To wax or not to wax, that is the question. A less famous quote by Shakespeare, or a thought that many a woman has had over the course of her life?
The questions don't stop there, though. Often we wonder how often we should wax, what kind of wax is right for us, what the beautician is thinking when we're getting waxed...
Intimate waxing is indeed intimate, and it means there's often a lot of questions that we're too awkward, or even too afraid to ask.
So that's why we've done this post - we're answering the top 10 questions our clients have asked (or have wanted to ask and simply felt too awkward to do it).
1. Should I get a hot wax or a strip wax "down there"?
Amy says: I recommend hot wax, definitely. Hot wax attaches to the hair, whereas strip wax attaches to the skin.
If you get a strip wax, you often find that your skin may feel irritated, appear red and/or bumpy, and it will feel sore. Strip wax hurts more because it attaches to the skin. It also means you need to take care of your skin afterwards by not exposing it to thinks like hot water, tight clothing or sunlight (not often a problem given the nature of an intimate wax!)
When you opt for a hot wax, not only does it irritate your skin less but your 'recovery time' is a lot quicker too. You should still avoid hot water, as it can irritate the open follicles, but it won't irritate your skin in the same way that strip wax does.
Hot wax only attaches to the hair as well, which means it's less painful (yay!)
2. Is there such a thing as being "too hairy" for a wax?
We've all had that moment of pre-wax horror when we look down and wonder whether the beautician is going to run away screaming.
Well, worry no more!
Amy says: We may sometimes trim bikini hair if we feel it will cause more pain, but usually, the more hair the better! It's a bigger problem if there's not enough hair, as hot wax attaches to the hairs. More hair 'down there' means you're likely to get a smooth overall finish.
3. Should I cancel my wax if I start my period?
Sometimes, periods stick to schedules and we can plan in advance. Other times, mother nature isn't so kind. But what do you do if you've got a wax booked and mother nature shows up a week early?
Amy says: You don't need to cancel. It boils down to personal preference. Some people feel too uncomfortable to have a wax when they're on their period, especially if they get bad cramping or they have a heavy period.
Waxes can be more painful when you're on, because you're more sensitive. So if you can wait a few days we often recommend it as it makes a difference pain-wise.
But if you wear a tampon and you're not too heavy, we're happy if you are!
4. How often do you recommend waxing?
I remember 10 years ago I had my very first intimate wax... and was mortified by a beautician who told me "goodness! You've left it a very long time!"
We don't like to be told that we're 'too hairy' or made to feel uncomfortable about our personal grooming habits.
So, if you like waxing and plan on becoming a waxing regular, how long should you leave it between waxes?
Amy says: It really depends for each person, but generally we recommend between 3 and 4 weeks to allow some regrowth. The more regularly you get it done, the less painful it is, so that's a bonus.
5. Is it weird to ask for shapes?
Amy says: Not at all! It's not as common anymore, that's for sure, it was a big trend in the 1990's, nowadays we usually get asked for a strip, or everything off. but it's definitely something we can do. It's always fun to change things up!
6. Is it awkward for the beautician?
It's not common that you meet someone for the first time and immediately whip your pants off (...) so it's no wonder why so many of us feel uncomfortable for our first wax, or even our fiftieth wax.
Amy says: Don't worry about the beautician feeling awkward, honestly! I get this question all the time and I always tell my clients the same thing: it's the same for us as it is for doctors and nurses. We see several a day and we don't think anything of it. We also wax each other, so if you think it's awkward getting waxed by a relative stranger, it's much more bizarre getting waxed by your friend!
7. Are there ways for me to make it less painful?
Waxing hurts, it's a fact. But there are steps you can take to make the pain less...
Amy says: Make sure you pick a good therapist, the trick with hot waxing is that the client doesn't want it to last forever, because it's painful! So you want someone who is able to wax you quickly and efficiently, getting everything off as fast as possible will make the experience a lot more bearable.
You can also take a paracetamol half an hour or so before you arrive, and we recommend exfoliating in the days leading up to the wax, as this will help alleviate pain.
8. How should I prepare for my wax?
Amy says: All you need to do is make sure you've showered (preferably just before the wax) and that you haven't used a lot of moisturiser down there. In an ideal situation you won't be too hot, as the sweat can cause the wax to heat further, making it painful for you. But really all you need to think about is shower + don't moisturise afterwards. (Or at least, the bits you're having waxed!)
9. What's the most common wax you get asked to do?
Amy says: That's easy! Silk wax, which is everything off. The important thing is that you get whatever you want and not to worry about what other people have. We all like to groom differently (or not at all!)) so don't worry about comparing yourself to others.
10. Do Beauticians wax themselves?
Amy says: Not when it comes to intimate waxing, that would involve a lot of acrobatics on our part! You also need to ensure you keep the skin taught, which is a lot harder to do on yourself.
So we tend to wax each other, instead!