Prepare for your first bikini wax

Monday, 12 February 2018


Few things are more daunting than the prospect of that first bikini wax. You know it’s going to be uncomfortable (at best) and the fact that it’s in a rather delicate area hardly boosts morale. Fortunately there are a few pointers to help ease the process ¬– stick to these do’s and don’ts for a smooth first wax.

Do – Book your appointment with a reputable salon where you know the therapists practice good hygiene.

Do – Keep calm and take a few deep breaths beforehand to reduce anxiety. If you’re really panicky take two paracetamols to dull your nerves and the pain.

Don’t – Exfoliate directly before the treatment. Tania Botha, owner of Simply Skin beauty salon in Sonstraal, Durbanville, says despite popular belief it’s not necessary to exfoliate before waxing the bikini area. “The skin in this area is very thin so there’s not likely to be much dead skin build up, and exfoliating can increase skin sensitivity which is not ideal. Exfoliating is only necessary if you have ingrown hairs,” she says.

Don’t – Moisturise. Avoid applying lotions to your bikini area on the day as these may prevent the wax from adhering to the hair properly.

Do – Allow your hair to grow for a while before the time. “You need a minimum of half a centimeter of hair growth for a good wax,” says Tania. On the other hand there will be a lot of pulling and breaking if the hair is shaggy. Your therapist will trim any hair that is not the ideal length so don’t worry if you think it might be too long.

Don’t – “Shave between waxes. Choose a system of hair removal and stick with it for maximum efficacy,” advises Tania.

Do – Book a follow-up appointment. As a general rule you should wait three to four weeks between waxing, so book your next appointment with this time frame in mind.

Don’t – Tan beforehand. “Avoid waxing within eight hours of direct sunlight to the area as skin sensitivity increases with heat,” says Tania. Direct sun exposure also increases the risk of skin stripping, which is not otherwise a concern when waxing (unless you’re taking certain medication, see below).

Don’t – Wax if you’re using oral acne drugs or topical steroids. These treatments increase skin sensitivity and may also result in skin stripping when waxing.

Don’t – Expose the area to hot water afterwards. The skin will be extra sensitive so avoid hot baths and showers for several hours after waxing.

Do – Use a mild scrub a few days later once the area is less sensitive. This helps prevent ingrown hairs between treatments.

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  1. Ursula

    It is said “Don’t Shave between waxes. Choose a system of hair removal and stick with it for maximum efficacy,” advises Tania. What do you recommend? Hair remover maybe?

    6 months ago •

  1. Nickay Heyman

    I have always been scared to death about a wax down there but after this i might just give it a try.

    8 months ago •

  1. Sherri Naicker

    Will keep this in mind as summer is fast approaching

    10 months ago •

  1. Zelda24 Du Plessis

    Will def keep this in mind for my first time, since it is almost summer :)!!

    12 months ago •

  1. LeRonique January

    Very helpful :) , thanx a mil.

    1 year ago •


    I have been waxing for decades. Once you find someone who does the job properly, go every 4 to 6 weeks and you will build a relationship and trust with your therapist. Should you decide to wax, do not shave, stick it out and the hair will become finer and less over time.

    1 year ago •

  1. Rachelle Horn

    I personally am not a fan of waxing as I am not sure If I do it correctly or not. Going to a salon for a bikini wax is not only uncomfortable it cost a lot of money. I will rther stick to the shaving part, but still a good read!

    1 year ago •

  1. Tanya

    Thanks for the do’s and don’ts,will definitely stick to them

    1 year ago •

  1. Demishka Maharaj

    I really want to try waxing my bikini line but I haven’t found someone I am confident with. I will surely follow these DO’s and Don’ts

    1 year ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    There is nothing more hygienic than Waxing your bikini area. I go to my salon every nine weeks and have confidence with the salon therapist. The best is to stay with the same salon(therapist) if possible and this will bring confidence.

    1 year ago •

  1. Esterhuizen

    Waxing is great and really not that painful. I think that the fear is greater than the actual pain. Regrowth is slower and I’ve found that the hair is sparcer.

    1 year ago •

  1. Natasha Petersen

    These tips are on point.Once its done you feel clean and fresh lol.
    Exfoliating a few days after is a must.

    I will admit it is abit painful at first but once the therapist supports and you supporting the area its not that painful.

    So don’t feel skeptical at all and the best thing is your hair wont grow back the next day like when shaving.It would grow back approximately 2weeks depending on your hair growth and it will surely be much softer than shaving.

    So you can do it ladies!! :-)

    2 years ago •

  1. Fana_kw Karani-wookey

    these tips are really useful. you really want to make sure that you exfoliate a few days afterwords and when hair begins to sprout. ingrown hairs are nasty

    2 years ago •

  1. Fana_kw Karani-wookey

    It is painful, buy so worth it. the more you do it the less painful it becomes also hair growth starts to slow. hair grows softer and thins out over time.

    2 years ago •

  1. Amanda Rwaai

    I’m very skeptical of do this but im defiantly up to try something new and the tips are helping out alot. cant wait to have my first wax

    2 years ago •

  1. Ish90

    My first wax was extremely painful, and i broke out with pimples but after that, ive been waxing once a month and now the hair takes longer to grow back

    2 years ago •

  1. Chandni Jivan

    wow.. I’m so scared to go for a bikini wax but these tips are very helpful and I might just go try it out

    2 years ago •

  1. Khenz Mabunda

    I’m thinking of starting bikini waxing. There’s so many ‘Don’ts’ I’m getting nervous

    2 years ago •

  1. Rachna Misra

    tried bikini waxing for afew years and it was something I dreaded. onto laser now

    2 years ago •

  1. Veronique Reddy

    I started waxing my bikini area about a year ago. I am now 40, and boy do I regret not starting sooner in my adult life. The pain is well worth the result, and I love how less and less the hair growth has become.

    2 years ago •

  1. Diana Van Den Berg

    very interesting read, some good tips

    2 years ago •

  1. Gervase

    Eina! sounds painful. just waxing my upper lip has tears rolling down my face the entire time

    2 years ago •

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