Waxing your nether regions may seem like an absurd and unnecessarily painful beauty ritual for the uninitiated, but many have found the feeling of a smooth and hairless bikini area sensual and liberating. A vagina wax, like a wax on any other part of your body, may indeed be excruciating for first-timers, but when done right, the results are always well worth the pain.
A good vagina wax involves getting rid of most or all the pubic hair covering the vagina, labia, anus, and perineum – areas of heightened sensitivity, as you well know. While the pain involved is tolerable enough for some women, many choose to take some ibuprofen or aspirin an hour before the waxing session. A topical anesthetic in cream or lotion form applied half an hour before waxing also does wonders.
The basic rules of thumb for general body waxing also applies for a bikini wax. You’ll have to grow your hair out to about half an inch before waxing. For finer hair, a quarter inch is sufficient – just enough for the wax to grab on to. Exfoliating to unblock your hair follicles before the wax is a plus. Exfoliating after the wax also helps prevent ingrown hairs, but you’ll have to wait at least a day to allow your skin to recover. A vagina wax will keep you hair-free anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks, depending on your natural hair growth rate. The more waxing sessions you do, the more tolerable the pain becomes.
A vagina wax at a salon usually takes between 30 to 45 minutes. The best time to book an appointment is a week or so after your period, as the closer you are to that time of the month, the more sensitive you are to pain. Salons normally use hard waxes for the bikini area. These kinds of waxes cool into pliable solid strips which can be peeled off without the use of muslin. Hard waxes are ideal for the sensitive skin in your nether regions, as they shrink about the hair strands, selectively gripping them without harming the skin beneath.
Your cosmetologist will begin by trimming your hair to a manageable length before applying the wax over small areas. You will have to shift positions occasionally to allow easier access. To minimize pain, you may be asked to help pull your skin taut as the wax strip is removed. The process will go on until all the unwanted hair is off. Remaining strands of renegade hairs may be tweezed off, after which a soothing solution or lotion is applied. Though not recommended for most women, DIY vagina waxes are not unheard of. The same general process will apply, but it is much more tricky than having a professional do it for you. You’ll need a mirror to view awkward angles, as well as a good deal of flexibility to pull off a successful DIY wax down there.
Another thing you may want to consider is the style of your wax, though the difference between each is mostly just aesthetic. You can choose from a groomed triangle of hair in your bikini area (American wax), a hair-free pubic area save for a narrow landing strip (French wax), or a completely bald finish (Brazilian wax).
A vagina wax is a delicate process involving your most intimate parts, so your skin will need some extra TLC before, during, and immediately after your waxing session. Make sure you consult a reliable and trained professional before going for it.