Let me be straight and completely honest with you: a bikini wax is not the most fun experience and you will need to brace yourself for the pain. However, this guide will definitely help your appointment to go as smoothly as possible.
#1. Let Your Hair Grow Out
One common and huge mistake that most women make right before their first waxing session is shaving. But what they don’t know is that when their hairs are too short, the wax won’t have enough to grab onto and as a result, they won’t even come off at all. And, this can also lead to pesky ingrown hairs.
So, if you are going for a waxing session at Soho Nails Pty Ltd, remember that your hair should be about a quarter of an inch long or as “a grain of rice” as claimed by Keiann Roberts, a lead specialist for a New York hair-removal studio.
#2. Consider Going When You Don’t Have Your Period
Now, of course, you can get a wax even when you are having your period (but please make sure you are using tampon and always give the waxer a heads up before the waxing session starts). However, many experts suggest not to, especially if it’s your first time.
Let’s see what Whitney Bowe, MD, a dermatologist in New York City and clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical School, has to say about it: “Three days leading up to your period and the days of your period, most people have a lower pain threshold, so the wax could hurt more.”
#3. Take a Shower and Exfoliate Beforehand
Ok, this seems obvious, but still, we all need a reminder sometimes.
It is recommended to take a nice and warm shower (or bath if you prefer) right before your waxing session as this can soften your pores and make the whole process less painful. And when it comes to your skincare regime, always remember to keep it gentle in the days leading up to your appointment. You can give your body a good scrub with a light exfoliant but avoid anything too harsh as it can irritate your skin and lead to more redness and skin irritation after the wax.
#4. Take a Painkiller the Day of Your Wax
When it comes to first-time bikini-waxing, pain should be your number one concern (not that I am trying to scare you, but it’s the truth). It will not be as bad as you probably think right now, but it will cause you some hurt or discomfort. And the only solution you have is to take an ibuprofen or aspirin an hour or so before your appointment.
#5. Hit the Salon in Loose Clothing
What happens in the post-wax period? You are often left with red and irritated skin. So, the best would be to plan your outfit accordingly and wear loose clothing for your appointment. And if you are wondering why loose clothing, well, as per Keiann Roberts, “Tight clothing can cause friction in the area and can increase the odds of developing wax burn afterwards.”
Therefore, leave your leggings and tight skinny jeans at home.
#6. Warn Your Waxer About Any Skin Issues
Whether you have a mole or a skin tag, it is always advised to give your waxer a heads up. Of course, the estheticians will be able to notice it, but it is still better to warn them beforehand so as they can wax around the mole or tag.
But, for all those who have a sunburn or any other skin irritation on the day of their appointment, rescheduling the session will be best. Plus, it can avoid any extra pain or irritation during and after the wax.
#7. Do Not Exercise
Now, I don’t think you will take a spin class right after your waxing session, but let me still warn you against the idea of going to the gym as this can irritate the area much more.
Ready to give it a go? Contact Soho Nails Pty Ltd for a professional waxing session.