(Closed) Getting down to the bare facts…the bikini wax!

posted 10 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: How do you get bikini ready?
    I get the wax! : (22 votes)
    46 %
    I had the lazer! : (2 votes)
    4 %
    Old fashioned razor girl! : (23 votes)
    48 %
    Don't worry about it. European route. : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 4
    8 posts

    Hey bellenga,

     If you think waxing is the way to go then it’s always a good idea to see what their reviews are like and it sounds like you might have a place already. I was told by a trusted friend who is also an aesthetician that you should schedule a wax for at least five to seven days before the "event" for which the waxing is required, depending on how quickly your body heals in general. Usually that’s enough time for any redness and bumps to go down and heal. Also, you should make sure the place you go to has a "no double-dipping" policy, which means they use a clean wooden spatula every time they need to apply the wax to your body. Believe it or not there are still many places that do not adhere to this policy and, as a result, you can (despite the temperature of the wax) end up picking up any number of germs that could cause infection. Also you can take some painkillers a few hours before the wax to help deal with the pain if you are worried about that. Laser is a good option too but may require a number of treatments to remove hair from the areas you want to clean up. Hope this helps, good luck!!



    Post # 6
    2292 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2008

    You got the worst wax ever.  I am a huge sissy about all kinds of pain, but I have never had a wax that was any more than uncomfortable.  The warm wax actually feels kind of nice, and a good esthetician will be done in no more than 10 – 15 minutes, even for an extended wax.  I have also never had any more than mild redness afterwards, although to be safe you should schedule your wax about 5 days ahead of time, and if you’re sensitive, don’t use any harsh soaps on the area for a few days.

    Also, I find that if your hair is really long, it does hurt more.  Probably 1/4 inch is the best, so maybe borrow your FI’s beard trimmer and go over it the week before if you’ve been au natural all this time.

    Post # 8
    122 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Hi!  I also wax, and I wouldn’t go back to shaving for anything.  I’m planning on doing laser after the honeymoon, too.  Most laser treatments take a full year.  You have treatments every month (or couple of months) — and there’s no shaving or waxing allowed in btw treatments.  So, obviously, unless you have a full year until your wedding, I may rethink getting laser until afterwards and just stick with waxing until then. 

    Post # 9
    117 posts
    Blushing bee

    ouch I’m so sorry about your horrible expirience but I wouldn’t let it turn you off to waxing completely.  I’ve been getting brazillians for a few years now and I would never go back to shaving.  Once you find a good waxer it will all be worth it.  Eventually less hair will grow out and it will be much thinner so every time you wax it’ll hurt less and less. 

    As far as laser goes, it’s best for people with dark hair.  If you have very light hair they might have a problem getting rid of it.  But everyone I know who has lasered says it’s amazing and was only mildly uncomfortable.  I’m definitely thinking about it and will probably do it when I have some extra money lying around.

    Post # 10
    9 posts
    • Wedding: April 2009

    The laser is a great option but just realize that it is usually 2 months in between treatments and usually takes at least 6 to get rid of all the hair. Since you are a blond and the laser might not pick up your light pigment as well, it may take even more. Just plan ahead. It doesn’t hurt that bad and the results are great!

    Post # 11
    28 posts
    • Wedding: October 2008

    I did the waxing for a while. Always waxed, never razored. But now that I’m poor, it’s the razor! I don’t find it to be all that bad as some people make it out to be.

    Post # 12
    133 posts
    Blushing bee

    That sounds horrific!!! I’ve never heard of a waxing story like that. I have had several pre-vacation bikini waxes before, but never the full Brazilian, just cleaning up the edges. It takes far less time and is far less painful Would you be willing to try that or do you prefer the look of the full Brazilian?

    If you want to try again with a different spa, I’d suggest asking your hairdresser for recommendations. People in the beauty industry generally seem to know who’s good.

    Post # 14
    2022 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I wax and cannot go back to shaving.  I get crazy razor burn and it never lasts more than a few days.  It sounds like you had one bad experience.  My advice would be to go to a reputable place (perhaps where a friend goes).  Also you might want to try a "high bikini" rather than brazilian – it is a little less waxing.  One other thing – I use something called "tend skin" before I get a wax and for a week after I get a wax.  It prevents ingrown hairs, etc.  Good luck!

    Post # 15
    1238 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    I did laser hair removal and I am soooo glad I did.  I have also had bad waxing experiences and have determined that my body just does not like to be waxed.  Laser hair removal takes time — I did 5 treatments over about a 9 month period.  5 sessions is usually the minimum required.  If you do laser hair removal you will need to do your homework — find a place that specializes in it, not one that just bought the laser for extra business.  I would not go to a day spa for this.

     Good luck!

    Post # 16
    1813 posts
    Buzzing bee

    wax — did a bikini line wax once and didn’t think it was worth the pain

          at a different spa got my legs done once and they were horrible/splotchy/red

    laser — also did JUST the bikini line…yah it takes a year, but after 2-3 there is hardly anything there….also, when I would shave, it didn’t seem as irritated, bc there were fewer there, then I just "trim" the rest…for me, I don’t really like the bare look and my skin is SO sensitive it isn’t worth it, you can’t wax in between lasers, though, only shave…I started mine in the fall

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