Each year, women troop to beauty shops and spas to get a bikini wax. This procedure removes hair around the bikini line leaving smooth, hair-free skin. There is a distinct difference between a bikini wax and a Brazilian wax. The former involves removal of excess hair around the bikini line while the latter involves a total removal of pubic hair. Some women take a bikini wax when about to go on vacation while others make it a year round effort. Here are a few do’s and don’ts to consider before the next trip to the salon.
• The bikini wax should be done when a person is lying on a flat surface near an electrical outlet. The area should have enough space to allow materials to be spread out around the person.
• Gather all needed materials and place them within easy reach. Some of the materials needed when waxing include cotton balls, smoothing cream, hair removal strips, wooden sticks, powder, exam gloves and antiseptic toner.
• Sanitize hands using soap or hand sanitizer before waxing.
• Ensure the hair is at least a quarter an inch before waxing
• Be patient when waxing. Don’t rush through the procedure as this is a very sensitive area.
• Keep a consistent amount of waxing crème around the bikini line
• Excess wax on the skin should be removed using cotton balls and olive oil
• Clean the area to remove residual creams and wax and then apply moisturizer or cooling agent.
• Apply post-epilating gel on the waxed area to soothe the skin.
• Control bumps by applying hydrocortisone gels available in pharmacies without prescription.
• See a doctor in case red bumps develop a few days after waxing. It could be an infection or allergic reaction.
• Do not wax large sections at a time as that can result in bruising. Work in small sections.
• In case some hair is missed, do not wax the same area more than twice. This may damage the skin. Shave off the excess hair or use tweezers to remove the hair.
• Don’t apply toner before waxing. These chemicals tighten skin pores and create a firmer grip on the hair follicles resulting in significant pain when waxing.
• Do not use ice to numb the skin. The general thought is that ice reduces pain. Though this may be true with an injury, it is not with waxing. Like toner, ice tightens the skin making it hold the hair tighter. Again, this means the person will experience more pain when waxing.
• Do not re-apply hot wax in the same area. Because the skin becomes more sensitive when waxing, hot wax may cause blistering and pain.
• In case bumps develop, do not squeeze or pick them because they may scar.
Though some people prefer to do their own waxing, it is not easy for everyone. The truth is some home wax jobs can leave undesirable results. Not doing it right may also result in serious pain. People who prefer waxing from their homes should consider calling a professional to undertake the procedure.
Authors Biography: Monica Dwyer is an experienced blogger and content writer specializing in the area of health and beauty. She has written this article on behalf of www.urbana.ie who offer laser hair removal and waxing services in Dublin, Ireland.