Waxing/Sugaring hygiene

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I subscribe to “if it looks clean, it probably is”. I also don’t get waxed at “Happy Wax House, Home of the $25 Brazilian” (Which is like 10 miles from where I live).

I got it done at a pretty upscale salon, and it was clean, fast, and the waxer was OBVIOUSLY super experienced!

Post # 5
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11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@beemyname:  Sure!

I entered through the main entrance, met my waxer at the front of the house, and she brought my back to the completely private waxing room! Four real walls and a real door.

She had me take off my pants and lay down on a very nice, soft waxing table. It had one of those paper covers on it like at a doctor’s office. She was super friendly, and asked if it was my first wax. She explain EVERYTHING she would be doing–using hard wax for large areas, and soft wax for labia/anal region.

She put on her gloves (like a doctor would), and tested the wax temperature on her arm before having me make sure it wasn’t too hot.

It was pretty relaxing! We chit chatted… It was a little like getting my nails or hair done! Seeing my vag totally exposed was clearly no big deal to her. She was even cracking jokes while doing my anal region.

And it really didn’t hurt.

After, she did my eyebrows and upper lip (I am a seriously hairy human…) and gave me the option of putting my pants back on or letting the area “breathe”.

I was like “Man, you’ve already seen it all! Let’s let it breathe.”

Post # 7
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11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@beemyname:  I shaved mine one last time (so it was all the same length), then let it grow in for a month. It was about the right length… No trimming necessary!

But I really wouldn’t worry about catching an STD from a bikini wax!

Post # 9
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11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@beemyname:  Staph infection? My Aunt got one of those in the mid 90s from waxing. It left a really nasty scar!

On the bright side, cleanliness, technique, and materials have come a LONG way since then!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

Do a bit of online research. Any place with a history of infections of any kind will be written about somewhere. But really, I can’t imagine that sort of thing is at all common unless you choose something super sketchy.

 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

If you can find somewhere that does sugaring, I highly recommend it.  I used to wax, and I will never go back. It hurts less, I get fewer ingrowns and my skin isn’t nearly as irritated for the 24hrs post wax. 

I mean real sugaring though, not ‘sugar wax’. It’s all done with the hands, no strips. It’s literally made from sugar, water and lemon juice so it’s not going to be irritating unless you have a citrus allergy. 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Customs House Resturant Geelong

as a beauty therapist for the past 7 years i can tell you, you have nothing to worry about. Go to a salon that has a good reputation, check local reviews, their facebook/website for any feedback.

In regards to the experience. As long as your hair in approx between 3cm-0.5cm they will not need to trim. If you are getting a standard bikini wax (hair the grows just outside the knicker line) you can wear your own undies. If you are wanting a G-string or Brazilian wax, I would normally give my clients the option if they wish to wear a disposable G-string or nothing at all. Every salon is different though.

Your therapist will leave for you to get unchanged, Before starting the treatment she should be wearing gloves, then cleanse the area to be waxed. I only use hot wax (hard wax I think its known as outside Australia) as it is more gentle on the skin. A therapist should never double dip sticks, or perform treatments on people who have STD’s, yeast infections, during menstrual cycle or anything ‘suss’
The treatment will only last 10-20min, longer if you are having a brazilian. There will be pain, but it’s quick and goes away just as quick as it comes.

After the treatment your therapist will apply a soothing lotion or gel. This should contain either tea tree oil, or witch hazel as this will kill germs. Buy a bottle if they sell it and keep applying it to the area to prevent any pimples/ingrowns.

Your skin will feel a little tender and look pink after the wax, this will subside within a few hours. Anti-Histamines are recommended for those who find it takes longer for the redness to calm down.

After 7 days after the wax start exfoliating the area with an exfoliating mitt, and moisturise with tea tree lotion. This is what prevents ingrowns. If you exfoliate the area and keep it soft and supple the new hairs can break through and not get trapped under layers of dead dry skin.

 Your wax will last you anywhere between 3-6 weeks before you are due to get it done again. Get your waxing done 5-8 days after your period, it will hurt a lot less, and you will get a longer result.

Good luck

Post # 15
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951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@beemyname:  I’m all for sugaring!  It’s much less painful and causes fewer broken hairs which results in fewer ingrowns.  In addition to the difference in product used, Body Sugar is applied in the opposite direction of hair growth and removed in the same direction as growth which is why it’s less painful – waxing is the complete opposite.  Wax is applied in same direction as growth and removed in the opposite direction of growth.  They’ll handle everything according to your level of comfort.  If you want to be partially covered when possible, they’ll make sure it happens.  Definitely try it.

Post # 16
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1574 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My current (and for the past two years) waxer is amazing, and very hygenic. I saw her sanitize her scissors, and I never saw her double dip – literally a new stick each time. She also uses a few kinds of wax, and specializes it to where she is waxing the person’s skin.

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