7 Things You Didn’t Know Are Ruining Your Bikini Wax

Oh, bikini waxes. They’re something that I have a love-hate relationship with. I like them because they can be a lot better than shaving. They last a lot longer, you don’t have to deal with razor burn, and you don’t have to worry about slicing your leg open. #AccidentsHappen Of course we all know what the big bikini waxing con is: They hurt like a mother. Then there is the fact that bikini waxes can be expensive if you’re getting a pro to do them. And there are times when even the best wax goes terribly wrong.

You’ve probably heard some horror waxing stories from your friends or the internet. You might even have had the misfortune of experiencing one yourself. Salon mishaps and awkward moments are common themes, but what if I told you that you could be ruining your own bikini wax.

It’s true. Obviously you’ll have more control of the situation if you’re DIY waxing, but you’re not completely innocent if you go to a pro. There are things that you could be doing (or not doing) before your waxing session that are negatively impacting the outcome. Read on and remember them so you can get the most of your next waxing appointment. These are the things that ruin a bikini wax.

The Wax Is The Wrong Temperature

Wax is a temperamental thing. It needs to be just the right temperature when you apply it so it spreads evenly in a thin layer. It also has to be the right temperature when you go to remove it. If it's not, it isn't going to go anywhere. Then you'll have to deal with removing dried wax from your bikini line.

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You're Wearing Body Cream

Your skin should be clean and dry for your wax. If you're wearing a body lotion or any other cream, it can cause the wax to not adhere properly. That means that you're not going to get as effective results as you normally would. So, skip that vanilla cream this one time, okay?

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You're Not Exfoliating Before

Exfoliating might seem like another annoying step in your beauty routine, but it's something that you shouldn't slack on before a wax. Exfoliating your bikini line helps to prevent ingrown hairs so make sure you're using that scrub and loofah at least a week before your wax. If you don't, you could see some ingrown hairs sprouting up on your bikini line post-wax. Nothing ruins a smooth bikini line like a big, red bump.

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The Hairs Are Ripped Off Wrong

Technique is key in waxing. If your hairs are ripped off in the wrong different or they're not ripped off in a smooth motion, a number of things can go wrong. The big one is that you will get an uneven result. Other issues include bruising, smelling, and even having your skin ripped off. Owwwwww.

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Your Hairs Aren't Trimmed

Your hairs need to be just the right length to be waxed. If they're too short, the wax won't have anything to grab onto. If they're too long, they will not be ripped out properly. If you've been neglecting things down there and you don't want to trim up yourself, make sure you communicate with your aesthetician that you're going to need a trim before your wax.

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You're Not In The Proper Position

It doesn't matter whether you're waxing yourself or getting a pro to do it, you need to be in a position that will allow the wax strip to be ripped off in one smooth motion. The positions will be slightly different for everybody, but note that if those hairs aren't coming off, the angle of your body could be impacting things. I know it's awkward, but sometimes a good bikini wax requires you to get into some contorted positions.

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You're Not Taking Pain Relievers Beforehand

If you've ever had a bikini wax, you don't need me to tell you that they can hurt. It's definitely not therapeutic. If you find that you need something to soothe that pain, it's actually better if you take it before you get waxed. Cosmopolitan suggests that you can take a painkiller, like Aspirin, about 45 minutes before your appointment. Bonus: It also has anti-inflammatory properties to reduce swelling.

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Have you ever had a bad bikini wax? Let us know in the comments!

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