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What To Do After & In Between Bikini Waxing

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You may know what to do right after your bikini wax, but what should you do in the interim until the next time? There are a few things to think about to keep ready for summer's short shorts.

When Should I Make My Next Appointment?

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This will be different for everyone because hair grows at different rates. If this is your first waxing, or you haven't had one in some time there is hair underneath the skin growing that hasn't reached the surface yet. If you've had a couple of consecutive waxing appointments, three weeks is generally going to work. Again, everyone is different and this is not a rule.

Should I Shave?

Ladies and gentleman, you can shave after a wax. But this will almost always put you back to square one because shaving leaves the hair with a blunt end and can make it appear thicker and darker. If you can wait to continue waxing, you will save yourself a lot of headaches. You may even notice a difference in the texture, color and amount of hair over time with frequent appointments. The worst part is waiting for your hair to grow out again!

To Tweeze or Not To Tweeze?

I know a couple of people who like to tweeze any hair they can. After waxing for a while, your hair does tend to come out easier. However, I recommend not tweezing. Every hair you tweeze will set you back. Our hair grows in three cycles. When you wax your body knows there is no hair and it needs to start growing. If you tweeze some hair as it begins to sprout, you are sending these hairs into different stages. So the next time you go to wax, you might see new hair growth sooner than you did the first time.

Scrub, Scrub, Scrub After a Bikini Waxing!

I am a firm believer of exfoliation. I don't mean scrubbing until your skin is raw, but giving it a light buffing regularly in between bikini waxes.

Manual exfoliators

  • Oily skin. Try a salt based salt scrub (compare prices) about two to three times per week.
  • Normal to dry skin. Try a sugar based salt scrub (compare prices) at least once, up to three times per week.

Chemical exfoliators
Using a bump-fighting product like Tend Skin will also help keep ingrown hair away and encourage fresh looking skin. Resurf.a.stic Ingrown by Blinc is a great multi-tasking product and alternative to the over the counter scrubs. Barc Bump Down Razor Bump Relief is a top pick for those with dry skin because it's alcohol-free, and contains alot of hydrating ingredients without leaving you oily.

Moisturize

A good moisturizer that will not clog your pores will be an asset. Remember not to use any lotions the first couple of days after your waxing. Hydrated skin not only looks healthy but also makes it harder for ingrown hair to appear.

Everyone is different

Remember that we have different skin and hair, so what works for one many not work for another. Women and men obviously aren't exactly the same. But I do recommend men heading the same advice. Keep with the waxing and try not to give up. You will be hair free and happy.

More advice: Tips for Before Bikini Waxing and What to Do Right After a Bikini Waxing.

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