Last weekend, Samantha Escobar from The Gloss and I had a really pleasant conversation all about bikini waxes over a few flutes of champagne with Jodi Shays, waxing expert and the owner of the luxurious Queen Bee Salon & Spa in Los Angeles. After talking to her about bikini wax horror stories from a waxer’s perspective (she has seen some things that cannot be unseen), I realized that it’s not so unusual for people to go into their waxing sessions completely unaware that they’re being really uncool to their waxer. This is unacceptable, bitches.
Getting a bikini wax is a highly intimate experience. If you want smoothing out your mons pubis to go as smoothly as possible, be nice to your bikini waxer. After all, she’s going to be ripping the hair out of your nethers and you don’t want the person wielding the hot wax to hate you.
Here are just a few things you can do to make sure you’re not traumatizing your bikini waxer:
Be clean. It’s really impolite to splay yourself out on a table with a dirty beaver. Running to the salon after an intense session at Soul Cycle will make for a sweaty, stinky area that you shouldn’t subject someone to. If you can’t shower before going to get a bikini wax, at least use a moist cleansing cloth (we like these from Cottonelle) to make sure every crease in your bits is squeaky clean. Pay extra close attention to your butt-hole. Do you really want your estheticians to see dingle berries on your tush? It’s called hygiene. Do it right.
Make sure your vulva is healthy. Your waxer is not a physician and she should not be the person to break the news to you that you have a yeast infection, anal fissures or any other ailment of the bathing suit region. If you have any sort of trauma to your pubic area, you can’t be waxed and it’s a waste of your time and your waxer’s to even show up. Further, it’s a good idea to be aware of your vaginal health in general, for your own sake.
Be clear about what you want. Tell your waxer exactly what you want taken off. You might have different ideas about what constitutes a brazilian wax. If you want it all off, say so. If you want your pubes to be shaped like a skull, say so. They’re estheticians, not clairvoyants. You’re the one who is going to have to live with your pube situation, so make sure you’re getting what you pay for.
Prep adequately. Proper bikini wax prep goes beyond having clean labia. Your hair should be long enough (at least a quarter of an inch) and you should be as mentally composed as possible before voluntarily having your hair ripped out by the root. Take an anti inflammatory like ibuprofen before if you have to, do some breathing exercises to relax, maybe even use a numbing cream. Do whatever you have to do to keep your screaming and squirming to a minimum. Your wax will never be painless, but if you keep your cool and are braced for the hurt, the process will go faster