(Closed) Binkini/Brazillian Waxing??? (HELP!! Might be TMI for some)

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’ll try to answer all your questions:

I’m a brunette with fairly thick hair, and it’s not even an issue.  I don’t think there’s any such thing as “not able to be waxed” as far as hair type goes. 

If you go to a place that’s any good, they will get all the hair.  A reputable place would not be reputable if they constantly did a half assed job and left half the hair behind.  Do not worry about it being “too personal”.  Think about what you’re paying this person to do.  This is their job.  They’re used to it.  The only one who will be uncomfortable will be you, but you really don’t need to be.

I take an Advil about 45 minutes before.  I don’t know if it makes much of a difference or not.  I honestly wouldn’t recommend being drunk for it.  You need to be able to lie still, and honestly, it really doesn’t hurt badly enough for that to be necessary.

I booked my last wax about 2 weeks before I had it done, and they told me not to shave or trim from that point on.  I know it needs to be at least 1/4 inch long for it to be waxed, but mine was longer than that.  Longer isn’t a problem.  Shorter is.

Yes, it hurts, I won’t lie to you.  But it really only hurts for about a second and then the pain passes.  A decent waxer will immediately apply pressure to the site and this helps A LOT.  Lying there waiting for her to rip the wax off is actually far worse than the actual pain from being waxed.  And honestly, the few minutes of pain on that table are worth it.  If you’ve ever had razor burn, you know that hurts all the time.  There’s none of that with waxing.  

I had my last one done for a trip to Hawaii, and got it done 3 days before I left so the skin had time to calm down.  I’d say it lasted about 2 weeks before the hair started coming back in, but it’s coming back in much thinner.

Please do not let your at-home experiences scare you away from salon waxing.  They really cannot be compared.  Salon waxers are professionals.  As far as I know, you are not.  I’ve tried my own as well.  Doing your own hurts far more, takes way longer, and does not yield comparable results.  

Post # 4
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3699 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Not going to lie, it hurts.  Especially “down there.” 

If you want to do a trial run, go get your brows done.  They can usually squeeze you in for that.  If it just kills you and you get all red and splotchy, it’s probably not for you.  There is stuff on the market that helps with bumps (I use NO-BUMP) but don’t use that anywhere covered by a thong.  OW!  It’s mostly alcohol to clean out your pores.  Works great on face, pits, legs, though.

So.. for actual waxing.  (If you don’t cancel the appointment, which you should make now)

#1. Go to someone good.  A reputable salon, and make sure they don’t double dip, especially on a brazillian.  Ew. 

#2. Tell them it’s your first and they’ll be cool and explain what they’re doing, etc.  The chatty ones are best because it’s distracting.

#3. To prep, this far out, don’t shave!  Trim it to no less than 1/4″ with scissors or a beard trimmer.  It is easier if it’s a little shorter than bushy.  🙂 

#4. Timing.  Get it done in the week leading up to the wedding.  No later than Wednesday if you’re marrying on a weekend.  That’ll give up a few days to un-sensitize (although, you’ll be more sensitive in the end being all skin and not hair, it’s awesome).  Even a week before is good – it won’t grow back that quick, and you can always yank a stray with tweezers.

#5.  If you can find someone who uses hard wax, I hear that doesn’t hurt as much.  I have a high tolerance, so I go the cheaper route. 

#6. Design!  You can have them leave whatever hair you want.  None, a little landing strip, a little circle, a heart (!), anything.  Neatly trimmed hair is easier to shape.  I’d advise against going totally hairless, especially for the first one.  For one, totally hairless is a little infantile to some guys and creeps them out.  Also, those hairs right on your pubic mound above your clit hurt the absolute worst to pull out.  I mean, ow.  A landing strip is pretty hot, and then you don’t have someone prying your labia apart to spread wax in it.

#7. Be prepared to get on your hands and knees to have someone wax your butthole if you go full brazillian.  You’ll love the results, but it feels funny.  🙂

Post # 5
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277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@almostmrsj:  For the record, not all places go the hands and knees route.  My place just has you roll onto your side away from the waxer.  Way more comfortable.

Post # 6
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3699 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Oh – I never take anything, but an Advil (or 4) might help.  Getting drunk probably isn’t a good idea.  For me, how long it last depends on the area.  I’d have to get my pits done every 3 weeks, a brazillian about every 3-4 (hair grows before that, but to have enough to wax), legs every 4, and face every 3-4 (I do my chin).

I hate body hair, but I refuse to shave, so I’m fuzzy most of the time until I spend $170 and 2 hours to lose it all every couple months.

Post # 7
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3699 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@cb336:  Interesting.  Most places I’ve been / heard of go hands/knees.  But if that works, cool.  It’s not uncomfortable, just a weird request if you aren’t expecting it, wanted to warn her. 🙂

Post # 8
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277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@almostmrsj:  Yeah I know it’s how most places do it.  Good to be prepared for it, haha.  But I just wanted to present an alternate option, especially if she’s nervous about her first one 🙂 And I know this is probably a moot point considering what you’re having done, but lying on your side feels far less exposed.  

Post # 9
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4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Let me preface this with, I’ve gotten 3 waxes total in my life (started last may and I quit because they were too expensive). I got one every month and a half to two months (I didn’t keep track of dates I just went when the hair seemed long enough). 

Is there such a thing as not being able to be waxed?

Not that I’ve heard of. I have relatively fine hair and was complimented on how “easy” I was to wax. So I can’t really relate, but I did ask my esthetician about that and she said you can wax anyone, but some are more challenging than others.

 Second, will they get ALL the hair?  Like, every strand, because I want them to, but that is so so personal at the same time! 

 In my experience, no. The first time I didn’t let my hair grow out long enough (about 1.5cm since last shave). I also had someone who I didn’t like who straight up missed hairs. Some she didn’t see (because I have some fine blonde hairs) but some she just missed and I’m not sure why.

Third, I know NSAIDS would be a goo idea prior, but what about a stiff drink?  I was thinking about having some margaritas then having my MOH drive me over for it.  Slightly drunk will help with pain and nerves and inhibitions (I never drink hardly, but am very friendly and happy when I do). 

If you have a DD thats fine. I’ve read about people taking a shot before hand. I haven’t done it. I always took two advil and bought chocolate right after (I like rewards).

 Fourth, what about length?  Should I shave an let it just grow out a little and go (might have bumps, it varies) or just let it grow and be longer?  Will they trim it if need be or is that something I do beforehand?

Let it grow out. Trim it if it gets too long, but don’t shave. It takes a few times for your hair cycles to sync so if you shave instead of letting it grow and trimming you are more likely to have hairs grow back quickly (the ones from a different cycle that hadn’t had a chance the appear, or the ones that were too short to get pulled out by the wax). 

Fifth, I know its gonna hurt, but for how long?

Usually I had pain for about 15 seconds after she pulled. Once I had bruising where my legs and hips meet and that hurt for a few days (remember that bad esthetician I told you about?) if I wore underwear that was tight.

Lastly, when should I do this, and how long does it last?  My wedding is in 3.5 weeks. 

The more you do, the longer it will last. I would go a week before your wedding so the redness and swelling goes down. You might have some hairs grow back in before your wedding (I had a few after 3 days after my first wax, and after 2 or 3 weeks after my second and third waxes). I would just shave those on the morning of your wedding. It won’t be very many and your husband won’t notice them. My FI insisted the esthetician got everything even on the first wax, when I could tell she didn’t.

Additional advice

Also, get reccomendations for who to go to. The person doing it makes a big difference. And hard wax is less painful. If they don’t do a good job then switch places. Thats what I did and it was the best decision I could make.

 

Post # 10
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418 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@almostmrsj:  Be prepared to get on your hands and knees to have someone wax your butthole if you go full brazillian.

 

LOLOLOL

Post # 11
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701 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I think other PPs are answering the questions just fine but I wanted to add :

IF it is your first time getting waxed properly (I’d never waxed before I went to mine), DON’T do that right before the wedding.

If you still have time try to get it done at least a month before the wedding so you can fit a second one in. The reason I say this is because after my wax there were a lot of fine little white-looking hairs that were there and I called the salon – they’re NORMAL for first time waxers.

So.. you might not be completely hairless for your first wax but make sure (if you can) to try to get a second one in there.

ETA: although I had a terrible experience and the salon did a really crap job (they left wax on me, didn’t get all the hair in the first place) so maybe it was just me?

Post # 12
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553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I used to get brazilian waxes for a couple of years but stopped because it was becoming too pricey for me and i felt the my bikini line was becoming darker, but i did love that the hair took longer to grow and when it did was very sparse. 

I agree with the other bees, def go at least 3 days before your wedding, also do not have sex or shower within 24 hrs of waxing, everyone is diff but since its ur first time the skin is not used to it so showering or sex will HURT ALOT. if you have to shower then dont use a poof when washing that area lol

I know this might sound weird but try not to touch the area immediately after you get waxed (i dunno about you ladies but I always liked to feel how smooth it was after waxing lol) my beautician said since the pores are open if you touch it could cause ingrowns or little white dots due to the germs on your hands.

@cb336  my lady would first have me on my back and i’d hold my knees to my chest, then have me roll on to my belly and i’d spread the cheeks so she could get in there…i cant believe i just wrote that lmao

 

Post # 13
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4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Oh also exfoliate before you go and I would purchase whatever they reccomend to prevent ingrown hairs.

Post # 14
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677 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I got waxed before my honeymoon and I can tell you it was not as bad as I expected. I would totally do it again, in fact, I wish I had the money to get waxed every month and never shave again. I have pretty thick dark hair and shaving almost always makes me bleed, but not so with the waxing. My skin was much happier. It hurts a bit but its not even close to being terrible or unbearable. I took an nsaid and the pain disappears very quickly, its a matter of seconds. I would recommend it.

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