Getting your nether-region waxed will never be painless, but it doesn’t have to be excrutiating either. It’s one of those tiresome grooming rituals that are worth it afterwards. Like, when you are admiring your hair-free self in a bikini or admiring your hair-free self, just because you can.
To ensure that your future Brazilian waxes or any waxes to be frank is less ouchie, we took to the internet and spoke to lots of ladies who make a living waxing people down there, to learn everything you need to know before, during, and after your next wax appointment.
Prep Yourself Before A Waxing
Believe it or not, the pre-wax process is just as important as after-care to ensure a seamless, easy experience. There are a few key steps to follow before you get waxed –
Make Sure There Is Adequate Growth – It’s important to make sure your hair is long enough. Ideally, you are looking at about the length of a grain of rice. But there’s no need to trim it if you think your hair is too long — your aesthetician will trim it if required.
Exfoliate And Moisturise – Dehydrated hair and skin make it easier for your hair to break when being waxed. For smooth and long lasting results, your skin and hair should be healthy and hydrated. The best way to prepare is to not shave, and to exfoliate and moisturize daily, twice a day after a shower.
The key to maintaining beautiful skin in-between waxes is to exfoliate daily. In fact, be sure to exfoliate the day before your wax.
Low Pain Threshold? Pop A Pill – Its fine to take a painkiller two-hours prior to waxing. It can help reduce inflammation of the skin and make the whole process less torturous. Both Advil or Ibuprofen works a treat.
During Your Wax
Deep Breaths – The number one thing you can do is relax, as much as you can, and make sure you communicate your concerns and fears to your aesthetician.
Your Skin Should Be Held Taut – Your aesthetician should hold the skin in the treated area taut to help with the pain. If done correctly by an experienced aesthetician, your wax shouldn’t take longer than 30 minutes.
What To Do Post-Wax
Skip The Exercise – You shouldn’t exercise or wear sweaty clothes the same day because you are in pain for starters and also, your pores are still open and susceptible to bacteria and the friction from form fitting workout gear doesn’t help matters either.
Stop Tweezing Any Ingrown Hairs – This actually does more harm than good, as you can damage your skin trying to get the hair out, resulting in not so pretty scarring and hyperpigmentation.
Fix A Monthly Waxing Appointment – Waxing regularly, every four-weeks, helps because when you wax too early or too late, the hair is more susceptible to breaking under the surface of the skin. When hair breaks, it can more easily become ingrown.
Between visits, you should be exfoliating and moisturizing every day. Exfoliating helps to remove excess dead skin while moisturizing helps keep skin nourished. Try and avoid waxing five-days before and after your period, as that’s when you are most sensitive.
Hands Off – As tempting as it is to give your newly bald area a stroke, avoid touching your bits, as it can clog pores and transfer the bacteria that’s on your hands onto your newly waxed and broken skin. And you should also avoid skin-to-skin contact, so abstain from any hanky-panky straight after waxing.
Avoid Bodycon Outfits – Post wax, wearing loose breathable fabrics like cotton or silk is important to let your skin breathe.
Exfoliate Daily The Next Day – After 24-hours, it is crucial to exfoliate your skin every day to avoid ingrown hairs. Salicylic acid is a great ingredient to look out for in a product for exfoliation, while Vitamin E and aloe vera are great options for moisturizing the skin following a treatment.
We hope that these tips help you at your next waxing session. While it most definitely won’t be painless, it will certainly be less ouchie for sure.