Let’s face it ladies (and gentlemen if you are reading!), waxing is painful. We’ve all seen the hilarious videos online of the man going for a waxing session and screaming like he’s going through labor. But when it happens to us, it’s not so funny. And while there is no way to make waxing pleasant, there are some methods that we can use to reduce the pain level. Here are some tips to help you take the pain out of waxing:
Tip #1: Start small – This tip is especially relevant if it is your first time waxing. Don’t apply the wax to a large area of skin, because it will hurt like crazy when it is pulled off. Rather, start with small sections and slowly increase your pain tolerance as you continue on.
Tip #2: If you are getting a Brazilian, use warm wax – The area around the pubic region is extremely sensitive. In return, whatever feels hot on our hands is going to feel 10 times worse when applied down there. As such, you always want to make sure you use warm wax when getting a Brazilian – hot wax will burn and can actually rip off some of the skin.
Tip #3: Take a pain killer – About thirty minutes before your treatment, take a pain killer. Advil, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, or Paracetamol can all help to numb the pain.
Tip #4: Exfoliate – If you are going for a waxing treatment, you should always be sure to exfoliate beforehand. This will help to remove the dead layers of skin that could be trapping hairs, allowing them to come to the surface and be pulled out the first time around.
Tip #5: Make sure your hair is the right length – Waxing properly is an art – if the hair is too short it can’t be pulled from the root, and if it is too long you will just be pulling at the hair without removing it. The former makes waxing useless, and the latter makes it extremely painful. So when you go for a wax, you want to make sure your hair is the perfect length – about 1/4 of an inch. If it is too long, you can ask for a trim beforehand. If it is too short, just wait for it to grow.
Tip #6: Freeze some aloe in your fridge the night before – Aloe Vera is sometimes referred to as the ‘wonder plant’ because of its magical healing abilities. One of the main things it can do is help to soothe skin irritations. When cooled in your freezer overnight, Aloe Vera can help to calm, soothe, and cool your skin – and trust me, after a wax you will be very thankful for the healing properties of this amazing plant!
Tip #7: Commit to waxing – Once you have decided to start waxing, you need to commit. You cannot jump back and forth from waxing to shaving. After your first time of waxing, your hair will grow back thinner and less dense. This will make your next wax a less painful one. But if you jump back to shaving, the hair will grow back more densely, making your next wax just as painful as the first.
Tip #8: Dress comfortably – After you wax your skin is going to be super sensitive. Loose clothing can help you to avoid discomfort and irritation on your ride home.
Tip #9: Avoid waxing during your period – A woman’s skin is most sensitive right before and right after her period, so avoid waxing during this time.
Tip #10: Avoid sweating – Following your treatment, you should avoid anything that makes you sweat for about 24 hours – exercise, sunbathing, baths, saunas, etc. Your skin will be irritated and raw at this time, so you need to do everything in your power to protect it.
Unfortunately, there is no ‘miracle cure’ for the pain experienced during a waxing session. Regardless of what you do, waxing is going to suck! But there are some things that you can do to make the process less painful and unless you have extraordinary pain tolerance, we advise that you do!