Bikini season is fast approaching and with a vengeance. Aside from the thousands of sit-ups that haven't been done, there are other ways to *ahem* prepare. Let's get over the awkward and talk about the waxing of the lady bits. When it comes to waxing like this, there are two parties: regulars and those who have no idea. So, this post is for those of you considering it and for those of you that have no idea what to expect. Hopefully, I can take the illusion out and help you decide if a little wax is something you'd like to give a go.
Let's Talk Lingo
Here's a little secret, Half of those names you've heard are made up. The landing strip, the Hollywood, String, Martini.. the list goes on. There are a few common names that stick universally.
These two terms are pretty universal. It is generally safe to assume that a brazillian removes most if not all of the hair -front to back. A bikini wax primarily focuses on anything that would not be covered by a regular bathing suit bottom. Such as your thighs, under the belly button and ensures that your beach safe. Our salon also offers what we call a french bikini wax, which is right in between the two. A french bikini wax doesn't remove all of the hair but our estheticians bring the wax further in than a bikini wax. The key here is to talk to your esthetician. Every client has a preference for how much hair they want left or if they want any left at all; and all that lingo is just made up by cosmo to sell more magazines.
To ensure you get the best out of your waxing you'll need to do a little prep work. Here's a quick list of the preparations you should make to have a smooth first wax. [pun totally intended]
1. The hair needs to be 1/2 long. Most agree that the hair should be 1/2 inch long, this way the wax can grip the hair to ensure a less painful and cleaner wax process. Also, you don't want the hair to be too long it can cause challenges when your esthetician attempts to wax it, and they may have to awkwardly trim the hair. Trust me that's as weird for us as it is for you.
2. Avoid your period. Some salons will wax you if you are actively on your period, some wont. Personally I do not ask my girls to do that. I think its uncomfortable and unsanitary plus its extra painful for you. I always suggest getting into a routine, the week of your period let it grow in and schedule your appointment once you've finished. During your period your vaginal area is extra sensitive and lots of blood is hanging out down there, if you wait a week it'll be a lot more pleasant for everyone.
3. Take pain meds pre-appointment. Everyone's pain tolerance is different. Personally I cry at the drop of a hat, but find that brazillians are more about nerves for me. It never hurts to pop a motrin or two right before your appointment can help if your tolerance isn't very high.
4. Wear comfy cloths. When you get up from the estheticians bed, you'll be just a little sore. Plus, your skin could be a little sticky. Do yourself a favor and don't wear the worlds tightest jeans, it'll just make you uncomfortable.