So you've decided to have your bikini line waxed. There's no point beating around the bush about it because you're about to no longer have one.
And let me tell you, it's a great decision. The slippery smooth sensation of your first-ever freshly waxed puss is pure satisfaction. Just wait until you shower (it's like a water slide).
Of course, you're probably crapping your pants at the thought of another person looking you right in the hoo-ha. But remember, your therapist is a professional and a vagina to them is the equivalent to a keyboard at a desk job – dead boring.
To help further calm your inner panic, here's what you can expect from your bikini wax appointment and some handy tips to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible.
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How to prep for your bikini wax
First of all, don't worry about trimming your downstairs department pre-wax. The worst case scenario is you'll trim it too short, and they won't be able to complete the wax. The ideal length for hairs is about the size of a grain of rice, but if it's longer, it doesn't matter. If you're a shaver, you'll want to make sure you leave it to grow out for at least three weeks.
In terms of outfit, I'd recommend wearing a skirt or dress so that you can just hike it up to your tummy, rather than undressing. Makes for a quick entrance and exit, with a bonus cooling draught post-wax.
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What to expect from your bikini wax appointment
I'm going to break it down step by step for you, because I know how nerve-wracking this sh*t is. While each salon is different, this should give you a general gist of what goes down...
- Head to reception and give your name and appointment time. You'll then either take a seat while you wait, or be shown straight into a treatment room and introduced to your therapist if they're ready. Tell them it's your first time if you haven't already, so this way they can make sure you're as comfortable as possible and explain everything as you go.
- Your treatment room is likely to have a treatment chair/bed in it (similar to a massage chair) and you may be able to spot the wax being heated on a bench beside it. The therapist will probably ask you to take a seat on the treatment bed.
- Most of the time, you will have pre-selected a specific wax style (bikini, Brazilian, Hollywood etc), but if not, the therapist may ask you what you would like. Don't be afraid to have each of them explained to you before making your choice. Or if you like to be prepared, you can read up on the different bikini wax styles beforehand.
- The therapist may test the wax temperature also, either before or after you undress and usually on the lower stomach so you can get an accurate feel of the temperature.
- When it's wax time, you'll remove your knickers (and trousers if you're wearing them, or just hike that skirt up) and get settled on the bed, face up.
- To get you in prime waxing position, the therapist will usually tell you to place your ankles together, and then relax and let your knees fall out to the side. It's a vulnerable and draughty position, but surprisingly comfortable.
- The therapist will then work in sections, smoothing the wax in direction of hair growth, leaving to dry for a quick second and then pulling against the growth to remove. Some salons use wax strips, but others have stripless hair wax, which can be removed with just one quick flick of the wrist.
- Therapists are pretty swift with their movements and although the millisecond moment of removal is painful, it's usually over pretty quick and nothing else about the wax should be uncomfortable. Many therapists will pull the skin taut to reduce pain.
- If you chose a Hollywood or any other wax style that includes the back door (highly recommended for optimal smoothness), you'll then be asked to change positions. Usually, this means pulling your knees up to your chest, or sometimes you may be asked to flip over onto your stomach.
- Once they've finished waxing an entire area, the therapist will then go over the area with a post-care wipe. These are usually covered in an oil-like soothing solution, which removes any wax residue and leaves the skin feeling soothed.
- This typically signals the end of the wax and you're free to dress again before heading back to reception. It will honestly be over before you know it! I've found an appointment to only take 10-15 minutes depending on the fast hands of my therapist.
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Other FAQ's about bikini waxes
Can I get a bikini wax if I'm on my period?
You technically can, but most places would recommend not doing so. Not because they're grossed out by it, but because it may make your waxing experience more painful as the vagina is extra sensitive during this time.
Can I take painkillers before my wax to make it less painful?
Again, nobody will stop you but it's not recommended. Especially if the medication contains caffeine, as this makes the skin more sensitive. You may want to skip your morning coffee too.
How long do I have to wait after a bikini wax to have sex?
Can't wait to take your new ta-ta for a test drive? While the answer is different for everyone, most therapists would recommend giving it at least 24 hours, to avoid the risk of irritation.