Make Your Bikini Wax Last With These Expert Tips

What to do before and after.

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OK, bikini waxes are scary, and there are plenty of things about them we’d like to change. The pain factor and price are the first examples that come to mind. In fact, there’s an ongoing debate surrounding whether bikini waxes are truly as painful as we make them out to be. Some say the more you get them, the less painful they become, but either way, it’s an uncomfortable experience to sit through. You do it anyway because you know what they say: Beauty is pain—and the end results are well worth it.

So once you survive your waxing session like a champ, we begin to wonder if we could make the results last longer? Then, all the rest of our issues would be less problematic. Getting a bikini wax and then waking up with short, stubble hairs a few days later is the worst.

We went to the pros to see if extending the results of our bikini waxes was an attainable ask. Noemi Grupenmager, founder and CEO of Uni K Wax Center; Melanie Coba, waxing expert; and Natale Davidov, manager of Waxclub, all agree it’s possible and not too difficult. You just have to incorporate a few of their tried-and-true bikini wax tips into your routine to make it happen.

Scroll on for the rundown on exactly how it’s done.

Tip 1. Let It Grow

Don’t even think about getting a wax until your hair is about 1/8 to 1/4 inch long. “This is the ideal length for hair that’s getting waxed because it allows the wax to get a better hold on the hair and pull it directly from the root, preventing the hair from breaking,” Grupenmager says. If the hairs are too short in the bikini area, they will not adhere to the wax for removal. The same goes for hairs that are longer than 1/4 inch. You always want to make sure you trim any longer hairs before the waxing appointment.

“Let your hair grow after every treatment,” suggests Davidov. “Don’t wax every two weeks—instead, every four to five weeks after your treatment. While you’re waiting, never, ever shave. It messes up the growth of your hair and its texture. You will regret it because the next day, you will have stubble hairs and possibly irritation.”

Coba also thinks it’s important to avoid touching your newly hair-free skin. “This will not only clog pores but also transfer the bacteria that are on your hands onto your newly waxed skin,” Coba explains. “I highly recommend not tweezing ingrown hairs in between waxing services. It’s best to treat them with care and products that are specifically designed to help heal them and prevent future ones, such as our Smooth Me Ingrown Hair Serum ($30) or Smooth Me Ingrown Hair Wipes ($29). I also recommend staying out of the sun for a day or two and be sure to use sunscreen. Also, don’t try to trim your hair if you’ve waited too long between waxes. Oftentimes clients will trim their hair too short, and we can’t remove the hair properly.”

Tip 2. See a Professional

Waxing at home is an option, but if you’re after long-lasting results, go pro. “A professional waxer knows all there is to know about your skin type, how to apply the wax, and how to remove it to remove the hair effectively,” Grupenmager says.

Tip 3. Exfoliate and Moisturize

“Keeping the skin healthy and hydrated before you wax allows for the hair to be removed completely,” Grupenmager says. “If the skin is dry, rough, and cracked, the hair could break off rather than being removed completely, and the regrowth will appear faster than if the skin was healthy and moisturized.”

Before you go to your appointment, it is important to exfoliate and moisturize the skin to remove the dead skin cells and allow for a high-quality waxing. After the wax, Grupenmager recommends you exfoliate about once a week and moisturize daily. She continues to say that, “great skincare is the best post-treatment—it’s essential for keeping your skin soft in between waxes.”

Grupenmager is not alone in thinking skincare is important to maintaining a wax. "Between visits, you should be regularly exfoliating and moisturizing to remove excess dead skin and keep your skin nourished,” explains Coba. “I always recommend Reveal Me Body Exfoliating Gel ($40), which features naturally-derived fruit extracts to eliminate dry, dull surface cells and supports natural cell turnover that calms, nourishes, and restores the skin." If you make sure the skin and hair are treated well, you will avoid removing hair by breaking it as opposed to removing it from the root.

If you want to opt for a cost-effective option that will also work wonders for your bikini area, Davidov suggests making a simple scrub at home with honey and brown sugar. “It exfoliates the skin, leaving it smooth and clean,” says Davidov. “Also, it doesn’t hurt to buy your favorite body moisturizer and apply it on the skin daily—not in the bikini area but around the bikini line. Make sure that there isn’t any alcohol in the product because that can cause irritation.” We always recommend reading the ingredient list prior to purchasing a product.

To prevent clogged pores and infection, refrain from touching your newly waxed bikini area as much as possible.

Tip 4. Stay on Schedule

Think long-term. The beauty of waxing is that with regular sessions, the need for a wax decreases. “With continual waxing (not shaving), the hair will grow in a steady cycle and grow weaker and more sparse, which means you can go a longer time between waxing,” Grupenmager says. For smooth skin, stay on schedule and avoid shaving between appointments.

“Definitely maintain a regular waxing routine for both short- and long-term results,” says Coba. “Waxing regularly will soften your skin, and your hair will grow in softer and sparser.”

With these tips in mind, check out our favorite products to prolong a waxing appointment.

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