Post # 1
So I just booked my first evar bikini wax, and I’m scared sh!tless! I’m sort of nervous about showing my unkept nether-regions to a total stranger. Do I need to prep… short of, take a shower beforehand? I’m afraid I’m going to be totally embarressed and chicken out.
Tell me about your experience, how quickly it grows back, how often you go, etc. I want to know all the gorey details before my appointment this weekend! <3
Post # 3
I haven’t had one in a long time, but I used to go fairly regularly. Ummm yes, shower before. Probably don’t have things… Ummm how to put this…. crazily unkept down there?! It hurts like a b*tch for a second, but usually the waxer applies a bit of pressure and the pain goes away. Thankfully the whole thing only takes about 10 minutes, so it’s over fast. By the afternoon you’ll have completely forgotten.
Post # 4
You’ll be fine! I like to shower first if I can. Wear a thong, it makes it easier for the esthetician to do her job. You can also take a Tylenol or Advil a couple hours before the appointment to help ease any pain.
If you tell the person it’s your first time, she might help you with breathing techniques, like mine did the first time I went. It really helped.
It’s totally worth it. It lasts several weeks – like 4 to 6 or more…
Post # 5
Also, here are some tips from the Refinery, which is where I go in Minneapolis:
Can I go tanning before/after waxing?
We recommend that you do not tan for 24 hours before and/or after your wax, or if you have a sunburn. Waxing exfoliates the top layer of skin, and makes you more prone to burning. Getting waxed after a tan can be more painful than usual and can cause skin lifting.
How long does waxing last?
This really depends on the person. For most people there will be very little or no regrowth for the first 7-14 days. After 7-14 days, the hair starts growing back finer and softer. We recommend waiting 4-6 weeks for your next wax.
How long does my hair have to be for a wax?
We need 1/4 of an inch of hair (on the body) to do our best wax. For most people, this is 10-14 days without shaving, or 4-6 weeks without waxing.
This is my first time waxing, what should I do to prepare for my wax?
Some people like to take ibuprofen or advil about an hour before they come in for their wax. Besides that, just make sure your hair is long enough.
Post # 6
The first time I got one, I got a bad skin reaction that lasted for a few days and looked horrible but after several days all was well!
Post # 7
Take advil. And drink a margarita.
And remember your aesthetician has seen it all. Literally. If you do trim up beforehand, don’t go too short or they won’t be able to get a grip.
It’s worth it!
Post # 8
I wax all the time – in fact, I ‘m going in this afternoon. You didn’t specify what kind of bikini wax, but I go brazilian, and I’ve gotta say: it’s awesome. The first time hurt – but only for the moment when they pull – and then it’s just great.
I absolutely recommend this: http://www.tendskin.com/tendskin.htm
Tend Skin is fantastic post-wax. Especially after your first time, as you might encounter some ingrown hairs after a few weeks.
And take an advil before you go. That always helps.
Post # 9
@bakerella:10 minutes? i think i can handle that. 😉
@CattyMN608:4-6 weeks?! damn! that totally makes it worth it! and that info you posted is awesome!
@HannahT: heh, a margarita sounds way better than advil! LOL
@Ms. MoxieMonkey: hrm, i guess i’m going to start off with the basic regular ole bikini? i dont want to google search brazilian at work, but i’m assuming it’s “everything” from front to back and inbetween… now tell me, if you don’t mind, how do they get everything?!? do they like, um, fold over the folds?
and one more question to all … what do they do with the “front”? whatever you like, landing strip, shapes, etc? or is what peeks out of your undies all that they do?
thanks ladies for all the insight!
Post # 10
Everyone pretty much covered everything, I just wanted to say good luck!!
I always thought the most awkward part is when they pretend they’re not about to see your vajingle and leave the room while you depants. I sometimes ask them not to and make a joke about it which eases the tension a little.
Post # 11
@HannahT: LOL I was going to say the same thing!!
Post # 12
I have been waxed regularly (every 6 weeks) for years and I love it. It is definitely worth the upkeep. It is great!! I actually consider it a treat now.
I wouldn’t be too worried about being unkempt before hand. If the hairs are a bit too long to be waxed they will trim them up to just the right length.
Tell them it is your first and they will give you hints to make it less painful. Things like breathing, Holding the skin tight or clenching your abs can make a big difference.
Also with regaards to your ‘style’ they will do exactly what you want. If you want to start with a regular bikini, take a look and then see if you want to do more. They are great for creating what you want. My esthetician said one time a lady brought a cookie cutter (yes you heard me) shaped like a teddy bear and said that is what she wanted done!!!
They have seen and heard it all so there is no need to be shy.
Post # 13
Don’t have any caffeine beforehand either.
Post # 14
Ok, so I feel like this is a stupid question, but what is a bikini wax? I’m a DIY’er when it comes to hair down there (but now, my husband shaves it for me!), so I’ve never been waxed and have no idea what the difference is between a bikini wax and a brazilian.
I get that a brazilian is where EVERYTHING is waxed, but what is waxed in a bikini wax? What is waxed in a brazilian that is not waxed in a bikini wax? I know there is a difference, but I’m clueless as to what the difference is.
Post # 15
I have been a regular waxer for years – about 10. I started with a bikini wax only then graduated to an in depth and then moved onto the full monte, aka – brazilian
bikini wax is when they simply wax away the hairline of your bikini tan. They will do your happy trail, hair that grows to your belly button and then they will do any hair that is outside your natural bikini/underwear line.
in depth is when they do a more detailed bikini line. they’ll wax further in on the top and further in on the inside of your legs closer to your region. they do not touch your back side
brazilian or as i like to call it the full monte is when they wax your entire lower region. if you wish to leave some hair on the top they will leave a triangle or a landing strip, your choice. i like to leace a two finger wide landing strip.
@said8me: to get my behind my current gal has me roll onto my side. I then assist by lifting my cheek thats closest to the ceiling and she then lays the wax fast then the cloth and voila – she is done w/ my backside in two strips.
My only suggestion is to pop advil 30 min before your wax – not 2 hrs or even 1 hr. Good luck, relax – – You’re gonna enjoy the results or your FH is gonna, LOL
Post # 16
Thanks ladies for all of the fabulous info. My mind has been put to ease… for now. 😉
I will update on Saturday! Thanks again!