Hey hey everybody. Happy summer! Even though it’s been 95 degrees and above for about three weeks here in Texas… I love it though! People think I’m nuts, but it’s true! When we first moved here 8 years ago ( omg I cannot believe that it has been that long wow I feel old ) I kept saying how I couldn’t wait for the super hot weather. We were coming from Idaho where you definitely get all 4 seasons, which is wonderful, but it’s just a biiiiit too cold for me. Everyone told me, “oh, give it a year or two, you’ll be so sick of the summers here!” Well, surprise everyone, I’m still obsessed! The humidity can definitely be draining, but hey, that’s what the pool & a spicy margarita are for, am I right? 😉
SPEAKING OF THE POOL.
Pool equal swimsuits. Swimsuits equal shaving those legs, underarms & bikini areas we may have let go of just a little bit during the winter months. Unless you are ok with letting your body hair grow free, you do you girl! And probably just skip this post and go onto the next one LOL because this post is all about getting rid of that body hair.
So, a little background, I have pretty sensitive skin. ESPECIALLY my bikini area. But I had always just shaved all my hair down there off & kind of did what I could to deal with the side effects.
And by side effects I mean horrific razor burn, huge red bumps all over the place, itchiness and redness. So NOT ideal. Especially when you’ve gotta wear a bikini where your skin down there will be shown off to everyone at the pool. And believe me, I’ve tried all the things to not get razor burn… my skin just doesn’t like razors! Even on my legs.
I started using coconut oil in place of lotion a few year ago and that did cut down on the bumps, redness & itching by a lot, but still didn’t completely get rid of it. About 2 years ago Chris and I were about to go on our first little vacation together and I was like “omg I CANT have razor burn all over the place for this trip” so I looked into waxing.
I had never even had my eyebrows waxed before so I was a total newbie. I looked up a few places online, found one I liked, and made my first appointment for a Brazilian Wax.
Yes, I was terrified, and yes I seriously considered chugging a whole bottle of wine beforehand ( but then I remembered how that makes your skin more sensitive ), but I figured it had to be better than shaving every other day so I did it!
Here’s what happens ( if you’ve never done it and you’re terrified like I was ):
You walk in, they call you back to a small private room, they give you some wipes, tell you to take your pants & panties off and clean up a little bit with the wipes, you lay down on the table, they come back in, and then it begins. You lay on your back with your legs in a butterfly position. Yes it’s awkward for a few seconds because you’re just spread eagle in front of a woman you just met, but the thing is, they are a woman as well, so it’s not like it’s something they’ve never seen before, and it’s their job, THEY ARE NOT THERE TO JUDGE YOU.
They start by cleansing the area to remove any oils, lotions or makeup that may be on the skin. Next they shake on some baby powder to really reduce irritation and protect your skin. They begin with the wax on the outside edges of both sides, then the “top” like the very very bottom of your stomach where the hair stops. They use a wooden tool to apply and spread the warm wax onto your skin, then they wait a minute or two for it to dry & harden. They quickly remove the wax with their hands. This is the key thing!! Find somewhere that uses warm wax. NOT THE STRIPS. When they have to remove the wax with a cloth or paper, it tends to remove some of your skin with it and it is waaaaaay more painful. Trust me. Then they move to the middle ( the most painful spot ). My waxer does both sides at once. ITS AMAZING. The pain is over with so quickly it’s like it didn’t even happen. Shout out to Jana LOL. Then comes the butt. The easiest part. You have to lay in kind of a strange position but I’m telling you it doesn’t hurt AT ALL. It’s last and such a relief!
I’m not going to lie to ya’ll, overall, the first one is a pretty painful experience. But the thing is, the pain lasts for the amount of time it takes them to tear the wax off ( aka maybe 3 seconds per section ) and then it doesn’t hurt anymore! It’s totally one of those things that you make waaaay worse in your head before you go and then it’s over and you’re like oh wow that was super easy.
Amazing things that happen afterwards: the hair doesn’t grow back for at least three weeks! And since the wax pulls the hair straight out of the follicle ( instead of slicing it right below skin level like shaving ) when it does grow back it’s much thinner and sparser. Your skin will be red, but it goes away within hours. You won’t have bumps, irritation, itching, or burning of any kind. Waxing also removes the top layer of dead skin cells, so you are getting exfoliation at the same time, which means your skin down there is going to be softer than it’s ever been!
YOU GUYS. BRAZILLIANS ARE LIFE CHANGING.
I’ve been getting them regularly for like 6 months now and I will never go back to shaving. Like never. It just works for me. And the even more amazing thing is, when you get them regularly ( every 4 – 5 weeks depending on your hair growth ) the hairs all start to grow in the same direction, which means its less painful every time. Literally when I go now I don’t even get nervous, I actually get excited, because it’s such a piece of cake and then I don’t have to worry about it for a month!
Honestly it’s just very efficient, way better for your skin, and a total game changer for bikini season. It’s one of my favorite things in my self care routine.
Also, Chris is obsessed as well, just like I’m sure all of your boyfriends or husbands would be too ;).
Takeaways: Find somewhere that does hot wax, with no strips. Don’t shave for three weeks beforehand. DON’T BE NERVOUS. Apply some coconut oil afterwards when you get home.
Who else has made the switch to waxing?! I’m thinking about going all out next time and doing my legs & underarms as well. Anyone else do that? Thoughts?