Does the idea of putting hot wax on your bikini line make you want to run for the hills? No need. Waxing is an extremely effective method of getting rid of unwanted hairs. A basic bikini wax removes down to the roots hair that might be visible along the edges of a bathing suit or underwear. A good wax will keep you smooth and hairless for weeks. And while waxing is certainly not painless, after a few appointments, you will barely feel a thing. Planning ahead can minimize discomfort. Read on to find out the facts.
Ask friends for recommendations for a good waxing salon. Check to make sure the cosmetologist or aesthetician is licensed before making an appointment.
Make sure your unwanted hair is at least 1/4 inch long for the best results. Hair that is too short won’t latch on to the wax and won’t come out. If your hair is too long, you will feel more pain when it’s yanked out, so trim it down prior to your appointment.
Take Ibuprofen or aspirin before your appointment to manage any discomfort you might feel during the waxing.
Strip down to your underwear (or bathing suit) at the salon. The waxing usually lasts about 15 to 20 minutes. The aesthetician will dip a stick into hot wax and apply the wax onto your bikini area. He or she will rub a strip of cloth on the wax and then quickly yank it away. The aesthetician will use tweezers to remove any stray or ingrown hairs. Finally, the aesthetician will apply lotion to soothe the skin to prevent irritation.
Apply an over-the-counter antibiotic cream or hydrocortisone cream to the area for several days after your wax to ease irritation and protect against infection.
- Make sure the waxing salon is clean and practices good hygiene.