From salon FAQs to the best at-home kits, we asked the questions you were too afraid to ask
Getting a bikini wax is about as appealing as going to the dentist, if not much worse.
Should you try and master bikini waxing at home? Or visit a salon, lay back and think of England?
To help put your mind at rest, we’ve scouted out some of the best at-home waxing kits, and spoken to a top waxing professional about everything you need to know before booking a waxing appointment.
Sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin…
Mastering the at-home bikini wax with a shop-bought kit isn’t easy. But once you’ve done it, you’ll be able to neaten up at home any time, or even touch up next to your tan lines on holiday.
The most important thing to remember when waxing at home is to always work on clean, dry skin. So shower first, and thoroughly dry the area, adding a little baby powder (unperfumed to avoid irritation) before you start.
You should also always work against the hair growth, so smooth strips or hot wax downwards in line with the direction of hair growth and rip away as quickly as possible in the opposite direction, as opposed to straight upwards (ouch).
Hot wax kits are great once you’ve found your waxing groove, but to get started, try a wax strips kit for ease – we love Veet Bikini & Underarm EasyGrip Ready-to-Use Wax Strips, £4.90, Boots.
And if you’d like to give hot wax a go, we recommend Rio Total Body Waxing Hair Removal Kit, £39.99, Lookfantastic.
If you’re new to waxing, we’d recommend going to a professional for your first time. We quizzed the brilliant therapists at Benefit for waxing tips and what to expect at your first appointment…
What prep should you do before getting a wax?
‘Nothing! No hair removal or trimming. We’ll take care of that for you. Just wear some comfortable underwear to put back on after the service for ultimate comfort.
‘We’ll provide you with body wipes and a body fragrance too so you can freshen up before your service starts.’
What is the most popular bikini wax?
‘Hollywood wax is the most requested wax of the four Intimate Services we offer. This popular wax removes all of the hair in the intimate area from front to back! But don’t worry everyone’s modesty is kept and protected with our disposable underwear.
‘If removing all of the hair isn’t your cup of tea then choose from any of the other Intimate Waxing Services we offer; Bikini, G-String or Brazilian.’
How much will a bikini wax hurt?
‘The more you wax the less painful the experience. The first wax isn’t everyone’s favourite, but once you’ve done it, it’s totally worth it and it’ll gets much easier. Waxing is a form of semi-permanent hair removal that removes the hair from the root meaning each removal weakens the hair growth cycle.
‘Plus, at Benefit we recommend a Hot Wax rather than Strip Wax. Hot Wax coats the hairs being removed and doesn’t stick to the skin, meaning the removal is a lot softer and kinder on the skin and therefore less painful.’
How far in advance of a holiday should you get a wax?
‘A lot of people wax only a few days before going on their holiday, but if you’re not a regular waxer, then this can mean the hairs grow back quicker and that’s not something you want when you’re in your best bikini.
‘We recommend seeing you for at least three Waxing Services before your holiday to ensure all of the hairs are growing at the same stage and removed at the best time. Depending on the speed of the hair growth, we’d suggest 3 months prior to your holiday.’
How often should you get a wax?
‘When you become a regular waxer, you can be hair free for 2-3 weeks on average. Then you need at least ½ cm in length for us to give you a Super Smooth Finish. If the hair is too long, the hair will detach itself form the root and another hair will start growing, so the results won’t last as long.
‘Your Benefit Body Expert will be able to book your monthly follow up appointments to give you the best results for longer.’
What to avoid when getting a bikini wax
‘Don’t shave. I know it may sound like a given, but don’t feel like you need to tame any hairs, we’ll take care of everything for you. Don’t think you’ll need to strip down to nothing and sit on all fours either… At Benefit we want you to have the best experience possible, so your modesty is our priority.
‘You may find you are more heat and pain sensitive when it’s that certain time of the month, so we’d recommend for your comfort to book in when you’re back to feeling your normal self. If you’re headed for the sun/sunbed after your wax, give at least 24-48 hours. Heat on heat can cause redness and the skin to feel sore and can even burn.’
Anything else important we should know?
‘The first trimester of pregnancy is a no-no. At this time, you’re hyper sensitive and lots of hormonal changes are taking place! Get through those key 12 weeks and let’s get you booked straight in after.’