How To Get A Perfect Bikini Wax (And Avoid Mistakes)

Bikini waxes are painful, but they can cause less pain and trauma to the skin if you avoid these common mistakes. Learn how to get a perfect bikini wax every time!

Ladies, when it comes to hair removal down there, it’s all about preference and what we choose to do. No hair, some hair, lots of hair—it doesn’t matter.

However, it’s summertime and that means short shorts and bikinis. Some women choose to do bikini waxes at home, while others prefer a salon.

Regardless, no one wants hair poking out for the world to see. It is important to know these common bikini wax mistakes so that you don’t make them.


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For most people, as soon as you see hair, it’s time to do something about it. However, when it comes to waxing, it’s crucial to time it carefully. If you don’t wait long enough between waxes, you will severely damage your skin and might not even be able to remove all the hair because it will be stubborn stubble. It is recommended to wait until the hair is a quarter of an inch to half an inch to wax.

However, if you wait too long to remove the hair, then you may also just break the hair before it reaches the follicle. This means that you will be left with shorter hairs, and you won’t be able to get rid of them for a while.

Lastly, when it comes to timing, you should always time your waxing session to be at least five days before your period and at least two days after it ends. If you wax too close to your period, or during it, you are guaranteed to have a lot more pain as your skin is more sensitive from the hormones that mother nature has gifted us with during that time of the month.

Before waxing

No sun tanning allowed—unless you want to have the opportunity to remove two to three layers of skin. Don’t try to get your ideal tan 24 hours before you get a bikini wax as the skin in that area is very sensitive and tanning will make it even more sensitive.

Waxing is painful; a bikini wax is even more painful. However, it is not a good idea to have a shot of vodka or anything that has alcohol in it. As much as you might want that liquid courage, you shouldn’t have it as it’ll only make things much worse.

The same goes for coffee—anything with caffeine before a bikini wax is a very bad idea for the mere reason that the skin down there is sensitive; by drinking alcohol or caffeinated beverages, you will make the skin even more sensitive, which will hurt more as well as cause more damage.

Oddly enough, showering before a bikini wax is also a no-go. It is best to shower 2-3 hours before you wax—even if you are going to a salon and feel uncomfortable not being as clean as possible.

Do not shower right before or else you will damage the skin which will become irritated. If you shower directly before your wax, your skin is softer and less resilient because the oils in your skin that act as a protective barrier between the skin and the wax are washed away during a shower.

While waxing

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If you are doing the wax yourself, make sure you test the temperature of the wax because if it is too hot then you are going to burn down there and cause severe damage and trauma to the skin. Make sure you follow the instructions on the box, and don’t aim for a temperature that exceeds what the box says.

Similarly, make sure you apply the wax in the direction your hair grows, and pull off the wax in the opposite direction. If you do this wrong, you might break the hair before the root, meaning that you will have hair that you can’t remove right away.

Also, when removing the wax, make sure pull the wax off with one hand and use the other hand to hold your skin taught. This will reduce the stress and damage to the skin, remove all the hair and cause less pain. Remember, when pulling off the strip, do it fast and rip it off like a band aid. It will hurt much more and be less effective if you do it slowly.

If you are going to a salon to do this, just remember not to be nervous or self-conscious, and not to be afraid to ask questions or tell them what you want done.

Post waxing

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It is crucial not to go to the gym or do any exercise for at least 24 hours after you get a bikini wax. Doing so may cause chafing and can also lead to an infection due to the sweat that comes with exercise because your pores will be wide open.

It’s crucial also not to wax again for at least 24 hours as your skin is raw and needs to relax. If there is stubborn hair left, chances are that it will cause a lot of pain and even more trauma if you use wax to remove it. This is where tweezers come in handy if you are impatient or just don’t want to use wax for those few little hairs.

It’s also crucial to keep the area clean and to let the area breathe—no tight clothes allowed. Also, wear cotton panties instead of silk. Along with letting the area breath and relaxing, no tanning, swimming, exfoliating, and no hot showers or baths are allowed for 24 hours.

Beauty is painful—all women know that. At least when it comes to bikini waxes, they can now
be less painful. If you have any more tips on mistakes not to make when it comes to bikini waxes, feel free to share them below!


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Christian Harris

Dreamer, and then a liver of dreams. I love music, exploring, and living life to the fullest. I'm interested in fashion, makeup, life, exercise and so much more.

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