Waxing can be intimidating if you're new to the scene. There are all sorts of questions that come up when it comes to your hair down there, but don't worry - we've got you covered. Here are ten questions you've always wanted to know about bikini waxing (but were too afraid to ask) answered in a casual tone.
Will I get ingrown hairs from waxing?
Ingrown hairs are most common among people with curly pubic hair and sensitive or reactive skin. Those with olive skin are not quite as susceptible. Asians usually have softer hair and the least reactive skin. They also seem to get the longest-lasting results.
Is waxing better than shaving? Will it grow back as fast as when I shave?
Waxing removes the hair from the follicle, while shaving simply cuts the hair off the top of the skin. Razors also irritate the skin, resulting in razor bumps along the bikini line. From my experience, I see an average of 30% to 40% less hair returning just after the first time.
What about sugaring?
Sugaring is a method used for many years that originates in Egypt and the Middle East. It’s a very sticky substance made of sugar, lemon and honey. Hard wax is better than sugaring, as it is created with polymers that work like a shrink wrap, which clings to the hair better and closer to the root to prevent breakage.
How often do I need to wax?
Waxing is most effective and maintains the best results if done every four to six weeks. This allows the hair to fully regenerate, ensuring smoother, longer-lasting results. Waxing too often can create more irritation and bumps, especially in the bikini region.
What are "Boyzilian" and "Manzilian"?
These are terms used for waxing the genitals of a male. This includes either the entire front pubic region along with the cheeks and crack area or just a portion of that—whichever look they prefer.
Can I get a back or chest wax?
It’s possible, but these areas tend to be more sensitive and reactive, which results in little white bumps or reddish, inflamed spots. Fortunately, there are post-wax creams and ointments that can absolutely prevent or assist with rapid skin recovery.
Can I have sex after a wax? How long do I need to wait?
You can, but if the region is sore you may want to wait approximately 24 hours. For those who are extra-sensitive after a wax, we usually recommend post-wax ointments to reduce inflammation and soothe the skin.
Is it normal to see scabbing along the bikini line after a wax?
If abnormal, longer-lasting redness, brownness or scabbing occurs to the skin after a wax, it could be because the skin was burned. It could be that the wax was too hot when applied or the waxer did not hold the skin taught enough. Sometimes it’s not the waxer’s fault. Certain medications, sweat and sun damage can also contribute to your skin’s sensitivity.
Is it true that hair in the bikini area protects it?
I am a firm believer of taking all the hair off in our pubic region, especially for women. I believe having hair there actually breeds more bacteria instead of keeping it out. Maybe this was true years ago, back in the day when we didn’t shower daily and perform all the umpteen grooming tasks we do today (plus, it provided extra warmth). I believe it should be part of our grooming routines to remove it.