Whenever you pull hair out at the root, you are likely to feel some discomfort (think of pulling off a bandage), but the initial sensation only lasts a few seconds. Naturally, you may experience some discomfort when waxing sensitive areas and first time waxing can feel more tender. It gets easier over time as the hair becomes weaker and finer the more you wax it. [Read more] for some tips to minimise pain:
- Baby steps. Get comfortable doing legs before trying a more sensitive or challenging area like your bikini or underarm.
- P.M.S. We tend to be more sensitive the week before our period, so if possible, plan around avoiding that time.
- Apply a little pressure to the waxed area with your hand or a cool cloth immediately following the 'pull'.
- Ibuprofen can help ease the ouch and relieve swelling when taken 30 minutes after beforehand.
- Do not wax immediately following a bath - your skin will be swollen.
- Relax and breathe. Don't fall into the trap of holding your breath. Like my yoga teacher used to say "breathe into your pain". So - deep breath in as you apply, then full exhale as you pull back quickly (speed counts, do it fast).
- Be self aware - know your body and where you personally are most sensitive.
- Don't be shy! Give yourself enough space, time and privacy to perform the deed. This will help you to relax. Prepare your area with everything you need before getting started, and hey, why not a little soothing music as well?