Posted November 27th, 2005, 10:03 PM
I started waxing about the time I started cruising. I have weighed over a large range of weight in that time, from okay to downright obese! (medically speaking<G>) I still do a bikini wax, even though this body isn't likely to see a bikini any time soon. Most of the year, I do half leg if at all (in the winter, I wear pants, and often don't bother with the legs at all!- the more you wax, the less hair comes back) I have NEVER had leg pain, even at miy chubbiest. The secrets to good technique (I have also done my own.) Loose skin- Hold the skin down and taut when the aesthetician pulls the cloth up (with the wax and hair stuck to it, for those of you who haven't done this.) It helps if you can maybe help pull the skin taut, but ask your aesthetician. You don't want to get in her way. Because I am fat now, it is a huge help and relief to her. As for the friends who are nail technicians, They are professionals. Would you not go to a Doctor you knew? They are trained to be professional, I am sure. The way I always figure it is, tell me if it's anything you haven't seen before <G>They are not looking at your you-know-what. They are looking at the target of their work. And making sure they do a good job. The next part of not stinging is to press down on the skin right after the wax is pulled. It immediately stops any stinging (if there even IS any) and usually keeps the redness down. Anyone who doesn't follow these two rules, I change technicians! They either weren't trained right, are rushing because they are running late, or they just aren't being conscientious.
I find I can go two weeks on a leg wax job, (or underarm- I have also done that. Who wants to spend time on your cruise shaving!), easy. I take a new disposable along to catch any strays. It tends to come in thinner and fine, unlike shaving, when it does grow back. It grow back slower because it is pulled out by the roots.
Why do I do a bikini when I don't intend to wear one? I find I feel cleaner, tend to get less sweaty, and have less skin problems there- which can be a real problem where skin touches skin and is moist. It's a breeding ground for yeasty-beasties, as I call them! It just feel better, and seems healthier and cleaner to me!
Now, about those Brazilians. (all-over bikini wax- as in NO hair in the crotch area) I have been wanting to do that for months. I just am nervous about that one. Where does a fat woman go to do such a thing? I guess I will have to try a spa, instead of my favorite (but good) nail technician! Even she is nervous about that one! remember, the places that tend to hurt are fatty tissue- such as around your most sensitive part <G> Legs rarely hurt, as they aren't as fatty, or loose skin. BTW, Some salons offer you a glass of wine to relax while they work on you. Just don't drive home sloshed. And steer away from the ones with new age music, tinkling bells, candles, and mood lighting! Nothing against new age and tinkling bells, but if you are working with hot wax around something I treasure, You'd damned well better be able to see what you are doing! <LOL>
Also, and this is a personal choice- I finally just took off the underwear while being worked on. I got tired of trying to keep the wax off my good ones. At least wear ones you don't mind getting stretched out and possibly wax on- Of course I asked my technician if she minded first! Although some techs prefer you to wear the suit you will be wearing if you aren't doing a fuller job of removal, but want "just enough" done. As for going bottomless while getting waxed, trust me, She isn't looking THERE. Just at the hair!
Don't be afraid. It feels marvelous when you're done. They usually smooth on some aloe- maybe a mineral oil to make sure they got all the wax. If you don't take off your panties for the bikini, you might want to bring a spare in case you get a little bit of wax on them. Nothing worse than going back to work after a session with your underwar sticking to you! For your first time, I would recommend, if possible, going 10 weeks before your cruise or special event, to be sure you don't react, turn red or get little pimples or ingrown hair. Better to do it twice, than to find out two days before your cruise that your skin is too sensitive and you have to wear one of those 1920's long legged bathing suits! Pick up something with Salicilic Acid in it (the main ingredient of aspirin) - many acne cleaners have this in them-to use after. It is the same as the expensive stuff they will sell you to inhibit ingrown hairs. My technician last time also recommended a day or two after, using a SOFT nail brush or bath brush in the waxed area, to keep hairs from curling in and growing under the skin and getting infected (more likely with coarse hair)
Sorry to be so ?Crude? Explicit? But it pays to be informed, and these are not easy questions to ask your friends!