Post # 1
Okay ladies, I’ve never gotten anything waxed before. But my hair — on my legs, underarms, bikini line, grows pretty quickly, so I basically have to shave every day, which can lead to all kinds of irritation (a different story, but if you have any advice on that, feel free to share).
I am thinking that before I go on my tropical honeymoon, then, I would probably want to get waxed so I don’t have to worry about shaving on the honeymoon. Would you agree?
What tips do you have for this? I know I should probably do a trial a few months before the wedding so I see how I react, but what can I expect? And how can I prepare beforehand/soothe my skin afterward?
I wish I could get a more permanent hair removal procedure, but the are $o expen$ive!
Post # 3
Sorry bees…I just realized this would go better in the beauty category!
Post # 4
if ur skin is sensitive, I would recommend gfetting waxed like 2 or 3 mos before ur wedding to see how it goes and how ur skin reacts, and then if you like it going back to the SAME place which uses the same wax and getting done for your wedding
Post # 5
I definitely think a trial is a good idea, that way you’ll know how your skin reacts way in advance. I’d take some Advil before the appointment, just in case you’re in pain. Also, if you can, try not to schedule your appointment on the week of your period, just makes things easier and your skin is more senstitive then.
Post # 6
I got a brazilian wax ONCE! The ingrowns were horrible, the rash was worse. So def go for a trial run a few months in advance!
Post # 7
My two cents: unless you’re determined to be completely bare, I would skip the brazilian and just do a full bikini. They’re thinking of outlawing Brazilians in NJ because women have had so many infections and problems and such. I do a full bikini and it’s fine.
Also, try to go to a place that doesn’t “double dip” and make sure you have enough growth before you go. To avoid ingrown hairs, get an exfoliating cloth (they usually sell them there)
Post # 8
@hotchildinthecity–I second the full bikini wax, IMO it’s better than a brazilian and of course, less pain. Definitely schedule all of this a couple of months before to see how you react–I also have irritation when I shave and for me waxing is better because I have less irritation, less horrible ingrowns and it doesn’t itch as much growing back–but we all react differently. So do a trial, go to a really great place, no double dipping, maybe you can get a good recommendation from someone in your area. Take an ibuprofen and relax, it’s not as bad as you think.
Post # 9
Take it from someone who learned the hard way, the one thing you NEVER want to go cheap on is a waxer!! I’d suggest doing the trial and also go to a nicer spa that uses special wax for sensitive skin.
I made the mistake of going to a cheap place for my first Brazilian. Half way through I was promising/crying to pay her double the amount of the waxing just to stop!! Then she pulled out those tweezers and started laughing…………………
Yikes, Okay, back on track now. Get them all the time from a nice place without any sort of trouble. Don’t worry, its not as bad as people say, so long as you go to a reputable place.
Post # 10
I started off with a bikini wax…then slowly she took off more and more until the third time it was a brazilian. It’s really painful the first time. Your hair is very dense and there’s a lot of it! The second time is just like “whew….relief”. Think…pulling out a fistful of hair versus pulling out 25% of that fistful. You get the drift. It grows back much much less dense so just think that the first time is the worst! Take some ibuprofen beforehand. Make sure your skin is clean (i always shower right before i go) so she’s not using strips multiple times in the same places. Clean hair comes off easier. I use Aveda calming oil for the irritation, the rose scented. The oil keeps the stickies away–the wax will leave a slight residue that’s uncomfortable and it soothes, too. Hydrocortizone cream for any white puss bumps that show up (like little pimples) and exfoliate. Even though I do that, I still tend to get one big pimple type one somewhere and it hurts, but it’s usually just the one big inflamed one. It takes about 2-3 days for the irritation to go down. Don’t wear tight undies or the band on your underwear will dig into your skin and cause ingrowns and irritation as your hair grows out. During the summer, you’ll end up wanting to go every 4-5 weeks for swimsuit season. I still have to take tweezers and “check” for ingrowns and sometimes pull a rogue end of hair out of my skin before it buries the whole follicle in. Those are really painful and can leave scars when they do that, so I try to prevent it by basically just looking close after I shower and exfoliate. Probably TMI, sorry folks.
go somewhere nice for your first time. For me, it made a lot of difference to be somewhere fancy and soothing versus run-of-the-mill waxing salon. I keep going back because the music is nice, it’s close, and all the women there are very polished, lol.
Here’s another link with lots of good info: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/time-to-celebrate-i-got-a-brazilian
Post # 11
I have to admit, I just recently went for my first bikini wax and it wasn’t terrible. I recommend taking some Advil or Tylenol before you go. I agree with the other girls- make sure you go to a nice, clean salon. Also see if the salon does hard wax vs. hot wax w/strips- definitely not as bad.