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Take a painkiller the day of your wax

Pain is the number one (and totally legit) concern most first time bikini-waxers have. And though it’s unlikely to be as bad as you might imagine, the fact is, it can hurt or cause discomfort to varying degrees. To take the edge off, pop an ibuprofen or aspirin an hour or so before your appointment.

Hit the salon in loose clothing

Leave your leggings and light skinny jeans at home and hit the salon in something a little lighter and looser.”You don’t want to wear any really tight clothing or leggings that could cause any friction in the area,” which can increase you odds of developing wax burn afterward.

Be prepared for redness and bumps

Your post-wax bikini area won’t look perfect straight away. “Right afterward, it doesn’t look smooth and beautiful. In fact, it looks a little bit like chicken skin,” says Bowe. “It’s red and bumpy, and that’s normal.” Don’t worry: the chicken skin should disappear in hours.

Consider going when you don’t have your period

You can get a wax when you have your period. (Just make sure to use a tampon and give your waxer a heads up!) But most experts advise against it, especially if it’s your first time. Three days leading up to your period and the days of your period, most people have a lower pain threshold, so the wax could hurt more, says Whitney Bowe, MD, a dermatologist in NYC and clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical School

Make sure your hair is the right length

“Your hair should be about a quarter of an inch long—or what we say is a grain of rice,” says Roberts. If your hair is longer, waxing will be more painful. If it’s shorter, the wax won’t have enough to grab onto, so it may not come off at all or could lead to pesky ingrown hairs. If you’re not sure about the length, lean on the longer side and request that the studio trims it down for you
Now go be brave and get that WAX!!
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