While most of us learned how to shave at a young age, not everyone was taught how to wax. This is most likely because shaving is typically much more common than waxing. However, shaving definitely has its downsides. If you’re ready to try a bikini wax at home but aren’t quite sure about the bikini area, here’s what you need to know:
What Is the Bikini Line Anyway?
There may be some confusion as to what does and doesn’t constitute a bikini line. To put it simply, the bikini line is any hair that grows and can be visible outside of your bikini. There are many names for specific styles and patterns that involve the hair that grows in your pubic region. If you’re just going to the bikini line, get a good idea of where your bikini sits, and target those areas specifically.
Downsides of Shaving
If you’re looking for alternatives to shaving, you probably already know about the downsides of shaving. The biggest drawback of shaving, especially around your bikini line, is the appearance of bumps and ingrown hairs, which can be very gross and uncomfortable.
Is It Even Safe?
Yes, when done correctly, waxing your bikini line can be perfectly safe. When it comes to hair removal in general, you’ll want to be careful because the bikini line is a sensitive region. However, if hair removal is your thing, there’s nothing inherently dangerous about waxing the bikini line.
Choosing Your Waxing Products
Choosing the right products is key to having a positive bikini wax experience, and there are many different products available.
Hard vs. Soft Wax
There are two major categories when it comes to waxing. Hard wax, which needs to be warmed, and is applied warm on the spatula. While hard wax is tricky to use and works best on small areas, it also makes hair removal less painful because heat tends to open up your pores and hair follicles. Hard wax can be applied again if you miss a spot.
Soft wax, on the other hand, comes ready to go with no heating required. It can be used on large areas such as the legs, but it cannot be applied twice because it also removes layers of dead skin. It is even stickier than hard wax but also typically less expensive.
While some industry experts recommend hot wax for your pubic region, you definitely can accomplish a good bikini line wax with either formulation. Whatever you choose, make sure that you’re using wax with quality ingredients that won’t irritate your skin.
Even if you don’t typically suffer from allergies, there’s always a chance that you may have an allergic reaction to a skincare or beauty product. This is why many industry experts recommend patch testing any new product on the underside of the arm or another small region to check for allergic reactions.
If you have allergies, make sure you’re opting for a hypoallergenic product, such as the amazing hypoallergenic options from Nacach Wax.
Length Is Important
To wax your bikini area, you’ll actually need to let that hair grow out a little bit first. This is because the wax needs to be able to grip the hair when it’s applied to then remove it. However, if the hair is too long, it may simply break off during the waxing process.
The ideal length to aim for is ¼ of an inch. This helps ensure that your hair is gripped well by the wax without breaking off from the hair follicles.
In addition to the wax itself, you’ll want to have products for exfoliation before and after waxing and for soothing and conditioning your skin after the wax. If you’re not sure what you need, check out the Nacach Wax Kits, which come with everything you’ll want to have for a great waxing experience.
If you’re using hard wax, you’ll also want to invest in a wax warmer. The warmer helps ensure that your wax stays at a consistent temperature to help you avoid the risk of burns.
How to Wax at Home
Here’s a quick, step by step guide for waxing at home:
- Step 1: Obtain and patch test your products.
- Step 2: Get an idea of where exactly your bikini line is located. This might mean spending some time in the mirror in your bikini or panties that happen to have a similar shape.
- Step 3: Cleanse the area. You never want to wax an area that hasn’t been cleaned first. You may also have a pre-depilatory product to prep the area for waxing. This helps make waxing more efficient and more comfortable.
- Step 4: Double-check the instructions. When in doubt, always follow the instructions on the wax. If you’re using hot wax, you’ll need to follow the instructions for heating.
- Step 5: Apply wax to the desired area. This might mean getting flexible or using a chair for support. For best results, you’ll want to wax in sections rather than all at once.
- Step 6: Let the wax dry or cool for at least 30 seconds, or however long the instructions recommend. If you pull off too early, you’ll end up with a sticky mess, which is not something you want.
- Step 7: Pull the wax away. It is painful, but focusing on your breathing can help. Grip the skin and pull the wax away in the opposite direction from where the hair is growing.
- Step 8: Cleanse the area of any remaining wax, and voila, you’re done with the waxing portion.
After Your Wax
After you’re done waxing, you’ll probably want to give your skin some extra love. The waxed area may feel red, bumpy, and sensitive for a day or two after you wax. This is normal and should go away on its own. Using a cooling gel or cream to soothe the area. You’ll also want to have an exfoliating agent to use, very gently, two or three days after waxing.
- Getting a bikini wax at home is entirely possible.
- Good products are key to a good wax.
- Always read the instructions on all of your products.
- Patch test your products to avoid an allergic reaction.
- Cleaning the waxed area before and after waxing is key to keeping that area healthy.