Beauty is pain, right?
The idea of waxing can be scary for some people, and a lot of the nerves surrounding it are caused by women not knowing what to expect during and after it is done.
Here are six things to keep in mind when you are getting your first wax.
1. Choosing the Right Salon is Crucial
It can be tempting to look for the cheapest price around and go to that salon, but as with everything else, you get what you pay for.
The salons that are more expensive tend to give a stress-free experience and be more thorough with their work, so it is a good idea to read the reviews of a salon before you make judgments based on price.
Not all salons have the same process for waxing; for example, Proper Puss in New York, which offers some of the best waxing in NYC, will offer a more streamlined experience than a parlorjust starting out. Keep the company’s experience and reputation in mind before booking the first appointment.
2. There Needs to be Hair to Wax
While you may be conditioned to thinking that everything needs to look ‘presentable’ in order to have a cosmetologist look at it, it is actually really important that you have hair ‘down there’ for them to work with.
It is recommended that you have at least 1/4 of an inch of hair for them to be able to quickly and efficiently wax it. When it comes to waxing, quicker is better in regard to pain.
3. Speaking of Pain, it is Going to Hurt
A common question about waxing is if it hurts as much as they think it will.
The truth is, it depends on the person, but most women agree that it hurts a lot less after the first time. Overall, expect to feel at least some pain, but don’t allow yourself to get worked up over it, as the employees will do their best to make you feel as comfortable as possible.
4. Skip the Lotion (Both Before and After)
You may feel tempted to reach for a bottle of lotion before and after your appointment it over, but this is actually not a good plan.
When you apply lotion before an appointment, it makes the hairs more difficult to grab onto. When you apply it after, heavy lotions can clog your pores, making them irritated and swollen.
5. Wear Loose Pants
Depending on what you are getting waxed, you may want to wear a pair of loose-fitting pants for anything below the belt.
You should wear comfortable and loose pants or a skirt both to the appointment and probably for the rest of the day afterwards.
You will likely be sore after the waxing, so a pair of tight pants would be a bad idea for this appointment.
6. You Aren’t the Only One They’ve Waxed
A lot of women feel anxious about getting waxed because they think that it will be an awkward experience.
It is important to keep in mind that they do this all day, every day, and they deal with hair throughout their entire work day. There is no need to feel self-conscious about it, and they are likely not even paying attention anyway.
Your first wax is bound to feel a little strange. There is nothing quite like having someone remove hair from your body. However, the reward of having smooth skin without the hassle of shaving makes it all worth it. Once you wax, you never go back!
Knowing these six things about what will happen when you get waxed will make the experience less scary for you.