Speaking of Waxing...
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Speaking of Waxing...
Tell me about bikini wax. About how much does it cost? How painful is it the first time? Does it really get less painful? How often do you need to have it done? What are the after effects and how long do they last? Do many hairs become ingrown when it starts to grow back? How do you find a reputible place to have it done? What can I expect if I do it? Anything else? I ask because I HATE shaving the bikini area. I always end up with several ingrown hairs and it itches like crazy growing back. I also end up with those irratating little bumps. Not like I want to be seen in a bathing suit like that! I hate to say it, but these problems prevent me from swiming as much as I'd like to. I'd LOVE to have the hair removed by laser, but that's kind of expensive. Just looking for btdt's. TIA
The hair needs to be long enough to wax, so you'll have to stop shaving for about a week to let it grow. They will powder the hair and then take ice-cream sticks with warm wax and apply warm wax to a small area of hair. Then, they'll place a muslin strip over the wax and press. Then they pull - like taking off a band-aid - fast! After they're done, they'll tweeze whatever didn't come out with the wax. Then, they'll clean you up with baby oil.
It will hurt the first few times. There is a spray that contains lidocane that you can request they use. Ask before hand if they have it. If not, then either find another place, or purchase your own from a beauty supply place.
You will need to be waxed more frequesntly in the beginning. Then, the hair will grow slower and finer, so you'll need it less often.
In the city a bikini wax runs from $15 to $20. A Brazilian can be as high as $40 or $50.
Before - make sure you have been using a loofah or some type of exfoliating textured cloth on the area you want waxed while the hair is growing in. Also use moisturizer. This will prevent ingrowns. Use this method after you've been waxed as well to prevent ingrowns.
There is a product called Tend Skin to prevent ingrown hairs which is very good, but after a while my skin was too sensitive for it and I couldn't use it. Bikini Zone is also good. It can be purchased at a regular drug store.
I usually apply hydrocortisone cream after a wax for a few days. Also take two ibuprofin 20 min. before the waxing - it will help reduce the inflammation and the pain.
Once you get into the routine it's not so bad. I don't remember the last time I shaved my bikini area. I prefer waxing.
Any questions, ask away.
Oh and as far as places, any nail place usually does waxing. They are generally better at it than the hair salons. A spa will also do it, but they will be pricier. You may have to try a few places before you find the place you like.
Ditto everything Ame said!
Oh, I'm not going Brazilian! I'd just like to not be embarrassed to be seen in a bathing suit. I don't need to be totally bare! lol We have a nail place out here, but I don't think they do waxing. I'll have to see what's in the springs. Thanx, Ladies!
Ouch! I'm just not that brave!
I am not even brave enough to be in a bathing suit let alone worry about waxing...LOL