This past march in New Jersey, Brazilian Bikini Waxing (BBW) was almost banned. MSN published an article calling attention to the health risks involving this procedure. Clearly, this is of concern to me and I want to ensure my clients and readers make a wise decision when choosing the right esthetician and the proper self-care.
The golden rule is – use your common sense. Beyond that, here are some simple tips from my three decades in the waxing field.
- Ask your friends for a referral. Some of my clients have been with me for over 10 years. Today, I wax their daughters, granddaughters, cousins and friends. Trust is built with experience and as a new waxee go to estheticians your contacts trust.
- Find a reputable professional. It may surprise you to know that there are unlicensed estheticians everywhere. State Boards are under staffed and cannot inspect every salon. Check or ask about a current license at the premises chosen. Don’t be afraid to ask the waxer about her hygiene standards. It is our job to make you feel safe and comfortable while under our care.
- Make sure your licensed waxer has a clean practice. Her room should remind you of your doctor’s office with clean sheets, sterilized supplies and absolutely no double dipping in the wax. If waxing rollers are used, ensure either the rollers are disposable or have been disinfected.
- Wait 24 hours before resuming intercourse or entering a hot tub. The waxing process removes hair by its roots and leaves the pores open, which may allow secretion and bacteria to penetrate. As eager as you might be to show off your new self, I recommend waiting 24 hours to resume intercourse or enter a hot tub to prevent folicullitis – an infection of the hair follicles.
- Apply 1% Hydrocortisone. Apply hydrocortisone for a few days after waxing in order to prevent infection. Pay attention to any abnormal feeling down there such as tender spots, rashes or tear of the skin, swelling and itching. Check yourself and make sure to see your doctor if the symptoms persist.
Lastly, while these facts are a little disturbing, being an educated client is your responsibility. Again, I stress the use of referrals and licensed estheticians. On a positive note, remember that thousands of these procedures are done daily with absolutely no problems. Put yourself in the right hands and enjoy the “smooth” results.