 hours prior to "the big reveal" (i.e. a wedding day, pool party or date night). Waxing is a popular service, especially during warmer months, so the earlier you look to book your appointment, the better.
If you are planning to continue waxing, scheduling your next appointment before the end of your service will help you maintain your recommended routine. Keep in mind, it's much easier to wax within the recommended timeframe (normally 4-6 weeks).
Hopefully by reading this article, you feel prepared for your bikini wax experience. You can always ask additional questions or take a look at the FAQ section for more information.
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