Monday, 16 March 2015

Let's Talk About Wax

(image credit: The Coveteur)

Let's talk about waxing. It's something a lot of people do but it still seems to be a bit of a taboo or scary subject for some, especially in the blogosphere where everyone would prefer to talk about the new MAC collaboration or their new flares. Obviously I love reading about MAC and flares, but today let's get bare and talk about waxing. Whether you're a waxing pro or are scared witless of it, hopefully this post should help!

I've been waxing for around 10 years now but it's only been recently that I've felt comfortable enough to have it done professionally. Before that I used wax strips and they did the job just fine, but the results are nowhere near as good as they are when someone who actually know what they're doing does it!


I've tried out a few different places in Manchester (with varying results...) but my favourite so far has to be The Brazilian Waxing Company.  I'll be honest, most of the treatments scare me. Just the thought of a full body wax is a little much to bare, but your standard brazilian is something I'm used to and feel comfortable with, so I tried it out! If you're looking for a bikini wax in Manchester, I'd so recommend them, they make you feel really comfortable and the results are pretty perfect. They've definitely got themselves a new customer!

But whatever kind of wax you're contemplating, here are a few tips and tricks so you know exactly what to expect!

Does waxing hurt?

I'm not going to lie, it does. It's not a horrendous pain at all though, and you get used to it really quickly. Before you know it, it's over!

Is it embarrassing to get a bikini wax?

The first time is a bit daunting, but you soon realise that it's their job, it's like someone being embarrassed about an excel document in an office. I asked how many waxes they do a day and they can do up to 7 an hour so no one is going to judge you!

What do I need to do before getting a wax?

I have really sensitive skin so I make sure I exfoliate and moisturise the night before to make sure my skin is prepped. It's also good to avoid caffeine and alcohol beforehand as this could cause extra inflammation. If you're going for a bikini wax, opt for loose clothes to avoid irritation.

If you do have sensitive skin, let the beautician know, they will be able to make sure the wax is the perfect temperature for you to avoid any extra redness. If you're getting an eyebrow wax, you definitely don't want a bright red mono brow!

What do I need to do afterwards?

The beautician will apply a cooling cream afterwards which will take away any redness and pain as well as moisturising. Make sure you don't swim, fake tan etc for around 24 hours afterwards and make sure you apply moisturiser.

How long does it last for?

Around 4-6 weeks, depending on your hair growth.
How much does a wax cost?

An eyebrow wax is £10,  upper lip is £5, legs are £20, a bikini wax (a tidy up) is £10, a brazilian (everything but a small strip) is £20, a Hollywood (errythang gone) is £25 and a Las Vegas (Hollywood with added... gems) is £44. I think I'll stop at a brazilian thanks very much!

You can find out more about the Brazilian Waxing Company and the treatments here, they are  so lovely!
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7 comments

  1. I've actually never tried waxing - I think the pain has always put me off! x

    Amy | The Perks of Being Amy

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  2. I enjoyed this post, nice to see something a bit different pop up in my Bloglovin feed :)
    I've never had the guts to go get waxed, always been terrified of the pain
    Rosy
    Sparklesoflight76.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. This post was so refreshing! I love that you spoke about this. Though as a counter thought, I don't really think the taboo is 'most of us wax', because we don't, the majority don't.. The taboo lies with what we *actually* do for hair removal, (from those of us who shave, or trim, or nothing at all), and that sometime we don't fit the illusion of stubble free!

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  4. Waxing scares me, haha. It's a silly fear for me though, I can handle being under a tattoo machine for more than an hour, but waxing is a big no no. I've never tried it. Maybe one day I'll be brave and start off with a leg wax, but until then I'll use my trusty epilator.
    Rubi | The Den | http://www.the-den.blogspot.com

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  5. I've only tried waxing at home and I'm such a wimp! Although I did wax my brows myself for years. I don't think I would be brave enough to let someone else do it x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

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  6. I swear by the Braz Wax Co! They've always been fab :)

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  7. You're brave! I don't think I could ever stand the pain of getting just a bikini wax, let alone a brazillian! Laser is all I can handle haha

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

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