Here’s what to expect the first time you get a bikini wax
For the waxing first – timers or just plain curious, here’s what goes on behind salon doors.
When you thing about it, no sane women would ever pay good money to have hot wax painted on to her nether regions so that hair can be ripped from the roots. Yet bikini waxing is a pretty standard grooming habit for thousands of women who routinely book a session every month without batting an eyelid.
If you’re a waxing virgin but have been thinking of giving it a go, here’s the lowdown on exactly what happens once you get over the basis embarrassment of showing your pants to a total stranger.
1. Everyone feels a bit self- conscious, especially the first few times. But remember , beauty therapists have seen it all before and perform bikini waxes every day. Worrying about whether you’re too hairy/ not hairy enough/ have rubbish knickers on is all very normal but very unnecessary.
2. There are several categories of bikini wax based on how much hair is removed and priced accordingly. The are a lot of different bikini wax shapes and styles but the classic shape is the “Bikini” and involves a simple tidy up of hair at the front and a bit down below, so that it doesn’t extend beyond your knicker line – just enough to get your bikini – ready (this is the ideal wax for first- timers).The “Brazilian” involves a lot more hair removal – typically leaving just a ‘landing strip’ of hair at the front and all hair removed down below and even round the back! Brazilian waxing also can include removal all the hair from down below.
3. Your therapist will ask you to lie down on a bed and remove your clothes below the waist. You do not have to take your pants off if you don’t want to. We are very adept at working around your knickers to protect your modesty (Tip: wear comfy pants , not your best lacy undies that can be a little , er, scratchy.
4. If you want a thorough wax like a Brazilian the therapist may find it easier if you remove your pants or offer you some disposable pants instead. We prefer a hot wax without strips and also prefer you not wear anything. But your dignity comes first so if you feel uncomfortable at any point , just speak up.
5. The therapist normally asks you place one led bent flat on the bed at a right angle , exposing one side of your bikini line . She will then tuck a tissue into the edge of your pants to protect them from the wax.
6. Wearing gloves, the therapist applies melted hot wax onto a small section of your hair using a spatual- it’s warm, not too hot. Then strip a cloth of muslin is applied on the top of the wax , she presses down for a few seconds, holds the skin taut and pulls the strip away in one sharp tug. She continues repeating this process, both sides until you’re all done.
7. OK, the therapist will be very close to your butt and may have to touch your labia and adjust you here and there to get the skin taut. Weird but necessary.
8. Just how painful is it? Everyone has different pain thresholds but we won’t kid you that it’s painless (as many salons claim) Normally it results in a sharp intake of breath but it definitely gets easier the more you have it done.
In some areas you’ll hardly flinch; others spots results in a bit of involuntary swearing (top of landing strip always seems a bit ouchy) – but either way it’s over in about TWO SECONDS. In our experience the best therapists work in small sections and press down on the skin immediately after pulling off the wax strip to dull the pain- so ask your therapist to work this way. Popping an ibuprofen an hour beforehand also helps.
9. The Therapist finishes by checking her handiwork and removing any remaining stray hair with tweezers. Annoying but important.
10. Finally, a smoothing cream is applied all over. This bit feels really nice. She’ll leave the room to let you get dressed.
11. A bit of redness is normal afterwards for a few hours . You did it. You are now hair- free and low – maintenance for about 3-4 weeks before you’re ready for your next session.