Bikini Waxing - Yay or Nay?
What you decide to do with it is entirely your choice and whatever you choose - own it! For those of you interested in investing in the upkeep and grooming of your body hair - this is for you.
Waxing is not a topic most are comfortable discussing, we all tend to keep it hush hush from, well, everyone. I understand that. In my years as an Esthetician I have bared witness to many ladies and gents who aren't fully informed before they decide to wax. So I want to share some waxing knowledge. Spread the word. Here are some important facts to remember for before, during and after your appointment that will make all the difference in the way your skin looks and feels!
Hair length - Your hair needs to be a quarter of an inch long. No need to go running for the ruler :) this is about the length of a grain of rice. Longer than you thought? Any shorter and the waxer may tell you to come back, if they don’t, they will spend a majority of your appointment tweezing - which trust me, you don't want.
Trimming (Bikini Area) - Let's say it's been a while - a long while. If your hair is long, you'll want to trim it before your appointment. Estheticians are not supposed to trim for you. it's against proper sanitation practices and not to mention... not their job. I recommend purchasing an electrical trimmer, the kind with different length settings. Remember not to go too short.
Shower - Make sure your skin is clean and free of any oils and or lotions. These products will interfere with the wax, making it adhere less to your hair which could make the experience more painful.
** Your first time? - The first time you wax is always the most painful. Believe me, if you are consistent the pain will decrease - you will feel the difference! The reason it is more painful the longer you wait is this : The bulb of the root of the hair continues to grow the longer it lives in the follicle. The longer you wait between waxing services, the bulb grows to be bigger than the width of the follicle. If you wax every 3-4 weeks the bulb of the hair will not have had enough time to develop.
Check out the Beauty Services tab for a list of waxing services I offer!
Breathe - Breathing properly and staying calm will make the appointment go by much faster. An experienced waxer will remove wax quickly and apply pressure to minimize the sting. Know that it's not as bad as you make it out to be in your head. It's a quick, short lasting sting and most appointments don't last longer than 15 minutes. The outcome is worth the process!
Don't Apologize about yourself - You're vulnerable and that's ok! The waxer has 'seen it all', believe me. Don't be embarrassed or afraid to ask questions, share about what's new with you, and to be yourself!
Prebook - Schedule your next appointment before you leave, your skin will thank you for it. You should get waxed every 3-4 weeks. Being consistent will improve your waxing experience all around. It will decrease pain, diminish regrowth, and minimize in-grown hairs. It's a great way to exfoliate, which we all need, here is CO.
At home care - Exfoliate! In order to best avoid the bumps and annoying in-growns, exfoliating will be key. I think it’s best to exfoliate daily and deeply exfoliate once a week with a gentle scrub. Use natural or organic products that are made for sensitive skin. Ask your esthetician to recommend some products. I love these for post wax:
Lavender EO, Toner, Scrub, Exfoliating Gloves
** I think lavender works really well post_appointment. It works faster at calming the skin and reducing the redness and irritation your skin may experience after a wax. (Dilute a drop in a little jojoba oil)
When to book your next appointment - Allow for 3-4 weeks to book your next appointment. Some people may need to wait 3 weeks others 5. But DO NOT wait over 6 weeks, otherwise, it will be like waxing for the first time again!
I realize waxing is not for everyone! Check out this hydrating floral toner by R.L. Linden & Co! It smells divine and doubles as a calming toner for freshly shaven stems! P.S. it's fabulous for the face and is great as a toner for after waxing too ;)