There’s something about a good ol’ below-the-border shape up that makes me feel super sexy. I don’t care if it’s bikini season or not
or even whether I have a special someone in my life to appreciate the goodness, slipping on a pair of slinky bottoms without seeing any ‘outlying distractions’ makes me feel sexier than ever.
But, while I like the after-effect of waxing, I can’t say that I know one sane woman around who actually likes the process itself. The first time I got a Brazilian bikini wax nearly 10 years ago, I had to come up with this weird breathing routine quite reminiscent of a lamaze class just to get through the session.
Since then though, I’ve learned some tricks to make the ever-dreaded hair removal process a little more tolerable. And I figured I’d be doing my readers a disservice if I didn’t share them with you.
- Breathe – We have a natural inclination to hold our breath and tense up when we sense pain coming, but in reality, it actually only makes the waxing process more painful. Ask your esthetician to let you know when she’s about to pull off the strip. Take a deep breath in right before she does, relax your body and breathe out deeply as she’s removing the hair.
- Don’t shave between waxes – Not only will it make your waxing lady yell at you, but it makes the hair much thicker and therefore more painful to wax next time around. The best time to get a wax is when the hair has grown out one-eighth to one-fourth of an inch since your last wax.
- Watch the heat – Monitor the temperature of the wax. If you have a good esthetician she’ll regulate the temperature so that it does not feel uncomfortable going on. But, if it feels too hot, DO speak up. There’s nothing sexy about burns on your lady parts.
- Don’t get waxed 3 days before or after your period – This is the time when your skin is most sensitive due to hormones. I always find the waxing process much more bearable mid-cycle. And while I’ve heard people say that you can just pop a Tylenol before the wax session to ease the pain, I’ve tried waxing with and without pain relievers and it feels exactly the same — it’s still ouch-inducing.
- Choose a salon that uses hard wax over strips & wax – For those that don’t know what hard wax is, its warm wax that’s put on your hair in small-medium sized sections which hardens on the hair as it cools. Once it cools to the point of being hard and firm, it is then removed with the hair attached in one swoop. Hard wax goes on the hair/skin at cooler temperatures than strip wax, and it adheres to the hair itself more than the skin so you’re not left with that painful feeling of missing skin that strip wax can sometimes cause.
And, this goes without saying, but always read reviews for the salon you’re going to before booking your appointment and take stock of the sanitation conditions when you get there. Make sure the esthetician does not double dip into the wax—she should use a new stick for each dip. She should also wear disposable gloves (for your protection more than hers) and the linens should be clean and changed after each client.
For my waxes, I’ve been frequenting Skin Spa here in New York for the past 2 years (I go to the 60th St. location). They do a great job. I’ve also been trying out Harlem Skin Clinic in my neighborhood as of late and can say only good things about this place as well.
If any of you have other tips for braving the wax, please do share in the comments below!