Now that summer is finally here, the bikini wax season is not far behind. And I have to confess that there have been many times when I’ve sat and sweltered at the beach in a floor length mumu rather than get a fresh wax. This year I decided I would explore the world of waxing to find the most comfortable process. There are actually three types of body wax– hard wax, strip wax and soft wax, but before a single drop of hot wax hits the skin, there is the question of bikini wax prep.
Before the Bikini Wax Begins
A little online research served up more questions than answers. Some experts felt exfoliating the area with a loofah would prevent ingrown hairs. Others said that this type of exfoliation would actually cause more irritation both before and after waxing. Then there is the ideal hair length for waxing. Most sources agree that the hair should be at least the length of a grain of rice– and that longer hairs are more painful to yank out.
Looking at my legs, I didn’t know what to think. The hair on the top of the legs and thighs were definately within that rice grain measurement. However the hair on the back of my legs was longer and the hair on the bikini line– well, there is a reason its called a bush. A few experts suggested cutting the hairs with a sissors, but that didn’t seem practical. I decided to lightly shave the area a week before my waxing appointment and hope for the best.
Wax Test 1– Hard Wax
My first appointment was with the European Wax Center which uses hard wax. It is a chain of salons that turned out to be elegant, spotless, affordable and totally professional. My technician was Bella and she was a real pro. She positioned me on the table with my legs open and my the soles of my feet touching. She started at the money spot– the bikini line. Bella expertly spread on the wax with a wooden spatula. When it was time to remove the wax, Bella told me to cough as she pulled off the hardened wax. Great trick! I felt something, but nothing close to soul searing pain of past waxings. The rest of the session on the less sensitive parts of my leg was even more comfortable.
After waxing, Bella slathered on a glycolic acid fortified serum and a soothing body lotion. My bikini line was slightly pink, but nothing like the purple bruising I had experienced at other waxing sessions. The next day, my legs were smooth, soft and totally comfortable. There were no little red bumps that usually appeared after a waxing session. As an added bonus, waxing takes of the top dead layer of skin cells, leaving fresh, healthy skin. Its like a facial for your legs.
Bella recommended exfoliating my legs 2-3X a week in the shower, but not 24 hours before waxing. She said that the first time was the most uncomfortable and to come back in 3-4 weeks. I’m actually looking forward to it. On my way out I bought both products she used, something I almost never do after a salon visit. They were that good.