Waxing is nothing new and it’s certainly not ‘taboo’ anymore, but it can still be a very overwhelming and stressful experience for first timers. The good news is: it’s not as bad as you think it is, and I know you’ve probably heard that a million times before but it’s true; when we’re trying something for the first time we tend to imagine the worst of it. So to get you a bit more relaxed and ready here are some things you should know before getting your first wax:
The pain doesn’t last: Let’s be real, when the wax is removed it does hurt, but it feels more like a stinging sensation and only lasts a couple of seconds. If you have a very low pain threshold or are a bit nervous you can take an over the counter pain reliever 45 minutes before your appointment.
You’re dealing with professionals: If you’re feeling nervous always remember that going to a good waxing place means you’re going to be dealing with professionals who are certified and aren’t just some people who learned how to heat up wax.
Say goodbye to shaving: In order for your waxing ventures to be successful you need to give up shaving at least 3-4 weeks before your appointment so the hair is about a quarter-inch long which is comparable to how big a grain of rice is; when the hair is this length is easier for the wax to grip it properly and remove it completely.
Exfoliate and hydrate: The days, or even weeks, before your appointment you should exfoliate and hydrate your skin regularly to make sure it’s smooth and ready for your wax.
Comfort first: Wearing cotton underwear and some kind of loose fitting pants is key for your first appointment, because the area will be a bit swollen and sore, so you want to avoid those lacy underwear and tight skinny jeans.
And last but not least.
The more often the better: Meaning that if you continue to wax regularly the hair will start to grow thinner and will ultimately be easier and less painful to remove each time.