Summer is the one time when it helps to be ready for anything from an impromptu beach party to a spur-of-the-moment dip in the pool. Nothing kills your mood to swim in public or lounge on the sand faster than the realization that it’s been a week since you attended to the area, uh, down there. You may be tempted to grab the first razor you see on your shelf and get rid of your bikini line hair fast, but you’ll actually be doing far more damage than good. When it comes to hair removal, particularly the small area along your bikini line, waxing is the way to go. Here’s why.
Why Is Waxing Better Than Shaving?
“Shaving is the ultimate bikini line no-no, because the hair in the bikini area can grow in multiple different directions and the skin is usually more sensitive than other areas of the body,” Summer Vasilas, cofounder of Waxing the City, explains. “Wax can be applied in small patches with the direction of the hair growth and pulled against the growth which removes the hair from the root minimizing breakage and the potential of ingrown hairs.” What’s more is that hair removal as a result of waxing can last anywhere between four to six weeks. “For some people, who have been waxing for years, the smoothness can last even longer,” Vasilas explains.
Why Is Waxing Better Than Laser Hair Removal?
“Laser treatment is often costly, and unfortunately, many people are unaware that the ideal candidate for a laser treatment yielding the best results is an individual with fair skin and dark hair,” Vasilas says. “Blondes and redheads are not candidates because the laser cannot detect the hair follicle due to the light pigment in the hair. Since this method works best only on a certain hair and skin colors and costs significantly more, it is an option that is often not the best for many.”
Dr. David Bank of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery adds, “Laser hair removal is not recommended if you’re tan because it will target that pigmentation. The laser works by targeting the melanin pigment in the hair follicle, thus destroying it.”
What If Waxing Gives Me Itchy Red Bumps?
There are women who will experience some red bumps after waxing, and it can be in relation to the sensitivity of their skin. However, there are things to keep in mind to reduce such an experience. For those with more sensitive skin, the type of wax used during the service can make a huge difference. “At Waxing the City, it is standard practice for us to use our custom formulated Cerazul™ hard wax in all bikini line waxing services, as well as facial waxing services. The reason is that as the wax cools, it shrink wraps around the hairs without sticking to the skin,” Vasilas explains. “This method is less abrasive to the skin and less painful for the client, making for an overall greater experience. Additionally, there are topicals that can be used after the wax to minimize redness or bumps. One that we use and recommend in our studios is Tend Skin.”
Additionally, Dr. Bank advises women to be mindful of when they schedule waxing appointments. “Before your menstrual period and ovulation, hair removal techniques can be much more irritating and painful,” Bank says. “Keep track of cycles and try to avoid plucking and/or waxing during that time frame to avoid irritation. You should also not wax the week before or during your period, when you retain water, which is when your skin is most sensitive and waxing will cause the most skin irritation. Additionally, you shouldn’t wax if you are taking Accutane or a topical vitamin A product–you can rip off a layer of skin.”
How Can I Make A Bikini Wax Last Even Longer?
“Exfoliate the skin when showering!” recommends Vasilas. “It will keep dead skin cells from building up and causing an irritation or ingrown hairs. Additionally, there are hair growth inhibitors on the market, such as Tend Skin and Whish’s Ingrown Hair Serum. To prolong and get the best results from waxing, make sure you see your Cerologist™ on a monthly basis and do not shave in between your waxing services.”