Summer is here and that means the swimsuit season is upon us. And that also means scheduling a bikini wax appointment (yeah, i know its not one of the salon visits to look forward to, atleast for moi). You don’t need to be embarrassed or self-conscious when it comes to getting your bits stripped, but you do need to know what’s what to get a safe and smooth wax. So here is my list ladies, to make it easier for you.
1- No Shaving: You have to let it grow out wild n free (atleast for 4 weeks) before your appointment. If the hair is not long enough it means more pain and an uneven finish. And we don’t want that, do we?
2- Hot Wax Only: Check that your salon uses only HOT wax on sensitive areas- Some salons will say they do and when you get there they use strip wax. Hot wax is a thick wax that they apply and then remove with just their hand. Strip wax is wonderful but shouldn’t be used on the areas mentioned as it’s notas gentle, and can leave you feeling sore. If they don’t use hot wax on bikini, Hollywood or Brazilian waxing then run for the hills.
3- Chocolate Wax is better: My personal experience again. Chocolate wax is better, smoother and actually prevents growth for a little bit longer than regular, honey wax. It is worth splurging a bit more of cash on.
4- Exfoliate before you bare: To get the best results and to achieve silky soft skin, you need to prepare it pre-wax. Gently exfoliate and moisturize a day or two before your salon appointment as this will help the hairs break through, and be easier to be pulled out from the root. A regular body scrub should do.
5- Don’t swim for 24 hours After: If you’ve just been waxed, keep up the moisturising but stay away from pool & sea as pool and seawater can be very drying. Follow your salon’s aftercare advice and don’t go swimming until 24hrs after your waxing to avoid infections.
6- Careful while Sunbathing: Whatever you do, DO NOT expose the waxed body parts to the sun until 24-48 hours after your waxing as this sensitive skin will easily burn and you could be left with permanent pigmentation marks (dark brown patches). If you start to feel freshly waxed areas tingling when sunbathing then apply a higher SPF.
7- Choose a skilled waxer: Again from personal experience – ALL salons offer waxing but not all of them do it well. A Brazilian wax shouldn’t be intimidating, but you’ll want to find a therapist who’s had proper training – you might realise (like i did) shockingly, that a lot of “specialists” have had no training in Brazilian waxing at all. You shouldn’t have to ask for thoroughness – an expert will know what she’s doing and you’ll know that she knows what she’s doing.
8- Moisturise Moisturise: Cant stress this enough. And coconut oil works wonders to reduce post-wax discomfort. Oh! And please do not try to do this yourself at home. There are some things we have to depend on the specialist for and this happens to be one.
And remember to BREATHE through it ;)))