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Bikini Waxing 101

By Amalah

From last week’s comments:

I would enjoy some bikini wax advice. I mean really detailed info. How long does the hair need to be before it can be waxed? How long are you hair-free before it starts growing back? How flexible do you need to be to get waxed? Anything you can do to make it less painful? Will I have red, irritated skin after? And how long will it stay red? Any bumpies?

I am obviously a wax virgin but I am going to Hawaii with my boyfriend for a week in May and I’d like to be able to skip bikini line shaving while there.  ~ R

We aim to please here at the Advice Smackdown, so not only will I tell you everything I know about waxing, I recruited (which means = she sent email offering help, I accepted) Isabel of Hola, Isabel, one of my favorite people and AlphaFoxyMamas. We’ll get to her portion of the class in a minute. (She’s also got stuff to say about laser hair removal, so please don’t let your eyeballs roll back in your head during my blathering and miss out.)

First: I haven’t gotten a bikini wax in a couple years, but for awhile there (before Noah, back when I lived ONE BLOCK AWAY from a lovely spa and salon and had a pool to go to every weekend) I got waxed pretty regularly. And yes, I did the whole enchilada.
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Now I’m lazy. And kind of too cheap to keep it up, even though I imagine it’s an expense Jason would gladly pony up for. Last summer I started using Parissa Quick & Easy Wax Strips and I think they do a smashingly good job for a home waxing kit. (I also used that Nad’s stuff ages and ages ago, and while it works GREAT when you first buy it, the product loses effectiveness very quickly and you end up with a big tub of useless goop.) The Parissa strips are just for your outtermost bikini line, though. If you want serious hair removal, you should — nay, you MUST — get a professional wax.

A couple lessons I learned, in easy listy form:

1) For a regular vanilla bikini wax, some spas will let you keep your underwear on (particularly if they’re teeny). Some spas will offer disposable panties. Some spas ask you to strip completely. The key is to LEAVE YOUR UNDERWEAR ON UNTIL THEY TELL YOU TO TAKE THEM OFF. They will tell you what to do, don’t worry.

2) Some spas consider a Brazilian to be completely bald, but some call this an “American” wax (also known as the Celebutard Limo-Exiting Special). The spa I went to would leave a small “landing strip” of hair with a Brazilian, so just tell your waxer what you expect before they start.

3) Yeah. It hurts the first time. And it will hurt everytime if you let your hair grow too long in between appointments. If you want to get waxed for a special occasion or vacation, I strongly advise that you DO NOT get waxed for the very first time the day before. You’ll be red. Some people even bruise. Go once a few weeks before, and then do a second maintenance appointment closer to your trip. After about my third wax, I barely felt anything.

4) How long a wax last is really different for everybody, since hair grows at different rates. I had to go about once a month to avoid irritation and ingrown hairs. There are a lot of products out there for post-waxing care — No Bumps and Tend Skin or Azulene Oil or even just a gentle diaper rash cream. Your waxer will most likely recommend her personal favorite.

5) Speaking of that: your waxer is a professional. She doesn’t care. She’s seen it all, and will try to put you at ease. She’ll talk to you like you’re just getting a haircut, but if she senses you’d rather just close your eyes and zone out, she’ll let you. It’s okay.

One last caveat before we get to Isabel’s advice — I know the idea of bikini waxing (particularly full-on Brazilians) skeeves some women out. I know some women are disturbed by the idea that their husband/boyfriend/whatever likes the bald thing, since doesn’t that make us look like a child? Well, not really — a sexually mature woman’s pubic area looks VERY different than a child’s, with or without hair. Really!

So there’s no need to scour his computers hard drive or call the FBI because he’s expressed a preference. Waxing leaves your skin soft and smooth and the whole area is just…clean. It’s comfortable. It smells nice. Even though I don’t have the patience for waxing anymore, I remember the appeal very clearly, and it goes waaay beyond anything sexual.
And now read on as Isabel attempts to fully convert you to the hairless side. Heh.

ISABEL’S COMPLETE GUIDE TO WAXING

The mantra for the world should be “hair free is the way to be.”

nair.jpgAfter years of failed attempts at drug store brand hair removal products (depilatories, I’m talking to you) I was excited to finally find a product that worked (Nair at home wax, I’m talking to you). I admit the first time I used it I thought I was going to die. I screamed. It hurt. I ended up bruised. I also ended up with less hair down there. And I liked it. The end result was worth the pain. Completely. Each time after that hurt less and less. I swear.

Years later, after moving to a major metropolitan area, I decided to venture outside of my in-home waxing treatments and have it done professionally. (It must also be noted that my husband told me that for every wax I had done I could get a new pair of shoes. He was not above bribing me and I was not above taking the bribe.) I was very nervous about my first time going into the spa. I looked on line for waxing etiquette and couldn’t find any. I wasn’t sure what I should wear or if I should take anything before I went in. And of course the burning question “do I wear underwear”?

When I got to the spa, the (very professional) waxer put me in a small room with a massage bed and asked me to get undress from the waist down and gave me a pair of disposable paper panties to put on. Then the waxer left the room and let me undress in private. I climbed on the bed and put the towel she had given me over my sex-ay panties. The waxer came back in the room and proceeded to get started. The first thing she did was cut the panties off. I asked her why she gave them to me in the first place and she said it was to make me feel a little more at ease. I guess it worked. (For the record, they’ve never given them to me before. I’m pretty sure she would have let me keep them on, if I had asked.)

My first few times I just had the typical bikini wax done. (In case you don’t know, that means just the hair that would show if you are wearing a bikini.) It was so nice to have less hair, that every time I went back I was getting more and more hair removed. I was going back every 5-6 weeks and paying $55 a session (the first time is more expensive, while the following visits are called “maintenance”.)

About this time I decided to try laser hair removal. I heard a commercial on the radio talking up the joys and rewards of laser hair removal. It was $80 a session and they told me it would take about 6-8 sessions to have “permanent hair removal” of my bikini area. The first laser removal session was awesome. It didn’t hurt at all. They were complete professionals. The hair just naturally fell out after a few weeks. I went back in 7 weeks for my second session which hurt far worse. Far, far worse. Again, the hair fell out. I continued to go back every 7 weeks for the next year. My hair was growing back with less hair each time. It was working. I was happy.

That lasted maybe a year. Then the hair started to just fill in more and more. “Permanent” my ass. It was back in all of it’s glory and I wasn’t happy. I started to just get it waxed again. But this time instead of wasting my time with just a regular bikini wax .

The first few times I had been waxed I would leave a little hair just right there. But then I figured, why bother and had it all ripped out. I totally decided to go for a full on Brazilian wax. In case you don’t know what that means, it’s the removal of all of your pubic hair from your belly button to the small of your back. Yes, all of the hair. Okay, so having your back side waxed does involve getting into some odd positions, like holding your legs up like a dead beetle or getting on all fours. But again, this is a professional working on you. They’ve seen it all. Seriously, don’t be shy. The end result is glorious. No hair to bother with. No shaving and red bumps. No at home waxing. (Note to the skeptics, having the back side waxed doesn’t hurt. Odd, I know. But it’s the truth.)

After my first Brazilian wax I happily paid my waxer (and left a nice tip) and left with a smile on my face. I don’t have a big problem with ingrown hairs, but they do happen. I try to exfoliate everyday (you know, when I remember) and I also use No Bumps, which I buy online cheaper then they sell it at the spa.

I kept up my waxing during my pregnancy, even though it seemed to hurt a little more. My OB/GYN seemed very appreciate for being so clean down there and would even comment on it (in a totally non-creepy way). It also made my delivery so much nicer. They didn’t have to shave me at all for my emergency c-section. Hooray. Of course I did have to wait a little while after my c-section to go back for another wax. The c-section scar hasn’t made for any issues in my waxing career.

One thing I’ve forgotten to add is that I’ve even been waxed by a man. I admit I was a little taken aback when I showed up for my appointment and a male waxer was waiting for me. But don’t worry, he was very professional (and also gay, if that makes a difference. Which it probably does.).

So what have I learned from all of this? Go for the professional wax. Pay the money (include a nice tip) and enjoy the benefits of being hair free. If you can’t afford going back to a spa for regular maintenance visits, I would recommend doing it at home. Just make sure to keep it up. It’s easier that way. The most important thing I’ve learned is to go for the Brazilian. If you’re gonna do it, you might as well do it right.

Say it with me now; hair free is the way to be.

You may also enjoy this Waxing Article:
The Lowdown on Do-It-Yourself Waxing Options

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Amy Corbett Storch

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Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Ama...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

If there is a question you would like answered on the Advice Smackdown, please submit it to [email protected].

Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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CadyKansas
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CadyKansas

Amalah – So, the tipping? Is how much? I could probably use a primer on tipping for all beauty-ish things, actually. Is it like in restaurants, 15-20%? Or is it more about the length of time it takes? Ehh?

mdvelazquez
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mdvelazquez

I am too lazy and cheap to do the spa thing, but I will gladly try the at home wax. Thank you for the recommendations.

Tone
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Tone

Okay, this may sound odd and I know they are professional and all, but what about us bigger girls? Do you really think it would be like any other wax? Thanks for also including the tidbit about the male preference for this. I’ll admit to being grossed out by my husband’s preference, but now am curious about trying it…if I can get past the major body issues I have.

Notsogirly
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Notsogirly

I’m just…sorta…I don’t know… bothered. I hate to be the crank, but this whole completely bare thing creeps me out. Why would you do that? I don’t think men who like it are pedophiles, but I do think that they have been, um, slightly warped by the porn industry and celebs and all the other people who are always trying to make us forget what honest-to-god grown-up women look like. We sag a little, we have wrinkles, and we have hair. Why must we spend hundreds of hours and dollars lifting and scrubbing and having surgeries and ripping our hair… Read more »

Beth Ramsey
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Beth Ramsey

I have done the at home waxing, the salon waxing, and the laser hair removal. My Ob/Gyn actually did the laser (I know weird). I did it last year and the result was good. I do still have hair, but I don’t think any more from when I started. From what my doctor told me you have to go close to 10 times for it to be effective and it also depends on your hair color. As for waxing I second what Isabel said about the backside not hurting – strangest thing ever! And also like she said they have… Read more »

Alana
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The hair grew back after laser hair removal? Really??? That’s so disappointing! I was totally ready to shell out the bucks to zap it once and for all, but now I’m not so sure. (I used to wax, but I think I am the one person on the face of the planet who really should not be doing that under any circumstances whatsoever. My waxer actually refused to wax me because of the gradually worsening reactions I would get. Boo!) Does anyone have any laser success stories they’d like to share? Because I would most definitely like to hear them.

kalisah
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kalisah

Notsogirly, comparing shaving with waxing is like comparing a ride in a dump truck with a mercedes benz. Shaving is horrific. It begins growing back immediatly and it itches like mad. Waxing is wonderful…and NO ITCH. THANK YOU Amy for saying all the things about waxing that I feel – especially the part about the partner’s desires. You are spot on about it being soft and smooth and clean. I first did it as a b-day gift for my husband, but I really came to love it. The main point is, as you said, to keep it done. It really… Read more »

Audrey
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Thanks for the great recommendations! I’ve been waxed a few times (basic bikini only — i haven’t worked up the courage to do a full brazilian yet), and I definitely liked the results but was too lazy and cheap to keep up with it. And my husband was a little wierded out by the thought of someone besides him and my doctor getting so “up close and personal.” I tried an at-home kit and it left me bruised. Getting a regular professional wax is definitely on the list of things I want to do once we have the budget for… Read more »

Luba
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Luba

This is a timely post for me since I have an appt for my very first bikini wax this weekend, and I have been pretty nervous about it. I’m 7 monhs pregnant and can no longer see “down there” to do my usual shaving. I decided to try waxing so things don’t get too out of control. However, I am worried about the pain. How bad is it? Is this a bad time to start?

amieable
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Ha ha I love Isabel’s comment about a “dead beetle” because that is SO SPOT ON. Isabel – did you go to Salon Dewi? I heard that guy is the best in town. I used to scoff at it but then did it as a Valentine’s Day gift to the BF and was pleasantly surprised. At first I was alarmed by how my “va-jay-jay” looked like a sideways Kermit the Frog without hair, but after a while I liked it. I probably won’t keep it up since it’s expensive, but if I got a free pair of shoes out of… Read more »

missbritt
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I keep hoping I’m going to stumble upon a secret that says “Oh wow and this way you can wax and not have it hurt”.
I hate hurt. Hate. hate. Hate. Pain is BAAAAAD and I am a big baby.
so, sigh, shaving it is I suppose
Unless, do you think asking for local anesthesia would be going too far??

Notsogirly
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Notsogirly

Kalisah, I know that shaving is different. My point is that after I did it, I thought it was tremendously uncomfortable (the rubbing, the my underwear felt like sandpaper on my skin). I just thought there should be an anti-voice out there. Tried it, hated it. And, amieable, if your husband is bribing you for what amounts to a sexual favor with shoes, I think that makes it even ickier. A few weeks back, Amalah had a great discussion about “If it works for both of you, then great” which I thought was a good point. But for a husband… Read more »

littlebear
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littlebear

Well, that’s a bit judgemental…. What works for some people’s marriage might not work for yours. Also it sounded more like a reward than an actual bribe, since she obviously didn’t have an aversion to waxing. If it’s not for you, that’s great. Just because a woman gets a wax doesn’t mean she hates the way her body looks naturally. For example – I’m going on vacation and I plan to wear a bikini. Razor blades do a lot of damage to the sensitive skin around the bikini line (at least for me) so waxing is a much better option.

quinn
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I treated myself to my first brazilian a couple of weeks ago and loved the result. I’d never had a professional wax, ever, and decided to just jump right in to the full experience. Just went to my happy place while the waxer was down there. Not the most comfortable experience in the world, but I have to say I’m a total convert now. The huzz is a big fan too (and he’s never made me feel like I need to conform to some unreal porn star image, I think the main thing is he likes how much I like… Read more »

puppy
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puppy

Eventually you should get 4 weeks of hair free time. What happens when you first start waxing is that you have new hair coming in earlier because different hair is on a different hair growth cycle. It takes several waxing visits for it to get to the full 4 weeks. But since you need a little hair for the waxer to grab onto anyway, waiting the 4 weeks is probably best. And too-frequent waxing can damage your skin. So just exfoliate, go every 4 weeks. In time, you’ll find you can stretch it out to 6 weeks because the hair… Read more »

TasterSpoon
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TasterSpoon

Yah, I find to stay tidy I need to wax every three weeks or so. That can add up, and because I am cheap, I have always done the at-home microwave wax. Recommend: Nair. Do Not Recommend: Sally Hansen (yes, it smells like chocolate or lavender, but it doesn’t rinse off with water so it’s hard to repeat areas or whatever – annoying). I’ve been self-waxing for nigh on seven years, and it still hurts – more so if I let it go for a few extra weeks. (You can’t let the hairs get too comfortable, must keep them on… Read more »

elle
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elle

There’s a third alternative if you don’t want to go All The Way with the hair removal: an epilator. These look like electric razors, but they have pairs of tiny rotating wheels that clamp down on the hair and rip it out at the root. Like automated tweezing/waxing I guess. I’m quite the furry girl on my inner thighs, so I *love* my epilator. It takes about 5 minutes every week (though I could go longer between sessions and I doubt Partner would notice). It’s so much less messy than shaving, and lasts so much longer. As for waxing, shorter… Read more »

amieable
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Notsogirly: Yeah I agree with you that if you really don’t want to do it, don’t do it because you feel pressured by your husband/boyfriend, your girlfriends or the media. No amount of shoes will make up for something you don’t really want to do. Especially this cuz like has been noted: it hurts, it’s personal and it’s pricey. My point was that if someone wants to give it a whirl, try not to feel too guilty or get caught up in the “what does this mean?” I know I used to worry about “what it meant” but then I… Read more »

Amalah
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Wow, comments! That’ll teach me to post and then wander away for most of the day. CadyKansas – You tip 15-20% for spa and salon treatments, just like restaurants. The spa I go to asks if you would like to automatically add 15, 18 or 20% onto the price of your service, which is nice and convenient. HOWEVER, some places won’t put gratuity on credit cards and you must bring cash. So you might want to ask when you make the appointment so you’ll be prepared. Quinn – I definitely noticed that after a few waxes the hair started growing… Read more »

janellepea
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janellepea

Hello – long time reader, first time with the commenting. As a brazilian waxee, I recommend going with a salon who uses hot wax as opposed to strip wax. It really does make a difference – not sure exactly why – maybe because they’re not pulling so hard with the strips, it’s just the wax (which is all nice and melty and gooey) which means less stress on your dainty downstairs? Also, some waxers I’ve been to (only in Australia, actually) are kind enough to de-forest you with some clippers before they start the wax if you go in there… Read more »

Kimmy
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Kimmy

I wax because I like it better that way. I’m one of those people who generally hates excess hair. Boyfriend or not, I always get it done. (Full Brazilian. Only way to go.) Yes, it hurts… but only for a second. And not in the places you’d expect. (IE: the backside is painless, which is so counterintuitive to me.) It’s a side benefit that my boyfriend likes it. But then again, he doesn’t really notice when I’ve gone extra long without doing it, either. Everybody wins. Point here, for me, is: porn-ish or not, I don’t care. I just like… Read more »

Valette
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I just wanted to chime in with Just How Perfect those Parissa waxing strips are for tidying up the bikini line BUT ALSO for eyebrows. Completely rock. It takes me a swipe above each brow (yes, I know, never above only below, but you should see my brows) and two swipes in the center. Then I pluck the one or two strays beneath my brow and I’m done. I don’t do any shaping with the strips, just some cleaning up. And I love them. Now I’m trying to work up the nerve to ask some coworkers if they know of… Read more »

JennyM
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JennyM

Brazilian waxer here, though I’ve actually not waxed for a couple of years. I am actually going to get back to it this spring, though. I like the tidiness aspect of not having to worry about anything peeking out of the bathing suit. And other than that — I just like it. It physically feels good to me, and I mean that in a general and a sexual sense. My husband has told me he thinks its pretty sweet, but he seems to find me plenty … you know, doable… no matter what the hair status down there, so his… Read more »

JennyM
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JennyM

And by “waste” I mean “waist” — ugh. For a former copy editor, sometimes I suck.

Lori MacBlogger
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Wow, I feel like I am experiencing de ja vu – I read through a similar post on the Media Bistro bulletin board earlier today. I have been an avid bikini waxer for a few years now, but only this past year did I bite the bullet and get the full Brazilian. I decided to forego my local waxing place and instead went to Bliss, where I had heard good things about their waxing procedures and figured I’d be more relaxed in a spa setting. I was right. The technician was friendly but professional, and the waxing actually hurt less… Read more »

cledbo
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cledbo

I’m totally with janellepea about the hot wax vs strip wax thing. When I moved I went to a new salon for my first brazilian in a while, and they used strip wax – it took my SKIN off! owieowieowieowie! Strip wax is great for your legs, were the skin’s a teensy bit stronger, but down there….ouch! If you’re not a fan of pain, definitely ask before you book. For anyone who doesn’t know, too, strip wax is where they scrape wax over your hairs in the same direction, like spreading butter on toast, then pull them out in the… Read more »

danagirl
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danagirl

from a waxing virgin…..when they do a brazillian and when you’re talking about the ‘bum area’ not hurting, are you talking about the ‘crack’ (have no idea how to say that nicely!)? do they wax the ‘inside’ (i.e. the crack from front to back) too??

mdvelazquez
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mdvelazquez

With regards to tips, I always tip in cash because the service provider (e.g., waitress, waxer, hairdresser) will get the tip in her/his hand faster.

Liz
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Liz

One of the best things I did was go to a spa that uses hard wax instead of soft wax and fabric strips. The hard wax dries to a hard finish and they can take it right off. The wax hardens around the hair, but doesn’t attach to the skin, you end up waaay less red/irritated. Like almost no bumps or redness at all, even immediately afterwards. Bliss spas use it, and if you search around in your city’s CitySearch, you’ll find a local spa to that uses it. Also, if you get waxed the week before your period, your… Read more »

jannab
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jannab

I’ve also never been waxed, and getting married in 3 weeks. I want to be clean and bald for the wedding night and the honeymoon, should I get waxed now (since it’s my first time) and them go in for “maintenance” a few days before the wedding, or should I wait and go for the first time a few days before the wedding?
I’ve been growing it out and it’s rather annoying. I’m used to shaving the whole thing.
Any advice?

kalisah
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kalisah

danagirl – yeah, w/ the Brazilian they wax your ass crack, too. ALL pubic hear is gone.

Melissa
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Dateline: yesterday
I had the waxing experience that no one wants. I just posted the whole horrific story.

amyducat
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amyducat

i was wondering how long i have to wait to get a good wax job after my c-section. it has already been 3 weeks and i was wondering how much longer i have to wait.
thanks amy m. ducat :o)

Isabel
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amyducat: I just saw your comment. I figure by now you probably got an answer to your question. But… I had a C-section and so I wasn’t comfortable having someone pull hot wax off my body anywhere near my scar for a few months after my bebe was born. The salon I go to also wouldn’t let me come in for a wax for over 8 weeks after my son was born. So yeah, give it some time to heal. (And even after it had been a while, the whole tugging at my skin thing freaked me out.)

KristenO
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KristenO

As I have been playing volleyball since I was 12 and am still playing it in college, keeping that area clean is a requirement as we basically wear underwear as our uniform. Also, I play beach volleyball a lot and being on TV in your bathing suit tends to add some pressure to make sure you’re clean. I used to shave everything all the time and I was driven crazy by the itching and the bumps. I have super sensitive skin, so that made it even worse. By the way…the best thing I have ever done for BUMPS is to… Read more »

JJADE
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JJADE

I have had two Brazilian waxes, and have been very happy with the results. However, I’m wondering if anyone else has found the increased sensitivity in that area takes getting used to. This is embarrassing, but I’ve become so much more aware of moisture and spotting or dischage, which I think was masked by the hair before. Is that strange? Sometimes I have the sensation of almost wetting myself. Sorry if this all sounds weird,but I’ve never had this problem before!

Melissa
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Melissa

Years when I did my first wax session ever, I didn’t have the courage to let her do my bikini area. I thought this doesn’t look so tough and picked up a home wax kit and took home with me to finish the job. I really wish I had let my first bikini wax be by a professional! I didn’t know anything about anything. I looked at the large strip that came in the box and applied the wax to fit. covering the entire area, then jerked. It did come off, but only in large dotted patches and I collapsed… Read more »

Isabel
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KristenO: Thanks for your info on waxing. While reading what you had to say I just nodded my head in agreement.
Also dude, sign me up for your cheap waxer. I’m paying almost $60 for my “maintenance” appointment. I’m thinking I need to do it at home every other time in an attempt to save some money!

Beth
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Beth

This post is from awhile back, but I wanted to post for those of you who are scared of the pain. They have “no scream cream” or “no trauma mama” cream by Relax & Wax, that will numb the area before the wax (just apply 45min to 1hr beforehand). It also helps to pop some advil 30 min prior to your appointment. I also recommend that you go to a place that uses the hard wax, it is a lot less painfull. As crazy as it sounds, the place I go to is practically painless! I go to a place… Read more »

Jasmine
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Jasmine

Just a few things to say. I joked shyly with my b/f about getting a wax for about a year. There was never a questiuon about how much to have off; I figured if someone was going to have to look at my privates and put wax on them and I was gonna hhave to lie there and accept pain.. I may as well go all the way with it and get it ALL off. Well after about a year I went and did it. Picked the most professional sounding salon, and it was worth it. The lady, who was… Read more »

trista b
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trista b

hey does anyone know of any decent priced waxing spas? I had a terrible FIRST TIME experience at a spa in long beach where the esthetician put on the hot wax and burned my skin and in some areas that she ripped the hair out, some how, some way i started bleeding and i ended up putting neosporin on my “who-ha” for a week from the minor cuts she left me. i swear it was the worst experience ever. its been 2 yrs now and i kinda wanna get it done again and im looking for a affordable place in… Read more »

Sarah
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Sarah

Gee, wish I would’ve read this earlier in the week! I had my first bikini wax a year ago, before heading to the Carribean to get married… it wasn’t a bad experience, but I didn’t know what I really wanted, and no one explained the definitions to me (I guess I wanted a Brazilian… they left all the stuff underneath that I like gone) and to add to my frustration my little “landing strip” was crooked! So after all that expense I ended up shaving the whole time anyway. SO… a year later…we’re heading to Mexico this winter and I… Read more »

Mel
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Mel

I am having my first bikini wax before a trip to Palm Springs. How quickly will I see stubble? How many days before I go should I do it in order to have any redness or rash gone?
Thanks so much for all your posts. They’ve been educational!

Jenny
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Jenny

Mel: It really depends on your skin and hair type. For me, the redness went away within a few hours and the soreness went away after one day. I’d say maybe do it a week before you leave to be on the safe side. Make sure your hair isn’t too long or too short (Just under 1/2 inch or less, but more than 1/4 inch)
It really didn’t hurt as bad as I thought, just take 2 tylenol an hour before your appointment 😉 good luck.

Mel
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Mel

Thanks so much. That was one bit of information I haven’t found anywhere else.

Debbie
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Debbie

I’m thinking about trying this for the first time
so does anyone know of a good place to go in the Cleveland,Ohio area? Or even how to look for a
place close to me? Please give me all the information you have I need it. Thanks!

L.aden
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L.aden

Silk body boutique in Mayfield Heights is where I go…Nicole is awesome.

Kelli
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Ok… I have gained some really great info here. I have one question that no one seems to have answered. I am a big gal. I want to get waxed. Everything gone. I think i would feel cleaner. Do waxers care what size you are? Please help!!

samantha
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samantha

This was very very helpful. Most of the info I’d heard before but still much I hadn’t heard, and a good timeline given, too. I’m getting married in just less than a month and I told him I was thinking about it a few months ago, so I’d be all clean and whatnot for the honeymoon and then I sort of forgot about it, but he asked me about it again tonight so I figured I could do some last minute research. He’s not about to bribe me for it (But I actually don’t have the issue with the bribe,… Read more »

Irish
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Irish

Is it expensive yes, do you feel awkward the first time yes, does the therapist make you feel awkward no, is the result brilliant…totally….get it done ladies
also weight is not an issue…..they have men in for back sack and crack waxes….if anything is gonna put them off itll be the men not the women!

Janelle
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Janelle

Three years ago, I accidentally got a Brazilian in NYC. I lived in Pennsylvania, but commuted daily to NYC for half a year. I had noticed that the Asian nail salon around the corner from my office building offered cheap waxing services ($15 for bikini) so I decided to try them out. The waxing room was tiny, about the size of a closet, with two narrow cots only about two feet apart, with a curtain dividing the space. There was a client on the other side, and I could have easily reached over and tapped her through the curtain. My… Read more »

Jenny
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Jenny

I live in Cleveland and Brazilian waxing is ridiculously expensive and expensive for me is like 65+. I thought all B. waxing was this much until I read an article in allure and most B. waxing was around 35 and 45 dollars. In addition, I have friends in atlanta and D.C. who get waxed for about $35 dollars. I cannot afford this $65 and $75 waxing! and my skin is too prone to itching and ingrows to shave all the time. Does anyone know of any salon or spa in Cleveland Ohio that has reasonable waxing prices. PLEASE help! thanks

Jes
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Jes

I just got my first bikini wax this morning, i was too chicken to do it all but i already love it and will probably do it all next time.
Question – in between waxes you have to let the hair grow out again? that doesnt sound fun in the summer when im in a bikini on a regular basis!