Post # 1
Perhaps this is Too Much Information but…I’ve seriously been considering waxing my own bikini line. I did once, years ago, out of sheer boredom. Wax stips+ extreme boredom= Not so bad bikini wax. I’ve never been able to shave down there; it’s just waaay to itchy and irritated no matter what I use or how I do it. Like Jerry Seinfeld in that episode where he shaves his chest and ends up ripping his shirt off to scratch like a wereworlf. I can’t exactly be itching my crotch constantly in public, so I’m pretty much au natural. Waxing however, doesn’t irritate me for as long, and I get no itching with regrowth. The catch is, I refuse to pay 40 dollars to have someone wax something I know I can do myself! I’m remarkably cheap. I’ve tried waxing one other time, thinking it would be as pain free as the second time, and had to stop half way through. Haven’t tried it since. Any tips from bees who wax themselves, lr who have the same itching problem? Product recommendations? Proper technique? Thanks bees!
Post # 3
Just take your time, hold your skin down as tight as you can, and follow the instructions and you should be fine 🙂 My favorite product is from Sally’s. The name is escaping me, but it’s the stuff we used when I worked in a salon and it’s under $10. When I get un-lazy I’ll go look at the jar and report back.
Post # 4
I have no proper technique, just be sure to have tissues because the ONE time I did ONE patch, I bled like crazy. Oh the memories…
Post # 5
@Nurse_Bee: Yeah, I had a room mate once who had me wax her armpits, because she couldn’t bring herself to do it. She bled like crazy!!! I wanted to stop, but she would let me!!!! It was awful, but looking back on it, kind of hilarious.
Post # 6
One big tip- don’t buy the pre-waxed strips. I’ve tried a few brands for convenience and no. Just no. And another one that I should have known but didn’t- if it doesn’t get all the hair the first time, don’t go back over it (over and over) again! BAD!
If you follow the above advice and directions on the wax, it’s honestly not that bad. In my opinion, being in control of the pain yourself is better than letting someone else be in control.
Post # 7
I’ve heard that you shouldnt wax just before your period. The skin is more sensitive so it can be more painful than usual…
Post # 8
HaHa this post remind me of a time when I was younger and tried to wax my bikini line with those pre-waxed strips. I put them on and then chickened out and couldnt rip them off…. had to spend an hour on google trying to figure how to get them off without ripping them off lol ahh teenage stupidity…gotta love it
Post # 9
@Pepperwoodsy: The catch is, I refuse to pay 40 dollars to have someone wax something I know I can do myself!
Not necessarily. Ergonomics, my friend. A simple bikini line is pretty easy to wax yourself (I do do mine), but much more than gets pretty difficult to do on your own because that’s just not how your body can work and function comfortably/safely.
Technique and positioning are pretty critical when it comes to waxing. If something hurts a lot and/or is bleeding, that’s a sign that you’re not waxing properly.
I can’t tell you how many butchered at-home/DIY waxing attempts I’ve had to treat and fix over the years...
Post # 10
As someone who waxes her bikini and underarms regularly, here’s what I recommend:
Have the areas done by a professional for 2-3 cycles (the cycle length will depend on how quickly your hair grows). Not only does this ensure the right kind of shape you want (unless you’re doing Brazilian?), but it will slightly thin the hair and give them the right kind of “ends” for making the process easier to do on your own.
DO NOT shave anymore if you’re serious about only waxing.
I use Shobha sugar wax from drugstore.com. One wax jar will last months. I have to shower first to make sure the skin is super clean, and let it dry all the way. Then you have to prepare the skin right – some waxing systems will have a cleanser and/or oil, but with Shobha it’s just some powder. While waxing, you have to keep the wax the right temperature – sometimes I have to reheat it. I also end up having to tweeze some stubborn hairs that won’t rip out, but it’s no biggie because the area becomes kind of numb after waxing.
I’ve also used hard wax, which doesn’t need strips, but unless you buy the expensive wax warmer, you lose a lot of product at the bottom of the jar, which is a waste of money. I also didn’t like the results as much.
It’s pretty painful the first few times you wax, but after just a few months, the hair grows back thinner, so it hurts less, and it’ll begin growing slower. I’m excited to keep waxing and one day have almost no hair! 🙂
In the beginning, the big bummer is that you’ll be hairy more often than hairless. When I first started waxing, I was hairless for about 6 days before it began growing, and I needed to wait 10-12 days for it to be the right length. Now (after 5 months of waxing) it lasts more like 10 days and I still wait about 10-12 days.
Post # 11
It’s also a good idea to pop a couple of advil an hour before you do it!
Post # 12
@maraschino: I guess what I meant by that was that I know I can do it myself, and I am incredibly cheap, not that I can do a very good job. I very much appreciate your expertise! I’m looking forward to the day when I’m out of school, and loans are paid off, and I can afford a professional.
@hisprettygirl: Thank you, this was exactly the info I was looking for!!
@Charlie89: grubs in purse to find receipt for prewaxed strips I bought…..
Post # 13
I did it trying to save money. It was horrific! I had nightmares afterwards! The 40 bucks is totally worth it for me.