Here’s some big personal news – I got my first Brazilian wax last week (Yes, I’m a little behind the times, but oh well)! I had dragged my feet on getting “that area” waxed because, well… who wants to spend an extra $50 a month on their vagina? Not this gal! I’ve been shaving my bikini area for the past ten years or so with no complaints, but after hearing my friends sing the praises of the Brazilian wax, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. While getting my nails done, I stepped into the back room to get my hair removed as well.
I laughed the entire time I received the wax. THE ENTIRE TIME. I was like, “Hahaha please don’t hurt me HAHAHAHA.” It was a mess. The waxing itself didn’t hurt too badly, but I wasn’t a fan of the plucking of the individual hairs that didn’t get removed by the wax (ouch). I also didn’t like her showing me my vagina in a handheld mirror at the end and asking me how it looked. That was super awkward to say the least! “Wow – it’s beautiful, thanks!”
Overall, I’m glad that I did it, as I do feel less itchy down there. But I’m not sure if I’ll do it again. In the future, I would do a little more research instead of just trusting the nail salon around the corner. I’d like to find a waxer who is confident, makes me feel relaxed, and is quick!
You always hear about the reasons to get a Brazilian wax, but here are a few arguments against it that you should take into consideration. Here are 8 reasons you actually shouldn’t wax down there:
It Really Does HurtThere's no way around this one. You're getting hot wax poured onto your delicate genital region - it's not exactly the most natural feeling in the world. But that is pure heaven compared to the ripping off of wax strips that will cause you to flinch, yell out, or curse. Apparently, the more you get it done, the less it will hurt, but that first time it's guaranteed to be painful. As my waxer told me, "You're going to see stars." Source: iStock
Waxing Can Cause DiseaseThere have been cases where salons double-dip their waxing sticks, resulting in the transfer of molluscum contagiosum infections (a wart-like skin infection caused by a virus). SCARY. It's extremely important to be assured of the reputation of the salon before allowing them to get close to such a sensitive part of your body! Watch how they are administering the wax, and if you're uncomfortable, speak up. They should scrub up before the applicant, use a new wand ever time they dip into the wax, and check the temperature of the wax on their wrist. Source: iStock
It Can Cause An InfectionListen, the combination of hot wax and ripping reek havoc on your sensitive bikini region. Irritation, inflammation, and infection are par for the course after getting a Brazilian wax. This can happen if your waxer doesn't pull the skin taut enough or if you wear clothes that cause chafing right after the procedure. The irritation leads to itching, which leads to infection. If you see that your wax has caused any wounds on your skin, you shouldn't engage in sexual intercourse until it has healed, or you may be at a greater risk for the spreading of disease. Also worth noting: if you go to a place that isn't clean, you can get an STD from waxing. You have to be careful to pick a place like European Wax Center, which uses blue wax and throws out the stick after each individual use. Source: iStock
It Gets Rid Of Your Pubic HairYou're probably like, um, yeah, duh, that's the point. But hear me out! Pubic hair is there for a reason. It acts as protective layer against dirt and bacteria. By ripping it all off, you may be making yourself more vulnerable to STIs and infections like cellulitis (soft-tissue bacterial infection without abscess). The hair also acts as a cushion against friction, preventing injury to your lady bits. If you've ever experienced chaffing on a part of your body, you'll understand what that would feel like. Basically, your pubic hair isn't something to be ashamed of - it serves a purpose. Source: iStock
It's ExpensiveGetting a Brazilian wax is expensive! Unless you're a girl with a big budget, spending an extra $50 a month (or every two weeks if you're hairier) to get waxed is going to be tough. You're going to have to be willing to not buy that shirt you've been eyeing or cut down on the fro-yo purchases. IS THAT A SACRIFICE YOU'RE WILLING TO MAKE? Just for a smooth undercarriage? Think about it. Source: iStock
You Have To Let Hair Grow In Before Getting It WaxedUnlike shaving, when you only need a bit of stubble to take a razor to your skin, you need to grow out more hair before waxing. This means that while you'll be super smooth for a few days after waxing, there will be a few days where you'll be prickley - and that's pretty itchy. Source: iStock
It Can Cause Ingrown HairsIngrown hairs - not cute. The newer hairs coming to the surface after the stronger hair is removed can often get caught under the skin, causing a pesky infected red bump. To get rid of 'em, you'll probably have to buy an ingrown hair serum. This happens with shaving too, but is more common with waxing. Source: iStock
Waxing Can Make Existing Skin Conditions WorseIf you have psoriasis or eczema, you should stay away from waxing as it can aggravate your condition. It's totally not worth it to be hairless but have inflamed skin! If you have any condition that lowers your immune system (pregnancy, diabetes), you're also going to want to avoid waxing because of the potential for infection. Source: iStock
Do you wax down there? If not- why not? Let us know in the comments below!