Post # 16
I dunno, I have had it done twice. The first time was at a really nice salon years ago. They used a numbing spray and the technician made me feel really comfortable, gave me wipes to clean the whole area privately so I felt more comfy putting it all out there, etc. It hurt but wasn’t that bad. I didn’t keep up with it though.
Fast forward to this summer, years later, when I decided to try it again at European Wax Center. I had a very unpleasant experience. My technician was not friendly, I had to strip in front of her which wasn’t the most comfortable, no wipes to make sure you’re fresh before spreading your legs for a stranger, no numbing spray, it hurt like hell, I bled a ton and was swollen and bright red for nearly a week, and worst of all, there were tons of patches that she just didn’t get to… It was a mess. And I ended up with a ton of ingrowns as PP mentioned, which I’ve never had an issue with before. All that to say… I would not go back to EWC. And I’ve decided waxing just isn’t worth it for me. Shaving is cheap, convenient, doesn’t bother my skin half as much as waxing, and it doesn’t require me to grow my hair out. If I want a more permanent solution I’ll laser.
Post # 17
Thanks so much for the feedback. I’ve gone to EWC for several years and I’ve never had an issue. I have a couple follow up questions. I do have an issue with ingrown hairs sometimes when I shave down there, what products would you recommend to combat against that for waxing? Also, how long does a waxing last? Last, someone recommended exfoliating for a couple days beforehand but my appt is tomorrow? Is that absolutely necessary?
Post # 18
they have in ingrown hair serum at EWC to apply after you get out of the shower. Its like $30 but I’ve had it since July and there’s still over half the bottle left so worth it imo. I think you’re fine to not exfoliate before tomorrow. They exfoliate you before beginning the wax
Post # 19
- Wedding: August 2018 - Location
HARD WAX! Do not let them use strips!!
It’ll probably hurt not gonna lie but the first time is the worst. The pain is just for a second, you should be fine after.
Post # 20
Oh god my first experience was awful. I almost cried. There were definitely tears, but I think they were more from shock. Mine hurt like a bitch and was sore for a few days. I may just be more sensitive than others, idk. I never went back lol it was so much for me. Good luck though!
Post # 21
I had it done with hot wax for our honeymoon in September. The worst bit for me was the ‘mound’ just above the labia which is over in a couple of pulls. It’s over quickly so stick with it; usually by the time I have my clothes back on after waxing I’m like ‘I should’ve had more off’. I did have some bleeding/’burnt’ skin, but my under arms bled/burnt for the first 3 or so waxes too.
I definitely liked being hair-free BUT I have had horrific ingrowing hairs, to the point where I haven’t had it all waxed off since. I’ve ended up with some cyst-like spots with hairs buried deep. I am prone to ingrowing hairs and I’m still getting new ones almost 3 months on. I am currently debating whether to get everything waxed again so I can get a clear view of any ingrowing hairs, or whether to just keep trimming.
My under arms have taken very well to waxing, I’m just not sure whether to persevere with my groin.
Post # 22
Hi I go to EWC every 4-6 weeks and it hurts like hell every single time, like someone else said especially the V! But I love the smooth feeling after. I agree buy the ingrown hair serum it works wonders and mine lasted a little over 6months. Good luck!
Post # 23
The hard wax helps! I started with bikini waxes then extended bikini waxes then I added on the backside and so when I finally did a full brazilian I was pretty used to it. That helped me the most so maybe you can start with just a bikini? Honestly the worst part for me is where they leave a landing strip but everything else is pretty okay. Before my brazilian I took some ibuprofen and that seemed to help but mostly staying calm and breathing through it helps bc the pain goes away quickly! You just have to find what works for you when they pull that strip of hard wax.
Waxing always lasts me about a month. Exfoliating gently later that week and at least once a week until your next wax helps for ingrowns. I have used gigi’s no bump for years and it has really helped me combat ingrown hairs. You can get it at ulta or sally beauty.
Post # 24
I just had my first one a few months ago and I definitely prepared for the worst. I took Advil right before and was shocked at how little it hurt. I was preparing for the worst pain of my life based on what friends/the internet said lol the pain was very tolerable and over almost immediately.
Post # 25
Licensed Esthetician here. Do not, I repeat do not exfoliate the day before your appointment. It makes your skin sensitive and vulnerable. If you’re going to do it do it do it atleast 2 days prior. Hard wax is best for this area and a good Esthetician should trim it to 1/4 inch short.
Post # 26
Also make sure your area is clean and use aloe after if your area is sensitive and tends to break out. Everyone is different, but usually estheticians want their clients to grow out hair for 4 weeks. Goodluck
Post # 27
First time will hurt, but the more regularly you do it, the less it hurts. Agree with previous suggestions – advil, water, eat a couple hours before (no empty stomach), no caffeine. I find it a million times more painful just before my period, so try to time it. Also, don’t forget to take deep breaths! I inhale right before and exhale as they pull the wax off. Definitely recommend paying more for hard wax and going to someone who will do it quickly. I’ve never had a problem with ingrown hairs – I exfoliate maybe once a week (never right before or right after).
Post # 28
I saw at least one recommendation to put on aloe afterwards, and I would actually recommend AGAINST that, particularly for your first time. I have very, very sensitive skin, and my first wax after taking some time off is a nightmare every time. Remember that you’re leaving a lot of open hair follicles after waxing, and if you introduce bacteria into those open pores, your body may react by breaking out. If I mess with my skin after waxing, I always break out. For the first 12-24 hours in particular, I would recommend playing it super safe: loose clothing or a skirt, and hands off! Good luck!
Post # 29
Bring a stress ball to squeeze.
Post # 30
- Wedding: June 2019 - Turkey
I’ve had it done numerous times when I was at the uni, and I loved the feeling but honestly I kinda grew out of the whole concept in the past couple of years. My hair used to start growing back here and there in around 10 days, even though it’s not a full on look I still didn’t like it. Oh gosh the pain! None of the salons I went to used numbing creams, and I didn’t do it myself before going too. Although it gets easier, it was a stressful process everytime for me. I don’t know why but I had gotten bumps as well. So, I bought a laser machine at home, I use that sometimes and just do maintenance now.