The first time I got a Brazilian wax done, I was very unprepared and extremely nervous. After hearing friends rave about it and giving myself one too many cuts down there with a razor, I really wanted to try it out – but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t completely freaked out! The idea of getting hair ripped out of my vagina by a total stranger made me physically cringe, but in the end, my appointment was a success and I haven’t looked back since! I’ve also learned a lot in the last few years, including how to prepare for your wax down there to make things easier for you (and your waxer).
Getting a Brazilian or a bikini wax isn’t quite as simple as rolling out of bed and heading to the salon. I mean, I guess it can be that simple if you don’t want to attempt to make it hurt less (and trust me, you do want to attempt that – waxing hurts. A lot. The rumors are true!). But for those of us who want things to be a little bit less miserable and who also feel anxious about being so naked with someone they don’t know, there are some little things you can do to make the appointment go more smoothly (pun intended). After talking to several different estheticians about this and trying out these tips myself, I can confirm that they truly are very helpful. Here are 10 things you have to do before getting a wax down there:
Let The Hair Grow Out A LittleOne major downside to waxing is that the hair has to grow out a little bit before you can actually get it waxed off. This really isn't a huge deal, as it doesn't have to be super long, but if you like to be super smooth all the time, it's annoying. Make sure your hair is at least a quarter of an inch long before you go to your waxing appointment. If the wax can't grab onto the hairs, it won't work - so there's no point in going. Source: iStock
Wear Something Loose and ComfortableA word to the wise: do not go to a wax appointment wearing skinny jeans. Afterwards, your down there area is going to feel sore and sensitive, and might be a little swollen. It calms down after about 30 minutes to an hour, but in the beginning, you'll want to be wearing loose sweatpants. Source: iStock
ShowerA lot of girls feel anxious about having a stranger all up in their vag. If you feel self-conscious about that, then simply shower before you go. Not only does this help keep you fresh and smelling nice, but the warm water will make it easier for hairs to come out, making the experience less painful. Plus, it's just nice for your waxer if you come in clean. Source: iStock
Exfoliate Down ThereExfoliate down there a few hours before your appointment or the night before. Exfoliating gets rid of the dead skin cells in the area - excess skin can cause ingrown hairs, so getting rid of them makes it easier for the hair to come out during the process. This could make your wax a little bit less painful and time-consuming. Source: iStock
Take Over-The-Counter Pain MedicationI'm not going to lie to you: waxing hurts. It's not an enjoyable experience. Some girls with sensitive skin feel pain for a few hours after it's done, while others only feel it in the moment. If you're stressed about the pain, take something like Tylenol or Advil a half hour before your appointment. It really makes a difference. Source: iStock
Avoid MoisturizerGood waxers tell their patients (is that the word?) not to moisturize down there too soon before an appointment. Putting lotion or anything similar in that area can create a barrier for their wax, making it harder for it to grab onto the hairs. The waxing process won't go as smoothly. Moisturize the night before, but not the day of. Source: iStock
Trim If You Really WantIf you've gone a few weeks without a wax, you might feel self-conscious about the jungle of hair going on down there. You shouldn't, because waxers are used to it, but you might want to trim up a bit. This will make the waxing easier and faster. Don't shave - that could mess up the whole appointment - but if the hairs are very long, grab some small scissors and trim them a bit. Just please be careful! Source: iStock
Re-Schedule Date NightPlanning on getting a wax and then showing off with a sexy date night with bae? Think again. Estheticians recommend going 24 hours without sex after a wax. The area is sensitive and more receptive to cuts and infections. Having sex too soon after a wax could be really painful. Source: iStock
Exercise For The DaySpeaking of the no-sex-for-24-hours rule - anything that involves sweating should be cut out during that time, and that includes exercise. Working out can lead to uncomfortable chafing and lots of sweat. This can cause infections down there, or just make the area irritated. If you want to work out that day, do it before your appointment (just please shower afterwards). Source: iStock
Research, Research, ResearchDon't go to a waxing place without researching it first, guys! I go to European Wax Center and recommend them to everyone. They specialize in Brazilian waxes (as well as other waxes) and they know what they're doing. They use blue wax and they don't double dip. Double dipping the stick still happens and it can lead to infections and STDs. Don't just go into a random nail salon and let them wax your bits without looking into it first. Source: iStock
Have you ever had a wax down there? How do you prepare? What did we forget? Let me know in the comments.