Bikini Waxing FAQ’S
What is a Bikini wax?
There are so many definitions of what a Bikini Wax is. At Smooth Wax Bar, the hair is taken off from the top and sides of the bikini line, basically any hair that is visible outside the panty line. Want to take more off? Then request a French bikini, where we leave a large triangle on top, but remove the hair from the bikini line, and the labia. Another option is to modify your Bikini wax to a Brazilian which includes removing all of the hair from top to bottom. See our Brazilian wax page for further details.
What type of wax do you use?
For all styles of bikini waxing, we use a technique with both strip and hard wax. Hard wax is a stripless wax which hardens at room temperature. As it hardens it wraps itself around the hair, not adhering to the skin, which makes for a gentler waxing experience for sensitive areas. Why you may not like hard wax: your previous esthetician didn’t know how to use it correctly! Hard wax gets a bad rap from estheticians that think its ok to pick and pick and pick and then pick some more just to get that little corner up. But our girls know better. Hard wax is easier on the skin and without all that picking, hurts a lot less then strip.
Is it really THAT painful?!
I can not promise a pain-free experience….But I CAN promise that it will not be as bad as you think. 99% of our clients admit that after their wax, it was not as painful as they thought it would be. Also, the pain does not last long. There is about 20 seconds of a stinging sensation after the wax strip is removed, after that it goes away. You will leave here in no pain.
How often do I need to come in?
For most body areas, the regrowth is pretty slow. You are usually looking at 4-6 weeks. We want to get all your hair onto a growth cycle that gives best results so its important not to wait too long between appointments. Just make sure that if you are used to keeping it shaven or trimmed down, we need a couple weeks of growth.
What do I need to do before my wax?
Be sure to let the hair grow for 3-4 weeks before getting waxed. Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds 48 hours before (and after!) your appointment. Exfoliate the morning of your wax with an exfoliating cloth, or salt scrub. Use gentle circular motions against the direction of hair growth. This helps to lift the hair off the skin making the waxing treatment more effective. Do not apply a moisturizer prior to getting waxed. Avoid caffeine and other stimulants, and take an ibuprofen if you’re sensitive.
What are the benefits of waxing vs. shaving?
After your first wax, your hair will be finer and more sparse than shaving regrowth, as well as easier to tolerate. Because the hair grows back finer and more sparse, you are less likely to get ingrown hairs. With shaving you cut the hair off bluntly at the thickest part, the base. This results in very course and uncomfortable regrowth. With waxing, because your hair has to completely regrow, it comes out fine and feathery. This is much less irritating to your skin and to the touch. In addition, with each waxing session, we will shut down a few hair follicles. Overtime, fewer and fewer follicles will produce hair and the results can be permanent. YAY for less hair!!!
Why should I come to Smooth Wax Bar?
Waxing is ALL we do! We pride ourselves on being a waxing only boutique, we are not a one stop shop for self care. We believe that waxing is a service that you don’t want to leave to just anyone, especially someone that does not do this on a regular basis. We are also very friendly and completely non-judgmental. While getting the service, we will engage you in all kinds of fun conversations to keep your mind off the waxing. We love to laugh, share stories, and catch up with you about what is going on in your life. Finally, we love everyone! REALLY! We will always be sensitive to your individual needs, and we will make every effort to accommodate them.