If you've wound up with a bad bikini wax that is, well, just bad, don't panic. We will teach you how to know that your wax wasn't a normal experience, what to do about it, and how to heal after the fact.
Ouch — Here's What to Do When You've Received a Really Bad Bikini Wax
Let's be real — bikini waxes hurt. It's not the easiest of hair removal methods, either, so going to a good waxer is a necessity. Unfortunately, not everyone is as qualified of a waxer as we would like.
If you've wound up with a wax that is, well, just bad, don't panic. We will teach you how to know that your wax wasn't a normal experience, what to do about it, and how to heal after the fact.
Check out her tips ahead.
Chances are if you've had a bad wax, you're probably already in the Uber home googling it. It's normal for you to be a little sore, but it shouldn't last long. If there are any signs of irritation that do not subside with 12-24 hours postwax or if there is lifted skin, those are signs of an improper [waxing] technique.
The first thing you should do is call the salon or center you visited and let them know what happened. They may have aftercare suggestions to ensure everything heals quickly. Avoid rubbing the area or using products containing alcohol or fragrances. Do not go in the pool or beach until skin has healed.
Although it's rare, your skin could be peeling or even bruised. For peeling skin, stay away from harsh exfoliators and moisturize the area. She also stressed the importance of not picking at the area. As for bruises, they will fade within a few days.
Your waxer should know not to double dip the wooden stick back into the pot after working on an area. Each time the waxer applies the wax to an area, they should toss it in the trash and pick up a new stick. Also, no matter how hot the wax is, they should not be blowing on it to cool it off (editor's note: this is a real thing that happened to me). Fanning the wax applicator lightly by hand is acceptable.
If you're still irritated after 48 hours, go see a doctor. Any signs of infection on torn or open skin, such as inflammation or excessive heat, [are also cause to visit a medical professional].