Best Advice on Bikini Waxing

Our members share their bikini waxing experiences in the quest for nearly or completely "bare down there" results

The desire for smooth, silky, hair-free legs and underarms is shared by many women. But what about the so-called bikini area? Are you in favor of trimming pubic hair or even removing it altogether? Whether you choose to sport a "landing strip" (a trimmed line of hair running over the pubic bone) or you prefer the completely bare feel, pubic-hair grooming comes with its own special hurdles. Here, our members, being an adventuresome lot, share some experiences in their quest for nearly or completely "bare down there" results.

Yeah, you can survive. I am very hairy. I'm black, so my hair is thick and curly. Waxing is your best bet. I shaved and always had trouble with ingrown hairs and then scarring. Waxing makes the hair finer, so when it grows back there are fewer ingrown hairs. Take Advil 30 minutes before your appointment and you'll be okay. Also, as said earlier, the first time is the worst.

I would love to try it, but I don't think I could just bare it all to someone besides my hubby. I have a hard enough time just going to the gyno once a year. It takes me weeks to convince myself just to make the appointment, and then to actually go. But it would be nice to get rid of it all for several weeks at a time. I'll have to work on convincing myself to try it one day.

I am an African-American woman and I had a Brazilian wax for the first time in June. Everyone is different, but for me it hurt like hell. I am not going to sugarcoat it. The end result was nice and smooth. The thing is, if you've shaved in the past like I had, the hairs will grow back unevenly, so in a week I had hairs coming back. One thing I've read about Brazilian waxes is that you shouldn't have them done around the time of your cycle, because your skin is extra sensitive. I hope this helps. Good luck.

I've been getting Brazilian waxes for a couple of years now, and they take it all off, including just inside the labia. And, as gross as it sounds, my esthetician will also wax the small hairs around the anus. She says, "If you're gonna take it off, you gotta take it all off!" I will never ever go back to shaving. I love my Brazilians. The first time is excruciating. I'm not gonna lie, but I swear to you that each time you go it gets easier and easier. It only hurts a lot when the hair is really thick and coarse. You won't believe how much softer and finer the hair is when it grows back in. My skin stays soft for about two weeks, then the hair starts to grow in. But the more you do it, when it grows in, it isn't prickly anymore, it's just like peach fuzz. Estheticians are really good at minimizing the pain. They press hard on the area immediately after they tear the strip off, and that takes the sting away. After my wax (the wax my esthetician uses is for sensitive skin), she gives me a lotion to rub on the area to cool it. Then after about an hour, I have a lukewarm bath and exfoliate. I exfoliate every day for the first four days, and then lay off it a little. That way I prevent ingrown hairs. It's not that bad. It can be uncomfortable, but if you can remember that these people see this every day, and you can get comfy with holding your leg over your head, you'll be fine. Honestly, I hate pubic hair, and this is the best way to get rid of it. Try it... you'll love it!

I had my first Brazilian bikini wax two weeks ago, and I love it! I have been waxing my legs, bikini and underarms myself for several years, but just couldn't imagine doing a Brazilian myself. They will wax as much or as little as you want, but for a full Brazilian, every last hair is waxed! Yes, it hurts, but not as badly as I thought. And it actually didn't hurt the parts that I thought it would hurt the most (on and around the labia)! How long it stays soft really depends on your hair growth. I have thick dark hair that grows fairly quickly. It has been two weeks today, and I'm starting to have regrowth, but the hair that has come back is softer, lighter and finer. The more you wax, the softer and lighter it gets. You shouldn't shave between waxing, since this causes the hair to get thicker, defeating the benefits of waxing. Three things I recommend that I had researched and confirmed with the lady who waxed me: 1) Wax during the week after your period, when it's less painful, 2) Loofah your skin, and then apply baby oil the night before the waxing to soften your hair follicles, 3) Apply tea tree oil after the waxing to soothe and help prevent ingrown hairs. Good luck, and enjoy!

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