We love a beach vacation as much as the next person. Hot sun, warm sand, and…oops! A little uninvited fuzz along the bikini line. Nothing ruins a perfect beach day like a bit of peekaboo.
When it comes to pubic hair, you do you; this is a judgment-free zone! But confidence is your best friend when you’re spending time on the beach or by the pool.
There are lots of options for personal grooming out there, but we’re here to offer you some friendly advice. Why shave when you can wax?
We’re looking at the differences, good and better, between the bikini wax and its bolder cousin, the Brazilian. Put those travel plans on hold until you’ve got the details!
How do you choose between bikini and Brazilian waxing?
If you’re new to treating your bikini area, there are a few things you need to know. Before we get to the goods, we need to get to definitions.
Bikini waxing removes anything that might peek out of your bottoms. Of the two, it’s the most conservative. You can choose how your remaining hair is styled, from squares to triangles to stars; we’ve seen it all!
Brazilian waxing is a bolder approach to prepping down south. Most of the time, you’ll get all the hair in your bikini area removed, front to back. If you want to live out loud this season, we recommend it!
Know your preferences for comfort
Hair removal, especially in intimate areas, is very personal. Before you go all in, we recommend you get in touch with yourself. Spend some time thinking about how comfortable you are with body hair.
If you’re not used to going bald, you may want to take things a little bit at a time. Just because you’re not ready for the big time, though, you can still pamper yourself. There are several approaches that you can try!
Consider the styles you may like if you do opt for a Brazilian wax
A Brazilian wax at the hands of a master esthetician is more than just removing body hair. At Stripped, we offer several options for any preference. Stripped Bare (Brazilian) includes removing as much from the bikini and behind as you want. We can leave a landing strip, a shape of your choice, or nothing at all!
It all depends on how you like your body hair removed and styled
When you walk out on that beach, we want you to be full of confidence and life! Intimate hair is exactly that. You’re in charge, and we want to make you feel your best. Let us know how we can make that happen with your body hair. Chat with your esthetician and see what feels the most like you.
Trying something new with your body doesn’t have to be scary. If you step out of your comfort zone and don’t love it, you’ll have another chance soon!
What are the benefits of bikini vs. Brazilian waxing?
More than just a beauty choice, waxing private areas has plenty of benefits. Intensely exfoliating, you’ll be silky smooth and feel fresh and clean after. With any application, you’ll have choices about how much to remove.
One of the great things about regular sessions is that hair growth comes back thinner over time, so the first time is the most intense. After that, it’s easy!
Bikini waxes have many of the same benefits as Brazilian; they just leave more to the imagination.
Bikini waxes are a great introduction to Brazilian waxes if you’re not sure which one feels most like you
You may feel better with a bikini wax for your first time under the waxing stick. Removing a smaller amount of hair is less intimidating for your first go round. Do a little research before you come in, as tons of fun styles are out there.
A classic bikini leaves behind a triangle, the French leaves a rectangle strip, and more styles are out there. Find what makes you feel your best!
Brazilian waxes make your skin feel smooth, silky and free of hair entirely
If you’re ready to take the plunge and don’t love the feeling of pubic hair, a Brazilian is the right choice for you. Fully removing it from the pubic area and booty zone leaves you feeling smooth and free. If you love it, you can repeat it every three to four weeks!
Estheticians are pros too, so don’t worry about embarrassing comments. We’re here to make you look and feel your best!
How to prepare for bikini and Brazilian waxing
When you’re ready to come in for your waxing, there are a few things you need to know beforehand.
Make sure that your hair is at least a quarter inch to a half inch long, no longer, so the wax has something to grab onto. Hard wax, like we use, doesn’t stick to the sensitive skin down there. Instead, it grabs the strands. When removed, it pulls up the hair root so you can enjoy the benefits longer.
Don’t book in the days leading up to your period. While you can schedule during this time, it’s more painful and can cause complications.
Exfoliate a few days ahead of time to remove dead skin cells, and shower either the night before or the morning of your appointment. This helps reduce ingrowns after your session.
Make sure you’re hydrated and stay away from alcohol and caffeine
Before your appointment, skip the espresso and whisky. Instead, opt for hydrating beverages that don’t leave you feeling dry. Your skin loves being hydrated, which leads to less painful waxing.
You can also apply a numbing cream to the areas you’re having done 30-40 minutes ahead of time. This helps ensure a smooth experience.
Avoid sunburns leading up to your appointment
Avoid anything that leads to skin feeling damaged. We know it’s hard to stay out of the sun, but you’ll thank us for this one! Sunburns bring blood to the surface of your skin and make waxing very painful.
If you’re already suffering from too much fun in the sun, applying aloe vera and hydrocortisone creams helps heal a sunburn faster. Once your skin is healthy, bring on the wax!
There are some do’s and don’t’s for post-wax care. Avoid strenuous activity and sexual activity. Hot showers can irritate already delicate skin. A cool compress may help reduce any swelling or redness.
Stay out of the pool for 48 hours and avoid scented skin products.
If you’ve got a big vacation coming up, plan ahead. We’ll get you ready to go and live your best life!
Let Stripped Wax & Beauty help you feel your absolute best
Stripped Wax & Beauty is Phoenix’s premier beauty salon, and we’re here to help! Let us get you ready for the best summer of your life with our waxing services.
If you are ready to leap into a hair-free summer, we’re here to guide you through our process. Get in touch with us through our website for an appointment.
Don’t waste another sunny day!