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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:
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.
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.
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 the right products is key to having a positive bikini wax experience, and there are many different products available.
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.
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.
Here’s a quick, step by step guide for waxing at home:
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.